Jerry Harrison and Bernie Worrell Share the Stage in Mill Valley
Talking Heads multi-instrumentalist Jerry Harrison played an impromptu show with Bernie Worrell Orchestra at Mill Valley, CA’s Sweetwater Music Hall last night. The collaboration comes on the heels of Harrison’s special guest appearance with the Bernie Worrell Orchestra at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on July 4. Sweetwater manager Aaron Kayce was quoted speaking about the last-minute booking in the Mill Valley Patch, “Jerry called me and said, ‘It looks like you have Tuesday open,’ [and] I said, ‘This Tuesday? Yeah, but that’s like four days away.‘ When he said it was he and Bernie Worrell, I said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
Taking up position behind a battery of keyboards, including clavinet, Moog synthesizer, Nord Electro and analog sequencer, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers pounded through repertoire from the BWO, Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads and The Beatles. Worell toured and recorded with Talking Heads in the ’80s and recently performed with Talking Heads co-founders Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth in Connecticut.
Since Talking Heads broke up in 1991, Harrison has turned to production and sporadic film work, making last Tuesday’s stage performance a rarity celebrated by fans on Twitter and Facebook. Meanwhile, the Bernie Worrell Orchestra will continue its aggressive tour, with their next stop planned at Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, MO on Thursday, July 11.