Dinner show: Jo Serrapere / Audra Kubat / Scott Fab / Erik Alan
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm to 8:00pmView event on Facebook
Jo Serrapere (sarah-pear), a songwriter from the Detroit area, started playing guitar at 23 when seeking out lessons from Delta Blues guitarist, Shari Kane. Shortly thereafter, Jo began writing her own songs while completing her college studies in clinical psychology.
Whether recreating old songs from the Mississippi Delta or performing songs in her own confessional style, Jo’s music stands original while always reflecting her love of American roots music. Her eclectic writing and performance fuses elements of various modern and traditional folk music, old-time and electric blues styles, roots rock, garage surf, swing, hot jazz and alt-country. Jo’s band, the Willie Dunns (John Devine, Jef Reynolds and Stuart Tucker) brings added depth and musical styling to Jo’s original songs as well as classics from such artists as Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith and Tom Waits. Jo is also a member of the all-female band, Stella! soon to release their debut CD under the sponsorship of music critic, Creem Magazine founder and Bruce Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh. She has had two appearances on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and three albums with her band, Jo Serrapere and the Willie Dunns, including her recent release, “Love Going South.” This CD held the #1 position for two months on the Freeform American Roots Chart in fall of 2009. Jo was also the founding member of the old-time string band, Uncle Earl.
Audra Kubat: Thom Jurek, All Music Guide wrote, “Kubat is an iconoclastic songwriter: her methods of composition and articulation are unlike anybody else’s on the scene…Million Year Old Sand is a rare recording; it exists in a vacuum as far as popular music is concerned, but it does so willingly, by articulating with grace and aplomb those hidden places that defy easy categorization, easy placement, or easy sentiment…This may appear to be a self-reflective album, but in reality, is an offering of stark and beautiful reality that possesses enough experience and aspiration to be shared, as well as felt.”
Nationally acclaimed poet and singer-songwriter, David Blair, wrote, “Audra Kubat is a force of nature; a strong wind that blows past and transcends fads; a flower that’s blossomed from coffeehouse gigs into larger theater and festival performances. Audra wears her influences—Joni, Miles, Billie, and Nick Drake like a coat of many colors rewoven into a ‘ruggedly pretty’ and haunting style all her own. It’s a talent that’s earned her a loyal following, airtime; stellar reviews in local and national press and 10 Detroit Music Awards nominations including a win for Outstanding Folk Artist 2001. Audra’s played Detroit’s best venues, as well as gigs in galleries and bars from Chicago to New York to Tennessee and back. Forces, by definition, move. Audra’s force is centrifugal, spinning out from its singer/songwriter center into a myriad of other talents.”
Singer-songwriter Scott Fab sets the sound of Midwest desolation over the bare bones of an acoustic guitar. His new album Leave My Friends chronicles the complex nature of relationships and loss that haunt us all as we travel through life – a permanent reminder that our existence isn’t guaranteed to be long. With a questing voice and gift for melody, his music will delight fans of Ray Lamontagne, Ron Sexsmith and Ryan Adams alike.
Fab’s introduction to music came from Detroit punk. As a member of the hardcore band GCMS he was part of the same Cass Corridor-scene that spawned the legendary pioneers of the genre, Negative Approach. Having drifted away from music in the early 2000s, Fab started performing again in 2013 and soon afterwards began working on a new batch of songs.
For Fab, his songs are a way of making a permanent connection with the listener. It’s why he’d rather play to an audience that’s more interested in a well-delivered song than a cheap drink and why he finds the superficial nature of social media so depressing. There’s still something to be said for doing things properly, such as devoting a year of his life to the creation of Leave My Friends, and anyone who hears his music will know that it’s been time well spent by Scott Fab.