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The webcast will cover the entire concert experience and will give you an amazing view of the solar eclipse. It will feel as if you are actually there!
The performance will be held at Kilgore Park in Cross Plains Tennessee. The band will be playing from the gazebo and the audience will be in the field next to it, for optimal eclipse viewing.
Music and Solar Eclipse
In 2007, a group of friends had an idea to put on a rock concert that would be centered around a total solar eclipse. Charlie Lotspeich has been writing the music and story line while collaborating with other musicians over the last decade to create this performance. He calls it: Space Walk.
On August 21st, 2017 North America will experience a total solar eclipse. There has not been a solar event like this, that touches the North American mainland, since the 1970's. In order to experience a full total solar eclipse you must be within the path of totality (check it out! Path of Totality ). If your location does not fall within this path you will only be able to see a partial eclipse.
This event will be held at Kilgore Park in Cross Plains Tennessee from 11:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. The park will be open at 11:00 a.m. where guests can check out science exhibits that focus on solar eclipses and their history as well as a gallery of art based on the music of Space Walk. The main feature of this event will be a progressive rock performance by the band "Girls on Bikes". The band will play two sets: the first starting at 12:15 p.m. (featuring the music of Space Walk with the climax happening during the moment of totality at 1:27 p.m.!), the second set will start around 2:30 p.m.(featuring original music by Girls on Bikes). The story line that follows the music of Space Walk is featured below.
If you are interested in attending the event, please see our links below for tickets. Worried that you won't be able to make it to Kilgore Park? Please check out our live webcast option. This will be the best way to view the eclipse without actually being there!
Timeline of events
11:00 a.m. park opens to public
11:58 C1 Phase starts
12:30 Space Walk performance begins
1:26 C2 Totality begins
1:29 C3 Totality ends
1:35 Band takes intermission
2:00 Band plays second set (Girls on Bikes original music)
2:53 C4 Phase ends
3:00 Show concludes, come meet the band!
This eclipse is special for a number of reasons. The last time a solar eclipse touched the mainland of the United States was 1979, when it swept across the northern tier of the states (Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota). Citizens could have seen a partial eclipse if they traveled to Baja Mexico or Hawaii in 1991, but that was the last time we could have seen one in this corner of the globe. This will be the first solar eclipse to sweep across the entire country since 1918. On average, it takes about 400 years for an eclipse to repeat in a given location. The next eclipse in the US will take place on April 8th, 2024, when it sweeps through Arkansas and Illinois. After that, we will have to wait until 2044 (in Montana and North Dakota)! Eclipses happen once or twice a year around the world. The next two will happen in Chile in 2019 and Chile/Argentina in 2020.
For more fun facts check out Nasa's website HERE
Viewing the Eclipse
If you plan on observing the solar eclipse, please be sure to take care of your sight and protect your vision! You must use approved solar glasses or shades to look directly at the event. IT IS NOT SAFE TO LOOK AT THE SUN WITH ANYTHING OTHER THAN THESE GLASSES! Regular sunglasses are not dark enough to protect you (even a black trash-bag is not dark enough!).
The Space Walk event will provide Eclipse Glasses (Eclipse Shades® Safe Solar Glasses) to all attendees (price covered in admission). They are absolutely safe for direct solar viewing of solar eclipses, sun spots and other solar phenomenon. Meets the Standard for ISO 12312-2:2015
When can you watch the Eclipse?
There are two parts to a solar eclipse: a partial phase, where the Moon only blocks a part of the Sun, and the total phase, where the Moon completely blocks out the Sun. Depending on your location, the partial phase will last about three hours from start to finish. IF you are in the path of totality, the total phase (in the middle of the partial phase before and after) lasts a maximum of 2 minutes 40 seconds at the center of the path. On the edge, total eclipse will last only a few seconds. Fortunately, Space Walk will take place near the center of the path of totality and the total phase will last for 2 minutes and 39 seconds. If you cannot be there, please check out the view from the webcast!
Check for the times in your area HERE!
Make plans soon!
People from all over the world will be traveling to witness this event. If you plan on being there in Cross Plains, please make your travel plans soon! Cross Plains is a short 25 minute drive outside of Nashville. If you have never been to Nashville before, it is an awesome city, full of music history and fun things to do! Remember, the event will be held at Kilgore Park in Cross Plains, Tennessee. Also, if you are unable to attend in person, please consider the webcast option. You do not want to miss the view!
Find out more information about the eclipse and Nashville HERE!
