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IN THIS ISSUE S M A SH L OCAL BAND RE V IEW from the publisher Overly Polite Tornadoes............................ 24-25 P.O. Box 1376 AUDIOTREE MUSIC FESTIVAL smashmags.com Saturday September 5th............................6-9 VINTAGE VINYL REVISITED JAMES GANG: THIRDS............................ 10 AUGUST MUSIC BOAR D ....................12-13 BRICKYARD VINTAGE BIKE SHOW AUGUST 29 @ OLD DOG................................ 14 AUGUST 15 @ BELL’S................. 16 UFO DICTATOR FEST ELEVEN! Nots | Mama | Trampoline Team | No Bails | Disastronaut BEER SNOB...or not.................................... 17 Boatyard Brewing Co. - Mightnight Star FEATURED STORY LOCAL THEATRE GUIDE...........19-22 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: BILL DAVIS................ 23 SMASH AT THE MOVIES: love&mercy: the life, love and genius of Brian Wilson...... 24-25 SMASH MUSIC CORNER.......................... 27 Battle Creek, MI 49016 Publisher Robin Cunningham Editor Bruce Tuck Creative Director Nicholas Zastrow Writers Todd Cope Colin Smith Carrie White Gabriela E Latta Cathryn May John Barrett Advertising Robin Cunningham 269-986-3912 rates@smashmags.com Summer is here SMASHer’s Seems like it took forever but the heat is finally on and it’s time to bask in the summer sun before it’s too late!! Leilapalooza was a SMASHing success and thanks to the Musicians, B.C.M.A.M.S., The Leila Arboretum Society and all the volunteers, it was the best event to date. It was our pleasure to be a part of it this year as the main sponsor of the Rock stage alongside our co-sponsors, The Music Factory, Warehouse, Friends and Jack’s Bar & Grill. August is turning up the heat and SMASH has found a way to cool down and class up. Southwest Michigan is a hot bed of live theatre and we have filled our pages with all the ways you can enjoy some of the best theatre experiences. Go check out a show and support the communities and artists that perform Broadway quality plays and musicals! Live life large SMASHer’s Events and Shows Submit listings to events@smashmags.com Disclaimer SMASH Magazine is dedicated to providing a platform for artists and musicians to promote and display their work. Visit smashmags.com to sign up for our email list so you can always keep up with whats up! smashmags.com 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. PAGE 4 A
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LOCAL BAND REVIEW Overly Polite Tornadoes by Colin Smith it’s music that lures you into bed so you can daydream. And with these psychedelic textures, electric guitar bends, and Yo La Tengoesque vocals, this record is for people who want to listen to exciting, but not fast, music. Their first track, “new leaf turns over,” chugs slowly, with reverberated guitars and spacey percussions. Many tracks are a under a few minutes long, and they pull you through different vignettes. The song “don’t tell me how it ends” feels especially cathartic near the end when a fully electric guitar cuts with overdriven lines reminiscent of post-rock bands like Explosions in the Sky. Overly Polite Tornadoes Kindly Storm By with Summer Release “when you wake up” If you’re familiar with our local phosphorescent acquaintances, Glow Friends, you may already know the husband and wife project called Overly Polite Tornadoes. The couple Mark Andrew Morris and Holly Klutts-Moris released the group’s first full-length record, “when you wake up,” in late May. They have a bedroom pop sound. Simply put, AUGUST 2015 - LOCAL THEATRE GUIDE ISSUE Of course, with a few members down from Glow Friends, Overly Polite Tornadoes sound similar, but it feels less rock. Acoustic strums and electric guitar tones instead take much of the space. They sound is not radically different, but it’s less twee-pop and more bedroom-pop. It’s like they have a lo-fi aesthetic, though the production certainly sounds polished.. A lot of the songs sound similar, at least at first. And this is not a bad thing. They have a refined sound, as they had released an EP last year in the spring called “almost ep” that is similar, but has more apparent shoegaze influences. This record also has less overtly introspective song titles, and many the song titles on this record borrow from nature. The effect is that it brings more color, and more variations of emotions. “when you wake up” is the perfect companion to a late night when you’re anticipating sleeping in the next day, but you don’t care since you spent your evening with friends. The vocals are much more dreamy and whispery than that of Glow Friends. Instead of writing big sounding songs, they build wide soundscapes. It feels like the textures of a daydream. facebook.com/overlypolitetornadoes overlypolitetornadoes.bandcamp.com The whispery vocals, sleigh bells, and xylophones do add to a nostalgic vibe, and some songs, such as “song bird,” sound bright and happy. PAGE 5
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v g s t a a r T t o BRANCHING OUT IN KALAMAZOO: THE DEEP ROOTS OF AUDIOTREE MUSIC FESTIVAL by John Barrett Jr. “DJ Verve” on WIDR FM It’s a highlight of our entertainment calendar, a time when national stars and promising local acts play on the same night in the heart of Kalamazoo’s entertainment district. Tied to a vital online source for new music, the Audiotree Festival gives you a broad variety of new sounds, all in a single day. The third edition of this festival, taking place September 5 at District Square, offers an exciting lineup and the largest number of acts to date. at twelve noon. The 2014 Fest brought the event to District Square for the first time; two stages were used for continuous music and a dozen acts performed. Local stars included Wayne Szalinski and among the national acts we heard Flint Eastwood, Tokyo Police Club and RJD2, who wore a jumpsuit with audio controls on it. This event ran ten hours and as one reviewer put it, “there was not a second that wasn’t entertaining.” tials are deep, being piano studies at U of M when he was four, around the age Mozart started. His music career began in a dozen Ann Arbor bands; on some of his recordings he plays all the instruments. He’s fond of unusual projects, releasing an album of J-pop covers, touring with Current 93 for a while, composing a Kit Kat commercial and giving a motivational speech at a My Little Pony convention. As with so many good things, the Festival owes its existence to the Internet, specifically the site audiotree.tv. A music service company based in Chicago, Audiotree offers management services to a variety of groups, as well as recording and video capabilities. Most famously they present online concerts, a series now numbering in the hundreds. Returning to District Square on September 5 and again starting at noon, this year’s Audiotree features thirteen acts and a plethora of musical styles. At set times for each group are not yet posted, this year’s performers are listed below in alphabetical order as a preview of the musical adventures to come. A man who believes in keeping a busy schedule, Andrew produced Lee “Scratch” Perry’s album Repentance, which was nominated for a Grammy. He co-owns the club Santos Party House, which opened in 2008; it was rated best New York dance club by Zagat in 2010. Starting in 2009 he hosted the game show Destroy Build Destroy, which ran on Cartoon Network until 2011. The author of a quitethoughtful advice column for The Village Voice and host of a radio show on Glenn Beck’s Blaze network, Andrew W. K. is more than you think he is, and probably more than he thinks he is. Every couple of days Audiotree posts on its site a live date by groups of various genres, with a few solo acts here and there. Each act enters the Chicago studio and performs live, with no editing or sweetening made to the live mix. The result is captured on video and posted free for music fans of the world. The bands have come from all over, including such local names as Jacob Bullard and Friends, Funktion, and Mike Mains and the Branches. Most would be described as up-andcomers but the list of Audiotree veterans also includes The Blind Boys of Alabama and We Were Promised Jetpacks. Some, like Wayne Szalinski and The Soil & The Sun, have gone from the web concerts to performing at the Festival itself. The web concerts began in late 2010; three years later they decided to fold events for the public, While the company is based in Chicago, two of the founders come from Kalamazoo and as Adam Thurston put it, one of their goals was to “...introduce artists to a community that may not get a chance to see them perform otherwise.” The first Audiotree Festival, held at Wings Stadium in August 2013, featured Blues Traveler along with Dr. Dog, Snowmine and local heroes Greensky Bluegrass. Like all subsequent fests, it started smashmags.com www.andrewwk.com For a guy such an unserious reputation his creden- t T W a r s a r o e t a h H R o f b h a d q ANDREW W. K. The epitome of the party-hearty maniac, you’ve heard many things about Andrew W. K. and most of them are true. The son of a University of Michigan professor, Andrew released his first recording in 2000 on the obscure Bulb label. (Bulb is now based in my hometown of Adrian Michigan, a place not known for its parties.) C AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR www.asiwyfa.com Formed ten years ago in Belfast Northern Ireland, ASIWYFA brings an aggressive math-rock assault powered by clanging guitar, sudden changes in tempo, the blistering crackle of drums, and choral PAGE 6 A
