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This summer, The Museum of Science has enlisted a trio of Boston bands for its monthly live music series. The audio and visual experience inside the Charles Hayden Planetarium kicked off last month with Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, continues next week (July 20) with Niki Luparelli & the Gold Diggers, and wraps with a double-shot of sets from known star-gazers Hallelujah the Hills.
That finale, as it turns out, should be something special, and Jah Hills have stacked the deck for their August 17 appearance with two shows and an enhanced, orchestral lineup. Joining Ryan Walsh and company are Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor, singer/songwriters Marissa Nadler and Will Dailey, violist Dave Curry of Thalia Zedek Band, and a choir that includes members of Boston Cream, Long Gone, Headband, and Land of Enchantment.
The dome-screen of the Hayden Planetarium should provide a pretty interesting visual component to Hallelujah The Hills’ tested indie rock stylings.
“Museum of Science has done Planetarium shows set to famous pop/rock acts for years but decided, this summer, to try it with live bands,” Walsh tells Vanyaland. “We give them our set list and lyrics and they base the visual show on that. As soon as we heard that, and saw the demo, we knew we wanted to make the show as special as possible.”
Walsh says a show of this gravitational magnitude meant his band should bring in some notable guests from across the Boston music galaxy. “I grew up being in awe of that Planetarium,” he adds. “So we asked a bunch of friends to join us and create this grander version of the band for one night. Didn’t want to transplant our fast, distorted, guitar style of last album [2016’s A Band Is Something To Figure Out] for this show. We started out as more of an orchestrated band so this, weirdly, is kind of a throwback for us.”
Tickets to the two Hallelujah The Hills shows (7:30 and 9 p.m.), as well as Niki Luparelli & the Gold Diggers’ appearance next week, are on sale now. Get advance ticket info here, and, perhaps as a timely shout-out to those driving in from out of town, listen to a freshly-minted rehearsal recording of a new Jah Hills song called “I Drove All Night To Be Here” below.