Special Report. July 27, 2017. BOONE, NC – Appalachian State University’s renowned summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival, brings the best in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film to the mountains of North Carolina. This year’s Schaefer Popular Series includes, YES with special guests Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center. This performance, as well as all Schaefer Popular Series events, is sponsored by Westglow Resort & Spa and Rowland’s Restaurant, and made possible through the generosity of Bonnie Schaefer. Tickets are $55 for adults and $40 for students and children. For more information, visit http://appsummer.org/schedule/id/yes-with-todd-rundgren-carl-palmer-elp-legacy.
Yestival will feature special guest Todd Rundgren and an opening set from Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy honoring the magic of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, YES embarks on a national tour, treating fans to a set list of greatest hits from all of the band’s studio albums up to 1980, and showcasing the storied history of one of the world’s most influential, ground-breaking and respected progressive rock bands. Performing their classic hits, the audience can expect iconic favorites such as “Roundabout,” “Starship Trooper,” “Yours is no Disgrace,” “Going for the One,” “And you and I” and countless others.
Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award-winning YES has sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has spanned more than four decades thus far. YES continues with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative.
Since its founding in 1968 by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, YES has created much of rock history’s most important music. Its albums, including “Fragile,” “Close to the Edge,” “Tales from Topographic Oceans” and “90125,” have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA. The concert features Steve Howe on guitar, Alan White on drums, Geoff Downes on keyboard, vocals from Jon Davison, and Billy Sherwood as the late Chris Squire’s chosen successor on bass. Dylan Howe, son of guitarist Steve Howe, will be joining the band’s rhythm section on this summer’s 31-date North American YESTIVAL tour creating a twin drum powerhouse alongside Alan White, in similar fashion that Bill Bruford and White brought on their Union Tour in the early 1990s with two drummers playing simultaneously.
ollowing the recent passing of the band’s leader and cornerstone, bassist Chris Squire, YES plans to continue its impressive legacy. Former YES member, Billy Sherwood, joins YES on bass. Extremely well-versed with YES music and the inner working of YES as a unit, Sherwood is a master bassist and vocalist– the perfect addition to a line-up of fellow virtuosos.
About Todd Rundgren
The title of Todd Rundgren‘s 1973 solo album, “A Wizard, A True Star,” aptly sums up the multi-faceted artist’s contributions to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist and, most recently, interactive artist (re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music.
About Carl Palmer
A consummate professional, drummer Carl Palmer is a brilliant technician and a dynamic showman, he has thrilled listeners and audiences alike for nearly four decades with some of music’s most memorable bands including Atomic Rooster, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Asia and Emerson and Lake & Palmer. His dazzling speed and mastery of the drums, combined with his infectious stage personality, have secured him a respected place in history as one of Rock and Roll’s greatest drummers.
The gates of the Holmes Convocation Center will open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is general admission. Carl Palmer performs first, followed by Todd Rundgren and lastly YES. Parking available after 5 p.m. in all university parking lots. Maps and other resources can be found at maps.appstate.edu. A free AppalCart Shuttle will run from Peacock Hall Parking Lot (located directly across the street from the Schaefer Center) to the Holmes Center and a shuttle from Hill Street Parking Lot to the Holmes Center starting at 5:15pm.
About An Appalachian Summer Festival
Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. With an audience of 27,000, the festival has been named one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society in recent years.
Festival Corporate Sponsors
Westglow Resort and Spa, McDonald’s of Boone, Mast General Store, Goodnight Brothers, Boone Area Visitors Bureau, Sky Best Communications, Scholars Bookshop at the University Bookstore, Panoramic Hospitality, Holiday Inn Express-Boone, Courtyard by Marriott, Country Inn & Suites, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Chetola Resort, and Creekside Electronics