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Bell's Eccentric Cafe


Jul
1 Thu
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*Postponed* Marcus Rezak's Shred is Dead

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Marcus Rezak is a recording artist, touring musician, session guitarist, and music theorist releasing his debut album on Nov. 9th 2018 entitled, "Gateway To The Galaxy" ft. Bill Evans (sax, Miles Davis), Arthur Barrow (bass, Frank Zappa), Kris Myers (drums) and Joel Cummins (keys) (Umphreys McGee).

Lead guitarist and original member of Chicago based electronic super-group Digital Tape Machine ft. members of Umphreys McGee. Marcus Rezak's diversity in musical styles lands him many live and studio sessions across the globe which sets him apart from other guitarists. Known as a master of jazz improvisation and the art of the sit-in, Marcus is a frequent call among bands and musicians carving out his unique niche in the performance world. As a lead guitarist, Marcus carves out a distinguished style in the world of Guitar with several well-known cutting edge groups including Katharsis, Shred is Dead, FrankenZaps Monster, Digital Tape Machine, Stratosphere All-Stars, and as artist at large.

He has performed at some of the most elite music festivals across the globe in various genres. Having a commanding stage presence, Marcus takes the euphoric freedom of live music and directs its path into a unique approach, as if every jam is a live recording session. By keeping exceptionally comprehensive mental notes on what works, what doesn't, and how to improve is what has led Marcus to respect in the music world and to such integral heights.

RIYL: Lotus, Umphreys McGee, Frank Zappa

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Aug
9 Mon
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*Rescheduled* The Lone Bellow w/ Early James

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $28.00
DAY OF: $30.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 5, 2021 9:50 AM to August 9, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: August 9, 2021 12:00 AM to August 10, 2021 1:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
"I want it to bring comfort," The Lone Bellow guitarist Brian Elmquist says. "But it's not all hard conversations. There's a lot of light and some dancing that needs to happen." Brian is reflecting on Half Moon Light, the band's highly anticipated new album.

Half Moon Light is an artistic triumph worked toward for years, earned not by individual posturing, but by collective determination and natural growth. With earthy three-part harmonies and songwriting as provocative as it is honest, the trio made up of Brian, lead vocalist Zach Williams, and multi-instrumentalist Kanene Donehey Pipkin creates sparks that make a stranger's life matter or bring our sense of childlike wonder roaring back. On Half Moon Light, The Lone Bellow mix light and dark to muster a complex ode to memory, a call for hope, and an exercise in empathy. Anchored in the acoustic storytelling that first so endeared the band to fans and critics, Half Moon Light also takes more chances, experimenting with textures and instrumental fillips to create a full-bodied music experience. The result is The Lone Bellow's most sophisticated work to date.

"We try to invite as many people into the process to see what we can make together," Brian says. "I like that spirit and that freedom. Then, the songs speak for themselves."

RIYL: Dawes, Langhorne Slim, The Head & The Heart

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Sep
8 Wed
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Son Little

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $16.00
DAY OF: $18.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 11, 2021 12:00 PM to September 8, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 8, 2021 12:00 AM to September 9, 2021 1:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION




aloha, the latest album from Son Little, the musical nom de plume of LA’s Aaron Earl Livingston, is available now. As previewed with the release of the invisible EP and early single, “hey rose,” which The New York Times described as comprising “bluesy distorted guitar chords, a hint of Latin rhythm and perhaps a distant echo of the Zombies’ 'Time of the Season’,” aloha blends classic soul and old-school R&B into a timeless swirl fueled by gritty instrumental virtuosity and raw, raspy vocals. Recorded at Paris’s iconic Studios Ferber with producer Renaud Letang (Feist, Manu Chao), aloha is Little’s first album to be recorded with an outside producer. The result is his boldest, most self-assured statement yet. It’s an ambitious work of vision and reflection, and an ecstatic testament to the freedom that comes from trusting the currents of life to carry you where you belong.

In order to create aloha, Little began writing and assembling album demos in Petaluma, California. However, after his hard drive fried and he lost nearly a dozen detailed demos, he was forced to begin with a blank slate, leading him to write aloha in only eight days at a tiny house and its adjacent barn. While Little plays nearly every instrument on the album himself, he put his songs in the hands of an outside producer for the first time here. The entire project was an exercise in letting go, in ceding control, in surrendering to fate.