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CHON www.facebook.com/musicofchon n n . m , - , m . h e d n d , tarist Thomas Erek puts it: “I didn’t know if I’d see these guys ever again … Stars align and things happen and then you just gotta think to yourself, take advantage of the good things while you can.” Their sound is a spiral of power, caused by strong angular guitars and tag-team vocals with Erek singing and Ward screaming. A concert on January 30 was then said to be their last for 2015, but August finds them in Europe with Chon, and Audiotree begins an American tour for the band, joined by And So I Watch You from Afar. vocals used for rhythmic effect. Built on the twin guitars of Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy, the resulting textures allow Chris Wee’s drums to charge through the center, playing with time signatures and taking no prisoners. Their discs were not available in the States until 2011; their latest, Heirs, was released in May. Touring September with Fall of Troy, Audiotree is the first of two Michigan stops for this outfit; they also play Detroit’s St. Andrew’s Hall on the 23rd. CARDBOARD SWORDS thecardboardswords.bandcamp.com The cover of their debut album reminds me of the Woods album At Rear House, and the music carries a similar mood. Opening on many tracks with spirals of ringing guitar, the voice is clever and reedy, sounding like Neil Young in places. Nervous and awkward, the lyrics fit lots of words in tiny spaces, resulting in unexpected rhymes and a strong sense of the introvert’s desire to stand out. Guitarist/singer Tyler Decouer writes the band’s lyrics and says the whole band is pumped to play Audiotree. “We are really honored that we got asked,” he says in a heartfelt voice. Having just completed a Midwest tour, the Grand Rapids quartet will be playing Shakespeare’s Pub on Fat Guy Fest in early August and is planning a full album, which should be coming out in October on the Count Your Lucky Stars label. Tyler says he looks forward to seeing Foxing at the Festival, and has much to say about the organizers. “We definitely respect Audiotree. They have the highest quality online video sessions.” , t n l A quartet from San Diego, their name is an acronym of the most common elements in the universe: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. Anchored by Mario Camarena on guitar and brother Nathan on drums, the group combines instrumental prog with jazz elements, often at amazing speed. After releasing an EP a year beginning in 2013, the group’s first full album, titled Grow, was issued by the Sumerian label in March. In the same month they played Audiotree Live at Licha’s Cantina in Austin; the entire set can seen on Youtube, and is well worth your time. Touring Europe in late August with Fall of Troy, Audiotree begins a US tour for the group, joined on some dates by The Dear Hunter. www.facebook.com/FoxingTheBand A quintet headed here from St. Louis, their Facebook page describes their music as “post-good,” which of course is up for debate. Founded in 2011, three of the member had come from the group Hunter Gatherer. Impassioned screams, moody slow passages, relentless clanging guitars – all can happen within seconds of each other. Two discs released to date with the newest, The albatross, coming in 2013. In July their trailer was stolen, with all their equipment and merchandise; a GoFundMe donation site has raised over $10,000 for the band so far. The are currently touring in support of mewithoutYou. THE FALL OF TROY www.thefalloftroy.com Beginning with the same lineup as the punk band 30 Years War, this outfit from Washington state first became Fall of Troy in 2002. Their 2005 song “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” has been featured in three video games, including Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Releasing several discs over the years, Frank Ene replaced bassist Tim Ward in 2007; this version of the group lasted until 2010. For three years the members went to other projects, then in 2013 Ward wanted to reform the group, which restored its original lineup. As gui- AUGUST 2015 - LOCAL THEATRE GUIDE ISSUE FOXING HEATERS www.heaters.bandcamp.com ...continued on next page PAGE 7
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If you want a heady blend of new and old, look in the direction of Grand Rapids’ Heaters. The video of “Mean Green” may be shot in black & white with enough poofy skirts for a revival of Grease, but the sound is modern lo-fi, mixed with the aesthetic of surf. The guitars jangle well, and the vocal is snotty enough for a ‘60s garage record, but adding effects pedals and similar tricks give it a sound you haven’t heard. Other tracks venture into psych or folk-pop, but the surf guitar is always there, and always welcome. Four recordings available so far, including a single on authentic green vinyl. If you want to catch them before Audiotree, they play Grand Rapids’ Pyramid scheme on September 4. ly wrong. Meshed with the pounding strums of the band, the sound is on the crossroads of naughty and cute. A self-titled album was released in 2012; they have since toured with Weezer and The Besnard Lakes, and were nominated for a Juno (the Canadian version of the Grammys) in 2014. t p b t i THE JOY FORMIDABLE www.thejoyformidable.com HI-KER Of all the acts at this year’s Tree, The Joy Formidable is likely the only one who might be singing in Welsh. (No joke; they’ve issued a series of Welshlanguage singles, often with another band on the flipside.) Coming from the Welsh town of Mold, two members came from the group Sidecar Kisses and released their first album in 2009. Sparked by the ethereal vocals of Ritzy Bryan, their sound is propelled by stinging guitars and shifting moods that are gentle one moment, rocking the next. A fair amount of their website is written in Welsh, for those wanting to brush up on their language skills. www.hi-ker.bandcamp.com If you remember when electronica was call synthpop, you’re in luck; so does hi-ker. Fond of the bleeping synthesizer sound of the ‘70s and early ‘80s, this Grand Rapids quartet combines the mechanical melodies of vintage synth with emotionally detached male vocals like OMD or Heaven 17. Floating through their tunes you can hear other flavors, bursts of guitar and the ambient textures of modern electronica. “App” even remind me of ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” which to me is high praise. They list among their influences Aphex Twin, David Bowie, and Animal Collective, an interesting mix to say the least. Locally they’ve played at Founder’s and the Local Spins festival. A five-track EP is their only recording to date; a full album is in the works. smashmags.com NARCO DEBUT www.narcodebut.bandcamp.com A tight-sounding quartet based in Detroit, their Bandcamp page describes Narco Debut as “rock ambient experimental progressive,” which describes it better than you’d think. Soft plaintive textures lead to near-metal guitar runs, linked in turn to an intense singer whose high notes remind you of Geddy Lee. A five-track EP, available as a free download on their bandcamp page, is their only release to date. In late July they play with Cardboard Swords at Detroit’s Majestic Cafe. w B s A m l a b W d m w i b b m JULY TALK www.julytalk.com Like so many good things, July Talk began in a bar. In 2012 after completing a European tour with his previous band, Peter Dreimanis found himself in a Toronto watering hole, talking to a girl. The girl happened to be Leah Fay, the group was formed soon after and they’ve been touring ever since. The music is rusty and stinging, like Depeche Mode in their most guitar-heavy moments. His world-weary Tom Waits honk of a voice mixes oddly with her wispy cooing, a sound like Snow White gone slight- T NORTHERN FACES www.facebook.com/northernfaces A quartet coming our way from Albany New York, their style is an intriguing blend of low-fi blur and power-pop vocals. Signed to Equal Vision Records, their debut album was released in April and offers gemlike songs of pop clarity. Humble and direct, the singer declares his sadness to the crowd as a guitarist helps the drummer by pounding on a floor PAGE 8 A
