Talking Heads guitarist, Jerry Harrison, and former Talking Heads touring guitarist, Adrian Belew are reuniting once again in 2022 to present Remain in Light to RoSFest. After a successful tour in 2021 celebrating the album’s 40th anniversary, the two musicians will be bringing The Talking Heads’ critically acclaimed album, along with additional musical surprises to kick-start the 3-day event on Friday April 15.
Remain in Light, the 4th studio album by the Talking Heads, was released in 1980 from instrumental jam sessions at the band’s Bahamas studio. Integral to the recordings was the collection of looped layers of polyrhythms and world-beat sounds that were combined with the help of producer Brian Eno to create the unique recording that became the Talking Heads signature sound for the rest of their tenure. Even today, the funky dance rhythms of Remain in Light have proven to carry a timelessness that spans generations, as it continues to find new, younger audiences.
Jerry Harrison joined The Talking Heads in 1977 before releasing their debut album, Talking Heads: 77. They produced their first chart single, “Psycho Killer” that same year. After the band went on indefinite hiatus in 1991, Harrison produced a number of hit albums for bands such as Live, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the Violent Femmes. He has released three solo albums, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Talking Heads in 2002.
Adrian Belew has been a household name in the art rock world spanning over 40 years. His unusual guitar technique and use of unique tonal sounds has given him a versatile edge in every band in which he has performed. He is best known for his tenure with progressive rock group King Crimson from 1981 to 2009, but has a remarkable CV, having toured with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, Nine Inch Nails, and with most recent band, Gizmodrome. He has released 19 solo albums on both Island Records and Atlantic Records. He was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category.
California-based, Pattern Seeking Animals, featuring Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan, Dave Meros, and John Boegehold, and art-pop trio, Arc Iris, are the latest additions to the festival’s 2022 Easter line-up. Both acts had originally been billed to play at the canceled 2020 edition of RoSFest; “we know the care and enthusiasm for great live music that George Roldan [festival founder and former director] always put into his line-up choices, so it made sense to try and pick up directly from where he left off and rebook bands who should have played at the Sarasota Opera house back in 2020 but lost out due to the pandemic”, says Board of Director member, Octavia Brown, “something already seen when we announced Lobate Scarp earlier this year”
P-SA’s appearance at RoSFest is set to be just one in a series of live shows planned (and the first since the band got together in 2018) to support the release of their as yet untitled third studio album. It also represents a second festival performance for Jimmy Keegan, already part of the festival line-up as a drummer with Robert Berry’s 3.2.
Arc Iris, on the other hand, will be bringing their own very unique flavor to the festival. Originally the solo project of Jocie Adams, their heavily textured melodies and rhythms will, without doubt, captivate the RoSFest audience.
Arc Iris released its acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014 on ANTI/Bella Union and followed it up in 2016 with “Moon Saloon”, a record which represents a natural progression of the first album’s whimsical explorations and energetic diversity. Produced by the group and mixed by electronic producer David Wrench of FKA Twigs and Jamie xx fame, “Moon Saloon” showcases beat-heavy melodies and textural, groove-riding rhythms. Following the release of their second album, the band toured a complete re-imagination of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’. The band later went on to release their cover version of the classic 1971 album under the name of “Foggy Lullaby” in 2018, a year which also saw the release of their fourth album, “Icon of Ego”. Shortly before the pandemic, the band premiered its most ambitious project to date, “iTMRW: A Sci-Fi Ballet”.
After already announcing three bands for their 2022 line-up (King’s X, Lobate Scarp and Ten Jinn, for any of you who may have missed previous announcements), RoSFest has added another name to the bill: Robert Berry’s 3.2. This new addition seems to suggest that the new Board of Directors is definitely out to make quite an impression in its mission to steer the Rites of Spring Festival forward into the future.
Guitarist, vocalist and record producer, Robert Berry, released the album The Rules Have Changed under the name of 3.2 in 2018. Initially a project embarked upon with Keith Emerson as a follow-up to the 1988 album To The Power Of Three by 3, Berry was, alas, left to complete the album on his own following Emerson’s death in 2016.
The recent 2021 release, Third Impression, albeit considered more of a solo album, ends quite fittingly, with the superb track, Never, the last song Berry wrote with Keith Emerson, a touching tribute to one of the world’s finest keyboard players.
The 3.2 live line-up features Robert Berry on bass and lead vocals, Paul Keller on guitars, Andrew Colyer on keyboards and Jimmy Keegan on drums.
Melodic Revolution Records (MRR) outfit, Ten Jinn, are confirmed to play RoSFest 2022.
Formed in 1991 by John Paul Strauss, this neoclassical-progressive rock band has a vast array of sounds and nuances in its musical palette; expertly blended they create wide soundscapes in an extraordinary range of styles combined with careful attention to detail. Their catalogue of five studio albums, including a tribute to the late and great David Bowie, is set to be extended by two new releases in the not too distant future; Aradis, due out late 2021 – early 2022, and Worlds: the Four Worlds of the Hopi (release date still to be announced).
Ten Jinn will be one of four bands playing on Saturday, April 16th at the Sarasota Opera House as part of the 18th edition of this much-loved festival.
When RoSFest 2020 was canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic and festival founder, George Roldan, went on to announce that he would no longer be organizing the festival, many bands and musicians thought they had seen the curtain come down on their dreams of playing at the beautiful Sarasota Opera House, none more so than those who had been scheduled to play that year.
One such band is Lobate Scarp and we are delighted to announce that we were able to reschedule their performance for 2022.
We look forward to finally welcoming Adam Sears, Andy Catt, Peter Matuchniak, Lance Crane, and Emer Kinsella to Sarasota and we can’t wait to hear their live performance. RoSFest: Music. Culture. Community.
Lobate Scarp will kick off the 2nd day’s festivities on Saturday, April 16th, 2022.
Lobate Scarp’s twist on Progressive Rock music will take you on a unique musical journey. Their music has given delight to fans of Yes, Rush, Queen, 80’s pop, and musical theater alike.
King’s X will be headlining on Sunday April 17th, showing that RoSFest’s new Board of Directors has every intention of bringing its first edition of the festival to a magnificent close.
Video by Shelby Logan Warne
The US rock trio, whose latest album is currently being finalized at the Bernie Grundman Mastering facility in California, is eager to get back on the road after their 2019 touring plans had to be canceled and the covid-19 pandemic plunged the entire live music scene into a forced hiatus throughout 2020 and the best part of 2021. With their thirteenth studio album promising to be a powerful blend of sounds ranging from “’Penny Lane’ to the heaviest MESHUGGAH’”, according to frontman, Doug Pinnick, RoSFest organizers felt they couldn’t let their patrons miss out on what promises to be a spectacular show.