Friday Mar 28, 2014
Alley Bar & Grill: The Medicine Men
This local quartet led by bassist Chris Goerke plays danceable 60s- 80s rock covers from the Doors to the Allman Brothers to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Opening act is Spillin' Whiskey, a local blues- rock quintet fronted by vocalist Donna Fry.
B-Side: "S.O.A.R. Benefit"
With local teen poets and musicians. A benefit for the SafeHouse Teen Voice education and outreach efforts.
Blue Nile: Louis Johnson
Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist.
Brewed Awakenings Cafe: "Artists on the Edge"
Music in various genres TBA.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Tom Kastle
Veteran singer-songwriter from Madison whose songs are known for their strong sense of story, often rooted in the world of the Great Lakes and other maritime themes.
Elks Lodge: RHYTA
Balkan music with a New Orleans twist by this local brass band. With trombonist Bethanni Grecynski, trumpeter Ross Huff, saxophonists Eric Schweizer and Molly Jones, sousaphonist Joe Fee, snare drummer Xavier Verna, and Drew Schmieding on Balkan drums.
Habitat Lounge: Phoenix Theory
Detroit Top 40 dance band featuring members of Scoot Magoo and 50 Amp Fuse.
Live: Drivin' Sideways
Veteran local band fueled by Pontiac Pete Ferguson's alternately soulful and ornery vocals. Their country-based repertoire still features lots of classic honky-tonk, but they also cover everyone from Chuck Berry and Johnny Burnette to the Beatles and James Brown. With guitarist George Bedard, bassist PAt Prouty, drummer Mark Newbound, and keyboardist Jim King. 6:30-9 p.m.
Mash: The Chris Canas Blues Revolution
Detroit blues band fronted by Canas, a young blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist.
Mash: Zander Michigan
The stage name of Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Zander Melidis. 6-9 p.m.
Rush Street: Legendary Wings
Local jazz quintet that focuses on dynamic, challenging, and less commonly heard music from the modern jazz repertoire interspersed with free improvisation. The usual lineup features saxophonists Dan Bennett and Tim Haldeman, Fender Rhodes electric pianist Matt Endahl, bassist Jordan Schug, and drummer Nick Collins.
Silvio's Organic Pizza: J. Washburn Gardner
Ypsilanti pop-folk singer-songwriter.
Woodruff's: Anna Lee's Company
Local blues- and funk-inflected folk-rock quintet whose influences range from the Band and Little Feat to Martin Medeski & Wood and Old Crow Medicine Show. Opening acts are Barbarossa Brothers, a Saginaw bayou-inflected Americana trio that cites Levon Helm as its main influence, and The Cattledog Orchestra, a Brighton world music quartet.
Woodruff's: Las Drogas
Ypsilanti band that plays loud, raucous, melodic, bluesy, surf-guitar psychobilly. Opening act is Broken Spokes, a local alt- country Americana band. 6-9 p.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto: "Curtain Up!"
A fundraiser to help pay for the Grotto's new stage curtain begins with a set of Dixieland and traditional jazz by Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band. Also, Josephine Baker-inspired dance by Erin Morris, the toledo father-daughter duo of clarinetist Ray Heitger and jazz singer Nicole Heitger, a swing dance set by the local Paul Keller Orchestra big band with 2 guests, vibes payer Cary Kocher and the renowned boogie-woogie pianist Mark Mr. B Braun. The evening concludes with an All-Star Zal Jazz Jam Session. $20. 7-10:30 p.m.