DOBROS HEAL THE WORLD
With DREW HOWARD, MARK LAVENGOOD, AND JOE WILSON
Friday, June 28, 8 p.m.
Healing powers of the Dobro explored
It sounds strange, but maybe what the world needs is a little more Dobro! We’re going to test the possibility with three world-class Dobro and slide guitar players, for a night to remember! Mark Lavengood (Lindsay Lou), Joe Wilson (Steppin’ In It), and Drew Howard (a dozen albums by everyone from Mustard’s Retreat to Peter Madcat Ruth) are well known to Michigan audiences for their work with other artists, but we’re putting them together for an evening of Dobro synergy. When the Dopyera Brothers, John and Emil, formed the Dobro Manufacturing Company in 1929, they were dreaming of this show—they just didn’t know it yet.
LOS LONELY BOYS
Saturday, June 29, 8 p.m.
Texican rock and roll
The abiding sense of family unity and creative rapport that has produced two decades of great music has been built into Los Lonely Boys from the beginning. Indeed, Henry, Jojo, and Ringo Garza have been making music together for their entire lives. Their father, Ringo Garza Sr., was a member of another sibling band, the Falcones, which played throughout southern Texas in the ’70s and ’80s. The family relocated to Nashville in the ’90s, and soon Henry, Jojo, and Ringo Jr. began writing and performing their own material as a trio. They recorded their eponymous debut album in 2003 at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales studio in Austin, and Epic Records picked up Los Lonely Boys for major-label distribution in early 2004. The album quickly won the band a large national audience. Since then it’s been one triumph (and Grammy nomination) after another. :We want to make music that brings people together, not music that divides people,” Jojo sas. “We’re all about having a good time, but we also make an effort to write about things that really matter.”
THE GO ROUNDS
Sunday, June 30, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Genre-crossing psychedelic Americana from Kalamazoo
The Go Rounds are bits of all your favorite bands exploded into rock n’ roll confetti. Their unique brand of Psychedelic Americana Pop crosses, blends, and deconstructs genres from indie to country to art-rock and baroque folk, creating an accessible and engaging experience that will leave you telling your friends. The songs are catchy, twangy, and trippy, led by Graham Parsons’ spellbinding vocals, which weave through lush sonic textures and the band’s master class of intricate arrangements. The Kalamazoo quartet has released four LPs and four EPs, and playing countless Great Lakes music festivals. Their album “Don’t Go Not Changin'” made several year-end best lists and earned them 3 WYCE Jammy awards, including the Special Jury Prize of album of the year. They come to The Ark with a new album, “Whatever You May Be.”