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SMASH Magazine P.O. Box 1376 Battle Creek, MI 49016 smashmag@live.com SmashmagS.com Well S mash Readers Its been one craazzzyy summer! We are not happy to see it go but at least we can look back and reminisce about it over some pumpkin beer! The f estivals where exhausting but so much f un. The music was amazing outdoors all summer long and the hang overs brutal but we survived! And we wouldn’t change a thing. Publisher/Graphic Designer And just because summer is over doesn’t mean things are slowing down! Writers So bring on Octoberf est, Bonteboktoberf est, Kalamazoo Craft Beer F est, Hi ppoween and some Haunted Houses. Robin Cunningham Robin Cunningham Raoul Duke Jr Corinne Harter Diana Marsh Colin Smith Bruce Tuck Can’t wait to see everyone out and about en joying a beautif Michigan f ul all. 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. O
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N a t a l i e s Every one of us faces challenges in life, some are by choice and some are just given to us. For Natalie Jo Anna and her family the challenges have come fast and often. Natalie was diagnosed with Spina Bifida. One of the most common birth defects, it affects one in every thousand babies worldwide. Caused by the vertebrate in the spine not fusing properly which forces the spinal cord to protrude through the opening and out of the back. The surgery was a success but at only five days old the doctors found another problem. Natalie also had a heart defect called TARVR or Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return. A baby born with this heart defect has to have surgery to (in laymen’s terms) re-rout her veins to take the oxygen rich blood to the right place in her heart so it can send it to the rest of her body. Now Natalie is just a year old and it doing great! She has had several surgeries but she is a very strong and is determined to fight. October 2014 There have been a lot of visits to U of M, where orthopedic doctors say her hips are looking good and Natalie does not have to wear her hip brace. The Rehab Doctor said they are happy with Natalie’s progress and that she is doing physical therapy twice a week. Both Doctors think Natalie may not feel her left leg as well as her right leg because of the way she is trying to walk. They said time will tell and they won’t know more until she is bigger and actually walking. SmashmagS.com Natalie underwent surgery at just two days old to repair her spine but because of the damage to her spinal cord doctors said there is a good chance she will never be able to walk. S t o r y Needless to say this little girl and her family will have a long tough road ahead, but with the support of her family and friends they will make it. Community members are working hard to raise money to help Natalie’s family pay medical bills by having benefits like the Harvest Party at Weezers and you can also get involved by joining the upcoming Spina Bifida walk in Grand Rapids at Fredrick Meijer Garden on October 11th. Donations can be made at http:// www.razoo.com/story/Natalies-Believers Photo by Christina Ne’Cole 4
N a t a l i e s  Every one of us faces challenges in life, some are by choice and some are just given to us. For Natalie J...
Kalamazoo artist's work featured at Art Prize Local artist Meghan Matthews of Portage was excited to see her work installed at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids for this year's Art Prize, which runs from Sept. 24-Oct. 12. This will be her first year participating and attending. Matthews was one of 88 people from around the state who submitted their artwork (the largest number in the event’s history) to the LTAC and more than 2,500 votes were cast in person or online in the competition. “I feel really happy about it, happy that they chose my piece,” Matthews said. “It makes me feel good when people give me compliments and say they like my art.” “We are so proud to sponsor these four talented artists as they compete in ArtPrize 2014,” said Bill Walker, CEO and president of Legacy Trust who founded LTAC in 2010. “Their art is incredible, as are the stories of how they came to draw and paint and what showcasing their art has meant to their lives. We are humbled and thankful we are able to help them display their art in DeVos Place, one of the most coveted ArtPrize venues.” From that vote, three artists from the Grand Rapids, Bradley Bates, Jackie Finn and E. Susan Meekhof, and Matthews were chosen. Matthews, 27, was chosen as one of local four artists for the Legacy Trust Award Collection, which is an art competition open to adults with disabilities throughout Michigan and each year sponsors four entries into ArtPrize. Matthews has a cognitive deficit diagnosis involving language processing. SmashmagS.com Matthews’ art piece titled “Singing Bird” is a collage with acrylic paint that draws on her love of music and birds, incorporating old sheet music behind the painting. “The idea just came into my head and I put it on the board,” Matthews said. “Birds are my favorite animal and art to me is fun. I like to draw stuff and paint.” Her interest in art began when a friend took her to the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and Matthews thought it would be interesting to explore her artistic ability. Working primarily in painting and clay work, much of her inspiration come from birds. Sponsored each year by Legacy Trust, LTAC is an art competition that supports four adult artists with disabilities by providing a cash prize, along with venue and marketing support to display their art in ArtPrize. LTAC artists were showcased at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in May for a private reception and public vote. Additionally, LTAC held online voting, which drew hundreds of votes from throughout Michigan and across the country. Prizes and sponsorships were awarded to the two top vote-getters, as well as one winner chosen by a panel of celebrity judges, and one winner selected to receive the Lillian Perry Walker award. Legacy Trust worked with each of the four artists to market their entries, secure media coverage prior to and during the event and support their entries into the world’s largest art competition. Written By: Corinne Harter O
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SMASHCOMEDY COMEDIAN MIKE BONNER A 14-year veteran of the Stand-Up Comedy Scene, Bonner was one of 10 comedians selected in 1999 to appear at the prestigious, HBO sponsored US “Comedy Arts Festival” in Aspen, CO. After a near fatal car accident in early 2001 almost took his life, five months later he went on to win the “Bay Area Black Comedy Competition”. He has appeared on Jamie Foxx Presents “Laffapalooza” on Showtime, Russell Simmons HBO’s Def Comedy Jam All-Stars”, and seven seasons of BET’s “Comicview” where he won his own Grandstand Comedy Special. Live at The Warehouse Sunday October 26th - 6pm SmashmagS.com October 2014 6
SMASHCOMEDY  COMEDIAN MIKE BONNER A 14-year veteran of the Stand-Up Comedy Scene, Bonner was one of 10 comedians selected ...
