Friday May 30, 2014
Blind Pig: Mike Hard
Detroit noise-rock garage band led by former God Bullies and Thrall frontman Hard. Opening acts TBA.
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: 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.
Elks Lodge: Davy Lazar Quintet
Modern jazz ensemble led by Detroit trumpeter Lazar and featuring saxophonist Chris Tabaczynski and up-and-coming Detroit drummer Kayvon Gordon.
Habitat Lounge: Emerging Soul
Versatile Livonia dance sextet whose repertoire includes rock, R&B, funk, and pop favorites.
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: Abigail Stauffer
Local singer-songwriter with a rich, resonant alto voice who's known for her piercing, emotionally direct pop-folk and pop-rock songs. She released her debut CD, Alone to Dream, in 2011, and she has just completed her sophomore effort. 6-9 p.m.
Mash: Dan Dahsoulman & Jake Lives Band
Local septet fronted by vocalist Dan "Dahsoulman" Carter that plays a mix of R&B, soul, and blues.
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: David C. Bloom & Friends
Chelsea jazz vocal trio that plays jazz standards and ballads from the 30s through the 50s, along with retro-lounge classics and mashups.
World of Beer: Dan Mazur Duo
Pop and rock covers by a duo led by this Dearborn singer- guitarist.
Yellow Barn: The Medicinal Groove
Progressive funk jam dance sextet from Traverse City. Opening act is The Saturday Giant, the stage name of Columbus ambient pop musician Philip Cogley.