Detroit’s Nice Place Hosts ‘Punx ‘N Funx’ Show with Emerging Music, Visual Art Tonight

Funx ‘N Punx show poster by Peter Kotas

Nice Place will host a bevy of “Punx ‘N Funx” music along with emerging art in Detroit at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Located at 70 Glynn Ct., the Motor City creative workspace will feature the music of Ape Not Kill Ape, Summer Like The Season, Space Trash, Jemmi Hazeman & The Honey Riders and Bryni Makiko as well as pop-up visual art from Jacob Waymaster (aka Synefeld), Zach Wendt, Isabel Leader and Sam Welsing of Blueberry Thrift.

“I want every musical act, every artist to work off each other’s creative synergies and styles. I’m excited about the eclectic nature of the show and believe the performers will complement one another in a unique way,” said Patrick Norton, organizer and manager at Nice Place and guitarist for Dirt Room. “I’m eager to see the different scenes from around the city come out of the woodwork and step outside of their social circles.”

Ape Not Kill Ape

For the “Punx” side of music, Ape Not Kill Ape, a Grand Rapids post-punk trio, will perform raw fist-pumping tracks from their 2017 full-length debut, “Bushman.” Adis Kaltak, (vocals, bass), Brett Dame (guitar) and Allen McAllister (drums) will bring an introspective, primal feel to connect with the crowd at Nice Place.

“We’re pretty confident about a lot of the ‘Bushman’ material,” said Kaltak, who was born in Slovenia and grew up listening to Bosnian music, ABBA and The Beatles. “We’re going to do the bulk of some new stuff for our 30-minute set along with two or three older songs.”

On the “Funx” side, Detroit’s Summer Like The Season, will share their electronic indie art rock along with unique harmonies, breakbeats and ethereal soundscapes.

Summer Krinsky (vocals, drums), Sam Naples (bass), Tasha Pearce (guitar, vocals) and Scott Murphy (electronics, keys) will feature material from their two EPs, “Friend of the Monster” and “Thin Today,” as well as their latest single, “Wakey,” a dream-induced, electronic track that explores getting lost in one’s thoughts.

“The set is kind of undergoing a transition into something that features more of an ability to breathe. We’re starting to embrace what our role as live players bring to these songs, which were recorded in the box all by Summer,” Naples said. “More songs that we’ve worked on in a live room as a quartet are starting to come to the surface.”

Jemmi Hazeman

The “Funx” side also will evolve into fresh coast indie psych pop-rock with Jemmi Hazeman & The Honey Riders, the Michigan-based quintet of Hazeman (vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keys), Caleb Nettles (guitar), Jamie Dulin (bass), Colt Caron (synths, keys) and Shane Fleisher (drums).

Hazeman will lead the crowd on neural psychedelic road trip while playing groovy, tripped-out tracks from their 2018 debut, “Kozmic Maze,” and their latest single, “Nothing’s On My Mind,” a sparse poppy electronic track perfect for an afternoon reverie.

“We will have at least one new song, ‘You’ll Never Find Out,’ that will be on the upcoming ‘Phaze’ EP, and it will be one of the first times we’ve played this song before it’s in a recorded format,” said Hazeman, the musical alter ego of songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Yateman. “I think it combines some of the elements that you would hear on ‘Kozmic Maze,’ kind of like western funk.”

With additional shows scheduled for Jan. 20, Jan. 25 and Jan. 29, Nice Place will continue to serve as welcoming collaborative space for burgeoning musicians, artists and poets. The site is expanding creatively to add a film, public access TV show, record label, hostel and extra workspace.

“Making art and music accessible and having different crowds of people, including artists and musicians network, helps everyone grow,” Norton said. “Ultimately, we will need a larger space to put these plans into action, so we’re looking to collaborate with creators around the city and partner with people who have resources they want to contribute to bring these projects to reality. Freedom of expression and freedom of creation, that’s the message we bring to Detroit.”

Show Details:

Punx ‘N Funx with music from Ape Not Kill Ape, Summer Like The Season, Space Trash, Jemmi Hazeman & The Honey Riders and Bryni Makiko

Pop-up visual art from Jacob Waymaster (aka Synefeld), Zach Wendt, Isabel Leader and Sam Welsing of Blueberry Thrift

6:30 p.m. tonight, 70 Glynn Ct. in Detroit

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