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The Center For The Arts Presents Pushin’ Too Hard – The Seeds Documentary Film Screening and LIVE Concert with host DJ Vinyl Avenger

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 6:00 PM The Marisa Funk Theater

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  • Schedule:
  • 6:00pm – Film Doors
  • 6:50pm – Film Screening of The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard (90min) followed by a Q&A with director Neil Norman
  • 8:40-9:20 – Private Meet & Greet Reception
  • 9:00pm – Concert Doors
  • 9:30pm – The Seeds LIVE!
  • Followed by a DJ Set by Vinyl Avenger

  • Film Only
  • $17 Member, $20 General Public
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  • Concert Standing Room Only
  • $24 Member, $27 General Public
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  • Concert Seated General Admission
  • $42 Member, $45 General Public
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  • Save up to $10 with purchase of film and concert ticket.
  • Add $25 to any Concert & Film ticket for a private meet & greet with the band before the show plus a limited edition poster (a $20 value)!
  • Film+Concert Standing Room Only
  • $34 Member, $37 General Public
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  • Film+Concert Seated General Admission
  • $52 Member, $55 General Public
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 The Center for the Arts’ Music & Films Series is proud to present a singular event; an historic evening of film and live music…

Begin the evening with a film screening of the renowned documentary film “The Seeds: Pushin Too Hard” followed by a Q&A with producer Neil Norman (award winning psy-fi composer, owner of GNP/Crescendo, and son of Gene Norman).

Following the film, The Seeds LIVE, reuniting for the first time since 1996, featuring original founding members Daryl Hooper on keyboards with Don Boomer (who replaced original drummer Rick Andridge in 1968) on drums. Rounding out the band are seasoned session guitarist Jeff Prentice with dynamic lead man Paul Kopf delivering the vocals. And while the band primarily performed on stage as a quartet in the 60’s, their studio recordings always included a bassist so they have brought in 5 time Grammy nominated producer and rock archivist Alec Palao on bass to complete the stage show.

Close out the evening with a dance party like no other! Let loose to the underground sounds of DJ Vinyl Avenger spinning rare 60’s wax with a special set of proto punk / garage / psych!


“A Must See” Glen Starkey – New Times

“Hot, Terse 45s”– Rolling Stone

Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia and audio, and fresh interviews with band members and associates as well as notable fans and observers, Pushin’ Too Hard relates the bizarre rage-to-riches-to-rags tale of the rock quartet who took Los Angeles by storm in the mid-60s.

The band‘s story is examined in detail in The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard. All four original Seeds are represented, alongside auxiliary members, band associates, and contemporaries such as Kim Fowley, Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys and Johnny Echols of Love. Major fans like Iggy Pop and The Bangles weigh in on what The Seeds meant to them. Narration is by noted author Miss Pamela Des Barres.

The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard is directed by Neil Norman, produced by Alec Palao and edited by Dan Schaarschmidt. Award-winning director Norman and four-time Grammy nominee Palao have spent the past six years developing the project. The movie is accompanied by a major overhaul of the Seeds’ catalog and the gripping original soundtrack on GNP Crescendo and Ace/Big Beat Records in the UK.

About the Director, Neil Norman

Now the director of the GNP/Crescendo label, the son of legendary GNP founder, DJ, Impresario, club owner, TV personality, Gene Norman, Neil Norman has transformed his band, Neil Norman & His Cosmic Orchestra, into the world’s leading authority on science fiction music. A session guitarist as a teenager, Norman recorded with “The Wrecking Crew, The Monkees, Arthur Lyman, Kim Fowley and multiple recording stars. He concurrently became resident film scorer as a student at UCLA Film School. He recorded his debut solo album, Not of This Earth, while still attending the university. His first single; “Phaser-Laser” went to #1 on many college radio charts.

A highly skilled producer, Norman has worked with such artists as The Ventures, Queen Ida, Robin Trower, Jerry Goldsmith, Christopher Young and Savoy Brown. He served as executive producer of 20 Star Trek albums, including soundtracks to Generations and the Emmy award-winning Star Trek Voyager, and executive-produced the soundtrack albums of Mission: Impossible, Land of the Giants, The Outer Limits, Lost in Space, Forbidden Planet, The Time Tunnel, Godzilla, Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea, Star Trek TOS, Star Trek The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Quantum Leap. He has won 3 Best Soundtrack of the Year awards as well as 4 Indie awards for, Best Indie Rock album, Best Indy Zydeco album and two Best Soundtrack albums.

He played his first gig at Jennifer Jones’ house at age 12 and has since performed in 44 states as well as Europe and South America from Roswell to Rio, Pasadena to Las Vegas, London to Vandenburg space launch complex. He has appeared on CNN, Talk Soup, CBS, Creature Features, Xuxa’s Planeta 100, Star Trek: The Official Cruises, The Big Breakfast, The Howard Stern show, MTV and STAR TREK Voyager.

