UnderCover Presents was founded in 2010 and has rapidly established itself as an inspirational collective that gathers musicians and artists from every facet of San Francisco Bay Area’s creative community. The concept is simple, one band per song reinterpreting an entire classic album from start to finish. Each artist is highly encouraged to put their own sound and personality on their rendition. The result is a cross pollination of cultures, musicians, photographers, film makers, writers and visual artists that doesn’t typically happen on one show bill, or for that matter even festivals.
UnderCover Presents is a fiscally sponsored nonprofit. and member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts providing fiscal sponsorship, incubation and consulting services to artists. Intersection is San Francisco’s oldest alternative arts space, presenting groundbreaking works in the literary, performing, visual and interdisciplinary arts.
UnderCover Presents is a grassroots collective that gathers musicians from every corner of the Bay Area music community to celebrate the influence of classic albums.
The concept is simple: bands are invited based on their enthusiasm for the album from a range of musical genres that reflect the diverse styles and cultures that make Bay Area music unique. Each band picks a different song from the album and infuses it with their distinctive sound and personality.
Awards & Press: UnderCover Presents
The series was named "East Bay Express Best of 2017,” SF Weekly Best of 2011 & 13,” and was awarded in
2012 by SF Bay Guardian- “Best Reason to Download the Whole Album”.
“Part of being an artist is also performance, sharing your passion and ability with a live audience. For this, covers are a classic case of high risk, high reward. Stay too loyal to the original, and you risk being overshadowed by it. Stray a bit too far away, and a song can become unrecognizable …with a band like Radiohead — one the most influential groups of our time, with diehard fans who can spot a rhythm guitar part that’s slightly off — the stakes are only raised.
Given the parameters of this weekend’s UnderCover SF shows — a large group of local musicians each covering one song from this classic album — die-hard fans could be forgiven for approaching it with some concern. But there was no cause: Sunday’s performance ranks among the best concerts we’ve seen in the Bay Area so far this year.” – Nathan Matisse, SF Weekly, UnderCover: Radiohead’s Kid A, February 2013
“…makes for some of the most diverse, electrifying nights in the East Bay music scene, a combination of ubiquitous celebration and local discovery.” - Rosemarie Alejandrino, East Bay Express, Best of Awards, May 2017
On Jan. 24, with five original members of Sly and the Family Stone in the house, concert organizers wanted to show the band some extra love. Working with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s office, they presented band members Freddie Stone, Cynthia Robinson, Gregg Errico, Jerry Martini, and Rustee Allen with an official City of Oakland proclamation, declaring Jan. 24, 2015 to be Sly and the Family Stone Day and congratulating the local band for “embracing the ideals of a generation.” - Kelly Whalen, KQED, Sly & The Family Stone's Stand!, January 2015
“Reinterpreting such a personal statement might seem like a fool’s errand, but for the Bay Area collective UnderCover Presents, Mitchell’s masterpiece provides an ideal forum for marshaling a cornucopian array of the region’s most creative musicians.” – Andrew Gilbert, SF Chronicle, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, September 2012
“On a hot Tuesday night in October, a huge line of eager music aficionados took over the block in front of Coda, hoping to squeeze into a unique (and sold out) show — Undercover, a collective of several well-known bands and musicians, was joining together to cover the classic album Velvet Underground and Nico in its entirety. The show was electric and the crowd decked out in its 1960s mod finest, channeling that delicious Factory vibe.” – Marissa Neff, San Francisco Bay Guardian, UnderCover Velvet Underground & Nico, December 2010