Photos: Neil Young and Escondido at the Natural History Museum

Neil Young introduces
Neil Young introduces "EARTH" at the Natural History Museum (Photo by Carl Pocket)

Neil Young’s new live album “EARTH” comes out June 17, and the 70-year-old rocker hosted a listening party for it Friday night at the Natural History Museum, where, well, it seemed only natural. The 88-minute album features live recordings from last year’s tour with his band The Promise of Real interspersed with the sounds of nature — like the calls and cries of various animals, the sound of wind and waves. The listening party in the Nature Gardens, integrated into NHM’s monthly First Fridays event, began late, with Young finally appearing to make brief remarks. “As John Lennon would say, ‘Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream,’” Young said.

Elsewhere, the museum’s other First Fridays offerings went off in fine form, with sets from Nashville’s Escondido and local songsmiths Korey Dane and Paul Bergmann.

Also: The 2016 First Fridays finale, June 3 on the outdoor stage, will feature the heavy-hitting, monosyllabic lineup of HEALTH, YACHT and Kauf.

Tickets (for non-members) are $20 and available here.

Photos by Carl Pocket, courtesy of Spaceland Presents