Thursday, November 13, 2014

Boo's club brings blues to Royal Oak

Mark Pasman
The blues are coming to Royal Oak.
Boo’s, a new blues club inside Mr. B’s on Main Street in downtown Royal Oak, has a new performance space that will be hosted by a familiar face: blues musician and radio personality Mark "Pazman" Pasman. who hosted the “Motor City Blues Project” on WCSX-FM for 26 years before the station canceled the show in February.
Pazman will serve as Boo’s host and musical director, booking the acts for the 100-person capacity room. Pazman kicks things off Saturday, Nov. 15 with a free Pazman's Supersession show. 
Click here to see music writer Gary Graff's story about the new club.

LADY SUNSHINE AND THE X BAND

The Southfield Public Library will feature Lady Sunshine and The X Band at the next Jazz & Blues @ Your Library performance at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.
The band is a two-time winner of the Detroit Blues Challenge; finished second at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., in 2005; made it to the IBC semifinals in 2013; and has twice been named best blues band in Washtenaw County by Current magazine.
General admission is $5 and there is no admission charge for children under 12.

MARCIA BALL CELEBRATES NEW RELEASE
Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball celebrates the release of her new Alligator Records CD, "The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man," with a live performance on Nov. 22 at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills.
"The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man" is her sixth release for the label.  Four of her previous five releases received Grammy Award nominations. 
Ball received the 2012 Blues Music Award for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Of The Year. She has received 42 BMA nominations and has nine wins. She received a 2014 Living Blues Readers' Poll Award for Most
Outstanding Musician (keyboard) and has seven Living Blues Awards in all.

For info, click atcallahans.com.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Busy weekend for Jim McCarty

It is going to be a busy weekend for Jim McCarty.
The rock and blues guitarist and singer well known internationally for his work with groups such as Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Cactus, and The Rockets, will host the Detroit Blues Society jam on Saturday at Shelly Kelly’s in Fraser; and then will be part of a Johnny Winter tribute on Sunday at Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills.
Jim McCarty
On Saturday, he’ll perform with his band Mystery Train, which includes his son Dylan McCarty on drums and bassist Marvin Conrad. Singer-guitarist Emmanuel Garza completes the lineup. He joined the band after the death of McCarty’s longtime musical partner Rick Stel in April.
McCarty’s roots with Garza are deep as well, going back to their days together in the Detroit Blues Band. That made the transition to a new lineup following Stel’s death a little easier.
“We’re a little more hardcore blues with Emmanuel, but the energy has stayed the same, which is the most important thing,” McCarty said. “Me and E know each other like the back of our hands. We work well together and have a lot of fun.”
McCarty has played Shelly Kelly’s before, years ago when it was the Erin Pub.
“It should be fun,” he said. “(Singer) Nikki James is going to be there and we’ll get her up on stage. It’s always a good time.”
McCarty and harmonica player-singer Jason Ricci will join Johnny Winter’s backup band for the tribute performance on Sunday.
“It’s going to be nice to see Jason,” McCarty said. “He was on my ‘McCarty and Friends’ CD, but I haven’t seen him in a few years.”
McCarty knew Johnny Winter for years.
“We had a few stories from the old days, some things you can’t put in print,” he said with a laugh. “In the old days, Johnny was a guitar slinger. He could fire it up.”
In late July, only two weeks after Winter’s death, McCarty went to see his Cactus bandmate, drummer Carmine Appice, perform with Vanilla Fudge in the Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest – A Tribute to Johnny Winter show at  DTE Energy Music Theatre. Also on the bill was the Edgar Winter Group, fronted by Johnny Winter’s younger brother Edgar.
“I joined them for a tribute to his brother at the end of the night,” McCarty said. “We did ‘Highway 61,’ ‘Rock ’n’ Roll Hootchie Coo’ and couple of other things.
“John is somebody I respected, so I have no problem paying my respects to a guy who was a great guitar player.”
Can’t make it to either show this weekend? McCarty will be back at Callahan’s on Nov. 29 with his friend, blues guitarist Sonny Moorman.
“Our first set is acoustic with my harp player, Kenny Welk,” McCarty said.  “People love it. Then, in our second set, we whip it.”

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Papa Lee and the Body Shop Blues

Clyde "Papa" Lee - BluesPhotos by Don Mc Ghee
Papa Lee and the Body Shop Blues will be the featured performers at the Southfield Public Library’s Jazz & Blues program on Sept. 17.
Band leader Clyde W. “Papa” Lee Sr. began playing drums when he was in middle school in Flint and he is still at it more than 60 years later. He traveled and recorded with the Detroit Emeralds in the 1970s and played the famous Club Paradise in Idlewild, Mich.
He’s played with John Lee Hooker, Bobo Jenkins, Washboard Willie, Chicago Pete and just about every well-known Detroit blues artist during the past 50 years, including Eddie Burns, Calvin Frazier, Willie D. Warren, Mr. Bo and Little Mac Collins, Uncle Jessie White, and the Butler Twins.
"Little Arthur" Anderson
The evening will feature “Little Arthur” Anderson on harp and vocals. Also joining Papa Lee will be guitarists Joe Mitchell and Nick Tabarias, and bassist Buster Wylie.
The band will perform at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road. General admission is $5, $3 for Friends of the Southfield Public Library members. There is no admission charge for children under age 12.
Jazz & Blues is sponsored by the Friends of the Southfield Public Library and the Detroit Blues Society.
For more information, call the Guest Services Desk at 248-796-4224 or click www.southfieldlibrary.org.


