Local entertainment guide for Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Marshall Michigan

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October 17th - 9pm November 28th - 8pm SmashmagS.com November 14th - 8:30pm U pComing Events Dweezil Zappa Masterclass September 9th at 3pm Zappa Plays Zappa September 9th at 8pm Social Distortion September 12th at 8pm Gov't Mule September 13th at 8pm Iron & Wine September 15th at 7:30pm Mike Birbiglia September 16th at 7:30pm Huey Lewis & The News October 12th at 7:30pm Ani Difranco October 14th at 8pm Bone Thugs-N-Harmony October 17th at 9pm Battle Of The Sexes Comedy Smash w/ Ray Lipowski October 18th at 9pm The Polish Ambassador October 25th at 9pm HIPPOWEEN: UV Hippo / Andy Frasco / The Crane Wives October 31st at 8pm Umphrey's McGee November 6th 8:45pm Thunder From Down Under November 14th at 8:30pm The Temptations November 15th at 8pm Greensky Bluegrass November 28th at 8pm S
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SMASH Magazine P.O. Box 1376 Battle Creek, MI 49016 smashmag@live.com SmashmagS.com Publisher/Graphic Designer Robin Cunningham Writers Raoul Duke Jr Colin Smith Bruce Tuck What a summer SMASHer’s!!!! I can’t believe it’s almost over but damn it was exciting. Now it’s time for the kids to go back to school, parents can slow down a bit and enjoy some of the down time at the places SMASH Magazine supports and brings to you. The Festival season is almost in the books too and that means it’s time to hit up all the great indoor venues our area has to offer. If you love live music, you will love The Music Factory, The State Theater, and so many more, check our pages for a full description of some of the great times Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and the surrounding areas have to offer. So get out your hats, coats and boots and prepare for the cold winter ahead with a trip to one of the many restaurants, venues and exhibits in your town, where the music is amazing, the food is tasty and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Happy SMASH’ing Everyone!!! Advertising Robin Cunningham 269-986-3912 smashmag@live.com Events and Shows Submit listings to SmashmagS.com smashmag@live.com Disclaimer SMASH Magazine is dedicated to providing a platform for artists and musicians to promote and display their work. Because they have a unique way of expressing themselves it is important for people who pick up the magazine to understand you might not always like what you see. There are also articles that may contain sarcasm and adult content. This publication is intended for a mature audience. S
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Cuckoo for Cosmo’s Cucina By Colin Smith Those who do not wander far from Crows Nest may not know about Cosmo’s Cucina. This nook is tucked down Vine Street on top of O’Duffy’s Pub. It calls itself a gathering of friends, and with a farms-to-table approach, they also craft creative dishes. The food comes out slowly, but it will be worth the wait. The ciabatta that accompanied the Panzanella Salad was embellished with dried blueberries, which was a starter before digging into the green-red nest of heirloom tomatoes, roasted peppers, basil, and fresh mozzarella. They twisted the traditional gazpacho by adding blueberries, and the sweetness contrasted softly with the savory tomatoes and garlic flavors. The goat cheese fritter was served hot alongside with blueberries and strawberries, and the Meat Pizza balanced its proscuitto with arugula. The beers on tap accompanied the dishes well: they offer plenty of options from Bell’s to Arcadia and Dark Horse to Right Brain. Their coffee vaguely tasted like the Midnight Oil roast by Water Street, but resembled nothing like it after a scorched and lifeless drip from the automatic coffee machine they used. Stick to the beer. The restaurant’s atmosphere is not as casual as Crows Nest but it’s also down a notch from Food Dance’s upscale ambiance. It makes for a good date option, hence the couples that populated alongside the balcony, but it’s casual enough both downstairs at O’Duffy’s and up at the restaurant where food accompanies an IPA well. Keep in mind they offer breakfast options—such as their Belgian Waffle and vegetarian scrambled eggs until 2 pm. Albeit pricey, and their food may come out slowly, Cosmo’s Cucina is worth the wait. They contrasted savory with sweetness, cheese with fruit, and meat with vegetables. Check in during different Holidays, as they’ll tweak the menu for the season. September 2014 SmashmagS.com Be prepared to shell out a bit of money if buying an entree. They’re anywhere between $11.99 for the Spinach Feta Burger to more than $20 for platters of either lamb or duck. The restaurant’s most common criticism is the relatively high prices for sparse food. Instead, share a few appetizers with friends and split the bill. 6
