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SMASH Magazine P.O. Box 1376 Battle Creek, MI 49016 smashmag@live.com SmashmagS.com Publisher/Graphic Designer Well August is here!!!! Summer is winding down but not without a bunch of amazing events for you to enjoy, Smash Magazine is out and about in high gear and ready to hit some of your favorite local festivals. After a rousing time at Leilapalooza in Battle Creek and a weekend of Blues in Kalamazoo, we are headed to the Friend’s & Company SUMMER BASH which in its 6th year promises to be the best yet with Local favorites, Unhinged, Bad Tattoo, OTC, Tripwire and bringing back National touring artists Dory Drive. There is no reason to go anywhere else this summer, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek are teeming with great activities for the entire family. Robin Cunningham Smash Magazine just celebrated its 2 year anniversary, can you believe it we have been Smashing the local scene for 2 years and with your support there are many more to come. Writers Talk about busy, Smash Radio has just branched out to start their second radio station Rock Alliance Radio that is sure to please the rocker in you. Let’s keep the momentum going!!!! Robin Cunningham Raoul Duke Jr Diana Marsh Colin Smith Bruce Tuck Time to join the revolution SMASHer’s!!!! Advertising Robin Cunningham 269-986-3912 smashmag@live.com Events and Shows Submit listings to SmashmagS.com smashmag@live.com Disclaimer SMASH Magazine is dedicated to providing a platform for artists and musicians to promote and display their work. Because they have a unique way of expressing themselves it is important for people who pick up the magazine to understand you might not always like what you see. There are also articles that may contain sarcasm and adult content. This publication is intended for a mature audience. A
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Public Service Announcement Kalamazoo Dance would like to invite the community to attend our monthly ballroom dance held on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at: The Point Community Center 2595 N. 10th Street Lesson- 7:00-8:00 P.M. General Dancing- 8:00-10:00 P.M. Refreshments provided. Singles welcome. Partner not required. Admission: $10 (adults) $8(students) $8 (First Timers) $5(Members) Join us for a waltz, swing, cha-cha, tango, and more… For more information visit our web site at: www.kalamazoodance.org Contact Information: Jan 269-344-5752 Come celebrate National Ballroom Dance Week with us! Included will be a lesson, West Coast Swing with Mary Hoedeman (national dance champion), munchies, mixers, and prize drawings! Singles and couples both welcome. Come join the fun and learn something new. Directions: SmashmagS.com Kalamazoo, MI 10th St. is just west of West Main St.( Exit 38B west) off of US 131. Take 1st right and travel one mile to The Point Community Center (will be on the left). August 2014 4
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Who is the real Eddie Blue? W hat an interesting question this is. He is definitely not a white guy with a mullet. But the joke is that he was before he was infected with the blues! SmashmagS.com T he real Eddie Blue, the original one and only, is Eddie Blue Lester. Born and raised in Texas where he was introduced to a saxophone at an early age by an amazing visionary who wanted to bring music to young boys and girls in schools when there were no music classes until high school. I nteresting how things have changed. Eddie explained to me how back then he was approached by a teacher who wanted to get students, with a real desire to learn an instrument, the chance to start playing years before the school system offered any music classes. The older students gave one on one instruction to the younger ones and got them started. He also told me what really got him to practice, it was his teacher. She was a beautiful young lady and Eddie admitted he would have done anything she told him too. L uckily, Eddie kept on playing through college and became a classically trained musician who can play Alto, Soprano, Tenner and Baritone Sax as well as keyboards. The most influential player in his life was Grover Washington and he knew by age fifteen that he had the music in his soul. O ver time