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THIS WEEKEND: 11th Annual Strange Beautiful Music

New Music Detroit's 11th annual contemporary music marathon!

Strange Beautiful Music is a marathon concert that runs the gamut of experimental music - from contemporary classical and "out" jazz to free improvisation, world music, electronica, and beyond. 3 venues in 2 days with 15 hours of music - September 14th at the Charles Wright Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts, then September 15th at the DSO Cube. 

Day and Multiple-Day (General Admission and VIP) tickets are available at or by calling (313) 576-5711

**The Friday evening portion of #SBM2018 in the Rivera Court at the DIA will be free and open to the public, except for VIP ticket holders (reserved seat with VIP tickets only)

~3-6:30pm @ Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History~
3pm Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet
4pm Akropolis Reed Quintet
5pm The Tia Imani Hanna Project
5:50pm Maria Chavez

~9/14: 7-9:30pm @ Detroit Institute of Arts**~
7pm James Cornish Light Opera
8:30pm Marcus Elliot's Beyond Rebellious Ensemble

~2-11pm @ Detroit Symphony Orchestra~
2pm Betsy Soukup
3pm Detroit Composers Project
4pm Whoopknox
5pm Contemporary Directions (UMich)
6pm ONO
7pm Subtle Degrees (New Amsterdam)
8pm Synergistic Mythologies (Efe BesBryce DetroitOnyx AshantiIan Tran)
9pm New Music Detroit
10pm saajtak

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#SBM2018 is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs



Static invites you to go back in time for the night with the return of the retro party of the year! On SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, be prepared to flashback as the 23RD Big 80s Flashback Bash celebrates all genres of 80s music all night long! Each band performs selected songs in their various styles.

TWITCH – The return of the almighty Twitch as the Twitchet Men performing a tribute to the Minutemen!
RED SEPTEMBER - (various) Bringing on the mix of punk, metal and more!
WALKIN’ TALKIN’ TOXINS - (various) Punk classics!
THE DDTS -  Performing their tribute to The Ramones!
THE ZOTZ – The power rock trio will smash it up!

The party starts at 8 p.m. at PJ'S LAGER HOUSE, located at 1254 Michigan Ave. in Detroit. Call 313-961-4668 for info or check out 21 & over are welcome and cover is $6 and partial proceeds benefit the Hater Kitty Rescue Army, a local cat rescue group.


Detroit's only performance artist SATORI CIRCUS will celebrate his 30th Anniversary with performances from a 30-year oeuvre of avant-garde musical theatre.

On Friday and Saturday, September 28th & 29th, 2018, come celebrate this performance career milestone for two performances at The Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom. These eclectic performances have graced the art galleries, black box spaces, streets, churches, and stages big and small in the Detroit area and throughout the U.S.

SATORI CIRCUS was conceived as a one-man orchestration early in 1988, coming to fruition the fall of that year. Hard to define, this artist is not clown and not mime. Just a ball of energy, this life-force started inhabiting a myriad of characters from man to woman, to child, to things. Along with music and pantomime, film elements and words (spoken or sung), slapstick and movement and cloaked behind clown white and various facial accents, SATORI CIRCUS’ world came to life wherever the stage.
He celebrates a performance career that has exceeded 25+ self-written/produced stage shows that included performances in 1515 Broadway, Detroit Artist Market, Scarab Club, College of Creative Studies, Detroit Institute for Arts, St. Albertus Church (a 146year old historic church), Oakland University/MeadowBrook, on America’s Got Talent and a 25 anniversary show at the Detroit Institute of Arts/Detroit Film Theatre.
It has also taken him across the country to perform in Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Pittsburgh and New York.

