British Prog Rock musician Steven Wilson will be performing in concert at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Sunday, December 16, 2018. Self-taught producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist, Steven Wilson has gradually become one of the U.K.’s most critically acclaimed cult artists.
Twenty something years ago, around the time that the first records bearing Steven Wilson’s name began attracting critical interest, the big message in rock ‘n roll was that modern life was rubbish. Sound tracking a politically grey country stuck in a technological rut, popular music seemed to echo the underlying thought of the time. Fast-forwarding to the second decade of the 21st century. Politics are in a state of self-inflicted turmoil; the connective technology that was meant to free us has become weaponized. It’s like everybody’s got the start of the millennium psychosis blues and modern life is out of control.
With that in mind, how should music in 2017 react to the flux and uncertainty of the here and now? If you’re Steven Wilson, now unarguably the UK’s biggest underground artist, the response is less about trying to make a state of the nation address and more about holding up a well-polished mirror to reflect back the chaos. Lyrically, the 11 tracks on Steven Wilson’s fifth album, “To The Bone”, tackle such era-defining themes as everyday fanaticism; self-loathing caused by the pressures of online life; displacement by war and the hope that we try to pass on to future generations. Musically, the whole thing sparks and flashes in arcs of glorious color, fusing driving futurist rock and spectral electronics to elegiac hyperspace ambience and dizzying squalling guitars.
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:30pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase your General Admission Standing tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.