Local entertainment guide for Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Marshall Michigan.

Stringed instrument makers music lovers and fans of all ages come to the 2015 FRETBOARD FESTIVAL FRI MARCH 6 6PM 8 PM ART HOP FRETBOARD FESTIVAL PLAY IN CONTEST FRI MARCH 20 7PM 9PM Kick off concert featuring The Real Fantastics SAT MARCH 21 11AM 6PM SmashmagS com Local musicians luthiers and historians gather for a day of music workshops and lectures FREE ADMISSION fretboardfestival com FretboardFestival The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees M
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Opens its First Location in Kalamazoo Michigan s businesses depend on shared workspaces for productivity scalability and efficiency Executive Furnature The global workplace provider With an economy rooted in automotive manufacturing and small business Michigan companies are seeking out an all inclusive workplace solution to help drive success Regus the world s largest provider of flexible workspaces is becoming a growing resource for area businesses and has announced its expansion in Kalamazoo with a new facility located at 251 North Rose Street Meeting Rooms What makes Regus a great fit in Kalamazoo is that we have experience working with companies of all sizes We are excited to be a part of the business community here said Jeff Bowron Regus Regional Vice President This opening is a good complement to our existing Michigan portfolio Regus reach into Western Michigan comes as more businesses turn to flexible working and increase demand for a professional work environment that can be tailored to their specific needs Western Michigan continues its upward economic climb providing excellent opportunities in an area home to multinational companies and small to mid sized businesses Reception Regus offers customizable workspaces for businesses both large and small Fully furnished offices meeting rooms and a dedicated co working space are available for any amount of time Regus signature drop in business lounge offers complimentary WiFi Unlike traditional property agreements Regus terms are flexible allowing clients to determine the amount of space they occupy and for how long Recharge Bar SmashmagS com The new Regus location provides a community where professionals from the manufacturing health sciences and agriculture industries can come together to network and create new partnerships Overlooking the Arcadia River the facility is in the heart of the business district and is easily accessible from the freeway For more information please visit www regus com March 2015 2
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SMASH Magazine P O Box 1376 Battle Creek MI 49016 smashmag live com SmashmagS com President Publisher Robin Cunningham VicePresident Editor Bruce Tuck Writers Todd Cope Harry Dunne Colin Smith Katy May Carrie White Advertising Howdy SMASH ers Well as we creep into March and hopefully some spring type weather it s time to think about Green Beer Shamrocks and Leprechaun s but more than that it s time to think about Sun Blue Skies and all the things the warmer weather brings This month we are getting back to the roots of the music scene that exemplifies our area and the venues that bring it to us Not to mention an full on attack of the food trucks that will be hitting the streets to bring you taste tempting treats while you are out enjoying the sun on your lunch break So let s bring March in like a Lion and support our local venues because without them the local bands would not be playing for you SUPPORT YOUR SCENE See you at Fretboard Festival inside Kalamazoo Valley Museum on March 21st where we will be launching our new web site and the return of Smash Radio Robin Cunningham 269 986 3912 smashmag live com Events and Shows SmashmagS com Submit listings to 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 Go to SmashmagS com and sign up for our Email subscription so you can always keep up with whats up M
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SMASH MUSIC CORNER Genre Rap Hip Hop Kid Ink My Own Lane Release Date January 2014 http kidinkmusic com March 2015 A tribute album and ninth album overall by American ska swing band the Cherry Poppin Daddies released on July 29 2014 by Space Age Bachelor Pad Records A collection of loyal covers of songs performed or popularized by the trio of Frank Sinatra Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr collectively known as the Rat Pack Please Return the Evening is the only Daddies album not to feature original music by lead singer songwriter Steve Perry and the band s second studio album to focus exclusively on traditional swing and jazz music following the single disc release of 2013 s White Teeth Black Thoughts eschewing the ska rock and pop influences which have typically featured in the Daddies music Please Return the Evening was positively received by music critics Jack Goodstein writing for BlogCritics rated the album four out of five stars complimenting the Daddies for pulling off the material in their own way and singling out Perry as an impressive vocalist concluding It is good to know that with the likes of the Cherry Poppin Daddies working on it swinging jazz old and new is in good hands The Herald Sun expressed similar sentiments writing only the Rat Pack is the Rat Pack but Cherry Poppin Daddies do a darn good job performing it as themselves selecting the band s rendition of That s Life as a standout track Genre Punk Rancid Honor is all we know Release Date October 2014 http rancidrancid com The eighth studio album by the American punk rock band Rancid It is the band s first studio album since Let the Dominoes Fall 2009 and their second one to be recorded under its current incarnation Tim Armstrong Lars Frederiksen Matt Freeman and Branden Steineckert Rancid began work on the album as early as 2011 Asked in August 2010 if Rancid was going to release an eighth studio album anytime soon bassist Matt Freeman replied We haven t really figured that out yet We re not going anywhere Laughs We re going to