Every Wednesday at The Stage, Massive Ideas will be bringing you a stellar lineup of local and national producers/bands from the forefront of the electronic music scene! This week, we're pumped to be bringing you ELFKOWITZ and THE MAGIC BEANS!!!
$5 before 10PM and in advance/ $10 after!
Extra $5 charge at the door for under-21!
Elfkowitz, better known as Ian Lefkowitz, is a Michigan native, producing music for over 7 years. At the age of 13, he started working in Detroit-based FBT studios with Grammy winning producers, The Bass Brothers (Eminem). Starting as a new age rock and hip hop producer, he has learned what it takes to successfully produce music. Through high school Ian continued to produce mostly hip-hop. Graduating from high-school in 2008, he proceeded to peruse music at Columbia College in Chicago. Becoming inspired by his short stay at Columbia, he moved back to Detroit to begin producing electronic music with long time friend, Freddy Todd. Ian jumped from genre to genre, slowly finding his true passion: bass. In 2009, Ian moved back to Chicago, and using his continually-expanding network, has become a regular act on the Chicago scene. Now, his career has allowed him to play with such artists as Alex B, Marty Party, Murphy (STS9), Ghost Stepper (Lotus) and practically everyone in-between. Using these experiences, he’s now diving head first into the scene.
THE MAGIC BEANS
Since the creation of the band just two years ago, The Magic Beans have established themselves as one of the most prominent and original acts in the perpetually flooded Colorado music scene and beyond. The group had made a name for themselves with a deep cannon of original songs, virtuosic playing, and fusing genres while connecting with their fan base in a way that is not typical with other bands. Drawing from a wide range of influences, The Beans style can be described as natural and all encompassing, encapsulating the diverse interests of each musician in the band and today’s music lovers into one package. The Magic Beans are well known for going between folk, funk, rock and electronica in a single composition, original setlists each night, and with the added element of improvisation, there is always something special that can happen at every show. The group uses no pre-recorded tracks or samples in favor of a more traditional approach to music; original songwriting, diverse instrumentation, and continually pushing the musical envelope are what set the Magic Beans apart.
Seamlessly combining acoustic roots music and traditional instruments with modern technology and electronic dance music, the Magic Beans are unique as their place of origin, the Colorado Rockies. The Magic Beans have shared the stage with an eclectic group of musicians ranging from members of infamous groups like Leftover Salmon & String Cheese Incident, to Nashville greats like Tyler Grant and Larry Keel, to electronic mainstays like Bassnectar & Eliot Lipp, to national acts Railroad Earth, Great American Taxi, Zac Deputy, Elephant Revival, Greensky Bluegrass, Split Lip Rayfield, Juno What, Papadosio, & The Werks just to name a few. They’ve headlined in front of crowds up to 1000 people at venues like the Boulder Theater, Mishawaka Amphitheater, Bluebird Theater, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Belly Up, Gothic Theater, State Bridge Amphitheater, Fox Theater, City Hall, 320South, Ghost Ranch Saloon, and many more across the country. The group has a full studio album and live shows available for free to fans at themagicbeans.bandcamp.com and has also put on two of their own festivals and participated in countless charity and benefit events. Look for the groups second studio effort, a double album, to be released early next year.