Since graduating in May 2010, Honors Alumnus Jeff May (High Honors in Sociology) has been busy working in the live music business in Ann Arbor as a booking agent, band manager, and concert promoter.  Having experienced a multitude of unique opportunities to see live music events through his honors research and various Honors Program initiatives, Jeff is providing the next generation of Honors students the opportunity to purchase discount tickets to two shows he's presenting this fall at The Blind Pig (208 S. First Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103): 


-- Talib Kweli & Idle Warship (Feat.Talib and Ras) on Sunday October 30th.  This is a very special engagement for Talib and Idle Warship, his side-project with Philadelphia soul-singer Ras.  It's very rare to see a world-class hip-hop artist such as Talib Kweli in such an intimate atmosphere anywhere!  Regular tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door, but a special consignment of 20 discount-tickets has been set aside exclusively for Michigan Honors students. These tickets are only $15 and can be purchased in the Honors Office!  Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis, so grab yours today!


-- CHROME SPARKS on Saturday November 5th.  The electronic music project of U of M Music School student Jeremy Malvin (classical percussion), CHROME SPARKS has been taking the blogosphere by storm since the release of his latest EP "My ?" (http://chromesparks.bandcamp.com/) this past July. With track appearances on BBC Radio and 5 confirmed showcases at the College Music Journal (CMJ) Festival in NYC, CHROME SPARKS continues to export his music to an audience far beyond the confines of Ann Arbor. For this show, CHROME SPARKS will be performing as a six-piece band (with Jeremy at the helm). Special guests TREE CITY (http://www.myspace.com/treecitymusic) and KOHWI (http://kohwi.bandcamp.com/album/hidden-trees) will be also be performing.  Regular tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, but a special consignment of 30 discount-tickets has been set aside exclusively for Michigan Honors students.  These tickets are only $5 and can be purchased in the Honors Office!  Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis, so grab yours today!


Additional info on CHROME SPARKS: 

http://origin.avclub.com/annarbor/articles/ann-arbor-college-cred-at-cmj-2011,62650/

http://www.alteredzones.com/posts/2059/chrome-sparks-still-sleeping-feat-steffaloo/

http://www.thefader.com/2011/07/21/stream-chrome-sparks-doubt-no/


Jeff's honors thesis, "Pilgrims on Tour: Collective Effervescence in Concert Atmospheres," was awarded the Robert Cooley Angell award and can be viewed online:  https://sites.google.com/site/pilgrimsontour/home (Note: There are audio and visual components to the online version of the thesis.  Headphones are recommended.) "