Tag: Arts/Entertainment/Nightlife

Feral Ground / Strange Flavors / Dreambeaches / JACK / David Bronze / Stefanie Haapala

Saturday, March 3 / 7pm doors, 8:30 music
Feral Ground (Hip hop fusion)
Strange Flavors (Progressive/Blues rock)
Dreambeaches (Garage pop)
JACK (Indie pop/Indie rock)
David Bronze (Soul/Pop)
Stefanie Haapala (Folk/Singer-songwriter)

Feral Ground is the sound of change in music, and Detroit’s roots run deep in the music that’s created. This is no limits Hip Hop. Welcome to the movement.

Strange Flavors is a progressive/blues rock band that formed in late 2015 out of Ypsilanti, MI. With their energetic stage antics, big sound, and over the top performances they quickly made a name for themselves. Floating through driving rhythms, intricate solos, syncopated bass lines, and crushing vocals the group exudes a sound and style all their own. Brutal, yet soulful and cerebral. Whether the venue is a dark stage, sunny forest, or burning field, Strange Flavors will make you laugh, dance, and move.

Dreambeaches is a garage pop group from Buffalo, NY.

JACK is the solo project of Brittany Costa.

David Bronze is a soulful pop artist from Detroit, Michigan.

Stefanie Haapala: Stefanie Haapala plays guitar and various other music-makers. When she writes, and the stars are aligned in her direction, sometimes the words become the minute makings of a song.

Scarlet Lies / Nina & the Buffalo Riders / the Bruised Reed / Taeryn

Friday, March 2 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $8
Scarlet Lies (Glam Pop Rock)
Nina & the Buffalo Riders (Psychedelic Blues Rock)
The Bruised Reed (Indie Slowcore Power Pop)
Taeryn (Uke Acoustic Soul)

Scarlet Lies is a glam rock pop band that has been throwing glitter all around the Metro Detroit area. In June of 2016 they made their debut closing the main stage at Ferndale’s Pride Festival and have hit the ground running ever since. Scarlet Lies started off 2017 releasing their debut album “Monsters Coming Out” which has had great success with digital and physical sales and broke into Reverb Nation’s top five Detroit rock charts. The band is now working on their sophomore album, and venturing out into new cities to help make America glitter again!

Nina & the Buffalo Riders: “Catch them now before they go supernova. The band’s sound is bluesy and psychedelic while Nina Sofia’s powerhouse vocals are soon to be classified one of the seven wonders of the Midwestern world” (Metro Times).

“The passionate vocals of Nina Sofia which when accompanied…gave the crowd a musical stew that hinted at influences by The Grateful Dead, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and Janis Joplin” (Chuck Marshall -National Rock Review).

Since their formation in early 2013, “Nina and the Buffalo Riders have been steadily building a following in Detroit with music that aches with soul and burns with the heart of rock” (Chuck Marshall – National Rock Review), playing prime time slots at Detroit Winter Blast 2016 & 2017; Showcase D’Holidays 2015; Arts Beats and Eats Royal Oak 2015 & 2016; opening for Detroit’s own Sponge at the Allen Park City Art and Music Festival in 2013, 2014, and 2015; the Metro Times Blowout 2015, Hamtramck Music Festival 2016 & 2017; and the Ferndale City Pride Festival in 2014; headlining venues such as the Magic Stick Detroit; Short’s Brewing Company Bellaire; PJ’s Lager House Corktown; Blind Pig Ann Arbor; Hopcat Detroit; as well as direct support for national acts such as The Steepwater Band Chicago, Mike Leslie of Candelbox, and Detroit Classic Rock royalty Frijid Pink.

“In the sixties, they would have been referenced as a ‘tribal’ band because of their ‘hippie’ tendency. Nowadays, they just play good music and don’t have to worry about labels” (PhilMaq- Radio Personality at 89.3 WHFR).

Nina and The Buffalo Riders debut EP is out now and can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and CD Baby and streamed on both Spotify and Pandora.

After a magical recording experience at Studio Litho with producer Shawn Simmons at Studio Litho in Seatlle, NBR will be releasing their second CD on August 25, 2017!!

The Bruised Reed is a female-fronted, fuzzy indie pop band led by husband and wife team Josh and Kirsten Wheeler. The music leans fuzzy and ragged when it wants to, but contemplative and slowcore when it needs to.

The band started as a basement-bound side project for Josh to exercise some of his songwriting demons; composing, recording, and playing all instruments on their 2008 debut LP “Pass Around the Easy Lie”, and 2010’s follow-up EP “New Words For Old Desires”; with Kirsten handling all vocal duties.

