Saturday May 24, 2014
Bar Louie: 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."
Blind Pig: Paulina Jayne
Detroit country-pop singer-songwriter. Opening acts are Aeris, a Detroit post-hardcore pop-rock quintet, and the Mike Leslie Band, a blues-infected Detroit pop-rock trio fronted by singer- songwriter and guitarist Leslie.
Blue Nile: Louis Johnson
Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. He is joined by bassist Will Austin, and other friends TBA.
Conor O'Neill's: The Hip Replacements
Local septet that plays classic rock, soul, and blues.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Dr. Mike & the Sea Monkeys
Whitmore Lake acoustic duo whose quirky, funny, and sometimes heartrending blues and folk-style originals are based on work of the award-winning humorist and nationally syndicated columnist Mike Ball.
Habitat Lounge: Phoenix Theory
Detroit Top 40 dance band featuring members of Scoot Magoo and 50 Amp Fuse.
Live: The Rhythm Machines
A mix of classic rock, soul, funk, R&B, and jazz fusion by the veteran Detroit-area quartet of guitarists Julius O'Steen and Terry Gordinier, bassist Ben Piner, and drummer John Marion. With guest drummer Muruga Booker, a renowned percussionist who has played with the likes of George Clinton, Jerry Garcia, and Weather Report. 6-9:30 p.m.
Mash: Laura Rain & the Caesars
An intense fusion of funk, soul, and blues by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Rain.
Mash: Mike Vial
Howell pop-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m.
Pleasant Lake Inn: John Patrick Peters Band
Jackson band that plays classic and modern rock.
Tap Room: Ann Arbor Music Center Adult Blues Band
Ensembles of Ann Arbor Music Center adult students perform covers of John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and other postwar blues singers. 5-7:30 p.m.
Tap Room: Pancho and Lefty.
Wolverine State Brewing Co.: Hoodang
Wry, pungent alt-country by this local ensemble led by singer- songwriter and guitarist David Rossiter that describes its influences as "English murder ballads, hardcore American country music, and careful-you'll-cut-yourself electric blues." With guitarist Dave Keeney, bassist Ralph McKee, and percussionist John Crawford, often along with guest vocalist Sophia Hanifi. The band recently released the superb CD, Blissfield.
World of Beer: Logan White Duo
Duo led by local pop-folk singer-guitarist White.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Radiant Marks
Local pop-punk garage band. Opening acts are Cosmic Light Shapes, a Detroit psychedelic pop trio, and The Loveseats, a Detroit indie trio that plays self-styled "dirty crunchy rock."