Tag: Arts/Entertainment/Nightlife

Chef Nita’s Soul Wing (Pop-up kitchen)

Tuesday, December 12 / 6pm / No cover

From Chef Nita: “I need all my friends and family along with my Facebook followers/ Supporters to join me for my Very First “Pop Up” 🙌🏽🙌🏽 Where I will be launching my very own soul sauces that will be tossed In the Sauce of your choice on some Delicious Hickory Smoke Wings Straight off the the Grill will be served with “Home cut fries” 🔪🔪🔪👩🏽‍🍳 this will be a super fun fun event with super cool people😃”

Nita’s Soul Catering! One of Michigan largest catering company serving all over the metro area! They cater personal business and corporate events day or night.

SAILOR’S MOUTH YOGA

Monday, December 11 / 8pm

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

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.

WHFR FUNDRAISER WITH THE ZOTZ / THE SEATBELTS / MICAH SCHNABEL / THE KENNY HILL BAND / CHOSEN BY FATE / STIRLING & FRIENDS

December 9 / $10
The Zotz (Punk/Pop/Garage rock)
The Seatbelts (Rock)
Micah Schnabel (Folk/Punk)
The Kenny Hill Band (Blues-grass)
Chosen by Fate (Rock/Prog/Fusion)
Stirling & Friends (Rock & roll)

WHFR has been making waves over 30 years in the Dearborn/Detroit area! Non-commercial, independent programming at www.whfr.fm or 89.3 FM in metro Detroit broadcasting out of Henry Ford College. WHFR exists to provide a rear-world lab experience in telecommunication for qualified Henry Ford College (HFC) students and alumni, to serve the needs of Dearborn and the surrounding communities, and to assist HFC college relations.

The Zotz formed in Spring 2015 originally as a 2-piece guitar, vocals and drums. After a few months of playing , Bobby and Shawn decided to broaden and fill in to complete the sound by adding a bass player. Within a few days of searching found the perfect fit. Adding Matthew to the group and coming together to create a unique sound reimiscent of the 70’s old school punk with hooks and relatable originals songs based on life experiences. They are fast, hard and fun. Simple and fast drum hits, dynamic leads with sarcastic and heartfelt vocals and rockin bass lines that cut through. The Zotz are a refreshing unique, but surprisingly familiar sound that will make you want to bop your head, tap your foot, shake your fist in the air, and smile, laugh, sing along and dance. Our live shows are always fun and we want to include our audience to join in and have as much fun as us.

The Seatbelts: Hailing from the mean streets of the Motor City, The Seatbelts originated way back in 1977. The group cut their teeth playing clubs and concerts in and around the Michigan area, opening for acts like the Romantics, Destroy All Monsters, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, and many other titans of the local music scene. Before long, the band found themselves headlining shows. The group spent some time touring nationally, playing venues such as the venerable Max’s Kansas City in NYC. The group’s first single was produced by none other than former guitarist for the Stooges, Destroy All Monsters, and Dark Carnival, the late Ron Asheton. All good things must come to an end, however, and the band went their separate ways with the dawn of a new decade.

Fast forward nearly thirty years. The band reformed in 2010 with original members Greg Upshur (vocals), Skid Marx (bass) and Tony Bojanic (drums) along with new members guitarists Derek Murtagh and John Whalen. The band has been going strong ever since, gigging and releasing their first full length album Joy Ride in 2013. Thirty years older and wiser, the Seatbelts continue to rock!

Micah Schnabel: A solo set from the Two Cow Garage singer. A fierce and edgy alt-country band from Columbus, OH, Two Cow Garage takes the twangy melodies of vintage country music and fuses them with a muscular, amped-up attack that recalls Nirvana or Dinosaur Jr. as much as the Jayhawks or Blue Rodeo. Two Cow Garage was formed in the fall of 2001 by guitarist and singer Micah Schnabel, who was born and raised in the rural Midwestern community of Bucyrus, OH. Weaned on vintage country, Schnabel didn’t care much for the mainstream rock that dominated radio, preferring harder and edgier sounds. At 18, he moved to the relatively big city of Columbus and started playing with drummer Dustin Harigle. Chris Flint, a guitarist and lawyer who used to manage the Lilybandits, saw an early version of Two Cow Garage and was struck by their passionate energy and Schnabel’s songs; he signed on as the band’s manager and part-time guitarist, and with the addition of bassist Shane Sweeney the group’s lineup was complete. In the fall of 2002, Two Cow Garage released their first album, Please Turn the Gas Back On, through Shelterhouse Records; the band supported the disc with a relentless tour schedule that put 332,000 miles on their van’s odometer over the course of two years. 2004 saw the release of their second album, The Wall Against Our Backs, which received rave reviews from critics while the band kept up their punishing tour schedule, which was captured on video by fan and filmmaker John Boston in his documentary The Long Way Around: One Badass Year with Two Cow Garage. Two Cow Garage’s third album, aptly titled III, was released in April 2007.

