The Fever Haze wsg Secret Grief, Small Parks and Summerpunx
May 9, 7 p.m.
Lemonjello's Coffee, Holland
lemonjellos.com, (616) 928-0699
Being a big fish in a small pond can have its upsides.
Eclectic rock 'n' rollers The Fever Haze hail from Zeeland, which, as you may have guessed, doesn't boast much of a (read: any) music scene. Even the scene in nearby Holland has witnessed better days.
"(Holland's music scene) has not been super busy in the last year," said Jake Kalmink, vocalist and guitarist for The Fever Haze. "We usually get more out-of-town bands."
But, The Fever Haze provides some local flavor while leveraging a busy year of concerts to creep into the Grand Rapids area and elsewhere throughout The Mitten.
The band will be performing at Lemonjello's Coffee in Holland, one of the city's primary hot spots for local music, alongside buds Secret Grief (Muskegon), Small Parks (Lansing) and Summerpunx (Lansing). The show is free and will run right alongside the annual Tulip Time Festival.
Lemonjello's is home base for The Fever Haze — two members work at the coffee shop — but it required a more savvy business approach to booking its hometown to help the band find a nice draw to live shows.
"There was a point, probably around two years ago, where I was booked at Lemonjello's once every month," said Kalmink, who technically started The Fever Haze as a solo project two years ago. "The turnout wasn't as good. Then, we played Lemonjello's in July of last year and then didn't play in Holland again until December and our show in December had a really great turnout."
Along with the hometown show, May is shaping up to be a defining one for The Fever Haze. The band will release a 7-inch this month along with its first full-length album, which will be released digitally. Kalmink said the band originally planned to put that album on an LP, but it was too long and didn’t fit.
In addition to that, the band plans on working on yet another album while making the trip to Howell on May 24 for the annual BLED Fest. Then, somewhere in between all that, the band memebers might actually have a chance to take a breath.
“We’re really excited to play BLED Fest,” Kalmink said of the festival, which will be held at the Hartland Performing Arts Center and features headliners like Title Fight, The Menzingers, Bane, Fireworks and Hawthorne Heights. “This will actually be our first big festival show.”
While the band features a relatively bloated roster of musicians — Brian Mulhern (drums), Alex Perez (bass), Nick Richardson (guitar), Dylan Kerfoot (trumpet) and Josh Mann (Saxophone) — it’s a lineup that is dedicated to the project, which has helped the band to build its recent success.
“We recently have gotten new members just because some previous members have had other jobs and stuff that kept them busy,” Kalmink said. “Now, we have a tight group that is into it and we’re all willing to put in the effort.”
Local music and the greatest thing to ever happen to an upper lip come together on May 16 at the Stache inside The Intersection. The 2nd Annual Mustache Masquerade will feature musical performances by FLASHCLASH, F.O.C.K.S. and SNITS. The event will feature mustache competitions and you don't even have to be manly enough to grow one in order to compete. Money raised will support Making Smiles For Hope, a charity that creates headbands, hats and other items for sick children at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
Gamer nerds, get stoked. GR8 BIT LIVE II is going down at The Pyramid Scheme on May 3. This whole show will be comprised of video game music and features bands Playing With Power!, Super Guitar Bros. and X-Hunters. Proceeds will go to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
Grand Rapids rockers Still Remains, also of national fame, will take stage at The Pyramid Scheme on May 17 alongside locals Fine Fine Titans and Equal Parts. Stilly will also bro down with a reunited Haste The Day ('member them?) on May 2 in Indianapolis.
Looking for some new local tunes? Grand Rapids-based folk rock band The Muteflutes will be wielding their new album at May 10's CD release show at Billy's Lounge. This 21-and-over show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Cover charge is $5.