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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 October 6 – DAVEY O.
"On “Testing For Rust,” Davey O. crafts intimate, folk- and country-based slices of a life examined. With a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation, Davey finds the universal in the particular, turning day-to-day minutiae into dusty paeans to the indomitability of the human spirit." - Jeff Miers, The Buffalo News
"A rare voice for the actual struggling everyday people of this world--not filtered through legend or tradition, but as actually and personally experienced" - Sarah Craig, Manager, Caffe Lena
"Acoustic Harvest had the pleasure of having Davey O. grace our stage, giving a wonderful opening set for Linda McRae. He is an astute artist, with a insightful and thought provoking sensibility; a strong voice and songs which immerse his audiences in the stories of everyday life, hardship, history and love. And in all my years of presenting, I don't think I've ever quite heard such important, beautiful and heartfelt words of gratitude to the audience for supporting live music and all the working artists of the world." - Lillian Wauthier, Artistic Director, Acoustic Harvest, Toronto, Canada
Saturday October 7 – GEMILY
Gemily = Gemini + Emily.
Gemini, twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits, are Ann Arbor’s nationally known folk duo. Emily is San’s daughter, and when the three of them play together they’re Gemily. The trio has a wide-ranging repertoire; classic songs of the 60’s, traditional American and international folk songs and dance tunes, and their own sparkling originals. Sung in vibrant, three-part, family style harmonies, and accompanied by nearly a dozen instruments, their music ranges from the soothing to the invigorating.
Friday October 13 – DR. MIKE AND THE SEA MONKEYS
Dr. Mike and the Sea Monkeys are a folk and acoustic blues act consisting of singer/songwriter and award-winning humorist Mike Ball, guitarist Scott Clauser, and drummer Nick Spagnuolo. When the gig is right and the stars are in alignment, the band also includes the incredible harmonica virtuoso Peter Madcat Ruth or some of our other talented friends.
Most of our music is original, based on the nationally-syndicated column What I've Learned So Far... and the book What I've Learned So Far... Part 1: Bikes, Docks & Slush Nuggets by Erma Bombeck award-winning humorist Mike Ball.
The Sea Monkeys are also deeply involved with Lost Voices, a group that develops and implements song writing and performing workshops for incarcerated and at-risk kids. Please consider a contribution to this powerful cause. Visit the Lost Voices Web site for more information.
Saturday October 14 – 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 October 20 – MIKE GENTRY
Mike Gentry’s love for music kicked in early in life. He credits Elvis Presley with being his first musical influence. Mike began playing guitar while attending Dexter High School and fronted the local bands Max and True Story. In 1986 he moved to Hollywood to study at the Guitar Institute of Technology/Musicians Institute, where he learned his craft first-hand from Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Paul Gilbert, Keith Wyatt, Tommy Tedesco, Howard Roberts, and other luminaries.
From 1989 until 1994, Mike worked at A&M Records in Hollywood. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, he moved back to Michigan to attend Washtenaw Community College and Eastern Michigan University, where he studied music education. In 2003 he and his band Shining Farmer released their self-titled CD. For a dozen years Mike was the director and guitar and drum instructor at the Ann Arbor branch of the National Music Workshop’s Day Jams program.
These days, Mike regularly performs as a singer-songwriter around the Ann Arbor area, appearing at the Ark, Acorn Theater, Trinity House Theater, Brewed Awakenings, Third Monk Brewing, Tri-City Brewing, and other venues.
Saturday October 21 – FRANK ALLISON WSG MICHELLE HELD
Michelle Is a singer-songwriter from Detroit, Michigan, known for her captivating live performances. Her creative journey in theatre and the fine arts, lead her to the guitar and songwriting in 2011. Her unique voice, razor-sharp candor and intricate guitar style honors the past yet owns a timelessness that rings through each song. Brett Callwood of the Detroit Metro Times wrote, “It's her voice that adds the X-Factor; that little bit of welcome strange." Michelle performs regularly throughout Southeast Michigan with recent national performances that include Kansas City Folk Festival presented by Folk Alliance International, headlined by Billy Bragg and Bobby Rush, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston, Texas and Wheatland Music Festival.
Frank started writing music in the early '80s. Three incarnations of his band The Odd Sox, recorded multiple albums of original, pop-rock, guitar splendor during the '80s and '90s. The Odd Sox were known for their raucous and happy shows. Frank continues to churn out smart lyrics and well crafted melodies. Recently his songs were featured in the Performance Network's Production of David Well's play, "Brill". The song "Half A Pair" having also won best song at the River Folk Songwriting Contest at The Ark.
Friday October 27 – ROCHELLE CLARK
Rochelle Clark: Rochelle Clark is a singer-songwriter from Ypsilanti, MI. Best known as one-half of the acclaimed Americana duo, The Potter’s Field, Rochelle is also an engaging solo artist with some new material to share. Her powerful and haunting vocals will draw you in as she weaves stories of heartache, betrayal, and searching out the light amongst the darkness. Joining her will be Keith Billick on Banjo, and vocalist Danielle Hessel. Other special guests will be announced shortly.
Saturday October 28 – Judith Banker WSG David Roof and John Sperendi
“Judy Banker is emerging as a premier songwriter with universal appeal. A singular unique talent and stage presence, her music is organic and soul-driven.” Michael G. Nastos, Pulp Magazine Online, 88.3 WCBN-FM Ann Arbor“A monster singer/songwriter talent.” John Bayerl, SeMiBluegrass.com“Ann Arbor singer/songwriter Judy Banker writes songs rooted in vintage country style. Torch songs rife with intrepid melodic lines that twist and turn in delightful, unexpected ways, yet stay true to the genre. Her voice, tangy and bright as fall cider, brings to life articulate, arresting songs of lost love and the perfidy of human nature. Reminiscent of Loretta Lynn and Rose Maddox, Judy Banker's music remains contemporary, rich in everything the modern listener appreciates about old-time country music.” Maggie Ferguson, Host, Live! From the Living Room Concert SeriesRooted in 60’s folk and vintage country, Ann Arbor songwriter, singer, and acoustic guitarist Judy Banker explores traditional roots musical territory and intricately makes it her own. Taking cues from country heroes Loretta Lynn to Gillian Welch, her songwritingis intensely personal, sharing warm love songs, lamentations, and narratives that dig deepinto the universality of her own life experiences. Though new to recording, with 2014’s debut Without You and 2016’s Devils Never Cry, Judy has long been a part of the Ann Arbor music scene. She has performed with Michigan songwriting legend, Jay Stielstra, for nearly a decade and more recently performs with other songwriter friends, including Bill Edwards and Ed Dupas.
Music Bookings in the Tea Room Friday and Saturday Nights
(Criteria for Weekend Music Performance) - Michelle Wilbert - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon. thru Thurs.
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