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SMASH Magazine We wish you a SMASHY Christmas and a SMASHY New Year! P.O. Box 1376 Battle Creek, MI 49016 smashmag@live.com SmashmagS.com Publisher/Graphic Designer Robin Cunningham Writers Todd Cope Harry Dunne Corinne Harter Rose M Dixon Colin Smith Carrie White 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. D
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December Every Monday 4th - The Other Guys 5th - Scooby Mathews Roast 6th- Honeydew Squeeze 11th - Salsa Nite 12th - Funky Marbles & Thick as Thieves 13th - Fight With Monsters 18th - White Girl Wasted 19th - Groove Platter 20th - Ingrid Cold 21st - DJ Word 26th - Papa’s Xmas Party 27th - Arson Party ✧Open decks ✧$2 You-call-it Every Tuesday ✧$2 Tuesday W/ Dj Chuck ✧$2 Miller Lite and Bud cans ✧$2 Long Island’s 502 South Burdick Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 388-2196 Every Wednesday ✧Open Mic Night ✧$3 You-call-it Open 7 days a week Cereal City Concert Band & Charlotte Community Band - Present - Christmas Concert 2014 Saturday, December 13th 7:00 pm FEATURING: Kelsey Mansel, Vocalist and Stephanie Vincent, French Horn Soloist 50/50 Raffle SmashmagS.com Pennfield Performing Arts Center 8299 Pennfield Rd, Battle Creek $5 per person at the door Conductors Dr. Samuel McIlhagga (CCCB), and James D. McRae (CCB) December 2014 4
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LASSO SmashmagS.com Local Listens: Double Phelix Plays Showcase The waltz and light, twangy guitar strums reverb like the sounds of falling leaves and the ebbing waves of the Great Lakes in an echo chamber. The light splashes of Birdfingers drummer Ben Lau’s cymbals add an orangeyellow autumn hue to songwriter Tyler Bassett’s mellow rumbles, “I ain’t the messenger, flown in again from very far.” This Kalamazoo band is a project of local music collective Double Phelix, and they performed at Kalamazoo College on October 10 with fellow collaborators Lasso and Maraj. In fact, all three bands share some of the same members. Two of the primary recording and mixing engineers at Double Phelix included Ben Lau on drums and Andy Catlin on keyboards and guitar. Birdfingers sound like a serene scene of ravens sitting on top of scarecrows. After playing a song or two, the college concert hall felt like it turned into an ominous evening alone in a ghost town in Oklahoma. If Johnny Cash drank two shots of espresso and took a dose of mescaline, he would sound like Bird Fingers. Andy Catlin is the lead singer in band Lasso, and though the two sound similar with their heavy-reverb and psychedelic as well as country roots, Bassett’s voice is especially poetic. Catlin sounds like Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan who, instead of singing gothic lines in the ‘90s, delivers high pitched staccato fit for field of scorpions and cacti. In contrast, the laconic Bassett sounds world weary—in fact, he sounds like a messenger or a beat poet on the road. Birdfingers emphasizes delivery and minimalistic arrangement, so they’re better to experience live. On the other hand, Lasso is more experimental and their studio arrangements are elaborate whereas their live setup is much more sparse. Birdfingers is the country; Lasso is the desert. Either way, experience the soundscapes of Double Phelix. Written By: Colin Smith D
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V i n ta ge V iny l Rev i si t ed A look back at rock records you never heard, or may have forgotten This month's VVR is a bit of a departure from rock n' roll, as we take a walk over to that forgotten, dusty old bin at the end of the aisle that is the comedy records section. Growing up a smart-ass teenager in 1981, something wonderful came into mine and many teenager's lives, Friday nights on NBC at 12:30 AM. SCTV was a ground breaking comedy show, taking the place of the cancelled Friday night music/variety show "The Midnight Special". tangent through one mindless topic after another, such as "The Beer Hunter".(instructions on how to play a version of Russian Roulette with shaken up cans of beer instead of loaded guns) "School Announcements" features Doug as a school's vice principal, encouraging students who've been bad to come "have a beer and talk" at his office. "Take Off" is a fun, predominantly musical track, featuring vocals from RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, including the McKenzie brothers interviewing their Canadian music hero. Perhaps the highlight of the album is the "On the first day of Christmas, my true love McKenzie brothers' classic rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas", featuring their take on gave to me.. a beer!" Christmas giving, generally involving beer, back (Lyrics from "The bacon and smokes. Radio stations still play the Bob Twelve Days of Christ- & Doug rendition every holiday season. It's right up mas", as performed by there with John and Yoko's "Happy Xmas" (War is Bob & Doug McKenzie Over), Bruce Springsteen's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", and that dog that barks "Jingle Bells". December 2014 SmashmagS.com SCTV originally started out as a half hour show in 1976, but wasn't widely available until NBC picked it up and expanded it to a 90 minute format. Born out of the ranks of the Toronto and Chicago based Second City comedy troupes, SCTV was a refreshingly sarcastic, and far more surreal version of Saturday Night Live, which was going down the tubes at the time, after their classic original cast had departed. Instead of merely acting out comedy sketches, the from "The Great White actors of SCTV, the core group consisting of John North Album", 1981) Candy, Joe Flaherty, Harold Ramis, Andrea Martin, The Great White North Album sold at least one Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, and Good day, eh. Welcome million copies in North America, 350,000 of these in Dave Thomas created the fictitious television station Canada alone which earned a triple platinum to the Great White that was SCTV. With their endless cast of recurring certification from the Canadian Recording Industry North. characters who created the absurd programming for Association. It peaked at number one on the their station, they spoofed the popular culture and Canadian album charts from December 19th, 1981 until January 23rd, celebrities of the time, and the results were hilarious. After a long 1982, and made it to number eight on the American Billboard 200 week of getting up early for school, it was all we could do to try and album charts in 1982. The song "Take Off ", featuring Geddy Lee of stay awake late Friday nights so we could watch SCTV. Before we RUSH, did indeed take off and was a hit, peaking at number sixteen had a VCR, I would actually record the audio of the show on my GE on the Billboard 100 singles chart in March 1982, and oddly enough, tape recorder, so I could laugh with my smart-ass proved to be higher charting single than anything Lee high school friends the next week. I still have those has recorded with RUSH. cassettes somewhere. The Bob & Doug McKenzie juggernaut climaxed One of the biggest highlights of SCTV was the in 1983 with the release of their cult comedy film creation of "Bob and Doug McKenzie",(as portrayed "Strange Brew",and then they faded into obscurity, by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas)and their fictitious along with the rest of