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Live Music Weekends at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room
New Time! 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. – No Cover Charge
PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF JANUARY 2017,
ALL SHOWS BEGIN AT 8:00 PM
Every Friday and Saturday night Crazy Wisdom invites you to Tea and Tunes. Not a tea drinker? No problem! Crazy Wisdom offer a wide selection of coffee drinks. (while you’re here, don’t forget to try some of our tasty treats as well!)
Friday April 6 – J. WASHBURN GARDNER
J. Washburn Gardner brings a unique and lyrical voice to the singer/songwriter realm. Drawing inspiration from his adventures and misadventure in love, friendship, family and pet ownership, he writes and sings songs of love, pain, joy, and coffee.
J. Washburn has lived in Michigan most of his life and currently heralds from Ypsilanti but has roots that span from New Hampshire to Seattle.
Saturday April 7 – DAN HAZLETT
Dan Hazlett may wear a lot of hats, but his favorite is a wrinkled old top hat full of solo acoustic live performances, lined with heart altering stories worn so smooth they shine. No matter how closely you’re paying attention, you may find yourself amazed at what he’s likely to pull out of that hat during any given show. A producer, sound engineer, playwright, musician, singer, songwriter, stay-at-home Dad and educator, Hazlett (pronounced HAZE-let) is an accomplished, polished performer who entertains and uplifts his audiences with a blend of his smooth, soulful voice, his finely honed acoustic guitar work, and his arsenal of well-crafted and thoughtfully presented songs. Weaving in and out of folk, jazz and a Will Rogers style of down-home humor, Dan captivates his listeners with subject matter ranging from the ordinary silliness of everyday life to the unexpected intensity of dramatic interludes.
Friday April 13 – LUTI
Raised in the multiethnic milieu of Yugoslavia, Luti brings us the vibrant rhythms and surprising chord progressions of southeastern European folk. His engaging voice, accompanied by melodic guitars and rich percussion, returns us to nature, awakens our social consciousness, and affirms the possibility of universal love. His song How Many Years won the 1st prize in the Huron Valley Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest in 2015. His songs Be the Proud and Place Called Home have been included in Neil Young’s “500 Anti-War Songs” website. Luti is a full-time biology professor at Oakland Community College in Waterford, Michigan, where he lives with his wife, Leslie and two cats.
Saturday April 14 – JOHN FINAN & SHARON TSE
A guitarist since age 6, and a songwriter since age 15, John has been performing publicly since 1978. After years in original and cover bands, he moved to performing his own acoustic material in the early 1990’s, and hasn’t stopped since. John performs extensively, and has hosted several successful open mics in the Detroit area – most recently at Farmington’s Mentobe Cafe. He is also in demand as a side musician, and has performed and/or recorded with Jere Stormer, Ben Hassenger, Luti Erbeznic, Tracy Kash Thomas, Charlie Monterey, Mike Dorn, and the Delta Twins. And he currently performs in a duo with fellow singer-guitarist Sharon Tse.
Sharon Tse: Like so many people, The Sound of Music was a huge influence on me. I was 3 when the movie came out. My mom played the soundtrack for me before we saw it in the theater, and I picked out all the melodies on my little red toy piano. When we finally saw the film, it was all she could do to keep me from singing the entire score at the top of my lungs in unknowing bliss. Wish I could thank the two very understanding nuns who sat behind us (true story). I swear that music runs through my veins as much as red blood cells do, but even though I was playing guitar and writing songs since I can remember, being a singer wasn’t on the top of my What I Want to Be When I Grow Up list.
Friday April 20 – GEORGE HERITIER
A good deal of my music is “Michigan-centric,” telling of various aspects of my life here. I played my first gig at the age of 14, in a bar, and I never looked back. I spent the first two decades of my career working out of Bay City, Michigan, and I received a lot of attention for a 45 RPM single I recorded in 1977, featuring the songs about fallen local landmarks, “The Ballad of the Third Street Bridge” and “The Saga of the Last Chance Saloon.” I moved to southeastern Michigan in the ‘80s, and went on a hiatus from playing and singing in the mid-to-late ‘90s. A trip to the Rothbury music festival in 2009 reminded me of whom and what I am. Before too long, I got out the guitars and harmonicas and returned to making the kind of music I love. I recently released a CD of mostly original material, titled “In My Element.”
Saturday April 21 – INDIAN MUSIC NIGHT
A monthly tradition that started in 2007, Indian Music Night is a fun, cozy evening of music curated by local tabla player John Churchville with the members of Ann Arbor based Indian fusion group Sumkali. Every month is a different array of music and musicians ranging from the classical, Hindustani and Carnatic, to more folk and fusion styles like Raga Jazz and Bollywood. You will experience the sounds of a musical tradition that dates back over 2000 years brought to life with traditional Indian instruments like the tabla, bansuri, sarod, sitar paired with more traditional western instrumentation like guitar, bass and saxophone. Come early for a seat on one of our most popular nights!.
Friday April 27 – JAY STIELSTRA
Jay Stielstra – singer/songwriter/playwright/poet – is frequently referred to as a “Michigan treasure”. In fact, in August 2017 Jay was the recipient of a State of Michigan Legislative Tribute for his artistic contributions. The author of a number of beloved musical plays--the North Country Opera, North Country Opera Continued, Tittabawassee Jane, America, America ;The Prodigals and Old Man In Love—and a published poet, Jay writes traditional folk songs that weave unforgettable melodies around haunting, funny, poignant, and uplifting lyrics about Michigan, the Great Lakes, friendship, love, loss, war, good times and everything in between. Jay is an original. His sound is steeped in the gospel hymns of his childhood and a lifetime immersed in the Michigan northlands and traveling and playing in Irish pubs. Jay has released several CD’s including Times That We Had, Don’t Let Me Down Easy, and a compilation CD featuring popular area musicians covering Jay’s songs about Michigan, Michigan In Song. Jay performs regularly with his long-time musical partner, Judy Banker, as well as with David Roof on upright bass, and a rotating roster of outstanding Michigan musicians.
Saturday April 28th - CHARLIE MOSBROOK
For over 25 years, folk music has had an enthusiastic and dedicated voice in Charlie Mosbrook. His rich baritone voice and noteworthy fingerstyle guitar work highlight his performance of original and traditional folk songs, along with his nimble and candid stage presence.
A native and resident of Northeast Ohio, Charlie began his career as a busker, performing familiar and original folk songs on street corners and subway platforms throughout the eastern US. After returning to Cleveland, he began hosting open mics at area coffee shops and performing regularly throughout the great lakes region. Today he travels the country sharing his and many of the songs that have shaped our collective musical history. His recordings have found voice throughout the world on internet and terrestrial radio. As an advocate of folk music, Charlie serves as president of Folknet (Northeast Ohio’s Folk Music Society) and as vice president of FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest). In addition to his responsibilities to the greater folk music community, he continues to host a local open mic, supporting his belief that the music needs fertile grounds for continued growth.
In the early 1990’s Charlie found some success with his band The Electric Monkey, but ultimately wanted to pursue folk music in more traditional forms. His focus landed him an appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum during its weeklong conference, “Hard Traveling: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie”. His performance was later noted in a book of the same title by Robert Santelli (R&R HOF, Grammy Foundation, Guthrie Archives).
He has performed on the same bill as CSN, Jewel, Iris Dement, David Bromberg, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Chris Whitley, Dan Bern and many others.
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