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y r - u e d tom. A very current sound from this group, with hints of ‘70s rock that peek through at moments. Playing mostly in New York prior to their album, summer finds them in a lengthy tour that, besides Audiotree, finds them lpaying Riot Fest in Chicago and the Fashion Meets Music festival in Columbus. TINY MOVING PARTS www.tinymovingparts.com Because so many other genres are represented here, Tiny Moving Parts serve a big slice of emo-rock, with moments that hint at earlier punk. A Minnesota trio led by two brothers, they began as a group while in middle school, and have made music together ever since. Their most release, Pleasant Living, came out in 2014; several singles and EPs are also available. Currently touring the South and Midwest, Audiotree appears to be the only Michigan stop on this tour. With the music starting early and lasting all through the day, Audiotree promises a feast for those into adventurous music. As their online broadcasts are heard throughout the world, these shows can be a launching pad for the upcoming acts who participate. For the hopefuls at the Festival beginning their music careers, the Kalamazoo event might be as exciting for them as those lucky enough to hear the music. d , s r AUGUST 2015 - LOCAL THEATRE GUIDE ISSUE PAGE 9
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A LOOK BACK AT ROCK RECORDS YOU NEVER HEARD, OR MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN BY TODD COPE Cleveland Rocks! (Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the unsavory nature of their sports fans) Welcome to Ohio.. It’s not really north, it’s not really south. It’s a gray area, full of gray people with gray intentions. It’s the state you spend 27 hours driving through on your way to Florida.(compared to the 56 hours spent driving through Indiana) Nobody wants to live there, nobody wants to die there. This may explain the high caliber of musicians that came from this region, as I suppose you had to do what you had to do to escape. Dean Martin, Doris Day, The Isley Brothers, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Marilyn Manson, and Dave Grohl , just to name a few are all from Ohio. Cleveland, Ohio is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a tribute to WJW disc jockey Alan Freed, who both coined the term “rock and roll”, and heavily promoted the genre, hosting the first major rock and roll concert, Freed’s “Moondog Coronation Ball” in Cleveland. In 1966, The James Gang were formed in Kent, Ohio, which is part of the Cleveland-Akron-Canton Combined Statistical Area, and home to Kent State University, which is infamous for the 1970 Kent State shootings, in which 4 unarmed college students who were participating in a protest against the Vietnam War, were shot and killed by members of the Ohio National Guard. Both Chrissie Hynde and James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh (who attended Kent State for several years without successfully graduating)were at this demonstration and witnessed the shootings. Originally the James Gang consisted of Jim Fox on drums, bassist Tom Kriss, and guitarist Glenn Schwartz, and the trio gained a following in the Midwest as one of the best live acts around, but in April, 1969, Schwartz left to join a group called Pacific Gas and Electric, and a local guitarist named Joe Walsh was lured away from his then band “The Measles” to join and re-vitalized the band with his innovative guitar style and instrumentals. Bassist Dale Peters also joined the fold to complete what was known as the classic James Gang lineup. The James Gang released their first album “Yer Album” in 1969. The successful “James Gang Rides Again” followed in 1970(certified Gold by the RIAA), smashmags.com “Sittin’ here, thinkin’ ‘bout the fix I’m in, ain’t no time to write a line, is it ever gonna end? Spent my whole mornin’ at the corner store, just a-smokin’ and a-jokin’ with the kid next door. Gettin’ aggravated ‘cause my mind’s gone dead, think I’ll have a little drink and then just jump right into bed..” (Lyrics from “Dreamin’ in the Country”, by The James Gang, from the album “Thirds” - 1971. and they were back in the studio in 1971 to record their third album, appropriately titled “Thirds”, which also reflected the more equal share in song contribution amongst the band. My brother Steve came across Thirds and Yer Album in a record collection that was left behind in a closet of a house we rented back in the 80’s. Produced by Bill Szymczyk, and released on ABC/ Dunhill Records, on vinyl thick enough to serve as roofing shingles, Thirds kicks off with the mega riff classic “Walk Away”, a hard rocking groove written by Walsh that showcases his guitar pyrotechnics at the end with multiple layers of feedback and whammy bar abuse. Some may consider Joe Walsh to be a simplistic guitarist, but when you sit down with a guitar and try to emulate his bends and the nuances of his picking style, you start to understand just how hard it is to play like him. Walk Away was released as a single and rose to #51 on the US charts. The album eases into “Yadig”, a mellow atmospheric jam, bordering on lounge music, featuring Jim Fox on vibraphone and Walsh on electric piano as well as some cutting blues guitar. Jim Fox’s “Things I Could Be” grooves with its chugging organ churning out a midtempo funky vibe, with feel good Muppet-like vocal harmonies, and soaring, tasteful lead guitar from Walsh, and ends up in a rave-up style jam at the end. “Dreamin’ In the Country”, a contribution from bassist Dale Peters is a whimsical little country folk ditty with a simple, yet brilliant rambling 8th note guitar solo, and also has Joe Walsh pulling double duty on pedal steel guitar. “It’s All the Same”, a love-lorn Walsh ballad with acoustic guitar, pained vocals, and powerful horn orchestration paints a somber, introspective mood. “Midnight Man”, also released as a single, displays more of Joe’s countryfied electric guitar mixed with chiming acoustic, and features a guest appearance by ex-Measles member Mary Sterpka on vocals. It topped out at #80 on the charts. Thirds made it to #27 and also went Gold, but was not the commercial breakthrough that was expected, and failed to propel the band to headliner status. Dissension plagued the band, as Joe Walsh became the focus of attention, and it became apparent that the material submitted by Fox and Peters paled in comparison to Walsh’s songs. Joe Walsh soon exited the band, and formed a new band “Barnstorm”, but the record company failed to acknowledge this as a band, insisting that Walsh become a solo artist, which happened pretty quickly, with Walsh releasing “The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get” in 1973 and “So What” in 1974. In 1975, Joe Walsh joined the Eagles, replacing founding member Bernie Leadon, a position he maintains to this day, and was inducted as a member of the Eagles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. Also in 2001, Walsh received an honorary doctorate degree from Kent State University. The James Gang soldiered on with various replacements for Walsh, including Tommy Bolin, who later went on to join Deep Purple, but could never recapture the magic and level of success they had with Joe on guitar, and after several failed LP’s, the James Gang had called it quits by 1976. In 1996, the classic lineup of Walsh, Peters and Fox reunited to perform at an election rally for President Bill Clinton at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center, and they also appeared on “The Drew Carey Show” in the 1998-99 season, and at the R&R HOF and the Allen Theater in Cleveland for three shows in February 2001. Thirds, and all of the early James Gang albums are all good time, hippy dippy records, so light that incense and smoke em’ if you got em’.(but just don’t inhale of course?..;) Todd Cope is the guitarist for King Kooler (www. reverbnation.com/kingkooler) and has currently hijacked the General Lee from a Barrett-Jackson auction, and is on a freedom ride all the way down to Hazzard County. (Tom Wopat better have remembered the sandwiches, or I’m gonna be pissed!) PAGE 10 A
