The almost 30 year history of the event says enough. But the running list of bands covering bands, and dressing up and making it a thing year in and year out is testament to its place in the annals of the C-U music scene. Had we had a category for it in 2009, it would have taken the same honor. The best annual event for music in C-U is The Great Cover Up.
Now a two weekend affair at City Center, audiences are treated to surprise after surprise as no one knows what band is being covered until they hit the stage. The fact that there have been multiple iterations of particular artists over the years is a showcase of how a scene changes, how players come and go.
At the center of it all is Ward Gollings. Though he did not found the event, he took it on in its 3rd year, and has kept it going, almost singlehanded, over the past 25 years. You don’t have to be a scenester or a player to enjoy this annual set of shows: it appeals to literally everyone with a pulse. (Seth Fein)
Photo by Brennin Kelly