Bell’s Eccentric Cafe and Brewery
KALAMAZOO: Chicago funk, soul, and R&B group Bumpus will perform at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe and Brewery in Kalamazoo on Friday, February 8th. Though Chicago may be Bumpus’ hometown, they’ve found an unlikely second home in Michigan. The show at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe will start at 9 (doors at 8) and costs $10. Kzoo locals Lushh are the special guests of the evening. You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.
James Johnston, frontman for Bumpus, explains how their connection to Michigan’s upper peninsula led them to return to Bell’s. “Many years ago we happened upon a club up there (Upfront and Company) and discovered an incredible enthusiasm and energy that got stronger each time we returned. The club since closed down, but our following remained and now it feels like the entire town of Marquette knows when we’re in the city. [Michigan has] basically the best fans in the world. They let it all hang out and are never shy about expressing their excitement. That excitement for our band attracted the attention of Upper Hand Brewing (another Bell’s brand) where we played their summer BBQ event last summer, which led the Upper Hand folks saying “We’ve got to get you down to Bell’s!'” And the rest, as they say, is history. Don’t miss Bumpus’ “Way Down Deep” soul and funk stylings at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe on Friday, Feb. 8th!
Bumpus has brought their explosive live funk and soul performance to venues all across the US and shared the stage with many of their heroes including, The Roots, Dr John, The Wailers, War, Maceo Parker & Fred Wesley. Their latest release, Way Down Deep (2018), features Chicago native, Tina M. Howell. Ms. Howell’s lyrical substance and powerhouse vocals have become the clear focal point of Way Down Deep, reinvigorating Bumpus along the way. From the EP’s opener “Already Mine,” a stalker-themed retro funk burner, to the soul-searching “Anything,” Way Down Deep marks a bold new direction for the band expressed through heavy doses of Ms. Howell’s unfiltered personality.
“Made up of musicians with ties to Western Michigan University, this eclectic five-member ensemble ignores all the rules, like all great jazz acts should, and just creates its own sound. Most recently, the band recorded a full-length album live at a mixed-media event where visual artists and a live audience interacted with the improvisational flow. Inspired by everything from video games to electronica, metal and soul, expect the unexpected from these freethinkers.” ~ Revue Magazine
About Bell’s Eccentric Cafe & Brewery
“Our journey began with a 15-gallon soup kettle, a quest for better beer and countless batches of homebrew. The passion and personality that began Bell’s continues today through our breweries and Eccentric Café. We continue to grow and evolve, dedicated to our mission; to be fiercely independent, 100% family owned, deeply rooted to our community, committed to the environment and brewers of inspired beer.” ~ Bell’s website