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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!)
Friday, January 3 - BILLY BRANDT
Billy Brandt is a multiple-award-winning Detroit area singer-songwriter, whose rootsy, folky, psychedelic alt-country background underpins strong songwriting and an adventurous spirit. A mainstay of the local Detroit scene, Billy's collaborations with other artists are near-legendary - and you're as likely to find him out playing with former protegee Jill Jack, or his 'Celticana' duo with Sarana VerLin, or his roots rock combo Grievous Angel, as you are to find him solo. His excellent solo album The Mission Band showcases both his songwriting and his performance collaborations, and is well worth more than one listen. Billy's love for music is infectious, and his embrace of different genres brings a richness and an expanse to his shows. Be prepared for a genial, convivial, and musically rewarding evening with songs you know, songs you might know, and songs you will discover and treasure and will earworm you unmercifully.
Saturday, January 4th: Gemily
Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits are Ann Arbor’s nationally known folk music duo, Gemini. However, when they are joined by San’s daughter Emily, they are called Gemily! The trio has a wide ranging repertoire, from classic songs of the 60s to traditional folk songs and dance tunes, as well as their own sparkling originals. Sung with unique three-part family harmonies, and accompanied by nearly a dozen instruments, their music is at once soothing and invigorating.
Friday, January 10 - 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, January 11 - DAN HAZLETT
Dan Hazlett may wear a lot of hats, but his favorite is a wrinkled old top hat full of solo acoustic live performances, lined with heart altering stories worn so smooth they shine. No matter how closely you’re paying attention, you may find yourself amazed at what he’s likely to pull out of that hat during any given show. A producer, sound engineer, playwright, musician, singer, songwriter, stay-at-home Dad and educator, Hazlett (pronounced HAZE-let) is an accomplished, polished performer who entertains and uplifts his audiences with a blend of his smooth, soulful voice, his finely honed acoustic guitar work, and his arsenal of well-crafted and thoughtfully presented songs. Weaving in and out of folk, jazz and a Will Rogers style of down-home humor, Dan captivates his listeners with subject matter ranging from the ordinary silliness of everyday life to the unexpected intensity of dramatic interludes.
His performances are at once heartwarming and moving, quirky and humorous, and are always presented in Dan’s unique style that appeals to audiences of all ages – and always while wearing his signature red high-top sneakers!
Friday, January 17- CRAZY WISDOM OPEN MIC
Bring along your voices, instruments and songs and join our monthly Crazy Wisdom Open Mic hosted in turns by two talented and experienced southeast Michigan musicians: Rod Johnson and Phil McMillion: Sign up at 7:30 p.m. with performances running from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday January 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, January 24 - MIKE BALL
Mike Ball is an award-winning humorist, musician, and author of What I've Learned So Far... who lives and writes on the shores of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, sharing a roof with his wife Nancy and a psychotic Siamese cat. Mike started his music career in Hawaii at the age of 7 with a ukulele and a squeaky voice. By the late 1960s he was fronting several "garage" bands, writing songs like "Hey, You Dropped That Rake on My Amp!" Growing tired of having friends and money, Mike switched gears to folk music and never looked back. In addition to cranking out books and his nationally syndicated humor column, Mike is the founder of Lost Voices, a Michigan non-profit group that takes therapeutic roots music writing and performing programs to incarcerated and at-risk youth. The band Dr. Mike and the Sea Monkeys are named after a recurring character in the column, an advice columnist whose credentials as a counselor come from an online college of bar tending.
Saturday, January 25th: The Good Things
We are "The Good Things" (previously "Philip, Rod & Linden") - that's Phil McMillion, Rod Johnson, and Linden Thoburn. We are an Ann Arbor based band, 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).
Phil McMillion is a singer/songwriter from Detroit, whose style is very eclectic. He tends to gravitate towards folk and blues, but dabbles in many other genres. He writes about many subjects and often throws a little humor in the mix. Phil's 2015 album, "I'm On Fire", demonstrates a wide variety in styles and instruments, with smooth lead vocals and harmony.
Rod Johnson grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, listening to Alice Cooper, the MC5, Bob Seger, SRC and the Stooges. He's been playing guitar since 1975 or thereabouts. He was a would-be poet and singer in his young days before somehow getting sidetracked into academia and family-having. Now when he's not snowed under in his teaching job, he writes songs and plays and sings.
Linden Thoburn is a singer songwriter who left the world of music when she left Austin Texas to settle in Ann Arbor to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan. When she lived in Austin, she was then Linden Sherwin, she wrote songs and shared gigs with other struggling musicians including Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen, Hal Ketchum, Jimmy Lafave, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, and the Austin Lounge Lizards. She played at SXSW, the Philadelphia folk festival, and many venues across the state of Texas. In 2016 she started to write songs again, and decided to return to playing music locally.
Friday, January 31: George Heritier
I’ve worn many musical hats during my more-than-four decades of playing professionally, including rock, folk, blues, bluegrass, country and even a little jazz, but my heart is ultimately centered in American roots music in its myriad variations. I sing and I play acoustic 6 & 12-string guitars, harmonica and electric bass. I write songs about anything that catches my attention, often with a humorous twist, and I “borrow” from songwriters I admire and from the old traditional songbook, making those songs my own. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to open for the likes of Spooky Tooth, Ten Years After (both of those at the tender age of 17, at Detroit’s legendary Grande Ballroom), Bob Seger, Iggy and the Stooges and Delbert McClinton.
A good deal of my music is “Michigan-centric,” telling of various aspects of my life here. I played my first gig at the age of 14, in a bar, and I never looked back. I spent the first two decades of my career working out of Bay City, Michigan, and I received a lot of attention for a 45 RPM single I recorded in 1977, featuring the songs about fallen local landmarks, “The Ballad of the Third Street Bridge” and “The Saga of the Last Chance Saloon.” I moved to southeastern Michigan in the ‘80s, and went on a hiatus from playing and singing in the mid-to-late ‘90s. A trip to the Rothbury Music Festival in 2009 reminded me of whom and what I am. Before too long, I got out the guitars and harmonicas and returned to making the kind of music I love. I recently released a CD of mostly original material, titled “In My Element.”
I’m so happy to be playing, singing and writing music again. I’ve been able to achieve a focus that I could never quite realize earlier in my life, and I feel that it shows in not only the music I’m making, but also from the positive feedback I receive from listeners and fellow musicians alike. I don’t think I’ll be taking another hiatus any time soon…
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