Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues plays the Bardavon this Saturday

hayward @In a story that parallels that of the American horn band Blood, Sweat and Tears, British art-rock giants the Moody Blues made their initial splash as a British R & B band under the leadership of Denny Laine, before pursuing a dramatic change in direction with the pop psychedelia on 1967’s Days of Future Passed.

It was the singing and songwriting of Justin Hayward, who had joined the group around the time of Laine’s departure, that spearheaded this radical rerouting of the group’s mission. Hayward penned and sang many of the group’s mega-hits, including “Nights in White Satin,” “Your Wildest Dreams,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Story in Your Eyes,” “Question,” “I Know You’re out There Somewhere” and “Ride My See-Saw.”

On Saturday, May 17 at 8 p.m., Justin Hayward appears at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. Tickets for Justin Hayward cost $62 for Gold Circle seating, $52 and $47. They can be purchased at the Bardavon box office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie; the UPAC box office at 601 Broadway in Kingston; or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.