SMASHINTERVIEW S mash Magazine had the extreme pleasure of speaking with the lead singer and founder of the band Thousand Foot Krutch, Trevor McNevan, in advance of their show on October 10th at The Music Factory in Battle Creek, Michigan. What an amazing and insightful interview. S T S mash – So you guys have been around the scene for going on 20 years now, that’s amazing! revor – Ya coming up on the big 2-0, We started the band in High School, So it’s been a minute for sure. mash – That’s crazy man, because in this day and age bands come and go but you guys ahave been able to maintain and keep things rolling. S mash – One of the things that has remained static with the band, even through the changes in the band and the scene, is your Christian Rock background. So how has that affected your writing? Because to be honest when I first heard “Move” I had no idea you were a Christion Rock band. revor – To me and the guys, it’s a lifestyle. We do not think of it as a genre, it’s a way of life. We did not set out to make music to be directed at a certain audience, we make music for everyone. Our faith is who we are, it’s not a name tag we wear but a lifestyle that comes out in everything we do. Our heart bleeds into our music and material, that is the best way I can answer that and it is important to us that our music does speak to this generation T SmashmagS.com S mash – My next question you kind of answered as it was about the intent of your music – yo made it clear that that it is not your intent to spread your faith, but more of having a belief structure and putting everything out there based on how you chose to live your life, Is that correct? revor – Ya, it’s about being comfortable in your own skin and standing up for what you believe in. We do stand up for what we believe in and are not ashamed of it for a second. That is who we are and that is our lifestyle. We make music for everyone and we are very passionate about the music that we make and that was always communicated to us when we were young. Being able to communicate through our music to others was important. mash – I get that out of your music, there is no pressure for people to believe in what you believe and it is absolutely your right to live life the way you do. revor – That is the big part of the reason we went independent, to grow our music organically with the people who support the music. So we really do consider everyone who shows up for our shows to be friends and family. It’s like sharing an open and honest conversation with our friends and family opens up great doors for conversation and we are definitely not here to preach to anyone. We love all people and love being who we are. T S T S mash – So on the subject of being independent. My next question is about the music industry itself and how it differs from being signed to a record label as well as how you have adjusted to the change. revor – It has been an awesome journey. We strated out independednt for a long time back in the day and drove numerous bands into the ground driving across country and doing whatever we needed to do. Music is kind of a whatever it takes game. As things grew and we were able to cross the border into being signed and were with BMI/Sony for about 10 years, we thought it was the right thing to do. When we came to the end of our record deal, we had a lot of offers on the table but we chose to go independent because we wanted to be able to do what we do with the people who support this music. It’s not right or wrong and is not right for every band but it was for us. T S mash – I totally understand. I also am a partner in an internet radio station called Rock Alliance Radio and our focus is to get the newer touring bands the airplay that can help them. We know it is difficult to get a record deal and get airplay on mainstream radio. Has the internet affected your music and how you produce it? revor – No, Not the creative process. We do things the same, I am always writing on the road or in my studio all the time and we each have our own studios, so we record ourselves then I produce it and we are able to see the vision to completion. The one cool thing, as far as being independent, is that it is nice to have the freedom to take your inspiration and act on it immediately without having to go through a board of people to work through the idea and sell the vision to someone. You can just act on it and that is an exciting place to be. T S T mash – One thing that made me a fan and fascinated me was that TFK sort of blazed the trail crossing genres combining rap and metal for bands like Linkin Park to follow in your footsteps. revor – It is an honor to be thrown into that category. We always try to follow honest inspiration and what excites us about music. Being such music fans, we love it as much, if not more than we did when we were young and loved jamming all day. As music fans we try to make a record that feels honest and integral musically of what we are inspired by. Two years from now it may be different than what we are inspired by now and we can only hope that the audience will follow us, appreciate our work and be excited about it as well. So ya that process is a beautiful thing. With our new record Oxygen:Inhale, there was some creative rooms we have not stepped in or that we opened the door wider than we had on other songs. There has always been a lighter and more aggressive side to the band. 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S T S S T mash – As I spoke of before, I am partner in an internet radio station and wondered how you felt about internet radio as compared to active rock radio? revor – It has been interesting to see the change. We have been around a long time and were there when Internet Radio first came on the scene and it was difficult for everyone to get their heads around. It takes time for change to be embraced and I think October 2014 everyone’s heads were into traditional radio and wondered how internet radio was going to work. Obviously internet radio has blown up and has become an incredible tool. I don’t even have CD’s in my car its always on satellite or internet radio, even on the tour bus. They are both great outlets and it is always a challenge for bands to get their foot in the door, gain trust within the industry and push their singles, but it’s all part of the game and we are thankful for both. S mash – Well Trevor it has been an honor to hang out with you and we cannot wait until your show at The Music Factory on October 10th and hopefully we can talk more. We will be streaming the show live on Rock Alliance Radio and soon you will be hearing your music on the radio station. revor – It was my pleasure and hope we can hang out more at the show, thank you again for having me. T Interview By: Bruce Tuck 8 SmashmagS.com mash – I know you have produced many albums and toured for years, but with this current tour you are doing more shows at small venues. How do the smaller venues compare to the larger venues/festivals that you have played? revor – We love both!!! We are really excited about this tour, in the last couple years we have done a lot of arenas and it was a blessing, but we wanted to do a more intimate tour and re-connect with our core audience, face to face, sweat it out together, and share the music. There is something very powerful in a unique way that you can only experience in a rock club, but on the same note having so many people in an arena, singing is something very special too. We feel very fortunate to have done both. We are switching up the set list on our current tour big time, so you will be hearing songs you have not heard or heard as much. mash – That is awesome, it keeps things fresh for you and your fans. Not everyone has heard every song on every album, most only hear the songs played on the radio and do not get the pleasure of getting deep into the albums and the “B” sides. I think that will be great for the fans. I personally love the intimacy of the smaller venues and it becomes a great opportunity for the fans to connect with the bands.
