Wild Honey & Lenny Kaye Team Up For Benefit Concert Celebrating 50 Years Of ‘Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era’

[Cover photo features Lenny Kaye]

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary the release of the classic compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968, benefit concert producers the Wild Honey Foundation, original curator Lenny Kaye, and Rhino Records will present a live performance of songs from the LP and bonus material from the era as a benefit for the Autism Healthcare Collaborative. The event will take place Friday, May 19, 2023 at 8 p.m., at the historic Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., in Glendale, Calif.

The Wild Honey Orchestra Nuggets All-Star Band will include Lenny Kaye, Rob Laufer, Andrew Sandoval, Alec Palao, Jim Laspesa, Nick Vincent, Willie Aron, Jordan Summers, David Nolte, Robbie Scharf, Nelson Bragg, and Derrick Anderson. Led by Kaye, Laufer and Sandoval, this ensemble will deliver a “tight but appropriately gritty backing” for an ensemble of guest singers, including Jim Pons (The Leaves), David Aguilar (Chocolate Watchband) and Evie Sands. With guest stints by guitar legends like Elliot Easton (The Cars), Johnny Echols (Love), and Peter Buck (R.E.M.), they plan a “rousing exploration of mid-‘60s garage and early psychedelia.” 

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era is the influential 1972 compilation album of American Psychedelic and Garage-rock singles that were released during the mid-to-late 1960s. Curated by Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Band guitarist since the early 70’s), the original Nuggets’ liner notes contained one of one of the first mentions of the phrase “Punk Rock.”  

The Nuggets series has influenced many generations of rockers from The Ramones to the Lemon Twigs. With Rhino Records releasing a limited Record Store Day version this spring, Nuggets continues to influence young bands across the globe with its visceral Garage/Psychedelic power with songs like “Gloria,” “96 Tears,” “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night,” “Psychotic Reaction,” “Pushin’ Too Hard,” “Dirty Water,” “7 and 7 Is,” and over 20 more songs.

The show will benefit the Autism Healthcare Collaborative, an internationally recognized non-profit organization committed to “facilitating the medical and psychosocial stabilization of individuals and families living with autism.”

About the Wild Honey Foundation:

Since 1994, Wild Honey Foundation, a 501(c)(3), non-profit, has produced concerts, film screenings, online fundraisers, and live stream events to benefit autism treatment/research and members of the music community in need. Founded and led by Paul Rock, David Jenkins, and Andrew Sandoval, Wild Honey is a grassroots, volunteer organization dedicated to passing on the passion, creativity, and idealism found in rock, rhythm & blues, folk, classical, and pop music to future generations through cultural events of all types.

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