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10B - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 7, 2004

7B - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 7, 2004
point counterpoint

Soulive accentuates
activism at Blind Pig



Soulive, one of Music for America's headliners, fuse jazz, funk and soul to produce an utterly unique sound.

By Michelle Kijek
Daily Arts Writer
When concertgoers strolled up to
the Blind Pig on September 22, it
was obvious an event of momentous
proportions was about to ensue.
It might have been the group of
Music For America volunteers pac-
ing up and down the line of people
awaiting the show that triggered
the excited eyes, but most likely it
was the giant 40-foot recreational
vehicle parked on the curb in front
of the entrance to the venue that
inspired such enthusiasm.
And enthusiastic they should have
been, as that night, Ann Arborites
were privy to a performance by
Soulive, a trio of musicians that
melds jazz, funk, and soul together
into a genre of music that needs no
The electricity buzzed from one
speaker to the next as fans clam-
bered past the admittance counter
and the merchandise tables, where
eyes casually glanced at the table
at the end of the line. The table
itself was short a leg on one side
and closed into tight quarters with
the sound booth, but neverthe-
less was an active force during the
opener's set. It was the MFA booth,
and were just as excited about get-
ting people involved in government
issues as they were in enjoying a
night of auditory delight.
In a move to create progressive
political change by way of the
arts, the MFA organization invited
Soulive to play at the show to get
the message out about the upcom-
ing vote.
But when the lights turned low
and Eric Krasno on the lead gui-
tar, Alan Evans on the drums and
brother Neal on the organ, hopped
onto the stage, nothing but their
funkified beat was the focus of the
evening. At every turn, Krasno
showcased his talent with impro-
vised guitar solos that had the
entire audience drooling from the
corners of their mouths. It was
Neal Evans on the organs, though,
that inevitably took control of the
gold bond
332 Maynard
(Across from Nickels Arcade)

show. His skills on the organs sus-
tained the momentum and punched
out the climax of a majority of the
With a trumpet and saxophone to
fill out the 1950s jazz club sound
that Soulive revisits with each live
performance, the band indulged
the audience with a few oldies from
more recent times, James Brown
"Sex Machine" and Jimi Hendrix's
"Cross-town Traffic." Both songs
sizzled with new energy.
"Wednesday's Soulive show was
a blast," University student Zach
Warlick commented.
Warlick's fellow concertgoer,
Kirk Whitelaw, added, "Based on
what I've heard of their material,
I was expecting a mellow set, but
they rocked pretty hard and the
crowd seemed to be feeling it. My
favorite part of the set was when
they played James Brown's, 'Sex
Machine.' I also thought the addi-
tion of the sax and trumpet was
really cool. Those guys could real-
ly wail."
But in addition to a beautiful
night of groovin', that little wood-
en table squished behind the sound
tables, where MFA sat diligently
by, can't make their voice heard.
In fact, more than 70 people signed
up on the organization's e-mail list,
of which the majority wrote that
they would like to be volunteers.
Tyler Price of Ypsilanti even got
the materials needed to register to
vote. "It's the perfect place to get
people involved," he said. "These
are the kind of people that might be
not so sure if they're going to vote.
Kathryn Russel, a Wayne State
student, expressed her opinion as
to whether the show was a success,
"Definitely, people put their names
down, they're gonna either be
called or get e-mails and whatnot,
they're gonna at least be informed
of the organization and that's half
of what you work for."
She added, "I think it's a good
target audience. If you're trying
to look for a progressive vote, why
not find it at fun shows such as