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SMASHLOCAL Honey, I Shrunk The Guitarist: Wayne S zalinksi W ayne Szalinski could wear their hearts on the sleeves of their sweaters. They often dance in their Chuck Taylor All Stars. They adopted their name from the dad in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. And their core influences seem to be The Smiths and Modest Mouse. People call them “emo” but don’t let the genre name fool you. series of notes that create a large room for the song while the tight and crisp drums keeps the song from becoming too spacious. T A t’s worth noting Wayne Szalinski received their fair share of limelight when on tour last year. When they played at a Chicago bar that wouldn’t let the frontman in because he wasn’t 21 yet, Milad plugged in and played outside the door. A friend recorded it, uploaded it to Youtube, and shared it on Reddit. hey may be called “emo,” or “pop-punk,” but they are so much more. Both of these genre names imply shrill vocals, distorted guitars, and recycling the same 3 major chords, but Wayne Szalinksi crafts polished and shimmery songs. Guitar riffs phase in and out it like the work off of Modest Mouse’s Moon and Antarctica but with the lullaby-like vocals of Morrissey. nd yet they’re much more energetic than either of these influences. They played their new songs at Audio Tree Music Festival in Kalamazoo this month, and the videos are online (Audiotree, by the way, is a Chicago-based music who are best known for filming artists live in their studio). T heir next record—their first full length album called Black Mirror—will be released on 21 October 2014. They uploaded a single called “In the Morning” that previews their sound. Signature of the Wayne Szalinski sound, guitarist and lead singer Andy Milad arpeggiates a October 2014 I I t blew up. Over the next day or so they received attention on Huffington Post, NY Daily News, and college websites like College Humor and Elite Daily. A nd one can anticipate Black Mirror will get the attention it deserves. WRITTEN BY: Colin Smith 10 SmashmagS.com T he vocals may be too whiny for some, but that doesn’t mean their songs are any less good. While their old tracks like “A Study in Perspective” still demand listens after a year and a half since it’s release, their new songs are much more polished. Both “Kiss Me in the City” and “Tell Me Lover” off of the new album show they’re maturing by including more dynamics in their song there’s more variety between loud and quiet sections.
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The restaurant offers local ingredients, and, unlike many restaurants in Kalamazoo, will not offer coffee from Waterstreet or Kalamazoo Coffee Co., but instead pour coffee from Ohio. All Aboard: New Breakfast Cafe Opened Its Doors Fortunately, the owners of Station 702 shared the same goals as the Stuart Neighborhood Association. The restaurant may have taken a couple of years to renovate, but in that time they’ve received support from both the Stuart Neighborhood Association and the city (through the Kalamazoo Business Assistance Station 702 Program). is not just SmashmagS.com Station 702 is a crossroads of Kalamazoo. It draws the lines between residential and business, and it divides three neighborhoods: Douglas, Northside, and Stuart. The space had been vacant for a few years until Brad Loomis and his a breakfast “We’re not in this for the money, we’re in this for the partner Jason Newton bought it in a bankruptcy auction. cafe—it’s an neighborhood,” said Loomis. He had been the head chef Loomis said they bought it four or five years ago. In this intersection at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College and has time they’ve outfitted the old brick and barn-wood battered worked for the hospitality and dining services provider building into a welcoming breakfast cafe. What had been across crumbling brick walls they’ve remodeled with stucco and communities. Creative Dining. what had lacked a college audience now welcomes them. Station 702 offers carry out “It’s a gateway for the neighborhood,” said Loomis. They recognize and delivery, though it young professionals and Kalamazoo College students live in the emphasizes dining in. It neighborhood, so they hope younger people start frequenting this seats up to 30 people and area of Kalamazoo. their operations are from 7 AM to 2 PM, Tuesday to Station 702 opened its doors on September 6 to mouths hungry for Sunday. omelets, skillets, and sandwiches. In addition to offering succulent barbecue briskets and salmon burgers, the restaurant offers Writtem By: Colin Smith extensive bakery options—so, vegans, take note. O
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“THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE” I COULD TALK ABOUT THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE FOR DAYS. AND HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO FROM TIME TO TIME. MOVIE REVIEW THE 40 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORIGINAL FILM HAS ARRIVED. AND WITH A NEW HI DEF TRANSFER AND RELEASE. WHICH SHOULD BE EVEN MORE REASON TO CELEBRATE THIS FILM HAVING LOST ITS STAR MARILYN BURNS RECENTLY THIS YEAR. GUNNAR HANSEN - “LEATHERFACE” TEXAS CHAINSAW WAS A BREAK THROUGH IN MORE THAN ONE WAY TO THE FILM BUSINESS. THANKS TO PEOPLE LIKE DIRECTOR TOBE HOOPER, STAR MARIYLN BURNS AND THE MAN, LEATHERFACE HIMSELF GUNNAR HANSEN. IT MADE THE AUDIENCE THINK THEY SAW MORE THAN THEY ACTUALLY DID. (USING ONLY A SMALL CUP OF BLOOD FOR THE ENTIRE FILM) ~RDJ SmashmagS.com MARILYN BURNS 1949-2014 A TRUE CLASSIC, NOT TO BE MISSED. IF YOURE READY FOR A GOOD TERRIFYING RIDE THIS SEASON PICK UP THE ORIGINAL “TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE” AND BRING SOME BBQ. O