do something we just don t know what it is yet We re always together and we all talk everyday We re just doing different stuff right now On May 27 2011 Rancid announced that they would do a small US tour supporting Blink 182 from August 25 through September 4 2011 to enable them to warm up before entering the studio in September to begin recording their eighth studio album with producer Brett Gurewitz They announced that they would embark on a 20th anniversary world tour in 2012 to accompany the album However the album did not arrive in 2012 and frontman Tim Armstrong stated that it would be released after Transplants third album In a Warzone After three years of writing and recording the album was finished in 2014 and is Rancid s shortest studio album to date SmashmagS com My Own Lane is the second studio album by American rapper Kid Ink Recording for the album took place during 2013 The album s production was handled by DJ Mustard Cardiak The Runners The Futuristics Arthur McArthur soFLY and Nius and Ned Cameron among others Kid Ink collaborated with various artists on the album including Chris Brown Tyga French Montana ASAP Ferg Pusha T Elle Varner Machine Gun Kelly King Los Meek Mill Wale and August Alsina among others The album was supported by the singles Show Me featuring Chris Brown Iz U Down featuring Tyga and Main Chick also featuring Chris Brown The album was met with generally positive reviews from music critics It also debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 selling 50 000 copies in the United States during its first week On the album s opener Hello World Ink employs a catchy sing song flow over pop rock drums and a joyous piano backed instrumental The Movement features Ink rapping about his success over a kinetic drum beat horns and brooding bass produced by Danja Two collaborations No Option featuring King Los and Murda featuring Pusha T are lyrical assaults and the hardened core of the album We Just Came to Party is a collaboration with Def Jam artist August Alsina The Maejor Ali featuring I Don t Care features Kid Ink rapping in an R B tinged flow The standard edition album closer More Than a King features Ink rapping metaphorically pounding his chest over an ever changing beat Genre Ska The Cherry Poppin Daddies Please Return the Evening Release Date July 2014 http www daddies com 6
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In the world of dining out one thing is certain none of us have 2 hours to spend at lunchtime to get a good meal so we opt for the magic of the fast food which is neither nutritious nor delicious Bring on the food trucks so you have mobile awesomness in locations suited to accomodate a quicker tastier fare How can you go wrong Well we rallied the troops and came up with a list of Food Trucks that are currently running the streets bringing you the best in mobile cuisine So get ready ITS FOOD TRUCK TIME Bistro on the Roll American Sandwiches Subs Various Locations Kalamazoo MI Ph 269 547 7913 https www facebook com bistroontheroll Camzies Pizza Wood fired Pizza made anywhere and everywhere Location Varies Kalamazoo MI Ph 269 978 8642 https www facebook com Camzies Pizza Coffee Rescue SmashmagS com You can get a cup of coffee anywhere But you can only get a Barista Bill quality perfected coffee delivered to you by Jamie and receive cross marketing for your brand from Coffee Rescue 7805 S Sprinkle Rd Portage MI 49002 Ph 269 598 9449 http www coffeerescue net Gorilla Gourmet Offering a variety of freshly made favorites such as Asian inspired tacos beef grinders and megaveggie quesadillas The menu changes frequently to keep the flavor fresh and interesting for you 305 Oakland Blvd Kalamazoo Michigan Ph 805 636 2928 https www facebook com gorillaeats Hogzilla Squeals on Wheels A Veteran Owned Small Business American BBQ Various Locations Mid Michigan Battle Creek Area Ph 269 660 6225 https www facebook com hogzillasow Kabob Haus Middle Eastern 4701 Kl Ave Kalamazoo MI 49006 Ph 269 375 2691 https www facebook com PersianKabob La Guatamalteca Tacos Mexican 1348 Portage St Kalamazoo MI 49001 Ph 269 343 8683 https www facebook com Tiend Guatemalteca La Costenita Los Brothers Tacos Mexican 2035 Portage St Kalamazoo Michigan Ph 269 373 2963 https www facebook com Mexican Food Los Brothers Pig Out Take Out Kalamazoo Mi based Barbeque food truck Various Locations Kalamazoo MI Ph 269 377 3735 http pigoutonthefly com Pizza Vera Authentic Neapolitan Style Pizza Pie and other Wood Fired Cuisine in a 900 Wood Fired Brick Oven in Rustic Artisan style Look for us in your local Farmer s Market or Art event Various Locations Kalamazoo MI Ph 269 779 4967 https www facebook com PizzaVeraItalian Smoothie Operator Smoothies Various Locations Kalamazoo MI Ph 616 916 1544 https www facebook com Smoothie Operator Twisted Tail BBQ Arcadia Brewing Company food on wheels Various Locations Battle Creek MI Ph 269 963 9690 https www facebook com twistedtailbbq The Grub American BBQ Various Locations Kalamazoo MI Ph 269 216 4782 https www facebook com The Grub Unstoppable Noodle Burmese Style Noodles with 2 options Chicken or No Chicken and love included 5 No Excuses 111 E Michigan Ave Battle Creek Michigan https www facebook com UnstoppableNoodle M
