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Live Music Weekends at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room
8:00 to 10:00 p.m. – No Cover Charge
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!)
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Friday November 2 – ADAM LEBEAUX
If home is where the heart is, and the soul speaks to the heart, and Adam Labeaux sings to the soul, what does that mean?
Multi-instrumentalist, Adam Labeaux has been performing professionally since 1992. Michigan born, he was chorally-trained, and taught himself guitar by listening to records and watching other musicians. He is a fierce rhythmic guitarist, an adept finger-style player, and an inspired improvisational lead guitarist. On stage he is dynamic and personable, engaging audiences and weaving stories throughout his performances. Adam’s music, once aptly dubbed “Heartland Soul” by a fan, draws from a wide array of interests and influences. At any time you may find the juxtaposition of folk, soul, country, funk, jazz, and rock. Listening to his songs, that touch on the topics of love, loss, sexuality, longing, and hope, you will find yourself in a comfortable pocket like the one belonging to your wallet in your favorite pair of jeans.
Saturday November 3 – SHANNON LEE AND JEN WHALEY
Shannon Lee: As an acoustic solo musician, collaborator and a somewhat new songwriter, Shannon Lee draws from the deep well of roots music to inspire her songwriting, in addition to spinning her take on favorite songs from artists who write from Americana, country, folk, and Indie perspectives. Since 2014, Shannon has been on lead vocals, harmony vocals, and songwriting for the long standing Ann Arbor band, Hullabaloo, a predominantly originals band weaving Ska, Reggae, Afro- Caribbean, Latin Jazz, Rock and Roll, and Pop genres in a sonic explosion of uniqueness. (reverbnation.com/hullabaloo). For 3 years during that time, Shannon was also 1/3 of the acoustic trio named The Backeddies.
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.
Friday November 9 – GHOST CITY SEARCHLIGHT
Ghost City Searchlight plays original music inspired by traditional Celtic and American folk songs infused with raucous energy. Their brand of charismatic folk-rock tells stories that are drawn from the spirit of tall tales heard around the campfire, from the pages of dime novels read under the covers with a flashlight, and from the personal experiences of anyone who feels the deck is stacked against them.
Saturday November 10 – LUTI AND BOBBY
Luti Erbeznik: “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.
Bobby Pennock: Bobby Pennock is an accomplished singer/songwriter whose style, albeit unique, is reminiscent of those celebrated folksingers of the 1960s and 70s, like Paul Simon and Harry Chapin (with a heaping helping of The Beatles thrown in), crafting songs that catch you off guard with lines like: "Don’t try to reason – a little thought might give you heed/You don’t need to be wise when pleasing all your wants/By disguising them as needs..." Listening to him perform is like watching a good magician. When it's over, you can't help but ask: How did he do that? Bobby's album, 10,000 Stories, is packed with such lyrical tricks - a blend of humor, caged emotion, suburban zen - delivered innocently enough inside smooth vocals and fetching guitar work. When not performing solo, Bobby can be seen on stages around and about with a band of songwriters known as Taller Than They Appear.
Friday November 16 – RETROSPECTIVE
Mary Ellen Cain and Annie Withers are two women who love to sing. Meeting in their choir, the Out Loud Chorus , both are products of 50’s 60’s and early 70’s music and acoustic guitars. Mary Ellen is more a Joni Mitchell, Tom Rush, Garnet Rogers, Judy Collins kind of girl, Annie more a Leonard Cohen, John Denver, Seekers, PP&M enthusiast. Together they will take a look back at songs remembered from times gone by. There might even be one or two originals thrown in from youthful attempts at song writing. So come on in, relax, and sing along if the mood strikes you as they enjoy making music.
Saturday November 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 November 23 – “DAVE AND KRISTI”
Dave and Kristi are Dave Boutette and Kristi Lynn Davis. Dave & Kristi have found the magic that happens when two voices share a melody. Kristi’s natural gift for harmony is instantly bringing new life to Dave’s songs. Close, comforting, and warm, Kristi’s voice slips in right beside Dave’s, creating an absolutely beautiful effect. Plus her charming and confident stage presence, along with her quick wit, are adding a whole new appeal to Dave’s shows. Together they have performed at music festivals, listening rooms, and brewpubs from the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula all the way down to Oberlin, Ohio.
Saturday November 24 – ED DUPAS
Americana singer-songwriter Ed Dupas’ lived-in melodies unwind with reflective lyrics and speak to the current state of the human condition, soothing where possible, agitating where necessary, and seeking change where appropriate. Crafted from the heart, Ed Dupas’ simple yet soulful music flows from an array of broad social themes to more personal narratives of love and loss. Rooted in both realism and idealism, Ed's musical goal is deeper inquiry and exploration for himself and his listeners. With comparisons ranging from Steve Earle to Bruce Springsteen, Ed paints a sonic picture of the road less traveled and the world de-familiarized. Ed Dupas creates and shares well worn wide awake music.
Friday November 30 – ESCAPING PAVEMENT
From Detroit to Pasadena, to the high seas and then back to Detroit; it’s only when singer/songwriter duo Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz escaped the neon blitz and car-strewn concrete of the city that they discovered how well their music could bloom when they brought it back to the roots. There is so much life and vitality in the Americana-folk journeys of Escaping Pavement, sprung entirely from an acoustic guitar, a mandolin, and two voices. Fiery passion, wistful reflection, awestruck adventurousness, and heartstring-plucking poignancy, the duo discovers, through song, the range of human emotion and celebrates the purities of what we’ve left behind for the artifices of tech trends, drug stores and cacophonous city centers.
Saturday December 1 – SAN, EMILY, AND JACOB
The trio of San, Emily and Jacob formed in 2013, but they have a long history together. Father and daughter San & Emily Slomovits have been playing music together since Emily was a young child. San, along with his brother Laz, as the duo Gemini, have been a highly popular folk act throughout Michigan and the United States since 1973, and Emily began joining them on stage when she was just eight years old.
Jacob Warren and Emily have known each other since kindergarten and have played music together in many settings throughout their school years. Emily, 23, is an accomplished violinist, having studied classical violin for more than a decade, and has also developed a lovely and unique singing style. She graduated in 2017 from Eastern Michigan University with a cum laude degree in German Language and Literature and a minor in Musical Theatre. Jacob, 22, is a talented and decorated young bassist, with an interest in a wide variety of genres. He is a 2017 graduate and Earl V. Moore Award in Music recipient from the University of Michigan with a summa cum laude degree in classical bass performance.
San, Emily and Jacob’s concerts feature a range of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, classical music, Broadway show tunes, and more. Their beautifully blended harmony vocals and exciting instrumental work breathe new life into this wide variety of music, and audiences thrill to their warmth, humor and ease on stage. They released their first CD,“Innocent When You Dream” in 2013.
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