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Vintage Vinyl Revisited a look back at rock records you never heard or may have forgotten. - By Todd Cope N oo Yawk City, 1975. The glam rock scene, championed by the likes of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust period, T-Rex, Sweet, & local favorites The New York Dolls was essentially over with, but this did nothing to sway the attitude and game plan of four young men, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley, who were ultimately tunnel-visioned on a mission to create the band that they never saw on stage. B “I’m in love and it feels so good, ‘cause I need her.. don’t mistreat her.. and I tell her so!..” (Lyrics from “Anything for My Baby” from “Dressed to Kill”, KISS, 1975) orn out of the ashes of Simmons & Stanley’s first band “Wicked Lester” in 1973, KISS came onto the scene in 1974 with their self-titled debut album. There are basically 2 camps of rock fans. Those who love KISS and those who hate them. I am happily in the former category. F or young males aged 10 & up who grew up in the 70’s, KISS was not merely a rock and roll band, they were super heroes, who’s image and music permeated your very psyche, dictated your actions & outlook on life, and gave you something to believe in. KISS brought out my inner id when I was 11, and my inner kid now that I’m 47. KISS also started a lot of young people, including myself, learning how to play musical instruments, much like the effect The Beatles had on young people in the 1960’s. Back then there was no cable, no satellite TV, and no internet, so we learned about rock & roll through the pages of Hit Parader & Creem magazine, and from listening to the records and studying the album covers. I’ll never forget the day my older brother Steve went to Meijer & brought home “Rock and Roll Over”, the first KISS album we ever saw, and he placed it on the mantle of our family room fireplace, and we just stared at the cover in awe before we even listened to it. L ike it or not, KISS is an institution, a national treasure that finally culminated this year with the original four members being inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. I SmashmagS.com n 1975, however, KISS was in financial turmoil. They were on tour for their second album “Hotter Than Hell”, and were pulled off tour to record another album to create fresh income for their fledgling record company, Casablanca Records. H eaded by Neil Bogart, who was Casablanca’s founder, and also signed KISS as the first act to his label. Bogart had formerly ran the operations for Buddah Records, producing the music style known as “Bubblegum”, with such acts as The Lemon Pipers (Green Tambourine) and The Ohio Express (Yummy Yummy Yummy). K ISS’ live act was taking off, but they still hadn’t broken huge yet on a national scale. Their records sold well to a point, but then stalled, forcing them to create more product quickly in order to keep touring. C asablanca Records was hemorrhaging money to keep KISS afloat, and their manager Bill Auccoin personally used his American Express card to help finance their tours. This was the period in rock & roll where bands were given several albums time in order to develop a career, but also many times had to put out 2 albums per year in order keep the momentum going, which is unheard of today. KISS was on the hot seat and had to come up with new songs on the spot, but typically, bands in the early years of their career tend to overcome these obstacles fairly easily and KISS came through with flying colors, writing 8 new songs and reworking 2 older songs from Gene & Paul’s Wicked Lester days, “She”, and “Love Her All I Can”. Neil Bogart opted to produce this album himself for one, to save the forty to fifty thousand he’d have to spend on an outside producer, and two, Kenny Kerner & Richie Wise who produced KISS’ first two albums “KISS” and “Hotter Than Hell” were discovered to be negotiating, along with KISS’ manager Bill Auccoin to take the band to a different record label. B ecause KISS had not been paid any royalties for their recordings as of yet, due to Casablanca’s poor financial state. Bogart was savvy enough to nip this conspiracy in the bud, but honestly KISS ended up producing the majority of Dressed to Kill themselves, as Bogart was usually on conference calls in the next room, negotiating deals, and occasionally piped in with his input, generally consisting of “sounds good”. As it turned out, KISS did a splendid job of dealing with this and turned out a batch of snappy, catchy, concise and tight performances. A ll of that touring had them in great shape to get things done quickly in the studio. They wrote about what was going on around them at the time. The album kicks off with “Room Service”, which along with “Ladies in Waiting” is about the after show life in hotels and motels across America. “Rock Bottom” opens with a beautiful multi-tracked acoustic guitar intro which then segues into a dense rock groove. “Anything for My Baby” and “Love Her All I Can” pumped delusions of grandeur into the minds of love-struck young males of the 70’s, and featured stunning drum work by Peter Criss, showcasing his big band/jazz influences he learned from taking drum lessons of Gene Krupa in his younger days. Dressed to Kill also featured the original version of perhaps KISS’ best known song “Rock and Roll All Night”, though it didn’t become a hit until it was re-recorded for their “Alive” album later that year, where it reached #12 on the singles charts. G ene Simmons & Paul Stanley’s vocal harmonies are a rock & roll institution unto themselves, and the spirited, melodic guitar solos of Ace Frehley were the icing on the cake for this fantastic album. No one could ever accuse KISS of being poet laureates as far as their lyrics were concerned, but it worked at the time, and worked very well. W ell known rock photographer, Bob Gruen, took the famous photo for the album