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Pink Floyd tribute to finish Rally in the Alley season with 'Animals'

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    Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here will play Sunday evening at Rally in the Alley behind Main Street Cafe.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN WARD

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Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here will play Sunday evening at Rally in the Alley behind Main Street Cafe.

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MEDINA — Main Street Cafe owner Gary Quesada said he expects about 1,500 fans for the Wish You Were Here concert Sunday evening, the final Rally in the Alley show of the season.

The tribute band will play Pink Floyd’s 1977 “Animals” album in its entirety, along with other Floyd classics, hits and obscurities. The album’s songs are “Pigs on the Wing 1,” “Dogs,” “Pigs (Three Different Ones),” “Sheep” and “Pigs on the Wing 2.”

The 7 p.m. concert is in the alley behind Main Street Cafe, 17 Public Square. Cost per ticket is $20 if purchased in advance at www.themainstreetcafe.com/rally-in-the-alley or $25 the day of the show.

The 17th season of Rally in the Alley will come to a close with Mr. Speed (Kiss tribute) tonight and Stylee Wild (classic rock) Saturday. Both events are free and will begin about 7 p.m.

Wish You Were Here will put a lid on the season Sunday.

Quesada said Sunday’s show is “unbelievable.”

“If you come here and listen to these guys, you’d think you were at a Pink Floyd concert,” he said. “They are that good.”

Quesada said the Cleveland band will have lasers, video and, of course, blown-up pigs on stage.

“They are most definitely worth it,” he said. “They play good venues.”

He said Vertical Sound of Cleveland will handle the band’s sound system for the show.

“They sound so good in the alley,” Quesada said. “If you heard them at House of Blues, it wouldn’t sound as good. They are top notch. You don’t get a better sound company.”

He said the Floyd tribute band is the biggest concert of the season.

“You’re not going to be disappointed,” Quesada said. “Even if you don’t like Pink Floyd, you’re still going to love them. It’s definitely one you can’t miss.”

Quesada added a new feature this year — a covered stage for the bands.

“It (was) like a big semi-trailer, like a Transformer,” he has said.

Quesada rented the trailer for the entire season from a company in Toledo.

“We didn’t cancel a rally for the first time in 17 years,” he said.

“It’s been great. Nobody was stressed out (because of the weather). Some of the bands have vintage equipment. I sometimes had to cancel when (I) couldn’t protect it. When that rain comes, you have to cover that stuff. Now, we don’t have to worry about the elements.”

He said Vertical Sound’s crew of about 10 people was setting up a larger stage Thursday for the weekend events.

He said Wish You Were Here brings in an entourage of about 25 people, and it’s the band’s 15th year coming to the rally, Quesada said.

“I don’t care if it costs $50. People won’t be disappointed,” he said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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