The Yellow Umbrella Tour

Tuesday, October 25; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

In Hal Ashby's 1971 cult classic Harold and Maude, chronically depressed, fake-suicide king Harold meets the vivacious elderly vixen Maude at a funeral as she's standing under a garish yellow umbrella. After Christina Baze -- the breathy former lead singer of electronic act Skills of Ortega -- overcame a harrowing bout with cervical cancer, she launched a nationwide tour to raise awareness about prevention of the disease and used the film's heroine and her prop as inspiration. The third installment of the Yellow Umbrella Tour centers on Duncan Sheik, whose heavily orchestrated work and boyish good looks recall a more accessible Nick Drake. Although he's best-known for 1996's pop hit "Barely Breathing," he's since released a series of increasingly accomplished efforts focusing on his velvety, melancholic voice. Opening for Sheik are Belgian singer-songwriter (and former K's Choice vocalist) Sarah Bettens, crooner David Poe (who's recording a new album with Sheik) and fest organizer Baze.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15; call 314-727-4444 for more information.

 
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