Black Crystal Wolf Kids

***Acclaimed indie-rock tribute band Black Crystal Wolf Kids return to Pappy's to pay homage to 20 years of the most famous festival in Indio -- and the world. On the second weekend of this year's festival, expect ultra-fun sing-alongs and audience-participatory versions of songs from all 20 years of Coachella's history, with tons of surprises along the way. LA Weekly has said seeing Black Crystal Wolf Kids is like seeing "all of Coachella in one band" --


"Black Crystal Wolf Kids Are Like Seeing All of Coachella In One Band"

"goofy-looking L.A. guys and gals doing rather seriously good indie covers."

InsideHook.com — "The 14 Greatest Cover Bands in History"
"Check out the Black Crystal Wolf Kids, a group that will surely elevate your indie music experience."

CBS.com

— "Best Cover Bands In Los Angeles"


"If you find yourself among those unable to (attend) Coachella, you can take comfort in the fact that there is a plan B."

West Hollywood Patch —

"Black Crystal Wolf Kids Play Tribute To Coachella"


"They have been known to cover the likes of Cold War Kids, MGMT and Wilco, too. Bonus: no porta potties!"

Los Angeles Magazine — "Coachella Weekend, Planned, You're Welcome"
"An exuberant and self-effacing indie cover band."

The Guardian (U.K.) — "Ask The Indie Professor: Why So Many Bad Band Names"
"These guys aren't clueless hitmongers, however, but astute music experts. Friday's set featured some pretty irresistible faves, done right, too."

L.A. Weekly — "It's A Mad, Mad World"



Inspired by the audience participation of the Flaming Lips, the anything-goes attitude of The Henry Clay People, and the over-the-toppedness of 80s tribute bands like Fast Times, Black Crystal Wolf Kids are the world's first indie-rock tribute band, paying costumed, sing-along-encouraged homage to the best music of right now (from Hozier to Phoenix to The Black Keys) as well as indie's storied past (Pavement; the Pixies; Cracker; etc).

They're also something of an all-star band in their own right: frontman Jeff Miller, drummer Gregg Levinson, and guitarist/singer Mark Pedante all did time in the now-defunct band City Museum, while keyboardist/singer Valerie Taylor also plays with The Terpsichords and has toured with Charles Neville (among others) and bassist Marc Gasway also can be seen onstage with The Sexies and Candypants. "I'd gotten sick of going to see indie-rock shows on the Eastside with great, fun bands, and seeing the audience standing still with their arms crossed," says Miller, semi-ironically. "The music is great -- why not have fun and sing along to it??"

That attitude's also led to on-stage appearances from members of some of the country's best actual indie-rock bands, from members of #1 rockers fun. to hitmakers Cage the Elephant to to nationally-acclaimed rockers The Elected, with near-nightly sit ins from among the scene's indie cognoscenti. "I guess," Miller says, "sometimes even serious musicians like to have a little fun themselves."

The Shadow Mountain Band

The Shadow Mountain Band specializes in mountain-style harmonies with lively acoustic backup. They feature Traditional Mountain Music, Hillbilly Gospels (think- ‘oh Brother, Where art Thou’) and Bluegrass, along with eclectic originals and completely reworked contemporary tunes. Music critics have begun to call their style ‘desert grass’.

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