Detroit’s Bohemian in Exile Shows

Show experimental shows coming to Detroit:

Wednesday, Nov. 4th: Marble Sheep, Plastic Crime Wave Sound, Kat Hernandez/Eve Risser Duo, Dark Red at CAID

This night of psyche rock and related musics features Japan’s Marble Sheep, which is making its US debut after years of recording. Marble Sheeps is being lead through America by Chicago’s own champions of psyche, acid rock and folkloric exotica, Plastic Crime Wave Sound. Former Ann Arbor native Katt Hernandez (violin) has been an important part of the creative music scenes in Boston and Philadelphia for years now. Her duo with Paris based pianist Eve Risser features prepared piano and extended technique in a free improvisational setting. Somewhat newer Detroit duo Dark Red (featuring Rob Smith of Paik and Chris Turner) opens the show and scene stalwarts The Frustrations close it. Doors at 8 pm; $7.

Friday Nov. 6th: night one of Lac La Belle’s CD release weekend, with The Raincoats and Technical Drawings at MOCAD

Our group formerly known as Jennie and The Sure Shots has changed its name to Lac La Belle and is playing two shows to support the Detroit release of our new, eponymous CD. Our urban hipster show will be at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Lac La Belle will open with a medium length set, followed by Technical Drawings- the latest project of pianist and Table of the Elements artist Melissa St. Pierre. Her interests range from Cage-ian and Partch piano works to Japanese acid rock clamor and many points between. Detroit’s Sugar Coats, featuring members of Lee Marvin Computer Arm and Detroit Cobras, close the show with some Flying Burrito Brothers style country rock. Doors at 8 pm; $6. Mocad is located at 4454 Woodward, Detroit.

Saturday, Nov. 7th: night two of Lac La Belle’s CD release weekend at The Yes Farm

The second night of our CD release weekend takes place at a favorite newer venue The Yes Farm (located at 3410 Farnsworth, Detroit- at the corner of Farnsworth and Moran). Agrarian hipsters can enjoy two sets of music by Lac La Belle following the Harvest Festival in the heart of Detroit’s longest running urban farm. Doors at 10:30, first set at 11 pm; $5.

Coming Soon:

11/20 Mike Tamburo and Ben Reynolds

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Avant-garde Edgefest draws national names

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The Detroit Free Press previews this weekend’s Edgefest.

Leading the way is the 13th annual Edgefest, the Ann Arbor-based festival of avant-garde jazz produced by the Kerrytown Concert House. With about 20 performances spread over four days and a lineup deep with national figures, Edgefest is one of the country’s premier showcases of left-of-center improvised music and an indispensible gift of local musical life.

The 2009 theme, “Reeds of Change,” promises a heavy dose of saxophonists and other reed players. Highlights include:

• Gravitas Quartet: An intriguing group with pianist Wayne Horvitz, trumpeter Ron Miles, bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and cellist Peggy Lee. 8 p.m. Friday.

• 4 Altos: A saxophone quartet with four compelling improvisers — Marty Ehrlich, Ned Rothenberg, Michael Attias and Andrew Laster. 10 p.m. Friday.

• Yuganaut with Roscoe Mitchell: A collectivist trio welcomes Mitchell, a titanic figure in the history of free jazz and a poet of sound and silence. 4 p.m. Saturday.

• Brad Shepik’s “Human Activity Suite”: The drummer and composer presents a new extended composition responding to climate change. With Ralph Alessi, Gary Versace, Drew Gress and Tom Rainey. 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Yuganaut on Short Midwest Tour

ESP-Disk’s Yuganaut, featuring Steve Rush, Geoff Mann, and Tom Abbs, is currently on tour in Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Yuganaut Tour Dates:
Friday Oct. 9th – 4pm – Chicago, IL – WNUR Live on the air
Friday Oct. 9th – 9:30pm – Chicago IL – The Velvet Lounge w/ video artist Selina Trepp
Saturday Oct. 10th – 4pm – Green Bay, WI – Melvin Mcgee’s Art Studio Tour
Saturday Oct 17th – 4pm – Ann Arbor, MI – Edge Fest – Yuganaut w/ Roscoe Mitchell

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Boxdeserter Trio on Tour

Boxdeserter is playing tonight in Detroit as well as some coming dates:

Friday, April 17th: BoxDeserter Trio at Detroit Institute of Arts
Our favorite pianist, Thollem McDonas, returns to his favorite American city to kick off a tour by BoxDeserter Trio, with Skeeter Shelton and Joel Peterson. Speaking of favorites, Diego Rivera’s mural in the DIA is another of Thollem’s, which he didn’t realize was in Detroit until I took him to the museum. Now he gets to perform surrounded by it!

BoxDeserter mixes new chamber music, free improvisation and the broad repertoire of its members to create innovative, yet highly accessible music. Thollem has a new record coming out on ESP Disk and another release featuring his recent concert on Debussy’s piano in France! Skeeter Shelton is one of the great unsung saxophonists in Free Jazz and has performed with Fred Anderson, James Blood Ulmer, Dushun Mosley, Hakim Jami, Faruq Z. Bey and others. This will be the kick-off to BoxDeserter Trio’s midwest and east coast tour, so join us in The Rivera Court for two amazing sets- it’s free for city of Detroit residents and free with museum admission for everybody else!

