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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 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.
Saturday April 1 – DAN HAZLETT
Dan Hazlett is truly the epitome of a modern day musical Renaissance man – it’s simply impossible to place his body of work into a pre-defined musical niche. A producer, sound engineer, playwright, musician, singer, songwriter, stay-at-home Dad and businessman, Hazlett (pronounced HAZE-let) is an accomplished, polished performer who entertains and uplifts his audiences with a blend of his smooth, soulful voice, his finely honed acoustic guitar work, and his arsenal of well-crafted and thoughtfully presented songs. Weaving in and out of folk, jazz and a Will Rogers style of down-home humor, Dan captivates his listeners with subject matter ranging from the ordinary silliness of everyday life to the unexpected intensity of dramatic interludes.
Friday April 7 – DOGWOOD TALES
Dogwood tales are a duo from Harrisonburg Virginia. Residing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the two have been crafting songs together since they were boys. Their sounds come from a love for country music, growing up listening to artists like Graham Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, and Dave Rawlings. Their music includes acoustic instrumentation, clean vocal harmonies and solid sentiment.
They ripped a 6-song self titled EP In August 2016. They have been touring on this EP since it's release, traveling as far south as Alabama and as far west as California. In April 2017, they will be traveling to the Midwest. They will be recording and releasing their debut full length in the Summer of 2017.
Saturday April 8 – SHANNON LEE
As a solo musician, collaborator and newer songwriter, Shannon Lee draws from the deep well of roots music, spinning her take on Americana, country, folk, and Indie songs written by other people, as well as creating her own original tunes spun from similar cloth.
Shannon also sings lead and harmony vocals for the long standing Ann Arbor based band, Hullabaloo and is one-third of a trio called The Backeddies, an Americana/Country band with two of her best friends.
Friday April 14 – ROBIN MONTEROSSO
She loves to sing and to perform. She is glad you're here. Robin is a songwriter, penning songs of life and love, death and hate, sorrow and joy. That's life. That's Robin Monterosso music. Lyrically driven tunes with a country bent and some kinda personal flair began flowing off of her pen at the age of 47, proof that it's never too late to live your dreams. A clear, lovely and unique voice and heartfelt delivery give her songs life that will move them into yours.
Having leaped from playing guitar in her bedroom to playing stages around Metro Detroit within a matter of months, she is now co-producing and recording her first CD, and is excited to continue writing for her performances and recordings and for the music industry. Gifts are for giving, and song is Robin's gift. Please open and enjoy it.
Saturday April 15 – 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 April 21 – TALLER THAN THEY APPEAR
Performing all originals all of the time, Jere Stormer, Bobby Pennock, Sigrid Christiansen and Lauren Crane are Taller Than They Appear, a band of songwriters. Each has a style that is miles from the next, but come together with soulful harmonies, arresting arrangements and a smattering of instruments. Birdcalls, bells and bongos, woodblocks, washboards and whistles round out the guitars, violins and ukuleles. Overheard several if not nearly a dozen times, "You all have something here." Well, that's something, anyway.
Saturday April 22 – DALE OSBORN
Currently living in Chelsea, Michigan, talented folk fingerstylist Dale Osborn has been playing guitar for over 40 years. Performing both instrumental and vocal music, he plays fingerstyle 6-and 12-string guitar and croons with a nice baritone. Dale's CD, On the Edge of Our Town, features harmony vocals by Jo Serrapere and Lisa Hunter.
Friday April 28 – BOBBY PENNOCK
Bobby Pennock is an accomplished singer/songwriter whose style, albeit unique, is reminiscent of those celebrated folksingers of the 1960s and 70s, like Paul Simon and Harry Chapin (with a heaping helping of The Beatles thrown in), crafting songs that catch you off guard with lines like: Don’t try to reason – a little thought might give you heed/You don’t need to be wise when pleasing all your wants/By disguising them as needs... Listening to him perform is like watching a good magician. When it's over, you can't help but ask: How did he do that?
Bobby's first album, 10,000 Stories, is packed with such lyrical tricks - a blend of humor, caged emotion, suburban zen - delivered innocently enough inside smooth vocals and fetching guitar work.
Currently working on his second album, Bobby is finishing out the year with his partner in crime Terry Birkett on a few select stages in Southeastern Michigan.
Saturday April 29 – JOHN LATINI
John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas. And it’s not just that he’s been awarded an official Proclamation from Paul Schreiber, mayor of his Ypsilanti home town, or that he received a “Letter of Recognition and Appreciation” from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
It’s more that, whether he’s fronting his band the Flying Latini Brothers, working as a duo, or most often, commanding the stage alone, John Latini personifies the best that the heartland, and especially Michigan’s righteous rock history, have to offer: an honest, straight-ahead, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Latini also knows that all the best American music flowers from blues roots, and whether he’s tearing it up at a blues fest or captivating a room with original songs, folk and blues go arm in arm in his music like the blood brothers they are.
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