Upcoming Detroit Shows

Matthew Shipp Trio - Michael Bisio
Matthew Shipp Trio – Michael Bisio (Photo credit: andynew)

From the Bohemian in Exile:

Saturday, Jan. 26th: Immigrant Suns, Orpheum Bell and Detroit Pleasure Society

A night of mostly acoustic music featuring a pretty wide range of instrument families in the colorful acoustics of Trinosophes. We won’t call this the anniversary show, but Immigrant Suns just turned 20 years old in December! Although appearances have been infrequent in the last decade, the Suns have a full album of new material and we’re excited to present it back on the block of Gratiot where the band was based in the early 2000’s.

For those who don’t know, Immigrant Suns plays mostly original music based on the folkloric music of the world. Over the course of it’s career, the band has released one cassette, four CDs and an LP to critical acclaim in publications like The Rough Guide to World Music, All Music Guide (now allmusic.com), Alternative Press, The Reader, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Cleveland Plain Dealer etc. and in long-gone music magazines like Option and Dirty Linen. With a distinct rock and roll sensibility, the band draws inspiration from the music captured on 78 rpm records in Greece, Albania, Egypt, Turkey, Armenia, Cuba, Mali, Bali and beyond.

Ann Arbor’s Orpheum Bell plays a hybrid of Americana, Kurt Weill via Tom Waits cabaret and “Gypsy Jazz” that’s heavy on the stomps and features lots of strings and the occasional unusual instruments like the saw and the Stroh violin. The band also recently added Nick Schillace and Jennie Knaggs to the roster, so I’m sure the sound has a nice new sparkle!

Doors at 9 pm; $7.

Coming soon:

Feb. 9th Ritual Howls, Moon Pool Dead Band and special guests
March 9th: The Matthew Shipp Trio
New Date- March 29: Thollem McDonas
April 9: Instant Composers Pool
May 8: Xavier Charles, Frédéric Blondy and Guylaine Cosseron