Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Lab in Metrotimes' Best of Detroit


Boho in Exile

A bad turn for the music scene last year was the acrimonious falling-out among principals in the Bohemian National Home. Once a gathering place for ethnic Bohemians and a proud symbol of what they'd accomplished in America, it had become a gathering place for Detroit's aesthetic bohemians reclaiming a space from the ravages of decline. From Blowfly to His Name is Alive to the Sun Ra Arkestra, "the Bo House" was home for challenging music. Since the falling-out, musician-booker Joel Peterson has pushed the Bo House's concept into temporary spaces, including CAID, the Old Miami and the Detroit Evolution Laboratory. Meanwhile, Joel tells us, the search for a new, permanent home continues.

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