Aug. 11 2009 12:00 AM

Art-rock rave-up: Drummer brings repetitious art, music together

Repetitious, psychedelic patterns and sounds will be on display Friday, July 24, at Basement 414 during the Stone-Faced Vibes Art Show opening, featuring performances by experimental and rock bands.

The event will feature the works of Nathaniel “Stoneface” Kermiet, 18, a local drummer and artist who uses multiple elements to create insane-looking pieces. “I use a lot of different mediums. I use some paint, I do collages, a lot of marker drawings and some paper cut-outs,” Kermiet said.

The gallery will be filled with nearly 100 of Kermiet’s creations, which are mainly inspired by one thing: “Mostly music,” he said. “I’m into a lot of math rock bands, music with a lot of repetition.”

While Kermiet said he has been creating art for most of his life, this will be his first big show. “I’ve never had a solo show,” he said. “I’ve had a couple pieces up at the Lansing Art Gallery and other ones, but no solo shows.”

The show, which starts at 6 p.m., will kick off with a mellow performance by the electronic duo Stripe Light (Cincinnati).

After the ambient drone settles, the tone of the night will rise when Kermiet’s own bands Edible Intention and Raisins of Acquired Taste thrash out some unconventional rock. Lansing one-manband Lord Vapid is also booked to play a set of his hook-heavy punk and rock n roll. The Read and Delay open the show. To check out some of the art, visit: http:// stonefacedvibes.blogspot.com.

414 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. Free, all ages, 6 p.m. (enter at the Jay Street alley behind the Nuthouse Sports Grill) More information at www.b414.org.

30 bands, one afternoon

Kermiet has also been busy organizing the largest (FREE) local band festival Lansing has seen in some time. The Woldumar Music Festival will run from noon to midnight Saturday, Aug. 1 at Woldumar Nature Center in Delta Township. More than 30 bands, including Mosquito Bandito, Flatfoot, Dr. Device, The People’s Temple, Satyrasis, Jason Alarm and Andrew Gallup, will perform on three different stages.

Aside from loud and acoustic music, croquet, disc golf and other games will be set up, as will vegetarian food vendors.

While the fest is free, donations are “highly appreciated.” The funds will benefit touring bands and the nature center.
Read next week’s Turn It Down column for the full story on the fest. Woldumar Nature Center, 5730 Old Lansing Road, Lansing. Free, all ages, starts at noon. For more information and a complete list of acts, visit www. woldumarmusicfestival.blogspot.com, or e-mail: imgoingtwosidegravy@ gmail.com