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Third Thursday Local: Fatwood

April 21, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Third Thursday Local: Fatwood
April 21, 2022 at 7pm
$10 adults (at box office only), student admission is free.

Crystal Theatre is digging into the rich deposits of local talent and bringing talented artists from our neighborhoods to a new audience in full concert format in this series; Third Thursday Local concerts continue in April with Fatwood taking the stage on April 21, 7 p.m. Tickets for Third Thursdays are available at the box office, only – $10 adults, student admission is free.

Fatwood is a five piece band based out of Iron River, MI. Established in 2018, Fatwood creates original music influenced by Rock, Pop, Blues, and Jazz. Tones of saxophone, piano, guitar, driving bass and drums, delivers Fatwood’s unique sound and original music. Fatwood promises to deliver a great evening of modern music written with a classic vibe.

All 5 members come from different parts of the United States including, Chicago, California, West Virginia and Michigan.  Meet the band…..

Matt Bessemer: Self-taught lifer musician, wandering adventurer, and poet, Matt Bessemer has been playing and singing his whole life.  After fronting the post punk group Ethyline/Magnafux for 20+ years, he found his way to the Upper Peninsula with a trunk full of madrigals and melodies. Every so often, he descends from the forests of Mt. Gaastra, to co-create uplifting grooves. Ancient and incendiary magic that he hopes will move the hearts of those who hear it.

Kevin Lasilla: The latest addition to Fatwood, and coming from Chicago, IL, Kevin has played in such bands as Menagerie, Slide Water, The Sun Dogs, Crossroads, recording regularly at Chess Records in the 70s, and Pegasus records in the 80s. Located in Iron River, he currently performs with the likes of Fatwood, Crossroads and the band Easy Money.

Brendan Dance:  is a saxophone player from Tucson relocated to Iron River in 2018. Born in Milwaukee his early years were spent studying jazz and attending jam sessions to get playing experience. In 1992 Brendan moved to San Francisco where he continued bebop studies and played in various original bands. After more than a decade in SF, a chance to leave the big city for Tucson presented itself and Brendan left for the Old Pueblo. Now Brendan calls the UP home and Fatwood is his main musical venture.

Todd Moser: Born in the hills of Morgantown, West Virginia in 1971 and relocated to the Iron Mountain area in 2006.
Playing in many bands throughout his musical career, most notably the band Moon(now Phantom Six), Asteriskathon, Family Atomics, and /Dev, Todd has quite the background in music, and also creates his own.
Todd holds down the low end with a vengeance and locks up to groove with Lenny on Fatwood’s very own.

Lenny Johnson: is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in the small town of Johnsburg, IL. Lenny’s past in the entertainment business consists of playing in the bands 4 of a Kind, Woofer, Awakened, and was the owner/operator of Ultimate Karaoke & DJ Services.

Lenny moved to the Upper Peninsula in 2015. He enjoys fishing, sports, and family time with his wife, and children. A recording drummer for multiple artists, a signature artist for the likes of Creative Percussion, Scorpion Percussion and has found a home playing drums for the band Fatwood.


April 21, 2022
7:00 pm
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