SATORI CIRCUS creative director and main performer, Russell A. Taylor has been on the scene for 38 years. Starting back in 1980 as lead singer for the rock band, The Nasties, and then as co-founder of alt-art-punk band, Fugitive Poetry in 1983. SATORI CIRCUS spoke, sung and moved for the first time at the Michigan Gallery in 1988 and found a home at the original black box-art theatre space, 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Thru the years he has been recognized for his work and has received accolades from local and national press. He won a Detroit Music Award for "Outstanding Live Performance," in 1994 and in 2012. His photo has graced the cover of the Metro Times and he has been called “…easily the Best Performance Art Group Detroit has produced. It should be seen if only to witness a New Direction in Art.” - Detroit Free Press and “A love for the absurd, SATORI CIRCUS is a singularly uncanny theatre-going experience that’s a little bit Performance Art and a little bit Rock Opera.” - Metro Times.

The 30th Anniversary show will feature some of the vignettes from his past shows such as “EQUILBRIUM”, “MOSES:39”, “Child-Proof”, “Funy As Hell”, “Twilight Barks”, “63mins (of random balance)”, “…poems we tell ourselves…” and a most recent performance art piece, “Stroke”. There will even be a couple surprise selections from the myriad of guest appearances SATORI CIRCUS as made throughout the years that include Theatre Bizarre (Det.), DAMNED (Det.), Dirty Show (Det.), Michigan Burlesque Festival (Det.), Atrocity (Pittsburgh), WIZBANG (Cleveland & Det.), Performance Art Festival (Cleveland) and the Erotic Poetry & Music Festival (Det.).

Featuring dear friends throughout the evening:

Brain Dambacher - light and stage design
Tim Suliman - sound design
Sadaat Hossain - keyboards and vocals
Marcus Concernicus - keyboards
Ryan McInnis - performer and vocals
Robin Schweihofer - performer and vocals
Matthew Ryan Surline - keyboards and vocals
Lushes LaMoan - performer and vocals
Scott Dambacher - performer and vocals

Contributing to these evenings will be other dear friends. Photographers Brett J. Lawrence, A. Owen Layne and Rick Bielaczyc, who will have photographs on site for sale, and the wonderful clothing designs and fashions of Ivy’s Corsetry.

SATORI CIRCUS is also the subject of a film documentary on his art called "Being Satori Circus", currently being filmed for release in 2019. Also, to honor this legacy the local Motor City Brewery has issued a commemorative limited release featuring his likeness on cans.

Be prepared for the unknown and come with an open heart and head to witness a hybrid of performance art rarely seen in this Detroit Metro Area. We guarantee that you have never seen anything like this and you may never again. Sometimes, journeys end where they begin and begin where they end

September 28th and 29th, 2018
Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom
715 East Milwaukee Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 873-2955
Entrance on Oakland

Doors @8P Performance Promptly at 9:30P

$15 in advance
Brown Paper Tickets…

$20 at door
18+ or Accompanied with Parent




On Saturday, August 25th, 2018, SATORI CIRCUS will present almost 30 years of original music with a new twist-by performing them with a choir! SATORI CIRCUS, accompanied by a slew of Detroit and Port Huron friends, will reinterpret original tunes as new arrangements via A Cappella and perform them live at the historical site of St. Albertus Church, one of the city's oldest buildings at 146 years old! Selections will come from performance art pieces such as “EQUILBRIUM”, “MOSES:39”, “Child-Proof”, “Funy As Hell”, “63mins” and “poems we tell ourselves”.

A thought had occurred a few years back for S.C. while reading an article about the Judson Church in New York City, which lead to reminiscing about the mid to late 80’s in Detroit, when S.C. was a young performance artist, and venues such as abandoned buildings, galleries, lofts and sometimes churches were used for performance. Whether it be dance, music ensembles or other alternative performance, these spaces were a great breeding ground for difference, self-challenges and stretching the imagination.

So with a wild thought at the forefront of his mind, S.C. started reaching out to churches that possibly would allow something wild and organic, and possibly on the verge of chaos to be performed within its walls. So the networking began. And from word of mouth, to friend to friend to acquaintance, S.C. was introduced to Matt Baka of St. Albertus Parrish, who opened the doors to the church and galvanized the concept of S.C. and friends singing songs from years past…and giving them new life with a new audience.