cover, with the band opting for irony, dressing in business suits instead of their outlandish stage costumes, posing on the corner of 23rd St. & 8th Avenue in NYC. Peter Criss was the only member that actually owned his own business suit. The others had to borrow suits from manager Bill Auccoin. D ressed to Kill peaked at #32 on the US charts, and was later certified gold on February 28 1977. It still wasn’t the breakthrough album KISS was hoping for, but for many KISS fans, myself included, it is their favorite KISS record, and paved the way for their mega successful “Alive” album, that made them international superstars and finally put their finances in the black. D ressed to Kill, in my opinion, comes the closest of all their records to capturing their original vision, which was to be a hard rock version of The Beatles. A celebration of Gibson guitars, Marshall amps, Pearl drums, and sheer attitude. This album will have you going through your old high school yearbooks, trying to figure out what went wrong with that girl you were infatuated with. Your wife will be counting your beers in no time. Todd Cope is the guitarist for King Kooler (www.reverbnation.com/kingkooler) and is currently stalking Paul Stanley at dressbarn.. S
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Food made from Scratch, Great Burgers, and Home of the Kalamazoo PASTY! PRETTY DARN QUICK LUNCHES TOO! Live Music The Real Fantastics Sept 5th Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys Sept. 6th Seventh Son Blues Band 269-381-5677 www.olddogtavern.com 402 E. Kalamazoo Avenue Sept 7th Hired Hands Sept 12th Open Mic Sept. 14th Thursdays Bike night in the Brick Yard Ben Daniels Band Sept. 18th Shelagh Brown Band Sept. 20th Cats In The Hat Blues Band Sept 21st Crossroads Resorection Sept. 28th HAPPY HOUR Mon-Fri: 4pm - 6pm $3 Drafts $1.50 Domestic bottles September 2014 SmashmagS.com Monday & Tuesdays Branden Mann & The Reprimand Sept 13th Gator Boys Blue Band 8
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Here’s how you know you’ve made it in the music business Y SmashmagS.com ou’ve stayed strong for three decades on your own terms, on your own time, by your own rules, and over that time your influence has only grown. Each of your albums has been stronger than your last. You’ve been brought onstage by Bruce Springsteen, because he wanted to play one of your songs. You’ve seen high times and low ones, good days and tragic days, but every night you give 100%, and every morning you wake up still swinging. T his is the short version of the Social Distortion bio — the long version could be a 10-part mini-series. But over the past 30 years, the punk godfathers in the band have all but trademarked their sound, a brand of hard rockabilly/punk that’s cut with the melodic, road-tested lyrics of frontman Mike Ness. Their searing guitars and a locomotive rhythm section sound as alive today as they did in ’82, as do Ness’ hard-luck tales of love, loss and lessons learned. “The most common thing I hear is, ‘Man, your music got me through some hard times,’” Ness says. “And I just say, ‘Me too.’” H ard Times And Nursery Rhymes (produced, for the first time, by Ness himself) is the band’s first record since 2004, but the break hasn’t changed them much. It maintains Social Distortion’s key components — an all-but-perfected mix of punk, bluesy rock n’ roll and outlaw country — but it also finds them stretching the boundaries of their signature sound. “I didn’t want any one style of writing,” Ness says. “I didn’t want it to be all heavy, like “White Light, White Heat, White Trash.” I wanted some heavy and some light. I wanted some fiction and some nonfiction. I wanted versatility.” T hat’s evident right away. The record’s first vocal track, “California (Hustle and Flow),” finds Ness and the band not roaring out of the gate so much as swaggering behind a chunky Stones-style locomotive groove. “This record has a lot of my influences,” Ness says, “But how far you go with those influences is up to you. With this record I wanted to go a little farther. I wanted people to hear that second track and realize, ‘Wow, this is not just another Social Distortion record.’” (For good measure the track has hints of “Ball and Chain” and the Stones’ “All Down The Line” and, for the first time, female backing vocals. “I’ve been listening to records for years with (backing vocals), and I was like, “Hey, why don’t I do that?” Ness laughs.) N ot that the band’s punk foundations have eroded; the first single “Machine Gun Blues,” a piece of gangland fiction set in 1934, could hail from “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell.” But the record is evidence of the band’s ability to evolve. “Bakersfield,” a setlist staple in recent years, is a waking-onthe-railroad-tracks story of wrecked love, forgiveness and Buck Owens; it closes with a spoken-word verse to make Merle Haggard smile. “Can’t Take It With You” sports a Jerry Leestyle piano solo that scorches paint. And set closer “Still Alive” S
