Neon Marshmallow Music Festival: Pelt, Oneohtrix Point Never, Bill Orcutt, Sickness, Outer Space, and others | Empty Bottle | Fairs & Festivals, Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Neon Marshmallow Music Festival: Pelt, Oneohtrix Point Never, Bill Orcutt, Sickness, Outer Space, and others 

When: Sat., June 11, 7 p.m. 2011
Price: $25, $70 three-day pass
Pelt was the band of my heart for many years. Mike Gangloff (currently a reporter for the Roanoke Times), Skip James Connell, Pat Best, Mikel Dimmick, and Jack Rose spent the 90s fusing a dazzling array of influences into an organic, mesmerizing music that as near as I can tell was totally without precedent. Back-porch drone, hillbilly raga, backwoods space jamming, call it what you want—this Virginia-based avant-garde band reimagined the Theatre of Eternal Music/Velvet Underground sound as something rural rather than quintessentially urban, and they did it while referencing lots of Blue Ridge Mountains locales (Max Meadows, Big Walker Mountain) that I know so well from my childhood. If anyone has released a more beautiful psychedelic album than their 2001 double CD Ayahuasca (VHF) in the past couple decades, I haven't heard it. During their heyday, guitarist Jack Rose and his dazzling post-Fahey fingerpicking moved to the fore and stayed there, and the line between Pelt and his side projects blurred—then it all came to a tragic halt with Rose's sudden, shocking death from a heart attack in December 2009 at age 38. This is the band's first Chicago appearance since. —Monica Kendrick Pelt headlines the second day of the Neon Marshmallow Festival. Oneohtrix Point Never, Bill Orcutt, Sickness, Outer Space, Sword Heaven, Dylan Ettinger, and Leslie Keffer open. John McEntire spins.

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