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Lady Sunshine and the X Band kick off Blues at the Elks series

The 2nd year of the Blues at the Elks series kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 9, with a performance by Lady Sunshine and the X Band.
Lady Sunshine was born on a plantation in West Helena, Ark., and grew up singing gospel music as a little girl. She moved to Ann Arbor in 1975 and began singing professionally.
The Sunshine Band came together in 1994 and made an immediate impact. The band, which has shared the stage with blues/R&B notables such as Koko Taylor, Bobby Rush, Little Milton, Roomful of Blues, War, Big Bill Morganfield, and many more, has garnered many awards.
The band is a two-time winner of the Detroit Blues Challenge; finished second at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., in 2005; made it to the IBC semifinals in 2013; and has twice been named best blues band in Washtenaw County by Current magazine.
Janiva Magness
Lady Sunshine and the X Band will perform from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Plymouth-Ann Arbor Elks Lodge, 41700 Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth, a half mile west of I-275. Admission is $5. There will also be a cash bar and pizza.  For more information, call 734-453-1780 or click
http://www.plymouthelks1780.com/.
Blues at the Elks is a co-production of the Plymouth-Ann Arbor Elks Lodge and the non-profit Detroit Blues Society.

Blues In Ann Arbor
The Ark in Ann Arbor has an impressive lineup of blues artists performing in the next eight weeks.
Standout singer Janiva Magness, a Michigan native who attended Mount Clemens High School while living with her grandparents, is the recipient of many top blues music awards. She’ll be at The Ark on Sept. 19.
Other blues artists headed to The Ark include singer-songwriter Laith Al-Saadi (Sept. 21), roots music performer George Bedard (Oct. 10), Shari Kane and Dave Steele with Brooks Williams (Oct. 16), and folk-blues singer and songwriter Chris Smither (Oct. 31).
For information, click www.theark.org.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

‘Girls of Summer’ blues fest

Thornetta Davis
It could take weeks to see all of Detroit's top female blues artists perform at various clubs and concert halls.
Today, the Detroit Blues Society is presenting the opportunity to catch them all at one venue on one show.
The “Girls of Summer” Blues Fest, which runs from 2-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 at the Hastings Street Ballroom & Tangent Gallery, 715 E. Milwaukee Ave., will feature 10 of Detroit’s most dazzling blues divas, including Thornetta Davis, Tosha Owens and the GTO Band, Laura Rain and the Caesars, Kathleen Murray and the Groove Council, Heather Jones, Jennifer Westwood, Nikki Pearse and Cannonball Underground, Marley and Spoonful, and Sandy Mulligan and the Gypsies.
These performers will also compete in a “Pretty Outfit Contest,” with the winner receiving a $100 prize.
Alberta Adams, “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues,” will be on hand to celebrate her 97th birthday. There will also be a “Babes and Blooms” print show, and a garden barbeque presented by Side Car Detroit and Captain Kool Ice Cream.
Admission is $15 at the door with all proceeds benefiting the Detroit Blues Society. All artists are donating their talent. Free lighted and secure parking as well as a cash bar will be available.
For more information, click detroitbluessociety.org.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Doug Deming returns

Doug Deming
Fans of Doug Deming will be happy to note that he is back in town and performing with his band the Jewel Tones from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday at the Plymouth Elks Lodge 41700 Ann Arbor Road .
Deming is an east side Detroit native who now hails from Florida’s Gulf Coast.
A talented singer, guitarist and songwriter, Deming first made his mark on the local Detroit music scene in the early 1990s. He spent much of the following years backing many of the day’s top touring blues artists, including Fabulous Thunderbirds front man Kim Wilson, Louisiana swamp bluesman Lazy Lester, harp man Gary Primich, Chicago greats Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones and A.C. Reed, and Detroit’s own Queen of the Blues, Alberta Adams.
Deming is equally adept at performing traditional blues, West Coast and Texas swing, early rock, country and roots music.
Deming is paired with acclaimed harp man and touring partner Dennis Gruenling.
Admission is $5. The Lodge features pizza and a cash bar. Call 734-453-1780 for further information.
For more on Doug Deming, click dougdeming.com.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Alligators at the Plymouth Elks Club

Wailin' Dale and Dave Krammer 
The Alligators have been playing blues in Detroit and throughout the Midwest for 30 years.
Lead vocalist Dave Krammer and harmonica player Wailin’ Dale started the band in 1984, The band also includes Frankie Lee on bass (joined in 2007), Jon Johnson on drums (joined 2008), and Nick Tabarias, guitar (joined 2012).
You can see them tonight (June 10) from 7-10 p.m. at the Plymouth-Ann Arbor Elks Club, 41700 Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth.
The band made their recording debut in 1994 with “Gimme Some Skin.” They have recorded four successful and highly acclaimed CDs to date. 

Blues Fest scheduled
The Elks will also be the site of a blues festival on Sunday, Aug. 17. 
On the bill are Carl Henry, The Boa Constrictors, The Greg Nagy Band, RJ’s Kansas City Six and Thornetta Davis and her band.
Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. and music begins at 1:30 p.m..  The donation is $10 for adults and $5 for those under the age 12.  Food and beverages will be available for sale. Plan on bringing a lawn chair and enjoying the music.
Mark your calendars.

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