Tag: Arts/Entertainment/Nightlife

Green Dads perform ‘Dookie’ wsg/ Pearls of the Swamp

Friday, January 26 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Green Dads perform the seminal Green Day album, “Dookie”
Pearls of the Swamp (Roots rock)

Green Dads will be performing “Dookie” in its entirety. Further details to follow. Green Dads is Ryan Bekkala, Steve Bekkala, Steve Goers, and Kevin Krzyzanski.

Pearls Of The Swamp know that the most valuable pearls occur spontaneously, in the wild. Roots rock, born on the edge of the Great Black Swamp, their songs combine the shared history of three lives navigating the joy and challenges of life and music. The Blissfield Michigan trio combine powerful vocal harmony and soulful accompaniment with Midwestern stories getting them through day so they can make it back home.

Party Days / Legume / Sunshine Buddy / Emma Guzman

Friday, January 19 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $8
Party Days (Synthwave)
Legume (Slacker rock)
Sunshine Buddy (Indie pop)
Emma Guzman (Singer-songwriter)

Party Days: ““Distortions” is the newest track from local Detroit band Party Days, led by our own Carlray. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Party Days, the track brings a new sound to the band. The song, originally from the indie rock band Clinic, finds Carlray singing without any distorted effects over a synth based track. “Distortions” is one of many new songs that Party Days is planning to release in 2017. Premiered exclusively through Morris Choice!”

Legume: “My name is Liam McNitt and I make music in Detroit, Michigan. I play with my friends Lila and Alex.”

Sunshine Buddy once was called Model Aeroplane, and was created in 2006. The goal is to have fun, so get to it.

Singer-songwriter Emma Guzman, known cat enthusiast, rumored star child and compelled by unknown forces, has always felt the need to express herself through music. Choosing to spend her time humming melodies and frantically scribbling lyrics in various notebooks and on random scraps of paper, she has quietly amassed a substantial collection of songs. Described by the Detroit Metro Times as a “song writing prodigy” and one of their top 15 artists to watch in 2016, Emma is getting ready to release her second album “Roots” on Backburner Records in 2017.

Teddy Roberts & the Mouths / Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms / Spike Factory

Saturday, January 13 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Teddy Roberts & the Mouths (Emo/Indie rock)
Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms (Power pop)
Spike Factory (Electronic/Synth pop)

Teddy Roberts sang and played guitar for Hampshire. Signed to Save Your Generation Records, the Detroit-based emo band have one album and EP available for streaming and download on their Bandcamp page. Roberts also played the drums for Fireworks and Loose Planes.

Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms: “Hi guys. My name is Ryan. I play guitar and write songs. I’ve been doing it for a long time. There’s a whole bunch of records in existence that I’ve written and/or played on, with bands that have silly names like Thunderbirds Are Now!, Friendly Foes, Red Shirt Brigade, and Destroy This Place. I even made a solo record back in 2011 where I played almost all of the instruments (guitar, bass, and all the drums). Some people really liked it.

A few years ago, I decided to give the solo thing another go. I wrote a bunch of songs, started recording, and well… it didn’t really work out. So I scrapped most of the songs, waited awhile, and then started over with a fresh set of new experiences under my belt. Starting last summer, I decided to try again and record it at my parents house in my dad’s home studio. I recorded it with my dad Brad Allen engineering, my best friend Sean Sommer (Destroy This Place) on drums, and 11 very personal songs that I felt truly defined me as a songwriter and as a person. There are songs about my wife, my son, my family, my friends, and my time spent playing music over the past 15 or so years. It’s a record that I could never have made at 21, 25, or even 30. I’m glad I waited until now. The songs feel right, and they come straight from my heart.

After we finished recording the album, we sent it to Andy Reed (the Verve Pipe, An American Underdog) and he warmed it up with analog goodness for a stellar mixing and mastering session. I think it sounds great.

Anyway, out of all the records I’ve made — under the pressure of labels, to try to remain relevant, or even just to say I could do it — I made this one for me. Lucky for you, you can have it, too.”

Sailor’s Mouth Yoga

Monday, January 8 / 8pm

F*ck Mondays with Sailor’s Mouth Yoga at PJ’s Lager House in Detroit!

New Year, New f*ckin’ you, boo! You got a bad case of the ‘Mondays’? F*ck that! Let’s get bent!

You are invited to swear, drink, and do yoga to shake off the Mondays at PJ’s Lager House in Detroit. This 45-minute- ish class lead by your Swearing Yoga Coach, A-Bomb, will get you all stretched out while throwing down a serious string of naughty words. Hell, you might even learn some new ones while you are at it!

Dress to be comfortable (yoga pants/leggings totally encouraged), and bring your own yoga mat.

Please note — There is very limited space, so there is a high possibility of sell out.


Saturday, January 6 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Blackmail (Rock/Blues/Funk)

BLACKMAIL is a HARD ROCK band from Detroit with a funk infested, bluesy, soulful edge. Featuring the amazing frontman/vocalist Mayaasa, the atomic rockin bluesy guitar of Mike Brooks, the ultra heavy bottom of bassist Bygg El, & the thundering drums of Eric Childress ll, Blackmail combines influences from Van Halen, Prince, Living Colour , Lenny Kravitz , Metallica, JB & more into their own unique style. The band has been rocking the motor city with electrifying live shows for 10 years, received local & national press & airplay & have put out 3 cd’s, Ghetto Rock, The Hard Groove, & their latest, Sonic Rendezvous.