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Pho By Carrie White SmashmagS com If there was ever a musician with an amazingly long history of playing with passion in their pants its Stanley Buckwheat Dural Jr who got his nick name from You guessed it The little Rascals Born in 1947 in Lafayette Louisiana Buckwheat s father was an accomplished accordion player and Buckwheat grew up playing a Hammond B3 organ He was backing up Joe Tex Clarence Gatemouth Brown and many others by the late 50 s By 1976 he was asked to join Clifton Chenier s Red Hot Louisiana Band as the organist Growing up Buckwheat preferred R B but after the first night on stage with Clifton he quickly understood the power of zydeco music and the effect it had on the audience So much so Buckwheat has been quoted as saying Everywhere people young and old just loved zydeco music I had so much fun playing that first night with Clifton We played for four hours and I wasn t ready to quit Buckwheat played with Chenier for a few years before going out on his own and starting Buckwheat Zydeco By the mid 80 s he had done several recordings before signing a five record deal with Island Records in 1986 By 1988 He was opening for Eric Clapton on a North American tour followed by 12 nights in London s Royal Albert Hall and the list of musicians that he has played with is incredible People like Keith Richards Robert Plant Willie Nelson U2 and the list goes on and on The band has been featured in films like The Waterboy and The Big Easy and also on TV with a recent guest appearance on the last Late Night with Jimmy Fallon before Jimmy went on to host the Tonight Show where Buckwheat and Jimmy played together on stage to open the show Choo Choo Boogaloo was the first zydeco children s album ever How I wish I had this knowledge when my kids where little What a great mix of musical influence for children This up beat fun get your feet moving butt shaken make your kids tired music is fun for everyone
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Photo By Dragontastic One of Buckwheat s latest projects is the YouTube series Buckwheat s World Where viewers can get a close up look at the music and daily life of the guys hanging out loving life and playing The way we all would like to be Although I have never met Buckwheat I am in love with his music and story and won t be missing the show at Bell s on March 6th that s for sure See more about this amazing man at www buckwheatzydeco com or on facebook at www facebook com BuckwheatZydeco March 2015 SmashmagS com A true legend and inspiration Buckwheat Zydeco will continue to influence and enlighten generations of music lovers for years to come 10
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It was Valentine s Day and I didn t make reservations With all other restaurants booked far in advance like Zoorona or Saffron I decided to revisit an old standby Lee s Garden Bibimbop Their assortment of Korean dishes met my needs of serving a quick hot and affordable meal After all it s the only place in Kalamazoo to order a hot bowl of kimchi jjigae a chili pepper red colored stew filled with kimchi and your choice of tender pork or tofu SmashmagS com Actually it s the only place in Kalamazoo to order Korean food now that Sushiya closed earlier in February Lee s Garden is tucked on Westnedge next door to the WMMT broadcast station and it s recognizable on the outside by its blue walls and bright red shingle roof The two owners an older couple by the names of the cook Soo Lee and her husband Yeon hee Lee immediately serve warm soothing barley tea a complimentary drink and they welcome customers within their fuchsia walls Kimchi a staple of Korean cuisine is basically fermented and spicy cabbage and it s served with most dishes here Though the California roll and other East Asian delights do occupy the menu the restaurant specializes in inexpensive quickly served Korean dishes Their bibimbop was a cornucopia of radishes bean sprouts carrots lettuce beef there s always a tofu option kimchi and scrambled egg And with its layers of vegetables it s pretty overwhelming when first biting in to start topple it all with their spicy sweet chili sauce and dig anywhere with chopsticks or a fork It was served in a steel bowl but I would have been more impressed if it was served in the traditional stone bowl Regardless I longed for their kimchi jjigae as it warmed me The jjigae like their sides of kimchi were too salty for my tastes But they served filling portions for meals costing under 10 The owners maintained calm atmosphere one that allowed patrons to stay as long as they would like Overall Lee s Garden Bibimbop is a underrated restaurant that will have you over stuffed WRITTEN BY Colin Smith M
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Nathan Purchase Psychedelic Eyes Photography Specializing in photography with a psychedelic twist Nathan Purchase is putting his own unique stamp on the Kalamazoo art scene Shooting hundreds of bands from all over the area he doesn t just shoot the photo but makes it into a unique style of art Nathan Graduated from Michigan State majoring in Studio Art and specifically photography Nathan did not hear the voices calling him to do so until his junior year when he picked up a real camera not a disposable for the first time I originally started going to Michigan State University for Criminal Justice to become a Fire Investigator because I felt the need to somewhat follow in my Father s footsteps even though my parents have always been very supportive of me doing whatever makes me happy but what I realized after an eye opening experience my Junior year of college is that was not what I truly wanted to do So he changed his major and started working on his true passion Using tree s as the subject for their uniqueness and beauty his first photos where of the natural world A lot of Nathans early photos look like a Kaleidoscope of different colors and shapes from the branches of tree s and leaves You can see where the psychedelic meets nature But somehow it all comes back around to music After photographing trees for a while music started calling him in Using the same techniques the live action photos of musicians on stage mixed with the creativity and Nathans own personal twist makes band images unique I have photographed hundreds of bands and several different music festivals Some Bands just to name a few Umphrey s McGee The Werks Papadosio Boombox Lotus Conspirator UV Hippo That Freak Quincy Desmond Jones Honeydew Squeeze Fried Egg Nebula and Pleasant Drive Nathan is involved in several musical ventures besides just being the founder Owner and Artist at Psychedelic Eyes Photography He also is Co Founder Co Owner at Armand Purchase Entertainment Booking and Promo Company Booking Manager for That Freak Quincy and Booking Co Creator of Head Change Music Festival For more of Nathan s Photography and other stuff check out his Facebook at www facebook com PsychedelicEyesPhotography SmashmagS com March 2015 12