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SMASHFOCUS Everyone in the Michigan music scene has heard the name Ultra Violet Hippopotamus. You may not know exactly how or why, but it does register on some cool subconscious plane. After 6 years of touring and over 150 shows a year, it's safe to say that UV Hippo is in it for the long haul. I had the pleasure of chatting with Russell Olmsted on the band, family life, and of course, music. SmashmagS.com SMASH-I just wanted to say first of all thank you so much for doing this interview. RUSSELL OLMSTED- Yeah sure no problem! SMASH- So if you would please, give our readers a brief run down of UV Hippo's history. RUSSELL OLMSTED- This group has been touring together for about 6 years now, playing at least 150 shows a year. The band, as a whole, has been together for about 10 years now with different line up changes. It started off as kind of a college band, and then from there it grew up as college bands do when you start playing more and start taking the music a bit more seriously. We started branching out to festivals and began building an internet fan base here in the US; we'd see there were fans in Colorado, so we'd play there. Same for Florida, the Southeast, and where ever there were fans, and we just kept growing little by little. SMASH- So who all is in this line up? RUSSELL OLMSTED- We're a five piece. We used to be a six piece with two guitar players, bass, keyboards, drums, and other percussion but our other guitar player left about three to four years ago, so we've been a 5 piece ever since and it seems to work well for us. SMASH- How would you describe your music? RUSSELL OLMSTED- We're kinda all over the place. We don't really like sticking to one particular kind of style of music because all of us love so many different types of music. Jazz, Afro-beat, Americana, Prog Rock, jam band music, all sorts of things. As a group when we are writing songs or doing a cover, we tend to pick from all sorts of genres, which is really difficult to market but at the same time it's what we really love to do, and we really don't want to be categorized into one section. Music is so broad and diverse, and encompasses so many styles that we can't just stay with one style. SMASH- Would you say that the band's style has changed since it's first inception compared to today? RUSSELL OLMSTED- Always. If it hadn't, I don't think any of us would be wanting to still play. Every time we have changed out members, there has always been a huge change (in our sound) When you play with new members, it's just like a new relationship; you change the way you interact with this person, and the same holds true with musicians. It changes your playing, it changes your writing, but we are also constantly trying to push our selves to play differently so we are constantly changing. For the last few years we have implemented a policy about the set list that we write every night where each member gets to write the list, and it goes in alphabetical order. For your turn in writing the list, you can not repeat any song, or transition, that was played in the last market place. There are only so many different songs and transitions that you can do that it can get difficult. Sometimes they (song combination or transition) work beautifully together, and sometimes they crash and burn and you know not to do that particular combination again. O
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SMASH- How many albums to date do you have out? RUSSELL OLMSTED- We have 4 full length albums: Background Music, Songs For The Reaper, Square Peg Round Hole, and Translate. We also have the Broomhilda Suite which is a 20 minute movement broken up into 3 pieces that is a concept EP about a witch. We have one live show that we released, but there are multiple live shows that are available online through our website. SMASH-For yourself, Russell, who would you say has had the biggest influence on you musically? RUSSELL OLMSTED- Frank Zappa, at least musically, has always been a really big one for me, but it has changed quite a lot over the years, just like everything else. When I first started playing I was into heavy metal, and hair bands but from there I got into Neo-Folk music but it's still always been Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd that I listen to over and over again. I think it's because their music styles are so diverse and that they constantly try to push themselves in different areas. I've heard some Frank Zappa that I can't stand because it's just too far out there, or it's a little too weird, but then I've heard music from him that is musical genius. It's the same with Pink Floyd. October 2014 SMASH- I'm sure you have been asked this question a million times, but can you please tell us the origin of (Russell cuts me off) RUSSELL OLMSTED- The name (laughs). The origin of the name is pretty simple. It comes from the book series The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson. There is a section in the book, a media festival, where there were two pages filled with band names, and Ultra Violet Hippopotamus was one of them. It was the longest, more absurd name on there, so they chose that. SMASH- It's definitely memorable! Even if you have never heard the band's music, you have heard the name somewhere. RUSSELL OLMSTED- Yeah it's memorable! (laughs) We've got people that have come up to us saying “Man I heard the name and had to see what it was all about” and then we have had the exact opposite (laughs). So I think it has worked for us and against us. SMASH- That's all the questions I have for you today. Again thank you so much for doing the interview. RUSSELL OLMSTED- No problem! Thanks for doing it. INTERVIEW BY: Diana Marsh 16 SmashmagS.com SMASH- Do you have any plans on recording new material anytime soon? RUSSELL OLMSTED- Yeah, actually we are taking a break after this year. The Halloween show is going to be our last one we do this year except for a couple Midwest shows in December. Basically we are just trying to get back to seeing our families again since we have been on the road so much, but also so we can focus on writing. The bass player and I are getting together this week to go over some ideas, but there is nothing written in stone for the release date; it will just be sometime next year. SMASH- Where do you see the band in 5 years? RUSSELL OLMSTED- I'm sure we'll be touring; we'll still be playing all over the country that's for certain. I doubt we'll be playing as many shows just because as we are getting older our family life is getting more involved but we love recording music, we love playing music, and we love playing together. I know that there has been a lot of rumors about this break being some sort of death sentence for us, which isn't true at all. We just want to be able to focus on the next 50 or 60 songs and keep things fresh for us, and our fan base.