St. Albertus Church is the Mother Church of all Polish parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit. The parish was founded in 1872 and was the spiritual home to many Polish immigrants in the late 1800s and early 1900s. St. Albertus Church, erected in 1884, still stands proudly at the corner of St. Aubin and Canfield as an icon of Detroit's Polonia. The iconography of the church is spectacular and is often compared to the finest Churches of Europe. The church was declared State of Michigan Historic Site and placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. The parish was officially closed in 1990 after 118 years as an active parish. A group of former parishioners and historians formed the Polish American Historic Site Association (PAHSA), a 501-C (3) non-profit group, to care for the Church and adjoining properties as a historic site and museum of cultural history.
August 25th, 2018 at St. Albertus Church
4231 St Aubin St, Detroit, MI 48207 / 313.831.9727 /
ONLY one performance – Doors @ 8PM – Performance Promptly at 8:30P
Suggested donation of $15 at the door

Be prepared for the unknown and come with an open heart and head to witness a hybrid of performance art rarely seen in this Detroit Metro Area. We guarantee that you have never seen anything like this and you may never again. Sometimes, journeys end where they begin and begin where they end.



The 7th Annual Fine Art Fair returns to a new location, this year it will be held in the backyard patio at Detroit's Old Miami in Midtown. The Fair will feature some of Detroit's best artists showcasing sculpture, photography, fine art, metals, wood, textiles, ceramics and more!

Experience great art, acoustic music, and lots of cool drinks from their patio bar! Local artists, artisans,  music, and a grassroots community vibe is the focus of the annual event. Acoustic music will be provided by Bruce Farrell and the Laughing Madmen.

Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 8pm is the date and the fair is FREE to attend with free parking. 

The Old Miami is located at 3930 Cass Avenue in Midtown. Phone number is 313-831-3830.

Local visual art/artisans such as sculptures, jewelry makers, metalworks and paintings will be featured - not mainstream product vendors - in order to keep the integrity as an “art fair.” Some of the many artists and artisans featured are Zacariah Messiah's unique spider art, photographer Laura Grimshaw, Unique head lights by The Horse's Banana, and the organizer of the Fair - artist Julie Fournier - will also display her paintings from her Smiling Eyes Studio (


  • Rebecca Wolowiec
  • Zacchariah Ribera
  • Josh Mulligan
  • Julie Fournier
  • Laura Grimshaw and Linda Flynn
  • Magpie Treats
  • Marcus Concernicus
  • B.p. Legault
  • Colleen Novak
  • Lisa Galperin
  • Savage Style Customs
The FAF strives to provide a truly unique festival with an eye on benefiting the community they are a part of and enhancing the local quality of life for everyone involved. The Fine Art Fair funds community education via college scholarships, the local library, animal shelters and the local homeless charity the Congregation of Every 1. The Fair offers low booth fees to artists so they can continue to focus on art which ultimately stabilizes and improves our community.

For more information please visit or contact director Julie Fournier by email



Static invites you to go back in time for the night with the return of thee retro party of the year! On SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, be prepared to flashback as the 23rd Big '80s Flashback Bash celebrates all genres of 80s music all night long! Each band performs selected songs in their various styles.

Performing bands:
  • TWITCH – The return of the almighty Twitch as the Twitchet Men performing a tribute to the Minutemen!
  • RED SEPTEMBER - (various) Bringing on the mix of punk, metal and more!
  • WALKIN’ TALKIN’ TOXINS - (various) Punk classics!
  • THE DDTS -  Performing their tribute to The Ramones!
  • THE ZOTZ – The power rock trio will smash it up!
The party starts at 8 p.m. at PJ'S LAGER HOUSE, located at 1254 Michigan Ave. in Detroit. Call 313-961-4668 for info or check out  

21 & over are welcome and cover is $6 and partial proceeds benefit the Hater Kitty Rescue Army, a local cat rescue group.


