Video: Fortune & Maltese & The Phabulous Pallbearers Live at the State Theatre Hot damn, I loved this band! And here is some fantastic newly discovered live footage of them at the peak of their powers. Thirty minutes of amped-up garage rock remastered in “Trash-o-Phonic stereo sound.” Live in Kalamazoo, Michigan on February 5, 1995. … Continue reading Fortune and Maltese: Live in Kalamazoo, 1995!
I was lucky enough to have spent some of my formative music years in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Not only was it a tour stop for national bands (Kalamazoo being exactly half-way between Chicago and Detroit), but it also had a banging local scene comprised of bands that I still count among my favorites. All of this … Continue reading Old Gibson Plant in Kalamazoo Getting Facelift
I had recently gotten home from a semester abroad in Scotland. While I was there the Pixies had released Trompe Le Monde, and I bought the cassette at the Aberdeen HMV the week it came out. The Pixies were one of my favorite bands, and the Surfer Rosa/Come On Pilgrim two-fer had been the soundtrack … Continue reading Ticketstubs: The Pixies in Kalamazoo, 1992
I went to college with most of the Port Wine Lads. In fact, I sold them my barely used bass guitar after I gave up on it. Twenty seconds into this, you see the 19-year-old me pointing and declaring, “Yeah, that’s my bass.” Later, I dance like a hippy. But enough about me. The Port … Continue reading Port Wine Lads – Live in Kalamazoo, 1991
Some photos of Question Mark & the Mysterians at Kraftbrau Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. You have to see them in person, but this might hold you over until they make it to your town.
Everybody who’s within driving distance from Kalamazoo, Michigan, should head out to Kraftbrau Brewery on Saturday night for a fantastic fundraising event for Detroit 60s punk, Question Mark, who lost his home, his dogs, and all of his possessions in a terrible fire in January. Not feeling particularly charitable? No problem: you are guaranteed to … Continue reading Question Mark Benefit in Kalamazoo
The Mayfest organizers are requesting that bands submit one or two songs and contact info to the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center for consideration to play at the 7th Annual MAYFEST. This always turns out to be one of those great cross cultural and generational events that just makes everyone feel good. Send to: … Continue reading Quick! It’s Not Too Late!