Mark Braun, aka Mr. B, is taking to the road again. Literally. The past two summers Ann Arbor’s internationally acclaimed blues and boogie-woogie piano player has been touring with a custom made bicycle towing his 352-pound Baldwin Spinet. Accompanied, also on bikes, by guitarist Brian Delaney, drummer, Pete Siers and bassist, Carl Hildebrandt, the Joybox Express tours have benefited a number of children’s charities.They’ll begin on July 1st in Saugatuck and chug east, with local stops at the Chelsea Public Library on July 10, followed by a group ride to Ann Arbor’s Wolverine State Brewing Company. Then it’s back on the bikes and off to Detroit, concluding at the DIA on July 15. For their schedule, visit JoyboxExpress.com and join group rides throughout the tour.And, keep your eyes and ears open for the Joybox Express’ even more ambitious ride next year—a three-month fall tour starting at the headwaters of the Mississippi and riding down to New Orleans.
The night before Thanksgiving is a notoriously busy bar night. Friends are back in town to see their families, but everyone really just wants to utilize a permissively late weeknight jamboree to blow off some much needed steam, before they have to behave themselves at the dinner tables tomorrow in front of grandparents and in-laws.
Two things from the get go: First: Your library can be (and always has been) a reliable source of cultural programming that can enrich the community. That can be author talks, it can be craft activities for kids, but it can ALSO engage the local music scene in very interesting ways…What I mean is, the
Ann Arbor based filmmaker’s latest documentary features Michigan musician/horror novelist Scott Allen spent a dozen years in the music scene, primarily with post-punk quartet Thunderbirds Are Now….but now…he’s getting into film. Documentary film, specifically. A Livonia native, Allen moved to Ann Arbor seven years ago to work for Automobile Magazine. While this fatefully aligned
Local musician Rick Coughlin founded Grove Studios in late 2016 with the goal of establishing it as a community space for musicians—by musicians! The Grove team’s idea, with an architectural vision of Breck Crandell, was for a compound of individual artists’ rehearsal spaces comprised of a fleet of shipping containers. Coughlin’s efforts have been aided by the