Host of Discovery Channel’s “Bad Universe” to Perform Space Anthem in Bethlehem, Pa

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Phil Plait, host of Discovery Channel’s “Bad Universe,” will perform with George Hrab and the Geologic Orchestra for “21812: A Gneiss Night Out” concert on February 18

Phil Plait, host of Discovery Channel’s Bad Universe, will perform with George Hrab and the Geologic Orchestra at the historic Ice House in Bethlehem, Pa on February 18, 2012. The concert, entitled 21812: A Gneiss Night Out, is set for 8:00pm and tickets can be purchased at

Plait, an award-winning blogger at, and host of Phil Plait’s Bad Universe is a friend of musician George Hrab and appeared on his 2010 album Trebuchet. The two collaborated on the track Death from the Skies which is based on Plait’s book by the same name.

“The track talks about the statistical odds of being killed by certain kinds of astronomical phenomena including solar bursts, cosmic radiation, and black holes,” said Hrab. “Phil very kindly agreed to do the narration for that track. The fact that we’ll get to do it live in front of an audience at the Icehouse is beyond exciting.”

After releasing six albums of material, Hrab decided to record both a live album and DVD, and realized that the best place would be his hometown’s Icehouse concert hall. It would be a return to a beloved venue, since Hrab had performed there numerous times over the years with various incarnations of his band. Hrab’s Geologic Orchestra is a nine-piece, horn-based rock ensemble that focuses mainly on George’s vast catalogue of material, but is also known to delve into bizarre covers of classical and popular music.

“The band is a seriously talented bunch of musicians who are comfortable playing everything from Ellington’s A-Train to Zappa’s Zombie Woof,” said Hrab. “We’ve even performed movements from Mozart symphonies…on electric guitar. You know, as Wolfie intended.”

The February performance will be recorded and filmed for both a live album and DVD release, and along with Phil Plait, will feature a number of surprise performers including Hrab’s mother, who is a regular guest on his weekly “The Geologic Podcast.”

Hrab has become somewhat of a darling of the skeptic and critical thinking community due to his music, his podcast, and his worldwide travels and free thought proselytizing. He’s performed across the United States and internationally, including Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and even the Galapagos Islands, but is looking forward to performing in Bethlehem.

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