Jeyds' Justin Planasch to perform ethnic acoustic pop at Little Gem Theatre
By Suzanne Miron
LAKE LINDEN -- Justin Planasch, with his acoustic stylings, has returned to
the Copper Country. He will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the
Little Gem Theatre in Lake Linden. His fans, from the days of The Jeyds, have
not forgotten him. I had the pleasure to become acquainted with this most unique
artist Friday night, March 22, at the Michigan House in Calumet. I watched the
crowd that gathered there sing along as they danced to his, indeed, energizing
folk guitar that he self describes as an ethnic style intertwined with pop.
After playing a set of what he describes as old calypso music, Justin, with
his smiling boyish charm, granted me an impromptu interview.
Justin first came to Houghton as a Michigan Tech student working on his civil
engineering degree in 1992. He was assigned a dorm room with a body builder with
whom he had nothing in common. Not knowing anyone, he turned to teaching himself
how to play a guitar and began writing his own music. This led to the formation
of the band known as The Jeyds. His fans at the Michigan House demanded that
much of his performance be comprised of music he had done previously with The
In Ď99, Justin relocated in Chicago, where he has his own label, WornSole
Records. He performs and records with his band, The Downpours. The most recent
release is entitled Roam. Justin is currently in the studio working on The
Dark Side of the Alley. Justin spoke of the competition in Chicago.
ďThere are 400 musicians like me. Itís not about the music," Justin
said, "itís about image. Itís who you know, how you look, and how cool
you are. I thought that Iíd give myself so much time in Chicago....but Iím
burned out. Since 9/11, Iím not as inspired as I was. Iím focusing more on
my professional life now.Ē
Justin added he feels more at ease in the Copper Country.
ďItís more laid back here," he said. "You can schedule a gig at
a bar with a monthís notice. You ask to play and they say sure!Ē
Justin will be returning to MTU this fall to complete his graduate degree.
With the arrival of spring 2003, he has plans to enroll in the Peace Corps.
During his time here, Iím sure we can count on enjoying local performances and
the fans he has accrued here will be most appreciative!
Check out his Web site for a more extensive list of his bio,
music reviews and an opportunity to listen to his music.
If you have the opportunity to attend his performance at the Little Gem Theatre
in Lake Linden, you're in for an enriching cultural experience!
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