Fri, Oct 19

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The Irving Theater

Soft Machine in concert, featuring '70s members John Etheridge, Roy Babbington and John Marshall

Doors open 6:30pm Concert begins 7:30pm Meet And Greet Afterward All Ages Event New CD available for purchase

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Soft Machine in concert, featuring '70s members  John Etheridge, Roy Babbington and John Marshall

Time & Location

Oct 19, 2018, 6:30 PM

The Irving Theater , 5505 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219, USA

About the Event

Did you ever wonder about the line in the Mr. Mister song “Kyrie” that goes “somewhere between the soul and Soft Machine”, and think to yourself “what is this ‘soft machine’ thing?” Well, Mr. Mister paid homage to legendary fusion/rock band SOFT MACHINE, giving them their own genre unto themselves.

Soul music is a genre. So is SOFT MACHINE.

SOFT MACHINE is a legend and an institution of British music, a band who has included a who’s who of legendary musicians over five decades:

Robert Wyatt, Daevid Allen, Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers, Andy Summers (later of The Police), Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean, Roy Babbington, John Etheridge, John Marshall, Karl Jenkins, Allan Holdsworth, Percy Jones, Rick Sanders, Dave McRae and Jack Bruce among others (Jimi Hendrix briefly jammed with the band in 1968!). Since its creation in 1966, this band pioneered Psychedelic and Progressive Rock, led the 'Canterbury' trend, pioneered jazz-rock, and then guitar-led fusion (launching the guitar god Allan Holdsworth in 1974), influenced generations of musicians. Disbanded in 1978, recreated in few occasions in 1981 and 1984, the band resurfaced in 1999 under the name of Soft Ware. Much was said about this band with a very complex intriguing history of constant personal changes during the 1966-1978 period.

Various incarnations of the band, with varying line-ups of members, kept the flame alive in the 21st century.

In December 2015, it was confirmed that the band had returned to its original name, as the band now featured three of the group's 1970s era members: John Etheridge, John Marshall and Roy Babbington (from the seminal 1976's album "Softs"). Rounding out Soft Machine is legendary reed man Theo Travis, who first joined the band in 2006 and has played with major prog guitar legends David Gilmour and Robert Fripp.

In November of 2017, MoonJune Music announced that Soft Machine will perform for the first time in the USA since 1978, at the Progtober Fest, a festival of progressive music to be held in Chicago on October 20, 2018.

To celebrate Soft Machine’s triumphant return to the USA, the band is excited to be coming to Indianapolis on Friday October 19th, the night before their headlining appearance at Progtoberfest.

Another tour in Japan and South America will follow, with the second USA tour (West Coast) with Mexico in Caribbean being planned for January/February 2019.

Do not miss this rare opportunity to experience the mindblowing prog/jazz/fusion rock that *is* SOFT MACHINE. A genre all by themselves.

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