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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 February 2 – THE LUCKY NOWS
Born to unusually hip parents in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, singer-songwriter Jen Cass was raised on a healthy mix of folk music, homegrown vegetables, spontaneous dancing, black licorice and Motown. When asked about her childhood Jen muses, "I remember my mom doing pirouettes around the living room with Joan Baez and Simon & Garfunkel blasting in the background. Then dad would pull out his guitar and we'd all sing Tom Paxton songs. “My sister and I weren’t allowed to watch TV, so we sang, danced and read every book we could get our hands on. By the age of five, I was a miniature troubadour in bad seventies clothing, quoting Jack London and belting out Jim Croce tunes. I love my parents for that.”
Since the release of Brave Enough To Say, Jen has played hundreds of gigs throughout the world, impressing fans and critics alike with her powerful performances. In addition to two trips to Kerrville New Folk (2010 and 2011), an Emerging Artist Showcase at the 2003 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and an Official Showcase at the 2004 Americana Music Awards, Jen has played The Bluebird Café (Nashville), The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI), IOTA Club & Cafe (Arlington, VA), Uncommon Ground (Chicago), Vic's Music Corner (Rockville, MD), NERFA and Northwest Folklife (Seattle) to name a few. Jen is a regular performer on the Phil Ochs Song Nights, produced by Phil's sister Sonny Ochs. Jen was also a proud member of the first national Indiegrrl tour. Over time, Jen’s live shows have become increasingly popular, causing one critic to lament, “I attempted to pop into the Jen Cass show last month, but by ten o'clock the club was jammed to the roof and even standing room was not an option.”
Saturday February 3 – EASTWARD BOUND
(LUTI & JOHN FINAN)
“A writer of love songs to humanity” in the words of musician Annie Capps, Luti was sensitive to human suffering very early. Born Milutin Erbežnik (pron. mee-Lew-tin air-Beige-nick) in the former Yugoslavia, he was raised by a single mom whose three brothers had been killed in the Nazi occupation. His mom introduced him to music by singing to him, playing records (Richard Strauss, Nana Mouskuri, Tom Jones, …), and teaching him to dance (waltz, tango, polka, …). Somehow, the perception of human frailty and the joy of music slowly intertwined in Luti’s persona, and became principal elements of his creativity.
Luti began his music career as a 15-year old by playing drums and singing in a band. A few years later, he was the lead singer and drummer in Angled Projectile, a regionally acclaimed rock band. He taught himself to play acoustic guitar and began writing songs. In college, Luti left the band and focused on his college education, eventually earning a Fulbright Scholarship for graduate studies in the United States. After earning a Ph.D. in molecular biology, Luti spent a decade in postdoctoral research and teaching at liberal arts colleges. All the while, he kept playing guitar, mostly for himself, and mostly for solace … an aspiring immigrant trying to live the American Dream.
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 music has been heard on Kelly Brown’s “Homeboys” show on WRIF in Detroit, as well as A3 Radio’s “Folk It!” and Pam Rossi’s “Live From UDetroit Cafe” online shows. His online songs have been downloaded and played all over the world- including 10,000 + plays in Afghanistan by our troops during the the Afghanistan/Iraq war. His songs have also been featured on the playlist of Dutch National Radio.
Friday February 9 – 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 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 50/90 (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 written over 300 songs. He has played with the bands "No Excuses", "Julia's Seizure" and "Rusty Nails" and is currently playing with The Parsnips. Phil is a multi-instrumentalist - playing guitar, bass, percussion, horns, mandolin, tenor banjo, ukulele, among others.
Phil began playing solo gigs in October 2014. He released his first solo album I'm On Fire in August 2015.
Saturday February 10 – 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.
Friday February 16 – JERE STORMER
One of Jere’s first memories is of Ricky Nelson singing at the end of an Ozzie & Harriet rerun. Impressed by how much fun playing music looked, Jere began begging his parents for a guitar … taking time out to eat and sleep… Finally given a Hi-Lo 6-string guitar from Federal’s Department Store. He’s been playing ever since only taking time out to eat and sleep. Ended up in College - couldn’t sleep - wrote poetry - got better -- Won a few literary awards. . . Got A Job: Public Radio - Became exposed to music worldwide… Passed it along as a DJ… Listened to Woody Guthrie and started singing and writing songs in that vein... Won a few Detroit Music Awards. Performed in a wide range of bands, to his current group called Taller Than They Appear. Performed at places ranging from the Flint Folk Festival to Dunegrass to Deep Ellum in Dallas to Arts, Beats & Eats to Uncommon Grounds in Chicago. He always has a ton of fun and believes in sharing.
Saturday February 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!
Friday February 23 – ROCHELLE CLARK
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.
Saturday February 24 – BEVERLY MEYER
Experiences enrich musical style and Beverly Meyer's experiences are vast and colorful. From cover bands to children's music and now landing in the very comfortable arms of singer/songwriter, Beverly's rich, soulful voice reaches to the core quickly and takes you on a journey. Dipping and turning through blues, jazz, folk and rock then crescendos to a jubilant tone that is matched by few. https://www.facebook.com/BeverlyMeyerMusic/
Music Bookings in the Tea Room Friday and Saturday Nights
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