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is a soaring carpe diem with an added emotional weight that can’t be described or duplicated. “ The album is reminiscent to me of “Somewhere,” but it also has some of the darkness that “White Light” had. It has some of the flavor of “Mommy’s Little Monster,” Ness said. “I think it’s very signature. We’ve never been afraid to evolve and show people what we can do.” M ixing Springsteen’s factory-overalls ethic with Southern California punk energy and black leather, Social Distortion formed with Ness and high school buddy, the late Dennis Danell, in the late 1970s; the group broke in 1983 with the thrashing plate of punk and displeasure “Mommy’s Little Monster.” Their 1988 follow-up, “Prison Bound,” hinted at a sonic change to come, and by the band’s self-titled 1990 record and 1992′s “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell,” their sound had solidified into the instantly recognizable brand of rock n’ roll that’s defined them since. T hese days the band is rarely off the road for long, and continues to grip fans who have been around since “Mommy’s Little Monster” while drawing new ones who discover the band through hand-shot YouTube clips. “I see people bringing their kids to shows,” Ness says. “And I see kids bringing their parents.” S ocial Distortion is a mix of potent power, appeal across all age brackets and a genuine satisfaction at reaching as many people as they have. “I write songs for myself, and I hope that other people will like them too,” Ness says. “I think every record you make is showing people what you’ve learned over the past few years. It’s showing people, ‘This is what I know.’” Check Out www.socialdistortion.com for more information Photo Credit: Danny Clinch SmashmagS.com N ow in their fourth decade, Ness and Social Distortion have officially done one of the most non-punk things possible: They’ve failed to burn out. F or Hard Times, Social Distortion consists of Ness and longtime guitarist Jonny Wickersham, along with bassist Brent Harding and drummer David Hidalgo, Jr. Social Distoration will be at Kalamazoo State Theater, September 12th, 8pm. September 2014 10
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SMASHFOCUS Peace comes through struggle.... It’s a reward that’s earned rather than simply given. It’s the product of tireless work and an unbreakable spirit against all odds and opposition. OTHERWISE are no strangers to that struggle, rising up to become rock ‘n’ roll contenders in the face of a tumultuous musical climate and a series of personal hardships. The Las Vegas hard alternative rock quintet—Adrian ...Patrick [vocals], Ryan Patrick [guitar/vocals], Corky Gainsford [drums/ vocals], Vassilios Metropoulos [bass], & Andrew Pugh [guitar/vocals]—catalog the next chapter of this journey on their second full-length album, Peace At All Costs [Century Media Records]. SmashmagS.com The ride starts with that very title. Adrian explains, “Our grandmother used to always say it. Peace At All Costs is a double entendre. We interpret the phrase as, ‘Give us peace, or we’ll take it from you.’ The whole point of us being on this musical odyssey is our search for peace. We want to do something impactful in the world, and we’re not going to stop. We’re starting with ourselves first. It’s about finding inner peace and restoring equilibrium within yourself. Music allows us to do that.” Their music has given countless fans worldwide the same outlet. By 2014, the band’s debut True Love Never Dies moved nearly 60,000 copies and spawned close to 300,000 single sales of the hits “Soldiers,” “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures),” and “Die For You.” The group toured alongside heavy hitters such as Stone Sour, Papa Roach and Three Days Grace, and gave rousing performances at high-profile festivals including Rock On The Range, Aftershock, Rocklahoma, Carolina Rebellion, and Welcome To Rockville. However, Peace At All Costs raises the stakes across the board for the Vegas outfit. Otherwise will be rocking The Music Factory in Battle Creek, Michigan on September 21st You can check Otherwise at www.facebook.com/otherwiseofficial, www.weareotherwise.com/ S
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The Newest Arts Collective in Kalamazoo Most of the buildings that fill the Kalamazoo Mall are quaint cafes, upscale restaurants, and shops with handcrafted goods like candles or jams. This strip of the street epitomizes Kalamazoo well, but it’s also easy to overlook the newest addition to Kalamazoo’s creative teams: The Overneath Creative Collective (OCC). The original owners of the music studio Kevin and Donny Brown were recognized for producing the Verve Pipe’s 1992 album, I’ve Suffered a Head Injury. However, when Kevin Brown he injured himself from a fall in 2008, he soon passed away while in the hospital. Not soon after did Drew Raklovits, who is Overneth’s Creative Director of Visuals, thought “at that point, joining up as a collection of art was the dream.” They wanted to foster a creative community, and this past March they merged as the Overneath Creative Collective. Joining the ranks of local creative teams such as Rhino Media Productions and Double Phelix Studios, Overneath’s Director of Sounds, Gordon van Gent said September 2014 Gordon van Gent named the biggest strength of Overneath when he said, “There are no middlemen, and everything is done—or can be done—under the same roof.” A few of their most recent clients include Kellogg, local jazz ensemble Desolation Row, and the vocal jazz chorus Gold Company. On top of film production, studio recording, and photography, they also want their space to be used, rented out, or to showcase the crafts of others. For instance, they’re using the pianos by the Kalamazoo Piano Company so clients become