The Story behind the music
Intro to the Universe:
The universe is a series of galaxies designed to use its solar systems as planet factories. Each galaxy has been assigned an "engineer" to collect the planets that their solar systems create. The engineers were the first forms of life in the universe. These shadow giants were given abilities to cultivate their galaxies with the healthiest crops of planets for the creator. Without the planets to fuel the creator, the fabric of the universe would tear itself apart, wiping out all forms of life. These engineers are located at the center of their galaxies where they can tinker with the solar system's that will create the planets. Each star produces planets inside of its core and ejects them one at a time. As the planet drifts further away from the star it begins to harden and become suitable for universal consumption. Once a planet reaches the end of the solar systems cooling spiral orbit, it is collected by the galaxy's engineer and transported through the black hole at the center of the galaxy. Our Galaxy is serviced by the shadow giant they call "Galaxis". Galaxis began to experiment with his solar system by creating life forms that lived on the planets that the stars were producing. Earth gave birth to a civilization that evolved at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, their time in the sun's fertile source of light was coming to an end. Earth was becoming the next Mars. Pluto was collected by Galaxis and taken to the center of the universe to power the creator. A new planet emerges from the sun and Earth knows it must act now if it wants to survive. The solar system uses Meteor showers to merge new elements with the planets when they reach different temperatures. This method creates the proper chemical make-up for the planets to be consumed by the creator. Unfortunately for Earth, the meteor shower will wipe out the life forms living there.
As a child, Emit always knew that he was different from the other children in his class. He felt connected to the world around him in a way that made him feel uneasy. It started with skipping stones... His friend Bilon challenged him to skip a stone further than him. Bilon threw for 10 skips; no one had ever thrown in the double digits before! Emit chose his stone carefully, making sure that it was perfect for its journey. He began to concentrate on the water and the stone in his hand. When he tossed the stone, it began to skip across the lake like a rocket! His excitement triggered the telekinetic abilities that lay dormant in his mind and the rock fired through a boat that was crossing the lake. As the ship began to sink the men on the boat began to shout for help. Emit suddenly realized what he had done and ran home to escape being punished for sinking the boat. That night Emit dreamed of a nearby meadow. The stream was peacefully flowing past the rocks, down the waterfall that led to the lake. Feeling safe in his dreamworld, Emit began to lift the boulders out of the stream with his mind. As he spun the rocks around more and more debris began to gather above his head. He began to lose control of his abilities and the mass of Earth began to drag the nearby town into its core. Emit was terrified of what he had created and he awoke in fear. When he left his home Emit discovered that this was no dream and his small town had been ripped away from the Earth as if it had never existed. As he looked upon what he had done his sister Kendra put her hand on his shoulder assuring him that he was safe. The authorities ruled the event a natural disaster and Emit's family was relocated. Kendra felt that Emit's power could be very lucrative if used the right way. They began to put on shows that demonstrated Emit's abilities. He would juggle cars and commit other fascinating feats for audiences all over the world. Word of his fantastic abilities spread throughout the world and he quickly became one of the most famous beings in the country. The pressure of doing show after show for larger and larger audiences began to get to him. He began to question these gifts and demanded to know why they were being used in this way. The inner struggle was driving him mad and he finally lost control over his abilities again. He began to throw buses and buildings around like they were toys. The news about the destruction of the city quickly spread to the world authorities and Emit was apprehended. Emit pleaded with the world to remove his powers and make him forget his abilities, so that he could return to a quiet life. The authorities decided that a power like this was too great to remove entirely. They brainwashed him into forgetting about his abilities, but left a series of trigger words that would allow for his powers to be awoken if the world needed them. When read in order, Emit's powers would come back to him and he would become the telekinetic being the Earth would need him to be.
Space Walk is the story of Emit Caps' journey towards the center of the galaxy. As the solar system begins to shift and Earth is about to be pummeled by a meteor shower, the world council decides to send the trigger letter to Emit in a last ditch effort to save the planet. Emit reads the coded letter and his telekinetic abilities reawakened. The meteor shower begins to descend upon Earth and the world begins to panic. Instinctively, Emit is able to repel the impending doom and Earth is saved. As time progresses the planet will shift farther from our sun, ultimately changing its way of life and slowly extinguishing it as the planet begins to cool. Humanity's only hope is that the galaxy's head engineer (Galaxis) can be bargained with and the time line of our stars factory can be changed. Emit is terrified of using his powers again and causing harm to his beloved home, but resolves that he will make this journey for the good of mankind. The creatures of Zang (inhabitants of Venus) get word of this journey and hatch a plan to sabotage the navigation systems in Emit's ship. They need Venus to enter into Earth's spot in the solar system, so their planet can start to thrive. The creatures alter the navigation controls of Emit's ship and send him off course, in the path of another meteor shower. The ship takes off and journeys through space. It travels the course set by the creatures of Zang, instead of heading toward the gateway to Galaxis, the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Emit arrives at his destination and realizes that something is wrong. He puts on his space suit and exits the ship in order to have a look around. Soon after, the meteor shower begins to destroy his ship. He tries to use his powers, but cannot concentrate enough to save his ship. With his ship destroyed, he is left in space to walk about until he can regain control of his powers.