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SmashmagS com INTERVIEW PR Stunt is a songwriting duo made up of Paul Rogers and Norman Light Coming from Battle Creek and Marshall respectively the two met almost 2 years ago through mutual musician connections in the Marshall area They both grew up being influenced by their parent s music and sharing similar tastes to the music that came decades before they were born This is their first venture into creating and writing music together and the two seem to feel their collaboration has paid off on their debut album the self titled PR Stunt After listening to the 11 track album I walked away with a fun filled and upbeat feeling and heard a sound that was tough to nail down due to the range of styles It isn t exactly like anything else that s come out of the area in recent times but whether or not it s good to the average listener is the question I sat down with Paul and Norman to ask this local SouthWest Michigan duo some questions JL How did you come up with the name PR Stunt Norman There wasn t really a good reason behind the name actually I was just trying to come up with ways to use both our initials in the name but I kept saying PR and the word stunt just kept coming after it in my head and I didn t like the way NL sounded with anything So I just threw it out there and we both liked the way it sounded Paul Yeah initially when he told me about the idea I liked it but it didn t have Norman s initials in it so I didn t think it was fair Norman But then we decided we didn t care about having initials in the title especially if it would take away from a cool sounding name so we just decided to go with it Paul Yeah Cap n Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters was the runner up Laughs JL What is the emotion you hope people have after listening to the album Paul I hope the reaction people get after listening to the album is shocked Shocked for the sound quality all original songs some people don t even know we make music so we hope they listen to it and enjoy it Norman I just hope people feel happy and have fun listening to it A lot of the people that are asking for CD s know us and know that we enjoy having fun and I hope that that fun translates to the music we make M
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JL Who are your major influences Paul Mine was my dad I mean if you re going by people who got you into music and got you loving it was dad for sure And then professional influences were the Beatles Nirvana and If I had to name 3 I d say and Cake Norman I ve grown up listening to music with a lot of my family so everyone sort of got me into it but the sound I try to go for would be a mix of John Mayer the Beatles RHCP SRV Jimi Hendrix whether or not I get anywhere near that is up for you to decide JL What roles do you both play in the band Paul I think we almost play the same roles Norman s more talented on the guitar and you do almost all the bass but as far as lyrics songwriting vocals we re about the same Norman Yeah I always thought it was the most 50 50 working relationship I ve ever been a part of with probably Paul still doing more of the work but I like to think I add a little bit to the mix He ll either come up with a song and maybe I can add something to it or I ll lay down a guitar line and he ll build an entire song around it At the end of the day it just boils down to two guys sitting down together trying to make the best song possible It s all about the music JL What makes chemistry in the studio so good Norman Who said it was good Laughs No we just like to have fun while we do this It s so much fun making music out of nothing I remember the first time I came over to record something and he pulled up this recording software and I realized it s like a huge blank canvas with nothing on it and you can literally do anything It s music so there is no such thing as wrong as long as it all works So every time we just have fun coming up with ideas plus B Bax on the Trax makes a mean taco and that keeps us motivated March 2015 JL Ideally where is PR Stunt in 2020 Norman As one of my good friends would say having fun with good friends and good music PR Stunt will be having their album release party March 6th at the Backroads Saloon in Marshall from 9 1 As was said in the interview they do not have a working band at the moment so music will come from a local Marshall cover band that Norman also happens to be in with his dad and Paul Rogers dad Paul Rogers Sr on drums Chameleon CD s will be passed out and plan on hearing the album during the band s breaks If you have an open night on March 6th it would be worth checking out With a band like Chameleon playing and these SW Michigan newcomers making their debut a fun night is guaranteed to be had by all complete with you guessed it good friends and good music You can find PR Stunt on iTunes Spotify Amazon PRStunt101 Facebook com prstuntmusic Reverbnation com prstunt WRITTEN BY Josiah Loughrige SmashmagS com JL How long did it take to create this album Was the process everything you hoped for from a creation side of things Paul It took a year and a half it could ve been sooner but with both working full time jobs and our schedules having a tough time matching up it took longer than we wanted But it also gave us a lot of time to really craft the songs and reflect on them and tweak them as we needed Norman The process was great now I get why people take forever to come out with new CD s it takes a long time But it was very cool to get to know the inner workings of how a song is produced and being behind the scenes for the first time so I had a great time JL What is the next step for PR Stunt Paul Play it live Get some of our friends together to at least work out some songs where we can play it live And then working on the next album Norman Yeah we haven t had a chance nor do we have the band to actually play our songs live but it would definitely be fun to play them out And then we re already working on the next album so that s a big one 14
