Trace Bundy and Sungha Jung
Peter Martin Wege Theatre, Grand Rapids
March 21, 8 p.m.
grballet.com, (616) 454-4771
The way things are going in the record industry, very few artists can still maintain a stance of true independence without also looking like total weenies/posers. The exception to this rule is Trace Bundy, a legitimately swinging solo musician who bears the notable distinction of having sold close to 100,000 albums on his personal label, Honest Ninja Music. How's that for integrity? That's what we call indie cred with a side of throwing death stars. Accompanied by Sungha Jung, another distinguished modern ax-master, Trace and his wildly ambitious combination of fretboarding, looping and all kinds of string pluck-age are making their way over to GR for a night of mind-blowing musical mayhem. And if you think that assessment is a gross exaggeration, just remember, this guy ain't no NINO (that's "ninja in name only") - he's as close to the real live friggin' deal as any of us is ever likely to get.