Mexicains Sans Frontiers

Mexicains Sans Frontieres is multimeida alternative artspace
located at 120 S Dvision #226 , Grand Rapids, Michigan
presenting the best in cutting edge new music and art.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Carl Ludwig Hübsch & Longrun Development of the Universe Trio

Mexicains Sans Frontieres and the German Goethe Institut
proudly present Carl Ludwig Hübsch and the Longrun Development of the Universe Trio
featuing Carl Ludwig Hübsch on Tuba, Mathias Schubert on Saxophones, Walter Wierbos on Trombone.
Nov 2 at 8 PM. All Ages
$10 Donation.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The self interview

Grand Rapids Social Diary sent me a person to do an interview a few weeks ago. It was supposed to come out on September and I was getting edgy wondering when the thing
would actually appear on the electronic page, I checked it everyday like a damn
fool. I was fed up and curious to see what the writer had come up with. I called him
and wrote the editor but nothing, then something came in my e-mail box, it was him
telling me his computer was having trouble. It sounded fishy, so I went on facebook
on the notes part and wrote my own damn interview, here it is with pictures by
Tim Motley.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lac LaBelle

Lac LaBelle
WSG Delilah DeWylde
Aug 20 @ Mexicains Sans Frontieres 8 PM
120 S Division Av #226
10$ BYOB
Lac La Belle is an intriguing trio that juxtaposes rural American music of the early-to-mid 20th century with their contemporary Rustbelt aesthetic. The result is a tradition re-imagined, or maybe just resumed. Lac La Belle began with its members learning an extensive repertoire of old-timey country and folk songs before developing its own material, but soon they pared down to some personal favorites as more and more original music was written. The songs were honed during two sizable tours in 2009 and this creative flurry culminated in its first eponymous recording, released in November of that year. Recorded by Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, Detroit Cobras, The Dirt Bombs etc), the entire record was cut live in the studio, using only a few microphones. Its spare production captures the timeless quality of Lac La Belle’s sound.

Jennie Knaggs moved to Detroit in 2004 and her singular talent has made her a fixture on the city's music scene. She is the 2000 Hollerin' Champion of Wise Co., Virginia and Letcher Co., Kentucky. In the course of travel and advocacy work in Appalachia, she learned folk music from local musicians. Her snapping rhythm guitar, mandolin and accordion playing are all in fine display with Lac La Belle. Knaggs has also studied opera and toured the Ukraine and Europe in various vocal ensembles. She currently performs in the rock group I, Crime, Odu Afrobeat Orchestra and as a soloist. Nick Schillace is internationally recognized as a solo instrumentalist who has contributed significantly to the American Primitive guitar canon with his releases Box Canyon (2005) and Landscape and People (2008.) Raised by folk and blues enthusiasts, he acquired early training at Augusta Heritage in Elkins, West Virginia. Schillace draws on this background as he sings and plays banjo, mandolin and resophonic guitar in Lac La Belle. Other recent work includes tenor guitar in Odu Afrobeat Orchestra, electric guitar in Indoorpark (with percussionist Jon Moshier) and acoustic strings in the experimental/traditional group Duo un Duo with Joel Peterson. Schillace has toured and performed with other finger picking greats, including Jack Rose, Keenan Lawler, Eric Carbonara and Glenn Jones. Multi-instrumentalist Joel Peterson has spent 15 years performing in some of Detroit's most noted groups, including: Immigrant Suns, Scavenger Quartet (with Frank Pahl), Kindred (with Faruq Z. Bey), Odu Afrobeat Orchestra, Xenharmonic Gamelan, BoxDeserter (with Thollem McDonas and Skeeter Shelton); he has also collaborated and performed with Rhys Chatham, Damo Suzuki, Amy Denio, Gino Robair, Luc Houtkamp, Tatsuya Nakatani and many others. He ran Bohemian National Home, formerly Detroit's leading music/art space, from 2005 until late 2008. Lac La Belle's Friend Space (Top 15)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I have been collaborating with The Viceroy on a series in their fancy new bar (53 Commerce). Recently had the Matt Clifford Trio. I will regularly switch things around taking a trip to the past and the future of jazz.
Please join me Thursday nights from
8:30 PM to 10:30..
Admission is 6$
the code on the digital pad
is.. shhh. ..1930

Amanda @ Mexicains Sans Frontieres

I have been photographing my friend Amanda of the band Lucky Bamboo.
Apart from writing her own material and designing clothes, she has been
graciously modeling for me. In the fall we will present a multimedia fashion show..

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Orange Nature

Orange Nature @ MSF
May 15th 8 PM
5$ Byob.

Tyler Vander Maas- Trombone, Chord Harmonica, Composer/Arranger

Aaron Bazell- Alto Saxophone, Clarinet

Alex Kreger- Piano, Harmonium, Melodica

Sam Copperman- Bass
East Lansing

Will Soderberg

Former Detroit Improvisor and producer Will Sodeberg comes to Mexicains Sans Frontieres
with a trio featuring:

Cornet, Violin, Trombone, Flute - James Cornish
Guitar, Electronics - Will Soderberg
Percussion, Keyboards - Curtis Glatter

June 5th at 8 PM
Admission is 5 $


Mexicains Sans Frontieres
120 S Division Av #226
Grand Rapids MI


Friday, May 7, 2010

Midwest Fest

Check out the Midwest Fest, some events will be at Mexicains Sans Frontieres
all shows are BYOB and listed in the Midwest Fest Calendar.

Subject: THURSDAY!
Midwest Fest 2010 is coming!

It all gets started Thursday night with the Kickoff Shows at the DAAC and Founder's.

Then Friday kicks off the full festival with a number of bands across 4 venues in the 100 block of South Division, headlined by Chicago's own Sybris and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.

Get your tickets if you haven't already:;

Spread the word to your friends, invite them to this group, and/or to the event pages:

Kickoff shows:

Midwest Fest 2010:

Also, we're trying to get $500 pledged by next Sunday. There's nearly 1,200 in this group. If everyone gave even $1, we'd achieve that goal and then some. It only takes a few minutes and can go a long way to help us continue Midwest Fest for years to come. If you donate more than $5, there are varying levels of rewards to reap for your efforts.


Thanks for the support already everyone.
It's been great!
The following sponsors should be thanked too:
Founder's Brewery
The Strutt Bar - Kalamazoo
The Meanwhile
Organic + Vintage Wear

plus the venues involved:
Mixtape Venue
Vertigo Music
Mexicains Sans Frontieres
Founder's Brewery Tap Room

Thank you everyone.
See you next week.

Founder, Midwest Fest

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Adam Rudolph & Ralph Jones

April 24th

@ Mexicains Sans Frontieres

120 S Diviision Av #226

Grand Rapids MI

Percussionist and composer Adam Rudolph returns to MSF

to perform his new album Yeyi with collaborator Ralph Jones

on various flutes and saxes, mbira and more.

all ages


John Ross

John Ross, beat poet, activist, journalist, author will make a rare appearance at Mexicains Sans Frontieres to promote his new
book El Monstruo
March 25th at 9 PM
Esta es una guerra contra el olvido..

Friday, February 19, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Prussia is coming to MSF January 16

at 8 PM in another coproduction with

Litribune Magazine.