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.
I’ve been writing for The Current for almost 10 years now…, which is crazy to think about. But I’ve known musician Jeffrey Freer for longer than that, from previous bands as well as some of his solo material. He was an Ypsilanti and an Ann Arbor regular for years, but moved away for a spell.
Terry Holbrook heads home from downtown Ann Arbor to Dexter after working his shift as a video editor. It’s a winter night. The highway is icy. The car ahead skids, then crashes. Terry, the everyman in author Mark Beyer’s new page-turner crime thriller, Hired Man, pulls over and rushes to the aid of the injured
“Heathers”, the 2014 musical based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder, will be presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre from June 7th-10th at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.