Recognizing the power of our own self-destructive tendencies is a recurring theme on aloha. Little mourns the suicide of a beloved uncle on “suffer,” using addiction and mental illness as a lens to explore forgiveness and empathy, laments the rapidly deteriorating world his two children are set to inherit on “o clever one,” and meditates on the dangers of succumbing to passion at the expense of reason on “belladonna.”

It would be easy to feel helpless in the face of such inexorable forces, to feel as if we are prisoners of fate rather than masters of our own destiny, but Little instead finds peace in perseverance on the album. “Hallelujah,” he sings on the gorgeous “neve give up,” “though I’m battered and blue / feel like I’m born to lose…Never will I give up.”



It is a potent reminder that letting go doesn’t mean giving in; in fact, quite the opposite. Letting go can be an act of defiance, of growth, of empowerment. Letting go requires a leap of faith, and, in Son Little’s case, that faith has been richly rewarded. Whether that means this album represents the end of one chapter or the beginning of the next is impossible to know just yet, but in either case, there’s really only one thing to say: aloha.






Sep
14 Tue
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*Postponed* - KT Tunstall

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album 'Eye To The Telescope' in 2004, which went on to sell over 5 million copies, KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UK singer- songwriter talent. Over the next decade, three further critically acclaimed albums followed; 'Drastic Fantastic', 'Tiger Suit' and 'Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon' in 2007, 2010 and 2013 respectively, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottish singer-songwriter's reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerising live artist.

RIYL: Sara Bareilles, Natalie Imbruglia, Kate Nash


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Oct
1 Fri
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Mustard Plug, Catbite, J Navarro & the Traitors

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $10.00
DAY OF: $12.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 1, 2021 12:00 AM to October 2, 2021 1:30 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 17, 2021 10:00 AM to October 1, 2021 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Rescheduled from March 21st - 2020. All Tickets will be honored, please reach out to concertinfo@bellsbeer.com if you cannot make the re-scheduled date.

Mustard Plug started out in the punk clubs, basements and dive bars of the Midwest, playing punk-influenced ska music before most people in the U.S. had ever heard of ska. They clung to a DIY work ethic that had been ingrained in them growing up in the 1980's hardcore punk scene and applied it to everything they would ever do together as a band. Mustard Plug released their first cassette tape themselves (1992's Skapocalypse Now!), and played constantly to earn enough money to record their first album - 1994's Big Daddy Mulititude. Their debut full length was released on legendary NYC label Moon Records (home of Toasters, Hepcat, Dance Hall Crashers, and pretty much every other 90's ska band of note). With their new found national distribution and exposure, the band climbed into their van and performed their music to new fans across North America. Twenty-one years, 1500 shows and 200,000 album sales later, it cannot be denied that the band has surpassed all expectations and permanently staked their claim in contemporary music..

RIYL: Catch 22, The Suicide Machines, Reel Big Fish
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Oct
8 Fri
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Pokey LaFarge, Esther Rose (duo)

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $20.00
DAY OF: $25.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 18, 2021 12:00 PM to October 8, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 8, 2021 12:00 PM to October 9, 2021 1:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION




Pokey LaFarge was ready to move forward.


In March 2020, the veteran singer-songwriter packed up and left his Los Angeles abode behind, putting his belongings in storage in anticipation of spending extensive time on the road in support of his then-forthcoming album, Rock Bottom Rhapsody. He couldn’t wait to head down to Austin a few weeks later to showcase those songs and launch the album with his band at South-by-Southwest. Then the pandemic hit and all of LaFarge’s well-laid plans went into thin air.


Stuck in East Austin with nowhere to go, LaFarge did what he does best: he got to work. Throughout his career, nine albums to date including a stint on Jack White’s Third Man Records, the singer-songwriter has never been one to look back in anger or disappointment. LaFarge used the sudden change in plans to his advantage, having perhaps his greatest period of personal growth in the midst of this crippling pandemic.


It came as no surprise that the songs instantly started to flow out of him. LaFarge is an artist who refuses to rest on his laurels and compromise. He’s always motivated and ready to create — and when he’s at peace in isolation like he was here, the results can be magical. Looking in, inspired by the deep soul not just from these shores, but from distant geographical places like Africa or South America, LaFarge set out to create a body of work that paired emotional lyrics with a killer groove and grabby melodies.


Written by LaFarge and co-produced with Chris Seefried, the album is one of LaFarge’s strongest and most mature lyrical efforts to date. The album’s title, In the Blossom of Their Shade, is taken from a lyric in the stunning, yet dusty “Mi Ideal.” That song sonically draws influences from the Southwest, South America and Caribbean. The distant warmth of the music, especially rhythmically, adeptly coincides with the longing that's expressed in the lyrics.


