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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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We are Philip, Rod & Linden - that's Philip McMillion, Rod Johnson, and Linden Thoburn. We are an Ann Arbor based trio, playing original songs of many genres, but mostly folk, pop and country influenced. We also play covers as needed. We all write and sing (and have lots of harmony).
Saturday May 4 – ROBIN MONTERROSO
Her songs are thoughtfully framed portraits of human experience relying heavily on contrast, and thoughtfully curated into her gallery of compassion.
Robin Monterosso's lyrically-driven Americana tunes began wandering into the outer world from her mind, heart and pen at the age of 47, proof that it's never too late to live your dreams.
A Great Lakes girl, an advocate of presence, cold-brew coffee and/or black tea addict, cuddler of rabbits and other critters (but mostly rabbits,) she wants you to know there is never an experience from which you can't learn a valuable lesson. Look for and walk toward those guiding lights.
Libra, good handshake, hugger, passionate and moving performer.
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Friday May 10 – DAVEY O.
Equal parts songwriter and storyteller, Buffalo’s Davey O. has been recognized on a national level for his past two CD releases with multiple honors among the “best of“ lists of several Folk & Roots radio stations, and as a 2013 New Folk Finalist at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. Davey has also earned the respect of his peers for his incredible work ethic, performing between 120 - 140 dates per year, and for his constant dedication to the art of song craft. With a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation, Davey O. finds the universal in the particular, turning day-to-day minutiae into dusty paeans to the indomitability of the human spirit. With each tale another slice of life examined.
Davey is looking to build on the success of his previous release “No Passengers,” (2014 Top 25 of 100 albums Roots Music Report, Best of 2014 - WHRW, WAMC, The Sundilla Radio Hour, WMSC, Radio Crystal Blue, WVPE ) with the 2017 release of “A Bright Horizon Line” - his new, full length CD. Joined by veteran folk artists Tracy Grammer (background vocals), and Pat Wictor (dobro), as well as up and coming artists Matt Nakoa (piano), and Eric Lee (mandolin, fiddle), “A Bright Horizon Line” is a collection of 10 tracks (9 original compositions, and a cover of the Crowded House classic “Don’t Dream It’s Over”) – each one taking the listener on an adventure via music and words, strung along the common thread of this journey we are all on. Co-produced with Neale Eckstein at Fox Run Studios, the production values and arrangements are clear, concise, and cinematic in their quality, successfully capturing the elements of both contemporary and traditional folk music.
Saturday May 11 – JO SERRAPERE
Earthwork Collective artist Jo Serrapere (sarah-pear), a songwriter from Detroit, Michigan, started playing guitar at 23 when seeking out lessons from Delta Blues guitarist, Shari Kane. Shortly thereafter, Jo began writing her own songs while completing her college studies in clinical psychology. She now plays at music venues throughout the United States as well as maintaining a successful psychotherapy practice and raising her delightful daughter.
Whether recreating old classic songs or performing original songs in her own deeply confessional and comic styles, Jo’s music stands original while always reflecting her love of American roots music. Her eclectic writing and performance fuses elements of various modern and traditional folk music, Delta and electric blues, roots rock, classic and alt-country, garage rock surf and swing.
Friday May 17 – CRAZY WISDOM OPEN MIC
Our Open Mic, hosted by Emily Slomovitz, is a new feature in 2019! Please grab your songs and come on out and join us to share your music with the world! Sign up is at 7:30 pm; performances start at 8:00 pm and run until 10:00 pm.
Saturday May 18 – 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 May 24 – MICHELLE HELD and JULIE BEUTEL
Julie Beutel and Michelle Held advocate for people and planet through an evening of songs, stories and group sing-alongs. Join in and we will lift each other up on this evening, in the intimate setting of Crazy Wisdom's cozy tearoom.
Michelle Held has a soulful voice that immediately penetrates the listener, while her creative guitar playing complements her lyrical world, establishing her as a force of the next generation of poets and singer-songwriters from the streets to the concert stages. Held performs regularly throughout Southeastern Michigan with recent national appearances that include Kansas City Folk Festival, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe & Wheatland Music Festival. Michelle received a Telluride Troubadour honorable mention in 2018.
Julie Beutel is a singer, song-leader, guitarist, teacher, activist, mother and a native of the city of Detroit. She spent her post-childhood/pre-motherhood years studying, traveling, working and living in several countries in Europe and Central America. She lived and worked with Witness for Peace in Nicaragua during the war for almost two years. Her motherhood years she has spent mainly in southwest Detroit raising her kids, teaching music to children in Southwest Detroit, and singing. She has also washed uncountable mounds of dishes.
Saturday May 25 – JERE STORMER
One of Jere’s first memories is of Ricky Nelson singing at the end of an Ozzie & Harriet rerun. Impressed by how much fun playing music looked, Jere began begging his parents for a guitar … taking time out to eat and sleep… Finally given a Hi-Lo 6-string guitar from Federal’s Department Store. He’s been playing ever since only taking time out to eat and sleep. Ended up in College - couldn’t sleep - wrote poetry - got better -- Won a few literary awards. . . Got A Job: Public Radio - Became exposed to music worldwide… Passed it along as a DJ… Listened to Woody Guthrie and started singing and writing songs in that vein... Won a few Detroit Music Awards. Performed in a wide range of bands, to his current group called Taller Than They Appear. Performed at places ranging from the Flint Folk Festival to Dunegrass to Deep Ellum in Dallas to Arts, Beats&Eats to Uncommon Grounds in Chicago. He always has a ton of fun and believes in sharing.
Friday May 31 – 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.
Music Bookings in the Tea Room Friday and Saturday Nights
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