Motor Dolls
Get ready to celebrate Detroit Rock n' Roll at its finest! For one night only, Smitt E. Smitty brings you a flashback of Motor City music history! This year he joined forces with Stirling, Static Network, JFL Smith and sponsors Zim's Vodka, and in conjunction with Third Man Records, to bring you the third installment of The Detroit All-Star Garage Rock Punk Revue on Saturday, August 4 at 8 pm at The Tangent Gallery in Detroit. The show is also held in conjunction with the Cranbrook Museum of Art's exhibition “Too Fast to Live-Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics 1976-1986” held this summer at the museum.

This year's show will feature new bands and revisit some old favorites from the Detroit garage, rock and punk music scenes. Reuniting for the show will be The Hysteric Narcotics, The Motor Dolls and The Algebra Mothers - who will soon have their music catalog re-issued by Third Man Records. Current bands joining the bill are power trio White Shag, the retro band The Flipsters and the final musical performance ever of Jerry Vile and his 21st Century Boners. Veteran rockers Cinecyde and The Seatbelts will join the revelry too. The host himself, Smitt E. Smitty, will also perform a set of his new songs off his just released solo debut album “Just a Modern Guy.” 
Also returning will be the Detroit All-Star Band helmed by drummer Smitt E. Smitty featuring a cast of local rockers: Stirling, Jerry Vile, Hiawatha, Nikki Corvette, Ricky Rat, Queen Bee, Linda Lexy, Spaz (from the Cadillac Kidz), Danny Kroha, Dave Rice, Michael Persh, Gerald Shohan, Richie Lovsin and Blackwolf. The All-Star Band will be performing classic Detroit favorites and a special finale for your listening pleasure. 

Special guest MC for the evening will be actor/bartender/raconteur Jimmy Doom and guest DJ Ricky Rat will keep the house rockin' throughout the night.

The event will also have a Made in Michigan vendors room that will feature local vendors selling everything from Detroit t-shirts, unique jewelry and handmade items, and concert photos and posters from Detroit's rock past. GrimShopArt featuring the work of artist Gary Grimshaw and rock photographer Leni Sinclair will be there.

The night promises to be an unforgettable one with the return performances of so many seminal musicians together again.

The show is on Saturday, August 4, 8 pm doors and 8:30 showtime at The Tangent Gallery located at 715 E. Milwaukee in Detroit. 313-873-2955 and
18 & over are welcome and tickets will be available at the door for $20.

Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets: 

For more information on the event check out the Facebook Event Page:


Award-winning singer-songwriter Emily Rose will mark the release of her third full-length studio album with a concert on Saturday, August 18 at 8pm at The Ant Hall in Hamtramck, Michigan. Celebrate the highly anticipated album, ‘Wake Up Brave’ as Rose unveils the songs she has labored over for nearly three years. Rose will perform solo, in addition to being joined by her musical trio-mates Audra Kubat, and Tamara Finlay. Fellow singer-songwriters Scott Fab and Carmel Liburdi will open the evening with their original music sets. 

The Detroit based singer-songwriter has dazzled audiences in her hometown and beyond for several years now and was named “Outstanding Americana Vocalist” by the Detroit Music Awards in 2018. Her roots are steeped in poetic songwriters such as Leonard Cohen and Fiona Apple, and Rose began composing and performing her own music as a teen. Her mode of articulation borders on confessional, while grounded in observational story-telling. Taking on uncommon narratives and building their soundtrack – her reward is in the telling. Music writer Scott Kraus wrote,“Emily Rose embodies the concept of songwriting as calling over profession.” She released her first studio album in 2006.

In addition to extensive touring throughout the Midwest, Rose has had her songs included in movie soundtracks and the song “Seven Rooms” in the Detroit: Become Human video game. She is also an author of her first book of poetry, “Cemetery Tea Party” released in 2014. Rose has been a music educator for almost a decade. Her latest body of work, ‘Wake Up Brave’ will bring into focus the canon of this compelling and poignant artist.

