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Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys Wednesday 22nd July LINDSAY LOU AND THE FLATBELLYS With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, it's been said there is something to please all tastes in their live performances praised as real passionate affairs that stir the blood and exhilarate - from bluesy works of wonder to blistering bluegrass beauty. Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys are renowned for their fresh approach to the American roots genres which are explored and confidently conquered. The media got excited when they began to release their albums inEurope.Intoxicatingwas how Folkwords summed them up, while Maverick magazine said they playeduplifting rootsy acoustic music of the finest quality. Reviewing their brand new release, Folk radioUKsaid:Theres plenty to be shiny and happy about here.AmericanaUK said it was exciting with a pulse and rhythm that sets them apart. This year the band is one of the main headline acts at a number of prestigiousUKevents including Shetland Folk Festival, HebCeltFest and Poole Bluegrass Festival inDorset. All tickets 10 Doors and bar 6.45pm Starts 7.30pm
Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys $10In 2009 The Flatbellys recorded Get 'Round in a house on Foster Ave in Lansing, MI. Josh calls it an unofficial Bluegrass thesis for college years spent studying the topic. "Night classes" involved all sorts of unorthodox study methods. I was a groupie. I remember having BB gun target practice with our friend Nicky in the living room while the flatbelly boys were recording or rehearsing upstairs. (We gave it only 1 or 2 pumps before shooting). They released the record at Art's Bar on Kalamazoo Ave in Lansing. I was there. I took pictures and sang the harmony on Colleen Malone with Josh and Leslie [now bass player of the Colorado band, The Railsplitters]. Before the show our friend Becky spray painted the band name with red and black spray paint on an old white sheet. Soon after Flatbelly banjo player, Josh Brand, moved to Nashville to take the TN bar. Flatbelly flatpack guitarist, Jesse Meyers, moved to Colorado to become a pilot. Josh and Spencer joined a local bluegrass band, and I left the country for my last semester of college. When I returned I had an album's worth of material had convinced the two remaining Flatbellys, and a handfull of other Michigan musicians, to help me record it. We called it Lindsay Lou - A Different Tune. At that same time in 2010 Mark was putting together his first record, which also featured some of Michigan's finest and was entitled From Dust To Steel. We initially met and jammed with Mark at Blissfest Music Festival around that time, but it wasn't until 2011 when Jen Sygit brought Josh and I along with her for a show at Uncommon Ground in Chicago that we got to spend time and get to know him. I remember wondering if I had ever laughed so much and had so much fun in one evening. By 2012 we had been playing a lot with Mark, and we went into the studio to create Release Your Shrouds, which was immediately followed by our first tour of the East Coast. We went on touring nonstop as a four piece band and playing Michigan shows with our friend and banjo player Keith Billik until the summer of 2013 when Spencer left the band for life-off-the-road, leaving Josh as the last original Flatbelly. In October of 2013 we solidified our current lineup with PJ George on bass. His knack for harmony singing and playing soulful music on just about any instrument he choses has undoubtably had an effect on our music. You might see wisdom and experience when you see him, and it's not just the beard. PJ's musical background spans from being a bluegrass bassist to a drum major to a jazz pianist to co-founder of an alt rock outfit. He's toured extensively and has played a major role in recording a good number of albums. When he suggested we record our next record in our dining room, we latched onto the idea like a dog to a bone. 2014 saw us touring the West Coast, the East Coast, the Midwest and Germany together. We recorded an EP in Boston, which set us up well for the LP undertaking. Jeff and Susan from Beehive Productions came from New York and we cranked out a live performance of 12 songs in 4 days, which together form Ionia. It's the truest recording I've ever been a part of and I feel proud of it. 2015 will see us making two trips to the UK for tours including the Shetland Folk Festival, and extensive touring of the US including an appearance at the Stagecoach Music Festival put on by Coachella in SoCal.
Patchy Sanders - Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys SUNDAY, MAY 24Patchy SandersLindsay Lou & the Flatbellys8pm doors / 8:30pm show $12 adv $15 door / Get Tickets
The Lil' Smokies- Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys have been traversing the country with instruments in tow since the release of their 2012 record, Release Your Shrouds. The album showcased the band's instrumental ingenuity, Lindsay's vocal prowess and their aptitude for cultivating original material. It's been said about their live performances that there is something for everyone. From blues to bluegrass, Lindsay and her band have a fresh approach to the American roots genres which they weave in and out seamlessly from song to song. In short, Lindsay Lou, Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George are a heavy pickin', powerful harmony slingin', tight knit family fashion conglomeration. The finest folk, roots and world music in an intimate 200 seat listening room. Doors open at 7 pm to the "Folk Tailgate Party." Don't forget your picnic basket!