Eddie shared the stage with many national Blues and Jazz acts, such as James Armstrong, Tab Benoit, Big Jack Johnson, Magic Slim, Carl Weathersby and many more. When I asked, who the coolest person Eddie played with, I got an interesting story about a call he received very early in his career from a friend who said they were looking for a musician that could play multiple Saxophones. It was this call that sent Eddie to Tennessee and there he ended up in a band with the late Jimmy Hendrix. He played in the band for about a month when Jimmy took off suddenly for England and you know what happened after that. H is band Eddie Blue and the Ravens was a dream band made up of Alex Mays, Ronnie ‘Coach’ Parker, Fuego Fernandez and John “Fingers” Ford, all members of other bands that came together to do a tour. Together they toured England three times and are planning another trip to the UK because, Eddie says, ”It is easier to tour there”. A
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T he Storms also toured in England and Eddie released a CD from that band, Available on Amazon called Eddie Blue and the Storms “Funky Basement Blues”. H e also does a duo with Alex Mayes on guitar, hitting all the local joints around town including Firekeepers and smaller venues that do a lot of acoustic shows. I f those aren’t enough Eddie also plays with Alex Mayes aka A Train in a band called Blue Train and you can see them every 4th Saturday in the month at Shakespears. C rossroads Blues Band, now Crossroads Resurrection has been the longest running band for him with three albums in twenty one years. Although some members have changed over the years, Eddie and Dave Allemang have always been the backbone of the band. All three albums have sold out and the band is currently working on a fourth. A rriving in Kalamazoo in 1972, working as a chemist for Upjohn, Eddie witnessed a booming music scene and opened for many bands at venues like Wonderful’s Funky Basement and Geo’s. As much as Crossroads was and still is a staple in Kalamazoo it was difficult not to notice the music scene change so much over the years, but he can see the live music scene on the rise again. Y ou can see him and one of his bands playing around the area on a weekly basis. From 411 Club to Warehouse and Old Dog Tavern, Eddie is definitely not slowing down any time soon. W atch for the new CD and the Finally Legal show happening October 25th at 411 Club which will feature a chronicle of members from the twenty one year history of the band. Y ou can always keep up with Eddie and the band on Facebook and www.crossroadsresurrection.com By Robin Cunningham Photos courtisy of Rob Blackham blackhamimages.com SmashmagS.com August 2014 6
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Jennifer J. Brogger “Art is my purpose. Having something to describe myself, such as an artist, has given me great pride” J ennifer Brogger graduated from Gull Lake High School in 2012 and headed to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. she loved the school, Althoughchaseattending Kendall,after one year of Jennifer decided to her dreams of attending Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Jennifer is now majoring in Illustration with a minor in Art and Entertainment Management. support Jennifer has anofimpeccable artists system, most which are themselves. SmashmagS.com graduated from Arizona Her motherJenniferwith a degree in State University Architecture. learned her passion for art by sitting and watching her mom scrapbook and paint. Jennifer then spent hours of her free time using her mom’s paint to copy her mothers’ work until she could come up with her own ideas. H er two older brothers also gained the same expertise from their mother. One of them is a brilliant graphic designer, illustrator, and painter, while her other brother is a creative musical genius. Her father, although one of her top supporters, lacks in the artistic field, despite what he may tell you. ennifer’s work depicts variety Jtechniques, ideas, andathemes. of mixed media scattered with different She’ll rummage through just about anything to get a hold of the perfect materials for her work, whether it's an antique shop, grandma’s attic, or garage sale. her work Jennifera wantsas well as to tell story encompass a history within the materials. creative Within theasBrogger to process, keeps things specific her emotions as possible. Staying sincere and truthful, calls for an enriched final result. Depending on her perceptions, a piece will vary in techniques and materials. Anthropomorphism A
