Get your gem sweaters and gold spandex ready, folks — Leslie and the Lys are hitting up The Blue Moose Tap House this Friday at 9 p.m. and it’s gonna be a heck of a good time.
Leslie and the Lys began as a hip-hop project to help cover the cost of frontwoman and “web diva” Leslie Hall’s “Gem Sweater Museum,” a website in which she modeled dozens of thrift store gem sweaters. The project has since grown to be a fixture in Iowa music, featuring an ever-changing lineup of “Lys” — Adrien Daller, Ramona Muse and Derek Lambert, to name a few current members — all of whom lend their talents to other amazing bands, such as Trouble Lights and Christopher the Conquered.
Across five self-released full-length albums, Hall’s music has evolved from simple, goofy bedroom recordings to crazy fun club bangers that sound like Top 40 from an alternate universe. The group’s music videos (many of which are also self-produced) have reached a huge online audience, drawing millions of views on Youtube.
However, it’s their live show that really highlights their talents. Featuring “elaborate props, flashy costumes, and Las Vegas style production at Midwest prices,” Leslie and the Lys bring a party that isn’t all that different from the kind that Saturday Night Live’s Stefon would imagine. Throw in the general feeling of body and gender positivity that the group practically sweats out, and it’s a party that literally everyone is invited and welcomed to.