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Live Music Weekends at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room
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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 May 5 – DAVID ROOF
My musical goal is to capture the inspiration that comes at the "roots" of all types of music. From early jazz, blues, rock-a-billy, British Invasion and many emerging artists, the best output has been the earliest work. There is a raw energy and authenticity to the sound that I aspire to in my playing. I love music from Louis Armstrong to the Beatles to Joni Mitchell and many more in between and from the outer realms.
My first professional gig was playing trumpet with the Ann Arbor Chamber Symphony backing silent movies. My early playing was mostly on classical trumpet including the Adrian Symphony and Croswell Opera House Pit.
In college, I was a founding member of the Lollipop Guild (lead guitar). I had a brief stint as guitarist in the last incarnation of Frank Allison and the Odd socks before moving on to play trumpet and upright bass with the Imperial Swing Orchestra. As the Imperial Swing Orchestra was winding down (2000), I joined Tom Maxwell (of the Squirrel Nut Zippers) on his solo tour playing trumpet and guitar. That summer and the following year, I played and recorded "13 to go" with the Starlight Drifters. Between the 2 groups, I toured 40 states in clubs and on festival stages.
As I started a family and settled back in Michigan, I have played actively with Nobody's Business, Dick Siegel and the Brandos, Kentucky Chrome, the Vibratrons, and more recently the Scott Martin Band, as well as an occasional solo gig. I also fill in with any number of other acts around the state as a freelance bassist, guitarist and trumpeter. I have recently released a solo record of British Invasion influenced rock.
Saturday May 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 southeast Michigan most of his life and currently heralds from Ypsilanti but has roots that span from the Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire to the Puget Sound communities of Tacoma and Seattle, Washington.
A 30+ year choral music veteran and classically trained tenor, his taste and training in music is varied and he brings that forth in his songs which appeal to a varied population. Sometimes cute, sometimes sad, J. Washburn is always pleasing to the ears.
Friday May 12 – GEORGE HERITIER
I’ve worn many musical hats during my more-than-four decades of playing professionally, including rock, folk, blues, bluegrass, country and even a little jazz, but my heart is ultimately centered in American roots music in its myriad variations. I sing and I play acoustic 6 & 12-string guitars, harmonica and electric bass. I write songs about anything that catches my attention, often with a humorous twist, and I “borrow” from songwriters I admire and from the old traditional songbook, making those songs my own. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to open for the likes of Spooky Tooth, Ten Years After (both of those at the tender age of 17, at Detroit’s legendary Grande Ballroom), Bob Seger, Iggy and the Stooges and Delbert McClinton.
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.”
I’m so happy to be playing, singing and writing music again. I’ve been able to achieve a focus that I could never quite realize earlier in my life, and I feel that it shows in not only the music I’m making, but also from the positive feedback I receive from listeners and fellow musicians alike. I don’t think I’ll be taking another hiatus any time soon…
Saturday May 13 – JUDY INSLEY
Singer-songwriter Judy Insley's music has been called "insightful" and "poetic." Her comfortable, instinctive vocals and skillful guitar and mandolin playing provide a strong foundation for heartfelt lyrics and flowing melodies. The release of her 2007 CD, “Leaving Home” resulted in two 2008 Detroit Music Awards nominations for ”Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording” and “Outstanding Acoustic/ Folk Songwriter.” She also finished among the top 30 finalists (out of over 600 entries) in the 2008 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest. A 2011 holiday single titled "Spirit of the Season" received generous airplay in the United States, Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands. Her latest full-length CD "Remember Beautiful" was released in May of 2013 to a sell-out crowd at Trinity House Theatre in Livonia, Michigan. Several of the songs from that CD have been featured on Folk DJ playlists throughout the U.S. In addition to her own songwriting and performing endeavors, she also works as a "side player" for other musicians and teaches acoustic guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo and ukulele.
Friday May 19 – DAVEY O. and MEG BRAUN WSG TOM HAMPTON
Equal parts songwriter and storyteller, Buffalo’s Davey O. has been recognized on a national level for his past two CD releases with multiple honors among the “best of“ lists of several Folk & Roots radio stations, and as a 2013 New Folk Finalist at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. Davey has also earned the respect of his peers for his incredible work ethic, performing between 120 - 140 dates per year, and for his constant dedication to the art of song craft. With a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation, Davey O. finds the universal in the particular, turning day-to-day minutiae into dusty paeans to the indomitability of the human spirit.
Davey is looking to build on the success of his previous release “No Passengers,” (2014 Top 25 of 100 albums Roots Music Report, Best of 2014 - WHRW, WAMC, The Sundilla Radio Hour, WMSC, Radio Crystal Blue, WVPE ) with the 2017 release of “A Bright Horizon Line” - his new, full length CD, on which he is joined by veteran folk artists Tracy Grammer and Pat Wictor.
Meg Braun is a singer/songwriter known for her fearless writing, dynamic vocal style and performances that have charmed audiences throughout her musical travels. Meeting at the musical crossroads of old time and folk, Meg’s newest release “Restless Moon” is a collection of song-stories about women molded by the choices they made or the choices that the world made for them. In 2015, Meg was selected to perform in the prestigious Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and in 2016 she became a Kerrville New Folk Finalist!
Tom Hampton is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, lap steel, pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, etc.), sideman and session musician who sometimes dips his toes into songwriting. The singer/songwriters he has joined on stage include Craig Bickhardt and Tracy Grammer, and he has toured with the Marshall Tucker Band
Saturday May 20 – 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 May 26 – MIKE STEPHENS AND FRIENDS
Mike Stephens grew up on the road, which became the inspiration for much of his poetry and song. A Detroit native, he currently lives in Colorado Springs where he feels safe inside the shadow of NORAD. His favorite color is brown. Mike is a long time Crazy Wisdom favorite and when paired with his friends, Bobby Pennock and Karyn Goff, we're sure to enjoy a wonderful evening of music.
Saturday May 27 – SIGRID CHRISTIANSEN
In 2009 Sigrid released her first CD, In the Cradle of The Moon, and is happy to announce the release of her second CD, Little Vixen!
Sigrid performs on her own and as one of the quartet who make up Taller Than They Appear, a band of songwriters. She also produces a listening room concert series called Stone House Concerts, bringing in nationally known and local singer/songwriters to perform in the intimate setting of her home.
Music Bookings in the Tea Room Friday and Saturday Nights
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