Though The Charles Brooks Collective is known for its jazz-fusion jams, the group will tackle a psychedelic rock band this weekend.
The band and guest vocalist Margaret Fowler will perform songs from Pink Floyd at 7 p.m. Saturday at Dyson House Listening Room during Wish You Were Here — A Pink Floyd Tribute Experience.
The focus isn't solely on that classic 1975 album but more of a series of songs from various albums that will be strung together. Brooks, the state's only four-mallet vibraphonist, said the idea for the show came right after a spring gig at the Dyson House. Venue owner John Burns had the idea, and Brooks, without pause, said "book it."
"Pink Floyd has universal appeal," Brooks said. "Everybody has an album of theirs. You go to the mall, and I bet you could spot at least three people wearing a 'Dark Side of the Moon' T-shirt. That was the motivation for doing this show. As soon as (Burns) discussed the idea, I latched onto it. I said, 'I'm not playing. Book the date.' "
Then came the challenge of relistening, restudying and digging back into Pink Floyd's vast catalog, which includes 15 studio albums. Brooks welcomed the challenge.
"What I found out again the week I relistened to the band's material is that there's a natural magnetism to Pink Floyd," Brooks said. "The band speaks to a lot of different people. As a composer and performer, listening to these songs, what I hear is that I could do 20 of these shows easily and each of those shows could have different programming."
For this show, however, Brooks wanted to have a conversation with the audience. He had to stop himself from digging too much in the record crate.
"I had to make my decisions on the set list and let that be final," he said. "It's just album after album that everyone loves."
At Saturday's show, audiences can expect a few classics like "Have a Cigar" and "Comfortably Numb." The key here, though, is how the band will mix jazz and fusion elements into songs that are mainly progressive and experimental rock. But don't worry, the Collective has the talent to deliver with Chris Lee on drums, Robert Kling on bass, and John Bishop on guitar.
There's also that natural connection between Pink Floyd and jazz.
"Pink Floyd isn't considered a fusion or jazz group, but man, they're great improvisers and technicians," Brooks said. "That's exactly what great jazz musicians are."
WISH YOU WERE HERE
A Pink Floyd tribute experience with The Charles Brooks Collective and guest vocalist Margaret Fowler
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Dyson House Listening Room, 7575 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge
COST: $15-$25, $35 VIP online at brownpapertickets.com