SMASH- How many albums to date do you have out  RUSSELL OLMSTED- We have 4 full length albums  Background Music, Songs For...
September Music Board 411 Club 411 N Westned Ave ge Kalamazoo 269-276-9240 www.the411club.com Larry Garner Saturday 11th Backroads Saloon 15325 W Michigan Ave Marshall 269-781-7091 backroadssaloon.com Alan Turner, Ricky Young Friday 3rd The Dale Vaughn Band Saturday 4th, 7pm David Shelby Friday 10th, 7pm TJ Thomas Band Saturday 11th, 7pm Steve Armstrong & The 25 Cent Band Friday 17th, 7pm SmashmagS.com Brian Lorente Saturday 18th, 7pm Jake Dodds & The Stagecoach Revolver Thursday 23rd, 7pm Allan Craig Miller Friday 24th, 7pm BlackHawk, Outlaws, Sierra Shane Saturday 25th, 7pm Hubie Ashcraft & The Drive Thursday 30th, 7pm Aly’An Friday 31st, 7pm The Dock@Bayview Bell’s Eccentric Caf e 12504 E. D Ave Richland (269) 731-4911 f acebook.com/The-DockAt-Bayview 355 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-382-2332 bellsbeer.com South County Friday 3rd Joe Marcinek Band, Joey Porter, Pleasant Drive Thursday 2nd, 8pm Chamelion Saturday 4th The Rag Birds, Birds of Chicago Friday 3rd, 8pm Breathe Owl Breathe Saturday 4th, 8pm The Larry Keel Experience, Phoffman Thursday 9th, 8pm Cabinet Wednesday 15th, 7pm The Main Squeeze, Indigo Sun Thusrday 16th, 8pm Sun Stereo Saturday 18th, 8pm Super Happy Funtime Burlesque Show Friday 24th, 9:30pm Mustard Plug, Alexis Saturday 25th, 8:30pm Tony Fields & Doug Decker Friday 10th Kari Lynch Saturday 11th Post 530 Friday 17th Hair Mania Saturday 18th The Bronk Brothers Saturday 25th Louie’s T rophy House Grill Schlitz Creek Thursday 9th 440 East North St. Kalamazoo 269-385-9359 Bruce Matthews Friday 10th Brother George, Saxquatch & The Bridge Band Friday 9th UFO Dictator Fest Saturday 4th Fiona Dickinson, Rae Fitzgerald, Kaitlin Rose Friday 10th Kalamashoegazer Saturday 11th Alaska, The Locals Friday 24th Captured By Robots, Rick Johnson: Rock N Roll Machine Monday 27th Carnival Of Horror Costume Party FT. Moxieville, Ghost Bunnies Friday 31st London Grill 214 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo 269-381-9212 Irish Sessios Every Sunday 4-6pm Mangia Mangia 209 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo 269-226-3333 mangiamangia-kazoo.com Brookfarm String Band Friday 3rd David Lloyd Friday 10th Whiskey Before Breakfast Friday 17th Bogg Road Friday 24th Jill Jack Saturday 11th, 7PM Maude’s T aphouse 117 E Allegan St Otsego 269-692-3377 maudestaphouse.com Tom Duffield Thursday 2nd Moxieville Friday 3rd Desi Taylor Saturday 11th Duffield Caron Project Friday 17th Cleveland & Vandenberg Saturday 18th Blue Train Thursday 23rd Dan Agne Friday 24th Nathan Douglas Saturday 25th Nob Hill 4218 S S prinkle Rd Kalamazoo 269-349-2965 nobhillbarand grill.com Shocking Truth Fri. 3rd & Sat. 4th Megan Rae Fri. 10th & Sat. 11th Somebody’s Friends Fri. 17th & Sat. 18th Special Guest Fri. 24th & Sat. 25th Whiskey Trip Fri. 31st & Sat. 1st The Music F actory 191 Angell St. Battle Creek 269-962-2121 Nonpoint, Eyes Set To Kill, Righteous Vendetta, Letters From The Fire, Unhinged Frifay 3rd, 6pm O
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September Music Board Remains Of Jade Saturday 4th, 7pm Thousand Foot Krutch, We As Human Friday 10th 6pm Saving Able, Another Lost Year, Fifth Way, Seldom Told Saturday 11th Mamadrones, Cousin Avery, Desi Taylor Thursday 9th, 8pm Pink Floyd Night with That Freak Quincy, Pleasent Drive, Big Sherb, Woots Friday 10th, 8pm Direct Divide Wednesday 15th 7pm Full Frontal Cortez, Miss Michigan & The Strangers Saturday 11th, 9pm Billy Youngblood Friday 17th 7pm Star Farm Frifay 17th, 8pm Breakout Artist Competition with All About A Bubble Saturday 18th 7pm That Freak Quincy Saturday 18th, 9:30pm The Chimpz, Redburn Friday 24th 7pm Meccabone, Trust No One, 10 Gauge Rage Saturday 25th 7pm Old Dog T avern 402 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-381-5677 olddogtavern.com Seth Bernard Thursday 2nd Shakespears Lower Level 214 East Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo 269-488-3330 North County Flyers Friday 3rd, 7pm Dieselboy The Destroyer Saturday 4th, 9pm October 2014 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazo 269.384.6756 Local Jazz musicians Every Wednesday 8PM WMU Jazz Mix Every thursday 8PM Madcat Midnight Blues Friday 3rd, 9pm The Hired Hands Saturday 4th, 9pm Ben Daniels Band Tuesday 7th, 9pm Carnival Of Souls Halloween Cover Show Friday 24th, 8pm Rumblefish Friday 10th, 9pm State Theatre Warehouse 1299 Columbia Ave Battle Creek 269-979-9273 Martila Sanders & Gee-Q Saturday 4th Darling Down, Deep End Anger Friday 10th Megan