Pump House Concerts Return with American Super Group Diamonds in the Rust
Above: Diamonds in the Rust (l to r – Alan Finkbeiner, Jim Bizer, Jan Krist, Rod Capps, and Annie Capps)
After a brief, early-winter holiday break, the Orchard Street Pump House Concert Series returns February 9 with a concert from Americana supergroup Diamonds in the Rust.
There is a suggested donation of $20, with all money going to the artists. Doors open at 6:30 PM, the show starts at 7:00, and the Orchard Street Pump House is located at 368 Orchard Street.
Diamonds in the Rust is comprised of two well established performing duos, Annie and Rod Capps, and with Jim Bizer and Jan Krist. Percussionist and composer Alan Finkbeiner helps to round out the line-up.
What is it about this quartet that makes them a “supergroup?” No member is assigned to just one instrument or task, and everyone takes turns singing. Each member is capable of performing on multiple instruments, and both duos have a back catalogue of well-established material.
“I've known all the members of Diamonds in the Rust for a long time,” said Dudley “Smitty” Smith, concert booker for the Pump House Concert Series.
He went on to add, “Each is a superb performer and songwriter in their own right.”
Both duos are based in the Midwest, so it only seemed natural the two came together to form one group. The band is currently out on a mini-tour which includes the stop in East Lansing as well as a stop at the Howell Opera House in early March.
Songs like “Hope” and “Take My Son To Work” are akin to Graham Parsons, or even early honky-tonk like Hank Williams.
The quartet’s music invokes Emmylou Harris and early British Folk like Richard and Linda Thompson or the Fairport Convention. As of right now, the band doesn’t have any official albums or releases, but you can get an idea of their music from a four-song sampler on their website, or from their three YouTube videos.
According to Smith, getting Diamonds in the Rust to perform at the Pump House has been years in the making.
“Annie and Rod have performed at the Pump House Concerts and Pumpstock many times,” Smitty said. “Jan and Jim have been on our wish list for years. To have them all perform for our audience at the same time will provide East Lansing one of the best performances of upbeat Americana that's been presented in years!"
Although the Pump House Concert Series will be on a bit of a mini-break after the February 9 show, the series will return May 9 with a concert by Mary Gauthier. The popular Pumpstock festival is also slated to return June 8.
For more information, visit the Pump House Concerts page on Facebook.