Magic Carpet Ride

is a musical journey through one of the most electrifying

and impactful times America has ever seen.


The Performance:
Immerse your senses in an electrifying video show projection accompanying  a live performance of songs by The Doors ("Light My Fire"), The Byrds ("Mr. Tambourine Man"), Iron Butterfly, ("In-a-Gadda-da-Vida"),  Jefferson Airplane ("White Rabbit"), Procol Harum ("A Whiter Shade of Pale"), Cream ("Sunshine of Your Love"), The Zombies ("Time of the Season"), Steppenwolf ("Born to be Wild") and Janis Joplin. ("Piece of My Heart").

The Ensemble:
Gary Rue, bass guitar/vocal (Gene Pitney, Buddy Holly Story, Sensational Sleepers)
Jojo Guest, guitar/keyboard/vocal (Masked Mauraders, Original Artists)
Caitlynn Daniels, vocal
Zach Spicer, drums/vocal (Buddy Holly Story, Whiskey Stone)
Blake Foster, guitar/vocal (Buddy Holly Story, Space Monkey Mafia)

The Light Show: 
In the late 60s and early 70s, our lighting designer, Nautilus Music Theater's Ben Krywosz created and operated shows for many national groups at Fillmore West and other Bay area venues in San Francisco, among them, BLUE CHEER and IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY. He also provided lighting for productions of TOMMY and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.

The light show itself is a highlight of this experience, being "improvisational and hands-on, conjuring up swiftly changing kaleidoscopic images that ebb and flow with the music"  

Behind the Scenes: 
Magic Carpet Ride was conceived by Gary Rue and created in collaboration with lighting designer Ben Krywosz  to bring audiences back to the days when Bay area musicians were making an impact on the social fabric of our country. 

The exacting musicianship of the band is supercharged by the light show itself,  what critics have called ‘the 6th member of the ensemble’.

Audience Comments:


"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!"

-Magic Carpet Ride was a very fun ride! We thoroughly enjoyed it. We wanted them to keep going! 

-The group that did this performance was outstanding. One of the better concerts we have attended. 

The show was absolutely excellent! 

-OUTSTANDING performance! Great selection of songs and the members of the group really seemed to enjoy themselves ….as did the audience! One of the best shows we have seen and we have been to many! Five stars!!!! Thank you for a wonderful evening! 

-"...The show was fantastic!  The music and musicians engaged the audience and it all brought back so many memories. "

-The audience was really into the show! Love the music of the late 60’s! It was apparent the show was enjoyed by all by all!!! 

-This was a great show! We attend show and performances frequently - this is one of our favorites. We'll be watching to see if this group comes back (don't think they have a name). Loved the show!!!!