aware of other local businesses. Overneath Creative Collective is a cohesive team of young visionaries with the experience to tackle any project. For rates and more information, visit their website Overneath.com. Written By: Colin Smith SmashmagS.com Since 2010, the two distinct groups GvG Productions and Overneath Media collaborated, but worked mostly independently. At that point, they were a separate music studio and a lab for film production and photos. As clients asked for outside services—for instance, if a film client asked for an audio track—the two teams began hiring each other. they recognize each studio or productions lab has its own niche or strengths. For instance, while Overneath offers the only recording space built for an orchestra, the studio does not offer any analog tape recording—but it’ll be the highest quality digital recording. 14
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Na tional Street Ro Presen 35th Annual Street Rod SmashmagS.com T his will be the 28th time the NSRA Street Rod Nationals North Plus has been held in Kalamazoo and an all time high number of participants and spectators are expected this year. Almost all of the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds will be utilized for the event as well as many of the buildings, which will house a large number of manufacturer and dealer displays and other attractions. T he host organization, NSRA, defines a street rod as a modernized vintage vehicle that must be of pre 1949 manufacture. These vehicles are equipped with the latest options available on the newest model vehicles, including but not limited to disc brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, and tilt steering wheel. Most of those attending have updated the engine and drive train to enable the owner to cruise down the highway in comfort and safely maintain the speeds traveled by more modern vehicles. All vehicles must be driven on to the grounds. I ncluded in this event are muscle cars, those factory produced high horsepower machines from the 60’s and 70’s along with the classics cars of the 50’s. This is truly unique mix of old and new together for the first time at Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds and a national gathering of fine vintage automobiles of every description. The NSRA Street Rod Nationals North Plus is the area’s largest automotive participation event and spectators from around the area will attend the event. 2,500 stree customs, mus and street m will be on han Kalamazoo Co grounds this f National Stree sociation® pre 35th Annual S Nationals No The dates for largest vintage will be Septem 13, 14, 20 T he NSRA Street Rod Nationals North Plus is an excellent event for spectators to attend and those who take time to attend will be treated to the sights and sounds of some of the most beautiful, best constructed vintage vehicles ever assembled in one place. One of the special attractions for the spectators is that they can walk right S
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eet Rod Associa tion® resents Rod Na tionals North Plus ho ds l up to the vehicles and check each one out close up as they are not roped-off or otherwise confined. All are in the open and can be examined top to bottom, front to back, inside and out. While the exquisite paint and other features of the car should not be touched, spectators are free to look to their heart’s content. T he big automotive show will be at the beautiful Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds and is open to the public September 12, 13, 14, 2014. Make your plans now to attend the 35th Annual Street Rod Nationals North Plus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It promises to be one of the biggest vintage car shows in the city’s recent history and you can enjoy every exciting part of it. September 2014 Visit us online @ http://www.nsra-usa.com For additional information contact: Jim Rowlett – Marketing Director 617 Julia – Hurst, Texas 76054 817/581-9915 – 817/427-1395 (F) SmashmagS.com ,500 street rods, toms, muscle cars d street machines be on hand at the mazoo County Fairunds this fall as the onal Street Rod Asation® presents its Annual Street Rod ionals North Plus. dates for the city’s st vintage car show be September 12, 13, 14, 2014. 16
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September Music Board 411 Club 411 N Westned Ave ge Kalamazoo 269-276-9240 www.the411club.com Jimmy Johnson The Bar Room Preacher Saturday 13th, 8:30PM Backroads Saloon 15325 W Michigan Ave Marshall 269-781-7091 backroadssaloon.com Beyond Sight Friday 5th, 7PM Trig County Thursday 25th, 7PM Dani Jamerson Band Saturday 27th, 7PM Monophonics Saturday 13th, 9PM Great Lakes Grass Sunday 14th, 1-4PM Fly Paper Friday 19th, 9PM Dead Again Saturday 20th, 9PM Funkadesi Saturday 27th, 9PM Dark Horse Brewing Co. Beer Garden 511 S Kalamazoo Ave 269-781-9940 Bell’s Eccentric Caf e The Drunksmen Thursday 4th, 7PM 355 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-382-2332 bellsbeer.com Matthew Gabriel Thursday 11th, 7PM The Sharrows Thursday 4th, 9PM SmashmagS.com Horseshoes & Hank Granades WSG New Old Calvery Friday 5th, 9PM Almanak Thursday 18th, 7PM Scott Miller Thursday 25th, 7PM District Square Oktoberfest with Ein Prosit Saturday 6th 1-4PM Zion Lion Reggae Band Saturday 6th, 9PM Leftover Salmon With Billy Payne Thursday 11th, 8PM Cashe’d Out Friday 12th, 9PM 139 S Edwards