Local media can’t stop buzzing about recent changes to the QC music scene. The vultures circle, hoping for death, while those of us with more than bird brains await the next ambitious, mission-driven project we’ve come to expect from this generation of entrepreneurs.
Por ejemplo: YellowUFO is stepping out on Saturday (May 4) with the very first YellowUFO Presents at Rozz-Tox, featuring In the Pines, Strange Foliage, and Leather Parachute – advance tix are only $8!
You may remember YUFO owner/founder Paige Underwood from her days as social media manager/booking agent for Daytrotter. She’s still doing it up, obviously, using her talents to connect emerging artists with their audiences.
In the Pines is a rising band in the realm of psychedelic jazz. Having evolved since 2015 from a three-piece to a five-piece, they’re not shy about experimentation. San Lorenzo, their first LP, came out in December with a physical release just this past February, so they’re on a high right now that should translate into a kick-ass show.
Strange Foliage’s latest release is even fresher. On April 18, they uploaded “Network” to BandCamp. Have a listen and marvel at its Carly Simon-level snark in a punkedelic dialect. Like In the Pines, Strange Foliage is composed of veteran musicians who also play in multiple other bands. Does this make them super groups? According to Wikipedia: close enough!
That’s two super groups on one stage, on one night, plus an Illinois band we haven’t seen in the Quad Cities for over a year: Leather Parachute. Sending an extra bit of love to them for their gem of a song title, “Guy Fieri Eating a Crowbar”. It’s my favorite since Grandfather Confusion’s “HORSE DIARRHEA EVERYWHERE ON THE STREETS”.
This is just the first YellowUFO Presents show. Keep an eye out for future events, and expect many more. The Quad Cities continues to expand its reach as a mid-way touring hub, with venues of every size and audiences ever eager for something new.