Boxdeserter Trio tour dates:

4/17 Detroit Institute of Art Detroit, MI
4/18 Kerrytown Concert House Ann Arbor, MI
4/19 Hungry Brain Chicago, Il
4/20 Iron Post Urbana, Il
4/21 Charles and Limey’s Lounge Springfield, Il
4/23 Schlafy Tap Room St. Louis, MO
4/24 Schlafy Tap Room St. Louis, MO
4/24 (later) Mangia St. Louis, MO
4/25 Earthhouse Collective Indianapolis, IN
4/28 Exile Long Island, NY

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Upcoming Detroit Area Shows

Image of Nate Wooley from Facebook
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From the Bohemian National Home in Exile:

Friday, April 10th: Taylor Ho Bynum/Thomas Fujiwara Duo, The Sure Shots, Jeff Marx Detroit Quartet
At Detroit Evolution Laboratory
Our first event at Detroit Evolution Laboratory in Eastern Market is a variety show like we haven’t seen in a while. Taylor Ho Bynum and Thomas Fujiwara are two leading improvisers of theor generation. Bynum has played cornet with the heaviest of the older generation, including Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor and Bill Dixon. He has also shined in groups with Jason Kao Hwang and Joe Morris. Fujiwara plays percussion in both Bynum’s trio and sextet; he also performs with another noted brasswind player, Nate Wooley, and spent some time touring with the off-Broadway hit Stomp.

Jeff Marx made a big impression on those only familiar with his inside playing at our recent 2739 Edwin performance. His agile phrasing and big sound on assorted saxophones was a real pleasure to hear in an unamplified settinG. We’ll have more of the same from his quartet of Marko Novachcoff, Kurt Prisbe and Joel Peterson.

Jennie and the Sure Shots just can’t stop playing everywhere all the time! We’ll be fresh out of the studio and rearing to go.

Detroit Evoltion Gallery is a new space in Eastern Market dedicated to healthy living through food, exercise and community events. They serve food, teach cooking classes, host yoga-and now they feature music and other events as well. 1434 Gratiot (at Russell St.). Doors at 8:30. $5-15 suggested.

Wednesday, April 15th: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Psychedelic Horsesh!t and TBA at Old Miami
The amazing Quintron and his puppet-wielding partner Miss Pussycat return to Detroit for the first time since their huge, just-after-Katrina show at the Bohemian. Swap rock organ, automate d drum buddies and Edgar Varese style percussion can all find their way into Quintron’s bag. But undeniably, this is dance music of a type unique to Quintron’s spell casting.
With Columbus’ Psychedlic Horsesh!t and another act TBA.
The Old Miami is at 3930 Cass Ave. Doors at 8:30; $8.

Friday, April 17th: BoxDeserter Trio at Detroit Institute of Arts
Our favorite pianist, Thollem McDonas, returns to his favorite American city to kick off a tour by BoxDeserter Trio, with Skeeter Shelton and Joel Peterson. Speaking of favorites, Diego Rivera’s mural in the DIA is another of Thollem’s, which he didn’t realize was in Detroit until I took him to the museum. Now he gets to perform surrounded by it!

BoxDeserter mixes new chamber music, free improvisation and the broad repertoire of its members to create innovative, yet highly accessible music. Thollem has a new record coming out on ESP Disk and another release featuring his recent concert on Debussy’s piano in France! Skeeter Shelton is one of the great unsung saxophonists in Free Jazz and has performed with Fred Anderson, James Blood Ulmer, Dushun Mosley, Hakim Jami, Faruq Z. Bey and others. This will be the kick-off to BoxDeserter Trio’s midwest and east coast tour, so join us in The Rivera Court for two amazing sets- it’s free, of course!

5/5 Peter Brotzmann Duo
5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex, Massimo Pupillo of ZU and Paal Nilssen Love)
5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh

Boxdeserter Trio tour dates:

Apr 17 2009 8:00P
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit
Apr 18 2009 8:00P
Kerrytown Concert House Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 19 2009 8:00P
Hungry Brain Chicago
Apr 20 2009 8:00P
Iron Post Urbana, Illinois
Apr 21 2009 7:30P
Charles and Limey’s Lounge (w/ End Times Trio) Springfield, Illinois
Apr 23 2009 8:00P
Schlafly Tap Room St Louis, Missouri
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
Schlafly Tap Room St. Louis, Missouri
Apr 28 2009 8:00P
Exile Long Island, New York

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Project Object On Tour

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From Project Object:

In the spirit of Frank Zappa‘s final message to the fans: “Play my music”, the band is delighted and proud to announce that in January/February they will be doing a 15 date tour of the Northeastern United States. Project/Object’s special guests are Ike Willis, Don Preston and Ed Mann, who have had the distinction of recording & touring with Frank for the longest time of any of his band members.

On Tour: January 2009

Thu 29th JAN – Mexicali Blues – Teaneck, NJ – $18/$20
Opening Act: School Of Rock Bergen

Fri 30th JAN – 8×10 Club – Baltimore, MD – $18/$20

Sat 31st JAN – Sellersville Theatre – Sellersville PA – $18/$20 All
Opening Act: Igor’s Egg

On Tour: February 2009

Sun 1st FEB – State Theatre – Falls Church, VA – $18/$20

Mon 2nd FEB – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA – $20/$22

Tue 3rd FEB – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI – $12/$15

Wed 4th FEB – Beachland – Cleveland, OH – $18/$20

Thu 5th FEB – The Morse Theater – Chicago, IL – $20/$22.50

Fri 6th FEB – Papa Pete’s – Kalamazoo, MI – $12/$15

Sat 7th FEB – The Tralf – Buffalo, NY – $20/$23

SUN 8 TBA

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