Where: Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. Who: The Macpodz with John Sinclair, UV Hippo, Chrystian Rawk When: 8:30 p.m. (doors) Saturday. How much: $15 (advance, $10) Info: www.blindpigmusic.com
Poet, writer and political activist John Sinclair is probably best-known in Ann Arbor as the man who was arrested in 1969 for giving two joints to an undercover cop, then sentenced to 10 years in Jackson prison for his crime. His release was secured in 1971, three days after a high-profile concert in Ann Arbor that included appearances by John Lennon and Stevie Wonder, after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the state's marijuana laws were unconstitutional. He has performed his spoken-word show with The Macpodz several times in the past, including last year’s Hash Bash show at the Pig.
U.V. Hippo or, more formally, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, a five-piece from Grand Rapids, bills itself as “Michigan's premier improvisational progressive rock band.” UV Hippo's third album, “Square Pegs Round Holes,” was awarded Homegrown Music Network’s 2011 Album of the Year honor and spent several consecutive months in the Top 25 of Jambands.com U.S. National Radio Chart.
According to the Chrystian Rawk website, the band is either “a derivative, post-grunge, ABABCB song form, guitar centered rawk band” and “a 4 piece Oakland, Calif.- based outfit committed to the honest fight for sanity in face of the many metaphysical crises of early adulthood.” Take your pick, or check ‘em out at www.chrystianrawk.com.
FATTENING FROGS FOR SNAKES 2011