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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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Jul 30, 2015 at Doors:7:30pm, Show: 8:30pm
Marshall Crenshaw wsg Cris Jacobs ($20/$25)
Born near Detroit, Michigan, Marshall Crenshaw began playing guitar at age ten and he received his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of Beatlemania. In 1987, he played Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic “La Bamba.” While living in NYC, he recorded the single “Something’s Gonna Happen” for Alan Betrock’s Shake Records, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. His debut album, Marshall Crenshaw was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established him as a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. The record spawned the Top 40 single “Someday, Someway,” which rockabilly singer Robert Gordon covered and scored a hit with a year earlier, and other classics such as “(You’re My) Favorite Waste of Time,” “Whenever You’re On My Mind” and “Cynical Girl.” Over the course of a career that’s spanned three decades, 13 albums and hundreds of songs, Marshall Crenshaw’s musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of melody, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base. Marshall Crenshaw has recently started releasing his music on a subscription based EP series available only on 10” vinyl and digital download. Each EP consists entirely of newly recorded, never-before-released material, encompassing a new original Crenshaw composition, a classic cover tune, and a new reworking of a time-honored Crenshaw favorite. Marshall is also kept busy touring around the country and hosting his radio show "The Bottomless Pit" every Saturday on WFUV.

Jul 31, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Zion Lion ($6)
The right mix of Reggae, African Zouk, Mucosa, Zoukous, and some Afro-Latin influences

Aug 01, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Donna the Buffalo wsg Big Dudee Roo ($18adv/$20 day of)
Original roots music since 1989, infused with elements of cajun, rock, folk, reggae, and country.

Aug 06, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
G. Love & Special Sauce ($27.50adv/$30 day of)
Twenty years after the release of their self-titled debut and eight years since their last live performance together, the original lineup of G. Love & Special Sauce return with their first album in nearly a decade. Built on the trio’s signature hip-hop blues sound, Sugar finds vocalist/guitarist/harmonica player G. Love (aka Garrett Dutton), upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens breathing new life into their groove-heavy, Chicago-blues-infused brand of stripped-down rock & roll. “The goal for the album was to make it really raw and immediate, with live takes and live vocals and everybody playing so that it all comes together in that intangible way,” says G. Love. “That’s what our music is all about.”

Aug 07, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
DC wsg Meagan McNeal, Alexandria Way, Lady Ace Boogie ($10)
An electrifying night of r&b, hip-hop, and neo-soul with a collection of incredible MI-based female performers.

Aug 08, 2015 at 8:30PM
House of Boogie (FREE)
All Vinyl Funk & Soul Dance Party

Aug 10, 2015 at Doors at 7PM, Lesson at 7:30PM, Dance at 8PM
Square Dance Kalamazoo ($5)
Featuring music by the Downhill Strugglers with John Cohen. Calls by Dot Kent

Aug 12, 2015 at Dusk
Movies in the Beer Garden (FREE)

Aug 13, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
People's Temple wsg Legendary Wings (FREE)
Since 2007 The Peoples Temple, a Michigan rock‘n’roll band, has consistently released acclaimed LPs and 7-inches on a number of indie labels, including a single on Jack White’s Third Man Records. The four piece outfit, made up of two sets of brothers, is currently touring in support of its new album “Musical Garden,” the band’s third full-length on HoZac Records. The LP/CD is a collection of random tracks recorded over the previous year and a half. Here’s what Pitchfork said about the new “Musical Garden” LP: “Those Lansing boys in the People's Temple have become a reliable staple in the garage-pop landscape. On their third album, they're still ripping and stomping as well they were on ‘Sons of Stone’ and ‘More for the Masses’ … Their finest work comes on “I Don't Mind,” where they let their vocals echo and ring with minimal backing—just the ethereal, distant sound of what might be a tape machine. Of course, they're also ready to turn up the power, which they do exceedingly well on the appropriately titled “Fast Thrills.” Thus far, they’re three for three and show no signs of letting up.” - Evan Minsker.

