It was an oddly warm Black Friday here in Grand Rapids with temps almost reaching 60 degrees. The Pyramid Scheme was the setting for a night of Hip Hop as the line up was heavy with professors laying down lyrical lessons. Made it to the venue around 9ish as doors open at the Pyramid Scheme, one of Grand Rapids newest venues is buzzing with energy and excitement. As I am walking in
I made my way downtown for a night of music as I was to attend the Relapse EP Release show; I was not quite sure what to expect, never having been to The Pyramid Scheme before. Word of mouth had good things to say about the location, venue and staff, although the sound system I was told was not what it could be for the room it is in.
“Ever wonder what a traditional saloon singer would sound like backed up by a punk band? The Smoking Popes take that concept one step further: They’ve created a unique kind of music that some listeners are describing as ‘hyperkinetic tear-jerkers’.” Los Angeles Times Smoking Popes built a relationship with their legion of fans and fellow musicians by melding raw songs about bittersweet heartache with soaring melodies, power chords and