Morningbell hosts planetarium listening event for new album

Gainesville's Morningbell, which includes, from left, Eric Atria, Stacie Atria, Chris Hillman and Travis Atria, hosts a listening event for the band's new CD on Saturday at Santa Fe College's Kika Silva Pla Planetarium.

Photo courtesy of Chris Hillman
Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 3:44 p.m.

The Grateful Dead had happenings. Jefferson Airplane played at “freak outs.” And local rock group Morningbell is having a planetarium party.


Morningbell listening party

What: Gainesville band hosts planetarium listening event for new CD, “Ba Noite”
When: 10 p.m. Saturday; a 9 p.m. performance is sold out
Where: Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, 3000 NW 83rd St.
Cost: $10, tickets must be purchased in advance online; price includes a copy of the CD

Morningbell will debut its sixth studio album, “Ba Noite,” with a listening event at Santa Fe College's Kika Silva Pla Planetarium on Saturday at 10 p.m.

Singer and guitarist Travis Atria says he and his bandmates Eric Atria, Stacie Atria and Chris Hillman chose to debut their album in a way that will reflect its complexity. Some of the songs on “Ba Noite” contain upwards of 150 separate instrumental tracks, including more than 70 tracks of string and wind instruments.

“We thought this would be a really impactful way of hearing it,” he says. “We wanted to do something special for this album. We worked really hard on it. I want people to feel like they witnessed a special event or a happening,” he says.

Bassist Eric Atria says he envisions this event as a gala or a red carpet premiere, and he encourages audience members to participate by dressing in their best duds.

“I want people to feel like they're going to an event,” he says. “If you consider any social event in this town, I want this to be at the top of the list.”

Planetarium coordinator James Albury says he will choreograph a special visual arrangement for this event live using the star projector, which projects the images of more than 8,500 stars. He says this is the first time an area band has showcased their music at the planetarium, which holds weekly listening events with music from bands like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

“As you listen, you can gaze at the stars and imagine you're flying through space,” he says. “This is a way to experience this album and this group in a completely unique, different way.”

Eric Atria says during the album's title track, which translates to “good night” in Portugese, the projector will show audiences the night sky as viewed from Brazil. He says audiences also will be treated to views of the planets, the sun and the cycles of the moon.

Travis Atria says, “I feel like a band on our level doesn't usually have the means or doesn't even try to do something different. I want this planetarium event to be something people are talking about in fifty years.”

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online at Each ticket comes with a CD of “Ba Noite.”

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