Aug 14, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
UFO Dictator #11 ($8)
The 11th annual UFO Dictator Records festival in beautiful downtown Kalamazoo. 6 bands for $8. Featuring: NOTS (Memphis, Goner records), Rev Norb and The Onions (Green bay, Certified PR Records), Last Sons Of Krypton (Manitowac, Kryptonite Records), Trampoline Team (New Orleans, Pelican Pow Wow), No Bails (Kzoo/GR, Pelican Pow Wow), & Disastronaut (GR, Independent Fries)

Aug 15, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Lucas Jack wsg Zoie Moser, Meagan Hickman ($10adv/$12day)
Lucas Jack began his songwriting and performance career crafting songs for any and all family occasions as a small boy, a passion he carried as a teenager to the bars, hotel lobbies, and social events of his hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan – anywhere with an unguarded piano. This creative impulse was fostered throughout his twenties via collaboration with a series of bands while working as an attorney in Chicago. At last heeding music as a full-time calling, he left the corporate grind and released his first album, The Chicago EP, in 2012, followed by the full-length album, “Before I Forget, which is due out in February 2015. ucas Jack tackles complicated topics with the precision and poignancy of Dawes and The Hold Steady, while incorporating the tone, passion, and pop sensibility of Ben Kweller and Ben Folds. With his powerful tenor voice, Lucas Jack examines the complexities of love, life, frustration and individual triumph. His catchy pop-rock tunes create a sense of nostalgia in listeners, allowing them to access their own emotions and memories through the stories Lucas tells. After just 2 whirlwind years of a full-time music career, Lucas Jack has already opened up for Foreigner, and worked with Grammy-nominated producer Mack Damon on Before I Forget. The album was mastered by Grammy-award winner Greg Calbi (Paul Simon Graceland and St. Vincent Birth In Reverse) at Sterling Sound.

Aug 20, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
The Claudettes (FREE)
Chicago Blues-Jazz-Soul-Punk-Rockabilly-Cartoon-Music "A mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and "Fess" Longhair New Orleans R&B"--Downbeat Magazine

Aug 21, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Luke Winslow-King ($10)
Luke Winslow-King (born March 12th 1983) is a guitarist, singer, composer, and lyricist known for his slide guitar work, and interest in pre-war blues and traditional jazz. Winslow-King’s work consists of an eclectic mix, taking in delta-folk music, classical composition, ragtime, and rock and roll; juxtaposing original songs with those from a bygone era. Whether solo, or with a band, Winslow-King offers an original sound that is both rustic and elegant. He delivers energetic and dynamic performances, with his burgundy voice and versatile guitar playing.

Aug 22, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Keller Williams & Grateful Grass ($25adv/$30day)
OUTDOOR SHOW IN BELL'S BEER GARDEN - RAIN OR SHINE - STANDING ROOM ONLY - 1 set of Keller Williams - 1 set of Grateful Grass

Aug 23, 2015 at Doors: 7PM, Show: 8PM
Lake Street Dive wsg The Crane Wives ($25adv/$30 day of)
Lake Street Dive have been performing since 2004 after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The band was hand picked by Minneapolis trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson and named after an actual neighborhood of seedy bars in his hometown. Vocalist Rachael Price came from outside Nashville, Tennessee, bassist Bridget Kearney was an Iowa native, while drummer Mike Calabrese called Philadelphia home. “I wasn’t only impressed with their musicianship,” says Olson, who acquired the nickname “McDuck” while at the conservatory for his reclusive ways. “They were also a lot of fun just to hang out with. The first four years of rehearsals were more like glorified dinner parties.” It took a casually made video featuring the band gathered around a single mic, performing a cover of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” shot on a Brighton, Massachusetts, street corner to grab the public’s attention—its YouTube views now hurtling past a million views. What followed next moved very quickly—T Bone Burnett tapped them to perform on the Another Day, Another Time concert at NYC's Town Hall, featuring music from and inspired by the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, taped for Showtime. The New Yorker raved of their Town Hall performance: “I can’t imagine then, that Lake Street Dive—a quartet led by an amazing young singer, Rachael Price—won’t be getting some air time soon.” Rolling Stone called the band “unexpected showstoppers". OUTDOOR SHOW IN BELL'S BEER GARDEN - RAIN OR SHINE - STANDING ROOM ONLY

Aug 27, 2015 at Doors 8 pm, Show 9 pm
Vulfpeck wsg Kim VI & the Siblings ($15)
Vulfpeck is a half-Jewish German-American rhythm section based in Los Angeles. Originally studio musicians at Vulf Records, Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman, Woody Goss & Joe Dart have released five albums under Vulfpeck.

Aug 29, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
The Go Rounds Album Release wsg Heavy Color ($7)
Celebrate the release of the Go Rounds new full length new album "Don't Go Not Changin'"

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 10, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
The Crane Wives Album Release ($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 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

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 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.

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