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Posted on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 : 11:10 a.m.

Theo Katzman of My Dear Disco debuts new project on Wednesday

By Chrysta Cherrie

My Dear Disco guitarist Theo Katzman takes center stage at the Blind Pig on Wednesday in the first-ever performance of his new project. Citing the quirky hooks of singer-songwriter Feist and the electronic grooves of Jamie Lidell as his main influences, Katzman describes the new venture as "indie soul."


Katzman, whose musical résumé also includes singing with folk ensemble Red Arrow Highway and playing bass with jazz-rock band Vox Maui, plus Yo!Soul and Seth Bernard, is joined on Wednesday by a band as diverse and multitalented as himself. The group includes: My Dear Disco bassist Christian Carpenter and drummer Mike Shea; Detroit-based gospel/r&b guitarist Tom Stoepker, fresh off the P. Diddy reality competition "Making His Band," where he advanced to the final round; and Mike Shimmin of local Celtic music alchemists Millish. This lineup of musicians well-versed on multiple instruments will allow Katzman to run the gamut from guitar to bass to drums and offer surprises from song to song.

Opening the show are Wolfie Complex, featuring Katzman's My Dear Disco cohort, Christian Carpenter.

Next up in Katzman's side project pursuits is a solo recording, tentatively slated for release in late January. To accompany the recording, Katzman will perform a solo set at The Ark on February 23 as part of the venue's "Take a Chance Tuesday" series.

Theo Katzman w/ Wolfie Complex: Wednesday, December 16 at the Blind Pig, 208 South First Street. $5-8. 18+. No smoking. 9:30 p.m. 734-996-8555.

Chrysta Cherrie is the entertainment producer/copy editor for Reach her at or 734-623-2526, and follow her on Twitter @chrystacherrie.