The Floyd Concept To Pay Tribute At Struthers
For some musicians, performing in a cover band may be a side gig to their regular job. It’s a chance for them to explore their creativity and maybe have fun while exploring. Some cover bands reach regional success while other cover bands just enjoy the experience of playing songs by other artists.
What happens when a band covers songs by only one band or artist? It can be said that the band is known as a tribute band.
And that’s exactly what The Floyd Concept is.
For Jack Prybylski, music director, saxophonist, and keyboardist for the band, the experience is very rewarding. “The members of this band are extremely talented musicians who bring a wealth of experience to the table. On top of that, they are a great bunch of guys to be around and yes, we do ‘argue’ like brothers ‘occasionally.’ He added that is also beneficial that band members are fans of the music and know that the music needs to be recreated as accurately as possible.
Pink Floyd has been in performing with different members since the late 1960s. “Dark Side of The Moon” is one of the band’s most successful releases as well as “Wish You Were Here,” and “The Wall.” Some songs that are familiar to audiophiles are “Money,” “Time,” “Us And Them,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Have A Cigar,” “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2),” “Learning To Fly,” and “On The Turning Away.”
Pink Floyd has a vast number of songs and as musical director, Prybylski said after the hits (Money, Wish You Were Here, Another Brick In The Wall) are covered, the deeper cuts performed are usually some band member’s favorite that he would like to add to the band’s repertoire. “We also like to pick songs that will showcase an individual band member’s talents or is a song that the millions of the Pink Floyd tribute bands-of-the-world aren’t doing,” he added.
Prybylski noted that because he is a saxophonist, some of his favorite Pink Floyd songs to play have sax parts in them including “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” “Terminal Frost,” “Dogs of War,” “Money,” and “Us And Them.”
Prybylski said he chose to become a member of The Floyd Concept because the music was new and interesting to him. “Being a saxophonist, I was drawn more to horn section-infused bands during Pink Floyd’s heyday. I knew some of their hits but wasn’t familiar with their extensive catalog. So this music is new to me, and I’m really enjoying it.”
The longevity of Pink Floyd spans over five decades, and fans still enjoy the older songs as much as any new music the band produces. Prybylski said the popularity and longevity are because Pink Floyd’s music resonates on so many levels. “There’s the music itself – the melodies, the chord progressions, the “nuts and bolts” of musical compositions that were blended so intelligently together to create timeless compositions. There’s the emotional impact of the lyrics. Incorporating the visual effects used in their concerts enhanced the emotions experienced by their listeners, which resulted in generations of passionate fans across decades.”
The band started in 2016, and Prybylski joined in 2018. Today, three of the original members are still performing with the band: co-founder and keyboardist Michael Digaetano, drummer Dan Bird, and lead vocalist and guitarist Tom Bender. More information on the band may be found on the band’s website thefloydconcept.com. And according to the website, during the two hour show, fans will hear plenty of hits including “Money,” “Wish You Were Here,” and Another Brick in the Wall plus selected album cuts such as “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” “Pigs,” and “On The Turning Away.” The show consists of a spectacular stage production that duplicates the sight and sound of a ‘live’ Pink Floyd performance.
The Floyd Concept will perform two shows Friday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Struthers Library Theatre, 302 W. Third Ave., Warren, Pa. For more information, call 489-3110 or visit yankeebushproductions.