They released the albums for free online, with no real intent for the project other than to have the songs available so people would get a chance to hear them.

Attention quickly followed as their music was picked up for local airplay on several radio stations, written about in local blogs, and even had a song featured in a Chevrolet commercial. The band went on to contribute the lead-off track to 2013’s Elliott Smith tribute album “Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands.”

Around this time, “International Pop Overthrow” Festival curator David Bash happened upon the recordings online and invited the duo to put together a full band and play at the 2014 event. Josh recruited local musicians to fully realize these basement noodlings as stage-ready songs. Shortly thereafter the band was invited to play 2014 and 2015’s “Metro Times Blowout” festival, made a live appearance on WDET 101.9FM’s “Ann Delisi’s Essential Music”, and booked several surrounding dates; including performances at 2015 and 2016’s “Detroit by Detroit” showcase.

The band is hard at work on new music, issuing a regular series of two-track digital releases (not-so-cleverly titled “Doubles”). There are now three installments available for purchase and streaming at all major digital retailers.

“…the band manages to weave dreamy layered melodies and Kirsten’s ethereal vocals together with angular chord changes in a way that is mellow and rocks at the same time. ” – IPO 2014

“…Kirsten Wheeler has a stunning voice, while Josh Wheeler can write a killer tune and thwack his axe. The results are hard-rocking yet gorgeous and soaring. A marriage made in heaven, then” – Metro Times Detroit

“…a band we’re sure everyone will be talking about…the band is going big!” – HipinDetroit.com

Taeryn is a young musician from the Downriver Detroit area. She has a unique sound that will capture your attention and your heart.

Lucy’s Brown Seville / Paco Higdon Band / Drew Schultz & the Broken Habits

Sunday, February 25 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Lucy’s Brown Seville (Funk/Soul)
Paco Higdon Band (Rock/Comedy/Experimental)
Drew Schultz & the Broken Habits (Soul)

Lucy’s Brown Seville: Funk Motown Stax soul influenced jimmi jams proven to make you move you feet and shake your tailfeathers.

Paco Higdon Band: Combining complex musical arrangements, sharp wit, and a whimsical blend of genres and styles, quirky Detroit rocker Paco Higdon aims to put the “art” back in “party”.

Drew Schultz & the Broken Habits: As a student of Motown Funk Brothers drummer Uriel Jones and original Earth Wind & Fire member Ralph Johnson, Drew Schultz entered the music industry at the age of 19 playing with the legendary group The Four Tops. For five years he toured the world with the Tops as percussionist, drummer, archivist, and musical director. He has also performed behind countless legends including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Dramatics, The Contours, The Miracles, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Jerry Butler, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Chairmen of the Board, Freda Payne, The Velvelettes, and more.

Vista Kicks / ATMIG / The Sugar Bombs

Saturday, February 24 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Vista Kicks (Bootie shakin’ rock and roll)
ATMIG (Indie/Rock)
The Sugar Bombs (Dirty basement pop)

Vista Kicks, originally from Sacramento, had released 3 tracks on their own between 2014 and 2015, which have amassed 3.4 million Spotify streams and over 3.2 million YouTube plays. They’ve since relocated to Hollywood and in early 2016, released the self produced 6 track collection, ‘Chasing Waves’, on their own imprint Little Hook Records.
About ‘Chasing Waves’, vocalist Derek Thomas says, “We made it in Sacramento in the presence of our closest friends and family, this first EP is the most honest representation of ourselves currently.”

Chasing Waves (2016) made Apple Music’s Featured New Artists page and lived on the homepage of iTunes for four consecutive weeks. They’ve toured the US with Swim Deep, and now they’re touring the West Coast and Southwest this spring with Save Ferris. Vista Kicks’ music is a fast blend of good ol’ Rock N’ Roll, Funk, and Pop. Their shows are electric, they make impossible not to dance and have a great time.

“…Chasing Waves has all the warmth, the fun, and the strife of a young band reeling from the unadulterated struggles of being twenty-somethings just trying to get by in a fucked-up twenty-first century world..” – Mitch Mosk, Atwood Magazine

Atmig offers a unique mix of indie, folk, rock and shoegaze that you typically will not hear at a Detroit metro event.

The Sugar Bombs are a tribe of weirdos and nerds blending the sounds of Weezer, Television, and Jesus and Marychain into one explosive package!

The Fuego Brothers: Free Dinner Show

Saturday, February 24 / 5:30-7:30pm / No cover
The Fuego Brothers (Flamenco)

Break bread with the acoustic three-piece Fuego Brothers at PJ’s Lager House from 5:30 to 7:30 on Saturday, February 24th!

