To say it simply, The Zombies are one of the most likable bands of all time. Responsible for at least one full-length masterpiece (1968's Odessey and Oracle), The Zombies have actually reunited several times for short spells. After a two-decade break, they returned in 1991 for the audaciously named New World. After another decade-plus break, they returned in 2004 and 2011 for fresh batches. Still led by Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, the post-millennial Zombies depend upon the same mix of sweet singing, dark-hearted tinges and sophisticated melodies that they did in their prime. Their arrival not in a festival or amphitheater-package setting is one of the area's biggest booking surprises in a decade.
In recognition of this strange and special occasion, Chris Stamey has assembled a new act for the night's opening slot (and beyond, we're told). Keying on his experience leading large-scale re-creations of Big Star's final album, Stamey has gathered an all-star cast of locals, including Skylar Gudasz and Mitch Easter, plus members of The Old Ceremony, Free Electric State and Mayflies USA. As The Fellow Travelers, they'll play some new tunes and reconfigure tunes from The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Left Banke. Likely, this is a one-time-only sort of show. —Grayson Currin