REVIEW: The Inspired Show

Every fall semester, Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. hosts the Inspired Show; this year it was on Saturday, November 11th from 4-6 PM at the Ross Robertson Auditorium. On Instagram (@umichkpl), the sorority said this event “seeks to showcase a variety of cultural performances, mixing modern and traditional elements to bring Michigan exposure to various Asian performing arts,” which it certainly did.

There were 8 performances. In order they were:

Female Gayo (@femalegayo)

Photonix (@umphotonix)

Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. (@umichkpl)

DB3 (@db3_umich)

Seoul Juice (@seouljuice.umich)

VeryUs (@veryus.umich)

Revolution (@revolutionyoyo)

Moli (@moli.umich)

K-Motion (@kmotion)

I’ve watched and reviewed the majority of these groups before, many of which performed at Celebrasia. However, although the Inspired Show was only a week later, Female Gayo had a completely new set that ended with an original choreography they made to the song Money by Lisa from Blackpink and had the fun addition of shooting dollar bills into the air at the end.

Photonix is a crowd favorite and I wish I got to see more of them. They use glow-in-the-dark items to create rhythmic visual art by manipulating neon lights to music in pitch blackness. Much of the choreography involves teamwork, which is super impressive since the team must work together without being able to see. My favorite parts are when they hit the floor to change colors on a beat drop. Unfortunately, I couldn’t capture their performance well enough on camera, so take the chance to see them in person if you can!

I saw the sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda perform at the Yardshow, but they prepared two additional choreographies for their event: hip-hop and cultural. Their cultural dance is pictured above and it was the highlight of the show for me. Many groups use fans or umbrellas as props, but it was the first time I’ve seen the beautiful white and red long sleeves they wore. In addition, the music they used was purely instrumental, which was a nice contrast to the other music throughout the show. It truly felt like a cultural dance rather than a dance that just uses cultural props.

The Ross Robertson Auditorium is a nice venue; the only thing I wish is that the lighting had a spotlight on the stage to give it a more immersive atmosphere. Nevertheless, it was nice being in a new and comfortable environment.

Although there are a lot of parallels to Celebrasia, I recommend attending the Inspired Show. It’s a good opportunity to see different performers, such as Photonix and Moli, and new choreographies like Female Gayo’s. All proceeds are donated to the Ann Arbor Community Center, so you can make a difference and have fun at the same time.

PREVIEW: The Ark Open Stage (Open Mic)

Have you been honing those keytar skills throughout winter break and want to show off? Want to show off the results of all that practice singing to yourself in the car on your morning commute?

This is your chance!

On Wednesday, January 11th at 8 PM, 15 performers will be invited to the stage at the Ark for 8 minute performances each.

Sign up: 7:30

Selection: 7:45 and 8:30

It’s only $2 for students!

As the Ark states on its web site, locally famous acts such as Dick Siegel to nationally known artists like Gilda Rader have performed at open stage.

REVIEW: Lemaître

When I first walked into Necto nightclub to see one of my favorite bands of the last several years, I didn’t know what to expect.  It was the first night after an unprecedented election that left many, myself included, reeling. As I had expected, the audience was small, only a few people lingering around the edges of the dance floor at my time of arrival, and while more people trickled in as the night progressed, it certainly never felt busy.


The opening act was none other than Chet Porter, who despite battling a cold was able to impress the crowd with his unique remixes of popular songs.  I shamefully admit that I had never heard of him or his work before the show, but I was instantly struck by the distinctive calming and dream-like sound of his work.  His unique style allowed each song to seamlessly blend into the next. I’ve since looked up his music online, and found that he has no small share of popularity himself.  Below is his original song, “Stay” featuring the vocals of Chelsea Cutler.

When Lemaître finally took the stage, the energy in the room ratcheted up several levels. What the audience may have been lacking in numbers was more than made up for in enthusiasm. After the band members themselves encouraged the crowd to pack in around the stage, the performance started in earnest. Despite having listened to almost all of the songs on the set list tens if not hundreds of times, I was amazed at how the band was able to breathe new life into each and every song, never letting their energy flag.