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Music Board Backroads Saloon 15325 W Michigan Ave Marshall 269 781 7091 Chameleon CD Release Party Friday 6th 930pm Megan Rae Saturday 7th 9 30pm Breaking Tradition Friday 13th 9 30pm Kari Holmes The Modern Day Drifters Saturday 14th 9 30pm Jared Blake Friday 20th 9 30pm Mitch Gordon The Unleaded Band Saturday 21st 9 30pm Aly An Friday 27th 9 30pm Double Wide Ride Saturday 28th 9 30pm Bell s Eccentric Caf e SmashmagS com 355 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269 382 2332 Everyone There Empty Cups Mold The Short Life Thursday 5th 8pm Buckwheat Zydeco WSG Joshua Davis Trio Friday 6th 7 30pm Fonn Mor Saturday 7th 8pm Dig Dudee Roo Ben Daniels Band Thursday 12th 8 30pm The Soil and The Sun WSG Flint Eastwood Friday 13th 8 30pm Pete Rock and Slum Village WSG HANiF Dezert Eez Analog Ancestry Saturday 14th 8pm The Corn Potatos Square Dance Monday 16th 7 30pm Belfast Gin Tuesday 17th 5pm The Go Rounds WSG Chris Bathgate and The Anti Villians Friday 20th 8pm Bonehawk WSG Evil Deauxers Blue Snaggletooth Saturday 21st 8 30pm Oberon Release Day The Real Fantastics Monday 23rd 5pm The Road To Delfest The Travelin McCourys with Billy Nershi Tuesday 24th 8pm Bennett WSG Jesse Ray The Carolina Catfish Moxieville Thursday 26th 8pm Jim Kata Friday 27th 8 30pm The Dock Bayview 12504 E D Ave Richland 269 731 4911 TYPO Fri 6th Sat 7th The Hurricane Friday 13th Pop Cult Captain Girls St Pattys Party Saturday 14th The Hurricane Friday 20th Hair Mania Crown Girls Saturday 21st Blue Star Highway Friday 27th Tony Field Doug Decker Saturday 28th Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N Rose St Kalamazoo 269 373 7990 Fretboard Festival Play in Contest Friday 6th 6pm Peat In The Creel Belfast Gin Friday 13th 7pm Fretboard Festival Kick Off Concert with The Real Fantastics Friday 20th 7pm Fretboard Festival Saturday 21st 11am Koff Klutch ee 2 W Michigan Ave Galesburg 269 665 5282 Singer Songwriter Night Every Thursday Jimmy Martin Friday 6th 6 30 8 30 Double Strung Company Friday 13th 6 30 8 30 David Maxson with Wabre Friday 20th 6 30 8 30 Eric Robin Peterson Friday 27th 6 30 8 30 London Grill 214 E Michigan Ave Kalamazoo 269 381 9212 Brook Farms Friday 6th David Lloyd Friday 13th Whiskey Before Breakfast Friday 20st David Lloyd Friday 27th Louie s T rophy House Grill 440 East North St Kalamazoo 269 385 9359 Electric Six Avan Lava Sexy Toxins Sunday 1st The Real Fantastics Friday 6th 9pm Fish Lips Jim Franz The Bad Boys Two Hand Touch Saturday 7th 9pm Turquoise Jeep Sexy Toxins The Wrap Thursday 12th Axel Marcus Quinlan Movieville Saturday 14th 9pm Cheap Girls Jake Simmons The Little Ghosts Bike Tuff Friday 20th 8pm Cousin Avery Watching For Foxes Matthew Borr Saturday 21st 8pm Arrakis Fennec The Fox Cosmonaut Friday 27th 9pm Pro Con Pro 1876 Narco Debut Star Destroyer Saturday 28th 9pm Mangia Mangia 209 S Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo 269 226 3333 Tad Robinson Jim Alfredson Saturday 7th 6 30 Harper Midwest Kind Saturday 28th 6 30pm Mangia Pizza Pasta Co 3112 S 9th Street Kalamazoo 269 372 4600 Noah The Earl Kings Thursday 5th 6 30pm Dan Willenberg Duo Thursday 12th 6 30pm Steve Kamerling Thursday 19th 6 30pm Susan Harrison Thursday 26th 6 30pm Maude s T aphouse 117 E Allegan St Otsego 269 692 3377 Shelagh Brown Friday 6th Moxieville Saturday 7th Schlitz Creek Thursday 12th The Bog Road Friday 13th Gabrial James Saturday 14th St Patrick s Day Party Tuesday 17th Bruce Matthews Friday 20th Cleveland Vandenberg Saturday 21st The Hired Hands Band Friday 27th Dan Agne Rod Benson Saturday 28th Nob Hill 4218 S S prinkle Rd Kalamazoo 269 349 2965 Boom Town Fri 6th Sat 7th The Breakout Band Fri 13th Sat 14th Shocking Truth Fri 20th Sat 21st TYPO Fri 27th Sat 28th The Music F actory 191 Angell St Battle Creek 269 962 2121 Know Lyfe Dead Label Frizzle Fried Martyr The Tyrants Tuesday 3rd 6 30pm Spence A War Within Ashes Of Horus Friday 6th 7pm Edge From Falling I Among Giants Branded Outcasts Saturday 7th 7pm Eddie Trunk from VH1 That Metal Show Nova Blast American Nightmare Friday 13th 7pm Tantric SoberProof Sayurday 14th 6pm 10 Years Otherwise The Glorious Sons Luminoth Tuesday 17th 6pm Super Bob Brand New Eyes Friday 27th 6pm Old Dog T avern 402 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269 381 5677 Tom Duffield Tuesdays at 5pm M
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Music Board March 2015 Abigail Stauffer Thursday 26th 9pm Ukulele Strum Saturday 28th 2pm Jared Knox Saturday 28th 9pm Overtime Pub Grill 517 E Michigan Battle Creek 269 964 0872 Absolute Addiction Fri 6th Sat 7th Barefoot Blond Fri 13th Sat 14th Plain Jayne Fri 20th Sat 21st Forte Fri 27th Sat 28th Papa Pete s 502 South Burdick Kalamazoo 269 388 2196 Beach Party Monday 2nd Night of the RawDogg Thursday 5th Layer Cake Friday 6th Drugs in the Carpet Tuesday 10th Spade Ripper Wednesday 11th Funky Marbles Friday 13th Large Mouth Bass B Day Bash Saturday 14th Artist Night Kick Off Wednesday 18th Frizzle Fried Thursday 19th House Party II Friday 20th Presents of Fear Saturday 21st Thursday Throw Down Thursday 26th Elephant Celebees Friday 27th One Love Reggae Saturday 28th Rupert s Brew House 773 W Michigan Ave Kalamazoo 269 337 9911 Irish Sessions First 3 Sundays from 4 8 pm Jazz Jam Every Tuesday 10pm Blues Jam Every Thursday 10pm Jayson Singer Friday 6th 10pm The Honey Dewds Saturday 7th 10pm Full Frontal Cortez Friday 13th 10pm Pure Flavor Saturday 14th 10pm Cardboard Highway Dad Jeans Fossil Eyes Gray Matter Friday 20th 10pm Caves Saturday 21st 10pm Less Is More Friday 27th 10pm Brandon Mann Singer Songwriter Night Saturday 28th 10pm Satelite Records 808 S Westned Ave ge Kalamazoo 269 381 0218 The Hemingers Choke Chains Face Eater Saturday 7th 6pm Hypercolor Tzadik Records Forget The Times Wednesday 11th 6pm Cold Mountain Child vinyl release show Secret Animals Friday 27th 7 30pm Shakespears Lower Level 214 East Kalamazoo Kalamazoo 269 488 3330 