The music of Electric Light Orchestra lives on, Saturday at the Theatre
By Kendra Hendren
Special to the Rappahannock News
Remember 1979? I do. I was 12 years old, hanging around with my seventh-grade girlfriends at the roller rink, wearing blue eye shadow I snuck from my 19-year-old sister’s room, skating around in the dark under a disco ball and black lights, keeping my distance from the boys while remaining very aware of their presence . . .
And listening to “Don’t Bring Me Down” by the Electric Light Orchestra. Good times.
So I am grateful to Parthenon Huxley and Eric Troyer, two of the artists who have literally played a part in keeping that Electric Light shining. Musician, singer, songwriter and producer Huxley is known for his involvement since 1998 in ELO Part II and The Orchestra, both of which are latter-day offshoots of the 1970s-80s symphonic rock band Electric Light Orchestra.
Keyboardist Eric Troyer is a founding member of ELO Part II (1988) and plays alongside Hux in The Orchestra, starring other former ELO members. A much-in-demand singer, Troyer has appeared on recordings by John Lennon, Billy Joel and Aerosmith.
Huxley and Troyer will be joined by Ben Hoyt, a prodigiously talented violinist and composer, who is currently in his senior year at Peabody School of Music in Baltimore. Together these three musicians make a giant, most pleasant noise consisting of classic hits from ELO and the Beatles as well as new surprises.
Parthenon Huxley also has a dozen solo albums which are packed with meaningful songs featuring his “gold dust voice” (Mojo Magazine) and a curio cabinet’s worth of cool guitar sounds. His first single, “Buddha, Buddha,” caused Rolling Stone to gush, “You could land a marlin with these hooks!” His albums “Sunny Nights,” “P. Hux ‘Deluxe’” and “Homemade Spaceship” all received Album of the Year awards. “I Loved Everything” from the album “Purgatory Falls” climbed to No. 1 on Rolling Stone’s Exclusive Download Chart.
After touring the world to fascinating places like Chile, Russia, Dubai, Guatemala, Argentina, Ukraine, Poland, Mexico and of course all over the U.K. and U.S., it is wonderful that Huxley’s journey has lead him to Washington, Virginia. Hux said of the Little Washington Theatre, “We’re excited to be making our first appearance at this venue!”
I am, too, Hux! Looks like it’s time to get on the “Telephone Line” and alert every Tom, Dick and “Mr. Blue Sky” about the “Strange Magic” that is sure to fill the Theatre! Okay, I’ll cease with the ELO song references. . . lest you think me an “Evil Woman.”
Parthenon Huxley, Eric Troyer and Ben Hoyt arrive at 8 p.m. this Saturday (Oct. 15) for their performance at Little Washington Theatre, 291 Gay St. For tickets ($25, $10 ages 17 and younger), call 540-675-1253 or visit littlewashingtontheatre.com.