Unlike its melancholy predecessor, In the Blossom of Their Shade showcases the positivity of coming out of the darkness and into the light. The record was nearly titled Siesta Love since it captures the thematic notion of being the perfect summer afternoon soundtrack...the type of music you want to listen to while having a cocktail with your significant other. It makes sense musically as well — LaFarge intentionally crafted songs










that created space and have melodies that can glide throughout a composition that’s a far cry from the swing and blues-infused songs of his earlier work.


LaFarge’s rigorous work ethic powered him through this potentially challenging creative period. As days became a couple months, songs blossomed from embryonic ideas into full-formed ones and he was ready to move on, which typified his mindset as a working artist.


Look no further than album closer, the twangy “Goodnight, Goodbye (Hope Not Forever).” The song neatly ties the past year along with a universal longing that brighter days are on the horizon, even if it doesn’t seem so right now.


Pokey LaFarge never wanted to be an artist that had one gigantic record and was then lost to the annals of history. As for now? He’s back to where the whole odyssey began over a year ago: Los Angeles. Even with In The Blossom of Their Shade on the horizon, LaFarge hasn’t put down his pen. You can’t keep a great songwriter idle.






Oct
10 Sun
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* Rescheduled* ZoSo: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $16.00
DAY OF: $18.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 19, 2021 9:57 AM to October 10, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 10, 2021 12:00 AM to October 11, 2021 1:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION


RIYL: Led Zeppelin, Live Music, Classic Rock Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin experience since the real thing. For Zoso, it's much more than just being a tribute. It's about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly-wound talent and authenticity.

Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. In eighteen successful years of touring, they have perfected their art. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso's 2400 live shows around the world have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market.

RIYL: Led Zeppelin, Classic Rock Tributes
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Oct
17 Sun
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Bob Mould Solo Electric: Distortion and Blue Hearts!, Jason Narducy

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $27.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 21, 2021 12:00 PM to October 17, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 17, 2021 12:00 AM to October 18, 2021 1:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Legendary musician Bob Mould announces his “Distortion and Blue Hearts!” tour starting September 16, 2021, in Boston at Paradise. The tour is in two parts. For the first three weeks, Bob will be joined by Jason Narducy on bass and drummer Jon Wurster. Beginning October 15 in Bloomington, IL, Mould will perform “Solo Distortion” electric shows (full run of dates and locations below).


On July 16, 2021, before any tour dates happen, Demon Music Group will conclude their year-long Bob Mould retrospective campaign with their fourth vinyl box, Distortion: Live. The 8 LP set includes live recordings from Mould’s solo career and his band Sugar.

This box follows October 2020’s 8 LP Distortion: 1989-1995 vinyl set, which took in Mould's early solo outings as well as his records with the much-beloved Sugar, January 2021’s 9 LP Distortion: 1996-2007 box set continuing through the next steps in Mould's solo career and his outings as LoudBomb and Blowoff, April 2021’s 7 LP Distortion 2008-2019 covering District Line to Sunshine Rock, and the 24 CD Distortion: 1989-2019 box, which covers the entirety of his post-Hüsker Dü output.

Mould’s live shows will span his entire 40+ year career, including songs from the Distortion collection and from his landmark band Hüsker Dü, as well as songs from last year’s explosive and critically acclaimed album Blue Hearts — about which Rolling Stone’s 4 out of 5 star review raved, “feels like a lost Hüsker Dü album with Mould howling invective over his buzzsawing guitar.”


“It’s been a year and a half away from the stage. I’ve missed the noise, the sweat, and seeing your smiling faces. I’m fully vaccinated, and I hope you are too, because this Fall will be a punk rock party with the band — and the solo shows will be loud and proud as well. It’s time to make up lost time, reconnect, and celebrate together with live music!”

As with the previously released box sets in the Distortion collection, each album has been mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering in Boston and is presented with brand new artwork designed by illustrator Simon Marchner and pressed on 140g clear vinyl with unique splatter effects. This box set includes 4 live albums: Live At The Cabaret Metro, 1989; the Sugar album The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes; LiveDog98 (first time on vinyl), and Live at ATP 2008 (first time on vinyl). In addition, the set includes a 28-page companion booklet featuring liner notes by journalist Keith Cameron; contributions from Bully’s Alicia Bognanno; rare photographs and memorabilia, and a bonus LP Distortion Plus: Live, which features live rarities including B-Sides and stand-out tracks from the Circle of Friends concert film.