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Gemini Zodiac Goosey Goosey Gander J ennifer tends to work mostly with pen and ink, wet media, dry media, and digitally. tries to avoid artificial emotions Jennifer the work has an enhanced but so that value and significance, not just to the artist, whoever finds them fixed in front of it. She wants her work to challenge the viewers understanding of what the piece is trying to convey, in contrast of how it communicates to them personally. is an honor able to Itcommunicatetoinbe way that not many the a people can, Brogger says. Jennifer has and desires on a canvas. It is a release of her emotions that she has struggled with putting into words. “Through my art, I allow myself to put my emotions down, trusting canvas to hold them tight until I’m ready to reveal myself to the world. learned artists a different Ihaveofmy waythatthinking.have does notI way communicating, which exclude of That is how use art to communicate.” A dditionally, sometimes when she is expressing herself, she discovers the truth revealing itself right in front of her. Jennifer often is surprised about what is exposed. It relaxes her mind to put together the puzzle pieces. Brogger says, “I love art for that reason. It is meditating for me because it completes my thoughts like no words can.” SmashmagS.com L ately, her work has been more experimental and ambitious than ever. From bizarre, to merciful, and everywhere in-between, the intentions in her work are always somewhat self-reflexive, and driven. Bee Hive Head ability to put all of her thoughts, feelings, August 2014 10
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o MOVIE REVIEW by Raoul Duke Jr. Usually Its not a good idea to “Remake” a film. Especially a “Classic” such as the Joe Spinell driven “Maniac” 1980 But for some odd reason, I liked this remake. The whole film was from a First Person Perspective. Which I thought would be annoying. But quickly became Interesting, and a Unique spin on a remake. They did a good job of not giving you motion sickness. And for the diehard fans of the Original, they have tossed in just enough visual throw backs, to keep you happy as well. If you are not a fan of Uncomfortable Horror scenes and Bloody Violence, do Not watch this film. Overall just as good as the first one. Made me want to watch the Original again. If you have the means, I highly recomend picking up a copy, Its so choice! -RDJ SPECIALIZING IN SAFE ALTERNATIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT TREATMENTS Dr. Robert Townsend/Denali Healthcare Located within the CRCWM Wellness Center 1611 West Centre Ave, Suite 100 Portage MI. 49024 WWW.denalihealthcaremi.com    269-366-5878 Medical Marihuana Certifications providing local, professional, defensible bona fide-doctor/patient relationship (medical records required) Suboxone therapy for prescription addiction Acupuncture, Counseling/Cognitive based therapy Massage Therapies and Essential Oils …... August 2014 SmashmagS.com o MANIAC 16
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August Music Board Goran Ivanovic Friday 15th, 8PM Backroads Saloon 15325 W Michigan Ave Marshall 269-781-7091 backroadssaloon.com Dani Vitany, Ten Hands Tall Friday 1st Justine Blazer Saturday 2nd David Shelby Saturday 9th Double Wide Ride Friday 15th Bell’s Eccentric Caf e 355 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-382-2332 bellsbeer.com Ben Daniels Band WSG Phil Barry & Sarah Fuerst Friday 1st, 8PM SmashmagS.com The Hillary Reynolds Band Saturday 2nd, 8PM New Sound Underground Thursday 7th, 8PM Super Happy Funtime Burlesque Show Friday 8th, 8:30PM The Yeah Babies Saturday 9th, 8PM The Devil Makes Three Tuesday 12th, 7PM Combat Corduroy WSG Brandon Mann Saturday 16th, 8PM Scott Pellegrom & Super Natural Bang Thursday 21st, 8PM Matt Giraud, We Know Jackson, Shelby Lentz Saturday 2nd, 8PM Chase Rice Thursday 7th, 8PM Anthony Gomes Friday 8th Mystic Dub Friday 22nd, 8PM Echoes Of Pink Floyd Saturday 9th, 8PM Dumela