Wednesday, March 26: Bobby Bradford Quartet with Frode Gjerstad, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten and Frank Rosaly
For this concert Bradford is backed by some of our favorite musicians, who have performed in our series many times with various groups: Norway’s Frode Gjerstad (Frode Gjerstad trio, Joe Mcphee, VCDC, Brotzmann tentet) on saxophone and clarinet; Norwegian/Texan double-bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (The Thing, The Young Mothers, Atomic, Ken Vandermark); and Chicago’s Frank Rosaly (Esacada Music, Fast Citizens, Rempis Percussion Quartet, Josh Abrams’ Natural Information, Fred Lonberg-Holm‘s Valentine Trio, Marshall Allen, Roscoe Mitchell etc.) on percussion.
Doors at 8 pm; $10-20 suggested
March 28: New Bums, Clay Rendering and Shells
Meet Drag City recording artists the New Bums! They’re not your father’s Bums, but they’re bringing good old-fashioned songcraft back for another try. Ben Chasny from Six Organs of Admittance and Donovan Quinn from Skygreen Leopards; two voices and guitars with the occasional other element all compete for the loneliest sound in the room. Lots of laughs too — if you like ’em dark, that is.
With Clay Rendering, the duo of Mike Connelly (Hair Police, Wolf Eyes) and Tara Connelly (The Haunting), and Shells (Shelley Salant of Shells, Rebel Kind, Tyvek, WCBN’s Local Show, Michigan Happenings, and more!).
Doors at 9PM, music shortly thereafter. $8 at the door.
Saturday, March 29: Thollem McDonas and Brian Chase, 696 Blues Band
Perpetual touring-machine and long-time honorary Detroiter Thollem McDonas returns in a duo collaboration with Brian Chase, best known as drummer of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs- but also a fixture on the New York improvised music scene. The two recently collaborated on the group Whistling Joy Jumpers with legendary Half Japanese frontman Jad Fair and became an accidental duo at a session at Olympia’s famous Dub Narcotic Studios when the third member of a trio fell ill and couldn’t make it. Embracing the results and naming the record Dub Narcotic Session, the duo is now on touring in support of the new release. McDonas, in particular, has probably been involved in more Detroit-based projects and performances than any other visiting musician we can think of in recent years. His astounding piano technique, wide-open ears and diversity of presentations has made him a consistent favorite since he first landed here almost a decade ago on his first solo tour.
696 Blues Band is probably Detroit’s most unpredictable act right now- changing radically from show to show. It may or may not include finger-picked guitar, tape loops, echoplex, hammond organ and mixer manipulation. Possibly percussion too, or substitute fuzz-picked guitar. This is blues-based music in the sense that The Magic Band is blues based music– but it doesn’t sound like them either.
Doors at 9 pm; $7-10.
April 5: Doc Waffles
April 12: Mind Over Mirrors, Chatoyant
April 17: Ken Vandermark’s Made to Break
April 18: Eric Carbonara and Nick Milevoi, Fortuna/Knaggs
April 19: Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet
April 27: BYOBach
April 30: Chicago Underground Duo