Peter Wege Auditorium
1130 Wealthy St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Community Media Center announces the kickoff event in the "WYCE: Live at Wealthy Concert Series," featuring nationally-touring artists in fundraising concerts for local nonprofit organizations.
The inaugural event brings veteran Milwaukee-based rock band BoDeans to the beautiful listening room setting of Wealthy Theatre to create a unique, curated concert experience. Segments from the performance will be broadcast live on WYCE, and GRTV will be on-site to capture the concert for later broadcast and website content.
"I've always thought of the BoDeans as a truly American band," says Kurt Neumann, the founder, primary writer and frontman of the veteran Milwaukee-based group. "We were blue-collar kids straight out of the heartland - how could we be anything else? "Roots rock" was a label I fought when I was younger, but I came to realize that if by "roots" you meant blues, rock, country and soul all slammed together into one sound, then I'd say yes - that is the sound of American-made music."
Neumann fully embraces that notion on "American Made," the BoDeans' eleventh album. Its dozen songs are laced through with strands of indigenous roots elements - Heartland hoedown folk ("American," with guest Jake Owen spinning out the guitar solo), Celtic-rooted mountain music ("Walk Through This World," "Flyaway"), zydeco ("Everything You Wanted"), Southern roadhouse soul ("Don't Bring Me Down"), Chicago blues ("Shake the Fever") and 100-proof roots rock ("All the World"). These tracks are played with heartfelt emotion as well as jaw-dropping skillfulness by the band - Neumann on vocals and guitars, original member Michael Ramos (Patty Griffin, John Mellencamp) on keyboards and accordion, longtime BoDeans bassist Ryan Bowman and new member Warren Hood, a fiddle/violin virtuoso from Austin. As it turns out, the album title bears a thematic resonance as well as a stylistic one. With "American Made," the BoDeans have created a soul-stirring song cycle that directly reflects the American experience at this critical moment in our history.
The concert benefits D.A. Blodgett-St. John's, a 125-year-old agency that works in partnership with our community for the good of all children. The organization provides comprehensive services to children and families, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, foster care, adoption, and family support, as well as residential treatment and emergency shelter care at St. John's Campus. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to D.A. Blodgett-St. John's. The beneficiary will receive $1 per ticket for the first 100 tickets, then $2 (tickets 101-200), $5 (tickets 201-300) and $10 (tickets 301-400).