By Kathy Chouteau
Take one part kaleidoscope, another part experimental “Beetle,” and you have a musical act that sounds like it might have originated in the 1960s by some lads from Liverpool.
Turns out, the aforementioned describes a modern-day concert that’s coming our way from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 13, 2019, when John Pennington of Beetle Box—an experiential keyboardist and solo artist—performs at Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Pl., in Point Richmond.
Pennington, who hails all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas and who goes by his musical name Beetle Box, will be appearing in Point Richmond as he winds his way around the country as part of his “On the Square Tour” this summer with stops in Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.
According to Beetle Box, he is an “experimental composer, keyboardist, and solo artist…who creates original, piano-centered electronic music for live performance.” The musician goes on to highlight that his “intricate control at the keys triggers a plethora of intertwined acoustic and computer-generated sounds,” and that he draws “inspiration from a wide range of different genres…[featuring] everything from dubstep synthesizers and pop-single samples to orchestral instrumentations and Indian temple rhythms.”
Beetle Box states that he “has carved out a niche somewhere between beautiful and strange, and consistently forges a unique and engaging experience for his audience.” According to the musician, his performance is open to people of all ages.