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The Legal Immigrants play Rock ‘N’ Roll music, a genre often tasted but seldom savored. The band hails from various parts of Michigan, but they are currently nestled in the clean streets of Grand Rapids.
Once described as some strange alien cross-breeding of The White Stripes and The Rolling stones, their live show resembles more of a musical assault than a performance. Their frenetic style often leaves concert goers with more questions than answers.
The band was formed by Joe Bockheim (guitar/vocals) in 2009 shortly after his leaving Central Michigan University. A mutual friend linked he and Tony Lubenow (drums), and the pair have since been inseparableß. Trevor Reidsma (lead guitar) and Stefan Schwartz joined the band (in chronological order) in the winter and summer of 2013, respectively.
TLI has played with quite an eclectic array of artists, sharing a stage with the likes of: Foxy Shazam, Blackberry Smoke, Blind Melon, Sugar Ray, Rusted Root, and many more. Their unique ability to seamlessly transition from scrappy and snarling to delicate and soulful (and back again), is a pivotal component to the bands broad appeal.
TLI released their self-titled debut album in December of 2012, and are currently hard at work recording their sophomore effort.