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Live Music Weekends at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room
New Time! 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. – No Cover Charge
PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF JANUARY 2017,
ALL SHOWS BEGIN AT 8:00 PM
Every Friday and Saturday night Crazy Wisdom invites you to Tea and Tunes. Not a tea drinker? No problem! Crazy Wisdom offer a wide selection of coffee drinks. (while you’re here, don’t forget to try some of our tasty treats as well!)
Friday March 3 – ED SCRUGGS
Ed is a staple at open mics in the Ann Arbor area with vocals reminiscent of Richie Havens, Tom Waits and Neil Diamond. In the great folk tradition, he brings his own interpretation to well known, favorite songs Ed's more recent performances have included the Showcase at the Ark in April, 2016 and upcoming shows include a gig at Blackfire Winery in Tecumseh in April--this is his first performance at Crazy Wisdom. Ed doesn't play for fame or fortune, he plays because he likes to sing.
Saturday March 4 – BILL EDWARDS
Bill Edwards is both a master of the songwriting craft as well as a seasoned and compelling performer.
Having started his career in the singer-songwriter scene in Buffalo, NY in the 70’s, his journey has led him through bluegrass to country-rock, back to singer-songwriter and most recently to classic country. He claims Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell as formative influences, and says he’s most at home in the rich fields they’ve tilled so ably.
All along the way, the constant has been songwriting. Bill won the Country division of Billboard’s® national songwriting contest and his songs have been recorded by other artists and featured on TV and on the silver screen. He’s held staff-writer positions in Nashville and studied the craft at the feet of masters.
Bill can more than hold his own with both acoustic and electric guitar, and sings with an expressive voice that brings his songs to life like no one else’s. Years of shows for audiences small and large have honed his performance skills, whether solo, with his trio or with the six-piece Bill Edwards Band.
Bill says that songs should move your heart or move your feet, or even better, both. Give him a listen. We think you’ll find yourself moved.
Friday March 10 – THE ROUGH & TUMBLE
The Rough & Tumble used to say they were from Nashville, TN. That was before April 2015 when 5 year members Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned, and gave their thirty day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road. With their sixteen foot camper and their 97 pound dog, Butter, they have been touring nationwide. Don't let their vagabond tendencies fool you-- this americana-folk duo are a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation, and deliberate songwriting all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Haunting, quirky, solemn, and spritely, The Rough & Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will.
In 2011, the friends-turned-bandmates released their first EP, We Sing in Your House When You're Not There... we even ordered pizza., an exploration of watching other people's dogs while eating other people's food. Shortly after, the duo released their second EP, We Don't Believe in Monsters, Anymore... but will you please check under our beds?, wherein the band discovered that they did, in fact, still believe in monsters. In 2012, their third EP, For You, Now That You're Married... and for me, too., generated a sudden foreshadowing for the band, still noted in history books as the time they knew everything they didn't know.
In 2014, filmmaker friend Alyssa Pearson asked the duo to create a soundtrack for her upcoming film, Pieces and Pieces. Up for the challenge, the songwriters took on the task, tackling issues of PTSD, women's rights, war, and the love in between. While the film is still to be released, The Rough & Tumble released the seven songs, dually named Pieces and Pieces, on March 1, 2016..
Saturday March 11 – INDIAN MUSIC NIGHT
A monthly tradition that started in 2007, Indian Music Night is a fun, cozy evening of music curated by local tabla player John Churchville with the members of Ann Arbor based Indian fusion group Sumkali. Every month is a different array of music and musicians ranging from the classical, Hindustani and Carnatic, to more folk and fusion styles like Raga Jazz and Bollywood. You will experience the sounds of a musical tradition that dates back over 2000 years brought to life with traditional Indian instruments like the tabla, bansuri, sarod, sitar paired with more traditional western instrumentation like guitar, bass and saxophone. Come early for a seat on one of our most popular nights!
Friday March 17 – ED DUPAS
Americana singer-songwriter Ed Dupas’ lived-in melodies unwind with reflective lyrics and speak to the current state of the human condition, soothing where possible, agitating where necessary, and seeking change where appropriate.
