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Bell's Eccentric Cafe


Sep
5 Sat
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Drive By Truckers

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
2020 Bell's Beer Garden Summer Concert Series

Drive-By Truckers is kicking off the new election year with The Unraveling, our first new album in 3 1/2 years (the longest space between new DBT albums ever). Those years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen and the duality between the generally positive state of affairs within our band while watching so many things we care about being decimated and destroyed all around us informed the writing of this album to the core.
 
While a quick glance might imply that we're picking up where 2016's American Band album left off, the differences are as telling as the similarities. If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm, this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath. I've always said that all of our records are political but I've also said that 'politics IS personal'. With that in mind, this album is especially personal.
 
Our 2018 single "The Perilous Night" acted as a sort of coda to the polemic of the last album and the original plan was to zigzag in a different direction, but alas the past few years have seen an uptick in school shootings, church shootings, racial violence, suicides and overdoses, border violence, and an assault on so many things that we all hold dear. They're literally putting children in cages. Writing silly love songs just seemed the height of privilege.
 
In the end, we whittled the album down to the nine songs included, saving several key songs for a foundation to the next one that will hopefully occur sooner than later. Lilla Hood designed the packaging utilizing a stunning photo by Erik Golts of two young lads watching a sunset at the Oregon coast, lettering by famed graphic artist Aaron Draplin, and once again beautiful artwork from our long time collaborator Wes Freed. We plan on touring extensively throughout the next year taking these songs around the world.
 
We hope to see you there.
 

- Patterson Hood

RIYL: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Old 97s, Uncle Tupelo


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Aug
8 Sun 2021
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**Rescheduled** Built To Spill

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at Sunday, August 8, 2021 7:00 PM, Show at Sunday, August 8, 2021 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $25.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 11, 2020 9:46 AM to August 8, 2021 8:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
2020 Bell's Beer Garden Summer Concert Series

Doug Martsch formed Built To Spill in 1992. His intention was to sustain a project that would involve a rotating cast of musicians to record albums and tour. The first incarnation of Built To Spill included Doug, Brett Netson, and Ralf (Youtz). Recording in the middle of the night in order to get free studio time, they assembled 1993s Ultimate Alternative Wavers. For a few years and a few records band members came and went.

Their latest release, Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston features Martsch, bassist Jason Albertini and drummer Steve Gere. The songs derive from the band's rehearsals during Johnston's final tour in 2017 when they served as the late songwriter's backing band.

"It was pretty special for us," Martsch tells Rolling Stone of playing with Johnston. "It was a lot heavier than what I thought it would be." As far as the album itself, Martsch added, "Basically we wanted to get a good documentation of what our rehearsals were like." The album was in the final stages of production in September when the cult artist died from natural causes at the age of 58

New Built To Spill lineup features Melanie Radford and Teresa Esguerra.

RIYL: Daniel Johnston, Pavement, Guided By Voices


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355 East Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI
United States