Hazel ParkMay 10, 2013
Concert, gallery series supports Arts Festival
By Andy Kozlowski
C & G Staff Writer
More than 40 bands will perform at the Phoenix Café’s May Bash, including:
HAZEL PARK — For Memorial Weekend, the Phoenix Café will be a revolving door of musical acts — more than 40, in fact, from around Metro Detroit and as far away as White Lake, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
In addition, the gallery of the renovated café will feature the works of numerous local artists — a sampler of what’s to come at the Hazel Park Arts Festival in September.
Called the May Bash, the multi-night concert series and art show will run from May 24 through May 27. Doors open at 5 p.m. each night, performances start at 6 p.m., and the show goes on until 1 or 2 a.m.
Admission is $5 per person each night. Proceeds benefit the Hazel Park Arts Festival, which this year will be at Green Acres Park from Sept. 28-29. The festival is now in its second year, and is the brainchild of local artist Julie Fournier.
The masterminds behind the May Bash are Been Frank and Steven Gamburd. Gamburd also runs the gallery space at the Phoenix Café. Both men are artists themselves, and they’re looking to assemble a musical lineup as diverse as the art that will be displayed in the gallery.
“It’s going to be an eclectic event, so there will be different genres across the board,” Frank said. Examples include rock, hard rock, jazz, R&B, grunge, funk, folk, hip-hop, pop, electronic, experimental, alternative and Americana. “There’s definitely going to be a lot of variety, so there will be something for everybody to enjoy.”
There will even be classical piano music by Hans Barbe, owner of the Phoenix Café. He will perform during set changes. Other interim acts include the comedy of Ted Riot and the electronic compositions of Wavebeam.
“I really want to see all of the bands,” Frank said. “For the lineup, I’m looking at the progression of the evening, trying to keep a momentum going, getting more energetic as the evening goes on.”
Food and refreshments, including Chazzano Coffee, will be available for purchase. The renovations to the café earlier this year have resulted in a seating area that is cozier, more spacious and accommodating than before. The acoustics of the performance space greatly improved, as well.
Then there’s the art gallery. Candi Randazzo-Boik will bring her porcelain-and-fabric “zombie dolls,” made from recycled materials. Steven Goossen will showcase his landscape photography — some of it with color editing for added atmosphere. Jason Milan, who is also playing in the show, will feature his abstract line-work print compositions. Brian Lewandowski will share stained-glass mosaics, and Gamburd himself will bring newer Yupo paintings — Japanese synthetic watercolor papers, full of color and texture.
Other artists will be on display, as well.
“This event is going to be really big,” Gamburd said. “This is the second four-night concert series we’ve had at the Phoenix Café. The last one was two years ago. We wanted to take advantage of the Memorial Day festivities in Hazel Park.”
Frank said the show has much to offer people of all tastes.
“This event embodies a lot,” Frank said. “It embraces all of the elements of art, both visual and audio. It’s in a social hub for the community. There is so much positive energy in the space itself that it is just going to be a real good time. And when you come to support the actual indie artists, the upcoming festival and the café, it’s a way to support the community and metro Detroit as a whole.”
The Phoenix Café is located at 24918 John R in Hazel Park. The “May Bash” concert series and gallery show is from May 24-27. Doors open at 5 p.m. each night, performances start at 6 p.m., and the show goes on until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. Admission is $5 per person each night.
For more information, call (248) 376-7658 or visit www.phoenixcafe.org.