The regional-touring act, which has been on a 100-gig-a-year schedule since they came together back in 2011, played Bell’s Eccentric Cafe for Kalamazoo beer week in January. Considering the highly-in-demand nature of Bell’s concert venue, Slim Gypsy Baggage weren’t expecting to make a stop there again any time soon, but the band was so well-received by audience members that they were invited to perform again, this time on St. Patrick’s eve.
The quartet, consisting of vocalist Morgan Ingle, bassist Matt Smith, guitarist Cam Mammina and drummer Scooter DeLong, have a difficult-to-define sound that combines elements of rock, funk, country, bluegrass and soul. Ingle, a powerhouse vocalist and a 2007 WMU grad, grew up listening to oldies, funk, Motown and reggae, while Smith, another WMU alum, with ties to the Bronco Marching Band and the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity, has more of an affinity for folk and Americana. Mammina rounds out the band’s eclectic music influences, bringing his love for old-school guitar masters like Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani and Jimmy Page into the mix.
According to Mitch Mammina, the band’s manager and their most ardent fan, Slim Gypsy Baggage is currently in the midst of an eighth run supporting their debut self-titled EP. The music is guitar-driven, with tight harmonies and varied modern parallels, from Modest Mouse to the Avett Brothers. In addition, the band has spent the past few months grabbing moments in the studio between concerts, writing and recording material for their second EP.
Mammina thinks Saturday night’s show will be a big crowd-pleaser, especially given the celebratory nature of the weekend.
“The show is going to be made up of probably 60% originals and 40% deep cuts,” he said. “People probably won’t going there to sing along, but they will definitely do a lot of dancing.”
Doors for the Slim Gypsy Baggage show will open at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow night (March 16), with the concert set to begin at 9:30. Tickets are only $5, and Bell’s will of course have their usual array of beers available on tap. The show is ages 21+.