Show of the Week: Live music from The Coop and EGi at The Avenue Cafe

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6:16 pm
Rosalind Arch

“Lost in thought, found in sound” is the creative mantra of The Coop, a Chicago electronic band headlining this Friday at The Avenue, along with Ethereal Groove Inc.

The Coop, is a unique blend of electronica, rock, and jazz, and is sure to attract a wide variety of music lovers. The Avenue’s booking agent, Steve King, also promises a fantastic light show. Band members include Jake Barinholtz on drums, guitarist/rhythm laptop player Danny Biggins, keyboardist Joe Re, and bassist/lead laptop, Cason Trager. Since its formation, the members of this independent band have acted as musicians, recording engineers, producers, and DJs in order to create and produce their own distinct sound.

Opening for The Coop is Ethereal Groove Inc., a progressive funk rock band also formed in Chicago. This band experiments with all different kinds of sound from funk to bluegrass to hip hop in order to create something new and fun for every audience. EGi includes Joe DeLucca on bass and vocals, Noe Perez on guitar and vocals, James Hernandez on guitar and vocals, Michael Gonzales on percussion and Devon Bates on Drums.

Previously an internet coffee shop, The Avenue has been a Lansing venue for up and coming artists since 2012 when it remodeled, adding a full bar. Now it hosts students studying by day using the free Wi-Fi, and people of all ages enjoying the bar and performance venue by night

This spacious two-story cafe holds 300 people and hosts a variety of events every week, including concerts. Locals gather for Karaoke every Monday night, and Game Night every Tuesday, which according to King, “brings in a really great crowd for eating, drinking, and of course, playing board games.” Customers are encouraged to bring their own game or join another table.

This independent cafe also offers half-off on Wednesday to all service industry employees. Its main attraction however, is the venue that has continued to flourish within the music community since its opening.

Bands of all genres come from across the country to stop in and play at The Avenue. Friday’s show invites audience members to enjoy innovative new music, an awe-inspiring light show, and their great selection of Michigan craft beer.

Doors open at 9 PM on Friday, March 13th and tickets can be purchased online at The Avenue’s website or at the door for $10 dollars. The Avenue is located at 2021 E Michigan Ave.








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