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Ellen's Favorite Band Pulls off Pop-Up Show

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    Rosemary Bystrak

    One EskimO -- missing a member who was ill -- played a KPRI listener show on Friday at the Loft on the UCSD campus.

    Rosemary Bystrak of sdDialedIn offers a peak behind the curtain:

    Ellen's Favorite Band Pulls off Pop-Up Show

    [DGO] Ellen's Favorite Band Pulls off Pop-Up Show
    One EskimO -- missing a member who was ill -- play KPRI listener show. (Published Monday, Jan. 31, 2011)

    "Here's a little story: Chris Cantore called me last week and said KPRI had an opportunity for a last-minute private listener concert with a huge international band and wanted to know if I had any ideas where they could play.

    They were thinking Lestat's, Claire de Lune and a couple other venues. When he told me it was One eskimO, I told him I would help call around and see what was available. Eventually, the station contacted Liz at The Loft and made it happen.

    Because Kristian Leontiou was sick, you can tell that Pete Rinaldi and Jaime Sefton were incredibly nervous -- they're usually both pretty quiet."

    The crowd at the Loft were treated to three-piece versions of fan favorites "Amazing," "UFO" and "Hometime," with Sefton and Rinaldi stepping up to the microphone to fill in for the ailing .

    One EskimO on Ellen

    [DGO] One EskimO on Ellen
    The London indie quartet performed "Givin Up" for Ellen's birthday on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show." (Published Monday, Jan. 31, 2011)

    The band had traveled down to San Diego to do the show between appearances on a pair of big-name interview shows. Ellen DeGeneres flew the band out to appear on her show on Wednesday in celebration of her birthday. and after Friday's pop-up show at the loft, One EskimO were eventually headed back north to tape The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday. You can watch that performance tonight on NBCSanDiego.