SCTV, which was replaced by Canadian talk show "The Great White North", which "Friday Night Videos" on NBC in late 1983, and debuted in September 1980. Although created completely ended by July 1984 on Cinemax. originally as filler to both satisfy and mock network Canadian content demands, Bob & Doug became Today, you can find four volumes of SCTV on DVD a pop culture phenomenon in both Canada and the for your viewing pleasure. Comes in mighty handy for United States, utilizing such catch phrases as "take confusing the teenagers of today, who weren't around off, eh?" and "take off, you hoser!" Two relaxed-brained Canadian to know of the golden age of television and it's stars of yesteryear. brothers sitting on a couch in front of a camera, wearing toques(ski hats), parkas, swilling beer, frying up back bacon on their Coleman I'll admit, when I was 14, sometimes it took me 20 years to "get" all stove, and trying to think up a topic for their 2 minute show, which of SCTV's jokes, but I eventually did. SCTV's brand of humor was way usually revolved around beer, donuts, and "stuff that bugs us". before it's time and well worth the wait. So, that's our show for today... so good day! In 1981, their popularity resulted in the recording of "The Great White North Album", released on Anthem Records in Canada and Mercury Todd Cope is the guitarist for King Kooler (www.reverbnation.com/ Records in the USA. Basically a 44 minute expanded audio version kingkooler) and is currently watching the Andy Williams Ebola ISIS of their TV show, the album fittingly kicks off with the sound of the Christmas Special! cracking of a beer & the lighting of a smoke, as the McKenzie brothers WRITTEN BY: Todd Cope 6
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SMASHSPOTLIGHT GREG HAHN A favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan Obrien, Comedy Central, CBS, ABC, FOX, MTV & CMT. Greg Hahn has parlayed his absurdly energetic, all out style of physical humor, one liners and crowd work, into a performance of immediate pandemonium and crazy fun. His wild, likable stylings have led to numerous television, corporate and theater appearances throughout the country and Canada. SmashmagS.com Developmentally arrested, Greg was raised in South Florida where in high school he amused the Catholic nuns by poking holes in his pockets enabling pens and pencils to shoot out of his pant leg. As a college basketball player, his enjoyment of half court shots earned him a prime spot on the bench. As a Captain in the Marines Corps, Greg kept his men highly motivated and could not overemphasize that camouflage is continuous. While a buyer for Lockheed Corporation, he thought “Why make $200 a day, when I can be a comedian and make that in a week.” After several serious jobs where he refused to be serious, Greg turned pro as a stand up comedian and landed the unique gig as emcee for a theme park lumberjack show. This supplied him with a microphone, four huge audiences a day, drunk ax swinging lumberjacks, and a log rolling dog. Soon afterwards, he worked as stuntman in the Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show at Universal Studios. “For $20 an hour I’d run out, fall down a few times, then get whacked in the head with a stick…dream job!” He continually honed his style of comedy then headed to New York City. While in New York, Greg developed into a touring headliner and costarred in the independent film Tomorrow Night which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Then, after successful shows at the Montreal and Chicago Comedy Festivals, Greg enjoyed hit television appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (NBC), Premium Blend (Comedy Central), Make Me Laugh (5 episodes, Comedy Central), Louis CK’s Pulp Comics (Comedy Central), 30 Seconds to Fame (Fox), Cedric the Entertainer Presents (Fox) and Star Search (CBS). When appearing on Star Search, Greg was spotted by Tom Griswold of the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show. Greg has since established himself as a favorite guest on the show and starred on the Bob @ Tom Comedy Central Special. He also headlines the Friends of The Bob @ Tom Theater Tour, which included a stop at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. A return appearance to the Montreal Comedy Festival along with the Halifax Comedy Festival and appearances on Country Music Television’s “Comedy Stage”, “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen” and being tasered on “TOSH.O” (Comedy Central) have also added to Greg’s popularity across the country. Continuing to advance his career in film and television, Greg now lives in Los Angeles where in between shows, he goes ballistic on the drums, destroys his pathetic fellow comics in ping pong, and flies indoor helicopters into the ceiling fan. DAVE DYER Well here we are...another awkward bio from a comedian. Durin by pie style h most o his cra evolvin I could loft the usual tidbits at you..."Here's who I've opened for", "Here's where I started"..."I ALWAYS wanted to be a comedian". I could spit all of that shizzle out in hopes that it would add some legitimacy to my being, but we all know that's a bunch of crap. No matter what it says, you're not going to lose OR gain any sleep. Here's what you want to know...am I funny? Yes, I'm damn funny. Am I Bill Cosby funny? I think so, at times, although I'll bet you he'd have a different answer. I'm not going to over-pump myself, I'm a really good comedian with really good material. It's not for everybody (see Birmingham, AL), but it's for a lot of people. I'm proud of what I do and I'm not one of those guys who pines over the couple of people in the crowd who don't like me...I gave up on those a-holes years ago. Understand something about life...not everyone is going to have twinkle in their eye when you walk in the room, so keep walking and don't waste your time on the non-twinklers. Just get to one of my shows and judge for yourself. McG childre McG an ind He b Virgini Ohio. Chick Kevin D
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AUGGIE SMITH When Auggie takes the stage, audiences across the country quickly realize that they’re in for an evening of riveting, take-no-prisoners stand-up comedy. During Auggie’s set, pop culture and political targets are dissected piece by piece into intelligently written manic rants. His seamless rapid fire style has developed a loyal following across the country. He has spent most of the last two decades keeping a constant road schedule honing his craft and creating a truly memorable, relevant, and constantly evolving live experience. CHICK MCGEE es, so, nt a It's for a one ple ose ut eir g and McGee was born November 26, 1957, in London, Ohio. He has three children. Education: McGee graduated from London High School in 1976. McGee briefly "visited" The Ohio State University and graduated from an independent broadcast school. He began his career at a small, 1,000-watt radio station in West Virginia and held various on-air positions at stations in West Virginia and Ohio. On April 1, 1986, Chick joined The Bob & Tom Show. In early 1995, Chick left The Bob and Tom Show to become co-host of a show called Kevin & McGee at KGB-FM in San Diego, California. December 2014 Keeping a continuous road schedule of clubs across the nation, Auggie introduced himself to a new legion of fans in January of 2004, with a now legendary appearance