Neon Marshmallow Music Festival: Lucky Dragons, White Rainbow, Rene Hell, Mountains, James Plotkin, and others | Empty Bottle | Fairs & Festivals, Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Neon Marshmallow Music Festival: Lucky Dragons, White Rainbow, Rene Hell, Mountains, James Plotkin, and others 

When: Fri., June 10, 7 p.m. 2011
Price: $25, $70 three-day pass
The members of Pelt back up their claim to being the Hillbilly Theatre of Eternal Music by making explicit the connections among La Monte Young's electrified strings, Indian classical music, and the rich sonorities of Appalachian mountain music. Harmonium player Mikel Dimmick founded Spiral Joy Band ten years ago in Blackburg, Virginia, with Pelt's Mike Gangloff, and he brought the name with him in 2009 when he joined another Pelt member, Pat Best, in Wisconsin. The migration has transformed Spiral Joy Band's sound. While the Appalachian version, which still plays whenever Dimmick heads back to the hills, is completely acoustic and often features keening mountain-music fiddles, the Wisconsin edition strips out all references to genre and immerses itself in pure, violent sound. Atop the harmonium's churn, Best's amplified violin does ferocious electrified battle with the coarsely scraping viola of newest member Troy Schafer. For this set, which kicks off the Neon Marshmallow Festival, the trio will be joined by local guitarist David Daniell. —Bill Meyer Lucky Dragons headline; White Rainbow, Rene Hell, Mountains, James Plotkin, Michael Zerang/Michael Colligan/Jim Baker, Spiral Joy Band, and C V L T S open. Beau Wanzer spins.

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