A very special guest will make surprise appearance at the Trunk Space during one of this weekend's editions of its ongoing Indie 500 concert series, and it's someone that fans the Grand Avenue venue are intimately familiar with.
Namely, Andrew Jackson Jihad.
The band, which has been getting love from the indie music inteligencia lately for new songs like "Children of God" and "Kokopelli Face Tattoo" (both off their upcoming release Christmas Island), will make a return to the D.I.Y. venue where they got their start a decade ago for a special performance on Sunday evening.
Indie bands Run on Sunshine, Novi Split, Fireswamp, and Affirmative Action Figure will also appear at the show, which starts at 3:30 p.m.
Although Trunk Space co-owners Stephanie Carrico and JRC have tried to keep Andrew Jackson Jihad's appearance under wraps, it's sort of been the worst kept secret around the venue lately.
Their online calendar even drops major hints that the band will be there, stating that a "special guest" is on Sunday's lineup and the providing a link to a YouTube video of AJJ's Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty performing.
Andrew Jackson Jihad's homecoming is certainly befitting of the theme of Trunk Space's Indie 500 series (which fetes the venue's 10th birthday this week), since its already featured many of the bands and musicians who have called the place home for the past decade.
Andrew Jackson Jihad, however, is arguably the biggest alumnus of Trunk Space. In fact, the history of the band and the venue has been intertwined since both were born in 2004. AJJ had some of their first gigs at Trunk Space, back when they were strictly in the folk-punk vein, and took to its tiny triangular stage on countless occasions in their early years.
The Jihad has evolved its sound over the last decade, expanded its roster, released their records on an increasingly bigger series of indie labels (most recently with SideOneDummy), and earned a growing amount of attention from the indie music world.
And while their Trunk Space gigs have gotten few and far between over the years, Bonnette and Gallaty haven't forgotten the venue. (In fact, the latter musician is helping to get the venue's new coffee bar up and running.) And Sunday evening's show will be proof of that.
Here's hoping we get to hear such throwback AJJ songs (and Trunk Space favorites) as "Bad Bad Things," "People II: The Reckoning," and "Personal Space Invader," as well as their new stuff.
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