Trifocal / Chirp / Act Casual

Friday, January 5 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Trifocal (Funk rock)
Chirp (Progressive rock/Funk/Fusion)
Act Casual (Rock/Funk/Blues/Jam)

Trifocal is a power trio based in Kalamazoo, MI fusing elements of multiple genres to create a grooving, sometimes heavy, psychedelic funk-rock sound.

Chirp: Based in Ann Arbor, MI, Chirp is a four-piece band that does its fair share of genre-hopping, but often plays in the styles of progressive rock/funk and jazz-fusion. Officially formed in Fall 2015, Chirp mixes originals and covers into their live sets and puts together grabbing, dynamic shows. Though their music features many technical and progressive elements, an equal emphasis is put on grooving and keeping people moving.

Their fresh and unique sound has taken them across Michigan and the surrounding Midwest to play a wide array of venues and festivals. They released an EP called “Live From Brownstown” in 2016, and video of a live session recorded at Willis Sound in Willis, MI in 2017. Both of which have been met with great reception and have helped to build an enthusiastic fan base. Music is available on all major streaming & downloading platforms. Catch Chirp live in 2017 and stay on the lookout for a full-length release!

Act Casual: 2 parts crunch, 1 part groove and a dash o’ funk.

The Goddamn Gallows New Year’s Eve Party wsg/ Rachel Brooke and Pirate Love

Sunday, December 31 / 8pm doors

$10 advance, $20 doors – this party WILL sell out, get your cheap tickets ahead of time here: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1602972

The Goddamn Gallows (Punk rock/Metal/Bluegrass)
Rachel Brooke (Country/Blues/Sad)
Pirate Love (Rock n roll)

The Goddamn Gallows formed in 2004 by founding members and Lansing/Detroit natives Mikey Classic on guitar and vocals, Fishgutzzz on upright bass, and Amanda Kill on drums -replaced by current drummer Uriah Baker (aka; “Baby Genius”) in 2006. The trio started out migrating around the West for a time, holing up in Hollywood squats and squalid apartments, before releasing several albums: The Gallows EP (2004), Life of Sin (2005), and Gutterbilly Blues (2007), and finally hitting the road nearly full-time to establish their presence in the psychobilly-country scene while honing their self-described “twanged-out punk rock gutterbilly”.

In 2009 the addition of Avery, a fire-breathing, accordion and washboard player, as well as Jayke Orvis (formerly of the .357 String Band) on mandolin and banjo, prompted The Goddamn Gallows to explore many new directions with their songwriting and in their live performances. As evidenced on their most recent 2009 album, Ghost of The Rails, and as witnessed by their spectacular and tireless live shows, The Goddamn Gallows began to forge a path founded on their very own brand of contagious primeval abandon: an unpretentious and from-the-gut carnivalesque smorgasbord of parts old time revival, circus sideshow, and good old-fashioned rock and roll. The result falls dead center into a head on collision between something like a Western honky-tonk impromptu parking lot rodeo, and Suburbia (the 1983 Penelope Spheeris cult classic film, not the location).

Though still officially Michigan-based, they have toured relentlessly since 2007, practically living out of their van and regularly performing as many as 200 dates a year. They’ve supported such acts as Nekromantix, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Mad Sin, The Legendary Shack Shakers, and even the King of Surf Guitar legend Dick Dale. They continue to rapidly grow a devoted following built on their visceral and volatile blend of multiple American music styles, and frenetic live energy -but still with just enough hardcore and punk influence to make your parents hate it.

The Goddamn Gallows will soon be releasing 7 Devils, their much anticipated fourth full-length album and Farmageddon Records debut on vinyl and CD. The forthcoming album features recording veteran and lap steel extraordinaire Andy Gibson (of Hank III), as well as promising up and comer Joe Perreze of the Perreze Farm sitting in on clawhammer banjo. An extremely limited edition 7″ on red vinyl, titled Rags & Bones, will accompany the 7 Devils release due out May of 2011. Additionally, the entire catalogue of The Goddamn Gallows (Ghost of the Rails, Gutterbilly Blues, and Life of Sin -which is currently out of print) will find its way back to the light of day by year’s end, re-released and available on vinyl, CD, and digital download from Farmageddon Records.

Rachel Brooke: Incendiary young country singer and songwriter Rachel Brooke channels the darkest nights of American Southern music, pulling forth influences from raw, early country singing to Chicago blues greats, vintage New Orleans “jass” bands to old animated cartoons, all tied together in the framework of her old-fashioned melodies. It takes a peculiar vision to be able to unite these many different sounds, but Brooke’s pulled off the most difficult task: she’s created a new sound from a pastiche of old music without sounding derivative. Instead her music sounds incredibly fresh, sepia-toned perhaps with the vision of our distant past, but as rough-edged and hand-honed as the best of today’s roots music. She’s quite the paradox: a young songwriter who perfectly embodies the music of the American South, but who lives in the wilds of Northern Michigan. An artist who grew up with parents in a bluegrass band, but who spent her teen years raging away in an all-girl punk band. A shy, soft-spoken introvert whose wall- shaking voice has earned her a place at cutting- edge roots music festivals like Muddy Roots. An icon of underground country music who covers greats like Fats Domino on her new record. But when you sing this well and play like hell, who do you have to answer to anyways?

“Take everything you think you know about country music and throw it out the window. That pop rock crap y’all call country is nothing compared to what Rachel Brooke is laying down. She’s an old soul in the way Hank Williams and Memphis Minnie were, culling together both country and country blues into an album that is easily digestible for anyone who gets scared off by real country music. Etta James once said that the blues and country music were kissing cousins. Rachel Brooke is their love child.” -Chip McCabe

Pirate Love: Dirty, filthy, greasy Detroit Rock n Roll.