The music of one of rock's most legendary acts will resound at Wilmington's World Café Live at the Queen on Sept. 13 as the tribute band In The Light presents "Queen at the Queen," an evening of Queen's epic song catalog.
The eight-piece outfit In The light is backed by a 25-person choir that includes members of The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware.
In The Light was formed by musician Matt Urban for the purpose of presenting a live production of Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" record. A sold-out triumph at Arden Gild Hall and a huge hit at World Café Live in Wilmington, the act featured Joe Trainor on vocals, Scott Lawing and Andy Faver on guitar, Steve Kuzminski on keyboards and Christian Salcedo on bass. Urban played drums. The original six return for "Queen at The Queen," along with new additions Jake Hager on guitar and Tom Mucchetti on piano and keyboards.
"I didn't ask nor expect that everyone would want to continue together after our 'Physical Graffiti' shows," Urban said. "The fact that everyone was enthused to continue doing projects together was a dream come true. To be taking on Queen's deep and challenging catalog of music with these guys is pretty spectacular."
Lead vocalist and project music director Joe Trainor agrees.
"Watching it all come together – the singers, the choir and sometimes up to four guitar players at a time–has been fascinating," Trainor said. "It's probably the largest musical undertaking I've ever been involved with."
The Rainbow Chorale, led by Ellie Armsby, is a natural fit for backing up the band — though in the beginning, Armsby had her doubts.
"It's a little bit of a departure for us, but our ensemble is having a lot of fun," Armsby said. "And as a classically trained musician, it's been a surprise to discover just how involved and sophisticated the vocal lines for this show are." She also credits "the true collaboration between the chorus and the band" as a prime example of the Chorale's mission to bridge differences within the LGBT and straight community through shared musical experiences.
The first act of "Queen at the Queen" showcases six singers. Matt Casarino and Jill Knapp of the popular regional band Hot Breakfast! are prominently featured, along with Dylan Geringer, John Keating, Christine Molino and Adam Wahlberg.
In The Light founder Urban is excited.
"This is a powerful and versatile band and I am honored to play with each and every person," he said. "To perform Queen, with a full choir backing us, at such a beautiful venue — this is something special not to be missed."
"Queen at the Queen" will kickoff on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. General admission for the show is $20. For more information, visit queen.worldcafelive.com.