(PRWEB) December 18, 2015
Rundgren Radio will be presenting An Evening With Todd Rundgren concert at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, FL on February 13, 2016. Rundgren will be performing music spanning from his five decades of hits with his band that includes John Ferenzik (keyboards), Jesse Gress (guitar), Prairie Prince (drums), and Kasim Sulton (bass). The event will start at 7pm with a special guest opener, Mutlu Onaral. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com and the venue box office.
Peter Roche of the Cleveland Examiner in a review of a recent An Evening With Todd Rundgren concert said, "Fans clamoring for a night of authentic Todd Rundgren classics had their wishes granted December 10th, when the innovative icon returned to Hard Rock Northfield for a hits-laden concert touching on all points in his forty-plus year career."
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Todd Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to front The Nazz, the quintessential 60s psychedelic pop group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut album “Runt”, but it was 1972's seminal “Something / Anything?” (on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer) that catapulted Todd into the limelight, prompting the media to dub him "Rock's New Wunderkind." This was followed by such landmark albums as “A Wizard, A True Star”, “Todd”, and “The Hermit Of Mink Hollow”. In 1974, Todd formed Utopia, who were on the cutting edge of progressive rock in the 70s, and developed into a very tidy power pop outfit in the 80s (as evidenced by such early MTV hits as "Set Me Free" and "Feet Don't Fail Me Now").
As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist, Todd Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. Among his myriad of hits are "Hello It's Me", "I Saw the Light", "Can We Still be Friends", "We Gotta Get You A Woman", "Open My Eyes", and "Bang the Drum" (the latter a mainstay on ESPN and in television commercials).
Rundgren's prolific producer's discography includes such classics as Skylarking by XTC, We're an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, War Babies by Hall & Oates, Wave by Patti Smith, and Meat Loaf's auspicious debut Bat Out of Hell (the fifth best selling album of all time with some 42 million sales). Sealing his reputation as rock's renaissance man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp's 1989 Off- Broadway production of Joe Orton's “Up Against It” (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture), as well as the score for “Dumb And Dumber” and a number of television series, including “Pee Wee's Playhouse” and “Crime Story”. He is also internationally acknowledged as the Godfather of the marriage of music and multimedia.
Few artists have been as fearless and groundbreaking - nor possess such an expansive and exceptional body of work - as Todd Rundgren has throughout his career.
Keyboardist John Ferenzik was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is an American musician, keyboardist, guitarist and composer. He has performed most notably with Todd Rundgren (on keyboards, vocals and electric guitar), and also Jefferson Starship (on keyboards, electric guitar, and bass guitar). Ferenzik has released five solo CDs: Wild Man of Bornio, Wheel of Nash, Devil's Playground, Zero Points for Zeus, and House of Boris.
Guitarist Jesse Gress tours and records with Todd Rundgren, the Mahavishnu Project, and the Grammy®- nominated Tony Levin Band. A respected performer, music educator, and former music editor of Guitar Player, Jesse has hundreds of transcription folios and magazine articles to his credit, as well as five acclaimed reference books: Guitar Licks of the Texas Blues-Rock Heroes, GuitaRevolution - Lessons from the Groundbreakers & Innovators, The Guitar Cookbook, Guitar Lick Factory, and Guitar Licks of the Brit-Rock Heroes. He currently creates content for Guitar Player.
Drummer Prairie Prince was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been a founding member of art-rock band The Tubes since 1969. He was also a major player in getting the band Journey off the ground, and over the years he's worked with Todd Rundgren, Brian Eno, Jefferson Airplane, George Harrison, and Richard Marx.
Bass player Kasim Sulton, a former member of the band Utopia, is a highly coveted sideman, singer/songwriter and is recognized and respected the world over for his work with other artists including Todd Rundgren, Blue Oyster Cult, Meat Loaf, Joan Jett, Hall and Oates, Patti Smith, Patty Smyth, Mick Jagger, and Celine Dion to name just a few. His level of involvement has ranged from playing bass, keyboards, and/or guitar, to adding vocal harmonies, singing lead, and contributing as a songwriter, to producing entire albums, as he did with the Meat Loaf VH-1 Storytellers CD, released in 1999. Sulton has released four solo CDs: Kasim, Basement Tapes, Quid Pro Quo, and 3. There isn’t much he hasn’t done in his 25 years in the music industry.
Mutlu is a soulful, singer-songwriter. A Philadelphia native and first-generation American of Turkish descent, Mutlu has already built a substantial fan base in his hometown, while winning widespread praise for his prior releases.
He's collaborated and toured extensively as a support act with legendary duo Daryl Hall & John Oates and holds the distinction of having made the most guest appearances on Daryl Hall's acclaimed, award-winning TV/Internet show "Live From Daryl's House". He's also gained considerable attention for his work with noted singer-songwriter Amos Lee, with whom he's toured extensively as a support act and backup vocalist. He's toured or shared stages with the likes of Joe Jackson, Adele, Eric Hutchinson, Katy Perry, John Hiatt, Leon Russell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Shuggie Otis, John Butler Trio, Gavin DeGraw, G. Love and Special Sauce & many more.
Born Mutlu Onaral, he grew up steeped in Philadelphia's deep R&B traditions, eagerly absorbing the fundamentals of old-school soul music and incorporating it into his own musical persona. His local success led to a recording deal with Manhattan/EMI Records, which released his acclaimed 2008 debut album Livin' It, produced by the late, great T-Bone Wolk, and featuring guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Amos Lee, G. Love and Raheem DeVaughn.
His latest release is the Hypnotize EP which he co-produced with songwriter/producer Darius Amendolia.
The Peabody has led the way as a venue where stars of the world of entertainment and the arts have attracted audiences numbered in the tens of thousands. Named in honor of benefactor Simon J. Peabody, who donated the land where the auditorium was built, the new Peabody was dedicated October 6, 1949 with a concert featuring the United States Navy Band.
Since 1949, The Peabody has been considered one of Central Florida’s preeminent showplaces for international and national artists, community events, and civic programs. Its rich entertainment history has included performances by Liberace, Red Skelton, Liza Minelli, Shirley MacLaine, Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Margo Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Tom Jones, Louie Armstrong, Jackie Mason, Itzhak Perlman, Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Willie Nelson, Jerry Seinfeld, Al Hirt, Sammy Davis Jr., Engelbert Humperdinck, David Copperfield and Dave Brubeck. Acclaimed Broadway productions have included Cats, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, STOMP, Hair, Evita, Riverdance, The Producers, Chicago, Rent, and Spamalot. The world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra began its ongoing love affair with The Peabody over 30 years ago, and the Daytona Beach Symphony Society has made the auditorium its home for more than 60 years.
Today, the auditorium attracts more than 100,000 residents and visitors annually, offers more than 200 performances of the finest professional theater, music, comedy, dance, children’s productions, opera and Broadway shows, provides educational and community programs, and remains a vital part of the areas cultural life. The Peabody is the crown jewel of Daytona’s Entertainment District.
Rundgren Radio is a fan based online talk radio show for Todd Rundgren and music fans that aired weekly for 4 years from 2007-2011 and now airs occasionally for special edition shows. All RundgrenRadio.com shows are permanently archived and can be downloaded.
Rundgren Radio has completed over 200 online radio shows with over 100 different guests and over a million downloads. They have also presented over 30 Todd Rundgren concerts.