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For more than 50 years, NEKTAR has taken legions of fans on audio-visual journeys to far reaches of the universe and the depths of the ocean with their immersive blend of sight and sound. NEKTAR has captured the imagination and admiration of listeners the world over with their multi-media concerts, melding a jam-band vibe with superb musicality and a visual cornucopia that perfectly complements the performance.

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Formed in Germany in 1969 by British expats, NEKTAR soaked up the musical freedom they found in their new home, favoring extended compositions and concept albums over the constraints of pop. They were among the progenitors of the progressive rock movement of the 1970s as well as the jam-band scene that arose in the late 1990s. Their sound traveled well to the States, where they enjoyed Top 40 success with A Tab in the Ocean (1972) and Remember the Future (1973). Nearly 20 albums and a half-century later, the band’s artistic and personal charisma has earned them thousands of devoted fans, who have flocked to festivals such as NearFest and ProgStock, and venues like the Wildey Theatre (where they perform multi-night sold-out shows) to indulge their passion for the NEKTAR experience.

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Currently, NEKTAR features three of the original members – Derek ‘Mo’ Moore (bass guitar, vocals), Ron Howden (drums, percussion, vocals) and Mick Brockett (visual environment). Ryche Chlanda (guitar, vocals) and Randy Dembo (bass guitar, bass pedals, 12-string guitar, vocals) are alums of previous Nektar incarnations. World-class multi-instrumentalist Kendall Scott completes the lineup on keyboards; his performance credits include Project/Object and Ryche Chlanda’s Flying Dreams. Background vocalist Maryann Castello adds her lovely voice to the mix.

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Mick and his assistant, tech wizard Jay Petsko, recently did a complete digital upgrade of the band’s famed light show. As anyone who has seen NEKTAR perform knows, the visual environment is a key element to the concert experience, directly reflecting what the band is playing on stage.

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The band’s 2020 release, The Other Side (Cherry Red Records), has been hailed as “an epic concept album” and “the best recording by NEKTAR since ‘Recycled.’”

“The whole album is a love song,” says Mo.

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It’s also a memorial to friends the band has lost, including fellow founding member Roye Albrighton, who passed in 2016, and their long-time sound mixer Vinny Schmid.

In October 2021, Cherry Red released an enhanced version of The Other Side that includes a ‘making of’ DVD. The behind-the-scenes documentary spans from the band’s 2019 reunion to performing the new album live in early 2020.

NEKTAR is currently working on new songs, with an eye toward a 2023 release.

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On The Web:

Nektar Official Website
Nektar on Facebook
Nektar on Instagram
Nektar on YouTube
Nektar Appreciation Society (Facebook Private Group)
Nektar Fan Page (Facebook)

Music To Check Out:

from The Other Side (2020):

• "I'm On Fire"
• "SkyWriter"
• "Devil's Door"

To hear music from all of this year's bands,
please visit the MUSIC page.

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THE BAND

RYCHE CHLANDA
(Guitars, Vocals)

DEREK 'MO' MOORE
(Bass and Vocals)

RANDY DEMBO
(12 String Guitar, Bass, Pedals)

KENDALL SCOTT
(Keyboards)

RON HOWDEN
(Drums and Vocals)

MARYANN CASTELLO
(Backing Vocals)

MICK BROCKETT & JAY PETSKO
(Visual Environment - Lightshow and Projections)

THE MUSIC

The Other Side cover

The Other Side (2020)

Time Machine cover

Time Machine (2013)

A Spoonful Of Time cover

A Spoonful Of Time (2012)

Book Of Days cover

Book Of Days (2008)

Evolution cover

Evolution (2004)

The Prodigal Son cover

The Prodigal Son (2001)

Man In the Moon cover

Man In The Moon (1980)

Magic Is A Child cover

Magic Is A Child (1977)

Recycled cover

Recycled (1976)

Down To Earth cover

Down To Earth (1974)

Sounds Like This cover

...Sounds Like This (1973)

Remember The Future cover

Remember The Future (1973)

A Tab In The Ocean cover

A Tab In The Ocean (1972)

Journey To The Center Of The Eye

Journey To The Center Of The Eye (1971)
THE WORD

"(The Other Side) is the first studio album since Roye passed away, so it was never going to be easy to capture that classic Nektar sound, but somehow, they have done just that…I have long been a Nektar fan, and this album is sheet delight. For anyone who has ever enjoyed the band, or loves classic Seventies-style progressive rock, then this is essential."
- Kev Rowland, PROGARCHIVES

"The Other Side is like opening up the doors to a beautiful art-deco-esque hallway with an eye-opening experience. "
- ECHOES AND DUST

"…sometimes a band doesn't just cave in and disappear with the loss of an integral member, and Nektar have proven that here with The Other Side. I was skeptical, I'll admit, when hearing they would try to carry on without Roye Albrighton after his passing, but this new album has made me a believer…"
- Pete Pardo, SEA OF TRANQUILITY

"The Other Side is a stunning album from a legendary band."
- OUTSIDER ROCK

"If this is what the new Nektar are going to sound like, I just hope they don't split up again until they've given us a couple more studio albums at least. …while it's unmistakably rooted in the seventies, this is strong, vivid material that deserves to find a lot of fresh ears in this new twenties."
- APOCALYPSE LATER MUSIC

"Every instrument sounds fantastic and in strong cohesion, bringing all they have to the table, the ideas, the melodies and the greatness. I hope this line-up perdures and hopefully delivers more masterful music like this in the near future."
- EIChanclas, PROGARCHIVES

"So overall, I have to be impressed. The band have credibly reunited and found that often elusive spark which made them special in the first place. No, it isn’t the same without Roye, of course not, but they have created an album which is honest and authentic to the legacy created over the last fifty years…it’s faithful in spirit to the legend."
- THE PROGRESSIVE ASPECT