Preview: Music to Your Ears, March 6: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

In 1974, English progressive rock band Genesis was at its peak. With a nuanced and melodic musical core, the group provided a complex and intriguing backing for the vocals and lyrical visions of front man Peter Gabriel. On the heels of a critically-acclaimed string of adventurous albums, Genesis embarked on a creative endeavor to make its most ambitious work yet: a double-length conceptual work. Featuring wordplay and social commentary, the words and story of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway were the product of Gabriel’s creative mind, and the accompanying music was a collaborative effort with guitarists Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford, keyboardist Tony Banks and drummer Phil Collins.

A mix of fantasy and character development, Gabriel’s storyline for The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway centered around Rael, a young New York man of Puerto Rican origin. Released in November 1974, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was a critical and commercial success, peaking at #41 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S. Described in The New Yorker as “The Ulysses of concept albums,” The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway regularly ranks high on best album lists; Uncut named it as one of the ten greatest concept albums ever made, and Allmusic awarded it five stars, the highest ranking.

At the time of its releases, the album also exerted an influence on a young Puerto Rican boy growing up in New York City. Today Jeff Santiago is a well-known and celebrated figure in the Asheville music and arts community, leading his band Los Gatos. But in the ‘70s he was a kid whose musical tastes were informed by the music his older siblings and parents played. And they turned him onto The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Its main character resonated with young Jeff even before he began his own musical journey.

Join host and music journalist Bill Kopp for an evening in discussion with Jeff Santiago about Genesis and their album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. We’ll listen to key tracks and encourage questions from the audience. The evening is the latest installment of the popular “Music to Your Ears” discussion series, hosted by Asheville Guitar Bar and sponsored by AshevilleFM.

Music to Your Ears is Bill Kopp’s monthly discussion series hosted by Asheville Guitar Bar and sponsored by AshevilleFM. On the first Wednesday of each month, music enthusiasts gather to discuss an important album, artist or musical movement. An interactive evening, Music to Your Ears isn’t a lecture; it’s a discussion led by experts and designed to enrich the listening experience. The character of each session is defined by the participants (that’s you). The conversation goes where the attendees take it: the person seated next to you might have attended Woodstock or seen The Beatles in concert. The insights of everyone in the room are what make each and every Music to Your Ears a unique experience.

With over 500 bylines in Western North Carolina publications (Mountain Xpress, Bold Life, WNC Magazine and more), Asheville-based author and music journalist is an acknowledged expert on popular music. Author of two books – Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon and Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave – Bill Kopp writes for publications across the country and abroad. A contributing editor at Goldmine Magazine and contributing writer at, he has authored more than 30 album liner note essays and conducted more than 1000 interviews. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance, and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts.

WHAT: Music to Your Ears Discussion Series
WHO: Discussion led by music journalist/author Bill Kopp with special guest Jeff Santiago
WHERE: Asheville Guitar Bar, 122 Riverside Dr., Suite D, Asheville
WHEN: Wednesday March 6 @ 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30) $10 at the door / SEATING IS LIMITED