Rae Band Saturday 18th Wild Bull 139 S Edwards St Kalamazoo 269-978-8451 www.districtsquare.co Hairmania Saturday 4th, 9pm Zarzuela 301 E Michigan Ave Marshall 269-789-9180 zarzuelamarshall.net JimBob Jim Oliver, Bob Wentworth Saturday 4th R&D Project Randy Draper, Dave Haan Saturday 11th Rene Meave Saturday 18th Jim Jam Jim Oliver, Jim Dyer Saturday 25th Jazz Mix Monday 13th, 8pm 404 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo 269-345-6500 www.kazoostate.com Sarah Brunner Tuesday 14th, 9pm Huey Lewis & The News Sunday 12th, 7:30pm Seventh Son Friday 17th, 9pm Ani DiFranco Tuesday 14th, 8pm Bone Thugs N Harmony Friday 17th, 9pm Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Band Friday 24th, 8pm The Polish Ambassador Saturday 25th, 9pm Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, Andy Frasco & The UN, The Crane Wives Friday 31st, 8pm Shelagh Brown Band Saturday 18th, 9pm Alex Mays Tuesday 21st, 9pm Fly Paper Friday 24th, 9pm Justin Adams Friday 24th, 9pm M89 S ports Bar & Grill 129 E Allegan St, Otsego 269-694-6970 Whiskey Scallywag Thursday 2nd Boomtown Fri. 3rd & Sat. 4th SmashmagS.com Tom Duffield Tuesdays at 5pm The Union Cabertet & Grill Hat Trick Fri. 10th & Sat. 11th The Mainstays Saturday 25th, 9pm Absolute Addiction Fri. 17th & Sat. 18th Asamu Johnson Friday 31st, 9pm Trix Fri. 24th & Sat. 25th The Denise Brown Band Fri. 31st & Sat. 1st 18
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SCARE BOARD Corpse Barn Shock Haunt SmashmagS.com 6220 Brooklyn Rd (M-50), Jackson (Napoleon) MI, 49201. PHONE 517-206-3211 Opens: Every Friday and Saturday from Sept 26th to Nov. 1st, 2014. Details: "Over 70 live scares lurking in and around the 2nd largest barn in Jackson County". Fri Sept 26th Flashlight Night - The haunt is blacked out, each group gets 2 pen lights to survive with. Sat. Nov 1st - R Rated Upon Request Night. Upon Request, you can endure our R Rated Shock Treatment which includes strong language, suggestive situations, and violence. www.facebook.com/shockhaunt Phobia House 84 North Douglas, Plainwell, MI 49080. PHONE 269-344-2001. Open: in 2014, specific date TBA. Details: Tons of chills, screams, squeals, shrieks, and cries in the night, as you wander through our phobia infested nightmare that we call Phobia House, one of Michigan's premier haunted attractions. A tour guided haunted attraction, Phobia House 2014 will be longer and better than ever before! Fear The Farm - Zombie Paintball Hunt 20309 Capital Ave. N. E. / Battle Creek, MI – EMAIL: fearthefarm@gmail.com Opens: October 3, 2014. Details: Fear the Farm is one of the nations largest Zombie Paintball hunt covering over 1 - mile of Zombie invested forrest and cornfields. You ride on real Army trucks, tricked out with paintball guns and blacklights as you try to eradicate the Zombie investation before they can escape the containment of the Farm! - It consists of Zombie animatronics & real life Zombies! Psycho Ward & Nightmares Haunted House 7656 Ravine Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49009. (Kalamazoo Speedway). PHONE: 269-491-0060 Opens: October 4 & 5, 2013. Details: A high-intensity haunted attraction, not recommended for the faint of heart or those under 12 years old. Many have experienced the terror of the Floyd Cranston clan and the reign of horror they have inflicted on visitors to the PSYCHO WARD. Some have even survived�but not without years of intensive therapy. What disturbing twist on Floyd's unique form of dismemberment and bloodletting does he have in store for you this year? There's only one way to find out�if you dare! Located a few minutes north of downtown Kalamazoo. DarkSyde Acres Haunted House 11375 Rowe Rd, Jonesville, MI 49250. PHONE 517-549-5100. Opens: September 13, 2013. see website for all dates and times. Details: 7 Attractions at 1 location! “DarkSyde Acres is the Largest Haunted House in Michigan with over 70,000 square feet (38 acres) of mazes, monsters, mayhem, and True Hollywood Style FX.” The RustHole scary pitch black mazes, The Catacombs haunted house, The Dark Abyss Pirate themed scary screaming Haunt Attraction, Zombie Paintball Massacre, Haunted Hayride, The Labyrinth, special events and more. Add us on Facebook to watch for special updates, discounts. O
