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May 10, 2013

Mankato musician scales 'The Wall' in tonight's concert

MANKATO —

Ian Hilmer was a teenager when he first hunkered down in his bedroom and listened to Pink Floyd's "The Wall."

The Mankato singer/songwriter borrowed the iconic concept album from a friend's older brother and took the first few steps into a musical pursuit that culminates today with a front-to-back, live performance of the iconic work at the Red Sky Lounge.

"I remember thinking, 'Man, how could anyone play this live?'" Hilmer said. "Twenty years later, here I am."

Together with members of the Twin Cities-based Yonketonk Band, Hilmer is embarking on one of the most ambitious projects of his musical career.

Hilmer and a seven-piece band will perform "The Wall" all the way through, complete with LED light, video and sound effects. The stage will be outfitted with large banners affixed with the same hammer logo that adorned the stage during Pink Floyd's own live renditions. Behind the band, a combination of free-running and music-synchronized video will be shown. And the rendition will retain the soundscapes present between Pink Floyd's songs.

The band already performed the entire two-hour show once already in late April, and they have a third performance scheduled July 26 at The Fine Line in Minneapolis. During Friday's performance, Hilmer and the band will perform part one and then take a 20-minute break before beginning part two.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/IanHilmerAndTheYonketonkBand.

INFO BOX HED: If You Go BOLD: What Ian Hilmer and the Yonketonk Band perform Pink Floyd's "The Wall" BOLD: When 10 p.m. today BOLD: Where Red Sky Lounge

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