There was a large sculpture of Lemaitre’s logo behind them, and it was lit up in flashing lights and colors that were synchronized with their songs, further enhancing the energy of the performance.  During one of their songs, “We got U,” they even projected a picture of Bernie Sanders onto the sculpture, as a response to the recent election.


If you are interested in hearing more, I highly suggest checking out the band on Spotify or YouTube.  Just yesterday they released a stunning new live version of “Playing to Lose.”

Preview: Halloween Band Masquerade at The Blind Pig

It’s that time of the year when Ann Arbor is abuzz again with events taking over every minute of Halloween Weekend. The 7th Annual Band Masquerade is happening at The Blind Pig with five local bands performing covers of some of the most popular rock songs and artists of all time. Well, we all dress as our favorite characters and go around town, so these immensely talented artists decided to dress like their favorite bands! I am extremely excited for this event as I’ve heard these artists for years, wished to be teleported to the 70s and every time I listen to either of these, I get the chills – and this is perfect for the season of spooks, chills and thrills! Feel The Pigs and the Dogs as you take your trip up the Stairway to Heaven and take a Bullet in the Head because IT’S HALLOWEEN TIME! (if you don’t get these references, please take time to listen to a few of their songs or make your way to The Blind Pig because you are seriously missing out on some amazing music)

The line up for the night will be:

-PINK FLOYD’S “Animals” album as performed by Counter Cosby & Friends

-LED ZEPPELIN as performed by Scissor Now!

-RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE as performed by Volcano Worshippers Hour!

-THE KINKS as performed by Cyrano Jones

-BJORK as performed by Junglefowl

This event is 18+ so bring all your friends and a valid ID for entry. Amazing wigs, trippy costumes and costumes are absolutely encouraged to get a blast of the past and well, have the most fabulous time jamming to this music. Come say hi to the girl in a Sriracha sauce costume if you spot me there! Tickets are $11 for 18+ and $8 for 21+.

You can find out more about the event on Facebook


PREVIEW: Crisler Concert

The MMB played under the lights during Notre Dames half time for the Beyonce show, 9/7/13
The MMB played under the lights during Notre Dame's half time for the Beyoncé show, 9/7/13. Photo by Gabriella Ring

Who: The Michigan Marching Band

What: Crisler Concert!

When: Sunday, November 17 at 5 p.m.

Where: Crisler Arena

Tickets: General admission $10 for adults and $3 for children age 11 or younger

The Michigan Marching Band’s annual Crisler Concert positions the band at the center of the basketball arena’s stage for an afternoon of halftime and pre-game favorites. It’s one of the last times the band’s all together before a potential bowl trip. You don’t want to miss the MMB project their powerful sound this Sunday.

Like the MMB on Facebook or preview some favorite half time performances on their YouTube channel.

PREVIEW: Band-O-Rama

Photo courtesy of MMBs facebook page
Photo courtesy of MMB's facebook page

Who: The University of Michigan Marching Band, Symphony Band and Concert Band

What: Band-O-Rama concert

Where: Hill Auditorium

When: October 26, 7:30 p.m.

Price: $5-$18 for adults, $5 for students or free with a Passport
The University of Michigan Marching Band, Symphony Band and Concert Band will take the stage at Hill Auditorium this Saturday for their annual Band-O-Rama concert featuring music from half-time shows and Michigan fan favorites. All the bands on one bill will be rallying behind Michigan spirit in support of the theme, “This is Michigan.” Come to the Hill to hail blue at Band-O-Rama this Saturday night.

For a free ticket, pick up a Passport to the Arts at your residence hall community center or the Office of New Student Programs on the first floor of the LSA building to redeem at the Michigan League Ticket Office.
Like the Michigan Marching Band on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, watch performances on their official YouTube channel, or visit their official website. Purchase tickets for the show here.