JOHN ZAINEA AND THE MANIA with BEATS AND ANGELS and MIKE TATU at The Vernors Room

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
doors at 9pm
tickets: $5 at the door

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John Zainea's life changed when he drove his automobile across the Kent County border into Ionia, Michigan. The month was April; the time was the afternoon. The song that came over his radio was Sufjan Stevens's "Flint (For The Unemployed and Underpaid)." John listened and was riveted. This made sense: simple melody, declarative sentences, major scales on horns as accompaniment. He listened to the remainder of the album en route to his home in Chelsea, Michigan. By the time he had arrived at his destination, JOHN ZAINEA AND THE MANIA had already happened. It was too late. It was really only a matter of time, at that point. John had been handcuffed - musically speaking - for five years. A failed relationship, a religious fallout, and a diet lacking in sugars had hamstrung a musician once filled with potential. He had played multiple instruments; he had sold tapes of himself singing Billy Joel songs to girls in middle school for $10 a pop; he was a highly-touted jazz trumpet recruit coming out of high school; he was classically trained; he had played piano bar gigs as a fourteen-year-old; he had a song of his notorized by a Pultizer-Prize-winning author. To no avail. He hadn't written a song in over one-thousand days. He was paralyzed with indecision. Stevens's album that April day took the handcuffs off of John's wrists and said, "Write! Sing! Arrange!" John obeyed. In his one-bedroom apartment in the upstairs of an elderly woman's home, he crafted dozens of original songs in his newly-discovered style.

With BEATS AND ANGELS and MIKE TATU

 

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