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AUGUST MUS BACKROADS SALOON 15325 W MICHIGAN AVE MARSHALL 269-781-7091 TWEED & DIXIE Saturday 1 9:30pm TYPO Friday 7 9:30pm COUNTS 77 Friday 14 9:30pm STEVE ARMSTRONG & THE 25 CENT BEER BAND Saturday 15 9:30pm LAKE STREET DIVE AMERICAN AUTHORS & MULTIPAL MUSICIANS BLUES JAM HOSTED PLAYING CLASSIC ROCK BY MEGAN DOOLEY & WSG THE CRANE WIVES ANDY GRAMMER N ROLL GREG SHACKLEFORD Sunday 23 7pm Tuesday 11 SHELAGH BROWN VULFPECK Friday 21 Thursday 27 8pm THE GO ROUNDS ALBUM RELEASE WSG HEAVY COLOR Saturday 29 8pm BLACK RIVER TAVERN 403 PHOENIX ST. SOUTH HAVEN 269-637-4837 MATT GIRAUD Friday 14 THE SPAZMATICS Saturday 15 COLT FORD Friday 21 THE DOCK@BAYVIEW 12504 E. D AVE RICHLAND 269-731-4911 UNION GUNS NATE HOLLEY BRIAN LORENTE MORTALS 2 BAND CASEY MUESSIGMANN BRANDEN MANN & THE Thursday 6 REPROMAND ONE LOVE REGGAE Friday 21 9pm BAND SLIM GYPSEY BAGGAGE Friday 7 Friday 28 9pm TONY FIELDS & DOUG DECKER PALE GREEN STARS Friday 21 9:30 Saturday 22 9:30 Friday 28 9:30 SIERRA SHAME Saturday 29 9:30 BELL’S ECCENTRIC CAFÉ 355 E KALAMAZOO AVE KALAMAZOO 269-382-2332 G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE Thursday 6 8pm Friday 7 9pm Friday 14 9pm Saturday 29 10pm DARK HORSE 511 S KALAMAZOO AVE MARSHALL 269-781-9940 DC & MEAGAN MCNEAL WSG ALEXANDRIA WAY, MATT PLESSNER Thursday 6 LADY ACE BOOGIE Friday 7 8pm GHOST CITY SEARCHLIGHT PEOPLE’S TEMPLE Thursday 13 8pm Thursday 13 UFO DICTATOR 11 DALE WICKS Friday 14 730pm Thursday 20 LUCAS JACK WSG ZOIE MOSER, MEAGAN HICKMAN THE TRAVELERS Thursday 27th Saturday 15 8pm THE CLAUDETTES Thursday 20 8pm LUKE WINSLOW-KING Friday 21 8pm KELLER WILLIAMS GRATEFUL GRASS Saturday 22 7pm DISTRICT SQUARE 139 S EDWARDS ST KALAMAZOO 269-264-4229 MEGAN RAE BAND Saturday 1 J RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS Sunday 9 smashmags.com DANI JAMERSON Saturday 1 DOUGLAS JAMES Saturday 8 NATHAN DOUGLAS Thursday 13 POST 530 Friday 14 SKELETONS Saturday 15 HAIR MANIA ACOUSTIC Thursday 20 TONY FIELDS & DOUG DECKER Friday 21 MEGAN RAE BAND Saturday 22 KIT & PAUL Friday 28 DECADES Saturday 29 KOFFEE KLUTCH 2 W MICHIGAN AVE GALESBURG 269-665-5282 SINGER SONGWRITER NIGHT Every Thursday OLDIES JAM Friday 14 6:30-8:30 LONDON GRILL 214 E MICHIGAN AVE KALAMAZOO 269-381-9212 IRISH SESSIONS Every Sunday 4-6pm DAVID LLOYD Friday 14, 7pm DAVID LLOYD Friday 28, 7pm Thursday 13 Friday 14 DAN AGNE BRANDEN MANN & THE NATHAN DOUGLAS REPRIMAND, COUSIN Friday 28 AVERY ,HOPE Friday 14 OUT OF FAVOR BOYS Saturday 29 ANYBODY BUT THE COPS, GNARWHAL, GREAT DECIEVERS Saturday 15 OVERLY POLITE TORNADOES , SEE THROUGH DRESSES Thursday 20 9pm MIKE SOPKO UNIT, SURPRISE ATTACK, WINDJAMMR NOB HILL 4218 S SPRINKLE RD KALAMAZOO 269-349-2965 NORTH 30 Saturday 1 SILENT BARK Saturday 22 9pm Fri. 7 & Sat. 8 200 BRIDGE ST PLAINWELL 269-207-6655 CAT MIDWAY, ASHLEE ALPHA SHRIMP, DEREK RICHMOND NATHAN AND THE BLUE STAR HIGHWAY Fri. 14 & Sat. 15 DAVID LLOYD BLUES JAM HOSTED BY MEGAN DOOLEY & GREG SHACKLEFORD Fri. 21 & Sat. 22 THE LOST RAVEN Saturday 8 6PM DAVID LLOYD Saturday 22 6pm LOUIE’S TROPHY HOUSE GRILL 440 EAST NORTH ST. KALAMAZOO 269-385-9359 BIGFOOT BUFFALO, BONEJO, EVAN WOUTERS, FLYLIGHT Saturday 1 NATHAN K , THE HUNT IS ON, CASCADIA, EDGAR CAYCE Sunday 23 Thursday 27 WIENERFEST IV: JAKE SIMMONS & THE LITTLE GHOSTS, THE RUTABEGA, GHOST BUNNIES, FEVER HAZE, ROCK N’ ROLL KARAOKE FRIDAY 28 WIENERFEST IV: THEIR TEETH WILL BE OF LIONS, SEXY TOXINS, MUSHMEN, DRINK THEIR BLOOD, FLUSHED, HEMINGERS, LEGEDARY WINGS Saturday 29 SHOCKING TRUTH ABSOLUTE ADDICTION Fri. 28 & Sat. 29 THE MUSIC FACTORY E 191 ANGELL ST. BATTLE CREEK 269-962-2121 ARTIFAS, SMALL TOWN TITANS, COPPER HOUSE, FLOPS EGO Saturday 1 7pm GEARS, I EXIST Thursday 6 6pm EYES SET TO KILL, THE KICKBACKS, ANCHORS CALLING, DESEVREN Friday 7 6pm LIFE SIZED GHOST , JENNIFER HALL, CHUCK SUMMERSHINE TOUT WHITING, ADAM DANIS WITH ALL ABOUT A Monday 31 BUBBLE HYBRID STATE, SERITAS, THE FUNCTIONAL thursday 13 6pm CITIZENS, MR DENTON ON DOOMSDAY SHALLOW SIDE, 117 E ALLEGAN ST KEROSEC Friday 7 OTSEGO Thursday 6 MAUDE’S TAPHOUSE AMI SARAIYA & THE OUTCOME, BORING PEOPLE, CAMP DAD, THE WRAP Saturday 8 269-692-3377 Friday 14 6pm SCHLITZ CREEK Saturday 15 7pm Thursday 13 HAIRMANIA PAGE 12 A
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E USIC BOARD TYRANT, BLACKGATE, DAMASCUS, DRINK THEIR BLOOD KAITILIN ROSE BAND THROUGH THE ASHES, LACERATIONS, DEAD EYES ALWAYS DREAMING, DENY ALL Sunday 9 6-9pm Friday 21 8pm Saturday 22 7pm TRUST NO ONE, SXX Friday 28 8pm LOTUS CRUSH FEATURING CANDLEBOX GUITARIST PETER KLETT WSG CRAIG JOHN DAVIDSON Saturday 29 8pm MR. PRESIDENTS NIGHTCLUB 304 N. BURDICK STREET KALAMAZOO 269-381-1110 Saturday 8 9pm GATOR BOYS BLUES JAM JAHMAN BRAHMAN Monday 10 8pm ELLIOT LEWIS OF DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATS Wednesday 12 8pm ALEX MAYS Thursday 13 pm6-9 BRASS RAIL Friday 14 5-8pm ARTIOS Friday 14 9pm 7TH SON BLUES BAND Saturday 15 9pm OLD DOG TAVERN 402 E KALAMAZOO AVE KALAMAZOO 269-381-5677 TOM DUFFIELD Mondays at 5pm BRANDEN MANN Tuesdays at 8pm BEN JAMMIN AND ANALISA Every Saturday 10am DUFFIELD CARON PROJECT Saturday 1 5-8 HERSHEY BAND Thursday 20 6-9pm Saturday 22 9pm Sunday 2 STEVE PESCH Thursday 6 6-9 JENNA MAMMINA Friday 7 9pm Fri. 21 & Sat. 22 FORTE Friday 28 RUPERT’S BREW HOUSE 773 W MICHIGAN AVE. KALAMAZOO 269-337-9911 JAZZ JAM EVERY TUESDAY BLUES JAM EVERY THURSDAY GALE WICKS Saturday 8 SKINNY HODGE BLUES BAND Friday 14 GROOVE PLATTER Saturday 15 CROSSROADS BLUES BAND ALEX MAYS DIRTY DEVILLE Sunday 23 6-9pm Thursday 27 6-9pm Friday 21 Friday 28 BIGFOOT BUFFALO WSG BRANDEN MANN MEGAN DOOLEY SINGER SONGWRITER Friday 28 9pm NIGHT DUFFIELD CARON PROJECT Saturday 30 5-8pm VINTAGE BICYCLE SHOW WITH RED SEA PEDESTRIANS Saturday 30 9pm OVERTIME PUB & GRILL 7TH SON BLUES BAND TYPO KALAMAZOO FUNK COLLECTIVE DELILAH DEWYLDE AND THE LOST BOYS, GUITAR UP, MOONRAYS 517 E MICHIGAN saturday 1 Saturday 15 CATS IN THE HAT BLUES Friday 7 JAM MAC DRALLE’S Sunday 16 6-9pm ALISON WONDERLAND LISA CANT SING Friday 21 9pm SINGING BARTENDER WITH DAVID LLOYD MARCI LINN BAND Every Wed. at 5pm ERIKA SCHERRY BATTLE CREEK 269-964-0872 PLAIN JAYNE Fri. 7 & Sat. 8 ABSOLUTE ADDICTION Friday 14 AUGUST 2015 - LOCAL THEATRE GUIDE ISSUE Saturday 29 SATELITE RECORDS 808 S WESTNEDGE AVE KALAMAZOO 269-381-0218 SINK TAPES, DOOMICILE, KATY NEEDS A LIFE Monday 10 6PM, $5 SEVENTEEN AGAIN, SWELLS, NOUVEAU Friday 17 6pm, $5 SHAKESPEARS LOWER LEVEL THE UNION CABARET & GRILL LIFE IN A VACUUM, JOLIETT ,FOSSIL EYES , GUPPY JAZZ MIX 214 EAST KALAMAZOO KALAMAZOO 269-488-3330 Sunday 2 8pm FAT GUY FEST 2 BARS OF GOLD, BEAST IN THE FIELD, BRICK ASSASSIN, REPTILLIAN DESTROYER OF LIGHT Thursday 6 5pm FAT GUY FEST 2 ARMS ALOFT, CARDBOARD SWORDS, SEVENTEEN AGAIN, FISHER KING, BARONS Friday 7 5pm FAT GUY FEST 2 CHEAP GIRLS, WORLD SCARIEST POLICE CHASES, PENSKE FILE, STALEMATE 129 E ALLEGAN ST OTSEGO 125 S. KALAMAZOO MALL 269-694-6970 KALAMAZOO 33 269-384-6756 Every Wednesday at 8pm NASHON HOLLOWAY Saturday 1 9pm FLASH CLASH Saturday 8 9pm THAT FREAK QUINCY Tuesday 11 8pm BIG BOSS BLUES CD RELEASE Friday 14 9pm WMU SCHOOL OF MUSIC Saturday 15 9pm ALEX MAYS Tuesday 18 8pm SCOTT COWAN TRIO Thursday 20 8pm OUT OF FAVOR BOYS Saturday 8 5pm Friday 21 9pm FAT GUY FEST 2 WORSHIP THIS, THE SKY WE SCRAPE, VICTOR SHORES, TWO HAND FOOLS, NARCO DEBUT Saturday 22 9pm Sunday 9 5pm TWO HAND TOUCH, ALLIE MARIE THOMPSON, THE DOC, MC BOB FREDRICKS Friday 14 8pm LUCIOUS FOX, HYBRID STATE, ARSON PARTY, BY JR. Friday 21 9pm M89 SPORTS BAR & GRILL SHELAGH BROWN BAND LYDIA HARRELL Thursday 27 8pm THE MAINSTAYS Saturday 1 DOUBLE BARREL Fri 7 & Sat 8 MEGAN RAE BAND Fri 14 & Sat 15 STOLEN HORSES Fri 21 & Sat 22 JARED KNOX & THE HAGAR BOMBS Fri 28 & Sat 29 ZARZUELA 301 E MICHIGAN AVE MARSHALL 269-789-9180 JIMJAM: JIM OLIVER AND JIM DYER Saturday 1 ONE COW SHORT OF A HERD: JIM OLIVER & KJELL CROCE Saturday 8 FATHER & DAUGHTER REUNION: TODD UFKES & ABBY UFKES Saturday 15 KJELL CROCE Saturday 29 9pm Saturday 22 WAREHOUSE Saturday 29 1299 COLUMBIA AVE BATTLE CREEK 269-979-9273 JIMJAM OPEN MIC: JIM OLIVER AND JIM DYER DIRTY REGGAE PUNX, DESIRING DEAD FLESH, EIGHT BALL DEATH, RETROGESTION OMNI EPIC ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS: PHIL DENNY Sunday 9 Friday 28 8pm FULL MOON FREAK OUT , THAT FREAK QUINCY, DESMOND JONES, BIG SHERB, SUNLAB, STORMY CHROMER Saturday 29 7pm MARTILA SANDERS & GEE-Q Friday 14 MEGAN RAE BAND Friday 21 CHARITY PUNX ART SHOW DRUGS IN THE CARPET, CRASH CITY SAINTS Sunday 23 PAGE 13
