About the Project

MOBTOWNmoon: Baltimore’s Journey to the Dark Side. A thrilling new interpretation of Pink Floyd’s classic record.

The groundbreaking 1970s music of progressive rock band Pink Floyd still galvanizes listeners and inspires fellow artists. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the band’s worldwide hit record, Dark Side of the Moon, MOBTOWN MOON has brought together many of Baltimore’s most creative musicians, from across many styles and genres of music, to record and perform a unique, compelling, and unapologetically beautiful interpretation of this classic work. To date, over thirty individual musicians are involved in the recording, and even more are expected to perform the work at a premiere event in fall 2013.

This is no mere cover project recreating the original album note-for-note. That’s been done many times before. Instead, MOBTOWNmoon features fresh grooves and eclectic sounds derived from jazz, classical music, choral music, bluegrass, hip-hop and of course rock. These immortal rock-and-roll hits will be heard anew.

Created and produced by the respected writer and musician Sandy Asirvatham in collaboration with award-winning singer/songwriter ellen cherry, MOBTOWN MOON is a dramatic, singer-focused reinterpretation of Dark Side, aimed to highlight the album’s profound messages and hard-won wisdom. The songs from Dark Side take up serious themes of mortality, scarcity, conflict, and madness. MOBTOWN MOON’s version of these songs will highlight these ideas while never losing sight of the sheer cathartic beauty of the music.

Over the years, greater Baltimore has exported many resonant cultural products, including films by John Waters and Barry Levinson, the groundbreaking television of David Simon’s The Wire, and the music of important twentieth-century artists as diverse as Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Frank Zappa, and David Byrne. In more recent years, the city has fostered great new artists like Dan Deacon, Animal Collective, and Beach House. Mobtown Moon will serve as yet another unique window onto this fascinating and endlessly fertile city.

Our Planned Events

The musicians of MOBTOWN MOON will release a full-length CD in spring 2013, 40 years after the original album. The CD will be widely promoted via local, national, and some international print press (U.K. and Canada, to start). The best singles will be played on public and college radio everywhere. We’ll celebrate the release at one or two medium-sized local events.

Then on September 28, 2013, the magnificent Kraushaar Auditorium (Goucher College) will host a musically ambitious, visually thrilling premiere performance for nearly a thousand fans, young and old.

You Can Be A Part Of It!

Given the strong artistic and communal nature of this project, the co-creators have registered it as a non-profit, fiscally sponsored project under the 501(c)(3) organization Fractured Atlas. Fiscal sponsorship has already enabled Mobtown Moon to win charitable support from individual and institutional dollars. But it’s not too late for you to help ensure the start-up success of this ambitious project. Won’t you please consider a gift today? See our contribution page for more details.