Members of R.E.M., Yo La Tengo, The Posies, The dB's and more will be part of an "The Songs of Big Star," a "one of a kind acoustic, orchestrated" tribute concert that will happen at St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church on November 7. Big Star drummer Jody Stephens is part of it, as are Brett Harris and Charles Cleaver who played on Big Star's Third, and the whole lineup is:

  • Jody Stephens (Big Star)
  • Mike Mills (R.E.M)
  • Ken Stringfellow & Jon Auer (Posies, Big Star)
  • Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo)
  • Chris Stamey (dB's)
  • Brett Harris & Charles Cleaver (Big Star's Third)
  • Crispin Cioe (Uptown Horns) & The Occasional String Quartet

Tickets for "The Songs of Big Star" go on sale Friday, July 30 at noon, but you can get them early with the BrooklynVegan presale that begins Wednesday, July 28 at noon and runs through Thursday (7/29) at noon. Check back Wednesday morning for the presale password.

UPDATE: use presale password is THIRTEEN

You can read up on Big Star and the band's Chris Bell with journalist Rich Tupica's book, There Was a Light: The Cosmic History of Chris Bell and the Rise of Big Star, an oral history that features new and archival interviews with band members, family and friends as Mike Mills, Chris Stamey, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell, Matthew Sweet, and more. You can pick that book up in the BV shop.

Also in our shop: a vinyl reissue of Big Star's classic #1 Record that was cut from the original analogue tapes.