DeLilah DeWylde The Lost Boys Friday 6th 8pm The Life And Times Honey Pot Trace Of Lime Saturday 7th 9pm Freight Bandits Bong Mountain Moonraker Lateral Moves The Short Life Wednesday 11th 9pm Two Houses Thursday 12th 9pm The Coop EGi Saturday 14th 9pm Ekoostik Hookah Yosemite That Freak Quincy Friday 20th 7pm Oberon Eve Party Start Making Sense Ghost Bunnies Sunday 22nd 8pm Sun And Flesh White City Devils I m William Cutting Tall Tales Star Destroyer Friday 27th 8pm Star Farm Saturday 28th 8pm State Theatre 404 S Burdick St Kalamazoo 269 345 6500 Tab Benoit WSG Samantha Fish Mike Zito Out Of Favor Boys Friday 6th 7pm The Rock Show WSG Poison D Crue Saturday 14th 7pm Gordon Lightfoot Sunday 15th 7 30pm Gregg Allman Tuesday 17th 6 30pm Drive By Truckers Thursday 19th 7pm The Union Cabertet Grill 125 S Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazo 269 384 6756 Jazz Mix Every Wednesday 8PM Alex Mays Tuesday 3rd 8pm Marci Linn Band Friday 6th 9pm That Freak Quincy Tuesday 10th 8pm Crossroads Friday 20th 9pm Warehouse 1299 Columbia Ave Battle Creek 269 979 9273 Bootleggers Ball with Big Love Friday 13th 8pm Chameleon Saturday 14th 9pm Punks Not For Profit Benefit for Safe Place with Mingus Hex Bombs Tall Tales Rabbit Ain t Lucky Bitters Detroit Riot Crew Eight Ball Death Sunday 22nd 3pm Brandon Fitzpatrick Jazz Concert Friday 27th Comedy Music Showcase Sunday 29th M89 S ports Bar Grill 129 E Allegan St Otsego 269 694 6970 Drop 35 Fri 6th Sat 7th Double Barrel Fri 13th Sat 14th Boomtown Fri 20th Sat 21st Bronk Brothers Fri 27rd Sat 28th Zarzuela 301 E Michigan Ave Marshall 269 789 9180 COW Kjell Croce Jim Oliver Bob Wentworth Saturday 7th R D Project Saturday 14th Jim Jam Saturday 21st Oliver Croce Saturday 28th SmashmagS com Ben Jammin and Analisa 10am Duffield Carron Project 5 8ppm Every Saturday Blues Jam 6 9pm Every Sunday Double Strung 11 2pm 7th Son Blues Band 6 9pm Sunday 1st The All American Funk Parade Thursday 5th 9pm Out Of Favor Boys Friday 6th 9pm An Dro WSG The Waxies Saturday 7th 9pm Gator Boys Blues Band Sunday 8th 6 9pm Thunderwude Thursday 12th 9pm Treading Bleu WSG Great Black Night Friday 13th 9pm Whiskey Before Breakfast Saturday 14th post parade Mushmen Matt Wixson s Flying Circus Run and Punch Saturday 14th 9pm Nashon Holloway Sunday 15th 11 2pm Cats In The Hat Sunday 15th 6 9pm Tom Duffield Whiskey Before Breakfast Tuesday 17th Rubiks Cube Algorithm Thursday 19th 9pm Brass Rail Friday 20th 5 8pm Kaitilin Rose and River Bend Friday 20th 9pm Nathan Douglas and Blue Star Highway Saturday 21st 9pm Graham Parsons Sunday 22nd 11 2pm Crossroads Blues Band Sunday 22nd 6 9pm GLAMA Jam Monday 23rd 7pm 16
Music Board  March  2015  Abigail Stauffer Thursday 26th 9pm Ukulele Strum Saturday 28th 2pm Jared Knox Saturday 28th 9pm ...
INTERVIEW I had the extreme pleasure to be invited to a band practice for Honeydew Squeeze You never know where you will find quality musicians but in this dimly lit basement in the student ghetto of Kalamazoo Michigan I witnessed the magic that is the Kalamazoo Music Scene SmashmagS com Looking around the basement there was a definite mixture of musical tastes that all came together to make the music that defines Honeydew Squeeze Being a rock guy from way back I was not sure what to expect but one thing was clear their dedication to their music was strong and their passion was intense After some short introductions I found a seat in an old chair as they began to jam While listening I began to get a feel for a genre that was different to me but was also very familiar it was a strong Jam band feel with the addition of rock reggae funk jazz and so much more I was in awe at the talent and musicianship brought together into one finely tuned machine Honeydew Squeeze has the basics elements of most bands but these four guys put together something solid and entertaining with Johnny Lou Vocals Rhythm Guitar Andrew D Saxmon Saxophone Kyle Freeman Drums Justin Kiddle Guitar Vocals This combination creates a musical merry goround that is beat driven changes pitch and tempo then starts all over again keeping you wondering what s next I cannot put a finger on it exactly but it s like a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich with extra jelly oozing down your arm followed by a cold glass of milk to wash it all down sticky sweet and satisfying I often complained about the over produced tracked auto tuned music coming from my radio from musicians who have lost the edge that once was great music I challenge those musicians to lock down in a 50 cellar with nothing but their instruments raw talent and passion to make music that compares to that of Honeydew Squeeze I spent a few minutes talking with the guys after practice and hit them with a few questions to better get a feel for who they are SMASH How did you all meet and start playing together HdS Johnny began doing solo acoustic performances at local venues like Papa Pete s where he met Andrew the Sax player and it all started to make sense The rest of the band came together because of the Kalamazoo music scene and they have been jamming for almost a year as Honeydew Squeeze SMASH What influenced you most to perform this particular style of music HdS 6 musicians came together with varying tastes and style of music from Jazz to Metal and it just worked We all had the same passion vibe and groove and did not want to get locked into one particular sound so with that you have Funky Jam Rock that embodies everything that makes up the band SMASH Do you all live together big house in the Student Ghetto HdS We do not all live together but live in the Vine Neighborhood and are all part of the scene To be a part of a band or a roommate of a band member you have to be able to live and work closely as well as tolerate the practices impromptu jams and just the vibe of the scene that is part of living in the practice house We like to call our fans and those that hang out with us HoneyDewds M
INTERVIEW  I had the extreme pleasure to be invited to a band practice for Honeydew Squeeze. You never know where you will...
