Michael C. Hall’s Indie Band Prepares For Columbus Athenaeum Shutdown


You may know him better as Dexter Morgan. Or like David Fisher from “Six Feet Under”.

But Michael C. Hall is also making a name for himself as a musician, and his three-member band, Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum, will perform at the Athenaeum on July 27 as part of an eight-city tour.

The group is not Hall’s first musical release. He reprized the title role in Neil Patrick Harris’ “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway in 2014.

It was while performing on “Hedwig” that he met Matt Katz-Bohen, who played keyboards and guitar on the show, and now plays keyboards for the band.

Katz-Bohen, who also plays with Blondie, knew drummer Pete Yanowitz, who played with the Wallflowers and is now the drummer for Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum, from the New York music scene before they started playing together on a 2016 Hedwig tour. When they returned to New York after that tour, they continued to play together, and Katz-Bohen introduced Hall and Yanowitz.

Hall listened to their music and liked it.

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“I told them if you ever wanted a singer, let me know. I had no ambitions to be a bandleader,” he said in a Zoom call with the three. group members.

After its members played together sporadically for several years, the group released a self-titled EP in 2020 and an album, “Thanks for Coming”, in 2021.

The song videos, including one for the band’s signature song, “Ketamine”, utilize Hall’s talent for subtle creepiness.

What to expect at the Princess Goes to the Museum concert

In concert, fans should expect drama with music with an 80s New Wave twist.

“People always say, ‘I didn’t know what to expect, but that’s not what I expected,'” Katz-Bohen said.

“At the end, you will have had an experience, but it is not a story. It’s not like a rock opera,” Hall said.

The three get along well.

“We thought about adding more musicians, but that just didn’t work out,” Yanowitz said.

“I’ve never played in a threesome before, but it works well. It’s like a triangle, very stable,” Katz-Bohen said. “We take a computer so we can add sounds.”

“We travel light,” Hall said.

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Yanowitz and Katz-Bohen appreciate the perspective Hall brings to the group.

“Michael’s involvement made this something new,” Katz-Bohen said. “We had been doing this for so long that it was hard to think of doing anything new. But because he had never been in a band before, it made him feel new. We just keep writing new songs.

Although all the members of the group are also involved in other projects, they plan to continue with Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum.

“We now have enough songs to do another album in 2023. And maybe another album beyond that,” Hall said.

This tour marks the band’s first time playing in the midsection of the United States.

“We can’t wait to play in this part of the country,” Yanovitz said. “It’s always great to play in Columbus.”


In one look

Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum performs at 7:30 p.m. July 27 at the Athenaeum, 32 N. 4th St. Tickets: $25 (614-286-2954, www.columbusathenaeum.com)


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