We have enlisted the help of Ashley Bovin, our ukulele player in waiting, to help us with shedding light on what is actually happening tomorrow at the Pyramid Scheme. The following is her take on what is offered.
The Wealthy Orphans are throwing a pretty big party to release their new CD, Throwing Glory, and you are invited. Beginning at noon this Saturday at the Pyramid Scheme, it's an all-ages show with something for everybody. It all leads up to a set list of the Wealthy Orphans' music, new and old, a celebration of the band's growth over the years towards its first Wealthy Orphans album.
Through blending of guitar, accordion, vibraphone, and vocals, and drums, The Wealthy Orphans have created their own unique sound that always lets their audience experience something new. Self-described as gypsy music with folk, zydeco, and klezmer elements, you can’t listen to The Wealthy Orphans without feeling a little joy in your step and a pulse in your soul. The band's BandCamp page states they play music "forged in the heat of real life," and when you listen to it, you'll know what that means. The words highlight the less glamorous but more beautiful experience of life. This music is about seeing, embracing, living. Despite the minor tonalities and the sad vignettes, the music will get you dancing -- even if you think the song’s too sad to feel that happy. Take, for instance, “Broken Dreams.” When one hears “Broken Dreams,” replete with its Murphy’s Law imagery but zestful in its musical composition, one doesn’t see life as a constant stream of disappointments. Instead, one sees life as full of beauty in the decomposition, in the run-down and down-and-out. There’s a celebration of the human experience, however happy, mundane, or depressing, and it’s honest music like this that can bring people together in totally new way.
The Wealthy Orphans' mailing list states the band is "always looking for ways to create multidisciplinary events as a means to create a richer context for our music." Saturday's album release is the fulfillment of this vision with the family-friendly collection of talent lined up. The event will offer something for everybody. Grand Rapids' own Brian VanderArk will play a short set and emcee the afternoon. Kevin Kammeraad will entertain kids and adults alike with his mesmerizing puppet show. Strawberry Heritage will set the tone for the Wealthy Orphans' set with their chill folk alive with warmth and nostalgia. And dancers from Armentality dance studio will add texture and form to a new Wealthy Orphans song, "Dangerous Places." Chuck Peterson is creating a unique film as a backdrop for the Wealthy Orphan's setlist. Throw into the mix free Georgio’s pizza for the crowd, and this is one community experience you won’t want to miss. Come and live a little slice of life with us this Saturday afternoon.