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Live Music Weekends at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room
8:00 to 10:00 p.m. – No Cover Charge
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 July 6 – TERRY BIRKETT AND FRIENDS
I've been playing guitar, and writing music since I was a teenager. I've always been involved with original music, occasionally with some small success! I'm currently playing guitar with Bobby Pennock, and have recently hooked up with the Delta Twins to provide some electric guitar in a blues/r'n'b format. However, I've spent the last year playing and trying to make a little headway with my own music - house concerts for friends, The Huron Valley Farmers Market, etc.
Thanks, and thanks for listening!
Saturday July 7 – STEVE KOVICH
Steve Kovich is a singer/songwriter frequently seen performing in local coffeehouses and at various farmer/artisan markets in the area. His guitar style has been highly influenced by the likes of James Taylor and Paul Simon and his song selection is an eclectic mix of originals and cover songs that are sure to please listeners of all ages. Steve was one of the two headline performers at the 2011 Open Stage Showcase at THE ARK in Ann Arbor.
Friday July 13 – THE NERK TWINS
Mike Wilhelm grew up in Detroit and seeing the Beatles on Sullivan prompted him to get my first guitar, a Silvertone from Sears. He played it and some successors while he spent the next few decades working on his career in IT, eventually ending up at Ford Motor Co.
As retirement drew near, he began to wonder what would be next for him. He had heard tell of an open mic hosted by Ted Berlinghof at a cafe called Xhados in Ferndale. Xhados evolved into AJ's Music Cafe and while spending many happy nights there he made lots of new musical friends, one of whom was Professor Greg Sumner.
Greg Sumner, had been born in Indianapolis Indiana and is to this day a dyed in the wool Hoosier. His life path took him to law school and into corporate law, which he soon decided was not for him. Back to the books and, in the fullness of time, a second PhD in history. A sinecure at the University of Detroit-Mercy brought him to the D And he settled in (coincidentally) Ferndale, Michigan. He brought his childhood interest in the popular music, fostered by an older brother, with him. Greg has also authored a couple of books along the way. (Publish or perish!) Unstuck in Time is a literary biography of Kurt Vonnegut and more recently, Detroit in WWII, about the Arsenal of Democracy.
At AJ's, the "Twins" quickly discovered a common love of the music of Lennon and McCartney and began to share the stage at various venues around Detroit. So a couple of years ago they decided to put in a little effort, and develop a couple of hours of rehearsed material for just such opportunities as this. It wasn't real hard, since they'd been singing these songs to themselves for so long. They love to share this music with others like themselves, to whom it means so much and maybe even encourage a budding new fan now and again.
P.S. Deep fan fact: The original Nerk Twins moniker was used by John Lennon and Paul McCartney at exactly ONE gig on April 23, 1960 in a small local pub in Reading, UK.
Saturday July 14 – 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 Tipton, MI 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 July 20 – STEVE D’ANGELO
Steve D'Angelo Music is Americana indie folk rock. Steve recorded his first full-length band album "Dangerous Words" and was released May 2013 at the Hard Rock Cafe, Detroit. Prior to this, he recorded four underground albums from 1999-2006. As a singer-songwriter, Steve broke onto the Detroit music scene in 2005 as a solo artist and later in 2014 creating Big Nate Band. Steve has shared bills with other indie acts in the Motor City and recorded with guitarist/singer-songwriter Greg Stryker, who has toured with Eddie Money. He is continuing to book into the 2017 year and is available for solo, duo, and band shows. Steve has played Ford's Arts Beats and Eats the last two years and just played the Hamtramck Music Festival to benefit music education. Steve D'Angelo has also been a featured artist in neighboring Ann Arbor at The Jolly Pumpkin and Ashley's and Windsor, Ontario at local spots The Windsor Beer Exchange and internationally respected, Phog Lounge. Steve has also toured venues in the Southeast, including Nashville with his roots based songwriter style.
Saturday July 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 July 27 – KYLEEN DOWNS & COLLEEN BADENHOP
Singer-songwriter Kyleen Downes combines effortlessly upbeat melodies and life lessons retold with subtlety. In 2016 she took her dream of recording an album and brought it into reality, releasing her debut album “Maybe Sometimes.” “Maybe Sometimes.” ”Maybe Sometimes” reveals a maze of missed opportunities and hesitant hopefulness with humor and honesty. She followed up her debut release in 2018 with the EP FRIENDS.“ It features songs that showcase her classic rock upbringing with a modern pop twist, appealing to a diverse audience of ages and influences. Downes is no stranger to performing, whether it is solo or with her band, her infectious sunny pop melodies and natural ease make new fans feel like old friends. Off stage Downes fulfills her childhood dream of being a teacher by teaching private guitar lessons in Dayton, Ohio.p
Colleen Badenhop, a native of Wauseon, Ohio, has been offering up her introspective songs to Dayton audiences since 2011. Her wide variety of subject matte, complex and unexpected harmonies, and impeccable sense of rhyme and rhythm make her songs both comforting and refreshing to her listeners, drawing comparisons with Sara Bareilles and Carole King. Colleen’s newest release is a nine-song album titled “All the Air You Need.” Brought to fruition in 2017, this project was recorded and produced at Babblefish Studios with producers Steve Falearos. Colleen’s debut album “On the Inside,” was released in 2014 as the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Colleen has been singing since childhood in various school and college choirs, earning two degrees in music education along the way from Bowling Green State University and Wright State University. By day she teaches elementary general music in the Kettering Schools. She resides in Beavercreek with her husband Chris and three children.
Saturday July 28 – MIKE BALL
Saturday, July 28: Mike Ball: Mike Ball is an award-winning humorist, musician, and author of What I've Learned So Far... who lives and writes on the shores of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, sharing a roof with his wife Nancy and a psychotic Siamese cat. Mike started his music career in Hawaii at the age of 7 with a ukulele and a squeaky voice. By the late 1960s he was fronting several "garage" bands, writing songs like "Hey, You Dropped That Rake on My Amp!" Growing tired of having friends and money, Mike switched gears to folk music and never looked back. In addition to cranking out books and his nationally syndicated humor column, Mike is the founder of Lost Voices, a Michigan non-profit group that takes therapeutic roots music writing and performing programs to incarcerated and at-risk youth. The band Dr. Mike and the Sea Monkeys are named after a recurring character in the column, an advice columnist whose credentials as a counselor come from an online college of bar tending.
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