St Kalamazoo 269-978-8451 www.districtsquare.co AudioTree Music Fest. With Slow Magic, Four Fists, Knox Hamilton, RJD2, Mutts, Flint Eastwood, Sol Cat, The Soil & The Sun, Tokyo Police Club, The Kickback, The Balconies, and Wayne Szalinski Saturday 6th at noon The Dock@Bayview 12504 E. D Ave Richland (269) 731-4911 www.f acebook.com/TheDock-At-Bayview Kris Hitchcock Thursday 4th Harry Fest Foundation Fri. 5th & Sat. 6th Decades Friday 12th Kaitlin Rose & The River Bend Band Saturday 13th, 9PM The Wrap Saturday 20th, 9PM Deaf Wish, No Bails Tuesday 23rd, 9PM Aleady Dead family Reunion Fri. 26th & Sat. 27th Mangia Mangia The Music F actory 191 Angell St. Battle Creek 269-962-2121 A Night of Tribute Tool, Korn & System of a Down Friday 5th, 7PM Angels Of Chernobyl Friday 12th, 7PM Barefoot Blonde Saturday 13th, 7PM Drop 35 Saturday 13th 209 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo 269-226-3333 Sober Proof, Trust No One Friday 19th, 7PM The Unknowns Friday 19th mangiamangia-kazoo.com Inner Itch Saturday 20th, 7PM The Megan Rae Band Saturday 20th TYPO Fri. 26th & Sat. 27th Joel Mabus Saturday 20th, 7PM Marshall High School Auditorium audreyassadtour.ticketleap.com London Grill 214 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo 269-381-9212 Brook Farm String Band Friday 5th David Lloyd Friday 12th, 7PM Whisky Before breakfast Friday 19th, 7PM Aubrey Assad WSG Bellarive Saturday 13th, 7:30 Nob Hill 4218 S S prinkle Rd Kalamazoo 269-349-2965 nobhillbarand grill.com A Night of Tr Fri. 5th & Sat. 6th, 9PM Bogg Road Friday 26th Dani Jamerson Band Fri. 12th & Sat.13th 9PM Louie’s T rophy House Grill Vertigo Fri. 19th & sat. 20th 9PM 440 East North St. Kalamazoo 269-385-9359 Jes Kramer, White Gold, Katy Needs A Life Saturday 6th, 9PM Jesse Ray, Ghost Bunnies Friday 12, 9PM The Bronk Brothers Fri. 26th & Sat. 27th 9PM Otherwise Like a Storm, Islander Sunday 21st, 7PM Country Night Friday 26th, 7PM Hairmania Saturday 27th, 7PM Old Dog T avern 402 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-381-5677 olddogtavern.com The Real Fantastics Friday 5th, 9PM Benjammin & Analisa 11AM Duffield Caron Project, 5PM Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys 9PM Saturday 6th Seventh Son Blues Jam Sunday 7th, 6PM Hired Hands Friday 12th 5PM S
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September Music Board Benjammin & Analisa 11AM Duffield Caron Project 5PM Branden Mann & The Reprimand 9PM Saturday 13th Indie Rocks Fundraiser 1PM Gator Boys Blues Jam 6PM Sunday 14th Ben Daniels Band Thursday 18th 6PM Benjammin & Analisa 11AM Duffield Caron Project 5PM Shelagh Brown Band 9PM Saturday 20th Cats In The Hat Blues Jam Sunday 21st, 6PM Benjammin & Analisa 11AM KalamaUkes 2PM Duffield Caron Project 5PM Saturday 27th Crossroads Blues Jam Sunday 28th, 6PM 214 East Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo 269-488-3330 Kris Hitchcock & Small Town Son Friday 5th, 7PM Digeometric, Skymatic Illadin, Trodden Embers Saturday 6th, 9PM Hairmania Saturday 13th,8PM Honeydew Squeeze, Grave Hounds, Dumela Project, Happy Can Dance Saturday 20th, 9PM The Union Cabertet & Grill 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazo 269.384.6756 Local Jazz musicians Every Wednesday 8PM Two Houses, Bike Tuff Thursday 25th, 9PM WMU Jazz Mix Every thursday 8PM Fried Egg Nebula Jaik Willis, Glo Stick Willie Friday 26th, 9PM Vega Tuesday 2nd 9PM State Theatre 404 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo 269-345-6500 www.kazoostate.com Dweezil Zappa Tuesday 9th, 7PM Social Distortion The Whigs, Johnny Two Bags Friday 12th, 7PM Gov’t Mule Saturday 13th, 7PM Iron & Wine Monday 15th, 6:30PM St Julian Winery 716 S. Kalamazoo St. Paw Paw 269-657-5568 Rusty’s B.A. Band Friday 5th 8PM Shelagh Brown Band Saturday 6th, 9PM Alex Mays Tuesday 9th, 9PM Seventh Son Friday 12th, 9PM Barn On Fire Tuesday 16th, 9PM Cliff Erickson Fri. 19th & Sat. 20th 9PM Saltbound Tuesday 23rd, 9PM Wine & Harvest F estival Asamu Johnson Friday 26th 9PM Exit 4, Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys, Duke Tumatoe Friday 5th, 3PM All American Funk Parade Saturday 27th, 9PM Slim Gypsy Baggage, Douglas James Band, The Rock Show Saturday 6th, 3PM September 2014 Island Project Tuesday 30th, 9PM Warehouse 1299 Columbia Ave Battle Creek 269-979-9273 Chameleon Friday 12th Kris Hitchcock & Small Town Son Thursday 18th Glenn Jones, Jazz Friday 26th M89 S ports Bar & Grill 129 E Allegan St, Otsego 269-694-6970 Megan Rae Band Fri. 5th & sat. 6th Blue Star Hwy W/ Nathan Douglas Fri. 12th & Sat. 13th River Bend Fri. 19th & Sat. 20th Plain Jayne Fri. 26th & Sat. 27th Zarzuela 301 E Michigan Ave Marshall 269-789-9180 zarzuelamarshall.net COW - Kjell Croce, Jim Oliver, Bob Wentworth Saturday 6th Cliff Babcock Saturday 13th Kjell Croce Saturday 20th Jim Jam Jim Oliver, Jim Dyer Saturday 27th SmashmagS.com Shakespears Lower Level That Freak Quincy, Funky Marbles, Skyy Walker Friday 19th, 9PM 18
