Just four days ago, Neil Diamond was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though the songwriter is often placed in the Adult Contemporary music genre these days, Diamond's music has spanned five decades and has influenced musicians from the Monkees to the Band to Urge Overkill.
This Sunday, local musicians will get the chance to interpret the crooner's vast catalog in the third installment of the Sonic Spectrum tribute series.
Diamond has a long list of chart-topping hits. Some of his most popular include "Sweet Caroline," "Song Sung Blue," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," and "Forever in Blue Jeans" (remember when Will Ferrell did that song for a Gap commercial?). He's also known for his work on film soundtracks, including The Jazz Singer and Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Diamond's catalog is huge, so this particular tribute show will be an interesting one. With so much to choose from, the musicians will have the chance to hone in on a particular sound or era in Diamond's career.
Catch local singer-songwriter Chad Rex, David George (formerly of Moaning Lisa), Claque, and Free Band Radio (which includes drummer Brandon Draper of Quixotic) as they work the Diamond charm this Sunday, March 20, at RecordBar. It's an early one, so be sure to get out to the venue by 8 p.m. sharp. The show costs $7 and contributes to the continual fundraising effort by Sonic Spectrum for the Midwest Music Foundation.