Project Saturday 23rd, 8PM 7th Son & The Marci Linn Band Friday 15th Fruition Friday 29th 8PM The Spazmatics Saturday 16th, 8PM Dark Horse Brewing Co. Beer Garden Ghost City Searchlight Thursday 7th Matthew Gabriel Thursday 14th Kjell Croce Thursday 21st Gator Blues Boys Thursday 28th Shelagh Brown Band Saturday 23rd Trancers, Full Frontal Cortez, Fox Friday 8th Dani Jamerson Thursday 28th F riends & Company 1055 West Columbia Battle Creek 269-963-2614 Summer Bash Dory Drive, OTC, Unhinged, Bad Tattoo, Tripwire Saturday Aug. 2nd Skeletone Saturday 2nd District Square Gee Daddy Big Blues Revue Friday 1st Shores, Pygmy Lush, Shoto, Palm Hands Sunday 3rd The Dock@Bayview TYPO Fri. 8th & Sat. 9th www.districtsquare.co North American Scum Thursday 14th, 8PM The Unknowns Friday 22nd Dani Jamerson Band Saturday 30th Kris Hitchcock & Small Town Son Friday 1st Douglas James Thursday 14th 440 East North St. Kalamazoo 269-385-9359 Bronk Brothers Thursday 21st Joanne Shaw Taylor Friday 29th 12504 E. D Ave Richland (269) 731-4911 www.f acebook.com/TheDock-At-Bayview Louie’s T rophy House Grill Singer Songwriter night FT Michelle Peters, Dana Scott, Liz Snavely Friday 1st The Blue Effect Friday 29th Shelagh Brown & Robbie Koets Thursday 7th 139 S Edwards St Kalamazoo 269-978-8451 Hair Mania Saturday 16th Vincent Hayes Project Friday 22nd 511 S Kalamazoo Ave 269-781-9940 Zion Lion Friday 15th London Grill 214 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo 269-381-9212 David Lloyd Friday 1st, 7PM David Lloyd Friday 15th, 7PM Dread Return, Abraham, Blackgate Saturday 9th Mutts, Moxieville, Chuck Whiting Friday 15th Sexy Toxins, Greedy Mistress, Hex Bombs Monday 18th Red Tail Ring, Maiden Radio, Kalispell Thursday 21st Evil Deauxerz, Croatone, Knives Are Quiet, Arson Party Saturday 30th Mangia Mangia 209 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo 269-226-3333 mangiamangia-kazoo.com Cliff Monear & Nicole New Saturday 23rd, 7PM A
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August Music Board Shakespears Lower Level Nob Hill 4218 S S prinkle Rd Kalamazoo 269-349-2965 nobhillbarand grill.com The Wayward Sons Saturday 2nd The Music F actory 191 Angell St. Battle Creek 269-962-2121 Aria Marie Foundation Benefit Friday 1st Psychostick Friday 8th Calhoun County Sheriff Dept. Benefit Saturday 9th Alien Ant Farm Thursday 14th Dale-A-Palooza Friday 15th Filter, Local H, Givensix Wednesday 20th Rock Alliance Radio Show Corners Of Sanctuary, 10 Gauge Rage, Veilside Man Unkind Saturday 23rd Trapt, Veer Union Friday 29th Blacklight District, Another Lost Year Saturday 30th Big Man Little Band , The Savage Oms Friday 1st, 8PM 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazo 269.384.6756 Chamelion Saturday 30th, 8PM Jazz Miz Every Wednesday Small Mouth Sunday 3rd, 4PM WMU School of Music Every Thursday Fat Guy Fest Friday 8th, 4PM Saturday 9th, 4PM Sunday 10th, 4PM Big Boss Blues Friday 1st, 9PM Grammar, Boy Parts Thursday 14th, 9PM Inflatable Best Friend Friday 15th, 9PM Chad Sampson, JWPT Saturday 16th, 6PM What the Folk? Cousin Avery, Cold Mountain Child Mathew Boer Friday 22nd, 9PM Ben Daniels Band Tuesday 5th, 9PM & Friday 8th, 8PM Who Hit John Tuesday 12th, 9PM Sterio Garden Saturday 16h, 9PM Big Man Little Band Tuesday 19th, 9PM The Kris Lager Band Friday 22nd, 9PM Duo Moxieville, Megan Dooley Tuesday 26th, 9PM St Julian Winery 716 S. Kalamazoo St. Paw Paw 269-657-5568 Rhythm & Wine Exit 41 Saturday 2nd 2-5PM Lukas Peterson Saturday 9th, 2-5PM Big Boss Blues Band Saturday 16th, 2-5PM Hunt-N-Gator Saturday 23rd, 2-5PM Shelby & Geo Saturday 30th 2-5PM August 2014 Jazz Artist Ty Causey Friday 22nd Bike Night with Live music sponsored by Crowe’s Custom Cycle Every Monday Dunk Tank Friday 8th, 8PM Erika Scherry, Big Man Little Band Saturday 9th, 8PM Gee Daddy’s Big Blues Review Sunday 10th Jim Jam Jim Oliver, Jim Dyer Saturday 30th M89 S ports Bar & Grill 129 E Allegan St, Otsego 269-694-6970 River Bend Fri. 1st & Sat. 2nd Hard Times Fri. 8th & Sat. 9th Little Ollie & CC Thursday 14th Stone Thrown Fri. 15th & Sat. 16th Scrapyard Fri. 22nd & Sat. 23rd Douglas James Band Fri. 29th & Sat. 30th Warehouse 1299 Columbia Ave Battle Creek 269-979-9273 Rene Meave Saturday 23rd Zarzuela 301 E Michigan Ave Marshall 269-789-9180 zarzuelamarshall.net COW - Kjell Croce, Jim Oliver, Bob Wentworth Saturday 2nd Stan Budzinski Saturday 9th Billy Joe Hunt Saturday 16th SmashmagS.com Shallowside, Unhinged Friday 22nd 214 East Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo 269-488-3330 The Union Cabertet & Grill 18
