This performance venue just west of downtown features live music most Fri. & Sat. & occasional other nights, 8-11 p.m. Cover, dancing.
August 2: Douglaslaneallen
This local folk-rock quintet fronted by singer-songwriter and bouzouki player Allen performs material from its new CD, Wow! Songs for in the Shower. Opening act is Dede & the Dreamers, a Traverse City self-styled "ethereal gypsy music" ensemble. 8:30 p.m.-midnight.
August 10: Fist of Kindness
NYC postpunk septet that plays heavily funkified roots-rock with a country soul. Tonight they perform material from Objects, their concept album based on Gertrude Stein's experimental prose poetry collection Tender Buttons: Objects Food Rooms. Opening act is The Dorkestra, a local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band.
August 16: The Strangled Darlings
Portland (OR) postpunk duo of cellist Jess Anderly and mandolinist George Veech that dubs its music "literary doom pop," "punkgrass," and "graveyard stomp." Opening acts are the local self-styled "melodic roots rock with a lo-fi growl" quartet The Hungry Sea, the classy local folk noir and neo-honky-tonk ensemble Jeni Lee Richey & the Great Tribulation, and Carmel Liburdi, a local singer-songwriter whose quirky pop-folk songs have provoked comparisons to Regina Spektor and Sara Bareilles.
August 24: Michael Corwin
Toledo American songwriter whose music draws on folk. country, and blues idioms. He cites Tony Rice, Lightnin' Hopkins, Jimmy Martin, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, and Woody Guthrie as influences.