Saturday, March 3, 2012

Soundcheck: Revisit the Dark Side at the Wilma

Posted By on Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

My most memorable listen of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon involved a VHS cassette of The Wizard of Oz, a stack of Marshall speakers at my musician friend's house, and a few cans of Old Milwaukee. It was a transcendent weekend night for a suburban high-school kid, one duplicated in some form or another by countless other teenagers before and after my time, and I would only trade it for one thing: the chance to see Pink Floyd live.

Pinky and the Floyd, a Bozeman-based, 10-piece tribute band, might be my best chance. They put on a spectacle of a show — tonight's at the Wilma features an aerialist and light show — and deliver an authentic sound that would make Dark Star Orchestra or Diamonds in the Rough jealous. (See below for a live clip of "On the Turning Away," complete with 50-person chorus.) The band may save some of its biggest tricks for the hometown crowd — Bozeman gets The Wall and Dark Side in their entirety on back-to-back nights next week — but tonight should be special nonetheless. And definitely better than old vinyl and cheap beer.

Pinky and the Floyd play the Wilma tonight, Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m. Doors at 7. $18.

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