Wild Honey to Salute Big Star ‘#1 Record’ 50th Year in Benefit Nov. 5

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the classic #1 Record album by Big Star, benefit concert producers the Wild Honey Foundation and original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens plus an all-star ensemble will present a live performance of the LP on Saturday, November 5, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, according to a news alert from WHF.

Along with the highly influential #1 Record in its entirety and in order, the set will include favorites from the 1970s power pop legends’ Radio City (such as “September Gurls”) and Big Star Third albums, along with choice solo material by Big Star alum Chris Bell.

Stephens, the band’s last surviving original member (Bell died in 1978 and both Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel died in 2010), will lead the Big Star Ensemble featuring Jeff Crawford, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Chris Stamey (The dB’s), Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, Charles Cleaver, Pat Sansone (Wilco), and Audley Freed.

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Drummer Jody Stephens is Big Star’s last surviving original member. Photo courtesy Wild Honey Foundation.

The guest vocalist lineup will feature Susanna Hoffs (Bangles), The Lemon Twigs, Luther Russell (Stephens’ partner in the duo Those Pretty Wrongs), Chris Price, Jon Auer (The Posies), and others TBA.

Wild Honey Orchestra members set to accompany the Big Star Ensemble include Kaitlin Wolfberg and Eric KM Clark (violins); Lyn Bertles (viola); Emily Elkin (cello); and brass players Sarah Kramer (trumpet); David Ralick (trombone/sax); and Nelson Bragg (percussion).

Showtime at the historic Alex Theatre, located at 216 N. Brand in Glendale, is set for 8 p.m.

Tickets are available here, but going fast; Wild Honey events at the 1,400-seat venue built in 1925 traditionally sell out quickly.

About the Autism Healthcare Collaborative

The tribute to Big Star’s #1 Album is also a benefit for the Autism Healthcare Collaborative, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization committed to facilitating the medical and psychosocial stabilization of individuals and families living with autism.

The Collaborative provides a multidisciplinary team approach to identifying and treating complicated medical comorbidities of autism by connecting medical experts to families and physicians around the world through medical videoconferencing.

AHC offers innovative solutions for individuals with autism, across the spectrum and throughout their lifetime, through comprehensive case management, community outreach, advocacy, and education. For more info, visit https://www.autismhc.org/.

About the Wild Honey Foundation

Since 1994, Wild Honey Foundation, a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, has produced concerts, film screenings, online fundraisers, and live stream events to benefit autism treatment/research and members of the music community in need.

Led by Paul Rock, David Jenkins, and Michael Ackerman, Wild Honey is a grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to passing on the passion, creativity, and idealism found in rock, rhythm & blues, folk, classical, and pop music to future generations through cultural events of all types.

For more info on the Wild Honey Foundation, visit its Facebook page or send an email.

For more info on the event, contact Rock at (323) 255-8839 or gorky15@yahoo.com, or Cary Baker at carybaker1@gmail.com.

Read more about Big Star at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame’s website.


Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated multi-media writer-producer and award-winning radio/record-industry veteran raised in Miami and Los Angeles by career newspaper journalists and music lovers. Based in Santa Clarita, California, and retired after a 40-year media career, he is (as of fall 2022) conspiring with Cindy Johnson and Jeri Jenkins, founders of Home at Last, the Miami-based concierge service for rock stars recording at Criteria and Bayshore Studios, on the dynamic duo’s memoir. Peeples is also writing a Boyd Elder art book-biography, “Boyd Elder, Artlaw: The Greatest Artist You’ve Never Heard Of” (due in late 2023), and co-authoring a new book with John Van Hamersveld commemorating the 60th anniversary in 2023-24 of the artist and pop-culture legend’s iconic poster for Bruce Brown’s epic surf movie “The Endless Summer.”  See the “About” page on Peeples’ website. More original stories and exclusive interviews are posted there and on his YouTube channel.


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