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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 August 4 – ANNIE AND ROD CAPPS
Songs about broken things and poignant little ponderings are delivered with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang and a soulful groove. Annie and Rod are on a musical journey that began in 1982, culminating into a symbiotic sound that reflects their deep and intuitive understanding of each other. Annie’s disarming, earthy voice and solid command of her guitar are punctuated by Rod’s effortless, accompaniment and beautiful solo work. Together they weave unforgettable melodies that are at once intricate and sparse – musically completing each others’ sentences. Over the years, Annie and Rod have done it all; from rock to musical theater and while they continue to draw from a wide range of genres and influences, what comes out is a hybrid sound all their own. Genuine and playful; effortless and endearing; this duo has been enchanting audiences in quality music venues, house concerts, coffeehouses and festivals throughout their home state of Michigan and beyond.
Saturday August 5 – shannon lee and the backeddies
The Backeddies are Shannon Lee (vocals & rhythm guitar), John Baltic (vocals & lead guitar), and Janet Benson (vocals). Shannon Lee has been performing in a variety of bands and duos from the Washtenaw County area since 2010. Most notably, she sings lead and harmony vocals in the long standing Ann Arbor based ska/reggae/Afro-Carribean/Latin Jazz band named Hullabaloo. She became a recent songwriter after attending a songwriting workshop in 2012 called Above The Bridge Songwriting Retreat, hosted by well known award winning singer-songwriters from South East Michigan. As a songwriter and acoustic performer, she draws from the deep well of roots music, combining folk, country, Americana, and Indie styles. John Baltic, a master on the guitar, has also been performing in a variety of bands and smaller projects throughout the years. Most notably, John used to play guitar and sing in a band for many years named Downward Facing Dog, who hailed from Topanga, California. John is an accomplished songwriter and great at lead or harmony vocals. Since returning to Michigan, he has worked with Janet Benson in a few configurations for the past several years. Janet Benson, an excellent lead and harmony singer, has been performing in the Washtenaw County area in a variety of musical projects since about 2009. Most notably, Janet sings lead vocals in the long standing Ann Arbor based country/rock band The Switchbacks. As a singer and a songwriter, Janet draws inspiration from the well of roots music which includes rock, country, and Americana styles as well. She is also a singer in Hullabaloo with Shannon. As The Backeddies, Shannon, John and Janet use their harmony abilities to create 3 part harmonies on songs that each of them take turns singing lead on. With Shannon on acoustic rhythm guitar and John providing soaring solos, the outcome is a very nice blend of acoustic music that makes people want to listen.
Friday August 11 – BILL EDWARDS
Bill Edwards is both a master of the songwriting craft and 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. Bill says that songs should move your heart or move your feet, or even better, both. Give him a listen. We think you’ll find yourself moved.
Saturday August 12 – 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 August 18 – DAN HAZLETT
For more than 30 years, Dan has performed and toured throughout the Midwest. His eight previously released CDs have received airplay throughout the United States as well as internationally, and have been praised by everyone from musical colleagues to concert hosts to radio DJs. Dan has been nominated multiple times for Detroit Music Awards, and has achieved recognition for his work in events such as the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, Big Top Chautauqua Songwriting Contest, and the Billboard Songwriting Competition. As an educator, Dan has been featured on the staff at the prestigious Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters, the Madison Songwriters Guild Retreat and has been on the staff at the internationally renowned Interlochen Academy for the Arts. He has appeared on stage and/or opened for such notables as Ronnie Cox, Dana Cooper, Chuck Brodsky, Mustard’s Retreat, Cliff Eberhardt, Joel Mabus and Jack Williams, and for seven years hosted his own folk radio show, Local Folks, at WXOU-FM (Oakland University). Most recently, Dan performed in a musical production he wrote, Tumbledown Town, which has opened to positive acclaim throughout Michigan. His ninth and latest CD is “The Corner of My Eye.”
Saturday August 19 – BOB YOUNG AND JOHN FINAN
Bob Young is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the greater Detroit area. An award-winning composer, he is perhaps better known from his time fronting the Delta Twins and Holstein Highway. Bob is the grandson of a West Virginia coal miner. His father moved from West Virginia to Detroit in search of the American Dream. He grew up on the sounds of the 1960’s and 1970’s - everything from rock to blues to soul to folk to jazz to gospel and then some. Along the way Bob found he had a knack for writing songs with lyrical depth against music that was a remarkable blend of his influences without copying any one of them in particular.
While he writes in a wide range of styles for the various bands, his solo music tends toward the more acoustic and reflective - “songs of yesteryear and things held dear”…kind of a James Taylor meets Elton John vibe.
John Finan: 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. John’s 5th CD is currently in production.
Friday August 25 – GUY ALEXANDER RUSSO
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. Guy Russo's solo album is coming in 2017!
Saturday August 26 — ANGELA PREDHOMME AND FRIENDS
With a smooth, expressive voice, singer/songwriter Angela Predhomme sings from the soul. She has a knack for creating catchy melodies that stay with you long after you've heard her songs and writing lyrics that touch your heart. Her songs have been heard in Lifetime TV’s hit show, “Dance Moms,” ABC Family's "Switched at Birth," NBC's "The Voice," TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," A & E's "Rodeo Girls," a commercial for ING Bank, Ron Howard's "America in Primetime" series for PBS, and closing credit placement in the film A Wedding Most Strange, among others. Angela's songs have been featured on the radio industry hub, AllAccess, on the Cool New Music page, AAA genre.
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