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“The city of Marshall has no idea how special it really is...” ~RYAN MEADE Back in 1980 Sam Raimi (Director of “Spider Man” and “Oz the great and Powerful”) came to Marshall to visit his Pal, Tom Sullivan. They were making a movie together. A Movie that would go on to Great Success, spawn a Trilogy, a Remake and now possibly a Television series. “THE EVIL DEAD” Detroit native Ryan Meade moved to Marshall a year ago after his Mother passed away from Cancer. He had been following Marshall resident Tom Sullivan around for almost Five years for the documentary film “INVALUABLE”. In which Meade features the city of Marshall as a vital piece of the puzzle that help create the Cult Favorite “THE EVIL DEAD”. Meade is known as a “Gung ho” Filmmaker with an amazing track record to show for it. A true “One Man Show”. Meade’s Film “INVALUABLE” is recieving Great reviews and available for purchase at “SULLIVAN INSURANCE” Downtown Marshall. SmashmagS.com Meade Produced, Directed, Shot, Scored and Edited the Feature Length Documentary about Sullivan the Special FX Pioneer on “THE EVIL DEAD”. Meade dives deep into Sullivans story and has created something that not only EVIL DEAD fans LOVE. But something the entire family can learn from, enjoy and be moved by, a great story. Meade is looking for investors and actors for an action adventure film he has written to film in Marshall this Dec.2014 If you have the means, I highly recomend picking up “INVALUABLE”. It’s a nice piece of history for the city to have, And very entertaining! ~RDJ S
   The city of Marshall has no idea how special it really is...     RYAN MEADE Back in 1980 Sam Raimi  Director of    Spid...
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AUTHENTIC ROCK TORCHBEARERS RETURN WITH EPIC, ST AR-STUDDED NEW STUDIO RECORDING SHOUT! Few bands have a reputation for making music as consistently honest, organic and daring as Gov't Mule. Now the enduring group fronted by visionary singer-guitarist Warren Haynes returns with their first album in four years - their Blue Note Records debut Shout!, a breath-taking, exploratory double-disc set to be released on September 24. "This album puts a spotlight on the songs and the way that we interpret them, which hinges on the unique chemistry we've developed as a band," explains Haynes, who along with Mule co-founder and drummer Matt Abts, multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson charted Shout!'s adventurous contours. SmashmagS.com Shout!'s second disc shines a beam on a guest list of famed interpreters Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Vintage Trouble's Ty Taylor and Steve Winwood, who each delivered an alternate vocal performance of one of the first disc's new Gov't Mule tunes. "No one's done this before, which is exciting," says Haynes, "but it's even more exciting actually listening to these artists sing our songs. Their performances bring new ideas, energy and sometimes even different meanings to every number." Plus Shout! offers some of the most extraordinary playing in Gov't Mule's rich, sonically colorful history. And the album's incredible scope ranges from the suite-like epic "Bring On The Music" to the snarling punk rock anthem "Funny Little Tragedy" to the soul-reggae testifier "Scared To Live." The inventive and incendiary musical performances throughout both discs spring from the jazz-like philosophy and creative language the Mule's members have developed together. They're the rare rock ‘n' roll group with an improvisational heartbeat, which allows all four musicians to expand on the songs' themes in non-formulaic ways. That quality distinguishes the finest jazz, blues and rock recordings of the '50s and '60s, but is largely absent in modern music. On Shout! it's audible from the ground up - starting with the Technicolor propulsion of the Abts-Carlsson rhythm section. Their flexible interplay in the studio and on stage, where both musicians amp up their already aggressive, freewheeling approach to providing the sonic foundation of the band, is essential to Gov't Mule's reputation as a living, breathing ensemble. Drummer Abts has the courage and the chops to extrapolate with the other band members, pushing, pulling and accenting his rhythms as each performance evolves. And while Carlsson's bass always keeps its essential snarl, he's among the few players in modern rock that varies his tone and approach to best serve each song. Although Louis' primary role in Gov't Mule is keyboardist, his guitar playing has expanded to the point where he often plays the instrument for a third of the band's live sets. On Shout! he steps even further into the role of Haynes' six-string foil, with their contrasting styles frequently adding yet another dimension to the album. Several numbers were cut with Haynes and Louis simultaneously on guitar, including the romantic "Captured," which shares a shimmering ebb and flow with classic Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Louis even takes the brash, ringing fret board solo on the Clash-inspired "Funny Little Tragedy." And he steps up his contributions as a background singer, adding vocal support to five songs. And Haynes, of course, remains one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era, effortlessly cross-pollinating genres and unfurling solos that broil with passion in his distinctive, signature style. No wonder fans of the Grammy nominated band have come to expect nothing less than the virtuosity, intelligence and breadth that propels Shout!. Here's how Blue Note Records president Don Was, who's also a Grammy winning producer and performer, sums up Gov't Mule's place in contemporary music: "The Mule holds a unique and lofty berth. They have roots that run real deep - drawing from the entire history of rock ‘n' roll going all the way back to Robert Johnson and the Delta. Yet, despite their mastery of past idioms, they have managed to rearrange those elements into a whole new thing. So while the music they make is quite contemporary, I dare say they have deeper roots than other bands that are creating new music. "According to the Blue Note manifesto written by our founder Alfred Lion back in 1939, our label is dedicated to the recording of ‘authentic music.' I S