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Wicked Ranch Witch's Walk Haunted Corn Maze Opens: September 27-28, 2013. see website for all dates & times. Details: Come experience our three horrifying attractions! The Town of Terror, Nightmare at the Bunkhouse, and the Wicked Woods are full of chills and thrills. Opens: September 27 & 28, 2013. see website for all dates & times. Details: Over three quarters of a mile of fenced paths through a field of corn that has ghosts and ghouls wandering around the cemetery, swamp, and snake pit. And we're going to have special coupon (discounted) nights, a costume contest and more! Double JJ Ranch. 5900 Water Rd, Rothbury, MI 49452. PHONE 1-800-368-2535. Hallway of Horror and Film Festival 3615 S. State Rd, Ionia, MI 48846 Open: October 25, 26, 31 - Nov 1, 2, 2013. Details: Experience the Hallway of Horror followed by a Double Feature with two Horror Classics - The Shining and The Exorcist It's a Horror Festival Danny Boy's Drive In Style. Niles Haunted House Scream Park 855 Mayflower Rd, Niles, MI 49120. PHONE 269-687-FEAR. Opens: September 13-14, 2013. see website for all dates and times. Details: “Michiana's Largest Hauted Theme Park” The Niles Haunted House Scream Park of 44 acres and featuring over 150 live actors takes you on a trip through the scariest, creepiest, most blood-curdling attractions this side of the Continental Divide. Attractions include the Haunted House, Field of Screams, Dark TERRORtory Haunted Hayride, Maniac Maze Simulator, Midway attractions, side shows, more. facebook twitter youtube Jackson's Underworld 3 Story Extreme Haunted House 1318 Wildwood Ave, Jackson, MI 49202. PHONE 517-936-5834. Opens: September 13-14, 2013. see website for all dates and times. Details: Attraction by the creators of The Famous Homer Mill. Over 30,000 Sq. feet! Outstanding animatronics & special effects. This nearly half mile tour of blood curdling horror has everything from the most terrifying monsters to extremely high tech animatronics lurking everywhere. All crazies and creatures of the underworld have been waiting all year to come out and play! cash and credit cards accepted. Location: 4516 24th St, Dorr, MI 49323. Phone & Fax: (616) 681-2342 Email: info@witchesofnewsalem.com Opens: September 27, 2013. see website for all dates and times. Details: 3 attractions. A self-guided flashlight haunted corn maze is packed with corn stalkers, tunnels, the bridge to nowhere, and various creatures of the night at every turn. The Witches Woods is themed as an enchanted turnof-the-century town and is a self-guided walking tour with tunnels, a haunted house, witches, zombie townsfolk, more. And a regular daytime non-haunted corn maze. 21st Annual Marshall City Rec Haunted Trail Location: Marshall's Riverwalk, 900 S Marshall, MI. PHONE 269-781-5166. Opens: October 18-19 25-26, 2013. Details: “the Danse Macabre, the Totentanz, The Dance of Death! Travel a twisted path through a bare wood where strange sights wait around every turn, until you arrive at the main event: a ritual rarely seen by those whose hearts yet beat. Ghosts gambol and the fallen frolic. Tonight someone will die, swept away by the symphony of the departed.” not appropriate for young children. Cornwell's Turkeyville Haunted Adventure 18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd, Marshall, MI 49068. PHONE 800-228-4315 269-781-4293 E-mail: elyse@turkeyville.com Opens: Saturdays & Sundays in October, 2013. Details: “Haunted Adventure includes: Corn Maze, Ghoulish Hay Ride, House of Illusions and the Spooky Train Ride. Children 12 and under with a wristband receive a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch while supplies last. This year's theme is Carn-evil!” The Haunted Castle of Wilder Creek 19833 D Dr S Marshall, MI 49068. Opens: every Friday and Saturday night through October 2013. Details: Come one and all to the 5th annual Haunted Castle of Wilder Creek. The Haunted Castle of Wilder Creek was named of one of “Calhoun County's Best 2011 Haunted Attractions”! Kids hour 6pm (no scare). Full operation 7pm-10pm. Located at the Wilder Creek Conservation Club, approximately 5 miles South East of Marshall on D drive South, near the Eaton Proving Grounds. The Haunted Hallow 13215 M-96, Augusta, MI 49012. PHONE: 269-580-1290 Opens: October 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 2013. 8pm till midnight. Details: not recommended for children under the age of 12. facebook Haunted Cider Mill, Haunted Orchard Hay Ride and Corn Maze Country Mill Farms. 4648 Otto Rd, Charlotte, MI 48813 PHONE: (517) 543-1019 Opens: Corn Maze September 7, 2013. Haunted attractions September 28th. Details: Haunted Cider Mill, Haunted House for Kids, Haunted Orchard Hayride, Corn Maze. Plus Train Rides to the Orchard, Petting Zoo, Apple and Pumpkin Picking. Haunted Cider Mill website October 2014 22 SmashmagS.com Witches of New Salem Haunted Woods & Corn Mazes 5096 Fruitridge Ave, Grand Rapids Charter Twp, MI 49544. PHONE 616-784-8301.
