Recreational blues

. May 24, 2012.

The blues never sleeps. The blues doesn’t take vacations. Blues music is on duty 24 hours a day, year ‘round to chase away the blues and help keep your mojo workin’. Re-charge your energy cells with some summertime fun anywhere the blues is playing.

Guy O’Hollerin’s Local Brews & Blues, at the Holiday Inn near UM’s Campus helps you beat the heat with cool Blues happening on Saturday nights. Broken Arrow Blues Band, a power trio from Detroit entertains with rock-edged blues and funky grooves on the 9th. Measured Chaos has taken its blues message to the people who respond with approval and good vibes every time this veteran band hits the stage. Vocalist Al Jacque has done his tour of duty for almost four decades, leading a multitude of rock, blues and jazz bands, while versatile guitarist Mark Tomorsky handles everything from rockin’ blues rhythms to searing slide guitar solos. Check out their CD Somewhere Between Chicago and Detroit  and catch them on the 16th. Harper & Midwest Kind bring their unique blend of music garnered from American roots blues and a gritty Australian aboriginal rhythm recipe that is sure to keep the crowd dancing on the 23rd. Included is Harper’s use of the aboriginal instrument, the  didgeridoo on solos. Wow! Lady Sunshine & the X Band, Ann Arbor’s premier rhythm & blues review, presents a mid-summer’s night rendezvous with the blues on the 30th. Lady Sunshine whose soulful vocals always brings good times to the party has a big month planned for July with a Top of the Park appearance on July 1st and a birthday bash following. Happy Birthday Sunshine! Laith al-Saadi demonstrates guitar pyrotechnics and a wide-range of vocal styles every Thursday at Goodnite Gracie. While Laith’s school of musical cool covers major genres from rock and blues to soul and pop, his debut CD Round provides a showcase for his excellent songwriting abilities.   

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park series holds its big time street party in front of Rackham Auditorium featuring free live music from local bands every night through July 10th. The Third Coast Kings and Lady Sunshine & the X Band deliver a night of solid funk and R&B on the 1st. Detroit soul songstress Thornetta Davis unleashes her powerful array of blues and soul renditions preceded by the Rusty Wright Band demonstrating some dazzling guitar work on the 2nd. The Terraplanes generate enough blues electricity to spark some serious street dancing on Tuesday the 5th. Valerie Barrymore & the Foundation of Funk helps you get your groove on with fine soul, R&B, and funk on Friday the 8th. The Saints of Soul take you to the crossroads where the blues meets Motown soul on the 9th.The grand finale of course is on Sunday the 10th with the roots rockin’ swing and blues of local power trio, George Bedard & the Kingpins.

The Ark is no stranger to the blues this month starting with a big zydeco party featuring Terrence Simien & the Zydeco Experience on the 12th. Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones bring roots rockin’ Americana sounds to town on the 2nd. Chris Smither  embraces the roots of folk and blues and continues to astound audiences as he returns on the 30th. Conor O’Neill’s on Main Street has live blues and rock bands on selected Thursdays and Saturdays.The Terraplanes rock the house on the 16th. Don’t forget Live at PJ’s  rolls along with free live music during their Happy Hour every Thursday and Friday from 6:00Pm to 9:00PM.

So many great blues acts; so little time.