Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts / Zombie Jesus & the Chocolate Sunshine Band / Willa Rae / don’t
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00amView event on Facebook
Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis leads a double-life, as both a comic book artist and an indie-rock musician. Beginning with homemade cassettes in the late 90s, and moving on to touring the world and releasing “proper” albums since 2001, Jeffrey’s now 15-year career has included sharing bills and tours with the likes of The Vaselines, The Fall, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Roky Erickson, The Mountain Goats, Daniel Johnston, Devo, Pulp and many other luminaries. In between his contemplative folk narratives and bashed-out indie-punk songs Jeffrey is known for often including a couple of his illustrated songs in each concert (what he calls “low budget videos”) sometimes covering historical topics (like “The History of Communism”), biographies (like “The Life of Barack Obama”) or strange flights of fancy (like “The Creeping Brain”). Appearing in the past as Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters (featuring his brother Jack and David Beauchamp), Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard and other touring ensembles, his newest band incarnation is Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams (pronounced “drams”) featuring Mem Pahl on bass and Heather Wagner on drums.
Rough Trade Records (label of The Smiths, The Strokes, etc.) has released six Jeffrey Lewis albums to date; Jeffrey has self-published eleven issues of his comic book series Fuff, and Jeffrey’s writing, illustrations, comic books and music have been featured by The Guardian, The History Channel and The New York Times (among other places).
Undoubtedly fate (Craigslist) brought together this unique musical experience formed in May of 2010. Zombie Jesus and the Chocolate Sunshine Band use a simple and fun, yet secret recipe to combine heartfelt pain, happiness and humor with fun rock ‘n’ roll.
Willa Rae Adamo, a Detroit dweller with an old soul, got her start with classical and opera vocal training at the early age of twelve. Though her musical inclinations have strayed from opera, her classical roots bare through in her powerhouse of a voice. Under the influence of icons such as Johnny Cash, the Violent Femmes and Ani Difranco, Willa Rae’s love for rock and roll was fully consummated, with an incredible repertoire of original songs to show for it. A singer-songwriter at her core, Willa spends her time crafting songs that reflect the beautiful disaster that is the human condition, telling stories of love gone bad, and reckoning with the ghosts of her own past. If you’re lost, if you’re lonely, if you’re in awe of the world around you – listen in.