Saturday Mar 22, 2014
Bar Louie: The Canastas
Local quintet that plays vintage jump blues, rockabilly, and rock 'n' roll.
Blind Pig: Electric Six
Energetic, irreverent guitar-based rock by this widely acclaimed Detroit quintet whose music has been described as a "bizarre genetic splicing of punk, new wave, disco, and arena rock." Opening acts are Yip Deceiver, an Athens (GA) postpunk electronic dance duo of former Of Montreal members Davey Pierce and Nicolas Dobbratz, and Alexis, a Grand Rapids synth- pop duo. Advance tickets: $15.
Blue Nile: Louis Johnson & Friends
Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist, who is joined by bassist Will Austin, and other friends TBA.
Conor O'Neill's: Brett Mitchell & the Giant Ghost
Midland pop-rock band led by Mitchell, a singer-songwriter and drummer whom Grand Rapids Press music critic John Sinkevics calls "the new millennium's version of Marshall Crenshaw."
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Luti Erbeznik & Bobby Pennock
Double bill. Erbeznik is a singer-songwriter whose music draws on rock, classical, and Yugoslav folk music influences and who sings in a voice that's been compared to Nick Drake, and Pennock is a Plymouth folk-rock singer-songwriter whose style draws its influences from Paul Simon and Harry Chapin, with a helping of the Beatles thrown in for zest.
Guy Hollerin's: Madcat Midnight Blues Journey
New local quartet led by 2 veteran virtuosos, nationally renowned harmonica wiz Peter Madcat Ruth and pedal steel guitarist Drew "Captain Midnight" Howard. With bassist Mark Schrock and drummer Michael Shimmin. Its repertoire includes obscure blues tunes, folk and jazz melodies, and original compositions.
Habitat Lounge: The Front Men
Detroit vintage-rock band.
Inverness Inn: Joshua Silas
A mix of rock country, blues, and jazz by this Dexter singer- songwriter and guitarist.
Alley Bar & Grill: Shelter Dogs
Local self-styled "lounge-a-billy" trio that plays vintage swing, rockabilly, and blues. With upright bassist Todd Perkins, guitarist Pete Bullard, and drummer Tom Twiss.
Mash: Nobody's Business
Redford blues and blues-rock band.
Pleasant Lake Inn: Off Our Meds
Manchester classic and contemporary rock band.
Silvio's Organic Pizza: Will Mefford
Improvisations on jazz standards by this local pianist.
Detroit-based rock band with early 70s punk roots. Opening acts are Wild Savages, a local hard-rock band, and Cult Heroes, a pioneering local punk band led by vocalist Hiawatha Bailey that's been riding its own rock 'n' roll maelstrom for almost 4 decades.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Rick Brown
Americana singer-songwriter from Chelsea.