SMASH The music scene on the National level is so over produced Pre recorded how do you feel about that HdS For those that like it keep Listening to it but stay away from the small venues Our music is our soul and we are a live band that has no intentions of becoming radio friendly The only recordings of the band were done live and that s pretty much how it will stay SMASH Playing around the Kalamazoo area do you have a favorite venue HdS We have played at almost every venue around and we can say without a doubt they are all great and we love them all We love going to open Mic nights jamming on stage with other local musicians and meeting up with them later at different shows March 2015 SMASH Do you plan on touring outside of the area HdS Like we said our live show is what we do and yes we would like to tour the upper Midwest from Chicago to Detroit but as with most bands we are all working stiffs so money and time will make the difference but for now we just keep working on our show and bringing in local artists and performers to our shows kind of like a circus This is our career and we intend to keep enhancing our live shows I want to thank the guys for allowing me to invade their practice and for taking time to talk with SMASH Magazine If Be sure to catch Honeydew Squeeze performing on March 27th at Bell s in Kalamazoo you will be amazed For more information you can find them on Facebook at www facebook com honeydewsqueeze or at http www soundcloud com honeydewsqueeze SmashmagS com SMASH If you could tour with any band who would you choose why what is your dream gig HdS While there are so many huge names dead and alive that would be amazing to do shows with we hope to just play at great music festivals like Head Change Arts Music Festival or Summer Camp Music Festival and open for whoever is headlining We are a live band and if given the chance to see us open at shows like those you would know why we say The juice is worth the squeeze 18
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INTERVIEW SmashmagS com Knoxville Tennessee rockers 10 YEARS will release a new studio album From Birth To Burial in the spring To promote the CD the band has embarked on a tour which started in February with support from OTHERWISE THE GLORIOUS SONS and Knoxville friends LUMINOTH Presented by Revolver magazine the five week trek will see 10 YEARS performing hits and fan favorites as well as unveiling brand new material from the follow up to 2012 s Minus The Machine The From Birth To Burial tour started February 10th in Sauget Illinois and wraps up March 21 in Ft Wayne Indiana with a stop at Michigan s Best Venue The Music Factory on March 17th On March 7th 10 YEARS is partnered with Filthy Nasty Productions to produce the band s first ever fan summit at the Masquerade in Atlanta Georgia Featuring members from the original lineup and a fan chosen setlist the day provided fans several unique opportunities to interact with the band and experience more than the normal concert SMASH Magazine had the extreme pleasure of speaking with Tater Guitar of 10 Years Knowing they were busy and working hard to provide their fans with an amazing tour experience we kept the questions simple and truly appreciate Tater thaking the time to respond SMASH Background From Knoxville Tennessee how did The members of the band find each other and begin playing together Tater We all met in high school and were playing in different bands at the time It came together pretty organically SMASH I have been a fan for years and every song seems to hit me in a way that is pertinent for the times What influences your writing Tater Life and experiences but we are also influenced by great bands from old stuff to current SMASH 10 Years has played in every size venue in front of amazing crowds big and small how if at all does that affect your performance and do you prefer one venue over the other Tater Even a small crowd of loyal fans can be much better than a big room filled with people too scared to rock out cause somebody might see them SMASH The music business has change dramatically over the years with the onset of social media downloads and the kind how do you feel about this and has it affected the way you produce your music Tater It hasn t really changed our process It s just easier now for people to justify stealing SMASH How does working with a huge record label compare to being independent and does it affect your creative freedom Tater The huge ones make you spend so much money on an album there s no way to recoup that money The smaller labels these days are the way to go We have more of a voice and the freedom to create SMASH The road can be a tiring experience how do you keep yourself occupied during the down times Tater I try and stay healthy by going to the gym and I stay occupied writing reading watching TV playing video games and walking around town I like finding cool pawn shops graffiti and museums SMASH There have been some lineup changes over the years how has that affected your writing style and performances of the older material Tater Brian Vodinh and I write all the music now and Jesse does the lyrics Most of the other guys are touring musicians and they are incredible musicians Brian and I have written music together since 1998 M
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Get Fucked the band Meet the band comprised of local fame They ve played before but if you didn t catch the performance you shouldn t miss the opportunity now It s noisy grindy angry and harsh fueled by the animosities against societal norms Everything anyone would need to get fucked So many have heard of the incredible house show scene we have here in Kalamazoo It is truly a notable scene and it s because of line ups and shows like these that it s so good Soul Glo SmashmagS com Seventeen Again Joining the local basement scene from the distant magical place known as Philadelphia PA comes the newly formed group Soul Glo They deliver crazy thrashy grindy anger that will surely make the evening come together in the end This band has been called incredible by so many people it s ridiculous They re heavier than lead and loud The music is emotional and overwhelming but the songs are brief and chaotic When they played their first show they only played a seven minute set The audience was left in total awe and was forced to wait for more They took a hiatus only to be welcome back to the scene with open arms Now after playing more shows their reputation and popularity has skyrocketed There is a possibility that more bands will be added to this bill before the show Regardless the night starts at 8 30 p m Donations are accepted and suggested For more info on the house s location and other future shows visit the Facebook event and ask the admin Soul Glo Seventeen Again Get Fucked the band Show at 8 30 Casa Mona 3 5 Writtten By Katy May M
