Thursday, March 3, 2011

Live blues music in Detroit

Rusty Wright Band
The Jazz and Blues Series at the Southfield Public Library consistently brings in some of the top talent in the area for intimate performances.
Next week’s featured performance certainly fits the bill. On Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m., Flint's Rusty Wright Band will bring its smokin’ hot blues to the library, which is at in the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26300 Evergreen Road.
The band, which won the recent Detroit Blues Challenge and represented the Detroit Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis,  features husband-and-wife team Rusty Wright (vocals, lead guitar) and Laurie LaCross-Wright (vocals, guitar). Other band members include Dave Brahce on keyboards, Andy Barancik on bass, and Pete Haist on drums and vocals.
Admission is only $3, and free for ages 11-under. It’s a great way to introduce your kids to live blues. For information, call (248) 796-4224 or click
On April 20, the Rusty Wright Band will be filming an episode of "Backstage Pass," WKAR public broadcasting’s nationally syndicated TV show.  A limited number of free tickets for this filming at WKAR’s Studio A on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing (as well as other shows being taped this season) are available and can be reserved here: The concert will air in early 2012.

Here are some other recommended live blues options in the Detroit area this week.

Tonight (March 3), the Luther “Badman” Keith Band will perform songs from Badman’s new release “Blues Nation” at legendary jazz club Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. There’s no better small club atmosphere and sightlines than at Baker’s and Badman is there every Thursday.
On Friday, Carl Henry performs at The Treehouse in Taylor, The Delta Five Blues Band is at All That Jazz River Club in Detroit, and Howard Glazer and the EL 34’s are at The Halligan Bar in Detroit.
On Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., Henry is at Butcher's Inn in Detroit. On Saturday night, The Back Door Blues Band is at Baker’s, and Champagne and The Motor City Blues Crew are at Bert’s in Detroit.
Johnnie Bassett
Also on Saturday, it will be a Mardi Gras Party with Paul Carey's Rhythm and Blues Krewe at Dylan’s in Grosse Pointe.  The Krewe features Paul Carey on guitar,  Mike Marshall on bass, Shawn McDonald on keys and vocals, RJ Spangler on drums, James O'Donnell on trumpet and vocals, John "t-Bone" Paxton on trombone and vocals, and "Big Foot" Bob Schultz on sax and vocals.
Many of the same gents will be celebrating Fat Tuesday on March 8 as RJ's Rhythm Rockers perform at the Rochester Mills Beer Co.
CelebrateBlue Monday” with the incomparable Johnnie Bassett at Third Bar in Detroit. Also Monday, Christopher Leigh hosts the Monday Night Stone Jam at Pepper Bottoms in Warren.
Tuesdays are always smokin’ at the Phil DeVoid Blues Jam at the Blue Goose Inn in St. Clair Shores. The Phil Devoid jam is the longest running blues jam in the Motor City.

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1 comment:

  1. This is long over due but I would like to see Flint's Rusty Write Band play again at "the library". They were absolutely great and it's even better seeing a husband and wife perform together. I'm also looking forward to the concert airing in 2012! Nothing beats some great Blues on the television!