Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell will debut his new project, Kind Heaven Orchestra, at The Fillmore on Sunday. The performance, which will have audio and visual elements, will feature members of Foo Fighters, Motley Crue, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and current members of Jane’s Addiction.
It’s a concert marking the inaugural Bill Graham Festival of Lights, a new complement to the Bill Graham Menorah festivities that have taken place in Union Square every year since 1975. The late concert promoter, a Holocaust refugee, boosted the annual Chanukah Menorah lighting then, creating what is now Bill Graham Menorah Day, also on Sunday.
Bill Graham Menorah Project producer Billy Cohen said the two events are part of a broader effort to bring more events to San Francisco that give a nod to Chanukah and music.
“Building on the fact that the menorah here contributed to starting huge menorah projects around the world and Bill being this important cultural contributor as well as a holocaust survivor,” Cohen said, “we want to make sure we bring light and have other concerts and other events that celebrate him and Hanukkah.”
Cohen said Perry Farrell was a fan of Graham. As a producer and promoter of Lollapalooza, Farrell felt close to Graham’s philosophies of how to present art. Farrell also has a connection to the Jewish faith and has performed DJ sets at the menorah lighting in years past. When the idea was floated that Farrell debut Kind Heaven Orchestra at the first Bill Graham Festival of Lights, the musician was all in.
Kind Heaven Orchestra features a string section and pulls on the talents of Perry Farrell and several members of other supergroups. There will be orchestral scoring by Hollywood composer Harry Gregson-Williams as well as what promoters are calling a “first-of-its-kind sound mix by IMN Creative” to produce a new music experience for fans.
Cohen said the Kind Heaven Orchestra is “rooted in rock and roll” and a will feature a broad spectrum of sound. A Kind Heaven Orchestra album is slated to be released in 2019.
“This is going to be up there with the great work [Farrell has] ever done,” Cohen said. “I know this isn’t going to be straight rock and roll, and it’s going to be a thrill to catch this early and see what he’s doing.”
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