Click on the player above to hear’s Jeff Milo talk about this weekend’s shows.
What: Some serious appreciation for funk music in Washtenaw County, or even in the western pockets of Oakland County, like South Lyon.
Who’s playing: Bands like Liquid Thickness and Sabbatical Bob and many others are really generating some seriously groovy, sharp, sleek, danceable funk jams. There’s also a band with a great band name, Tell Yo Mama, who come from the Lansing area. Liquid Thickness are an Ypsilanti band that just put out their debut full length album, and Sabbatical Bob are an Ann Arbor group.
Sounds like: Sabbatical Bob “Alright.”
What: This is The Gashounds party to celebrate their debut 7′ record.
Who’s playing: They’ll be joined by Junior Gemini and Duende.
Sounds like: The Gashounds “Infected”
Saturday, January 11
What: Jazz pianist and composer Pamela Wise will be performing, part of the Art Center’s Abstract Music Series spotlighting artists who have been honored with Kresge Awards for their vision and their talent.
Who’s playing: She’ll be joined by percussionist Chi Amen Ra and saxophonist Salim Washington. The theme is to create some celebratory music for the new year, along with features artists like Candice Johnsing, providing a dance performance and spoken word by Mbiya Chui, and other rhythm artists like Louis M. Jones III, on drums, and Marion Hay on bass.
Sounds like: Pamela Wise “A New Message From the Tribe”
What: The Decibel Spectacular at PJ’s Lager House.
Who’s playing: The Jackpine Snag are a heavy rock blues trio from Lansing. Karalavara, meanwhile, are a four-piece from here in Detroit, drawing from influences like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, but also garage and psychedelic outfits like Stooges and Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Sounds like: Edison Hollow, “Road Song.”