Scott Fab creates a meditative intimacy through stories of everyday life. Scott’s latest record, ‘Leave My Friends’ was released last year garnering him showcases at Folk Alliance Midwest and Kerrville as a New Folk finalist. 

Carmel Liburdi is a singer/songwriter who performs alternative folk with ragtime, punk, and jazz influences. Liburdi's fun performances are full of energy and soul. Her most recent release "Insomnia Slumber Party" was nominated for a Detroit Music Award.

The Ant Hall is Planet Ant Theatre’s newest performance venue; established on March 2017. Throughout its 20-year history, Planet Ant has produced original creative content, as well as myriad theatre/improv/music/comedy festivals, musical productions, comedy tournaments, and events for both regional and national artists across a vast spectrum of mediums. 

The show is Saturday, at 8pm (7:30 doors) at The Ant Hall located at 2320 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212.  

Tickets are $10 at the door or $8.50 in advance online at

Event Page:

For more information on Emily Rose visit: or email


THIS WEEKEND: Rejecting Reality at Red Bull Arts Detroit


REJECTING REALITY with Detroit Bureau of Sound and architect Aaron Jones will fuse avant-garde music with immersive architectural installations into an apparatus for sensory escape. This escape mission will defamiliarize the familiar through unconventional relationships in music, self, and infrastructure. A diversion for your senses showcasing a spectrum of sound experiments and special guest performers Apetechnology, Onyx Ashanti, and Pamela Z within a fully transformed environment at Red Bull Arts Detroit (formerly known as Red Bull House of Art). A one-night-only, up close and personal glimpse into another dimension.

"Our biggest conceptual event ... ‘Rejecting Reality’ at Red Bull Arts Detroit with a space fully transformed by architect Aaron Jones. July 22 from 7-10pm for FREE, the culminating event of Detroit Art Week."

This event is free & open to the public of all ages. 

Doors will be open from 6:30pm - 10pm.
Entry subject to capacity.

Red Bull Arts Detroit
1551 Winder St, Detroit


Lushes LaMoan & Chloe Bowie Present... “Satire-Day Morning Cartoons” Variety Revue

A vaudeville revue show full of maniacal mockery and provocative parodies of new and nostalgic cartoons. 

Expect loads of lascivious laughs that will make your belly ache from this action packed show!
Featuring an all-star cast of Detroit's most notorious and sought after vaudevillians:
  • The indefinable Emcee Josh Danforth
  • The musical stylings of Chloe Bowie
  • Timeless vocals of Grace Detroit
  • The dazzling dance of Michael Dallas
  • The Amazing FLEC and his contact balls
  • and Detroit's most intoxicating burlesque artist Lushes LaMoan.

July 6, 2018 -  The Tangent Gallery 
715 E Milwaukee, Detroit, Mi 48202
Doors @ 9pm - Cash Door $15 - 18+

Bowie and LaMoan's Variety Revue is the love child of Chloe Bowie's Slapstick Silly Detroit Burlesque Company and Lushes LaMoan's award winning classic burlesque group, The Detroit Dizzy Dames. 

Bowie and LaMoan's Variety Revue will delight Detroit audiences by fusing together their styles of decadence and debauchery with talents that will leave you breathless! This all inclusive show will feature performers specializing in the themed acts ranging from performance art, music, comedy, drag, sideshow, belly-dance, circus arts and burlesque. There is something for everyone to feast their eyes upon!

About the producers:

Lushes LaMoan has been dubbed "Detroit's hardest working showgirl" due to her work ethic and compassionate commitment to the arts. She has been a performance artist her entire life. With experience on many theater stages, she was an international improv comedian by the age of 18, model, actress, singer, seamstress and designer. This showgirl is a quadruple threat! Lushes has been performing burlesque since 2006, she incorporates all of her fine art and performing art skills to bring to you awe inspiring numbers you won't forget! 

