As one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most prolific and enigmatic bands, The Flaming Lips provide audiences with more of a four-dimensional experience than a typical watch-and-listen performance. The history of this Oklahoma-based band begins in 1993 with their hit “She Don’t Use Jelly,” a track that became a mainstream hit, propelling them from relative obscurity into the MTV masses. However, their eclectic live performances and growing repertoire have since helped them gather a cult following that continues to fuel their career.
Along the way, the band released the movie “Christmas on Mars” and have given their fans a ton of impressive merchandise ranging from giant gummy skulls to the legendary (and elusive) Strobo Trip toy. In 2012, the band even broke a Guinness World Record for the most live concerts in 24 hours, executing a whirlwind overnight tour beginning in Memphis, ending in New Orleans, and including several stops in Mississippi in between.
As the years have passed, The Flaming Lips’ stage show has grown more extravagant. Front man Wayne Coyne may be mock-bleeding one minute and traversing over the crowd in a giant, transparent inflatable bubble the next. The band is also known for recruiting fans to don various costumes and join them on stage.
So what may they have in store for their Soul Kitchen appearance? Part of the entertainment is the surprise.
The Flaming Lips, Spaceface
Date: Thursday, Feb. 19, doors at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., www.soulkitchenmobile.com
Tickets: (possible sell-out) $49 in advance/$55 day-of available at Soul Kitchen, online, Mellow Mushroom (WeMo/MiMo) and by calling 1-866-468-7630