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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 March 2 - HEY MAVIS!
Americana-folk band "Hey Mavis" was formed as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park artist-in-residence program. Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) "discovered" the group on a Christmas compilation CD and went on to produce their first two albums, both of which hit the top 10 on the national Folk DJ-L radio charts and amassed favorable reviews across the globe. Hey Mavis's third release, produced by Yonder Mountain's Adam Aijala, received similar accolades and has outsold its predecessors by a factor of two.
Hey Mavis has appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage, NPR's Whad'ya Know?, and PBS's Songs from the Center. The group has performed standing-room-only shows at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival as well as nine consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio. In 2017, Melissa Etheridge saw Hey Mavis perform at a benefit concert and recruited the group to perform on her 2018 music cruise (yay!).
Saturday March 3 - MARK JEWETT & JOE CARTOON
Mark: Mark Jewett is a Detroit area singer-songwriter. His work has been twice recognized by American Songwriter Magazine (2015 and 2017 Lyrics Contests) and twice by the For Song Sake Songwriting Challenge as (2013 and 2012). His listeners have noted similarities in his songwriting and delivery styles to a variety of artists, including Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Jesse Winchester, Slaid Cleaves, Nick Lowe, and Michael Franks. While his music tends to defy any strict genre definition, you are likely to hear influences from folk, rock and pop to country and blues if you listen closely.
Joe: Joe Shields is an extremely attractive and humble singer songwriter. Ten years ago, having tried and failed at world domination, Joe bought a guitar. He is now far more relaxed yet still extremely attractive and humble. Some people find that irritating, but that's only because they are super jealous of his extremely attractive and humble personality.
Accolades: Joecartoon.com employee of the month, 50 freestyle record holder Eastern Michigan University 1981-1982. Kerrville Newfolk winner 2016.
Friday March 9 - JEFF KAROUB
Jeff Karoub has been gaining acclaim performing his original songs across his home state of Michigan and the Great Lakes region. The Detroit journalist, whose father played for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Motown Records, credits genetics and general curiosity for an open musical mind. The singer, guitarist, fiddler, and mandolinist likes to tell stories through music, evident in songs on his debut CD, such as 'Made by Motown' and 'Fall Comes Early,' and his follow-up collections, 'Find a Shore' and 'Northern Cranes.' He has taken his rhythm-and-roots acoustic sound to many stages, and has been featured on radio and TV stations in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York and Ontario. He's also founder of Coming Home to Music, a Knight Foundation-funded project to create a series of house concerts rotating through Detroit homes.
Saturday March 10 - FEBRUARY SKY
February Sky is traditional singer and Celtic guitarist Phil Cooper with songwriter and singer Susan Urban. Phil sings and plays his own arrangements of traditional songs and tunes on six string guitar and cittern, and he also interprets a number of carefully chosen songs from the best of modern Folk song writers, as well as backing Susan up on her songs. Susan Urban is a writer of story songs and humorous "slice of life" songs. She accompanies her songs, plus Phil's songs and tunes, on six and 12-string guitar, six string banjo, mountain dulcimer, hand percussion instruments and Native American Style flute. Phil and Susan present a combination of old and new songs addressing the widest possible range of experience, complete with vocal harmony, intricate instrumentation and thoughtful stagecraft. They believe that Folk Music is a continuum - whether the songs are self-penned or have a history thousands of years old, as long as they speak to the human condition and the human heart, they carry on the Folk Music tradition.
Friday March 16 - ARLO ALDO
Arlo Aldo is a Pittsburgh-based band known for their indie folk prowess. Featuring beautiful Americana harmonies, gorgeous folk instrumentation and immersive musical textures, the band prides itself on its intimate and engaging live experience as well its studied approach to recording. Behind the strength of Zelie (2013), Spin the Twine EP (2014), and House & Home (2016 Future Oak Record Co.), Arlo Aldo has carved out a respectable indie folk niche in Pittsburgh, with occasional forays into the midwest and the east coast. Arlo Aldo's sophomore release, House & Home, is now available from Future Oak Record Company. Arlo Aldo is David Manchester (guitars, vocals), Ariel Forbes (keys, vocals), Susanna Meyers (bass, vocals), Brandon Forbes (drums) and Jessie Hoffman (viola).
Saturday March 17 - 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!
Jo Serrapere (sarah-pear) is a songwriter from Detroit, Michigan who has performed as a solo artist on such prestigious stages as NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She also founded and performs with the all-female string band, Stella!, alt-country band Jo Serrapere & the LaFawndas and co-founded the string band, Uncle Earl.
Whether recreating old songs from the Mississippi Delta, Bessie Smith or Tom Waits or performing songs in her own confessional style, Jo’s music stands original while always reflecting her love of American roots music. Her eclectic writing and performance fuses elements of various modern and traditional folk music, old-time and electric blues, roots rock, swing and alt-country.
Jo, playing guitars and drums, has teamed up with her husband, blues guitarist, John Devine. John brings his own original music to Jo's set as well as classics from such artists as Mississippi John Hurt and Reverend Gary Davis.
Saturday March 24 - BILL EDWARDS
Bill Edwards is both a master of the songwriting craft as well as a seasoned and compelling performer. Having started his career in the singer-songwriter scene in Buffalo, NY in the 70's, his journey has led him through bluegrass to country-rock, back to singer-songwriter and most recently to classic country. He claims Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell as formative influences, and says he's most at home in the rich fields they've tilled so ably.
All along the way, the constant has been songwriting. Bill won the Country division of Billboard's® national songwriting contest and his songs have been recorded by other artists and featured on TV and on the silver screen. He's held staff-writer positions in Nashville and studied the craft at the feet of masters
Bill can more than hold his own with both acoustic and electric guitar, and sings with an expressive voice that brings his songs to life like no one else's. Years of shows for audiences small and large have honed his performance skills, whether solo, with his trio or with the six-piece Bill Edwards Band.
Friday March 30 - JEN WHALEY
Blending her powerful voice with the sweetness of her ukulele, Ypsilanti songstress Jen Whaley coyly captures your attention with her smart, catchy songs and bittersweet melodies.
Saturday March 31 - ROCHELLE CLARK & MICHELLE HELD
Rochelle: Rochelle Clark is a singer-songwriter from Ypsilanti, MI. Best known as one-half of the acclaimed Americana duo, The Potter's Field, Rochelle is also an engaging solo artist with some new material to share. Her powerful and haunting vocals will draw you in as she weaves stories of heartache, betrayal, and searching out the light amongst the darkness.
Michelle: Michelle Held is a folk singer, known for her timeless and captivating style. Her roots in theatre and fine arts lead her to guitar and songwriting in 2011. "Michelle brings true spirit to a shaking place, with a voice we have not heard in a long, long, time," writes Amy Speace. "A hummingbird with a raven's heart." Detroit Metro Times wrote, "It's her voice that adds the X-Factor; that little bit of welcome strange." Held performs regularly throughout Southeast Michigan with recent national appearances that include Kansas City Folk Festival presented by Folk Alliance International, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston, Texas and Wheatland Music Festival.
Music Bookings in the Tea Room Friday and Saturday Nights
(Criteria for Weekend Music Performance) - Michelle Wilbert - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon. thru Thurs.
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