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    2017 Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival Kickoff Concert with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

    Presented by at Kalamazoo Valley Museum

    March 3, 2017

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    2017 Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival Kickoff Concert with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

    Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys 
    Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
    Genre: Americana Roots
    Members: Lindsay Lou, Joshua Rilko, PJ George, and Mark Lavengood

    Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys kick off the 12th Annual Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival on Friday, March 3rd, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. The Flatbellys' throwback sound, propelled by Lindsay Lou's striking delivery, spins a sort of musical magic that meshes Appalachian tradition with rootsy Michigan vigor. 

    When Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys found each other jamming at open mics and music festivals around Michigan, they couldn’t have predicted what would lie ahead of them. In the past year alone, touring behind the release of their most recent record, Ionia, they’ve been featured in the lineup of prestigious affairs such as the Shetland Island Folk Festival, the 55,000-attendee Stagecoach Music Festival in California, the Bluegrass Jamboree all over Germany, and a number of the best acoustic music festivals in the US, including Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan, Strawberry Music Festival in California, Redwing Roots Festival in Virginia, and Pagosa Springs Folk Festival in Colorado. They were also named one of NPR Music’s 12 best live performance sessions of 2015 by Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, a program which has featured acts like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Amos Lee, Joan Baez, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and PHISH.

    Having earned their name at a Michigan Bluegrass festival from a fellow picker who proclaimed, "It's good to see you Flatbellys out here pickin with us Greybeards," today Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys keep one foot in the Great Lakes State and the soul of Motown, and one in Music City, USA: Nashville, TN. They still embody the soul of a good jam or late night pickin’ session, and also have honed in on a sound that’s entirely their own, drawing from soul, blues, folk, jazz, and maybe even a trace of that techno beat. When asked what he thought about LLFBs new record, lead singer and mandolinist of the highly-acclaimed band Greensky Bluegrass said, “What do I love about 'Ionia'? Let's keep it simple. Everything.”

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    Mar 3, 2017: 6 pm - 8:30 pm (Fri)

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