The Kenny Hill Band consists of Kenny Baldauf, with Brian and Jennifer Hill, from the Big Bend of Florida, performing a blend of acoustic music styles that include bluegrass, folk and Irish, to blues, classic country, western swing and classic rock. The band’s signature features are its tightly blended three part harmonies paired with inspired instrumental arrangements that may include guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, penny whistle, accordion and acoustic bass. Kenny Hill performances often include guest artist Kevin Robertson, one of region’s finest flat-picking guitarists. C’mon out! You are sure to enjoy listening to the unique, fun and soulful music of the Kenny Hill Band!

Chosen by Fate: Rising from the ashes of X-Ray-Ted…Bill, Eric and Skip advanced on in musical exploration until finding Jeff. Once this happened a new era of music creativity was begun. Bringing over 75 years of combined music experience to the stage, not even the sky is the limit on what these four men can create musically.

MICAH SCHNABEL AND JEREMY PORTER: A VERY SPECIAL, INTIMATE SHOW PRESENTED IN THE CLADDAGH LOFT

Tix are $8 in advance. $10 at the door. Tix sales are limited to 30 people.
The Claddagh Loft is located above PJ’s at 1252 Michigan Ave.

Micah Schnabel (Folk/Punk)
Jeremy Porter (Rock and roll)

Micah Schnabel: A solo set from the Two Cow Garage singer. A fierce and edgy alt-country band from Columbus, OH, Two Cow Garage takes the twangy melodies of vintage country music and fuses them with a muscular, amped-up attack that recalls Nirvana or Dinosaur Jr. as much as the Jayhawks or Blue Rodeo. Two Cow Garage was formed in the fall of 2001 by guitarist and singer Micah Schnabel, who was born and raised in the rural Midwestern community of Bucyrus, OH. Weaned on vintage country, Schnabel didn’t care much for the mainstream rock that dominated radio, preferring harder and edgier sounds. At 18, he moved to the relatively big city of Columbus and started playing with drummer Dustin Harigle. Chris Flint, a guitarist and lawyer who used to manage the Lilybandits, saw an early version of Two Cow Garage and was struck by their passionate energy and Schnabel’s songs; he signed on as the band’s manager and part-time guitarist, and with the addition of bassist Shane Sweeney the group’s lineup was complete. In the fall of 2002, Two Cow Garage released their first album, Please Turn the Gas Back On, through Shelterhouse Records; the band supported the disc with a relentless tour schedule that put 332,000 miles on their van’s odometer over the course of two years. 2004 saw the release of their second album, The Wall Against Our Backs, which received rave reviews from critics while the band kept up their punishing tour schedule, which was captured on video by fan and filmmaker John Boston in his documentary The Long Way Around: One Badass Year with Two Cow Garage. Two Cow Garage’s third album, aptly titled III, was released in April 2007.

Jeremy Porter: A solo set from the leader of Jeremy Porter & The Tucos, a rock and roll band from Detroit, Michigan. They sound like guitars and whiskey, hooks and heartache, energy and passion. You’ll find everything from Cheap Trick to Gram Parsons, Hüsker Dü to Uncle Tupelo, Merle Haggard to Ted Nugent on their turntables. The racket they make is a little bit of each. It’s Detroit rock and roll, even if Detroit isn’t quite ready for it.

Jeremy Porter grew up in Marquette, a small town in Michigan’s upper peninsula, where he was a founding member of one of the UP’s first punk bands – The Regulars. He moved to Detroit and tore through the 90s and 00s fronting bands like SlugBug, The OffRamps and Fidrych (as well as a solo stint) though 2 decades of recording and touring before forming The Tucos in 2009. Gabriel Doman (Hotwalls) and Patrick O’Harris (Mike Hard Band, Sons of the Gun) round out the trio.

ELECTRIC HONEY / BAVE / BEN KEELER / THE PANDYS

Friday, December 8 / 8pm doors, 9pm cover
Electric Honey (Indie rock/Alternative rock)
BAVE (Progressive/Math/Experimental)
Ben Keeler (Soul/Rock and roll)
The Pandys (Punk/Indie/Folk)

Electric Honey is a Detroit-born indie rock band made up of Patrick Minjeur, Evan Gatny, John Labut, Chris Righi and Matt Doppel. Their sound is a raw, powerful mix of dynamics, superb vocal harmonies, and complex instrumental arrangements.

