Ben Keeler Band / Chris Degnore & the Black Drops / Jackson & the Poolsharks

Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am

Thursday, April 20 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $5
Ben Keeler Band (Soul/Rock & roll)
Chris Degnore & the Black Drops (Rock/Jam/Power-pop)
Jackson & the Poolsharks (Power-pop)

Ben Keeler was twenty-one when he moved from his hometown in Michigan. Amidst the unforgiving winters, thick summer days, and mid-western manners of Chicago, Keeler refined his signature sound. After graduating from Columbia College for Music, Keeler joined forces with fellow Chicago musicians and formed Ben Keeler and the 500 Club. When he wasn’t performing, Keeler could be found aboard sailboats… on Lake Michigan, teaching music to kids, coaching Little League baseball, and working on movie sets. The Windy City treated Keeler well.

Now Keeler is back in Michigan, playing bass in Ryan Dillaha & the Miracle Men and re-starting his own songwriting career here in Detroit.

Chris Degnore and The Black Drops is a Detroit based rock band that combines blues meets power-pop influences. The end result is a very catchy unique sound. Chris Degnore (vocals, guitar, songwriter) has traveled the country and world winning songwriting awards and growing cynical until he met Joe Bagozzi (bass) and John Porter (drums) in 2011. The magic between these three boys is indescribable. They have been leaving audiences blown away since their first gig together. It is something that you have to see and hear for yourself. Don’t let this band pass you by because they’ll be stuck in your head sooner or later!

Jackson and the Poolsharks center around the stylings of Detroit-based songwriter Daniel Jackson. While remaining reverent to the southern rock and blues records his highly musical family exposed him to at a young age (i.e. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones), Jackson includes the more contemporary post punk and power pop influences he explored later in his formative years. The result is a punky yet groovy, dirty yet pop-sensible hybrid which Jackson can claim entirely as his own.

Jackson and the Poolsharks will be releasing their debut full length record in the coming months, which tells stories of heartache and lost love. But with such infectious melodies, it’s hard not to want to stomp your foot and shout along.