on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. The morning was a mix of signature rants and brilliant improv highlighting his sharp point-of-view. His outstanding debut has become one their most replayed treasures. This led to performing in theaters across the country on the very popular Bob & Tom Comedy Tour, where audiences quickly became aware that the only thing better then listening to Auggie on the radio was sharing the energy he creates in his live performance. After a short time in California, McGee returned in July 1995 to his former job on The Bob & Tom Show. The Bob and Tom Show: McGee joined The Bob & Tom Show on April 1, 1986, as the show's announcer. He eventually expanded his duties to include sports and humor. Off the Air Podcast: Chick started his adventure in podcasting on July 24 2012. It is regularly hosted by Chick, his (former) girlfriend Jessica Hooker, and producer Jason Hoffsetz. The podcast is an insightful look into his off air personality. Chick talks about Fat Kid Weekends with his girlfriend Jess, Anger Sweats, who he would never allow on his podcast, and great off air radio stories. He also offers a convenient "Cuss Count" with each episode. It was revealed in a very personal podcast with Dr. Will Miller that Chick and Jess were no longer romantically involved. While they are separated, the two both expressed hope to salvage the relationship in the future. In subsequent podcasts, both Chick and Jess expressed that they were more proud of the podcast with Dr. Will than any single piece of work in their careers. SmashmagS.com Charles Dean Fout (stage name: Chick McGee) is a radio personality who appears on The Bob & Tom Show. The name "Chick McGee" is a pseudonym connected with the Jack McGee character on The Incredible Hulk. I would ow you're At the age of 19, Auggie Smith moved from Billings, Montana to Portland, Oregon to pursue a career in stand up comedy. After a few years of toil and struggle, he first achieved acclaim by winning the 1994 Sam Adams Comedy Contest, whose prizes earned him his first national exposure on the television show Evening At the Improv. Auggie truly found his comedy voice in 1997, when he placed second in the Seattle Comedy Competition to legendary comic Mitch Hedberg. This earned him an invitation to the 1998 Montreal Comedy Festival, where he performed a remarkable 12 shows, including New Faces, Danger Zone and The Nasty Show. DECEMBER 31, 2014 8
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SMASH MUSIC CORNER SmashmagS.com Genre: Hard Rock Wolfmother - New Crown Release Date: March 2014 www.facebook.com/wolfmother New Crown is the third studio album by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother. Recorded in Los Angeles, California and Byron Bay in Australia, it was self-released on 23 March 2014 as a digital download through the website Bandcamp. The album is the official follow-up to Cosmic Egg. it was announced in July 2013 that the band would be reforming. Following additional lineup changes, including the departure of Elliott Hammond who had performed on Keep Moving, Wolfmother began recording their third studio album in Los Angeles. Recording took place at the Mates Rehearsal Studio, as well as Stockdale’s own studio The Shed in Byron Bay, New South Wales, with the lineup composed of Stockdale (vocals, guitar), Ian Peres (bass, keyboards), and Vin Steele (drums) Reviewing the album for music website Consequence of Sound, critic Jon Hadusek praised the songwriting on New Crown, claiming that it “houses some of [Andrew Stockdale’s] best material in years”; on the contrary, however, he spoke negatively about the production of the album, explaining that “The vocals are inconsistent, the guitars limp, the drums muffled. Bass comes and goes depending on the volume of the other instruments. Genre: Rock Neon Trees - Pop Psychology Release Date: April 2014 www.fameisdead.com Pop Psychology is the third studio album by Neon Trees. The lead single, “Sleeping with a Friend”, was released on January 11, 2014, and the album was released on April 22, 2014. The record is based on and is the cathartic product of lead singer, Tyler Glenn’s therapy sessions. Glenn started seeing a therapist after canceling some tour dates in 2012 while the band promoted their second record, Picture Show, due to trying to find himself mentally and figure out who he was. “At moments there’s a cry for help and sadness...But I think it’s a real fun pop record at the heart of it and something with a message too,” he said of his band’s third album. Also addressed in the album’s lyricism from Glenn’s therapy sessions are his sexuality and sex, in general Pop Psychology received generally mixed reviews from critics. At Entertainment Weekly, Kyle Anderson graded the album a B+, remarking how the release “a 40-minute master class in the kind of pop that moves both the body and the brain.”Jerry Shriver of USA Today rated the album three stars out of four, stating that “these witty, bright and relentlessly danceable tunes also explore plenty of universal young-adult angst.” Genre: Pop/Rock Blondie 4(0) Ever Greatest Hits Redux/ Ghosts of Download Release Date: April 2014 www.blondie.net Blondie 4(0) Ever is a double album by American rock band Blondie, released on May 12, 2014 by Noble ID in celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary. The two-disc package consists of Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux, a collection of re-recordings of Blondie’s past hits, and the band’s tenth studio album, Ghosts of Download. “A Rose by Any Name” was released on June 21, 2013 as the lead single from Ghosts of Download, followed by “Sugar on the Side” and “I Want to Drag You Around”. The album’s release was postponed several times. It was originally scheduled to be released in November 2013, but the release was pushed back to January 2014 in order to avoid the rush of albums released for the Christmas period. On December 31, 2013, Harry stated in an interview on CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live that the album would be released in March 2014. The January 2014 issue of British magazine Mojo confirmed the album’s release date as March 17, 2014, to be supplemented with Blondie’s 40th Anniversary World Wide Tour. However, the release was delayed to May 19, 2014, with the final release date confirmed on April 10, 2014
