Yes

It's safe to say that Yes hold more than their fair share of blame for the current bloated onslaught of jam bands. However, drop a needle on a vinyl copy of Fragile or Close To The Edge while losing yourself in Roger Dean's moonscapes and all is forgiven. Yes somehow manage to combine the harmonic love of Simon and Garfunkel, the jam-session vibe of early Grateful Dead and the darker, more atmospheric explorations of Pink Floyd and a love for the uplifting beauty of classical music into a challenging (but incredibly palatable) presentation. While the band has had the typical share of lineup changes and periods of less than stellar work that come with being together for more than 40 years, Yes continues to show that progressive pop doesn't have to be dumbed down to make an impact. With Peter Frampton. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Thu., July 15, 6 p.m., 2010

 
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