MIBBB Fest’s opening night party this Thursday night, June 22 – “6/22 – The Men in Black Birthday Bash” – highlights the start of summer and return of Paper Moon to the Quarterdeck.

The Olympia-based band which features Joel and Julia Underwood has become a regional favorite and is – as evidenced by Underwood’s MIBBB Fest performance last year – ideal for a party populated by a black-and-white cosplay crowd celebrating local history and mythology. 

Joel Underwood is a singer-songwriter and acoustic musician who played all over the United States. His cover choices have been described as “sharp and funny, sometimes achingly honest,” and Underwood’s own songs are skillfully crafted and authentic. Joel’s daughter, Julia, completes the duo on bass and provides vocals that stretch the band’s library from 60’s pop classics to contemporary indie hits.

“Paper Moon has a terrific ability to engage an audience in story,” said MIBBB Fest co-founder Steve Edmiston. “That ability was put to the test last year, with an audience in black-and-white reveling in quirky history. I honestly did not know he’d open with Johnny Rivers’ ‘Secret Agent Man’ last year, and it was terrific. Then the entire set fit our irreverent, playful vibe and ‘men in black’ local history. He took the tone we’d established, and ratcheted it up.”

Another Quarterdeck favorite, Paloma, opens the event. Paloma is a Seattle based artist with a captivating style. She is a recent college graduate with degrees in Physics and Music Production & Recording arts. Her performances range from jazz standards to pop classics and have been described as “intimate yet grand.” 

Tickets for the MIBBB Film Party and all MIBBB events are available at EVENTBRITE.

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