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Dweezil Zappa SmashmagS.com SMASH INTERVIEW SM: Besides your round of summer shows, what else do you have going on in your life? DZ: Well it's always a mad balancing act because when I'm not touring, I'm spending as much time with my kids as possible. When I'm gone for 2 maybe 3 months at a time and then come home, I pretty much clear my plate. I'm actually on a family vacation with them right now in Hawaii. SM: That's what I heard! Well we really appreciate you taking time out of your vacation to do the interview. DZ: Yeah, no problem. I actually have some other stuff I am working on right now, besides my normal Zappa Plays Zappa routine that we started playing in 2006. I'm actually doing lot more teaching, and I'm going to be doing an instructional DVD and some of my own original music over the next several months. SM: Do you have any plans of pursuing your acting career, or is music your sole focus? DZ: I haven't really had much time to pursue any “acting” type stuff. I recently did a little bit of television with my wife; we did that show Celebrity Wife Swap. SM: How did that go? DZ: It was fun. It was entertaining. SM: As far as your own music goes, are you looking to record some new stuff or do you have any projects in the works? DZ: I haven't made anything of my own since my last record Go With What You Know and that was released around 2006. Working on learning my Dad's music has helped me to learn new techniques and sharpen my writing, so this new record will be really different. I don't have a clear picture of what I want to do because there are several different directions I could take it. That's what I am trying to figure out over the next couple of months. SM: How would you say your style or sound has changed over the years? DZ: As far as technical approach goes, I've been exposed to a lot more techniques (like picking techniques) that I have never used before. So it makes it possible to do more interval leaps and give the music more variety and keeps it interesting. Since 2006 I have developed a vocabulary of playing that wasn't there before and A
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ppa an approach to improvisation that has more depth and variety. I have more that I can utilize now like harmonic content which is a change. SM: As far as music goes, who are you listening to now? DZ: I haven't really been listening to any other music too often; I don't have a lot of time. But guitar players I like to listen to, and right now I'm listening to a guy named Tim Miller whose really, really good. SM: Where do you see yourself in say 5, maybe 6 years? August 2014 SM: Last but not least, were can fans find out all they want to know about the summer shows, the guitar clinics, and everything else that is Dweezil Zappa? DZ: Easiest place is dweezilzappaworld.com. I am on Twitter and Facebook but I use my website to disseminate information. SMASH Magazine would like to thank Mr Zappa for taking time to speak with us while on his family vacation. We are looking forward to his live performance at The State Theater in Kalamazoo, Michigan on September 9th SmashmagS.com SM: Have you changed your gear or any of the guitars that you use? DZ: That changed a lot as well. I switched to using Gibson SG's where in the past I was using more Fender Stratocasters. I use Fenders on what my Dad played Fenders on, but what I do is on the SG. It just turned out to be a more versatile guitar to play, especially on the hard stuff. You just have more access to the upper frets. DZ: Hard to say, but one of things I enjoy doing is my guitar camp called “Dweezilla” and so we're looking to expand that and do it in different places. Hopefully we'll be able to have one that we do annually in Europe and one or two in the states where we can do one on the west coast and one on the east coast. Right now we are going for locations, good, solid locations. INTERVIEW BY: Diana Marsh 24
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