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Paying tribute to the band's musical heroes became part of Shout!'s creative game plan. Haynes explains that the brawny "Bring On the Music" was written to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the break-up of the classic British blues-rock band Free. Every note of "Bring On The Music" evokes Free's memorable style especially Haynes' channeling of the band's fiery Les Paul guitar playing of the group's leader Paul Kossoff. Another sinewy number, "How Could You Stoop So Low," is a nod to the 40th anniversary of the release of Sly & the Family Stone's influential album Fresh and was co-written by Haynes and Louis, whose rhythm guitar riff is the song's spine. The four-piece Mule was able to recreate Sly's nine-piece sound with the addition of backing singers Alecia Chakour and Nigel Hall from Haynes' solo-project band, and Louis' heavily funky keyboard lines. Dr. John's grizzly, incantatory turn on the alternate version of the tune was the first guest vocal recorded, although the idea of assembling a cast of great singers to color the songs differently was indirectly inspired by Haynes' friend Elvis Costello. Early in the project Haynes wrote the snarling "Funny Little Tragedy," which reminded him of Costello's early music, and called Costello to ask him about the vocal mics used for his first albums. After the conversation, Haynes started thinking about how the song would sound if Costello sang it. As a result, he couldn't get Costello's voice out of his head and began thinking about pairing other vocalists with the set's other songs. don't know how much more authentic you can be than Gov't Mule! It's an honor to release their records on the Blue Note label. On this new album, they've elevated their songwriting, playing and production values to a whole new plateau. It's gonna blow people's minds!" Add the word "again," because Gov't Mule have been blowing minds since their eponymous 1994 debut. That album found the band boldly transfusing new blood into old-school psychedelic blues-rock at a time when the genre was largely ignored. Gov't Mule's stylistic grasp has grown inexhaustibly since. Fighting the trend in a declining music industry, the band's fan base, too, has steadily expanded over the course of 15 studio and live releases and thousands of performances - at first in small clubs and theaters, then at halls and major international festivals. Parallel to his nearly two decades in the Mule, Haynes has been the six-string mainstay and a vocalist for the Allman Brothers Band and the Dead, and performed or recorded with a diverse array of other artists. In 2011 he made his second in-studio solo album, the aptly titled Man In Motion, which paid tribute to his blues roots and found Haynes experimenting with different guitar tones and effects not traditionally associated with Gov't Mule. Shout! came to life in a Connecticut studio where the band initially regrouped to reignite their collective flame, and ended up cutting the bulk of the album, with Haynes, his bandmates and longtime Mule collaborator Gordie Johnson producing various cuts. Three songs - the reggae-based "World Boss," the psychedelic dreamscape "Whisper In Your Soul" and the blues-rocker "Done Got Wise" - were recorded at Jorgen Carlsson's Rogers Boat Studios in California, with Carlsson and studio co-owner Steve Holroyd engineering. September 2014 "Everyone in the band has such a wide variety of musical points of reference that a song can start in any style - from rock to blues to funk to R&B to reggae - and end up going to a completely different place. "On Shout! every performance of each song stands on its own, but always sounds like us," he adds. "Even if it's a part of us that most people have never heard before." In reflection, Haynes offers that Gov't Mule's journey has been full of surprises. "There's no way I could have anticipated the way we'd grow when we started," Haynes remarks. "Everyone in Gov't Mule brings their own personality to the music, and we're always looking for opportunities to expand and excite ourselves. Shout! is proof of that, as well as an album I could never have predicted we'd make even five years ago." In 2000, when founding bassist Allen Woody passed away, Haynes and Abts discussed the possibility of putting Gov't Mule out to pasture. Instead the band went on to become part of the tradition they had always intended to honor. Check out Gov’t Mule on Saturday, September 13th at the Kalamazoo State Theater. SmashmagS.com Today, Gov't Mule have become a human encyclopedia of great American music even while adding to that cannon. And through it all Haynes has served as not only the group's captain, but as a beacon of creativity and excellence that inspires fans and fellow musicians. So Haynes made a list of Shout!'s titles and his top choices for singers, and their responses were overwhelming - a tribute to Haynes' and Gov't Mule's standing among their peers. 22
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