While the real world has its eyes set on the likes of Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, the denizens of Pawnee-Eagleton, Indiana were enjoying their own little musical paradise. Spoiler: On last night’s season finale of Parks and Recreation, a cavalcade of musical A-listers came together to perform at the city’s first-ever Unity Concert. Let’s just say, had this been a real concert, it definitely would have made our own humble Power Rankings.
Among the acts to regale Pawneetonians (or is that Eagleneenians?),
Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who reunited with his much beloved band Land Ho! before joining forces with Andy Dwyer’s Mouse Rat for an epic superjam. (Tweedy appeared in an episode earlier this month, getting schooled by Andy during a duet of “Karate Chop Master”.)
In one of the greatest appropriations of a guest star, Yo La Tengo appeared as Bobby Knight Ranger, a Night Ranger cover band that also pays homage to the state’s greatest coach, Bobby Knight. Decked out in matching red sweaters, khakis, and white wigs, the trio performed “Sister Christian”.
Though they broke up for good over six years ago, alt-rockers Letters to Cleo reunited for the Unity Concert. According to producers, they secured the band because Mark Rivers, the show’s music supervisor and drummer in Andy’s band Mouse Rat, is a real-life member of LtC. To maintain the veil of fiction, though, Rivers rocked a disguise.
And since not having him come through would be a definite no-no, R&B singer Ginuwine even made an appearance.
Replay the full episode below.