posted December 16, 2008

Anathallo and Ribbons of Song to Perform Jan. 9

Anathallo with special guest Ribbons of Song will perform through the Hope College Concert Series on Friday, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The seven-musician Anathallo, which originated in Mount Pleasant and is now based in Chicago, Ill., has been characterized as "theatrical indie rock meets 'marching band gone wild.'"  After self-releasing four EPs and its freshman full-length "Floating World," Anathallo moved into an old church in Chicago and wrote its latest album, "Canopy Glow" which was released on Anticon Records on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

In a review of "Canopy Glow," "Paste Magazine" said, "Like its predecessor, 2006's Floating World, the band's latest album mixes sensitive folkie singer/songwriter fare with strings, horns and all manner of hand percussion, creating a dizzying and frequently gorgeous mashup that splits the difference between Animal Collective, the Salvation Army band and the neighborhood glee club."  The new album has also gained critical acclaim from "Spin Magazine," which noted that Anathallo moved into the ranks of Sufjan Stevens with the "swooning chamber pop" and "choral insanity" of "Canopy Glow."

Ribbons of Song will be opening the show.  Ribbons of Song is from Grand Rapids and is fronted by Ben Scott-Brandt, founder of former Grand Rapids band Bunkbed Nights and former member of another Grand Rapids band: Ben and Bruno.

The concert will also feature Hope College seniors and members of the Tutti String Quartet: Katie Bennett, Zach Trumble, and Joe Stodola accompanying Anathallo.
In addition, Matthew Joynt, founder and lead singer of Anathallo, will take part in a panel discussion titled "Implications for the Arts" on Friday, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for the general public and free with a Hope College ID, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.

The ticket office is operating with reduced hours during the college's Christmas break.  The office will be open through Friday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 29-30, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and on Monday-Friday, Jan. 5-9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The ticket office can be called at (616) 395-7890.  Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St.  The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.

The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. the night of the concert.