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New South Bend Music Venue

Observer Scene | Sunday, October 12, 2008

One of the area’s most unique live music venues, the Potawatomi Greenhouse will play host to a night of deejays and bands today. The latest “Music at the Greenhouse” event will feature five diverse performers in different areas of the conservatory, including jazz artists Eastern Seaboard and The Squirm Ensemble. The Potawatomi Greenhouse, itself a botanical conservatory that houses a variety of tropical plant life in the daytime, is located at 2105 Mishawaka Avenue in South Bend.The first artist listed is Eastern Seaboard, a Brooklyn-based band who takes a modern twist on free-form jazz. The band consists of bassist Jordan Schranz, drummer Seth Nanaa, and reed player Brent Bagwell. The band, according to their Web site, describes themselves as “raised on Sonic Youth’s ‘Daydream Nation’ and wooed by John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme.'” Their most recent album, “Nonfiction,” is currently for sale on their Web site for $15. With a unique flavor and an expansive sound, Eastern Seaboard should prove to be an interesting listen.Music at the Greenhouse organizer Thom Klepach describes the night’s second artist Kocho-Bi-sexual’s shows as “a rare mix of reverent hilarity, wistful surreality and raw booty shakin’ fun.” Kocho-Bi-sexual consists of Emi Kariya, Sebastian Paulson, a Roland Space Echo and a Hammond console organ. The duo met in New York City and soon combined their musical talents to create one dynamic act.Midwestern natives the Squirm Orchestra are best described as an experimental jazz act. The band often uses ordinary objects in composing their sound. With members from Michigan, Illinois and Illinois, this live, improv band has a local flavor and an electric soul. Klepach describes their sound as “electro-acoustic.” The band will likely perform with a reel of accompanying videos.The evening’s fourth band is the Red Falcon Projects, a South Bend-based group who counts among their influences Prince, Chuck White, Koji Kondo and The Miftang Audio. Describing their sound as “futuristic folk,” the band also makes use of synthesizers and lasers in their techno-influenced sets.Rounding out the night’s lineup is 21 Jumpsuit. Both 21 Jumpsuit and the Red Falcon Projects belong to local label “I, Absentee” Records. Based out of Canton, Ohio, 21 Jumpsuit consists of music producer Carl States and often experiments with a blend of classic psychedelia and modern electronica.