City Slang: Joel Peterson looks to come out of exile

Jun 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

On June 11, Joe McPhee and the Thing will play a show at the Tangent Gallery with the hopes of bringing Joel Peterson’s experimental vision, formerly at the Bohemian National Home, out of exile.

“For a few years, Joel Peterson booked some of Detroit's most adventurous music at the Bohemian National Home on Detroit's west side, from ex-Mothers of Invention to the Sun Ra Arkestra to Human Eye to Nathaniel Mayer. After a less-than-amicable falling out with his associates there, Peterson's Bohemian in Exile series has continued the same free-spirited programming in about a dozen spaces, from the Trumbullplex to the Kerrytown Concert House. After three itinerant years, Peterson and company have a space on Gratiot Avenue in Eastern Market, with plans to open a multipurpose performance room, gallery, café and more. We've heard a lot about building the stage and painting and possible names, but not a firm opening date. Shows on the horizon for May and June include Thollem McDonas with Arrington Dionyso, and separate gigs for free jazz giants Charles Gayle and Joe McPhee — either in exile or the new space.”

A Paypal account has been set up to help bring the new location, which could well be at Eastern Market, to life. Donations comes with rewards:

Over $25: hand-screened poster from our grand opening.

Over $50: poster plus free pass to the grand opening

Over $100: poster and two free passes to grand opening

Over $500: pair of passes to any 5 events in year one

Over $1000: special CD/video of select performances from year one

& pair of passes to any 5 events in year one

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