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4th Annual BRICKYARD VINTAGE Kalamazoo is making a major turn towards being a walkable / bikeable city. Only weeks ago did the Open Roads event happen downtown followed by the addition of a few bike lanes.  Even Jimmy John’s in Downtown Kzoo rolls on with the hot new trends by adding bicycle delivery people. If you’re intrigued by this new phenomenon and want to meet other people that like bikes, this upcoming event is for you. On August 29, Old Dog Tavern will be hosting the 4th Annual Brickyard Vintage Bicycle Show where anyone can come show off their baller whips, or buy, trade, or sell gear.  Bike nerds from all over will be pedaling up starting at 10 am. The event is free and goes all day.  The theme this year is 10-Speed Racer bikes.  Previous years, themes have been like Fat Tire bikes and Muscle Bikes.  Safe to say, you never know what people have or what people are capable of building. events catering to the full age spectrum like a possible obstacle course.   This is the fourth year that this event has been held at Old Dog.  Chelsea Cloyd, the brains behind this years festivity, said that this year will be a real treat to bike enthusiasts of all ages and varieties. Anyone who squeals when they see some sexy deep V’s rolling passed will want to be here because the event is essentially a vintage car show for pedal bikes.   The event is on August 29, 2015 at Old Dog Tavern.  It’s all ages and free.  If you’re the type of person who likes bikes or just likes to see how far one can stretch their imagination, this event is for you. @ Old Dog Tavern August 29 Unlike the previous years, this year there will be a bicycle safety instructional seminar hosted by the local public safety officials.  There are also rumors of smashmags.com PAGE 14 A
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BELL'S ECCENTRIC CAFE AUGUSTAT 9PM, 21+ 14 $8, STARTS NOTS Memphis, TN Nots are a 4 piece band of weirdo minimal DIY noise punk females out of Memphis, TN. Full length LP and a handful of singles out now on Goner Records. NOTS ARE SIMILAR TO KLEENEX, THE SLITS, NEO BOYS, ETC. MAMA Chicago, IL Mama is fast power pop perfection from Chicago with hooks for days. Kids these days! HoZac Records finest. FANS OF CHEAP TRICK, QUICK, EPICYCLE, ETC. THE TRAMPOLINE TEAM NO BAILS DISASTRONAUT Trampoline Team are from New Orleans, LA and play sharp fast blasts of chemical pop fury. From Pelican Pow Wow Records! No Bails are skate rock from Kalamazoo. Steady diet of video games and VHS rips of USA Up All Nite. Disastronaut is a moody, angular power trio from Grand Rapids, MI. Recordings on Independent Fries. FOR FANS OF RAMONES, COSMIC PSYCHOS, AND LATIN DOGS. FOR FANS OF HUSKER DU, NOMEANSNO, AND MAYYORS. New Orleans, LA FOR FANS OF THE MARKED MEN, FUZZBOX, THE FASTBACKS AND LITTLE GIRLS. smashmags.com Kalamazoo, MI Grand Rapids, MI PAGE 16 A
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, m s , THE NON-BEER SNOBS GUIDE TO LOCAL CRAFT BEER BY BRUCE TUCK With the onslaught of micro-breweries and tap houses popping up all over the country and Southwest Michigan having some of the best, it is fitting that we bring you our monthly review of some of local flavor. If you are a beer snob, you may not want to read this, it may not give you an in-depth perspective of each ingredient and how it pairs with the others but it will give you a perspective from your average beer drinker. During the summer of 2011, Dan Gilligan and Brian Steele decided to form a brewery that would create exceptional craft beers. From this singular idea, the Boatyard Brewing Company was born and their lives were changed forever. Since then, Dan and Brian have spent countless hours developing some of the best traditional ale recipes, as well as their own unique offerings. After sharing hundreds of samples and listening to honest reviews, AUGUST 2015 - LOCAL THEATRE GUIDE ISSUE they were satisfied that they had the craft beer recipes needed to build a successful brewery. All of this magic happens in the old warehouse on E Patterson Ave in Kalamazoo, Mi. I was at Maestro’s Pizza in Kalamazoo and noticed they had Boatyard Midnight Star on tap so I decided to give it a taste. Midnight Star, is a black cream ale that just has to be tried to be believed, I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth it was. I was not sure exactly the brewing process that went into Midnight Star at the time but it had a smooth creamy flavor that didn’t bite too hard. The overall flavor was deep and nutty with a smooth finish and actually tasted really good with the pizza I was eating. Don’t be afraid of the dark! Midnight Star will kiss your palate and leave you wanting for more. STYLE: Dark Cream Ale ABV: 5.4 PLATO: 15.5 PAGE 17
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o t T e t t p c a T B r “ What is THEATRE? A collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance. Elements of art and stagecraft are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. Well that is all fine and good for a dictionary definition, but in reality, it’s a group of talented individuals, who re-enact classic performances and original works. There is this stigma that you have to be in a huge city to see great theatrical performances, like Chicago, New York, Detroit or wherever, but that is far from reality. There are amazing small theatre companies in Southwest Michigan that put on Broadway quality performances in small intimate settings. Not only can you go see live shows, but in most cases, if you are an aspiring actor/actress, you can be a part of the casts, work back stage or even be a part of the production crew that presents these amazing shows. Smash Magazine has compiled a list of performing arts companies from all over SW Michigan, from college degree programs to apprenticeships in advanced theater training, Summer Stock to children’s programs to smashmags.com include the only theatre left that offers credit towards the actors guild card. it’s all there and all available in a town near you. So, if you love live theatre, to watch or perform or work in a specialized field, look no further than your own back yard. Love it live, keep it local and support your community. BARN THEATRE 13351 WEST M-96, AUGUSTA, MI 49012 BOX OFFICE: 269-731-4121 BARNTHEATRESCHOOL.ORG The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training was created to administer to the participating Apprentices a program of instruction, training, and practical experience in the preparation and presentation of theatrical productions. The School will also endeavor to bring Theatre to disadvantaged and underutilized youth, thus providing the possibility of creating the stars of the future by encouraging the youth of today. The Board of Directors of The Barn Theatre School of Advanced Theatre Training is comprised of volunteers who are local business owners, community leaders, and devotees of the Barn Theatre. The Board of Directors and the Honorary Board of Directors provide support, guidance and inspiration to The School and its mission. The story began in 1946 when Jack Ragotzy, Betty Ebert and a tightly knit group founded the Village Players. After mounting their first few seasons in a former Methodist church, the Village Players moved into a dairy barn purchased by Jack and Betty, which became the Barn Theatre. The Barn Theatre has since built a reputation as one of the finest professional Equity summer stock theatres in the country. Each season young “Apprentice” actors pursuing a career in professional theatre have a chance to learn the craft of theatre production and act at the Barn Theatre with accomplished professional actors who belong to the Actors Equity Association and guest artists who have worked on Tony Award winning Broadway or Emmy Award winning television shows. Shortly before her death in 1995, Betty Ebert Ragotzy took steps to create The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training, a nonprofit theatre education PAGE 18 W 4 S P W P t p t T p d o K 3 K B W A
