Grand Rapids, MI- This June, The Pyramid Scheme rocks hard and pays homage to the past with this month’s lineup.
Friday, June 1: June kicks off with Al & the Black Cats. The band maintains a reminiscent 50s rock sound but boost it up with a nice slice of punk. They’re joined by 40oz of Spite, with sound similar to the likes of NOFX and Bad Religion. Also playing Kamikazi Kicks and The ChupaCobras. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Doors open at 9pm and the show is 18+.
Sunday, June 3: Don’t pay, just play. Pinball Free Play Night makes its triumphant monthly return. Take the opportunity to beat your high score from Tales of The Arabian Nights or Terminator 2!
Thursday, June 7: It’s time to thrash. Help promote the new feature film by Joel Potrykus and starring Joshua Burge premiering this summer! APE for ‘APE’ featuring live performances from The Apostles, Rick Chyme, Chance Jones, Head, and Moto. There is a $5 suggested donation. Doors are at 8:00pm. 18+ welcome!
Friday, June 8: There are three bands whose albums marked 1993 as one of the most significant in all of alternative rock history. 1993: A Tribute will showcase Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream, Nirvana’s In Utero, and Pearl Jam’s Vs. in their glorious entirety. Members of 12 Grand Rapids bands are coming together to play and pay tribute to these defining albums. Show is at 9:30, 18+, and tickets are $10. Doors will open at 8pm.
Saturday, June 9: Scott H. Biram will take you for a rough ride. Bad Machine: Scott H. Biram featuring Lydia Loveless roughly and fearlessly lashes together blues, hillbilly and country to clash with punk and godless metal, leading followers to what has been described as a “fiery baptism.” If you’re in the mood to go to hell and back in a night, tickets are $8adv and $10dos, ages 18+ with doors opening at 8:00pm.
Tuesday, June 12: Last year, they sold out MXTP, and now Bayside visits the Pyramid Scheme. The Long Island pop-punk group is set to play at Warped Tour this year, and last year released their newest record “Killing Time.” Also making a stop on their tour is Polar Bear Club, also having released an album last year. Joining the lineup as well is Make Do and Mend, with this being their first performance after touring in the UK, as well as Into It Over It, selected to be a part of the Vans Warped Tour Compliation through SideOneDummy Records. Tickets are $13.50 in advance and $16.00 at the door, and doors open early at 6:30pm. This is an all ages show.
Wednesday, June 13: Formed in 1973 in New York, the band Television served the underground rock scene and are viewed as highly influential for post punk guitar because of the musicianship of guitarists Richard Lloyd and Tom Verlaine. Playing lead for the likes of Matthew Sweet, Patti Smith, and Rocket from the Tombs, Richard Lloyd (Television) will perform solo his solo work along with ranchy garage rock from The Semi-Supervillains and experimental garage blues band grRoPolis. Tickets are $12adv, $13dos, ages 18+. Doors open at 8:30pm.
Thursday, June 14: Dancing and drinks await at Retro D’Luxe: June with DJ Jef Leppard spinnin’ the throwback tunes from the 70s, 80s, and 90s! 21+ please. Only $2 to get in, and doors will open at 9:00pm.
Friday, June 15: If you specialize in parties with “underground and ironic dance music, and life,” get your bottom half and the rest of you to Bottom 40 this Friday. Tickets are $5, 21+, and doors open at 9:00pm.
Saturday, June 16: This day marks Pyramid Scheme’s FIRST EVER annual outdoor music festival, T REX FEST! Great music, Michigan beer, and delicious local noms! Headlining is Pinback who are currently NOT TOURING, do NOT miss out! An excellent lineup continues with Dead Prez, El Ten Eleven, The Men, Joe Connor, Frontier Ruckus, and Leslie and the Ly’s! Shorts Brewery, from Bellaire, MI, is bringing down special brewpub only releases for the festival and local restaurants Rockwells/Republic, Stoner Tacos, and Bartertown Diner will provide food. Our festival sponsors are Shorts Brewing Company, Vertigo Music, Quality Draft, Stella Fly, Grand Rapids Night Out and Lott3Metz. This event is only $20.00 in advance! Gates open at 2:00pm and music will start at 2:30pm. This event is 21+ and cash only.
Saturday, June 16: T-Rex Fest After Party with PARTY SUPPLIES, DOPEHEAD, DREAS, SPYDRE MURPHY: Get ready to keep the party going post T-Rex fest! Party Supplies is the stage name of Justin Nealis, a Queens-born singer/producer and literal one man band whose handmade MPC symphonies and heartfelt stage presence blend hip-hop energy with anthemic indie hooks. Detroit Hip Hop artist, Dopehead returns behind critical acclaim and growing popularity. DJ’s Dreas and Spydre Murphy will keep the beats coming all night. Doors are at 10:30pm, tickets are free for T Rex Fest attendees and $5 for everyone else. It’s a 21+ show.
Friday, June 22: Valient Thorr + Holy Grail + Royal Thunder + The Kickass! The rock n’ roll saviors from Venus who crossed the solar system to warn Earthlings about the error of our ways, delivering a message of redemption wrapped in rock n’ roll, return to The Pyramid Scheme! The grizzled time-space travelers may look like a chapter of the Hell’s Angels, but there’s much more to this band than meets the eye. Their combination of heavy rock n’ roll and thought-provoking lyrics gives their legions of fans–dubbed the “Thorriors”– food for thought through their staggeringly productive output. Ages 18+ and tickets are $10 advance/$12 at the door.
Thursday, June 28: Black Cobra + Gaza + Wizard Castle + Mean Mother: Southern Lord Records artists, Black Cobra, is a two piece, punk/hardcore-fueled sludge metal behemoth that catapulted themselves onto the scene in 2001 with their ravenous, upbeat and unique style; and explosive live shows. Hardcore/metal hybrids Gaza, Chicago hessians Wizard Castle, and Michigan’s own Mean Mother open the show. Tickets are $10 ADV/$12 DOS and is an ages 18+ show.
Friday, June 29: Slum Village: Rising from the rugged streets and rich musical tapestry of Detroit, Slum Village still carry the old-school, funk, and soul-filled hip-hop torch of genre pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and the Pharcyde. Hip Hop legend J-Dilla began his career with Slum Village, and their collaborations with artists such as D’Angelo, Q-Tip, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kanye West and Old Dirty Bastard lend credibility to their past and enrich their current output. Along with them, returning to the venue is A.B. + Lady Ace + Suport. Tickets are $15adv and $20dos. The show is 18+, and doors open at 9:00pm.
Flosstradamus: July 5th
The Pharcyde: July 6th
Electric Six: July 14th
Invincible: July 21st
High On Fire: July 23rd
Shonen Knife: July 31st