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    Presented by at Boarding House Park

    July 16, 2010



    Best-known for their ubiquitous hits "The Distance" and “Short Skirt/Long Jacket,” Cake epitomized the postmodern, irony-drenched aesthetic of ‘90s geek-rock. Their sound freely mixed and matched pastiches of widely varying genres -- white-boy funk, hip-hop, country, new wave pop, jazz, college rock, and guitar rock -- with a particular delight in the clashes that resulted. Cake was formed in Sacramento, California in 1992 by vocalist/songwriter John McCrea.

    Their songs are filled with lyrical non sequiturs, pop-culture references, and smirky satire, all delivered with bone-dry detachment by speak-singing frontman John McCrea. Cake cultivated an image of average guys with no illusions or pretensions about their role as entertainers. In 1993, the band released their debut single, "Rock ‘n' Roll Lifestyle," on a local basis, and followed it with a self-produced, self-released, self-distributed album, Motorcade of Generosity. Cake's second album, Fashion Nugget, was released in 1996 and spawned a breakout smash in "The Distance," which dominated alternative radio that fall, sold over a million copies and even turned into an unlikely sporting-event anthem. It also spun off a follow-up single in a cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Prolonging the Magic, was released in 1998. True to its sardonic title, it defied critical opinion to produce another big alternative-radio hit in "Never There," plus decently successful follow-ups in "Sheep Go to Heaven" and "Let Go."

    Prolonging the Magic was also certified platinum. Cake’s fourth album, Comfort Eagle, was released in 2001 and featured their highest-charting yet (at Number 13). The lead single "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" was a huge hit on alternative radio. Pressure Chief was released in 2004 and B-Sides & Rarities was released in 2007.

    Find more info at: www.cakemusic.com

    Boarding House Park

    40 French Street
    (corner of John St.)
    Lowell, MA 01852

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    Admission Info:

    $35 Advance $40 Day of concert

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    Accessibility Information:

    Please Contact John_Marciano@nps.gov with any specific accessibility needs.

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