Peter Wege Auditorium
1130 Wealthy St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
THE MARCUS KING BAND WSG: SLIM GYPSY BAGGAGE
LIVE FROM THE WEALTHY THEATER SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017
TICKETS: $20 ($17 FOR CMC MEMBERS)
THE MARCUS KING BAND: Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Bandleader. At only 20 years of age, Marcus King’s dazzling musical ability is evident throughout The Marcus King Band, the young phenom’s 2nd full-length LP and first for Fantasy Records. Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that King calls "soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock," the album highlights King’s gorgeous, rough-hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting all amidst a group of masterful musicians who, together, are quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts.
Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father—bluesman Marvin King, who himself was the son of a regionally-known guitarist—before striking out on his own. Going beyond the sonic textures of his acclaimed 2015 debut album, Soul Insight; The Marcus King Band broadens his sound, touching upon everything from funky R&B to Southern soul and Americana in the process. His band gets in on the action too, stacking the songs with blasts of swampy brass, a lock-step rhythm section and swirling organ.
The Marcus King Band features Jack Ryan on drums and percussion, Stephen Campbell on bass, Matt Jennings on keys and organ, Dean Mitchell on saxophone, and Justin Johnson on trumpet, trombone and backing vocals. Joining the band on the new album are a number of mentors and collaborators, including Derek Trucks (who plays guitar on "Self-Hatred. No guest plays a bigger role than Warren Haynes, though. A longtime champion of King's songwriting and guitar prowess, Haynes produced every track on The Marcus King Band (and contributed his trademark slide guitar on "Virginia"), expertly capturing the group's live sound for a cohesive collection reflecting the band's expansive explorations.
SLIM GYPSY BAGGAGE: SGB Is Rock/Blusey/Roots/ 4 piece band from South Western Michigan. Their styles of music range from Rock, Country/Americana, Roots and Blues...either straight out or wrapped in a Jam Band delivery.
From Northern Michigan's Blissfest to Austin Texas' South by Southwest, they have been hitting the road and playing live for the past two years and it’s been over the top…. The testimonials speak volumes, and they currently have over 350,000 google results!!!! As they look back at 2016, they had over 90 bookings, performed at 21 festivals, including the Grand Rapids’ Winter Beerfest and Detroit Beerfest, each attracting nearly 10,000 enthusiasts…. In early 2016, they recorded 12 new Slim Gypsy Baggage written songs, recorded at Kent Wells Studios (Dolly Parton) (their second record) in Nashville, TN....In late 2016, they recorded with Matt Rollings (Lyle Lovette), Tom Bokovak (Steven Tyler, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow), and Fred Effingham (Wallflowers). This band NEVER quits writing....which always brings a fresh approach to their live shows, of their original crowd favorites mixed with covers such Use Me, Don’t Let Me Down, Ocean etc…. They have such an extensive array of songs that many festivals will have the band perform 3 times on the weekend and never hear the same song twice!!
Slim Gypsy Baggage Is:
MORGAN INGLE: Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
MATT “RED” SMITH: Upright Bass/ Bass, Vocals
CAM MAMMINA: Resonator Lead Guitar
JOEL GORENFLO: Drums / Percussion