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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 September 1 – TERRY BIRKETT
Terry has been playing music since he was 7, learning chords on his dad’s National Steel guitar. After a stint as a clarinet player, he switched to electric guitar when he was 16, and began writing music and playing in bands. By the late 70’s/early 80’s he played with groups that played festivals in England, throughout Europe, and regionally here in the mid-west, playing only original music written by him and his musical friends.
After studying jazz guitar with Steve Carryer, Terry branched off into acoustic music. He spent 10 years playing bass and guitar with songwriter Jan Krist, and other local artists, all the while writing music and performing original music.
In the recent past, Terry has played guitar and various other instruments with Mike Stevens, Bobby Pennock, and many other musicians, and has continued to write and perform his own music while co-writing music with artists such as Bob Young and Bobby Pennock. He continues to write and perform as a solo artist while serving as a guitarist in the Delta Twins, playing blues infused rock and soul.
Saturday September 2 – PHIL MCMILLION
Phil McMillion is an Ann Arbor based singer/songwriter whose style is very eclectic. He writes about many subjects and often throws a little humor in the mix. Phil's 2015 album, "I'm On Fire", demonstrates a wide variety in styles and instruments, with smooth lead vocals and harmony. Phil grew up in Detroit, MI. He attended Cass Technical High School, majoring in music (playing french horn and trumpet). Mostly classically trained, he became influenced by the blues in his early twenties and became self-taught on guitar. After a long pause from making music (work, family, yada yada), Phil began writing songs (with lyrics!) in 2009. He got hooked on a couple of international songwriting challenges in 2012 - FAWM (February Album Writing Month - write 14 songs in 28 days) and 5090 (Write 50 songs in 90 days during the summer), and has participated in both every year since. These have helped him enormously with both his songwriting and musical performance.
Phil has a very soothing voice and writes and plays in many different styles - folk, pop, rock, blues, to name a few. Some of his major influences are Gordon Lightfoot, Simon and Garfunkel and The Doors.
Friday September 8 – JOHN FINAN AND 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. John’s 5th CD is currently in production, and will include songs that have already become popular requests, “The Ballad of Touchdown Jesus”, “Wolverine”, and the already-notorious “Suicide Squirrel”.
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. I dreamed of being a ballerina (but was never tall enough or flat enough) so I moved on to symphony conductor, Broadway actress and crew member on Jacques Cousteau's ship, Calypso. (I would still do that, if given the chance). But music remained the one constant in my life.
Saturday September 9 –TALLER THAN THEY APPEAR
Performing all originals all of the time, Jere Stormer, Bobby Pennock, Sigrid Christiansen and Lauren Crane are Taller Than They Appear, a band of songwriters. Each has a style that is miles from the next, but come together with soulful harmonies, arresting arrangements and a smattering of instruments. Birdcalls, bells and bongos, woodblocks, washboards and whistles round out the guitars, violins and ukuleles. Overheard several if not nearly a dozen times, "You all have something here." Well, that's something, anyway.
Friday September 15 – LUTI
Raised in the multiethnic milieu of Yugoslavia, Luti grew up immersed in Balkan folk music, classical music and melodic rock. When he arrived in the U.S. on a Fulbright scholarship to study molecular biology 30 years ago, his home country was bound for a brutal civil war, and Luti’s passion for truth telling, songwriting and performance grew.
Luti performs solo and with fellow artists in the Greater Detroit area. With his solo albums Half a Century Later (2010) and the recently released Whistleblower, 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. 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 September 16 --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 September 22 – 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.”
Saturday September 23 – CHARLIE MOSBROOK
For three decades Charlie Mosbrook has been an active and celebrated musical voice throughout northeastern Ohio and the midwest as a songwriter, performer, and advocate for the preservation and continuing importance of folk music in our culture.
Beginning as a street musician in the late 1980's, Charlie developed an honest and natural conversational style, combining humor, and personal introspection. His path quickly led to a role as the host of many open mic programs including a 27 year run on Coventry road in his hometown of Cleveland Heights, Ohio at the ARABICA and Phoenix coffee shops where he continues to provide opportunities to area performers.
In 2011, Charlie was voted Cleveland Scene magazines "Best Singer Songwriter". In 1996 he was invited to perform the music of Woody Guthrie at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum by curator Robert Santelli. Mosbrook's performance was noted in Santelli's book Hard Travlin': The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie. Charlie has been a featured artist on FolkAlley.com, had a featured song (Up Among The Stars) on NO Depression, and CD of the Week on WFMT's Midnight Special. Today he is a regular performer to many concert series and house concerts throughout the US. His multiple CD's are heard with regularity on folk radio programs throughout the world.
Friday September 29– JOHN LATINI
John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas. And it’s not just that he’s been awarded an official Proclamation from Paul Schreiber, mayor of his Ypsilanti home town, or that he received a “Letter of Recognition and Appreciation” from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
It’s more that, whether he’s fronting his band the Flying Latini Brothers, working as a duo, or most often, commanding the stage alone, John Latini personifies the best that the heartland, and especially Michigan’s righteous rock history, have to offer: an honest, straight-ahead, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Latini also knows that all the best American music flowers from blues roots, and whether he’s tearing it up at a blues fest or captivating a room with original songs, folk and blues go arm in arm in his music like the blood brothers they are.
In addition to being a serious crafter of clever, literate songs, Latini is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style— but more than anything he’s an intense, incandescent performer, with an emotional, testosterone-charged voice that the Ann Arbor Observer called “alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.”
A popular, well-established voice in Michigan, he’s begun to build an enthusiastic fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond to Colorado and New York. Now, Smokin’ Sleddog Records artist John Latini is more ready than ever to break out to a much wider audience.
Saturday September 30 – BOBBY PENNOCK, BEVERLY MYER, and JUDY INSLEY (PB & J)
Singer/Songwriters Bobby Pennock, Beverly Myer, and Judy Insley (PB & J) team up for an evening of songs in the round, harmonious trio collaborations, and uplifting energy. https://www.judyinsley.com/
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