Acoustic band Brown Bird coming to Pyramid Scheme

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Brown Bird will be hitting Grand Rapids on November 4th at the Pyramid Scheme

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Courtesy Photo / Brown Bird will be hitting Grand Rapids on November 4th at the Pyramid Scheme

Chris LaFoy

The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids’ latest musical hot spot, will bring acoustic band Brown Bird to the stage on Nov. 4.

The Rhode Island duo, comprised of couple Dave Lamb and MorganEve Swain, will make a stop in Michigan to promote the newly-released album “Salt for Salt.” The band represents what the Pyramid Scheme is trying to bring to Grand Rapids: interesting and possibly off-beat bands that have a unique sound to share.

Tickets for the concert, which will also feature the band The Devil Makes Three, cost $12.50.

“Brown Bird hasn’t played in the Grand Rapids area as its current incarnation.” Lamb said, adding that as soloists they may have been in West Michigan in the past. Brown Bird began in 2003 as Lamb’s solo endeavor.

Onlookers will see a variety if different stringed acoustic instruments while watching Brown Bird. Lamb typically plays an acoustic guitar and a bass drum while he sings as the lead vocalist. Swain plays a assortment of instruments and lends her vocals to some tracks.

Brown Bird’s music is a unique blend of American folk, acoustic and rock with influences from the Middle East to the deep South.

“We are trying to touch on as many different genres of music as possible at the Pyramid Scheme,” said April Basile, general manager of the Pyramid Scheme. “I think having this show will open up a new crowd of patrons interested in our wonderful venue.”

The Pyramid Scheme merges these two concepts, finding bands with some success and bringing them to Grand Rapids while they are still willing to play stages smaller than the Van Andel.

“I think there’s a wide array of musical genres in Grand Rapids,” said Tom Pike, Grand Valley State University alumnus, instrument technician and local musician. “I also fee that there is plenty of room for innovative bands to make their mark.”

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