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V i nta ge V iny l Rev i si t ed A look back at rock records you never heard or may have forgotten March 2015 SmashmagS com March a time for ambiguity Nobody knows beautiful vocal harmonies not usually associated what s going on besides endless college with rock and roll of this girth At times it sounds basketball With each occasional tease of spring a bit like Jan Dean meets Motorhead Caffeine we know that deep down the heaviness of Bomb is an ode to the liquid stimulants we all another arctic disaster is waiting for us nice As cherish and done in a fervor that conjures up the late great Rodney Dangerfield once said the Ramones My Baby is a Headfuck delivers Today you re gonna get it good you ll be vocals with a Johnny Rotten snarl and features drinking early today The Norman Rockwellthe late great Mick Ronson of David Bowie fame esque vignettes depicted on the wall calendar for on guest guitar performing the slide guitar solo March show that apparently we re all supposed at the end This is believed to be Ronson s final to be outside flying kites but given the Michigan appearance on record before his death on April winds this time of year I really don t think 29th 1993 Headfuck segues into anyone wants to drive to Portland Maine to retrieve their kite I Suckerpunch which is part industrial thrash with vocals spit suppose we can only blame ourselves as being a society that out in drill sergeant cadence This is one of those records puts our meteorological hopes in a freaking groundhog every where it s really fruitless to describe the songs because it s all February Groundhogs do not predict weather Groundhogs are good and just needs to be endured at full volume good for f ing up your yard living under your shed and would make for 6 8 lbs of prime taco meat Far be it from me to give Earth Vs the Wildhearts was a top 10 album in the U K but away the fast food industry s trade secrets though Trust me was relatively ignored in the US It seems that they were the when you make a run for the border you d be wishing you were right band at the wrong time in the states as the grunge getting groundhog Yes March is for suckers movement was busy killing off the remainder of and this month I give you a suckerpunch with the what was known as rock and roll and the greatest hard rock album you ve never heard Life has teeth and Wildhearts style was just a bit too old school for Earth Vs the Wildhearts by the Wildhearts from the flannel crowd If this record was released in bites the feeding open 1976 the Wildhearts would have been up there Newcastle upon Tyne England hand you wanna be with the ranks of Thin Lizzy and Aerosmith and Born in 1990 out of the ranks of British bands would have been perceived as ground breakers in a band Lyrics Quireboys and Tattooed Love Boys the from Everlone from in their field In 2006 Kerrang Magazine voted Wildhearts lineup consisted of front men Ginger Earth Vs the Wildhearts the 1 album of 1993 in Earth Vs the and Chris CJ Jagdhar both on guitars vocals their yearly poll Wildhearts by the Danny McCormack on bass and Andrew Stidi Stidolph on drums Following the release of two The Wildhearts released a couple few more Wildhearts 1993 EPs the Wildhearts released the full length Earth albums in following years with members drifting Vs the Wildhearts in late 1993 to critical raves in and out of the band but nothing quite and a string of chart singles in the U K This album is an recaptured the magic of Earth Vs On the 20th anniversary of absolute powerhouse from start to finish and should be the album s release in 2013 the Wildhearts reformed for a tour in which the album was played in it s entirety nightly listened to in it s entirety 25 of the song titles have cuss words in them so you know it has to be good This supersonic anomaly of 90 s rock goes best with Jack and Coke and keep them coming The perfect soundtrack for Released on East West Records the album opens with the drinking about life bruising staccato guitar figure of Greetings From Shitsville and weaves it s way through one wonderful hook laden rock Todd Cope is the guitarist for King Kooler www reverbnation anthem after another with most songs wandering off on an com kingkooler and is currently deflating his blow up doll so intriguing instrumental tangent at some point of the song In she ll be easier to catch addition to this being an impressive display of the glories of Gibson guitars played through old Marshall amplifiers the Wildhearts also display impressive aggressive vocals with WRITTEN BY Todd Cope 24
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Turquoise Jeep Last year Louie s hosted an event so epic so fun that they had to bring it back This year the show will be spliced up with the help of the Sexy Toxins and The Wrap What started as a funny YouTube channel has turned into one of the funniest energetic rap groups touring today With songs like Treat Me Like a Pirate and Sweat On Me they ve taken the millennial generation by storm When they appeared in Kalamazoo last year they packed the venue and brought the party This performance is sure to make last years seem like a quaint little tea party as the group has amped up the energy and is ready to give you the definition of fun you ve been searching for since puberty The Wrap SmashmagS com Sexy Toxins Once upon a time there were no parties There was no fun People had heard of humor before but couldn t comprehend the intricacies involved in forming a smile Then one day a sexy band of magical beings rolled into town and all the people lined the streets to watch the sparkly limousine turn the road behind it into diamonds As the door opened and the glimmering elevator boot chipped the diamond road the crowd of people anxiously looked to see who these gods were A man and a woman stood in front of the townspeople A little girl turned to her mother and said momma they re sexy then was promptly blinded by there sexiness Hello said the man We are here born from the ashes like a Phoenix after a local disco burned down We are not ghosts we are very much alive We are here to show you the way The sun then suddenly turned into a disco ball We are the Sexy Toxins We are here now to show you how to party Let our rock and roll guide your soul he implored The town did learn how to party For three days they rocked and they rolled They learned to laugh and dance then eventually how to cry After another motivating speech by the Sexy Toxins the man hit a small button on a fob that summoned a spaceship covered in sequins that was propelled by glitter and left The disco ball in the sky turned back into the sun and the people returned to work Though things started to get back to normal the town was forever changed by the experience of a Sexy Toxins performance Someone once told me the best way to describe The Wrap is to take a sleeping pill and let the words flow However I am without such means so allow me to attempt such a major feat with such odds against me It s like being covered in someone else s sweat because you two took PCP together once Now you are mind linked and he just went for a run It s kind of like cocaine fueled mania with a shot of gin and a shot of juice Pretty much it s like doing speedballs with your grandma Electronic screaming underpants Tickets are still available at http turquoisejeepkzoo brownpapertickets com For any other questions or concerns contact Louie s Trophy House or visit the back rooms website March 12 2015 Doors 7 10 adv 12 dos Written By Katy May M
Turquoise Jeep  Last year, Louie s hosted an event so epic, so fun, that they had to bring it back. This year, the show wi...
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