Crafted from the heart, Ed Dupas’ simple yet soulful music flows from an array of broad social themes to more personal narratives of love and loss. Rooted in both realism and idealism, Ed's musical goal is deeper inquiry and exploration for himself and his listeners. With comparisons ranging from Steve Earle to Bruce Springsteen, Ed paints a sonic picture of the road less traveled and the world de-familiarized. Ed Dupas creates and shares well worn wide awake music.
Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dupas is a self-described searcher and thinker, whose religious upbringing managed only to push him away from mainstream ideas, rather than box him in. His father was a computer programmer and his mother worked odd jobs, both trying to make ends meet while fulfilling the obligations of raising three children. Growing up, music was a staple in the household, and family gatherings unfurled to the sounds of children and adults singing familiar songs accompanied by acoustic guitars and a wash tub bass. As a teenager, Dupas returned with his family to the United States, where they made their home just outside of Detroit, MI.
Saturday March 18 – LUTI
Raised in the multiethnic milieu of the former Yugoslavia, Luti grew up immersed in diverse European folk music, some of it in peculiar time signatures, such as 7/8. This influence, combined with exposure to melodic rock and classical music helped forge Luti’s eclectic music style. Luti arrived in the U.S. in 1988 to pursue higher education, just as his home country slowly collapsed into a civil war, leaving an indelible imprint on Luti’s artistic impulse. One of the outcomes of these days of agony is Across the Ocean, which brought Luti forward as a December 2008 finalist in VH1’s international contest Song of the Year.
In southeastern Michigan, Luti performs solo or with other local artists. Both Luti’s solo albums – “Half a Century Later” and the recently released “Whistleblower” – are filled with emotion. The arrangements feature harmonious vocals, intricate guitar work and sophisticated percussion, bringing to American folk tradition the subtle rhythms and sounds of Eastern European and Middle Eastern folk music. As you listen to the tunes, you will often recognize strong emphasis on social themes. Both albums are available from a variety of streaming services and as hard copies from CDBaby.com.
Friday March 24 – KYLEEN DOWNES
Kyleen Downes: Singer-songwriter Kyleen Downes contrasts effortlessly upbeat melodies and austere lessons retold with nostalgic wisdom. In 2016 she took her dream of recording an album and brought it into reality, releasing her debut album “Maybe Sometimes”. “Maybe Sometimes” reveals a maze of missed opportunities and hesitant hopefulness, with humor and honesty. Downes is no stranger to performing, whether it is solo or with her band, her infectious sunny pop melodies and natural ease make new fans feel like old friends. Off stage Downes fulfills her childhood dream of being a teacher by teaching private guitar lessons in Dayton, Ohio.
Saturday March 25 – NO SIN IN EDEN
We have songs that range from pop country to alternative rock, we are currently all acoustic. Our set is a blend of all of our musical tastes with writing styles that include touches of Folk, Rock, Country, Alternative and Pop throws us completely in the indie genre. NSIE was created by 3 singer songwriters with influences spanning Motown to Metal and everything in between.
No Sin In Eden core members are Mandy C. (Song writing and vocals) , Jill E. (Song writing and vocals), Joe C. (Rhythm guitar, vocals, and songwriter) and Mike R. (Bass and electric guitar).
Friday March 31 – JEFF KAROUB
Jeff Karoub has been gaining acclaim performing his original songs across his home state of Michigan and the Great Lakes region. The Detroit journalist, whose father played for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Motown Records, credits genetics and general curiosity for an open musical mind. The singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist likes to tell stories through music, evident in songs on his debut CD, such as 'Made by Motown' and 'Fall Comes Early,' and his follow-up collections, 'Find a Shore' and 'Northern Cranes.' He has taken his rhythm-and-roots acoustic sound to many stages, and has been featured on radio and TV stations in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York and Ontario. He's also founder of Coming Home to Music, a Knight Foundation-funded project to create a series of house concerts rotating through Detroit homes.
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