LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Benefit-concert producers the Wild Honey Foundation will present The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation album in its entirety, along with bonus songs, as a fundraiser for the Autism Think Tank. The concert goes down this Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8 p.m., at the historic Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., in downtown Glendale, Calif.
The Orchestra and its subsequent non-profit organization also named Wild Honey is led by Paul Rock, whose 15-year-old son Jake is autistic with extreme digestive distress and self-harm issues that have since been thankfully whittled down by 95 percent due to the innovative research conducted by the Autism Think Tank, a virtual team of specialists who recently discovered the benefits of broccoli extract to help decrease his son’s behavioral barriers.
“The broccoli extract works,” Rock tells RNRG. “We’ve been giving it to him for about a year and a half, and basically he doesn’t hit himself anymore. It’s a really great study, based on noticing that when these kids get a high fever their behaviors would go away. Somehow through the broccoli extract, which is in a capsule, they’re simulating this effect. It’s been really successful for us.”
All 15 songs from Village Green will be performed with the works — every oboe, Mellotron, vintage acoustic twelve-string, harpsichord and cello will be represented — by musicians and vocalists in the tradition of Wild Honey’s recent benefit events (Buffalo Springfield, The Band, Beach Boys ’67-’77, Big Star, and three Beatles shows). An additional 20 songs from The Kinks’ pre-1973 period will supplement the performance.
Now take a look at the list of who is playing, which is essentially my album collection in concert form: The Baseball Project-Mike Mills (R.E.M.); Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate);Linda Pitmon, Scott McCaughey (Minus 5); Elliot Easton (The Cars); Dennis Diken (Smithereens); Redd Kross; Syd Straw; Carla Olson; Mike Viola; Peter Asher; Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom); Jason Falkner; Nick Guzman; Terry Reid; Darian Sahanaja; Steve Stanley; Dan Wilson; Probyn Gregory; Clem Burke (Blondie); Andrew Sandoval;John Easdale; Kristian Hoffman; Carla Olson; Those Pretty Wrongs (the duo of Jody Stephens [Big Star] & Luther Russell); Kristian Hoffman; The Three O’Clock; Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey (The dB’s); Thomas Walsh (Pugwash); Mark Eitzel (American Music Club); Freedy Johnston; Dennis Diken (Smithereens); Anna Waronker, Rachel Haden (that dog.); Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo); Millie McGuire;Bebopalula; and Jackshit (featuring Pete Thomas, Davey Faragher and Val McCallum).
This massive all-star team will join the current members of the Wild Honey Orchestra, a who’s who of respected L.A. recording artists: musical director Rob Laufer, guitar, vocals; Jim Laspesa (Brian Wilson/Dave Davies),Roy McDonald, drums; David Goodstein, drums/vocals; Derrick Anderson (The Bangles); David Nolte (Dave Davies); David Jenkins, Ronnie Barnett (Muffs), bass guitar; Chris Price (Emitt Rhodes); Willie Aron, keyboards, vocals; Jordan Summers (Jakob Dylan); Danny McGough (Tom Waits and more); Emeen Zarookian, keyboards; Nick Vincent, percussion and vocal arranger; Tara Austin & Kristi Callan (background vocals); Dan Rothchild, bass; Andrew Sandoval, Rob Bonfiglio, guitar; Nelson Bragg, percussion; Probyn Gregory; Kaitlin Wolfberg (L.A. String Explosion), Heather Lockie, Ruti Celli, Ashley Jarmack, Kat Nockels,Lyn Bertles, strings.
“Our main thing is to have people that we admire and let them pay tribute to the stuff that they were really formed on,” Rock explains. “Everybody has a great passion for doing it; they wanna do these songs right. And we go all out.”
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Autism Think Tank. For more information about their amazing and revolutionary work, please go to: autismthinktanknj.org