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1968 Tribute Show: A modern take on music from 50 years ago


Typically when a nostalgia act arrives in town, I am the first to head for my headphones to drown out the noise. But one revival trend that keep reappearing here is the tribute show series hosted by downtown entertainment venue The Pyramid Scheme.

For the latest installment of the Tribute Show, music artists from a variety of local acts have come together to form pop-up acts recreating their versions of classic albums released in 1968.

Featured at this one night only performance will be four albums released in 1968: “Folsom Prison” by Johnny Cash, “Dance to the Music” by Sly & The Family Stone, “Cheap Thrills" by Big Brother & the Holding Company, and “Creedence Clearwater Revival” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. 

Some acts will attempt faithful recreations of these popular albums, but others will perform modern tricks of pure sonic pleasure, producing moments of unexpected joy. Scheduled to tackle these four albums of distinction from 1968 include The Bootstrap Boys, Hey Marco!, Oracle, Afro Zuma, Bello Spark, Hazy Past, The Outer Vibe, and many others.

Grand Rapids has been home to tribute shows from Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” to Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew,” to the memorable 2016 all-star musician tribute to David Bowie. With that much history to guide us and with such star power on one stage, why miss a chance to relieve these classic albums performed for our modern era?

Friday's 1968 Tribute Show benefits the Well House.
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