Electric Honey was created in the summer of 2014 in the suburbs of Detroit, MI in Patrick Minjeur’s kitchen, but the idea was dreamt up almost a decade earlier, when Evan bumped into Patrick at a church concert by chance. He was then living in Boston, attending the Berklee College of Music, and was visiting his parents for the weekend. Patrick was studying to be an engineer in the outskirts of Detroit at the University of Detroit Mercy. Due to their involvement with their shared instructor Stephen Petrunak and the American Guild of Music – a gathering in which students of all ages and instruments competed for trophies – they knew of each other when they were very young, but mostly as their respective competition. It took almost a decade to go by until they realized – at that concert – how closely their musical tastes had aligned and how much potential they had to create amazing, intricate music. The two had talked about getting together to jam, but life went on and they went their separate ways. Evan ended up living in Chicago, working for a clothing retailer and playing shows on the weekends when he could. Patrick took a job in Los Angeles partly because engineering work was scarce in the Detroit area, but more so because he was hoping to be discovered by his musical talent in an area teeming with artists. For a year and a half, the two had not spoken, but the idea was still in the back of their minds. Then, as the longing for his family, friends, and home grew larger every day, and his sunny, laidback, plastic lifestyle grew tired, Patrick decided to take a job back in Detroit and to reignite the hopes of making music with Evan.

John and Matt were no strangers, however. John was in two bands with Evan’s brother Michael in years prior; Socket, and Captain January. Both were tributes to the garage rock scene that dominated the 90’s. Matt was another acquaintance in this circle of church-going rock and rollers. His uncle Steve, the same Steve who taught Evan and Patrick how to play the guitar, had also given John singing lessons roughly fifteen years prior. The nature of Electric Honey coming together is best described as fateful. In a remarkable amount of decisions and life choices, John, Patrick, Evan, and Matt ended up wanting the same thing, and in doing so, they are making some of the best rock music of  their time and encapsulating it eternally with their first full length album Vanadium which is going to be released later this year.

Vanadium is a combination of Patrick’s cryptic lyrics involving dreams, fictional relationships, and technology junkyism, and a song structure with rich vocal harmonies, complex guitar duels, and huge dynamic swings resulting in a sound that is rewarding and satisfying.

BAVE: Guitar and drums duo BAVE are a Detroit based experimental band focused on melody and technicality, without losing sight of those sassy, sassy grooves.

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.

Jennifer Westwood and Dylan Dunbar (Dinner show)

Friday, December 8 / 5:30-7:30pm / No cover
Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils (Rock/Soul/Americana)

Jennifer Westwood cut her teeth on Detroit Gospel before hitting the gritty Detroit bars that set her career in motion. She has been a Detroit Music Award winner and nominee in several categories, and has contributed music to multiple Emmy Award winning commercials and documentaries, as well as film.

She first found confidence to consider music as a career by the encouragement of a church acquaintance, a professor of music who had previously served as ensemble choir director for the late Bishop C.L. Franklin, father of Aretha. Performing in church lead to her first work in the outside world, singing backup locally for Motown artist Carl Carlton (Bad Mama Jama). Studio work for various local artists followed, first in R & B and soul genres, followed by roots and blues. Those experiences gave her insight on the direction she wanted to embark on for her own music before leaping out on her own. It also opened doors for commercial work due to her vocal flexibility and enthusiasm. The same enthusiasm has driven each performance — whether it has been 7 ppl, on up to 70,000. Sharing the bill with rock icon Patti Smith at the world’s largest Masonic Temple have marked a highlight of her performance career.

Jennifer has fully embraced the character and spirit of Detroit; and considers her greatest accomplishment to be creating a career in music during some of the most troubling economic times for her hometown.

There are no musical limitations with Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils. The skill set and accomplishments that each member has earned helps them create a format where no style is out of bounds. Somehow, it all sounds familiar, but unique all the same. Truly a melting pot of musical ability and knowledge, the band makes a statement with each note and the sky is the limit.

International Vegan Fantasy with the Grim Feeder (Pop-up Kitchen)

Tuesday, December 5 / 6pm / No cover

Come out this Tuesday for a bowl of comfort representing popular flavors from across the globe. All items are 100% plant-based, totally vegan and totally delicious. Please click attending if you plan to join us so we know how to prepare for you.

