Progressive rock can be both challenging and accessible, much like a James Joyce pop-up book or a mathematical proof written in barbecue sauce. Calculate the thrills of the incalculably catchy with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $18, you get one reserved ticket to see Todd Rundgren’s Utopia at the Akron Civic Theatre on Saturday, November 12, at 8 p.m. (up to a $37 value, including all ticketing fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Reserved seating is located on the balcony level.
Multifaceted rocker Todd Rundgren has racked up fans for more than 40 years with an eclectic spread of music that ranges from tidy pop nuggets to sprawling paintings of progressive sound. Like a Voltron made of virtuoso musicians, Rundgren’s seminal prog-rock ensemble, Utopia, combines to embark on its first tour in 35 years, treating fans to a night of tricky, trippy rock exploration. Starring the original Utopians, including bassist John Siegler, drummer Kevin Ellman, and key-whiz Ralph Schuckett, the band blows minds with tunes culled from its first two albums, which mid-'70s listeners lugged up beanstalks to play on giants' quadraphonic turntables. From 30-minute epics such as “The Ikon,” to fan favorites including “The Seven Rays,” Todd Rundgren’s Utopia plays with spark, stamina, and imagination.
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