Tag: Arts/Entertainment/Nightlife

saajtak / Honeybabe / Ahmi / White Bee (ft. Arianna Bardoni)

Thursday, January 11 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $7
saajtak (Avant-rock)
Honeybabe (Pyschrockjazzbeachpunk)
Ahmi (Melodjent)
White Bee (ft. Arianna Bardoni) (Neo-soul)

saajtak: Each member an avid composer, improviser, and performer in his own right, saajtak has created a repertoire that channels both long epic forms and short frenetic noise pieces, the catharsis of tragic opera, the energy of punk rock, and the excitement of odd meter to convey nuance of musical motion and emotional expression. Through almost ritualistic collaborative sessions, Saajtak is constantly developing musical environments that defy genre and invigorate listeners.

Saajtak was formed in late 2014 by vocalist Alex Koi, electronic artist Simon Alexander-Adams, and drummer Jon Taylor, all longtime collaborators and avid sonic explorers. With a shared affinity for free improvisation and sound art, the trio collectively created a repertoire of spontaneous and energetic compositions that were expanded and perfected with the later addition of fellow auditory adventurer, bassist Ben Willis. Individually, the members of Saajtak have performed with My Brightest Diamond, Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes, Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, Michael Formanek, Jaribu Shahid, the members of Wolf Eyes, and more.

Honeybabe: Founded in 2013 inside a suburban basement of Metro Detroit, Honeybabe has since grown in the technical aspects of music as well as the ethereal. With the premature album of Creatures of Circumstance (2014), our music has certainly progressed with the newest EP Velvet Glum (2016) which takes on a more vibrant, eclectic sounding groove. Inspirations for each member comes from a swelling spectrum of genres and musicians, hence establishing ourselves as something like pyschrockjazzbeachpunk is not just a gag, but an approximate definition. Yet, we can’t necessarily define ourselves nor contain ourselves, so we’ll let the audience determine what they hear on our recordings or at our live shows. Primarily playing shows in and around the Detroit area such as The Loving Touch, The Old Miami, and the Majestic Cafe, we hope to put our stamp in the musical history of Detroit and become graciously familiar among local venues and music enthusiasts alike. And after an era of certain stagnation, Honeybabe is moving forward, aspiring to cover as much musical ground as humanly possible.

Ahmi: Michigan math rock grooves.

White Bee (ft. Arianna Bardoni): White Bee is neo-soul act from Detroit, Michigan. If you like to get down, listen to us.

Lager House Pub Quiz

Wednesday, January 10 / 8-10pm / No cover

Welcome to the first Lager House Pub Quiz of 2018 on our new night! The finest prizes and the best trivia questions in Detroit are still at the Lager House Pub Quiz. Our categories this week will include apocalyptic scenarios, the US Senate, and comedians. See you then!

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.

The Billy Jam for Memphis: Let’s Get Billy to the International Blues Challenge!

Sunday, January 7 / 1pm to 1am
$5 minimum donation

An all day jam session to help defray the expenses in getting the legendary Billy Davis and Wayne Craycraft, aka The Billy Davis Duo, to the International Blues Challenge competition in Memphis.

Billy Davis is an inductee of: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , Doo Wop Hall of Fame , R&B Hall of Fame
25 Years with Hank Ballard 
Inspiration and Tutor to Jimi Hendrix
Jackie Wilson‘s Original Lead Guitarist
‘It’s Your Thing’ Guitarist for The Isley Brothers

Billy Davis is a trailblazing guitarist who grew up in Detroit, Michigan, a Southern transplant from Memphis, Tennessee. He has been a professional musician from the age of eighteen. Raised in the 1950’s Black Bottom neighborhood of Detroit with strong musical influences, he started his first band at the age of 17, as the headliner for Billy Davis & the Upsetters, which became Berry Gordy’s first in-house live band, pre-Motown, long before the ‘Funk Brothers’. Davis was so ahead of the times that a song title with “funk” had to be changed to “spunk” to receive airplay. His early use of the wah-wah pedal was outright rejected by his producers and band mates, then in later years became the signature for many other musicians.

Davis was a student of music from his earliest memories at age four years old; and at age eighteen, when an opportunity came about to audition for HANK BALLARD AND THE MIDNIGHTERS, he aced it. Joining this national act, he made it to the top right out of the gate. He toured with the Midnighters from 1959 through 1965 and acted as a right-hand-man to Hank Ballard.

Davis met the teenaged Jimi Hendrix in 1959, in Seattle while on tour with The Midnighters, becoming mentor to the future legend, teaching him what he knew about guitar. Also in 1959, Davis met B.B. King, one of his own personal heroes, and they became friends for life. Davis was to meet and become friends with many music legends.

In 1962 Davis was drafted to Ft. Knox, Kentucky, for basic training before heading to South Korea for 13 months. He arranged for Jimi Hendrix to audition with The Midnighters and Hendrix did join them for a short time. He himself rejoined Hank Ballard’s group upon his return from service, and continued until the group disbanded.

After The Midnighters, Davis made his way to New York and became a sought-after studio musician. He played with Jackie Wilson, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, among others, on stage and in studio. He played lead guitar on Jackie Wilson’s recording of ‘Higher and Higher’.