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College Rock: 30 Years Since Campus Rockers Were Losing Their Religion W alk down the streets of any given college campus and students will be plugging their earbuds. They might be blasting rap, pop-punk, electronic, Top 40 hits, or recent independent rock artists like Mac DeMarco or St. Vincent. Whatever Spotify or Pandora is suggesting for them to listen to, just 30 years ago students instead relied on college stations—and this formed the playlist for, well, college. W hile today you can stream music off an app, college rock got its name after enough underground bands self-released their demos off of old tape and gave them to college radio DJs and record store clerks. G uys like R.E.M. and The Replacements brought back jangly guitars and Americana lyrics. Bands that December 2014 T hese college rockers weren’t abrasive enough to join the nationwide underground punk movement (like Minor Threat or Black Flag), they certainly weren’t poppy enough to be new wave, and they weren’t experimental enough to be called art rock or “post-punk.” There was no unifying sound in college rock other than the buzzes of their cheap sounding singles. C ollege rock ended after Nirvana’s breakthrough with Nevermind in 1991—when underground waters geysered fast into the mainstream. S o, while you’re on campus, go visit college rock classics, join the college radio station, or shuffle through LPs at the local record store. After all, college rock came to define what we listen to now. SmashmagS.com I n the year 1984 alone, the rock band R.E.M released second album Reckoning (which would later be certified gold), The Replacements released their critically acclaimed album Let It Be, and The Smiths debuted with their self-titled album. They didn’t realize it at the time, but bands like these created college rock: the precursor to independent (“indie”) rock and alternative music. fit under college rock brought back the simple and straight-forward guitar songs after years of new wave pop with bleeping synthesizers and flashy progressive rock theatrics. Written By: Colin S. Smith 10
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Artist by day, janitor by night SmashmagS.com George Martinez, 56, of Battle Creek said he became a professional artist by accident. “I worked at Kellogg’s for 12 years,” he said. “When they closed some of their jobs years ago, they paid for us to take schooling for another job. I took barbery.” Martinez said he bought a barber’s chair and worked out of his home. One day, his niece asked him to cut her hair. When he was finished, he moved the chair to sweep up, and staring back at him was a face made out of hair on the rug. “I started moving it around, and that’s where it all started,” he said. “I named that one ‘Harry.’ The girl who bought him moved to Washington, so Harry lives in Washington now.” More than a decade later, Martinez has mastered the art of making portraits from human hair and felt. “It’s all been trial and error, learning how to keep the hair on there and how to make it work,” he said. “The difficult part for me is chopping the hair up. I use clean hair, which I get from cutting friends hair or I’ve even had some people mail it to me. Then I make it into a powder, by using shears to chop it, and then grind it up in bowl. Then, I use a flat surface and draw everything with my fingers. When I’m done, I spray a clear acrylic on top.” Martinez always uses human hair, except for once. “I did a picture of a dog for gentleman from Grand Rapids once,” he said. “His dog was growing old, he was 18. And he said that he was a large part of his family. The man met his wife through dog when he was walking his dog in park. That’s how he got talking to her. So, every time he had the dog groomed he saved the fur for me. He then brought me the bag of fur and I did picture of dog for him. The dog later passed away, but the man said he still felt like he had his dog with him because of my artwork.” Martinez, who has been a janitor at Battle Creek Central for the past 13 years, said he finds time to do his art during the day, but finds the inspiration for his pieces at night while he’s sweeping up floors and cleaning up messes. “I’ve used some of the items I’ve found in my work,” he said. “I like to use odd things and incorporate them into the pictures. One time, I found an earring and used it in a piece I did of my niece. When I showed her, she said that it was her earring that she had lost at the school.” Martinez, who is a BCC grad himself from 1978, said he art has always been part of his history. “When I was attending Southwestern Junior High in Battle Creek, my art teacher Sharon Austin kept telling me she didn’t want to hear me say I couldn’t do something. She really kept me going and interested in art.” Martinez now tries to do that for other students. He has talked with kids in art classrooms at BCC and local elementary schools, given several lectures at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, been part of local career days and has spoken about his art at other area engagements. “I think it’s important to keep art alive because it keeps your mind creative,” Martinez said. “As far as a business, it keeps money coming into the community.” Since September, more than a dozen pieces of Martinez’s artwork has been on display at the BCC media center. “I would describe my art as unique, I guess,” Martinez said. “I put a lot of passion into my portraits. For me, it’s relaxing to do my artwork.” Martinez said most of his inspiration over the years has come from his friends, family and children or photographs he has seen. He usually takes a picture of something and uses that to start from. “I view my art as innovative, progressive and enriching to all who view my creations,” he said. “Daily life in general drives me to new levels of quality production, but mostly it is my family and friends that inspire me to create beautiful and passionate works. Each and every day, I delve into new and exciting realms. I am honored and thankful to have art such a major part of my world.” Martinez said he has been an artist for as long as he can remember. “However, due to typical life needs, my art was asleep within me for decades until 11 years ago,” Martinez said. “At that time, I began to work with a byproduct of being a barber and utilized human hair, cut it into tiny, tiny pieces and manipulate them on a ground of felt to create passionate portraits.” Martinez said he thinks the interest to do that type of art started when he was little. “When I was little I always drew faces,” he said. “I was always a quiet kid. I would watch people, watch their faces and expressions. I think that’s why I have always been into portraits.” Martinez’s friend and mentor, Battle Creek artist Andrew Freemire, helped Martinez develop an art presence in the area. “I met him when he was working for the Fine Arts Academy at Battle Creek Central,” Martinez said. “I showed him my picture of Harry and he thought it was made out of charcoal. He told me if I could develop more, 20-30 pieces, he would see about having a show. I hurried up and started doing them.” In 2003, Martinez had his first one-man show at Brownstone Cafe in Battle Creek. “Now, more than 11 years later and a dozen one-man shows and collaborative exhibits along with three university speaking engagements, my life is changed forever,” Martinez said. Martinez’s work has also been displayed at: • The Arts & Industries exhibit “Hidden Artists in the Workplace” in the summer of 2007. • Battle Creek Health Systems with 48 pieces of his work in 2007. • The regional juried exhibit in Kalamazoo Institute of Arts with one of his major works “Mike Tut” that was accepted and exhibited in 2007 and in 2008 another piece titled “Jaylen.” • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the fall of 2008 with a two-month exhibit “A Staging of 3+”. • South Haven Centre for the Arts in the summer of 2009 with a two-month, one-man show titled “Hair @ the Shore”. • Following that exhibit, his work was moved directly to Commerce Pointe in Battle Creek for another one-man show titled “Passionate Portraits.” • In Kalamazoo this summer as part of their art hop series and has taken part in Battle Creek’s Fall into the Arts over the years. • Brownstone Cafe in February for another one-man show. “I would just like people to like my art,” Martinez said. “When I have a show, I like to watch people and watch their reactions. Some people will wrinkle nose and think it’s pretty gross, but they also can’t stop looking at it cause they think it’s cool.” Martinez hopes to branch out into bigger art shows, venues and cities. He is currently seeking a possible opportunity in Chicago. WRITTEN BY: Corinne Harter D
