Western Herald – TONIGHT: Slim Gypsy Baggage takes the stage at Bell’s
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TONIGHT: Slim Gypsy Baggage takes the stage at Bell’s

Stan Sulewski
A&E Reporter

Michigan is known for many things, but the music scene has always been a driving force in the Great Lakes State. From The Temptations to Kid Rock to Bob Segar, the Mitten has never been afraid to show how diverse it can be. So if you’re looking for diversity in Kalamazoo this weekend, look no further than Slim Gypsy Baggage.

The band, made up of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Morgan Ingle, lead guitarist Cam Mammina, bass player Matt “Big Red” Smith and drummer Scooter Delong, will be playing a show at Bell’s Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo tonight, Saturday, Jan.19.

“We are a band that is sort of hard to define or place into one genre, because we all like so many aspects of music,” said Ingle on the band’s bio page. “We truly are like a family. We see each other almost daily; we have meals together often as well as weekly practices. We embrace the flavors that each member brings as well as all of the family support in the wings that keep us flying forward. We just do what we do because we love it and it is what we know how to do best.”

The quartet is from St. Joseph, Mich. and has been making music together since 2011. Slim Gypsy Baggage has a style that is difficult to pinpoint, but is peppered with rock, indie and reggae to create a unique sound that is hard to beat.

“Most, if not all of us, come from musical families in one aspect or another, so that definitely fueled our passion at young ages,” Ingle said. “But again there are so many diverse artists that inspire us, we become reluctant assigning our sound to one genre. We all feel like music is one of those things that is just inside us. It makes us happy and fulfilled to share with others.”

The band released its first five-song demo last winter and plans to return to the studio soon to work on a full-length album. They also plan to tour as much as they can, all while keeping up on their writing. The original demo can be heard on the group’s Facebook page, as well as on their band page at http://www.reverbnation.com/slimgypsybaggage.

Bell’s Eccentric Café is known for booking local acts, and these west-side musicians will be joining that tradition as they take the stage at 9:30 p.m. this evening. For just $5, you and your friends can come by and support some of Michigan’s local talent.

The band’s next show won’t be until mid-Feb., so those looking for a fix of smooth bass lines, shredding guitar, powerful percussion, and catchy lyrics won’t want to miss out on the musical experience that is Slim Gypsy Baggage.

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