Chloe Bowie is a Detroit Native with a background in musical theater. Her goal is to modernize the art of burlesque by bringing her unique musical style of her remarkable voice and ukulele to her performance. She started burlesque in 2008 as an original cast member of the Detroit Dizzy Dames, and moved on to starring in large scale vaudeville style productions. Shortly after her rise as a solo star, she founded the Detroit Burlesque Company. Not only statuesque but also incredibly striking, Chloe Bowie will surely strike your heart chord while strumming on her g-string.
For more information on the event check out the Facebook event page at:


Kubat, Finlay, and Rose to make Ann Arbor debut!

Songwriter trio to perform wsg Andru Bemis at The Ark on July 6th 

The Detroit singer-songwriter trio Kubat, Finlay and Rose will mark their Ann Arbor debut performance at Michigan's historical folk venue, The Ark. Celebrate a night of harmony and story through song with very special guest Andru Bemis. The show is on Friday, July 6 with doors at 7:30 and the show at 8pm.  

Kubat, Finlay, and Rose is the musical collaboration from three of Detroit's top singer-songwriters: Audra Kubat, Tamara Finlay and Emily Rose. Each of these three artists not only share talent and a flair for songwriting, but have multiple achievements of recordings and awards between them. While they often found themselves performing on the same shows, the musicians began performing together and KFR was formed. They were quickly named one of the ‘Best Up and Coming Detroit Bands’ by noted music journalist Jeff Milo. They specialize in lush harmonies, thoughtful original compositions, and innovative interpretations of a variety of popular covers. With a focus on storytelling, the trio mesmerizes audiences with their haunting voices and siren songs. They have shared stages with the likes of War and Treaty, The Sweet Water Warblers, The Appleseed Collective and Scott Fab, and toured throughout the state. While Kubat has performed at the historic folk club The Ark before, this will be the first time for the trio, so you can expect a timeless performance on this night. 

For more information on KFR please visit:

Special guest opening act Andru Bemis is an American Folk musician, piano tuner, audio engineer and concert promoter from New Mexico, currently residing in Michigan. As a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has performed throughout North America since 2001, traveling mostly by train, bus and public transportation. He embarked on two notable tours with actor/comedian/musician John C. Reilly. Bemis has released three solo albums to his credit and has many collaborations with other artists.

The show is Friday, July 6 at 8pm (7:30 doors) at The Ark located at 316 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15. (734-763-TKTS)



“Satori Circus is the Theatre of the Absurd - on Mars.” – RDW

On Friday, June 29th, 2018, SATORI CIRCUS will perform a new original performance art piece titled, ‘Stroke’ at the Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom. Also performing will be the theatrical rock performance group, The Haberdasher from Port Huron, MI. This new show is one of many performances that will lead up to Satori Circus' 30th Anniversary celebration in late September of this year.

The new piece ‘Stroke’ is based on a short story by Antonio Cosenza, a young Detroit writer, titled ‘The Painter’. In the short story you find a loner artist, trying to make things out of whatever he can find, and appropriate into his work; whether it be painting, sculpting, collaging, et. al. He’s a starving artist, that might be of this era, or of an era that was a part of our early art history: the beginning of the 20th century. Maybe France, maybe Brooklyn, who knows. What you do know is it is a struggle. A struggle we are all too familiar with. A struggle about life, identity, moving on and trying to survive the path you’ve charted for yourself.

“The people wouldn’t have known that he existed if not for his occasional visits to the town square. He would walk, a vagabond, in tattered clothing through the town picking up anything that caught his eye. He would appear a month or so later with paintings that were identical to those very objects he had picked up weeks before.”
A collaboration with dear friends Brian Dambacher (Funy As Hell, 63mins., poems we tell ourselves), Tim Suliman (MOSES:39, Child-Proof, poems we tell ourselves), Ryan McInnis (Funy As Hell), Robin Schweihofer (Funy As Hell), and first-time collaborations with Antonio Cosenza and Nakita Crothers. This culmination of eclectic talents ventures into a hybrid performance art piece of new original music, movement, avant-garde theatre and a departure of the classic SATORI CIRCUS make-up of black and white.