Discover more about the box sets including full track listings and FAQs here: 


https://www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk/bob-mould-distortion/


Oct
24 Sun
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Satsang - * Rescheduled*

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $13.00
DAY OF: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 24, 2021 12:00 AM to October 25, 2021 1:00 AM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 14, 2021 2:59 PM to October 24, 2021 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
It's a beautiful moment when music from the heart and poetry from the soul truly connects with its intended audience. For Satsang lead singer and songwriter Drew McManus, that moment occurred on a 2018 tour through the Midwest, Northeast and Pacific Coast in which two-thirds of the band's dates sold out. That's when the truth hits home for McManus that his soulful, reggae-infused blend of folk-rock and melodic hip hop and its message of strength, growth and resilience is his testimony to the world - and the world is finally listening.

Satsang, in its few short years, has headlined or shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Wookiefoot and many more. The Montana-based quartet is currently enjoying the success of its 2019 release, Kulture, a collection of songs representing the culmination of all the band's influences 

"In Kulture, you can hear influences from Motown to 90's hip hop to Tom Petty, but none of it was really intentional," McManus says. "It was just me finally finding my sound. It's authentic. It's the first thing we've made that feels 100 percent like us."

RIYL: Trevor Hall, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Tubby Love
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Oct
29 Fri
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Kawehi

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $15.00
DAY OF: $18.00
MEET AND GREET: $50.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 2, 2021 12:00 PM to October 29, 2021 12:00 AM
MEET AND GREET Public Onsale: June 2, 2021 12:00 PM to October 29, 2021 8:30 PM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 29, 2021 12:00 AM to October 30, 2021 1:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Kawehi is a new breed of musician, a one-woman-band from Lawrence, Kansas who uses technology to carry the weight of a full band on her own.  She was seen and heard in the Super Bowl 50 commercial for Intel, has landed in publications such as People Magazine, Spin, Esquire, and on the front page of Reddit.  Elle magazine has dubbed Kawehi “The Genius One-Woman Band” and HuffPo has praised Kawehi as “Killing the DIY scene.”  With over 11 million views on her YouTube channel, Kawehi has been performing to sold out shows across the nation and has already been on three headlining tours.  With eight Kickstarter projects under her belt, Kawehi shows no signs of slowing down.


$15.00 - $50.00
Jan
1 Sat
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*Postponed* Built To Spill

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

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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Feb
22 Tue
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Gaelic Storm - Rescheduled

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $25.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 17, 2021 8:04 PM to February 22, 2022 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
It's hard to imagine a band just coming into their own after 20 years of success, but that's exactly what makes a true anomaly. This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is a true force to be reckoned with. With their latest release, Go Climb a Tree, their music has never sounded more representative of themselves as musicians and as live performers.

The band attributes their continued success to their fanatic audience, and it's a well-diversified crowd for sure. The country-music folks adore the storytelling, the bluegrass-heads love the instrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition, and the rockers simply relish the passion they play their instruments with. Each band member, in their own way, expresses a deep gratitude for their fans, but it's best summed up in the words of Patrick Murphy: "The fans are the ones that have given us this life. We're here for them."

RIYL: Enter The Haggis, Young Dubliners, The Chieftains

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Oct
10 Mon 2022
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*Rescheduled* Southern Culture On The Skids

Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Doors at Monday, October 10, 2022 7:00 PM, Show at Monday, October 10, 2022 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $16.00
DAY OF: $18.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: April 7, 2021 10:01 AM to October 10, 2022 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 10, 2022 12:00 AM to October 11, 2022 1:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Southern Culture On The Skids has been consistently recording and touring around the world since its inception in 1983, when Rick Miller was a grad student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The current lineup (Dave Hartman - drums; Mary Huff - bass and vocals; Rick Miller - guitar and vocals) has been playing together for over 30 years. The band's musical journey has taken them from allnight NC house parties to late night network talk shows, and from performing at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan to rockin' out for the inmates at NC Correctional Facilities. Their music has been featured in movies and TV, and used to sell everything from diamonds to pork sausage, and their legendary live shows are a testament to the therapeutic powers of foot-stomping, butt-shaking rock and roll.

IYL: The Reverend Horton Heat, The Cramps, The Detroit Cobras
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355 East Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI
United States