Woody: bounty Hunter
In this chapter you are introduced to Woody the cosmic bounty hunter. He has a reputation for bringing in some of the galaxies worst criminals. Most of the criminals he collected could be found in bars and brothels, fraternizing with the lowest of creatures of the outer regions. His tactics were simple, carry a photo and a gun. Woody never liked to know why a criminal was wanted, it complicated the job. While he was notorious for being an emotionless machine, he did have a soft side. Woody loved to dance... You could see it in his gun-fights, the way he could dodge a spray of bullets or level an opponent with speed and grace, everyone could tell that Woody lived to dance. One night, Woody was given a new target by the name of Nadera Calindora (the "Deadly Sunflower"). Nadera was referred to as the Deadly Sunflower because of the flowers she would leave at the graves of her enemies. He knew this would be a challenge for him, for tales of her "dancing" abilities were as wildly told as his own. The bar was full of the usual characters, shifty eyes and whispered messages told Woody that he was in the right place. He saw the Sunflower on the dance floor. Her photo did not do her justice, for her beauty was beyond what he could comprehend. They exchanged words and the dance began. The music was loud and spirited, the entire place was fixated on the two legends as they engaged in their dance. As the night drew on, the two kindred spirits pushed away the pressures of the bounty and enjoyed the game. At the end of the night, Woody lifted his head from the bar as the bar tender called out "Last call folks!". She was gone. Some say that she escaped, but only a fool would believe that Woody would let a bounty go. The Sunflower lived another day and Woody grabbed another dance partner.
Space Walk 2
Emit looked out among the stars, unable to find a familiar constellation. He looked for anything that could be used as an anchor, however nothing came within reach. As he reached for the hull of the ship he felt a strange vibration go through his body. He closed his eyes and he focused on the vibration, and when he did the piece of the ship he was reaching for began to move. Fear had made him tap into his power back on Earth and it was beginning to work again. This time felt different though; it was as if he were connected to the stars around him. The vibration was becoming more intense, and all of a sudden Emit shot forward through space at an alarming rate. The wreckage of the ship had been left behind and Emit was in a new corner of space. Time and space had bent to his will, and the vibration was stronger than ever. He began to concentrate harder on that feeling and began to zip around the solar system. Soon he was traveling so fast that the stars were blurring together and Emit lost all sense of direction. So he put the brakes on and his joy ride came to a halt. All of a sudden, Emit found himself in the middle of a war zone. Woody saw Emit and muttered “What the hell is a kid doing out here?!”. Woody used the flight pack on his back to shoot out and grab Emit while he moved him to the safety of a nearby meteor. Emit exclaimed “Who are you!? What is happening?!”, Woody replied “My name is Woody, and you are in the middle of my war with the Zeezarpalon clan. Can you shoot a gun?”. Emit looked at the rugged space cowboy and nodded his head nervously. “Good” said Woody “Shoot for their oxygen tanks, it makes a hell of a mess”. Then he took off into the fray, spraying the enemy with a fury of bullets from what looked like a western pistol. Enemies were scurrying away as he laid siege to their camp among the asteroid belt. Woody yelled “I have been hunting these savages for 30 years and I finally have them right where I want them!”. Emit looked out on the battlefield and was terrified, but the sly grin on Woody’s face made him feel like he was on the right side. At that moment, the Zeezarpalon leader lunged out at Emit, startling him. Emit shot his blaster but missed, vanishing off into space. Woody saw what happened and pounced on the enemy that was pinning Emit to the meteor. There was a struggle; both men firing their weapons at one another until Woody emerged victorious. Woody collapsed on the meteor and Emit rushed to his side. “Why were you fighting those creatures Woody?” asked Emit.“They killed my family and destroyed my home planet. Those savages have been tearing apart this system for decades, and I finally got their leader. I wish I had more time to get the rest, they will never stop.” Woody replied. Emit looked down at him and noticed that Woody was wounded. The leader had dealt a fatal blow before perishing himself. “Get out of here kid, I don’t know who you are but this isn’t your fight. At least I took a few of them with me.” With that, Woody took his final breath. Emit began to feel a new vibration; rage began to take over. He stood up on top of the meteor and looked at the surrounding soldiers, they had gathered around the bodies of these two giants wondering who this mysterious character was standing above their bodies. Emit let the vibration grow until it felt like fire in his veins, and with a flick of his wrists he started to smash the meteors together. The enemies were being tossed through space until they collided with the flying meteors. In just a few moments the Zeezarpalon clan was vanquished and Woody’s death had been avenged. Emit took Woody’s body to the nearby planet and the people of the village thanked him for defeating their tormentors. The people began to celebrate by dancing and setting off fireworks. Emit concentrated on the vibrations and began to take off into space. He was feeling triumphant as he zipped through time and space, finally back on course to the center of the galaxy where Galaxis was waiting.