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SMASHINTERVIEW Little Texas was conceived in 1988, in Nashville, Tennessee, by a handful of guys in their early twenties who were willing to do just about anything to bring their brand of rockin’ country to the forefront of the music industry. Before hitting the big time, the band crisscrossed America for three long years, playing every bar and honky tonk from Myrtle Beach, SC, to Los Angeles, CA, all the while writing songs that were destined to change the sound of modern country, and perfecting a stage show that has been critically acclaimed worldwide. Smash Magazine had the pleasure of speaking with Little Texas in advance of their December 5th show at Backroads Saloon in Marshall, Michigan SmashmagS.com SMASH - Background – From Nashville, Tennessee, how did the members of the band find each other and begin playing together? LT - Porter Howell and I began playing together while in high school in Longview, TX back in 1983. He moved to Nashville to attend Belmont College (now Belmont Univ.) that summer and I followed when I graduated in 1985. Pair 2, Dwayne O’Brien & Tim Rushlow, met while working at Six Flags Over Texas, and moved to Nashville together to work at Opryland theme park in the summer of 1987, which is where Porter and I met them. When the season ended, we put a band together and did some road dates, which is where we met Del Gray & Brady Seals while we were sharing a stage at the Big E Fair in Springfield, Mass. Two and a half months later we were having our first real rehearsal together in Beckley, WV. And that’s a story in itself. SMASH - How exciting was it to have a certified GOLD record after only 3 years together? LT - We never noticed. We were so busy on the road that somebody told us we were Gold and we basically said, “Oh. That’s cool,” and walked onstage. We were doing over 250 shows a year at the time, and we just didn’t have a chance to enjoy it. SMASH - My first run in with your band was when Big Time came out and “God Bless Texas” was hot – how does that album and the later ones compare for you artistically? LT - “God Blessed Texas” is the true title. But those first records were really rushed. Maybe that’s why they hold up – they weren’t polished to death like recordings are now. But any album you make has shining places and others places where you cringe. I like our new stuff best, personally. Four piece guitar band, no polish, get in the studio and play. Sounds like the 70’s. SMASH - There have been some lineup changes over the years – how has that affected your writing style and performances of the older material? LT - It hasn’t. The only thing that’s affected the writing style is age and life experiences. As far as performing, we just had to rearrange a few things. We do What Might Have Been acoustically, because the strings and stuff were so dominant, we couldn’t go full out on that one without keyboards. D
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t e p labor for free and see how they like it. It’s the same difference. As far as production though, technology has made the process of recording much cheaper and faster, and since you can’t make a dime off it, that’s a good thing. LT - I’ve always loved arenas, mainly because I like the running room onstage. But as long as the crowd is into it, it really doesn’t matter how big the room is. The energy is what matters. SMASH - The road can be a tiring experience, how do you keep yourself occupied during the down times? SMASH - The music business has change dramatically over the years with the onset of social media, downloads and the kind, how do you feel about this and has it affected the way you produce your music? LT - I think it’s a shame that there is a whole generation out there that believes music is their Constitutional right, has no monetary value and should be free to all. Before the internet people actually bought and paid for their music. Now it’s just a free for all, and the ones who live and breathe it and have worked their whole lives to be able to do it get no compensation for their work anymore. I would like to personally snatch up every jackass who has stolen music off the net and force them to do 10 years of December 2014 LT - Read a lot, catch up on sleep, watch as much football as possible. SmashmagS.com SMASH - Little Texas has played in every size venue in front of amazing crowds big and small, how if at all does that affect your performance and do you prefer one venue over the other? Smash Magazine would like to thank Little Texas for taking the time out of their busy schedule to speak with us. You can check them out at www.littletexasonline.com and catch them LIVE at Backroads Saloon in Marshall, Michigan on December 5, 2014 14
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SMASHSPOTLIGHT A Band For The Ages SmashmagS.com Since 1972 Styx has been recording, touring, breaking up, getting back together, recording again, touring again, and then breaking up and then regrouping...again. Their songs have a solid place in the hearts and minds of anyone over the age of 30 (ok, maybe 35) and have inspired thousands of aspiring musicians to pursue their dreams of rock-stardom. While many had tried to follow in their footsteps, few have reached the level of success or infamy that Styx has. The raw and diverse combination of Shaw, Young, Panozzo, Sucherman, Gowan, and Phillips ensures that there will always and only ever be one Styx. History In The Making While started in 1962, the original line up consisted of Chuck and John Panozzo, Dennis DeYoung (the former member is apparently now he-who-must-not-be-named since, for years, his name was omitted from Styx's History section of their website), John Curulewski, and James “J.Y” Young, and were originally known as Tradewinds. Tradewinds became TW4 after another band by the same name broke through nationally. It wasn't until 1972 when the group was in the process of signing on with their first label that they decided to swap monikers for something a bit more catchy. Styx, the name of mythical river of the dead, was brought up and after some debate, decided upon since, per DeYoung, “it was the only one we didn't hate”. And the rest, as they say, is history. P.M.R.C Like any long term relationship, Styx has had their low and high points, plus some ridiculous controversy just to make things more complicated. Enter the P.M.R.C, or the Parent Music Resource Center, who was renown for making most musician's lives miserable in the 80's. Somehow the PMRC, in all of its silliness, came to the irrefutable conclusion that Styx was back masking Satanic lyrics into their music, especially on their anti-cocaine anthem Snowblind. The accusations were laughable, and helped to inspire the album Killroy Was Here, a concept album set in the future where rock was banned and religion had a stranglehold on society. The album went platinum, spawned 2 Top Ten hits, and rocked an amazingly high end stage show. A fantastic example of when life gives you lemons, go write a killer album about them and laugh all the way to the bank and into music history. Forever Styx Thanks to their incredible music legacy, Styx's influence will be felt for generations to come. Even today references to their music can be found in popular movies, international auto ads, TV shows, adult cartoons, and more. While their career has had its moments of personal drama, lack luster recordings, and hiatuses, they always come back to what ignited the spark of creativity that started their incredible journey. Members may come and go, but the spirit will never die. December 4th marks another incredible show at Kalamazoo's State Theater with Styx coming to our great city to show some love and appreciation for their loyal Michigan fans. Fans of all ages will enjoy seeing Shaw and company take the stage and own it like the classic rock gods they are. Trivia -Tommy Shaw had a guest appearance on Miami Vice. -Dear John was written for the dearly departed drummer John Panozzo who lost his fight with alcoholism. -Styx was the first group ever to have been awarded 4 consecutive Multi Platinum albums with 3 ranking better than Double Platinum by the RIAA. Written By: Rose M. Dixon D