Neil has sold over one million albums as artist and over four million as producer.

Neil’s new release as director is The SEEDS: Pushin’ Too Hard documentary. Starring Sky Saxon, Iggy Pop, Jan Savage, Kim Fowley, the Bangles, Daryl Hooper and a cast of “rock legends”.



“One of the great garage punk bands of the 1960s” – allmusic.com

THE SEEDS remain one of the most iconic American rock bands of the mid-1960s. Their signature hits ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ and ‘Can’t Seem To Make You Mine’ still pack a punch with both the original baby boomers and a legion of new and younger fans. Led by the late Sky Saxon, the Seeds were associated with Flower Power at the time, but their musical legacy actually resides within 70s punk and all alternative music thereafter. In fact, the band’s minimalist sound is probably more influential now than during their brief flash of record success.

The Seeds germinated in southern California in early 1965 with the original line-up of Sky Saxon on vocals, keyboard player Daryl Hooper, guitarist Jan Savage and drummer Rick Andridge.  Signed to the GNP Crescendo label, the group graduated from a hip “underground” reputation in the clubs of Hollywood to heavy regional airplay for their attitude-laden records like ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’, ‘Can’t Seem To Make You Mine’ and ‘Mr Farmer.’ Numerous TV appearances, best-selling albums such as The Seeds and A Web Of Sound, and unprecedented scenes of fan pandemonium across the country and Canada followed.

Management pushed the copy-worthy “flower power” angle, but the act’s subsequent records such as the ambitious Future album were less successful, and the original personnel fractured in 1968. Hooper departed in 1970, leaving Sky Saxon to peddle the Seeds’ brand since the 1980s across the globe with successive sets of sidemen. However, the magic of the original quartet could never be equaled by the increasing eccentricities of Saxon.

Because Crescendo have always kept the group’s records in print, the Seeds’ edgy, distinctive brand of garage rock continues to attract a whole new audience with each generation. Usage in films, advertisements and the recent rehabilitation of the Seeds catalog on CD with bonus tracks – leading to accolades in Rolling Stone and elsewhere – has kept the band’s profile high, as has the 2015 rockumentary The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard, directed by Neil Norman and produced/written by Alec Palao. The film gathers the band further plaudits wherever it is shown.

And now in 2017, fifty years since their heyday, The Seeds are back, led by founding member Daryl Hooper. Joining him are drummer Don Boomer – Seeds alumnus from late 1968 – and as special guest on selected dates, guitarist Jan Savage (original members Sky Saxon and Rick Andridge passed in 2009 and 2011 respectively). Hooper in particular wished to reclaim the Seeds name and recapture the classic energy of the original line-up, and so he handpicked the rest of the crew: Seeds archivist and Grammy-nominated producer Alec Palao on bass, seasoned session guitarist Jeff Prentice, and last but not least, the dynamic Paul Kopf on lead vocals, in look and sound bringing the energy of Sky Saxon to the stage.


The Seeds have been among the most frequently cited pre-punk influences by American punk musicians since the 1970s. Cover versions of various Seeds songs have been recorded by The Dwarves, Alex Chilton, Johnny Thunders, The Ramones, Yo La Tengo, Garbage, Murder City Devils, Spirits in the Sky Paul Parker, Pere Ubu, The Makers, The Embarrassment, The Bangles, The Rubinoos, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and other artists. Some lyrics in Frank Zappas album Joe’s Garage satirically refer to “Pushin’ Too Hard”: “You’re plooking too hard, Plooking too hard on ME”.

On July 24, 2009, members of The Smashing Pumpkins, Love, and The Electric Prunes performed a tribute concert at the Echoplex in Los Angeles in memory of Sky Saxon.


Garage Rock fanatic and illustrator, Olaf Jens, a.k.a.The Vinyl Avenger, was born in The Netherlands in 1965, the same year that “Pushin’ Too Hard” was released. Since the 80’s, he’s been DJ-ing at parties, clubs, and festivals across the world, specializing in uncompromised raw and primitive Garage Rock ‘N’ Roll from past and present. He also has hosted various radio shows on Radio Patapoe and Radio 100 in Amsterdam, and on KVMR in Nevada City, California. Recently, Olaf’s art has been gracing many album covers, such as the last 2 volumes of a legendary compilation series, entitled Back From The Grave, on Crypt Records. They focus on his favorite genre: obscure mid 60’s American Garage Punk. No wonder he feels privileged to spin his favorite 45’s at this cool and unique event! Olaf lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their 2 daughters in Grass Valley, California.


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