Local musician Ryan Marchand took his performance to a new level by adding visuals and a cohesive story line to the layers of sound that his music is known for.

Marchand delivered two performances of his rock opera, “Lights” at the College of the Siskiyous Kenneth Ford theater this weekend.

The show included the familiar reggae, funk and rock songs that are staples at Marchand’s solo live performances in the Mount Shasta area, including “Off the Radar,” and “West PA.”

Marchand stood off to the side of the dark stage, behind an array of effects pedals encircled by crystals.

He wove together the layers of guitar, beat-box percussion and harmonious vocals that comprise his live-looping style of music while pictures and lights were projected on a large screen behind him.

Photos of flowers, foliage, and galaxies filled the screen during some points in the performance. Other times, the screen showed solid colors while dark figures danced in the background or acted out the story line of a particular song.

“Lights” told the tale of Marchand’s life, with poetic verses briefly introducing the story behind each song.

He began with birth, looping together a lullaby with his guitar while describing the unlimited potential of a new born child.

The plot continued to include Marchand’s love for music, his travels around the world, and ultimate arrival in the City of Mount Shasta.

"As the lights dimmed, and the narration began, I felt a deep connection to the emotions behind the story being told through Ryan's music," said Dina Riker. "There were so many dimensions to this show, I'm so glad I was able to experience it live!"

The light effects and visual images were mild enough to be safely enjoyed by people of all ages.

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