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e s al d d f d y, d t , n e s t n s e e e o n y d y e e n organization she dreamed would formalize the Apprentices’ education at the theatre. The Equity Membership Candidates (EMC’s) earn points towards joining the union, while their Apprenticeship studies are devoted to all aspects of professional theatre production: set construction, lighting, costuming, properties, stage management, and more. Today The School is healmed by seven Board Members who seek to carry on this rich tradition and inspire generations of “Barnies” to come! For 86 years, the Civic has been shining the spotlight on our community. In good times and times of strife, volunteers have come together to create theatrical experiences of the highest caliber. A cultural cornerstone in Kalamazoo, the civic continues to have a profound impact on our community and the people who live here. Each season, over 30,000 theatre enthusiasts enjoy our productions while 1,000 volunteers dedicate over 50,000 hours to their creation. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre serves as a training ground for many young performers and designers, launching many successful careers. WHAT-A-DO THEATER 4071 W. DICKMAN RD, SPRINGFIELD, MI 49037 PHONE: 269-282-1953 WWW.WHATADO.ORG Presenting life-affirming, live, professional theatre, the What A Do Theatre showcases performances that reflect and challenge the values and beliefs of the community. The theatre also features contemporary playwrights who express their voice through dramas or strong humor, dry, wry or otherwise. KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATER 329 S. PARK STREET KALAMAZOO, MI 49007 BOX OFFICE: 269-343-1313 WWW.KAZOOCIVIC.COM AUGUST 2015 - LOCAL THEATRE GUIDE ISSUE FARMERS ALLEY THEATER 221 FARMERS ALLEY KALAMAZOO, MI 49007 PHONE: 269-343-2727 WWW.FARMERSALLEYTHEATRE.COM The Farmers Alley Theatre is a professional ensembled based non-profit performance company dedicated to producing popular and new work in the Downtown Kalamazoo area in a unique and intimate setting. Farmers alley Theatre aims to foster artistic and economic growth in the cnetral city through a signature drama series, children’s theatre performed by adults, and a cabaret music series. Additionally, Farmers Alley Theatre is dedicated to providing itself as a highly intensive educational base for the training of the young Kalamazoo actor by providing lessons, workshops, and seminars in the areas of voice, acting, dance and speech. FESTIVAL PLAYHOUSE OF KALAMAZOO COLLEGE 1200 ACADEMY STREET KALAMAZOO , MI 49006 PHONE: 269-337-7333 WWW.KALAMAZOOARTS.ORG Dedicated to the liberal arts tradition and innovations of Kalamazoo College, the department of Theatre Arts offers students access to the collaborative nature of drama through the integration of both creative and analytical courses, production laboratories, internships, and individualized projects. By studying the wealth of worldwide theatre traditions reflecting pluralism in our society, and the interdependence of all peoples and cultures, students gain the research tools for self-discovery; informed, critical thinking; the ability to take action on their ideas and responsibilities; and the development of the kind of self-esteem and values that will lead them as artists toward enjoying a lifelong journey of personal growth and inquiry in a climate whereby each may learn to speak with his or her own voice. THE NEW VIC THEATER 134 EAST VINE STREET KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN 49001 PHONE: 269-381-3328 WWW.THENEWVICTHEATRE.ORG PAGE 19
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Kalamazoo’s New Vic Theatre was founded in 1966 by Kalamazoo residents Ted & Mary Jo Kistler. For over forty years, The New Vic Theatre has entertained Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana audiences carving a unique place for itself in the economy and theatrical tradition of the area. Located close to the heart of downtown Kalamazoo, the theatre’s comfortable cabaret-style seating and intimate size, enhanced by a concession that serves a variety of hot & cold non-alcoholic beverages, lend to its unique atmosphere. and student directing through our Footlight productions. University Theatre productions are often recognized for their excellence. We have received top honors at the prestigious American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Alumni are regularly featured on Broadway, television, film and in regional theatres, and have received numerous Tony nominations. CENTER STAGE THEATER The New Vic’s flexible modular auditorium allows for innovative staging ranging from the complete round to conventional proscenium format. Efficient central heating and air conditioning allows for comfortable year-round operation. COMSTOCK COMMUNITY AUDITORIUM 2107 NORTH 26TH STREET KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN 49048 PHONE: 269-348-SHOW WWW.CENTERSTAGETHEATREKALAMAZOO.COM BARN SWALLOW THEATER 22334 US 12 EAST EDWARDSBURG, MI 49112 PHONE: 269-445-2511 WWW.BARNSWALLOWTHEATRE.COM The Barn Swallow Theatre is a non-profit community theatre located in Cass County, Michigan. WMU THEATER WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN 49008 PHONE: 269-387-3220 WWW.WMICH.EDU/THEATRE WMU’s nationally award-winning Department of Theatre offers extensive onstage, offstage, and behind the curtain training. The range of experiences to which you will be exposed is vast, creating the kind of well-rounded theatre artist necessary in today’s field. Opportunities for participation in the production program begin in the freshman year. The department presents nine faculty-directed productions each season in three different theatres, which feature student designs in set, costumes, lighting, and sound. Additional plays are presented in the laboratory theatre program and in the directing classes, allowing even more opportunities for onstage experience smashmags.com building committee and it quickly became apparent that it was the best option to come the theatre’s way since the loss of the barn. What began as a conversation between friends regarding a community theatre culminated in Barn Swallow Theatre in 1985. Since 1985, the Barn Swallow Theatre has offered quality plays, musicals, and children’s performances in a rural setting to southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana. The tragic loss of the theatre by fire in 2004, brought the realization of the theatre’s value to the community, by making it a better place to live, raise a family, learn, work, and develop artistic and commercial enterprises. After numerous plans for different sites failed to come to fruition, despite the generosity of many in the community, in November of 2010, BST was approached with an opportunity to purchase a building in Edwardsburg. The structure -- belonging to Hope United Methodist Church and at one time one of their Theatre is a force that can unite, uplift, teach, inspire, and heal! For over 40 years, Center Stage Theatre has provided families and individuals the opportunity to experience something special together. Whether your passion is on or off stage, or your kids just wrangled you into a production, the time spent with family and friends is priceless. Center Stage Theatre proudly continues to give people the opportunity to experience the wonder that is theatre. If you are new to Center Stage, Welcome! You will not be a stranger for long. Here at Center Stage we provide a community atmosphere, capitalizing on the talents of all. If you have never been on stage or you are a seasoned veteran, then Center Stage is the place to be. Center Stage is the only community theatre in the Kalamazoo area that invites everyone who auditions and is willing to make the time commitment into its large summer shows. With casts of over 100, the positive energy created is some of the best you will ever feel! former homes -- was reviewed by BST’s PAGE 20 A
