Thursday, April 11, 2013

Live blues music to enjoy

Just because this weekend’s planned Temple Blues & Gospel Explosion has been postponed until fall, it doesn’t mean there won’t be blues music in metro Detroit!

On Friday, the Detroit Blues Crew will be at Mug Shots Bar and Grill in Mount Clemens.

There will be several bluesy events on Saturday.
The Broken Arrow Blues Band is playing Saturday night, starting at 9:30 p.m., at Nancy Whiskey's in Detroit. There’s no cover charge.
“We have invited all the musicians that were going to be on the cancelled (Blues & Gospel Explosion) show to come down and sit in with us, so maybe you won’t have to miss out on anything,” BABB guitarist Christopher Leigh posted.
From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, the Boa Constrictors will host the Detroit Blues Society’s Monthly Meeting and jam at the Cooley Lake Inn in Commerce Township.
Also on Saturday, there will be a Memorial Jam to honor those who have passed on at the Corktown Tavern in Detroit; Champagne and The Motor City Blues Crew will be at Bert’s in Detroit; and the David Gerald Band will be at Fishbones Rhythm Kitchen Café in Greektown.

On Sunday afternoon, from 1-5 p.m., the Attic Dwellers acoustic blues music group will be at Paycheck’s Lounge in Hamtramck.
Acoustic jammers, as well as listeners, are welcome to attend this free circle jam. Beginners as well as seasoned musicians will enjoy themselves. 
Also on Sunday, Monsieur Guillaume & His Zydeco Hepcats will have a CD release party at the Blue Goose Inn in St. Clair Shores, starting at 4 p.m.

Looking to catch a national act?

Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills will host Tommy Castro and the Painkillers on Saturday.

As always, schedules are subject to change, so check with the venue before heading out.

Free blues music sampler
Alligator Records, in collaboration with National Public Radio and public radio stations, has released a free, downloadable 17-song sampler to help bring attention to Public Radio Music Month. “Alligator Records Presents Blues & Roots” features songs selected from throughout the label's storied 42-year history. The sampler was personally curated and annotated by Alligator president and founder Bruce Iglauer and is currently available at the Alligator Records Facebook page. It will remain available until May 11.

Artists include Marcia Ball, James Cotton, JJ Grey & Mofro, Curtis Salgado, Detroit native Janiva Magness, Joe Louis Walker, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Koko Taylor, Roomful Of Blues, Saffire--The Uppity Blues Women, Jesse Dee, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Anders Osborne, The Holmes Brothers, Charlie Musselwhite, and Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland (together).

Public Radio Music Month, held during April, is a tribute to the impact of public radio in music.

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