February 1, 2023

Music of “The Floyd” is The Machine’s Focus

THE MACHINE: The quartet performs the music of Pink Floyd at the State Theatre New Jersey on February 4.

State Theatre New Jersey presents “The Machine Performs Pink Floyd” on Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29-$59.

The Machine, a quartet based in New York, has been extending the musical legacy of Pink Floyd for over 30 years. The group does a mix of Pink Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, complete with faithful renditions of popular hits as well as obscure gems. 

The Machine explores collective improvisation rivaling that of an early 1970s Pink Floyd, while their use of expanded theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays and lighting continues The Floyd spirit of the 1980s. The band is also known for re-creating entire albums as a part of their show, accepting requests from fans, and for taking an A–Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet.  

The Machine has performed at music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Riverbend, and Gathering of the Vibes, and shared the stage with full symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Charlotte, and San Diego symphonies, as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic.  

The band features founding member Tahrah Cohen (drums), and longtime bandmates Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals) and Ryan Ball (bass, vocals). The band continues on to celebrate the music of Pink Floyd and to honor the life of Joe Pascarell, who co-founded the band with Tahrah in 1988.

The State Theatre New Jersey is at 15 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick. Visit Stnj.org for tickets.