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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 August 30 – NATHAN ZOOB AND GUY RUSSO
Lyrical singer/songwriting from Pittsburgh, PA by way of New York.
"A highly articulate thoughtful take on the merger of folk and indie rock...Zoob’s Curriculum Vitae is an absolute pleasure." - Sound Scene Express.
As a musician, Guy has been writing, recording, and touring out of Pittsburgh, PA for the better part of his adulthood. Formerly one half of the duo Broken Fences, Guy has been performing as a solo act in a plaid shirt since the pair disbanded early in 2014. Those who crave a fresh and philosophical take on the soul-quenching lyricism that drives modern folk music are welcome to join Guy's community, order a rye whiskey, and stick around to tap a toe or two.
Saturday August 31 – KYLEEN DOWNES AND PAIGE BELLER
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” 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.
Very few musicians can deliver songs that are emotionally vulnerable and simultaneously epic. Very few activists can help organize massive events like Ladyfest Dayton but also find time to tour and juggle multiple bands. Very few people can radiate boundless creativity and power, while still maintaining their inherently friendly, humble nature. Paige Beller captures all these qualities and more in her songwriting, live performances and attitude. Deeply rooted in Dayton, OH’s eclectic music scene for well over a decade, she returns with her newest solo EP, Paige Beller…Space Cadet. Like the five of her other major releases, these songs sting you straight in the heart and rock your soul. Imagine drifting endlessly through outer space, with only a strange concoction of thoughts and feelings to entertain you. The live set is equally dynamic, as Beller deploys everything in her instrumental arsenal; from acoustic and electric guitars, to drum kits, a tiny piano, and of course, her iconic voice.
Friday September 6 – MARK JEWETT
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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.
Chris DuPont: Avid lyricist and “think piece” composer Chris DuPont hails from the quirky and eclectic Ypsilanti, Michigan, and is a seasoned veteran of the midwest music scene. His hybrid finger-style approach to guitar-playing is a nod to classical minimalism, but sure to get you nodding your head too. Influenced by a wide range of artists and composers from Philip Glass to Tycho, from James Taylor to Ryan Adams to Oh Wonder, Chris has shared stages with a host of midwest acts, as well as national acts Edwin McCain, Brendan James, NeedtoBreathe, and Lucius.
Rin Tarsy: Ypsilanti's Rin Tarsy makes " Midwestern soul-tinged Americana with an arresting, bone-shaking voice." Rin says, "I’m a lover of life, a simple gal who does her best to put experiences into words, and then pop a melody in to make it sound beautiful. I love creating, and I love connecting. More than my love for music is a love for seeing and being seen by another soul." This rising singer-songwriter names Ingrid Michaelson, Rod Stewart, Adele, and Mastodon as her influences.
Saturday September 7 – JOHN FINAN & SHARON TSE
Their chance meeting produced one of Metro Detroit’s finest acoustic duos. John and Sharon weave intricate guitar arrangements and effortless vocal harmonies into their unique brand of intelligent songwriting. Audiences will catch nuances of folk, rock, pop and jazz, as they are captivated by this duo’s warm, approachable style.
Friday September 13 – OPEN MIC WITH HOST ROD JOHNSON
Rod Johnson has been playing guitar since 1975 or thereabouts. He was a would-be poet in his young days before somehow getting sidetracked into academia. Now he writes songs and plays and sings in the Parsnips, the Good Things. When My Baby Comes Around is his first solo album, made up of songs written in the past few years.
Saturday September 14 – 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 20 – TERRY BIRKETT
Terry Birkett is a guitar player, song writer, and a confirmed lover of music and art. He started playing his dad’s National Steel in 3rd grade, took it up in earnest when he was 16. He started writing songs shortly thereafter as accompaniment to his poetry and musings. Terry has played guitar with a variety of artists and bands, known and not so known, and has continued to write songs about life and love, lost and found. Come on out and have a listen.
Saturday September 21 – MEG BRAUN AND ANDY BAKER
Meg Braun: Known for her fearless writing and dynamic vocal style, Meg Braun is a Nashville based singer/songwriter who tours throughout the US. Meg has released three CDs of original songs: “Tomboy Princess” (2009), “Broken Places” (2011) and “Restless Moon” (2015). Meg was a 2013 official NERFA showcase artist, a 2015 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and a 2016 Kerrville New Folk Finalist.
Andy Baker: Michigan singer/songwriter Andy Baker mines deep into his experiences as a father, veterinarian, ironman triathlete and humble ponderer to create music that stirs the heart, the soul, and occasionally the funny bone! He shares his songs on a variety of instruments including guitar, dobro, bass, and even octave mandolin. His many accolades include a finalist spot at the 2017 Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition.
Friday September 27 – 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.
Saturday September 28 – ANGELA PREDHOMME, SIGRID CHRISTIANSEN AND LAUREN CRANE: "SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND"
Angela Predhomme: With a laid back, soulful style, singer-songwriter Angela Predhomme expresses emotion with honesty and passion. She has a knack for writing catchy melodies and lyrics that touch your heart, and sings with bluesy overtones that hint of her roots in Detroit. Predhomme’s songs have been heard by millions through television, film, and various listening channels. Credits include the popular Hallmark movie “Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane,” Lifetime’s hit show “Dance Moms,” Freeform’s “Switched at Birth,” TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” a commercial for ING Bank, and closing credit placement in the film A Wedding Most Strange, among others. Angela’s songs have also been featured on the radio industry hub, AllAccess, on the AAA genre Cool New Music page.
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.
Lauren Crane: Everyone has stories. We live in them. We tell them and retell them to create the narratives of our lives. Some of us capture the stories, run them through our filters and connect them to something larger than ourselves. Then we type them up. That's what I do, anyway. I think on paper, feel in ink, reflect on a keyboard, revel in words and share the outcome with anyone willing to read, watch, look or listen. I had a long career in advertising; I write songs and perform them solo and as part of a band, I write fiction and verse. I started a publishing company called Backyard Bird Publishing, And, coming soon, if all goes well, PodPie Radio,a podcasting channel. Click the tabs above for samples of my work.
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