$10 Coconut Chana Saag – Notable in Indian and Pakistani cuisine, enjoy the aromatic creaminess of a curry coconut and lemongrass broth, chickpeas & kale.
(GF)

$10 Smoky Incan Stew – It’s the Quinoa in this dish that makes it Incan, packed with smoky flavors of chipotle, sweet potatoes, black beans & corn.
(GF)

$12 Pad Thai – Stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand.

$12 Orange Chicken Stir-Fry – Expect the traditional Hunan profile of the sweet orange flavored chili sauce coated chicken from the dish you may have grown accustomed to in Chinese restaurants. Served with rice.

$8 Salata Baladi – An Egyptian salad with diced cucumber, tomato, sweet onion, parsley, and mint. Dressing of olive oil and lemon.
(GF)

$8 Philippine Fruit Salad – A mildly sweet dessert with apples, pineapple, coconut meat, coconut jellies & peaches in a condensed cream.
(GF)

$1 Side of white rice.

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THE SEATBELTS / THE SECRETS

Saturday, December 2 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $6
The Seatbelts (Rock)
The Secrets (Pop/Rock)

The Seatbelts: Hailing from the mean streets of the Motor City, The Seatbelts originated way back in 1977. The group cut their teeth playing clubs and concerts in and around the Michigan area, opening for acts like the Romantics, Destroy All Monsters, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, and many other titans of the local music scene. Before long, the band found themselves headlining shows. The group spent some time touring nationally, playing venues such as the venerable Max’s Kansas City in NYC. The group’s first single was produced by none other than former guitarist for the Stooges, Destroy All Monsters, and Dark Carnival, the late Ron Asheton. All good things must come to an end, however, and the band went their separate ways with the dawn of a new decade.

Fast forward nearly thirty years. The band reformed in 2010 with original members Greg Upshur (vocals), Skid Marx (bass) and Tony Bojanic (drums) along with new members guitarists Derek Murtagh and John Whalen. The band has been going strong ever since, gigging and releasing their first full length album Joy Ride in 2013. Thirty years older and wiser, the Seatbelts continue to rock!

The Secrets: At any hour of any given day there is a great probability that somewhere in the world, there is music being enjoyed that was originally written and produced in Detroit. These songs represent a body of popular music that has served as the virtual soundtrack for the lives of multiple generations of music fans ….

The Secrets: Seasoned music scene veterans (MC5, Back Beats, Singles, Romantics) grew up in Detroit. They were exposed to–and heavily influenced by–the sounds that helped define popular culture.

The Secrets carry on the tradition of creating smart, catchy, and fun pop songs.

WHISKEY CHARMERS (DINNER SHOW)

Friday, December 1 / 5:30-7:30pm / No cover

The Whiskey Charmers is a Detroit-based Ameripolitan/Country Noir band led by Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa. Fans have often compared their sound to riding through the desert with the top down. They have just released their second full-length album “The Valley” on CD and digital outlets, with a vinyl release to follow this summer. The title track “The Valley” has just been chosen by Alternate Root Magazine as one of the top ten songs of the week and and the Americana magazine Turnstyled Junkpiled says of the new album,

“The Whiskey Charmers serve up another round of their signature “Country Noir” on their second studio release, The Valley. Picking up where they left off, the Charmers create a moody, atmospheric soundscape that plays like the soundtrack to a film noir/spaghetti western mashup. Simultaneously foreboding and alluring, The Whiskey Charmers music is as tempting as forbidden fruit.” – Brian Rock, TJ Music – June 9th,2017

Their debut self-titled album also received excellent reviews in the U.S. and abroad and was nominated for a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Americana Recording. They have been included as one of the 15 best new bands in Detroit by the Detroit Metro Times who also listed Shepard as Best Singer/Songwriter of 2016.

Mike McGonigal of the Detroit Metro Times says “There might be a plethora of Americana/ roots-infused acts in the greater Detroit area, but the Whiskey Charmers are a real cut above. This bunch are not poseurs. They do not strum ukuleles. They do not write songs about cowpoke bullshit. Their music is charming, original, and always a delight.” – Mike McGonigal, Detroit Metro Times 8/30/16

MAMMON (RECORD RELEASE) / FELL RUIN / MUTILATRED / JESUS WEPT

Friday, December 1 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $10
Mammon (Black metal)
Fell Ruin (Black metal)
Mutilatred (Death metal)
Jesus Wept (Rock and roll)

Mammon: Four piece from Detroit, MI. Formed in 2011, dreamt of our entire lives.

Fell Ruin: “A potent combination of black metal, progressive metal, and heavy, grinding doom — ominous, perilous, and mesmerizing.”

Mutilatred: Death metal from Toledo with members of Goltzius, Serpent Speech, Premonitions of war.