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01 Aug 2019

The Lucky 13: Chelsea Sugarbritches, Vocalist/Frontwoman of 5th Town and Long Duk Dong, Performing at Idyllwild Strong

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Chelsea Sugarbritches is a massive supporter of the Coachella Valley music scene. When she’s not belting her heart out on stage with 5th Town (www.facebook.com/5thtown)—currently in the studio recording its debut album—or kicking it ‘80s style with cover-band Long Duk Dong, her unique and ever-changing brightly colored hair can be spotted in the audience at many local shows. Catch 5th Town live at the Idyllwild Strong Festival at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18; visit www.idyllwildstrong.com for more info. She was kind enough to answer The Lucky 13; here are her answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Technically, The Beach Boys at College of the Desert. But my first big, big concert was Pearl Jam at the (Empire Polo Club).

What was the first album you owned?

My parents have an extensive album collection, so I was pretty much listening to albums out of the womb. I think the first one I personally went to Record Alley (in the Indio mall) and bought was Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Mostly local bands right now: Mikey Reyes, Blasting Echo, The After Lashes, Reborn by the Sunshine, and FrankEatsTheFloor. Oh and I’m pretty obsessed with Lizzo right now.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I wish the overly auto tuned vocals trend would quit already.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

You shouldn’t feel guilty about any music you listen to. You like it; listen to it. No shame in my game.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Anywhere that has live music.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

This week? “Let it go before it breaks; you know it’s got to be that way,” “It Breaks,” by Blasting Echo. That song is fuckin’ killer. I can’t wait for their new album!

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Every band and artist that I connect with changes my life. That’s what’s so cool about music: It’s personal; it’s emotional. Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Nirvana, and Snoop Dogg.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

How do you ask someone one question? How about 13? I would love to go back in time and have a conversation with Janis Joplin.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Showtunes: “Seasons of Love” from Rent.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

This is an impossible question to answer. I really love 3 Years 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of ... by Arrested Development. I don’t know if it’s my ALL TIME FAVORITE, though … ugh, that’s hard.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Growing Scheme,” by Mikey Reyes featuring Bryanna Evaro. (Scroll down to hear it!)

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