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from attending theatrical productions. The theater arts have so much to offer; a place to express oneself, to interact with others, a place to explore new worlds and views without leaving town. The arts in all their forms offer different ways to look at something, which helps to expand the mind Professional Summer Theatre and Popcorn Theatre. Tibbits remains the county’s cultural center during the rest of the year with the Entertainment Series, programs for Young Audiences, Special Events, the Art Gallery and Arts Alive, Community Theatre, school productions and many other community performances. MARSHALL CIVIC PLAYERS FRANKE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 214 E. MANSION ST. MARSHALL, MI 49068 TWIN CITY PLAYERS WWW.MARSHALLCIVICPLAYERS.ORG ST. JOSEPH, MI 49085 PHONE: 269-781-3335 The Marshall Civic Players is a group of really odd people who enjoy entertaining others. Artisans hone their improvisational skills in stagecraft to construct the sets, costumes and soundscapes that are the hallmark of an MCP productions. But all of this does not happen on its own, as if by the laws of physics each dust particle coelesced with its neighbor to ultimately form a cohesive entity. No, the Marshall Civic Players are keenly guided by a working Board of Directors that is elected from the membership. 600 W. GLENLORD RD. PHONE: 269-429-0400 THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY PLAYERS WWW.TWINCITYPLAYERS.ORG The Twin City Players (TCP) was formed on August 23, 1934. The purpose of TCP was to advance the interest in legitimate theater and its kindred arts by the exchange of social relations of its members and presentation of better examples of dramatic art. 15526 MILLARD RD. THREE RIVERS, MI 49093 PHONE: 269-273-1121 WWW.TRCOMMUNITYPLAYERS.ORG Three Rivers Community Players Theatre has been bringing live entertainment to the Community for four decades. We offer a wide variety of shows, including a musical, a children’s show and a holiday variety show. This page serves the purpose of reaching a wider audience with announcements about our shows and events throughout the year. TIBBITS 93 W. CHICAGO STREET COLDWATER, MI 49036 OUR TOWN PLAYERS LISTIAK THEATRE 600 ELKENBURG STREET SOUTH HAVEN, MI 49090 WWW.OURTOWNPLAYERS.ORG To cultivate, advance and promote education in dramatic literature, dramatic expression and dramatic art; and to do all things necessary and/or incidental to the furtherance for such general purposes. We believe in theater. We believe in the lessons about life and oneself that being in theater can teach, and we believe in the enjoyment and growth that can be attained smashmags.com PHONE: 517-278-6029 TIBBITS.ORG More than just a theatre…Tibbits features year-round arts and entertainment in the historic setting of the Tibbits Opera House, built in 1882. GREAT ESCAPE STAGE COMPANY Tibbits Opera House is the second oldest theatre in Michigan, having been built in 1882. Rich in history and ambiance, even today the theatre offers theatre-goers an exquisitely restored facade, nearly perfect acoustics, an intimate 499-seat setting. Throughout the year, many events, programs and shows take place on the Tibbits stage. GREATESCAPESTAGECOMPANY.COM Summer is a special time with 155 W. MICHIGAN AVE MARSHALL, MI 49068 PHONE: 269-781-2700 our PAGE 22 A
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n al e g y ol y e e a , w. a t BILL DAVIS “My artwork is the sum product of a combined and incomplete life experience.” These are the words from a man who has met ambassadors, had art exhibited alongside Robert Mapplethorpe’s, worked at a UN command post, had his work censored, and now teaches at Western Michigan University (WMU). Bill Davis’ most recent work, studies the intersection between realms: whether it is the interconnection between the psychological and the physical, or the intellectual and the visual. Davis’ work draws viewers in by its complexity. His black and white photographs create an air of remoteness, which attracts viewers’ attention to Davis’ philosophical narrative of the intersection and understanding of ways in which worlds intertwine. In the Palimpsest Series, Davis utilizes chalkboards to study the concept of memory— what is remembered, what is forgotten, and who chooses what is erased. “Chalkboards are a repository for imagination and knowledge,” Davis said. “The fractal collision of evidenced disciplines on one board fascinates me. Partially erased or less complete chalkboards containing only written and diagrammed parts of lectures share uncommon space and, not unlike memory, create a gestalt of message, feedback, and cipher, which I find intractably compelling.” The idea of the Palimpsest Series came from the palimpsest used by Monks, who would use and reuse the same piece of parchment to convey a variety of messages of their way of life. The end result becomes something similar to the chaos of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work, the markings on the chalkboard explain the mathematical connection between sounds, light, and time. Manifest Rites is a series of portraits dwelling on the mental effects of chronic conditions. AUGUST 2015 - LOCAL THEATRE GUIDE ISSUE Davis explains his focus on this subject, “Humans are psychologically affected by anatomic and genetic conditions. While we may not escape the perils of illness, we can control our reaction to it. Scars can last longer than memories. Yet they psychologically remind us of much more than the trauma that created them.” The images tend to have a stark balance created by the white image emerging from the depth of darkness. Davis said, “Bald heads and bare feet are important visual attributes that prompt my creativity- because they represent vulnerability/courage, clearly define contour/form, and convey less visible human nature. Hair has personality that can unnecessarily overwhelm the lighting and the message.” Continuing the concept of elimination of human nature, the models usually have their eyes closed, so that viewers’ interpretation can be more formally directed to the concepts of life, death, and sleep. As Davis explained, “opened eyes can convey more than I want the viewer to consider. Their absence expands viewer curiosity under a more narrowed message.” Apart from his personal work, Davis continues the study of how art can be used to express our understanding of the world. The Autism & Visual Art Project, a program Davis organized, where WMU students partnered with kids with autism to work on art projects and study how autistic kids communicate through art. Check out more of Davis’ work on his website: HTTP://HOMEPAGES.WMICH.EDU/~WDAVIS/A_ HTML/PROFILE/PHOTOGRAPHY-HOME-PAGE-W. HTML To learn more about the Autism & Visual Art Project watch this video: HTTP://YOUTU.BE/QLFDJ7EEUSW PAGE 23
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love&mercy THE LIFE, LOVE AND GENIUS OF BRIAN WILSON by John Barrett Jr. “DJ Verve” on WIDR’s Birdland – 12-4 PM Sundays Rated PG-13; 121 minutes. Directed by Bill Pohlad; Starring John Cusack and Paul Dano as Brian Wilson, Elizabeth Banks as Melinda Ledbetter, Jake Abel as Mike Love, and Paul Giamatti as Dr. Eugene Landy. There seem to be two kinds of Beach Boys fans, the casual listeners who enjoy the old songs when they pop on oldies radio and the obsessives who can recite the original lyrics to “I Know There’s an Answer” and who smashmags.com assemble alternate versions of Smile, the album Brian Wilson started after Pet Sounds and left unfinished due to personal issues. (These fans often call that album SMiLE, because that’s how it it was spelled on the planned cover art from 1967 – see what I mean about obsessive?) The Beach Boys story is wellknown and is covered in several made-for-TV flicks of varying quality. Love and Mercy, which focuses on Brian’s life and includes his post-Beach Boys career, is the first such film to make it to theaters, the first to attempt explanation of Brian’s confused, complicated life to the fans who only knew part of the story. If you catch this one at the Alamo Drafthouse, try to get there ahead of time. The pre-movie program includes a raft of Beach Boys TV appearances and a music video for “Heroes and Villains” I never knew existed. When the film itself begins, we get a stunning sonic montage: Brian says he thinks he has the melody, the screen goes dark, and we hear an array of song clips at varying volumes. Collages like this appear throughout the film, an attempt to describe what’s happening in Brian’s head. Suddenly the screen pulls back, the darkness we were seeing was the inside of Brian’s ear, and quickly we shift PAGE 24 A
