Date and Time
Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at 7:00pm
An Ensemble Presentation Celebrating the Music of John Lennon
One of the most unique and compelling interpretations of John Lennon’s songs comes from The Nutopians (formerly The John Lennon Song Project), a 8-piece ensemble created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare. Together they have produced a thoughtfully re-imagined tribute that celebrates the genius and artistry of the late great icon’s music.
The band’s live show features entertaining storytelling, and like their CD Imagined, superb lead singing and 3-part harmonies, plus a host of talented musicians on acoustic, electric and bass guitars, cello, violin, mandolin, accordion, chromatic harmonica and percussion. Concert goers will be treated to exquisite renditions of Lennon’s legendary Beatles songs, often weaving melody, lyric and song together in a series of singles and mini-medleys. These compositions, of which several are rarely covered, are given remarkably fresh treatments that often inspire a whole new meaning to Lennon’s original lyric. Selected songs from John’s solo years are also featured.
Rex Fowler and Tom Dean emerged as prominent folk/rock artists in the 1970s. Rex’s band, Aztec Two-Step, burst upon the scene with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records in 1972. This and their three subsequent albums on RCA Records were staples of college and progressive FM radio and helped usher the music of the 1960s into the 70s and beyond
Tom Dean's band Devonsquare was signed by Ahmet Ertegun, the legendary Chairman of Atlantic Records, after hearing Dean’s "Walking On Ice" from their self-released album of the same name. Devonsquare went on to record another CD for Atlantic titled Bye Bye Route 66, which spawned several critically acclaimed singles including "If You Could See Me Now.”
Collectively Rex and Tom have toured worldwide, been reviewed in Rolling Stone, performed on David Letterman and shared stages with countless musical luminaries including Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and The Band. Along with their passion for interpreting the songs of John Lennon, the two lads continue to distinguish themselves as esteemed song-writers, performers and recording artists.