The Legal Immigrants brings its “gangster rock” to the stage at the Wyoming Concerts in the Park series. The West Michigan group performs Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at Lamar Park, 2561 Porter St. SW. The concert is free.
The Wyoming Concerts in the Park series is rebroadcast on WKTV 25 Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The Legal Immigrants, based out of Grand Rapids, have been together since 2009 and are comprised of four band members. Joe Bockheim, on vocals and guitar, is the main songwriter of the band. His influences range from Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to Jack White, Beck, and David Bowie. Trevor Reidsma, on lead guitar brings in classic leads a la Keith Richards, with a twang of the more “out there” styles such as Frank Zappa. The rhythm section of the band is represented by Tony Lubenow on drums and Stefan Schwartz on bass. These two have significant experience playing together in a variety of styles, and lay down a great foundation on which the rest of the band is built.
Since the formation of the band, TLI have played with the likes of (in no particular order) Blind Melon, Rusted Root, Sugar Ray, Night Ranger, Jefferson Starship, and many more. The band has also been traveling to Detroit and Chicago for several performances; notably, a rooftop show outside Wrigley Field, and performing with Michael Schenker at Harpos in Detroit. Locally, the band has performed at Founders Brewing Company, The Orbit Room, The Intersection, and the Pyramid Scheme.