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Eccentric Cafe Calendar (Back Room)

After 8 p.m., we ask that everyone be 21 and up (with valid ID).

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Sep 03, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Turkuaz wsg Dumela Project ($8adv/$10dos)
Turkuaz is a 9-piece “Powerfunk” army hailing from Brooklyn, NY, whose modern twist on the classic sound has placed them at the forefront of a new funk evolution. With the obvious influences—Parliament, Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James and Zapp and Roger—as the basis for a recipe, Turkuaz adds healthy doses of Talking Heads inspired jittery, world-pop-dance grooves and a passion for The Beatles, Motown and R&B into the mix, resulting in a refreshing update to the funk idiom.

Sep 04, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Pleasant Drive wsg Crime Funk, Ohm Towne Heroes ($8)
Pleasant Drive combines energy, love, and soul into musical form and continuously seeks to push the envelope on what defines the live music experience. With a strong foundation in rock, funk and jam, the band continues to blur the lines between the genres, sticking with no particular sound. The groups only concern is their message, what sounds good and what keeps people dancing. Inspired music by inspired people, they best describe their sound as gritty, witty, dancy, jam rock.

Sep 05, 2015 at 1PM-4PM
Ein Prosit (1PM-4PM, FREE)
Celebrate Oktoberfest with an afternoon of traditional German music from Ein Prosit: alphorn fanfares, polkas, dances, & sing-a-longs!

Sep 05, 2015 at Doors: 830pm, Show: 930pm
Saxsquatch & Bridge Band wsg Mike Sopko Unit (FREE)
A free night of jazz/fusion from Kalamazoo's lord of the sax

Sep 09, 2015 at Doors: 7PM, Show: 8PM
Speedy Ortiz wsg Palehound, Anybody but the Cops, Petrillo ($12adv/$15dos)
Attention came swiftly following Speedy Ortiz’s 2012 Sports EP on the Boston-centric label Exploding In Sound, and with good reason. Massachusetts-based songwriter/guitarist Sadie Dupuis’ knotty, lyrically dense songs were fully realized by her bandmates, with intricate guitar lines crisscrossing over Darl Ferm’s fluid bass and Mike Falcone’s precisely executed drumming in a way that was simultaneously catchy and jarring. After the success of its 2013 Best New Music-honored debut full-length Major Arcana, the band formalized its assault through a year and a half of relentless touring with bands in whose brainy-slash-brawny legacies it followed—among them Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Ex Hex, and The Breeders. In 2014, the band added guitarist Devin McKnight of the Boston-based post-punk group Grass Is Green, whose guitar parts both match and challenge Dupuis’. Speedy Ortiz’s second proper album—Foil Deer, recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn when the band wasn’t pushing forward on its hectic 2014 tour schedule—comes out on April 21, 2015. The songs represent a leap forward, possessing a lightness that mirrors Dupuis’s post-grad school outlook; they also have a deliberate nature to them, one that emanates from extra studio time and more experimentation with the band’s essential form. (Ferm contributes a few unexpected guitar parts; Falcone’s vocal harmonies zing in with more force.) Speedy Ortiz possesses big-tent rock swagger and punk’s restless yet intimate spirit in a way that makes the impulses seem identical; while the quartet can still command crowds at festivals like Primavera Sound and Pitchfork Music Festival, they also relish playing Boston’s teeming basements alongside the city’s next generation of bands. That willingness to push not just forward, but in all directions, makes Speedy Ortiz one of rock’s most exciting outfits.

Sep 10, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
The Crane Wives Album Release wsg Bigfoot Buffalo ($10adv/$12dos)
The Crane Wives are a homegrown indie-folk-rock band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The evocative, poetic songs of lead-singers / multi-instrumentalists Kate Pillsbury and Emilee Petersmark are brought to life with the help of bassist Ben Zito and percussionist / vocalist Dan Rickabus. Utilizing three-part harmony, warm acoustic instruments, ethereal electric color, bounding rhythms and a deep love of literature, the eclectic four-piece creates a unique, dynamic sound that is equal parts haunting and uplifting. Their music traverses innovative territory, ranging from whisper-quiet ballads to big, danceable grooves. After receiving local critical acclaim for their first two self-produced albums, the band is set to release their third, "Coyote Stories" August 29th, 2015. With a fourth yet-to-be-named album to follow shortly.

Sep 12, 2015 at 8:30PM
House of Boogie: Bell's Beer Garden (FREE)
All vinyl funk & soul dance party starring DJ Hardbargain & DJ Lasso. SPECIAL EDITION in the Beer Garden. Dance under the stars to classic funk and soul!

