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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 July 5 – THE SHANNON LEE BAND
As an acoustic solo musician, collaborator and a 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.).
For 3 years during that time, Shannon was also 1/3 of the acoustic trio named The Backeddies.
The Shannon Lee Band is Shannon Lee, guitar and vocals; Rodney Foster, mandolin; Daniel McConnell, upright bass; Tom Arnett, percussion/drums; Lynn Frederickson, harmony vocals
Saturday July 6 – HEATHER KROPF
Portland native Heather Kropf, now based in Pittsburgh PA, has forged a reputation as a talented, dedicated songwriter and performer, producing albums with attention to subtle and spacious detail. Her training in classical piano shines through as she deftly weaves Americana and jazz influences into indie pop songs that capture the complexity of modern living, the awakened soul, and romance.
Her fifth album Lights was recorded with Nashville producer/multi-instrumentalist Lex Price and features an all-star cast of players. Anchored by her warm and inviting tone, Price develops Kropf’s signature sound of natural, understated indie pop, but with new insight, a soothing atmospheric palette, and emotional conviction. Each song is a story that deepens in meaning and musicality over time, gaining power from restraint and rewarding the listener who pays attention.
Kropf performs live on a regular basis, opening in recent years for Kim Richey, Jill Barber and Eileen Ivers, and showcasing at WFUV John Platt's On Your Radar series at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.
“I write songs to make the act of living more conscious, the ever-fascinating art and craft of seeing through sound, the reminder that a nuanced world exists, the exploration and acceptance of polarity: love and fear, surrender and escape, the far edges and the way back. We don’t have to be hardened by the world. I write to create a more tender space for myself and for those who want to listen.”
Friday July 12 – 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. You can visit this great band at www.tallerthantheyappear.com. He is also available for session work and has added bass, guitar, and vocals to recording projects by several SE Michigan artists.
Saturday July 13 – 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 July 19 – JOHN LATINI
“Recalling the raspy, liquor-soaked growl of Tom Waits, Latini’s soulfully controlled vocals animate the stories of the songs. At once smooth and rough, his singing sounds alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.” -The Ann Arbor Observer
John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas. And it’s not just that he’s been awarded an official Proclamation from Paul Schreiber, mayor of his Ypsilanti home town, or that he received a “Letter of Recognition and Appreciation” from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
It’s more that, whether he’s fronting his band the Flying Latini Brothers, working as a duo, or most often, commanding the stage alone, John Latini personifies the best that the heartland, and especially Michigan’s righteous rock history, have to offer: an honest, straight-ahead, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Latini also knows that all the best American music flowers from blues roots, and whether he’s tearing it up at a blues fest or captivating a room with original songs, folk and blues go arm in arm in his music like the blood brothers they are.
In addition to being a serious crafter of clever, literate songs, Latini is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style— but more than anything he’s an intense, incandescent performer, with an emotional, testosterone-charged voice that the Ann Arbor Observer called “alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.”
A popular, well-established voice in Michigan, he’s begun to build an enthusiastic fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond to Colorado and New York. Now, Smokin’ Sleddog Records artist John Latini is more ready than ever to break out to a much wider audience.
Saturday July 20 – DALE OSBORN
A resident of Chelsea, Dale Osborn is an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist—on both 6 and 12-string. He croons with a sonorous, deep baritone and plays a variety of music, including original songs, tasty covers and instrumental guitar music. He has produced one CD, “On the Edge of Our Town,” and has performed at many venues, including the Sandhill Crane Winery, Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, Arbor Brewing Company, Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, and the Gypsy Café.
Friday July 26 – AMY GRACE
Amy Grace is a Southeast MI singer-songwriter of folk and acoustic pop roots.
Amy Grace is a native of East Tawas, Michigan. Growing up, she was surrounded by music and was introduced to the characteristics of many instruments and genres. The piano, fiddle, and hand drums (and each bad note and offbeat) all passed through Amy’s hands as she searched for her perfect instrumental match. She soon found that the poetry and lyrics she had written throughout the years best matched the strings of a guitar. During her teenage years, she fell in love with the music of Avril Lavigne and Hayley Williams of Paramore. Their lyrics were honest and their music was refreshing.
Saturday July 27 – MARY ANN KIRT
Mary Ann Kirt has been performing and writing music since she was very young. With her Mother being a piano, vocal teacher she started piano at age 8, and guitar lessons to follow. Coming from a very musical family 3 older sister who sang in harmony and 2 older brothers who also play piano and guitar, music is just second nature to her. History of playing coffee houses in college and then 16 years of performing in cover bands gave her a lot of stage performance experience. In November of 2017 she released her first CD of original music in which she did her own back up harmonies and instrumentation. These tracks are on SoundCloud under Mary Ann Kirt Music. She is also on YT, FB Music Page , Instagram and VivaVideo. Her style of music is Indie Alternative Folk with vocal style compared to Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Bonnie Dopson female singers of the 70’s. She can be seen performing in the Ann Arbor and surrounding areas at multiple venues delighting people with her energy, songs and stories!
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