In a world where everything seems to be ultra serious all the time, when politics are toxic and people struggle to even talk to each other anymore, there’s a case to be made that a band like Green Jelly is absolutely essential to the survival of the human race. A band that takes nothing seriously, a band that is barely even a band at all due to the fact that mainman Bill Manspeaker takes his show and costumes around the world and recruits musicians in every town and city. The biggest surprise, and joy, is that they’re connected to the way-more-serious Tool through Danny Carey. It’s no accident that their 2009 album was called Musick to Insult Your Intelligence By. You’ve got to love them. Budderside, AA-K and Eponymous Charlie also play.

Green Jelly play with Budderside, AA-K, Enonymous Charlie, Unstoppable Force and Nostradamixxx at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 23 at the Whisky A Go Go.

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