Joshua Light Show Returns to New York City with Lou Reed, Terry Riley, John Zorn and Others

Joshua White (left) with Gary Panter. (Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit)

The Joshua Light Show, the psychedelic light show founded in 1967 by Joshua White, will have a four-night residency at NYU’s Skirball Center this September.

The Joshua Light Show had a roughly two-year stint at Bill Graham’s iconic Fillmore East venue in New York, providing improvised multimedia projections during performances by the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa and others. We caught up with Mr. White and his collaborator Gary Panter in April to talk about their installation at Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

The lineup at Skirball is pretty intense. Have a look:

9/13: Dame Evelyn Glennie & Zeena Parkins (9.13)

9/14: Terry & Gyan Riley (9.14)

9/14: John Zorn, Lou Reed, Bill Laswell & Milford Graves

9/15: Ben Goldwasser & Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT (9.15)

9/16: Debo Band & Forro in the Dark (in partnership with globalFEST)

The Joshua Light Show also provided visuals for Woodstock with its signature “liquid light,” though it turned out to not be that great of a gig: “It had no impact on the audience,” Mr. White told us in April. “It might as well have been a postage stamp.”

Tickets for the Skirball shows are available here.