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Save Ferris with Cibo Matto Hosted by KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole
August 25, 2016 • 12:00 pm(All times are in PDT)
Join KCRW down at the Pier, as we party with Save Ferris, and KCRW DJ host Jeremy Sole! The opening band will be announced soon! The Twilight Concert Series, now in its 32nd year, is the premier free outdoor summer music series of Southern California. Straddling both the Pier and beach, these concerts are a festival of emerging and classic artists. Come enjoy the atmosphere while waves crash and the Ferris wheel lights up your warm summer night.
Parking + Public Transportation
Save Ferris is a ska-punk band formed circa 1995 in Orange County, Southern California. Their name is a reference to the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The band formed after the dissolution of a number of Southern California bands. With Monique Powell as manager, front person, and co-songwriter, the band began to book shows around Southern California to a great underground response.
Financed by Powell’s sister, the band released their debut EP “Introducing Save Ferris” on Powell’s label, Starpool Records, in 1996. They ended up selling close to 20,000 copies of their EP out of the trunks of their cars, with huge support from Orange County independent record shops and fans. That year, Powell provided vocals on the Reel Big Fish song “She Has A Girlfriend Now” on their album “Turn the Radio Off” (Mojo). Later that year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave the band a GRAMMY showcase award for Best Unsigned Band, earning them a recording contract with Epic Records (SONY).
Whoever thought when “Know Your Chicken” came out in the mid-’90s it would make such a mark on the culture? We’re talking about a surrealist pastiche about magenta chickens set to boom-bap breakbeats and muted trumpet, rapped by a pair of grinning Japanese girls so obsessed with eating that they named every song on their first record after food. It doesn’t exactly spell commercial success, especially for a then-unknown avant-pop act from New York City whose name is Italian for “Crazy Food.”
Self-produced over a two-year period by Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda, Hotel Valentine is their most impressive release to date as it finds them constructing a rich concept album, a love story amid the ghosts traversing the hallways of a hotel. Underneath the lush sonic palate, they have created the soundtrack to an invisible film as they’ve continued to refine their sound and remain fully committed to an ethic of fun.