Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists and Ginuwine to appear on ‘Parks and Recreation’

Yo La Tengo will play Bobby Knight Ranger—a Night Ranger cover band

Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists and Ginuwine will all appear on an upcoming episode of Parks and Recreation

Executive producer Michael Schur confirmed the musical guests for the season 6 finale episode, which will air on NBC on April 24.

“It was really crazy,” Schur tells The AV Club. “We basically threw a rock concert, with a giant stage and a thousand extras. Jeff Tweedy did some songs, as did the Decemberists and Ginuwine. Also, Letters To Cleo played, which makes Ben Wyatt extremely happy.”


Yo La Tengo (pictured right) will not appear as themselves in the episode, which centres around a large open air concert taking place in in the sitcom’s fictional town of Pawnee, India. Yo La Tengo will play Bobby Knight Ranger—a Night Ranger cover band that wears red sweaters.

“The three of them showed up, they got dressed up in red sweaters, khakis, and white wigs, and they played ‘Sister Christian’ in front of a thousand people, introducing themselves as ‘Bobby Knight Ranger,'” Schur adds. “It was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen…and completely delightful.”

He continues: “They were so game and so happy to be there, and it was so cool of them, because…I mean, they’re basically in disguise. Yo La Tengo fans will recognise them, definitely, but most people won’t. They just did it because they like comedy and wanted to be a part of the show. It was super cool. I’m forever in their debt.”

It was previously confirmed that Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy will also appear in the same episode, where he will front fictional band Land Ho!


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