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December Music Board Backroads Saloon 15325 W Michigan Ave Marshall 269-781-7091 Little Texas, Aly’ An Friday 5th, 6pm Aly” An Saturday 6th 9:30pm Ricky Young Friday 12th 9:30pm Pete Schlegel Friday 19th 9:30pm Union Guns Saturday 20th, 9:30pm Kris Hitchcock Friday 26th 9:30pm Bell’s Eccentric Caf e 355 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-382-2332 Yojimbo Saturday 6th, 8pm Tuba Christmas Sunday 7th, 3:30pm The Dock@Bayview 12504 E. D Ave Richland 269-731-4911 Nathan Douglas Friday 5th Brian Randall Band Saturday 6th Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys Saturday 13th Post 530 Fri. 19th & Sat. 20th Megan Rae Band Fri. 26th & Sat. 27th TYPO Wednesday 31st Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N Rose St Kalamazoo 269-373-7990 London Grill 214 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo 269-381-9212 Brook Farms Friday 5th David Lloyd Friday 12th Whiskey Before Breakfast Friday 19st David Lloyd Friday 26th Louie’s T rophy House Grill Choke Chains, Shitty Nights, Black Monument, Evil Deauxerz Saturday 6th Red Sea Pedestrians, Heartland Klezmorim Saturday 13th, 8pm Koff Klutch ee Luke Winslow-King, Red Tail Ring Thursday 18th, 7:30pm Double Strung Wednesday 3rd Twistin’ Tarantulas Saturday 20th, 8:30 Scott Pellegrom Trio, Big Sherb Friday 26th, 8pm Bet Your Bottom Dollar Friday 19th, 6:30pm Noah and the Erl Kings Thursday 18th, 6:30 117 E Allegan St Otsego 269-692-3377 Shelagh Brown Band Friday 5th The Dread Return, Six Degrees of Suffering, Drink There Blood Saturday 13th Sidebusters Friday 12th, 6:30pm Susan Harrison Thursday 11th, 6:30 Sexy Toxins, Fine Fine Titans, Terror Terrot Oh My Friday 5th Duffield Caron Project Friday 12th,7pm The Claudettes Friday 19th, 8:30pm Steve Kramerling Thursday 4th, 7pm Tom Duffield Thursday 4th Joel Mabus & Seth Bernard Friday 12th, 7:30pm Freddie Webster Friday 5th, 6:30pm 3112 S. 9th Street Kalamazoo 269-372-4600 440 East North St. Kalamazoo 269-385-9359 Ignite The Borealis, Romance For Ransom Friday 12th 2 W Michigan Ave Galesburg 269-665-5282 Mangia Pizza & Pasta Co. Nob Hill 4218 S S prinkle Rd Kalamazoo 269-349-2965 Absolute Addiction Fri. 5th & Sat. 6th TYPO Fri. 12 & Sat. 13th Megan Rae Band Fri. 19th & Sat. 20th Special Guest Fri. 26th & Sat. 27th Maude’s T aphouse The Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra Friday 5th, 6pm The Moxie Strings Thursday 11th, 7pm SmashmagS.com Kansas Bibla Company, Maraj, The Go Rounds Wednesday 31st, 8pm The Free Life, Savage Oms Thursday 18th Chris Bathgate, Adam Danis, Cousin Avery Saturday 27th Bastard Train Wednesday 31st Moxieville Saturday 6th The Music F actory 191 Angell St. Battle Creek 269-962-2121 Pop Evil, Red Sun Rising, Islander, Letters From The Fire Wednesday 3rd, 6pm Schlitz Creek Thursday 11th Another Lost Year, Screaming For Silance, The Lately, Blindspt Friday 5th, 7pm Bruce Matthews Friday 12th Hairmania Saturday 6th, 7pm OFB Trio Saturday 13th Primer 55, Razorz Edge, Product Of Society, Distent Decend Sunday 7th, 6pm Tom Duffield Duo Friday 19th Gabrial James Saturday 20th Nothing More, To Whom It May, Givensix, Coldville Wednesday 10th, 7pm Steve Damstra Saturday 27th Mustange Sally Friday 12th, 6pm Moxieville, Nathan Douglas Wednesday 31st Tension Head Meccabone Saturday 13th, 7pm Resonance Friday 19th Emphatic, 9 Electric, Kaleido Saturday 20th, 6pm Trust No One Wednesday 31st D
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December Music Board Old Dog T avern Papa Pete’s 402 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-381-5677 502 South Burdick Kalamazoo 269-388-2196 Tom Duffield Tuesdays at 5pm The Other Guys Thursday 4th Ben Jammin and Analisa 10am Duffield Caron Project 5-8ppm Every Saturday Roast of Scooby Mathews Friday 5th Blues Jam 6-9pm Every Sunday Thick as Thieves, Funky Marbles Friday 12th Hired Hands, Scott Low Thursday 4th, 6pm Dangerous Pleasure, Sexy Toxins, Fight with Monsters, Tall Tales Saturday 13th The Real Fantastics Friday 5th, 9pm Honeydew Squeeze Saturday 6th Jason Singer Thursday 11th, 9pm Ghost Bunnies Friday 12th, 9pm Santa Con Saturday 13th, 9pm White Girl Wasted Thursday 18th Ugly Sweater Party with Groove Platter, Skinny Hodge Friday 19th Ingrid Cold Saturday 20th Double Strung Friday 19th, 9pm Arson Party Saturday 27th Midwestern Lull, 60 Minute Switch Saturday 20th, 9pm Rupert’s Brew House 773 W Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo 269-337-9911 Ugly Radio Rebellion, Ike Willis Sunday 21st, 8pm Jason Singer Friday 5th, 9pm Nathan Douglas, Blue Star Highway Friday 26th, 9pm Dirty Deville Saturday 6th Alex Mays Friday 12th Robert Rolfe Feddersen, Dave Johnson Saturday 27th, 9pm Soma Saturday 13th Dr Sex & The Naughty Nurses Funk Saturday 20th December 2014 Branden Mann Saturday 27th 808 S Westned Ave ge Kalamazoo 269-381-0218 Ballrogg Friday 4th Saxsquatch’s Psychedelic Freakout Wednesday 10th 37.ENT, Brown Company Friday 12th Seventeen Again, Hex Bombs, The Short Life, Au Revoir Tuesday 30th, 9pm The Mainstays Wednesday 31st, 9pm Hairmania Wednesday 31st 1299 Columbia Ave Battle Creek 269-979-9273 State Theatre 404 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo 269-345-6500 Styx Thursday 4th, 7:30 Saxsquatch’s Psychedelic Freakout Wednesday 31st The Beach Boys Wednesday 17th, 7:30 Shakespears Lower Level Frankie Ballard Saturday 20th, 8pm 214 East Kalamazoo Kalamazoo 269-488-3330 Ill Hollow Chanber, Violent Vessel, Dead Eyes Always Dreaming, Drifter Thursday 4th, 9pm Megan Rae Friday 5th, 7pm Harry Man Back, Revelations, Monster Crue Saturday 6th, 9pm Pleasant Drive, Genome, Big Sherb Friday 12th, 9pm The Lone Bellow, Robert Ellis Saturday 13th, 8pm Two Hand Fools, Two Houses, The Short Life Saturday 14th, 9pm The Union Cabertet & Grill 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazo 269-384-6756 Jazz Mix Every Wednesday 8PM Warehouse One Love Friday 12th PAWS FOR THE CAUSE Benefit Art & Music show With Lounge Act Saturday 13th Wild Bull 139 S Edwards St Kalamazoo 269-978-8451 Spazmatics Friday 12th, 9pm M89 S ports Bar & Grill 129 E Allegan St, Otsego 269-694-6970 Zarzuela Ben Daniels Band Tuesday 2nd, 9pm 301 E Michigan Ave Marshall 269-789-9180 Seventh Son Friday 5th, 9pm COW Kjell Croce, Jim Oliver, Bob Wentworth Saturday 6th Scott Pellegram Trio Saturday 6th, 9pm Asamu Johnson Friday 12th, 9pm Shelagh Brown Band Saturday 13th 9pm Fly Paper Friday 19th, 9pm Crime Funk, Medicinal Groove Friday 19th, 9pm The Schrock Brothers Saturday 20th, 9pm Star Farm Saturday 20th, 9pm All American Funk Parade Friday 26th, 9pm Lucius Fox, Temporary Arrangement, Arson Party, Sons of Our Fathers Friday 26th, 9pm Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys Saturday 27th, 9pm Jim Jam with Jim Oliver, and Jim Dyer November 27th SmashmagS.com Steve Pesch Thursday 18th, 8pm Satelite Records 18