Path of Totality
Space was Emit’s playground. His Telekinetic abilities were beginning to thrive; his understanding of them came from within. He raced towards the center of the galaxy where he sought to find salvation for the people of Earth. Emit flexed his abilities as he soared through the abyss. Meteors were used as target practice (exploding with a single thought) and the stars shone brighter as he passed them. He began to wonder if he even needed Galaxis to save Earth, but then he saw it. As he approached the black hole he no longer felt as though he were driving towards it, but rather being sucked in regardless of will. The black hole was massive, and soon he could not see anything but the void in front of him. The portal overpowered him as he entered Galaxis’ gate. Emit looked up to find the engineer tinkering with a map. This map showed the entire galaxy, and it allowed him to monitor the rotation of each solar system factory so he could collect fresh planets for universal fuel. Galaxis turned and looked at Emit, locking minds with him. The two of them shared a psychic bond and didn’t require words to communicate. Galaxis thought “What are you looking at me for? I haven’t got the answer; the answer lies within your mind. Is that the answer you were looking for?”. Emit responded “I need to save my people, are you not the guardian of our galaxy?”. “Your people are not the only ones who suffer. My job is only to collect, not to interfere. However your power, little man, is far greater than mine as you so recklessly demonstrated by smashing your way through system G-20. It will take me eons to undo that joyride to my gate.” Galaxis’ message echo through Emit’s mind as he viewed his flight path on the map. “These powers can save my home?”asked Emit. “Your gift, will save the universe. You must travel to the center, I suspect the creator will have something to tell you. I see his essence in your eyes.” replied Galaxis. With that final thought, Emit was expelled from the black hole back into the galaxy. “My journey is not over? Who is the creator?” he thought to himself. Emit began to head to the nearest wormhole as he started his path towards totality.
Stay tuned for more chapters of Space Walk as we prepare for the eclipse in 2024!
About the band
Girls On Bikes
Charlie Lotspeich graduated from UNT in 2010 with a degree in music education (background in vocal pedagogy). After college he began teaching as a middle school choral director. He currently works at Coppell Middle School North. He began playing bass when he was 12 years old. Through the years he has performed with many bands including: Blindside, Derbin, The Conundrum, The Matt Ingram Band, and Human Groove Hormone. Current performing member of Clutch quartet on Tenor (2016 Barbershop semifinalist, 20th in the international contest) and the Vocal Majority Chorus (12 time international champions).
Matt Brooks started playing music at 8 years of age. He attended the University of North Texas where he studied classical guitar and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Music. After graduation, he began teaching guitar and bass lessons at Matt Burk Music Studio in Allen, Texas. Matt has played in a number of original bands including Human Groove Hormone, The Dominant Complex, and most recently Gravity Feed. He was also the lead guitarist for The Enablers, a cover band based in Dallas/Ft. Worth. He currently works as the showband guitarist on the Norwegian Jade cruise ship.
Harrell W. Petersen
Harrell Petersen graduated from the University of North Texas in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music degree having double majored in Music Education and Trumpet Performance. Apart from his professional performing and academic experience on trumpet (including performances with the UNT 1 & 2 O' Clock Lab Bands), he has been a creative member of many groups in Denton on voice and keyboards including The Holophonics, Poachers and Kudzu and has collaborated and performed with The Boombachs and Rude King. He now works as a freelance performer and educator in the DFW area.
Nathan Garrison started studying music at a young age by studying piano and singing in various choirs. He continued his musical studies on the French horn before deciding to focus on the guitar. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar Performance before attending the University of North Texas where he earned a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies. He currently teaches at Eastfield College in addition to teaching many private lesson students. He performs regularly with bands all over the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He has performed with such groups as Inside Out, Big City Outlaws, New Ground, Studio 54, The Enablers, Montage, The Basically Basie Big Band, The Attack Plan, Miller the Band, Skutterhog, and many others. He has many studio recording credits to his name.
Jeremy Ooley graduated from the University of North Texas in 2015 with a double major in the school of music and school of business. He has performed, toured and recorded with various groups in the Houston area such as: Jando, the Aric Harding band, Waiting on Red, the Philip Griffin band, and the UNT Latin Jazz band.
Space Walk: Concept Art
Below you will find art that was inspired by the music and story line of Space Walk. Charlie Lotspeich collaborated with the Art department (Shannon Weaver and Kari Dollar) at his school (Coppell Middle School North) to have the students create pieces centered around the project. This art will be featured at the event as a gallery. Students listened to the music and read the story line, here is what they came up with!