Sep 13, 2015 at Doors: 5PM, Trivia: 6PM-8PM
Team Trivia (FREE)


Sep 17, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Megan Dooley wsg Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys, Blake Elliot and the Robinson Affair (FREE)
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Megan Dooley has been performing in Michigan and surrounding areas for over 14 years. Steeped in rich American roots music that bursts with a modern attitude and soulful inflection, Dooley captures audiences whether performing solo or leading a full band. Her rich, gritty, and powerful vocals weave between punchy rhythm guitar, eloquent banjolele, and a “whistle as pure as birdsong, expressed with great musical aplomb.” to create a musical experience all her own. Dubbed “The First Lady” of the Kalamazoo music scene by Revue Magazine in October 2013, Megan Dooley is a Michigan performer that is not to be missed.

Sep 19, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Young Heavy Souls presents (FREE)
Young Heavy Souls is a Detroit-based record label and artist collective that focuses on releasing innovative electronic and hip-hop music. YHS made their Bell’s debut in February 2015, which served as a homecoming event for the Midwest collective. Featuring performances by Nortroniks, GOSH PITH, AceMyth, Pastel Arsenal, Jaws that Bite & Airjob.

Sep 20, 2015 at Doors: 5PM, Trivia: 6PM-8PM
Team Trivia (FREE)


Sep 21, 2015 at Doors at 7PM, Lesson at 7:30PM, Dance at 8PM
Square Dance Kalamazoo ($5)
Music by The Rhythm Billies, Caller: Bill Sudkamp

Sep 24, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Vox Vidorra wsg Kalamazoo Funk Collective (FREE)
Vox Vidorra, established in 2014, is a four-part partnership registered with the city of Grand Rapids and the state of Michigan with a taxable value of approximately $12.37. Their sole business is music from the soul. They provide a range of products and services, most notably their highly acclaimed debut record Promise Land, released in 2015. Needless to say, Vox Vidorra is strictly about business. Their name is a multilingual neologism and alliteration meaning ‘the voice of the life you’re meant to live’. Their range of products and services are intended to be consumed to firmly place this ideal, nay, fact into their consumers’ thinking and feeling places.

Sep 25, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Mustard Plug wsg Freight Bandits, Camp Dad ($10)
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

Sep 26, 2015 at Doors: 5PM - Show: 6PM
Already Dead Family Reunion 5 ($10)
Tickets available at AlreadyDeadTapes.com & Satellite Records Featuring performances by Longface, About a Miillion, sewingneedle, Public Speaking, Insect Factory, Free Cake for Every Creature, Son Drop, More Eaze, & Problems that Fix Themselves

Oct 01, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Joe Marcinek Band wsg Pleasant Drive ($10)
Joe Marcinek Band featuring Joey Porter from the Motet and Cecil McDaniel who played bass with Stevie Wonder! Pleasant Drive supports.

Oct 03, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
The California Honeydrops ($10adv/$12dos)
The California Honeydrops don’t just play music—they throw parties. Drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their live shows. They’ve taken the party all over the world: on their nine European tours, to featured slots at such premiere festivals as Monterey Jazz, High Sierra, and Outside Lands, and performances in 2013 supporting B.B. King, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, and Allen Toussaint. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.

Oct 08, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
The Mushmen wsg Terror! Terror! Oh My!, Ghost Bunnies (FREE)


Oct 09, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
DOPAPOD wsg The Nth Power ($15adv/$18dos)
The Boston born, now generally Northeast based, but ever on-the-go Dopapod has come a long way from their college basement, DIY party roots. While maintaining to be as grassroots as their humble beginnings, the group has earned praise from taste making critics like Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Jambase, Relix, and The Boston Herald, all the while tending to their ever expanding community of devoted listeners. The past 4 years have individually held the weight of about 150 shows, which have included numerous festival appearances like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Summer Camp, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Peach Fest, & Gathering Of the Vibes. All of this time on stage with each other has given the band the opportunity to explore the wide variety of influences that has impacted them to be the players they are today. But, don’t be quick to think that the no holds barred experimentation is unguided. While the brush in their hand uses every color, it’s the stroke on the canvas that gives Dopapod a distinct voice in the way of crafty songwriting.