~ Flamenco is very passionate and spiritual music. Combining elements of eastern European music and gypsy jazz, Fuego Brothers’ music is both invigorating and relaxing at the same time. ~

No Cover | Full Menu | All Ages

Blues Night ft. Chris Canas, Bull Halsey, and more

Friday, February 23 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Chris Canas (Blues/Funk/Soul)
Bull Halsey (Indie/Blues)

Chris Canas (aka Christopher Lenard Cottingham) was born on July 18th, 1984 to Angela and Lenard Cottingham. He has grown with music in his life whether it be his Mom singing to him or taking him to see Ray Charles at Hart Plaza or his Dad singing and dancing him to sleep as a kid. Music is part of his very soul and is the main reason he has grown into such a musical person today. His first true instrument was discovered when he chose a Coronet over all other instruments because he was too shy to speak up and claim the Saxophone in 5th grade. But he loved it nonetheless and treated it as if the sounds he could make were doubling as a musical release as well as a therapeutic one. Chris quickly rose through the rankings of 5th grade band only to find his music instructor David Drake promoted him to Jazz band. It was this move to Jazz that truly piqued Chris’ interest in another realm of music. While in Jazz band Chris played all over eventually landing with the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts group. He primarily joined the jam portion of the group and performed at Bird of Paradise, the Firefly Club, Top of The Park, and even The Ann Arbor Art Fair on numerous occasions. He was being primed to follow in the footsteps of Miles, Monk, Baker, Parker, and Marsallis. But something happened to this young man at the tender age of 10 that was just starting to boil over. The Blues had taken him and it wasn’t going to ever let him go. Chris’ Uncle Jamerson rolled up in a Cherry Red T-Top Camaro and was bumping BB King’s “Thrill Is Gone” with all his speaker systems might, and an innocent shy boy immediately began his transition into a Blues Man.

Chris eventually discovered a rickety old dusty P-Bass in his grandmothers garage which only had 2 strings on it. Chris took it upon himself to clean it up real good so he could play it. Only problem was he didn’t yet know how to fix a Bass so he just learned on those 2 rickety rusted strings. His parents eventually realized that music was his passion and got it completely fixed so he could finally learn how to play the full Bass. Eventually even that wasn’t enough and Chris picked up Piano, Sax, Drums, Harmonica, and eventually found his true love…..The Guitar. His first guitar was a cherry red Squire with a celebrate diversity sticker on it and a rainbow strap. Yeah Chris likes color apparently. Now he was ready to go off and learn guitar. He spent days locked away in his room and after learning every BB King, Albert King, and Freddie King song note for note for 6 months he wrote his first album at the age of 15 “Shades of Blue”. Of course this was after he didn’t get a Playstation for Christmas but instead got a four track mixer which he greatly appreciates…..NOW. Chris went on to win the Ann Arbor Talent Show performing 2 of his songs off of the SOB album “Unforgiven” which he still plays to this day and “The Blues” which was inspired BB King’s “A Blues Boy’s Tune”. He landed a gig with Ejuana “Fire” Taylor and went on the road with her and her band for a bit while honing his skills at the Tap Room jam session in Ypsilanti which is still running every Thursday to this day. Chris eventually hooked up with Thornetta Davis and was taken under her wing at the age of 18 and opened his eyes up to the rich Detroit Music scene as well as exposed him to countless Pro musicians. in 2003 Chris formed the, dare I say it one last time, “Chris Canas Hyper Dynamic Blues Revolution” which was later shortened to “The Chris Canas Blues Revolution” which shortened again to “The C2BR” and finally, finally ended with the “Chris Canas Band”. Chris has since released a total of 6 albums with his latest official album being “She’s Breaking Me” reaching heights he never thought possible. He has graced the stage with many great performers such as: Joe Bonammassa, Johnny Bassett, Oscar Brown Jr, Ralphe Armstrong, Mike Wheeler, Toronzo Cannon, Thornetta Davis, Sweet Claudette, Kenny Neal, Laith Al-Saadi, Brett Lucas, Corky Siegal, Benny Turner, Chuck Bartels, Don Was, Willie The Pooch, Howard Glazer, Johnny Lawrence, Victor Wainwright, Alex Bugnon, Layla Hathaway, Eliza Neals, Bobby Murray, Candy Cane, The Delgado Brothers, Sharrie Williams, Larry McCray, Harmonicah Shah, and even the great Billy Davis performed and wrote an original song for his wedding day. Chris is currently finalizing his latest album “Would You Mind” and is set to unleash it sometime in 2018. Chris has written and arranged well over 150 Original songs and has reimagined a plethora of oldies but goodies. Right now, the Chris Canas Band consists of Chris Canas on Guitar and Vocals, Angela Cottingham on Percussion and Vocals, Chris Nordman on Piano and Organ, Michael Scott on Drums, and our newest member to the Blues Revolution Derek Washington on Bass.

