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Live Music Weekends at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room
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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 2 – THE MIGHTY RHYTHM BANDITS
The Mighty Rhythm Bandits is a three (soon to be four) piece band playing songs in the style of classic rock and blues, featuring several original tunes. The band consists of Michael Snyder-Barker, who plays a full drum set and sings; John Lowe, who plays guitar and sings; and Michael Hintz who plays bass and sings. The addition of a keyboard player rounds out the sound.
Saturday August 3 – DARIN FRANCIS
“His mother is Indigo Girls, his father is either Bob Dylan or Tom Waits, and Tom Petty is either his brother or his cousin…” -Julia Belian
Singer-songwriter Darin Francis first emerged as an artist during the coffee-house boom of the 90’s. The TV show Friends was actually art imitating life, the now defunct Border’s Books chain served coffee and paid artists to play on weekend evenings, and Francis was honing his craft performing on street corners and in cafes.
He leaned into rhythm guitar and harmonies as part of a songwriting duo with Mike Rut. Francis and Rut would go on to form the band Harbinger’s Mile and make the circuit of larger clubs, bars, and festivals; opening for acts such as Jill Jack, Thornetta Davis, Bill Mallonee, and the Vigilantes of Love. Harbinger’s Mile released Hallowed Boulevard in 1998 - an album of alt-country rock songs co-authored by Francis. The collection of hook-laden pop tunes featuring strong but vulnerable harmonies will transport you straight back to your corner coffee shop - but still stands the test of time (and can be found free on Spotify).
Friday August 9 – ROCHELLE CLARK
A native of Michigan, Rochelle Clark’s music has been described as raw, honest, and beautifully vulnerable. She writes and sings about real life, joy, struggle and human tragedy - you can’t help but feel for the characters in her songs. Leaning heavily on personal experience, she connects on an intimate level that resonates with her audience. As one-half of the acclaimed Americana duo, The Potter’s Field, Rochelle’s powerful vocals have been captivating audiences in Michigan and throughout the Midwest for years. Drawing on her roots in folk, americana, and country, Rochelle has found a sound that is uniquely her own.
In April 2019 she released her first single as a solo artist, Jericho. As she continues to explore her voice as a songwriter, look for a solo EP to be released in Fall of 2019.
Whether performing as a solo artist, in a duo, or with a band of exceptional musicians backing her, Rochelle’s shows spark joy, inspiration, and reflection.
Saturday August 10 – J. WASHBURN GARDNER
J. Washburn Gardner brings a unique and lyrical voice to the singer/songwriter realm. Drawing inspiration from his adventures and misadventure in love, friendship, family and pet ownership, he writes and sings songs of love, pain, joy, and coffee.
J. Washburn has lived in southeast Michigan most of his life and currently heralds from Tipton, MI but has roots that span from the Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire to the Puget Sound communities of Tacoma and Seattle, Washington.
A 30+ year choral music veteran and classically trained tenor, his taste and training in music is varied and he brings that forth in his songs which appeal to a varied population. Sometimes cute, sometimes sad, J. Washburn is always pleasing to the ears.
Friday August 16 – OPEN MIC WITH HOST, PHIL MCMILLION
Bring your songs, pack up your instruments and head on out to our monthly Open Mic with host Phil McMillion. Phil is an accomplished singer-songwriter who regularly plays local venues and hosts a variety of Open Mics in southeast Michigan and we're delighted to have him with us. Sign up is at 7:30 pm, and performances run from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm.
Saturday August 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 August 23 – BILLY JOE HUNT
Billy Joe Hunt is a Jackson based folk/blues singer songwriter, his songs and stories are both toe tappers & tear jerkers, tales about friends, family and characters from the road. He also performs covers in the styles of John Prine, Fred Eaglesmith and Townes Van Zant......just to name a few.
You can find out more on Facebook and YouTube@“Billy Joe Hunt”
Saturday August 24 – JUDY INSLEY
Judy Insley spent her early childhood on 77 acres of sprawling pastures in rural Michigan. An only child, she spent countless hours exploring her immediate world from the back of her faithful Shetland pony. Along the way, she developed a great fondness for her surroundings and all the creatures with whom she shared it. Judy was also consistently drawn to the music emanating from the radio inside the horse barn...and totally mesmerized by anyone strumming a guitar in her presence.
Now, as a “seasoned” adult, she still loves to hang out with horses, but also swims with dolphins and cuddles with cats. She still believes in the inter-connectedness of all things...and in music as a healing unifier.
Judy's music has been called "insightful" and "poetic." Her comfortable, instinctive vocals and skillful guitar and mandolin playing provide a strong foundation for heartfelt lyrics and flowing melodies. The release of her 2007 CD, “Leaving Home” resulted in two 2008 Detroit Music Awards nominations for ”Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording” and “Outstanding Acoustic/ Folk Songwriter.” She also finished among the top 30 finalists (out of over 600 entries) in the 2008 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest. A 2011 holiday single titled "Spirit of the Season" received generous airplay in the United States, Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands. Her latest full-length CD "Remember Beautiful" was released in May of 2013 to a sell-out crowd at Trinity House Theatre in Livonia, Michigan. Several of the songs from that CD have been featured on Folk DJ playlists throughout the U.S. In addition to her own songwriting and performing endeavors, she also works as a "side player" for other musicians and teaches acoustic guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo and ukulele.
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.
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