Jeff Krinks, Adventure Science Center
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Adventure Science Center Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of
Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon
March 9 fundraising event features laser show, live music
NASHVILLE, Feb. 22, 2013—Some critics have called it the greatest rock concept album ever recorded. For others, it conjures memories of a youthful psychedelic trip. Forty years after its release in March 1973, Pink Floyd’s iconic The Dark Side of the Moon is still a masterpiece known for being one of the best-selling albums of all time.
On March 9, Floyd fans from across Middle Tennessee will be “On the Run” to “The Great Gig in the Sky,” celebrating the album’s 40th anniversary at a special Laser Show Experience and Party at Adventure Science Center. The event, which features live music by Nashville’s own Pink Floyd Appreciation Society, runs from 7 to 10 p.m.
Tickets are available at www.adventuresci.org/darkside or by calling (615) 401-5067. Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite Floyd or tie-dye T-shirt to the show.
The event benefits the Science Center’s Annual Fund and will include:
- A full-length planetarium laser show of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon
- Live music by the Pink Floyd Appreciation Society
- Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer
- Cosmic exhibits open in the Space Chase area
“Anyone who loves Pink Floyd music knows that it’s highly visual, even cinematic,” said Jeff Krinks, director of marketing at Adventure Science Center. “Watching The Dark Side of the Moon laser show is like going on a 43-minute journey through the cosmos. When it’s finished you feel as if you’ve traveled through space and landed right back in Nashville.”
The laser show features digital animations and abstract effects against a full-dome backdrop, giving viewers the sense that they’re gliding through the stars. The effect is especially mind-bending when combined with Pink Floyd’s sonic wizardry.
During the event the Pink Floyd Appreciation Society—a Nashville-based tribute band—will be performing songs from Floyd’s entire catalog on a special stage set in the Science Center’s moonwalk simulator.
In conjunction with the celebration, the Sudekum Planetarium will be showing Pink Floyd-themed laser shows on the remaining Saturdays after the anniversary party. Programs will include songs from the band’s earliest days to more recent hits. For a complete list of show times, visit http://www.sudekumplanetarium.com/laser/.
“We’re excited about exposing a younger generation to this music,” Krinks said. “And our hope is that it will go both ways. Perhaps someone who already loves the music will discover all that Adventure Science Center has to offer.”
Event sponsored by Fat Bottom Brewing, 105.9 The Rock and Nashville Scene.
About the Album
Since its release, The Dark Side of the Moon has made rock music history by selling 50 million copies—plenty of “Money” in the bank for founding members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and the late Richard Wright. Its unprecedented reign on the Billboard charts for nearly 14 years straight helped make it the third best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller and AC/DC’s Back In Black.
Recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London, Dark Side set new standards for the idea of a “concept” album. It also helped earn Pink Floyd a permanent seat in the pantheon of rock stardom, with more hit albums throughout the 70s, including Wish You Were Here and The Wall.
About Adventure Science Center
For more than 65 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.
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