The Chris Canas Band can be seen blazing a trail in the Metro Detroit area and beyond. In 2007 the Chris Canas Band won their first Blues Competition when they competed in the West Michigan Blues Society’s challenge. They also won the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association challenge in 2010, the Detroit Blues Society challenge in 2012 as well as 2014. Chris ” The Soldier For The Blues” Canas, has put together a who’s who of veteran musicians over the years and has learned many many lessons the long hard way to help keep the blues alive and moving forward for all music lovers. The Chris Canas Band has a well blended set of classic covers and clever, roller coaster like originals that keep the audience captivated and coming back for more. With their diverse mix of Blues, Funk, and Soul they are always well equipped to bring the party wherever they go. With heart-wrenching vocals, pulse pounding rhythms, and an electric energy that can be felt in the air. Don’t miss an opportunity to see the CCB “LIVE” and in the flesh. Do your Soul a favor and feed it some hot Bluesberry Pie with a side order of fresh cut Funk and a tall glass of Soul! The Chris Canas Band is available as an Acoustic Solo-Duo, Three Piece, Four Piece, or Five Piece act. This band is driven to pump new life into “The Blues” as well as embracing the rich traditional roots of the past. Brace yourselves for the Explosion!

Bull Halsey: “One listen to Bull Halsey throws the rock-n-roll mind into reverse, to a time when young British kids like The Yardbirds, The Animals, and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers were teaching other Brits (and Americans) how much the Delta blues had an impact on rock music. This isn’t today’s disposable garage-rock re-hash, this is a textbook from Music Appreciation, and class is in session.”

– Matt Mertha, The Red Butlers

Kanem X & the May Moons / Lu Fuki & Divine Providence / Trey Priest / Kaj Althaus & Hotel Arch

Thursday, February 22 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
$7 advance, $10 day of

Kanem X & the May Moons (Hard Rock/Hard Blues)
Lu Fuki & Divine Providence (Afro-Jazz/Soul/Funk)
Trey Priest (Blues/Rock/Hip hop)
Kaj Althaus & Hotel Arch (Alt-rock)

Kanem X: Kanem X & the May Moons center their sound around hard rock & blues, focusing on a fiery style of guitar playing. Their music takes an instant hold of your senses, navigating you through heartache, joy, perseverance, and passion. The pull inspiration from guitar heavy weights Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix. The band consists of Kanem X on lead guitar & vocals, Hootie Tunes on guitar & vocals, Borz the Boogieman on Bass, and Austin the Klip on Drums.

Lu Fuki & Divine Providence: Divine Providence is a collective of jazz and classical musicians formed by guitarist/bandleader Lu Fuki who felt the need to connect hearts through sound, for a challenging and uncertain time, in order to promote solidarity, freedom, and social action. Members of the band include Lu Fuki-Electric Guitar, Tazeen Ayub- Acoustic Guitar, Nur Dhul-Qarnayn- Drums, Joe Chase-Keys, Jonathon Mateen II-Bass, Aaron David Bush McCoy-Jacobs- Violin & Percussion, and Mike Monford- Saxophone.

Trey Priest: Blues. Rock. Hip-hop. This might be Trey Priest at the core, but there’s always more. Influenced from all styles of music, the singer/songwriter from Detroit actively performs as a solo artist and lead guitarist with fellow Detroit bands ONEFREQ and The NLR Experience. Beginning his journey on guitar in 2009, Trey has since then combined his instrumental flair with his ability as a lyricist. His inspiration lies in making his audience feel good, as well as pushing his own musical skills to the next level. Trey continues to share his gifts on a global scale as a full-time musician and locally as a part-time teacher for the next generation of artists.

Kaj Althaus and Hotel Arch are a local alternative band out of Ann Arbor that frequently incorporate characteristics of funk and hip hop. Made up of singer, songwriter and guitarist Kaj Althaus, bassist Costa Willets and drummer Colin Martin they have​​ been together for the past three years. They started as a cover group and eventually worked their way into song writing. This past November they released their debut EP “I’ll Try Anything Twice” and have been playing shows around southeastern Michigan.