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12/23/2004 Archived Entry: "Rewiring Is Fun"
Posted by CKL @ 09:42 AM PST

We saw GrooveLily's Striking 12 last night and absolutely loved it. The run has been extended through January 8th at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, so if you're around in the next two weeks, make some time to go see it!

What is it? Well... the tagline for the show is "A Rewired Version of The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen." It's kind of like Patrick Stewart's one-man show of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but with three people, more music, and a hipper attitude. It's also a little bit like Rent, what with all the New Year's angst and serendipity. It's hard to describe. Just go see it. You can thank me later.

In fact, GrooveLily the band defies any standard description. There's a drummer (Gene), a keyboard player (Brendan), and an electric violinist (Valerie). They play original songs that are witty, emotional, and true, but not easily pigeonholed into one genre. Their website tries to explain thusly:

Imagine a drag race: in one car, Madonna, Dennis Miller, Sting and Randy Newman. In the other, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Hornsby and Steely Dan. GrooveLily is the music playing on both radios: smart pop with electric violin, keyboards and drums.

I wish they could come up with a more concise blurb, but even this one sells them short. "Smart pop" barely scratches the surface. I mean, hell, "Weird Al" Yankovic is "smart pop." And I wouldn't be surprised if Herbalife is already selling sugar-free, low-carb "smart pops" that help preschoolers learn algebra through hypnosis while they sleep.

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