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E very small town has that one place, that gathering spot where the food is good, the drinks are cold and the atmosphere is inviting. N estled in the outskirts of the small town of Augusta, Michigan between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek is Players Grill, the area’s best kept secret which really is no secret. A ome may ask how can a local sports bar have such great food? The answer is from having the same quality kitchen staff since they opened and not being afraid to serve food that is beyond what you would expect from the average neighborhood bar. W ith the great food, a host of daily specials and the best bike night in the area (during the summer) you have the winning combination that is Players Grill W e had the pleasure on several occasions to enjoy the board of fare, whether at the bar for an ice cold beer and amazing shrimp tacos or at a table with one of their signature "Fish-Bowl" cocktails and the best Niskers Recipe burgers or French Dip sandwiches of any restaurant in town. You may also want to start your night out with some whiskey river chicken wings, homemade potato boats or move on to a crisp chef salad or homemade soup. No visit to Players should be complete without trying a Charbroiled low fat beefalo burger, or a succulent New York Strip Combination either. Written By: Harry Dunne 506 E. Michigan Ave., Augusta, MI, 49012 - (269) 731-5420 December 2014 SmashmagS.com fter being in business for nearly 10 years, Jeff Hill has risen above the standard sports bar stigma by being a hands on owner, putting in his time, making sure his restaurant (bar) runs like a well-oiled machine. From the friendly bar staff to the motivated wait staff and a menu packed with renowned cuisine, Players Grill has it all. S 20
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NEW YEARs EVE Celebration Are you prepared to ring in the New Year? If you want to enjoy the party without all hoopla of Champagne toasts, ball gowns and fancy food then Bell's is the place to be!!!! This is going to be an epic party of good friends, great bands and a chill, relaxed atmosphere all for just $5!!! Not to mention the great beer of Bell’s Brewery and a balloon drop at Midnight!!! So make your plans to hang out on New Year’s Eve at The Eccentric Cafe’ The name Kansas Bible Company is not religious; it comes from the great American classic film, Paper Moon. SmashmagS.com Kansas Bible Company was formed back in the dog days of 2010. They all went to Goshen College, in Goshen, IN. After about six months they thought they had a pretty good thing going and wanted to ride the wave, so moving to a larger music centric city like Nashville would be the best move. Cazz wrote a lot of the bands material previously but over the last year KBC has expanded to about 5 songwriters and many different singers. “Different writers bring the songs to the table and we run them and work them and rework them, It's very collaborative”. “We break up into different groups and do sectionals and stuff which is stimulating, challenging and a riot”. The sound is rock and roll with elements of surf and brass but they really like to jam and freak out at their shows. KBC has been working on a lot of new material for their upcoming album and the sound is more like psych pop. “We've really been channeling the Beatles these days”. KBC doesn't have any dates lined up other than the New Years Eve show at Bell’s Eccentric Café and are devoting all of their focus and time working on a new album which will be recorded in February next year. They will also be releasing their new EP, Dads Day, on December 2. Dads Day was recorded last May in Kalamazoo at Double Phelix Studios. KBC is ready to freak out and bring in the new year with peace and love at their favorite brewery. D
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The band is made up of two MCs, two hook singers, and three multi-instrumentalists. Setting themselves apart from the standard hip-hop relationship of rapper and producer, Maraj is a band in the truest sense: a collective of skills and voices who create a sound and style only possible through collaboration and experimentation. In 2014, MARAJ released their debut EP and a full-length album, Voyager. The band is currently I n the studio exploring new live arrangements and recording a never-ending stream of “MarajMondays” singles released weekly via Soundcloud. SmashmagS.com MARAJ arose from the creative sonic explosion at Double Phelix studios in Kalamazoo, MI. Article By: Carrie White - Photo of Bell’s By:Eric Fischer December 2014 22
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SANTACON GUIDELINES This year’s edition of Kalamazoo SantaCon will be unruly, rowdy and awash in Christmas cheer. SmashmagS.com But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some rules to abide by, like, for instance, the requirement to address everyone as “Santa” and “Ho-Ho-Ho” as often as possible. SantaCon organizers have laid out a set of guidelines that they hope will keep SantaCon running on time and without incident while ensuring everyone has a grand time at an event that’s becoming a sort of eccentric holiday tradition in the city. • Do: Bring plenty of cash to pay your bar tab. More than 100 Santas waiting to cash out their tabs with credit cards can slow down many a St. Nick’s groove and delay the night’s schedule. Pay for your drinks when you get them. • Do not: Drink and drive. Any Santa who has had a bit too much to drink should hand the keys to his or her sleigh over to a designated driver or take a cab home. Information on taxi services will be provided. • Do: Dress for the occasion, both in form and function. Everyone should have a Santa costume of some sort and layer their suit with other articles of clothing to keep you toasty. • Do not: Stray from the group as the SantaCon train makes its way from venue to venue. The more the merrier. • Do: Give a hearty, cheery disposition to all children. Handing out candy canes and other gifts to kids is encouraged. Keep the magic of Santa alive for the little ones you come across. Refrain, however, from throwing coal at those you don’t like. Be a nice Santa. • Do not: Complain or whine about the cold or the walking or, for that matter, anything. This is Christmastime. This is the holiday season. This is SantaCon. Be jolly and cooperative with all those you encounter. For a full list of Santacon guidelines and advice, visit santaconkalamazoo.com SANTACON ONE-LINER Santacon is a worldwide phenomenon where people dress up as Santa Claus or anything Holiday related an spread joy and fun AB SAN polit curs as S (Han Kwa Due HO The was The club the i mob Chri How arou pran D
SANTACON GUIDELINES This year   s edition of Kalamazoo SantaCon will be unruly, rowdy and awash in Christmas cheer.  Smash...
