Bands with WMU ties to perform songs from classic Beatles album

Contact: Cara Barnes

A variation on the Beatles' album cover; image designed by Matthew Sahlgren

KALAMAZOO—Two popular local bands with ties to Western Michigan University will be performing the Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in its entirety Saturday, Sept. 1, at 9:30 p.m. in Bell's Eccentric Cafe.

Well-known for their original music, The Corn Fed Girls and Red Sea Pedestrians have together performed the album Abbey Road to rave reviews. Both bands are comprised almost entirely of WMU alumni or employees.

Corn Fed Girls

CFG describes itself as a close-knit group of friends who share a passion for acoustic music with ties spanning decades through common bonds of family and musical influence. Their music has been imagined as sounding like "raindrops on rooftops and sideburns on kittens."

The Corn Fed Girls is Phil Barry, guitar; John Campos, mandolin; Mike Fuerst, violin; Sarah Fuerst, bass; and Darcy Wilkin, guitar.

Red Sea Pedestrians

RSP is known as a melting pot of singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists who explore a warped blend of klezmer, Greek, Gypsy, Celtic, jazz and American roots music. The result is world-beat grooves, hypnotic laments from the earth, songs of celebration and wonder, and more.

The Red Sea Pedestrians is Ira Cohen, guitar; Rachel Flanigan, clarinet; Jay Gavan, bass; Ian Gorman, mandolin; Cori Somers, violin; and Michael Shimmin, percussion.


Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door, for ages 21 and over. Tickets are available online or at Bell's Eccentric Cafe. To view the interactive show poster, featuring members of the Kalamazoo community, visit For more information, visit