Kasim Sulton's Utopia
Saturday, Feb 03, 2018 8:00 PM EST
(7:00 PM Doors)
Iridium, New York, NY
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kasim Sulton will be honoring his longtime association with the ground breaking progressive rock band Utopia and their legacy by performing a limited run of full band shows consisting entirely of Utopiamusic. Billed as "Kasim Sulton's Utopia," the shows will be comprised of songs hand-picked by Sulton, spanning the 10 albums he appears on, including deep cuts as well as many more familiar songs.
"My career began with Utopia, says Sulton. "I can't think of a better way to honor my work with Todd, Roger, and Willie than to do a handful of shows that celebrate the special and unique music we created together."
Utopia was initially formed in 1973 with somewhat of a fluid membership, and by mid-1976 settled into a stable quartet of Todd Rundgren (guitar, vocals), Kasim Sulton (bass, vocals), Roger Powell (keyboards, vocals), and Willie Wilcox (drums, vocals). All four band members wrote, sang, produced, and even engineered material for the band. Sulton wrote and sang lead on Utopia's biggest hit, "Set Me Free," from their best-selling album Adventures in Utopia (1980), which peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Top 40 charts in the U.S.
Utopia maintained a loyal fan following throughout the '80s with their albums, concert performances, and videos that were shown on MTV in its early years. The group had a number of album-oriented rock hits including "Caravan," "Feet Don't Fail Me Now," and "Love In Action." The video for "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" memorably featured the band dressed in insect costumes. Following the release of Oblivion (1984) and POV (1985), Utopia called it quits; later reuniting briefly to tour in 1992 and putting out a live album, Redux '92: Live in Japan, that same year.