Friday, January 24, 2014

Rusty Wright Band debuts new lineup

Rusty Wright
Catch the new lineup of the Rusty Wright Band tonight (Jan. 24) at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills.
Laurie Lacross-Wright, who fronts the band along with her husband Rusty, reports that the band has spent the last few months "hibernating" and rehearsing with new band members Marc Friedman (drums) and Robert Manzitti (keys/vocals). Both come from a Summer of Love tribute band called Magic Bus. Dennis Bellinger (bass/vocals), who has been with the band since June of 2012, completes the lineup.
Lacross-Wright said she's more than pleased with the band's progress.
"Very seldom do I recall laughing out loud during rehearsal because something sounds so good and so right, and we're all doing it at least once every session."
The band will also debut a few tunes from its upcoming recording.
Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $10. 
On Saturday, Callahan's hosts singer Shaun Murphy, who is celebrating the release of her new CD, "Cry of Love." Murphy, longtime singer with Little Feat, has worked with artists ranging from Eric Clapton to Bob Seger. 
Tickets are also on sale now for Jimmie Vaughan with the Tilt-A-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton on May 7.
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Ferndale Blues & Music Fest kicks off
The Bud Light Ferndale Blues & Music Festival kicks off tonight.
John Rhoades (Photo by Mike Klewicki)
Over 10 days, there will be more than 60 concerts and events at nearly two dozen locations. Best of all, donations help two local non-profit organizations: Ferndale Youth Assistance and the Michigan AIDS Coalition.
Looking to see some of Detroit’s top blues performers? Tonight (Jan. 24), catch Luther “Badman” Keith at Buffalo Wild Wings, Erich Goebel and the Flying Crowbars at One-Eyed Bettys, or Lady Champagne & the Motor City Blues Crew at Rosie O’Grady’s. On Saturday, Howard Glazer will be at Dino’s.
At One-Eyed Bettys, catch young guitarist John Rhoades on Sunday, harmonica player/vocalist  Dale Robertson and guitarist Dan Dekuyper on Tuesday, Broken Arrow Blues Band on Wednesday, guitarist/vocalist Brett Lucas on Thursday, and the Bobby Murray Band on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The festival offers more than blues. Longtime favorites the Howling Diablos bring their blend of funk and rock to Dino’s tonight; The Reefermen rock Bosco on Thursday and Dino’s on Saturday, Feb. 1; blues/rock chanteuse Eliza Neals sings at the New Way Bar on Friday, Jan. 31, and rockers The Muggs headline at the BBQ Rib Burn Out VII Tent on Saturday, Feb. 1.
A complete music schedule can be found at

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