The Haberdasher is a hybrid of performance art and live music, which the group calls “Theatrical Rock.” Their eclectic musical and performance influences allow them to transcend the genre trap creating a unique, unusual and interesting art form. A storytelling device, The Haberdasher weaves tales of an immortal being whose life experiences transmute to song, enabling the group to share his wisdom of the ages. Ranging in style from ballad to pop, to metal, our multicultural influences blend to result in a n undeniably different vibe which brings something for everyone. The Haberdasher is any time, any place, anyone. All knowing, all seeing, all beings.

Detroit’s very own Christopher Bogucki/The Big Icky, will be the host and narrator of this colorful event. The Big Icky has been recognized as one of Detroit’s finest side-show performers who has been entertaining and dropping the jaws of Detroit audiences for years. 

Be prepared for the unknown and come with an open heart and head to witness a hybrid of performance art rarely seen in this Detroit Metro Area. Sometimes, journeys end where they begin and begin where they end.

One Night-June 29, 2018 / Two Performances – ‘Stroke’ & The Haberdasher

Doors at 8P…First Performance – ‘Stroke’ @9:30P…Second performance – The Haberdasher @11P 
There will be an intermission between ‘Stroke’ and The Haberdasher
$15 at the door with Limited Seating / 18+
@ the Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom, 
715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, MI 48202 / 313.873.2955 /www.tangentgallery

“New York City has the Blue Man Group, Detroit has SATORI CIRCUS.” - Chris Jaszczak



Americana artist and former Detroiter, Jeff German & The the Blankety Blanks, returns for a hometown show on Friday, June 29 at 8pm at PJ's Lager House in Detroit. The show also features two local singer-songwriters bookending the night of acoustic folk music.

This will be the Detroit debut of the new Blankety Blanks lineup that features Matt Wilson on pedal steel, Matt Newman on bass and Brian Osborne on drums. The band just completed a spring tour through the Mid-South that included a spot on the popular “WDVX Blue Plate Special” radio show in Knoxville, TN.  

Jeff German & The Blankety Blanks music can best be described as "Midwest music for the working class."  He creates an eclectic mix of musical styles - country, punk, rock, bluegrass, gospel - and melds them into a blue collar brand of Americana all his own.   

The band has recorded and released four albums on the indie label Slothrop Records. His latest collaboration as an acoustic duo with pedal steel player Matthew Wilson, "12 Day Weeks," was released in the winter of 2017. His latest offerings were recently released in Europe and received high praise from overseas critics. One review stated, "Jeff seems unable to compose a bad song and with these releases does nothing but confirm it."  

The night will also feature performances by: 

Michelle Held  – Michelle Held is a folk singer, known for her timeless, captivating style. Brett Callwood (Detroit Metro Times) wrote, “Held plays gentle folk with oft scathing lyrics. It's her voice that adds the X-Factor; that little bit of welcome strange." Held performs regularly throughout Southeast Michigan with recent national appearances that include Kansas City Folk Festival, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe and Wheatland Music Festival and received honorable mention in the 2018 Telluride Troubadour Contest. 

Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks  - The band hails from Columbus, Ohio but guitarist/frontman Jeff German is a native Detroiter. He is known around these parts for his previous work fronting the rockabilly trio The Flyin' Saucers, who regularly performed in Detroit. He also fronted The Curdogs and was the sideman to Bloodshot Records artist Lydia Loveless and Americana singer Amy Black.

Mike Ward Singer-songwriter Mike Ward is a regular solo performer around the Michigan area known for his straight-forward songs and style.

For more information on Jeff German & The Blankety Blanks check out

The show is on Friday, June 29, 8pm doors/9pm show at PJ's Lager House located at 1254 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, 48226. 313-961-4668, 21 & over are welcome and cover is $5.