Il!' '" By Predator
For the Daily
The boil-
ing political and
social implica-
tions surrounding
Courtesy of FOX the inflammatory
issue of gay marriage are what com-
mand my attention - and hence, this
column - this week. Dear citizens of
a Free America: Let us preach against
this injustice with the fierce tenor of
radical change! No longer should two
loving people - nor extra-terrestrials
- be denied the basic right to celebrate
that communion publicly, to have their
joy validated by the small yet necessary
tax breaks enjoyed by those linked in
"traditional" matrimony.
We mustn't let the cogs in the con-
servative machine dictate the right to
happily and legally join in marriage,
especially when one of those cogs once
covered his rippled chest in oily mud
and engaged in a primal, exhilarating
battle with yours truly (Arnold - you
know how to reach me). Listen, I respect
the conservative factions of this country
as much as the next semi-machinated

interstellar mass-murderer, but I simply
must condemn this heinous usurping of
civil liberty.
I long for the day when I can walk
down the street in my netted stockings
and not be mocked openly by Michael
Keaton (as if!). Cat Stevens gets bet-
ter treatment on an econo-class trans-
Atlantic flight than I get in your basic
sports bar.
Don't get me wrong: It's not like I'm
... gay, or something. Just because I
keep my razor-tipped boomerangs clean
and my stockings are completely trans-
parent and so tight they cut off circula-
tion to my feet doesn't mean I need to
be ridiculed in public. I'm just standing
up for the rights of "alternative" lifestyle
space-travelers (and humans!) every-
where. Someone's got to stick up for us
... them. If that person happens to have
a few dozen Congo guerillas X-ed out
on a tattooed, muscular forearm, then
so be it.

Courtesy of FOX

extremely gay marriage.
That's what life's about after all, right
- being happy? I believe every man
should seek out gayness in all facets in
his life: his job, his car, his house and, of
course, his wife.
It's like George Washington wrote in
the Constitution, "Every man should pur-
sue life, liberty and the pursuit of happi-
ness." I'm sure old George and Martha
had a very gay marriage.
I ran into my friend Scott Baio the
other day at Starbucks, and we got to talk-
ing about the election that's coming up

By Alien
For the Daily
Of course I sup-
port gay marriage!
Who in his right
mind wouldn't?
My wife Joan Van
Ark and I have an

in a couple of months. I couldn't belie
what he told me: Apparently our presid
George Bush doesn't support gay m
riage! I'll always vote Republican, but t
is one issue I can't agree with George c
If only there were more gay marriag
in our country, then maybe our child
would be better behaved. I think my k
Chip and Debbie are turning out so w(
because of the loving, supportive atn
sphere created by the gay marriage Jc
and I have. I don't want to bragbut I thi
we represent the American dream: fall
love, have a gay marriage and have tv
beautiful, well-behaved children.
You know who I think is behind th
plot to ban gay marriage? Obi-Wan Lac
and the rest of those Iranian terroris
They hate our freedom, our liberty a
our gayness. Having a gay marriage is ju
one more way to defy those terrorists a
tell them loud and clear: These colors
not run.

I i

bcxily Arts Mix Tape


1. "Sound of Stereo"
- Model 500
2."Nude Photo" -Rhyt
Is Rhythim
3. "Clear" - Cybotron
4. "No UFOs" - Model
5. "Jupiter Jazz" -U
derground Resistance-
6. "Move Me" - Eddie
° Fowkes
7a 7. "Substance Abuse"
- Richie Hawtin
8. "Televised Green
Smoke" - Carl Craig


1. "Pump the Move" - E-
2. "Strings of Life" - Derrick
3. "Future Shock" - DJ
4. "Juke" - Stacey Pullen
5. E.S.P. - Kenny Larkin
6. "Hyped ip Plus Tax"
- Dabrye
7. "Nite Life" - Adult.
8. "bog bays" - Matthew
Total Time: 85:35

Techno, one of Detroit's most important musical exports, doesn't really get as much respect here as it doe
in Europe. Daily Arts Writer Punit Mattoo presents a basic introduction to Detroit techno, starting with th(
old school Belleville Three (Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May) who, under various aliases, created the
dark, widely imitated Detroit techno sound. Also included is a visit to the second and third waves of artists wh
have branched out from the original sound but haven't forgotten their musical roots.

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