Oct 10, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Pimps of Joytime ($15)
Anyone familiar with the Pimps of Joytime live experience knows the feeling—that moment when a deep bluesy groove morphs into a full-on EDM dance beat, or the sensation when their wide-eyed audience collectively elevates in sync with the band’s tangible energy. You might accurately call this Brooklyn-bred quintet a ‘post-genre’ band; they’re a group whose sound—even within a single song—mirrors the diversity of our era’s wide musical tastes, like mashing up ‘70s funk with a house beat, or memorable hooks infused with three part vocal harmonies. It all goes into the Pimps’ pot, over a soulful roux of rhythm and groove.

Oct 16, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Super Happy Funtime Burlesque ($10)
Super Happy Funtime Burlesque is a 12 member touring monstrosity. A live band, a burlesque troupe, a circus act, that is all together too contemporary, too modern, too bawdy, and too controversial to be defined just as “burlesque”

Oct 17, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
That 1 Guy ($15)
With an extensive and amazing track record of unique and imaginative performances featuringhis curious instrument and copious amounts of originality, Mike Silverman aka That1Guy has set himself apart as a true one-of-a-kind talent that rivals any other artist currently in the entertainment industry. Averaging 150-200 shows a year all over North America and Canada, he has been a consistent favorite at such festivals as: Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Big Day out, All Good, Bella, High Sierra, Summer Meltdown, Montreal Jazz Festival, and many more. He was also the ʻTap Water Awardʼ winner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for best musical act. His legendary collaboration and multiple tours with Buckethead as The Frankenstein Brothers has further cemented his virtuoso story as a creative visionary as well. His innovation continues to soar with the announcement of another tour kicking off in January 2015. Along with his pioneering main instrument, The Magic Pipe, a monstrosity of metal, strings, and electronics, facilitates the dynamic live creation of music and magic in ways only That1Guy can conjure, expect to see magic as well now integrated into the already clever performance. With this addition of incorporating magic seamlessly into his live shows, he has legitimately achieved an all inclusive audio/visual performance unlike anything experienced before. “So much of my music has miraculous qualities to it because itʼs hard to tell whatʼs going on. There are lots of slights of hand and sonic misdirection. It feels like I was meant to do magic”. Silvermanʼs backstory is very similar to many musicians that have come before him. He grew up a self proclaimed music geek, soaked in the influence of his jazz musician father, and enrolled in San Francisco Conservatory of Music before joining the local jazz scene himself as a sought-after percussive bassist. This is where the similarities end, though, and where That1Guy truly began. “In my case, being a bass player, I just felt very restricted by the instrument itself,” he says. “Iʼve always wanted to sound different and have my own sound. I was headed that way on the bass, but for me to fully realize what I was hearing in my head sonically I was going to have to do it my way”. His influential and innovative double bass style eventually evolved into what we see today as That1Guy and ʻThe Magic Pipeʼ. As his story continues to develop, Billboard has famously noted, “In the case of Mike Silvermanʼs slamming, futuristic funk act… the normal rules of biology just donʼt apply.”

Oct 23, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
of Montreal wsg Diane Coffee ($17adv/$20day)
Hailing from Athens, GA., of Montreal have carved their own niche -- establishing themselves as a band that thrills fans with compelling live performances, delights critics with their constant innovations, and continually showcases their musical evolution by drawing from a different set of influences for each album. Primary songwriter Kevin Barnes pours emotion -- heartbreak, frustration, elation, whimsy -- into lyrics that shift from adopted personas to invented alter egos to unobstructed views directly into his psyche.

Nov 07, 2015 at Doors: 7PM, Show: 8PM
The Infamous Stringdusters wsg Horseshoes & Hand Grenades ($17adv/$20dos)
At the helm of today’s bluegrass advancement stands The Infamous Stringdusters. Composed of Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass), this acoustic quintet combines a collective skillset seldom rivaled, but often reveled. The Stringdusters’ resume includes five studio albums, three International Bluegrass Music Association awards, and a Grammy nomination, but their true brilliance lies in their passion for live performance. Intricate harmonies, cleverly composed arrangements and their profound commitment to presentation induces traditionalists and newcomers to stomp their feet on common ground.

Nov 13, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Andy Frasco & the UN wsg The Mainstays, Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish ($12adv/$14dos)
Andy Frasco, the 26-year old Los Angeles, CA native singer/songwriter/band maestro/entrepreneur/party starter/everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies “The U.N.” have been dubbed “Party Blues with a touch of Barefoot Boogie.” Frasco’s shows can be described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a good ole fashion freak out.

Nov 21, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
The Ragbirds Record Release ($12adv/$15dos)
Led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds utilize an arsenal of instruments from around the world. The Ragbirds are a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler's bow.

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