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e e h a d . e : e , g r t g e s f t to a montage of the Beach Boys, or rather the actors playing them in this movie. Thanks to some amazing effects, the colors in this credit sequence are saturated and the images grainy to simulate the look of vintage film. The other band members look and sound very much like the people they’re portraying, but Paul Dano is so much like the ‘60s Brian Wilson you think you watching a documentary. (A voice coach for Dano is listed in the end credits, and no wonder; some of the singing comes from Beach Boys recordings, but some of it is the actor, and I cannot tell them apart.) Suddenly we shift to 1985, when Cadillac dealer Melinda Ledbetter finds a middle-aged man sleeping in her showroom Fleetwood. A man Melinda thinks is a bodyguard identifies the sleeper as Brian Wilson and himself as therapist Eugene Landy. Prepping the car for delivery, Melinda finds a note written by Brian on the driver’s seat: “Scared. Lonely.” moment, and you’ll find yourself applauding along with the concert audience. This at points is a hard movie to watch, but then again Brian has not had an easy life. Those expecting a Beach Boys movie might be disappointed, as the Boys only appear in the ‘60s segments and not for long, as Brian’s music in the period covered was crafted away from the band. Because many of the figures depicted are still alive, some details may be papered over; Brian’s prickly relationship with Mike Love is covered but briefly. It’s hard to view Landy in a positive light, but it must be said he began Brian on a recovery path continued by Melinda and others. To borrow one of his song titles, the Brian Wilson story is one full of heroes and villains, and one that seems at last to be heading toward a happy ending. From this point the scene often shifts from ‘66 to ‘85, with adult Brian portrayed by John Cusack. He looks less like Brian than Dano does, but the actors’ behavior is spot-on, especially when both make statements really said by the actual Brian Wilson. While the film glosses over the early days of the band, the late ‘60s are covered with obsessive detail. Van Dyke Parks, the lyricist of the Smile album, is seen at length but never mentioned by name – the movie assumes you know what he looked like. We even see a re-creation of the “Sloop John B” video we saw in Alamo’s pre-show. Some of this trivia will likely only interest those really into the Beach Boys, but again those are the people most likely to see a Brian Wilson movie these days. Back in the ‘80s, Brian tells Landy he wants to see Melinda, and soon the saleslady is invited to dinner, to sailing, and other activities. Landy is very full of himself, constantly bragging about his accomplishments and always limiting Melinda’s access to Brian. As the doctor tells it, Brian was a vegetable before Landy got him off drugs and stopped his overeating. (By force at times; in one unnerving scene Landy pries Brian’s mouth open and makes him spit out a burger.) Coming to Brian’s house early one day, Melinda sees the housekeeper preparing a huge dose of meds, and she hears Landy screaming at Brian to write better songs. (At this time Brian was working on his first solo album, with all songs co-credited to Dr. Landy.) She also discovers a will signed by Brian, naming Landy the sole beneficiary. With teeth gritted and an iron resolve, Melinda vows to free Brian from the clutches of the mad doctor. Considering the time spent to set up these events, the end seems more than a little abrupt. With a bit of subterfuge Melinda lures Landy to the Cadillac dealership where he throws a very public tantrum and is served a summons. Shortly afterward Landy lost his California psychology license, an independent doctor scaled back Brian’s medications, and in the following years has issued many solo records and has been married to Melinda for ten years. The credits come up beside a film clip of the actual Brian Wilson in concert, performing a dignified version of “Love and Mercy,” the song the film is named for and a song Dr. Landy claimed to have co-written. It’s a powerful AUGUST 2015 - LOCAL THEATRE GUIDE ISSUE PAGE 25
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DJ RITENDRA – NOW THAT YOU’RE GONE GENRE: ELECTROPOP/EDM RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 1, 2015 DISTURBED – IMMORTALIZED GENRE: ALTERNATIVE METAL RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 21, 2015 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – GOT YOUR SIX GENRE: GROOVE METAL RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 28, 2015 The upcoming debut studio album by Fijian The upcoming sixth studio album by American The upcoming sixth studio album by American DJ and Music producer DJ Ritendra, set to be released on August 1, 2015, by Lewavesi Production, the album will have ten tracks in it, and it will also features collaborations artists from pop and hip hop, such as Savuto Vakadewavosa, Jovana Djordjevic, Bojan Chavez Aleksic, Anna Yanova-Cattoor (the lead singer of pop band Two Cities One World), Andrew P and The Homie G. Speaking to The Jet Newspaper, DJ Ritendra heavy metal band Disturbed. The album is sched- heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch is scheduled to be released on August 28, 2015. uled for release on August 21, 2015 through ReIn January 2015, the band announced they are to prise Records, and will be Disturbed’s first studio enter studio to write and record a new album due album since Asylum (2010), marking the longest in late-2015. On May 2, 2015, they released the gap between two studio albums in their career. title of the new album as, Got Your Six. On May In 2011, following the tour of their fifth studio 19, 2015, they released the art work for their new album Asylum, Disturbed announced that they album and announced that the album will be rewould go on a hiatus. During the hiatus, the band leased on August 28, 2015. They launched a prereleased a compilation album of previously re- view for their new single titled “Jekyll and Hyde” corded b-sides, The Lost Children (2011), and a in a special video message. They also announced box set of their five studio albums, The Collection the dates of a co-headlining North American Tour described his debut studio album as a dominant (2012). with Papa Roach and accompanied by In This Moto love songs. “I would say most of the songs in ment as special guests with support from From the album are based on love, Love songs are a In January 2014, band members David Draiman Ashes To New for the tour, during which they will special of songs which most of the people love (vocals), Dan Donegan (guitar), Mike Wengren promote the album. On June 15, 2015, Five Finto hear.” When asked about how this idea came (drums) met for dinner and began secretly writing ger released their first single entitled “Jekyll and Hyde” online. The songs lyrics are influenced up in his mind, he said, “I am a DJ, so I’ve always material for Disturbed’s sixth studio album. The by various voicemails Ivan left to the other band been known for studying the tracks of other mu- album was recorded at The Hideout Recording members. sic artists and then remix them all, but someday Studio in Las Vegas with record producer Kevin a thought just stucked in my mind of making my Churko. Drummer Jeremy Spencer said of the new album own original music independently, and here I am.” in an interview, “I’m digging it, man. It’s actually Immortalized was announced on June 23, 2015, more brutal, with more extreme dynamics. There alongside the release of lead single “The Vengeful are some really mellow parts and then some really One”. The single released with an accompanying brutal parts. So we’re running the whole gamut of animated video directed by film-maker Phil Mucci. sounds.” AUGUST 2015 - LOCAL THEATRE GUIDE ISSUE PAGE 27
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