Billy Davis has an avant-garde guitar style that is difficult to categorize and package; he is skilled in many different genres. Back then, in spite of two record company contracts he failed to find his following. Making his way back to Detroit, Davis moved away from professional music for a time, married and had two children. He never lost his guitar skills or abilities, or his innate talent for music, nor his interest in being a musician. He kept in touch with his musical friendships. Recently he was invited to present an award to Sam Cooke’s daughter, Carla.

In the mid-1980’s the group SAM AND DAVE called and asked Davis to back them on a gig where James Brown was headlining. Brown, an old friend for over twenty years, gave Davis Hank Ballard’s phone number and suggested he call to reunite the band. Due to a call from Billy Davis, the Midnighters were on tour again, steadily throughout the 1980’s. The Legendary Hank Ballard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and Davis, his main collaborator, has a statue of his own. In 2001, most of the Midnighters along with Hank Ballard and of course Billy Davis, were among the first to be inducted into the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame, out of Boston.

Over the last decade, Davis has steadily performed in the Detroit area and back at his old Black Bottom neighborhood, at places such as the Raven Lounge, Detroit’s oldest Blues club; at ‘Sundays in the D’ on Gratiot Avenue; at Nancy Whiskey’s; and even at outdoor jams.

Billy Davis is a hard-working guitarist, associated throughout the years with such well-known musical contemporaries as David Ruffin, Chubby Checker and Berry Gordy; with fans as famous as Bruce Willis, besides B.B. King, Hendrix, and many others. His playing, never rusty, always ahead of the curve, has only gotten better, if that’s possible, and he is poised for a breakthrough with a new solo recording in the blues genre, coming soon from the next generation of record labels, Jarrett Koral’s Jett Plastic Recordings.

[Photo credit: Tim Meeks]

Blackmail / Zero Below Phoenix / The Mighty Ded Woods

Saturday, January 6 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $5
Blackmail (Rock/Blues/Funk)
Zero Below Phoenix (Alternative/Hard rock)
The Mighty Ded Woods (Rock-n-roll)

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.

The Mighty Ded Woods: High energy Detroit style rock-n-roll combo.

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 Tino Gross

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)
Tino Gross (Rock)

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

Tino G began his musical career playing drums with John Lee Hooker while in High School in Detroit. He adds an underground boogie-edge to his singer/songwriter vibe.

Gabriel Brass Band / DeSoto Drive / Rickshaw Boy

Saturday, December 30 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $10
Gabriel Brass Band (New Orleans jazz/Funk)
DeSoto Drive (Americana)
Rickshaw Boy

The Gabriel Brass Band have been known to make even the stiffest crowd move their feet! This Brass Band honors the rich history of New Orleans music while bringing fun and funk to you live and direct!Spear headed by 5th generation musician Dameon Gabriel, with a few Gabriel family members and a host of close friends, they continue the New Orleans flavor that the Gabriel family brought to the Motor City in the 1940’s via New Orleans. The musical Gabriel’s date back to 1850s New Orleans.

This Motor City music family maintains a living connection to New Orleans family members Charlie Gabriel (Preservation Hall Jazz Band) and Louis Ford maintaining roots back home in the Crescent City as we all move musically into the future.

For more information about the Gabriel family history please reference Gabriel Music Society.

DeSoto Drive is a original rock, blues, and Americana band from the Detroit area.

The Second Annual Winter Whizbang ft. Ryan Dillaha & the Miracle Men, John Holk & the Sequins, and Black Tie Circus

Friday, December 29 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $7
Ryan Dillaha & the Miracle Men (Americana/Country/Rock and Roll)
John Holk & the Sequins (Psychedelic Country/Western)
Black Tie Circus (Rock/R&B)

Ryan Dillaha and The Miracle Men are a working class rock and roll band that was formed in 2012 in Detroit Michigan. They immediately began making a name for themselves in the local music scene and gained a well deserved reputation for rollicking, whiskey-fueled performances. Critical praise for Dillaha’s songwriting has noted his careful word play and catchy hooks. The band’s members have been in some of the most respected and seminal bands of the Michigan music scene. They have toured all over the mid-western United States and opened for artists such as The Bottle Rockets, Justin Townes Earle, Lydia Loveless, JD Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers, Whitey Morgan, Mountain Heart, The Banditos, and Cale Tyson, while they continue to fill local venues.

John Holk & the Sequins were formed to be the world’s first psychedelic honky tonk band. Drawing equal inspiration from Hank Williams, Big Star and The Byrds, the Sequins helped galvanize a burgeoning Detroit Honky Tonk Scene as hosts of the legendary “Honky Tonk Tuesday” series at Club Bart in Ferndale ca. 2008-2011. Their self-released 2010 record “If You See Her” (Hole-Key) was described as “The twang-pop record of 2010” by absolutepowerpop.com, and was nominated by the Detroit Music Awards for Best Country Album. Boasting some of the area’s finest working musicians, John Holk & The Sequins are currently working on their second record and playing shows all over Michigan and beyond. The band’s stripped-down alter-ego, John Holk & the Kinfolk, play a folky blend of bluegrass, murder ballads and blood harmony favorites.

Black Tie Circus: Ferndale rootsy R&B band that draws influences from The Band, Elton John, Prince, The Police, Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, John Mayer, Parliament-Funkadelic, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Bob Marley.