Photo By: Nicholas Zastrow ABOUT KALAMAZOO SANTACON ABOUT SANTACON u n ier. n. ones at ess ad joy HOW SANTACON BEGAN One of those friends had just moved to Kalamazoo from New York where he attended those Santacons and wanted to spread some Santarchy in Kalamazoo. Since the first Santacon Kalamazoo, the number of Santas has grown rapidly from 6 in 2008, 75 in 2009, 200 in 2010 and over 350 in 2013. GIVE JOLLY Donation Drive The first SantaCon took place in San Francisco in 1994 and was sponsored by The San Francisco Cacophony Society. Santacon Kalamazoo is partnering with Ministry with Community this year to collect and assemble backpacks for the homeless. The original inspiration came from an earlier SF adventure club called The Suicide Club who's founder came up with the idea after reading an article about a Danish political who mobbed a Copenhagen Department store just before Christmas. They will be collecting donations at all of the Santacon stops starting December 1st. If you would like to help with a monetary donation (to purchase the backpacks along with other bulk supplies) please visit,http://santaconkalamazoo.com/ givejolly.php. However, the first American and all subsequent SantaCons around the world are non-political, purely surreal Santa prank events. You will also be able to contribute the night of Santacon, but donations ahead of time will help determine how many fully assembled backpacks we can expect to deliver. SmashmagS.com me. nd SANTACON is a non-denominational, non-commercial, nonpolitical and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason. You can dress up as Santa, Ms. Claus or anything holday related (Hanukkah Harry, a Dreidal, Presents, snowman, Kwanzabot) Be creative and have fun with your costume! Due to last year's amazing turnout, In 2008, three friends decided to bring Santacon to Kalamazoo. Their goal is 50 backpacks! Get Jolly, Give Jolly! December 2014 24
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SMASHINTERVIEW T he Mustang Sally Band (MSB) name and brand has become synonymous with “must-see entertainment” around Music City, Music Row and on stages across the globe! A power-packed combination of PIZZAZZ, PANACHE, SPUNK and PASSION, MSB is “locked and loaded” to fire-up a roaring good time. SMASH: How did the band get started back in 2009? Tobi: The band got started basically with a ton of emails.... Skype auditions....and plane flights....and as a lucky singer it's a great bunch of musicians that I absolutely love traveling and making music with. SmashmagS.com SMASH: Are there plans for a new album? Tobi: As for the new album...I have been currently flying back and forth to New York AND back to Nashville cutting in a couple different studios and writing as much as we can for our new project. So it's in the works and hopefully we will have some stuff to radio here soon! But I'm really excited about the new project and trying the new songs t on the road during our shows...we are getting great feedback from the folks. SMASH: How long have you had the current line up, and why did it change? Tobi: The core of the band has been together for about 6 years. And as in life things change, folks get married and start families and change career paths. I'm happy to have shared the stage with great friends and love seeing how life is rewarding no matter what you choose! Right now I guess I chose to marry music and as for babies..... I call them new songs! SMASH: Aside from the naked men on stage incident, Is there one show or experience that stands out in the bands history? Tobi: Ahhhh the infamous naked guys onstage! I have to say when it comes to our crowds and our shows.. something happens every night that ya just don't forget... And that's the beauty in it. Every night is like the first time and every experience being naked or not is something you want to remember..and then tweet about! SMASH: How is the current tour going and are there plans for more dates? Maybe another trip to Europe? Tobi: Our current tour has been great. Traveling all over. We have been out about 240 days over the last year and have done close to 160 shows! We don't plan on slowing down. SMASH: What is it like playing the Sam’s Town Casino? Is it nicer to stay in LA or be on the road? Tobi: We just finished a show last night in Louisiana at Sam's town casino and the crowd was wild fun and can't wait to go back! Just be prepared when you come to a show...we want you to have fun and have night that you can't remember to forget! You can catch Mustang Sally LIVE at The Music Factory in Battle Creek, Michigan on December 12th - so come get your country on!!! Interview By: Carrie White SMASH: Who writes most of the music? Is it a collaborative effort or is there one person writing? Tobi: We have been very fortunate to collaborate on songs with some fantastic songwriters... And also sometimes you just sit in your house all alone and write one by yourself! Lucky to have been a part of every song on our album! D
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FRIDAY NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS JANUARY 9 • 6 pm FEBRUARY 27 • 7 pm Mid-Season Kick-Off Concert with Dixon’s Violin The Hired Hands (Americana) and The Moody Coyotes JANUARY 16 • 7 pm MARCH 6 • 6 pm ART HOP (transformational journeys via digital violin) FREE Fantasia Ballet Folklorico (rootsy Americana, bluegrass, rock, country) $5 ART HOP (Mexican native folk dance) $5 2015 Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival Play-In Contest FREE JANUARY 23 • 7 pm Unified: A Kalamazoo Music Experience $5 MARCH 13 • 7 pm ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION JANUARY 30 • 7 pm Chuck Whiting and The Tip Rail Ramblers Peat in the Creel (Celtic/world) and Belfast Gin (Celtic rock) $5 FEBRUARY 6 • 6 pm MARCH 20 • 7 pm 2015 KALAMAZOO FRETBOARD FESTIVAL KICK-OFF CONCERT (honky-tonk blues & Midwestern swing) and Moxieville (torch, swing, soul, jazz, roots, blues) $5 ART HOP/STORYTELLING FESTIVAL KICK-OFF Karen Libman (storyteller) and Benjammin Educational Music FREE FEBRUARY 13 • 7 pm FREE MARCH 27 • 7 pm REBEL: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War Abraham Lincoln in Song (Civil War era music) $5 (film) FREE FEBRUARY 20 • 7 pm Kevin Collins and Kuungana FREE GENERAL ADMISSION Monday-Thursday 9 am–5 pm Friday 9 am–9 pm Saturday 9 am–5 pm Sunday + Holidays 1 pm–5 pm Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter 230 North Rose Street Kalamazoo, MI 49007 269.373.7990 | 800.772.3370 kalamazoomuseum.org /KalamazooValleyMuseum @kalamazoomuseum The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees December 2014 SmashmagS.com (African drum and dance troupe) $5 26
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