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SMASHINTERVIEW Andy Frasco And The U N A ll the way from Los Angeles, California to The State Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan and everywhere in between, Andy Frasco is brings his unique style of Party Blues to stages everywhere. L S S ike nothing you have experienced before, its blues with a twist of wit and a splash of sarcasm and a whole lotta fun! mash had the pleasure of talking with Andy Frasco, who we found truly inspirational. mash: I understand you started working in the music industry when you were 16 but didn’t start playing piano until the age of 19, how did you get involved in the industry and playing music? A ndy: I Didn’t know how to play music yet but I always loved the music industry so I faked my age to work at a place called Drive Through Records and from there I got moved to Capital Records to book bands at the G-Club in Hollywood. Then I moved to New York and worked for Atlantic Records for a little bit, but I just got bored with the music industry and wanted to change it. I felt like the only way I could change it was to play and show musicians that you can be self-sufficient and don’t need to rely on a record label to make a living. We had a piano in my house growing up and my mom got pissed cuz no one ever played. So my senior year of high school I started and fell in love with it. S mash: Knowing so much about the music industry from all sides, what do you think of its current state? Interview by Robin Cunningham A ndy: My booking agent and I stared a management company (Elliptic Management) to teach bands how to be self-sufficient. We’re trying to keep bands from signing with these record companies that are all about selling records in an industry that is no longer selling records. You are better off putting your money into merch. or tour support, and avenues that are going to actually make the band money. We have been playing Michigan for a few years now In Grand Rapids, Meijer Garden and Kalamazoo at the Union and finally got on Electric Forest and now we are booked at State Theatre which shows that grassroots marketing still works. S mash: I see 8 guys on stage with you, what’s it like traveling so much with that many people in the band and are you guys as crazy on the road as you are on stage? A ndy: Ya, Were a party band, basically I just bring up whatever musicians I know on stage, it’s a total improv show. I have my core 5 guys and then I always bring up multiple guys that helped get me started cuz in the beginning it was just me and Ernie on the saxophone and we would hire local bands from each town. My favorite musicians I loved would end up going on the road with me. I’ve had like 20 or 25 different bands over the last 7 years. When you play 250 shows a year it tends to burn people out so I rotate bands but it’s always me, Ernie and Shawn my guitarist. S mash: Some of the songs you play are covers from bands like Talking Heads which is older music from my generation, your only 26 so what did you listen to growing up?
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A ndy: My sister’s a lot older than me, I’m the Baby of the family and I really take a lot of my musical influence from my sister so I grew up listening to her music Talking Heads, Brian Adams, Al Green. When I got on the road I started listening to the blues and stuff like Albert King and BB King. My biggest influences playing the piano must have been The Band and Van Morison, I love their music, even Little Richard and stuff like that, just energetic happy music, I love it. S mash: What does U.N. stand for? A ndy: United Nations because we are musicians from all over. I’ll bring in a bass player from the Netherlands and a guitarist from Missouri, people from all over coming together to play music. S A mash: Do you have a favorite song of the new album Half a Man? ndy: The first song on Sunny Day Soldier. My buddy Chris wrote it and I helped with the chorus. It really reflects where I am in my life right now. S mash: Why did you decide on Half a Man for the name? A ndy: I feel like at 26 it would be egotistical to call myself a full man. I still have a lot to learn and I would say I’m about half way there. S stuff? mash: You have been touring and working hard for a few years now. Are things getting easier as far as booking shows and A ndy: Ya, this has been the year! We have been broke for 6 years and finally can go home with a little bit of money. It’s a refreshing feeling and each year keeps getting better and better. This past year has been the best of my life. S mash: What did you have for breakfast? A ndy: Ohhh It was called the everyday fixture here in L.A., basically it’s a salad with bacon, hash browns and eggs, delicious! W e are excited to see Andy and his band this coming Halloween and enjoy what I would call blues for a younger generation of music lovers who want to cut lose and have some fun. See you at State Theatre and someone bring the candy!
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