Although they may not be as well known as the bands they've influenced, alt-rockers Meat Puppets continue to play the country-tinged, psychedelic rock that their fans crave.
The first act to hit the stage was Mariachi El Bronx, the alter-ego of California punk rockers the Bronx. Dressed in charro suits and playing instruments normally found in traditional mariachi bands, the group's sound was about as authentic as you can get being this far away from Jalisco.
The Jump Starts began the festivities of night two of An Under Cover Weekend at the Firebird with Justin Johnson and Sarah Ross occupying the front of the stage, assuming the role of the Violent Femmes.
The idea behind An Under Cover Weekend is simple: Local bands transform themselves into their favorite artists to pay tribute to them for 30 minutes. The result of months of hard work culminates in two nights of rock celebration at the Firebird that captures the essence of rock 'n' roll.
Much like the Japanese apricot of the same name, Ume blossoms with power-trio beauty, nourished on pop, punk and hard rock music.