Undercover Presents Sly and The Family Stone's Stand!: Show Preview

What happens when a sprawling cast of local talents — like Marcus Shelby, the Jazz Mafia, and Tumbleweed Wanderers — get together to perform highly original covers of classic albums? You never really know, and that's part of the magic. Stand! will be Undercover's eighth reinterpretation of a classic album, and the Sly masterpiece should prove fertile material. This is soulful, funky, engaging music from the peak of the 1960s Bay Area's cosmopolitan optimism. It's also packed with some of Sly's most famous songs: “Everyday People,” “I Want to Take You Higher,” and “Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey,” among others. Undercover Presents is holding court for three nights at the Independent to give the iconic record a proper tribute, and if it's anything like the group's past projects, you'll hear the music in unexpected new ways.

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