Debuted August 2021
Ives Auditorium in the Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington, MN

And what a beautiful debut it was. This show is Unique. Imaginative. Historical. Artful. EVERYBODY should have the experience!
Here are comments from audience members:


"Omgoodness! That was the best!!!!I hope we have the opportunity to see it again!” 

"Wow! Loved it! ...Ben's light show was fantabulous! All your performers were such fine singers and musicians and obviously really into it; the coordination between light show and live performing was perfect!”

 "...fabulous concert last night! Such talent. Looked like you were having a lot of fun too."

 "It really was incredible!"

"...was an amazing show- a feast for the eyes and the ears!!"

"VERY talented and entertaining group of musicians. A trip way back in time to 1967!"

How it works...

The photo shows the workings of Ben Krywosz and crew designing lighting for the debut of "Magic Carpet Ride: The Music of San Francisco". Ben (Nautilus Theater) designed and operated lighting shows at various venues in the Bay area from the late 60s to early 70s. This light show is guaranteed to dazzle (the work will be based on Ben's original elements from 1967) and the musicians are terrific! (Think Jefferson Airplane, Doors, Procol Harum, the Grateful Dead and more!)

Songs That Will Feed Your Head, 
And a Light Show That Will Blow Your Mind! 


A Song Sampling: 

Light My Fire                                                           The Doors                                                  
White Rabbit                                                          Jefferson Airplane                               
Uncle John’s Band                                               Grateful Dead                                         
A Little Help From My Friends                      Joe Cocker
Piece of My Heart                                               Janis Joplin
Sunshine of Your Love                                     Cream (featuring Eric Clapton)
San Francisco                                                       Scott MacKenzie
California Dreaming                                          Mamas and Papas
Whiter Shade of Pale                                       Procol Harum
Ruby Tuesday                                                      Rolling Stones                                       

About the Show: 

Magic Carpet Ride is a trip back in time to San Francisco and the heyday of psychedelic music and the innovative lighting featured at Bill Graham's Fillmore West. Aside from the exacting musicianship of the quintet and the iconic songs, the light show itself is a highlight of this experience, "...conjuring up swiftly changing, kaleidoscopic images that ebb and flow with the music;" for all practical purposes the lighting operator is the 5th member of the band! 


Produced by Sidekick Theatre and 
Music Direction: Gary Rue and Brian Pekol  
Lighting Design: Ben Krywosz* 

*Ben Krywosz (Nautilus Music Theater) is our lighting consultant. Ben 's lighting company, Albatross, designed and operated lighting for many national groups at Fillmore West and other Bay area venues in San Francisco between 1967 and 1972, among them, BLUE CHEER and IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY. They also provided lighting for productions of TOMMY and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.