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Sly and the Family Stone's Stand! 

When: Fri., Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 18, 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 19, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $25, $30
Sly and the Family Stone was one of the first major US rock groups that was racially integrated and gender-mixed. It was known for songs such as “Everyday People,” which celebrated diversity (sample lyric: different strokes for different folks). That hit single was featured on the band’s 1969 album Stand!, which artists from Oakland and San Francisco will honor this week as part of a tribute organized by UnderCover Presents, a Bay Area collective that organizes reinterpretations of influential albums. Last year, more than 75 musicians from 9 Bay Area groups — including Awesöme Orchestra Collective and Ensemble Mik Nawooj — recorded their own versions of songs off Stand! in a wide range of genres. The participants will convene this weekend to perform their covers at The Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco), and ticketholders will gain access codes to a free download of the release. Spearheaded by guest music director David Möschler, the project marks UnderCover’s first tribute to a Bay Area group. Organizers say at least one original member of Sly and the Family Stone will be in attendance at the show on Sunday.
— Sam Levin


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