On saturday, January 13th, 2018, Fusion Shows is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a birthday bash featuring 15 artists, performing on 3 stages at the Crofoot in Pontiac. The concert promotion company is celebrating their tenth year since founders Nate Dorough and Irving Ronk decided to pursue their passions of organizing local concerts on bigger stages. The lineup is stacked with unique acts from all across the midwest, including a few of our own hometown artists from Grand Rapids, namely Vagabonds and All Is Well.
If you haven’t heard of Fusion Shows before now, odds are you have been to a few of their events. Skipfiction spoke with James Radick, who has been with the company for what he describes as “pretty much the entirety of Fusion Shows’ existence…I’ve been involved in a variety of fashions – from helping work box office at shows to running poster routes to passing out flyers outside shows.”
Fusion Shows 10th Birthday, 1/13/18, at the Crofoot at 1 S Saginaw St, Pontiac, MI 48342, tickets are $23.
“Fusion Shows was formed in 2008 as a merger between Nate Dorough’s Livingston Underground, based in Howell, MI, and Irving Ronk’s Northlawn Music, based in Lansing. At the time they both put on rad events in their respective areas, but wanted the opportunity to work with bigger artists in bigger markets in Michigan. The merger of the two small companies allowed them to do that. Here we are ten years later, still going strong.”
“We’re going to be doing some really neat things over the next few years. We’ll be adding some more festival-events in the near future, in addition to BLED FEST (which we put on every year in Howell, MI). Working with The Crofoot has given us the ability to take some risks, which has in turn really helped us grow our brand. My hope is that in ten years we’re seen as one of the most trusted taste-makers in this state. When people find out that Fusion Shows is bringing an artist out to Michigan, I want them to know that they can trust that that artist is truly special (even if they’re not familiar with them).”
“It’s been incredible to be able to witness the growth of this company over the past ten years. 2017 was our most successful year-to-date, which is incredible and a great sign for the future.”
How did you guys pick the bands to play for the 10th anniversary show?
“We were lucky enough to be able to get a chance to book some of our favorite artists right now for this show. These are artists that are in the midst of doing great things with their music, and we thought the best way to usher in our tenth year would be to showcase the music that we love right now. Twin Peaks and PUP both had big years last year, and are going to be doing even more with 2018. We’re so glad they chose to kick their year off with us.”
All of the local Grand Rapids and Detroit artists on this bill have had a huge year this year. Luke Dean, the sole permanent member of Vagabonds, has signed to Blood & Ink Records, released his first full-length album, “I Don’t Know What to do Now,” and had that album premier on Alternative Press. Fellow Grand Rapids band All Is Well also released a full-length album in 2017, called “I Swear Someday.” It was fully crowdfunded, raising over $4,000 to cover the costs of recording. Both artists have their albums nominated for Jammies awards through the WYCE Community Media Center.
Detroit bands Shortly and Mover Shaker have spent 2017 promoting their albums that were released in 2016. Both have found success, with Shortly even signing to Triple Crown records to join the ranks of Foxing, Bad Books, and Fireworks.
The rest of the lineup is full of great regional talent as well, from Greet Death, whose latest album received a 7.7 on Pitchfork, to PUP, Twin Peaks, Ratboys, and Nnamdi Ogbannaya.