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Tuesday, February 26

Patti Smith

St. Maybe

7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show

All ages welcome

$32.50 advance, $35 day of show

Patti Smith

Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967. It was there that she met Robert Mapplethorpe, and together they encouraged each other to attain their artistic pursuits.

In 1975 Patti Smith released her seminal first album, Horses. This recording was followed by Radio Ethiopia, Easter, which included her top twenty hit "Because the Night," and Wave.

In 1979, Smith relocated to Detroit. She married Fred "Sonic" Smith in 1980 and had two children, Jackson and Jesse, both now musicians in their own right. In 1988, Patti and Fred Smith recorded Dream of Life, which included the classic anthem, "People Have the Power." After Fred's passing in 1994, Smith moved back to New York to transition into the next phase of her life.

Since then, Patti Smith has released Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, and Twelve, as well as a compilation album entitled Land and a reissue of Horses. Horses was inducted into the National Recording Registry on June 23, 2010 by The Library of Congress/National Recording Preservation Board. Smith also released Outside Society in 2011, the first single-CD collection to span her Arista and Columbia years from 1975 to 2007.

Patti Smith's art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Represented by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York since 1978, her exhibition Strange Messenger was launched at the Andy Warhol Museum in 2002 and her multimedia exhibition Land 250 was featured at the Cartier Foundation of Contemporary Art in 2008.

Most recently, Smith's exhibits have included Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue in New York City at Hunter College's Art Gallery in 2011, a visual response to the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001. Patti Smith: Camera Solo, Smith's first museum exhibition of her photography in the United States, was displayed in Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum from October 20, 2011 to February 2012 and then from June 1, 2012 to September 1, 2012 at The Detroit Institute of Art. The Patti Smith: Camera Solo exhibit will travel to the Art Gallery of Toronto in 2013.

Patti Smith is the author of Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering, Auguries of Innocence, and Just Kids. Just Kids, the critically acclaimed memoir of her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, was awarded the 2010 National Book Award.

Smith has been widely recognized for her accomplishments in various arts. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and was awarded the honor of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, France's highest honor for contribution to the arts and culture. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Rowan State University, Pratt Institute of Art, and the School of Art Institute Chicago. Steven Sebring's 2008 documentary feature, Patti Smith: Dream of Life, was acknowledged internationally and received an Emmy nomination.

Smith's lifetime achievement in music was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award in 2010, and was also recognized internationally with the bestowal of Sweden's Polar Music Prize in 2011. Smith was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2011, as well as one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists.

Patti Smith and her band released a new studio recording entitled Banga on June 5, 2012. The band has spent the summer touring Europe, and will headline a North American tour this fall before joining Neil Young in November. In January 2013, Patti Smith and her band will go on to play in Japan.

Smith continues to work on new book projects, readings, art, and human rights issues. 


St. Maybe

Saint Maybe is as much a journey as a band. It speeds down Highway 1960, hangs a left at Psychedelic Boulevard and pulls up in front of your house. Out steps Oliver Ray [Patti Smith] and company, unpacking memories of AM radio and erecting signs to the future mapped out by the beat poets. Saint Maybe is as fresh now as the birth of rock and roll was then.

This is high-octane music, propelled by Oliver Ray's slashing guitar that soars over Winston Watson's [Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, Robyn Hitchcock, Alice Cooper, Perry Farrell, Greyhound Soul] solid rhythms and Chris Sauer's [Hollywood Knights, The Mod Squad, Amy Rude] explorations of the side roads en route. The songs celebrate today and explore the future using rock and roll as their guide. "Everything At Once (And More)" takes notice of the vain desire to live forever before we die, absorbs the contradiction, and clears a space for living. The fragile, crystalline beauty of "Things As They Are" meditates on the reality of the here and now. "Everything That Rises" celebrates the capacity for past and present to be realized beyond the moment in an ever-recurring renewal.

Saint Maybe's debut album Things As They Are features additional musicians: Craig Schumacher [Neko Case, Animal Collective, Iron & Wine, Calexico], J. Fen Ikner [Seashell Radio], Michael P. Nordberg, Thøger Lund [Giant Sand], Kevin Pate, Chris Giambelluca [John Doe, Jackson Browne, Andrew Bird, Calexico, Neko Case, Bob Mould], Connor Gallaher, Naim Amor, Tommy Larkins [Richard Buckner], Tracy Shedd, and Laura Kepner-Adney [Silver Thread Trio].

Things As They Are is solid rock and roll from start to finish. Saint Maybe will make you laugh, cry and dance. It is heady stuff - a distillation of pure rock spirit.

Saint Maybe. Tucson, Az. The Perennial Philosophy of R&R. Zombie melters. You don't like us, that's ok. We wouldn't expect you would. Awake. New Sights, new sounds. Where do you come together. Draw string-- gather round the fire with us, it's still burning. Maybe together we can make something. Or you can submit to the calculus of fear, shattered into one little piece which they'll put in their piggy banks, maybe you'll pay for half a bullet for the kill list. Let's go together and visit those strange shapes on the perimeter. Shhh, listen, they're calling our names. Let's go, hand in hand.