Detroit Pleasure Society
The past couple of days have been action packed! Wednesday night (3/28), my dad and I went to PJ's Lager House for their first ever New Orleans Night, featuring Detroit Pleasure Society. We had seen them once before because their drummer is Ben Luckett (Magic Jake & the Power Crystals, The Readies). I'm not usually interested in Dixieland Jazz, but the members of the Detroit Pleasure Society are incredibly good at what they do. It's just going to take a while for me to get used to seeing a primal rock and roll drummer tapping away to upbeat, jazzy tunes.
Me, Tony DeNardo, Dylan Dunbar, Jen Westwood, Matt Stahl
On Thursday, we went to the Town Pump Tavern in Detroit to see one of Tony DeNardo's (The Muggs) side projects, The Blue Collar Boys. They are a cover band that features Jennifer Westwood on vocals for most songs. It was a pretty slow night at the bar, so it was almost like we had our own private showing. Which was really cool, don't get me wrong. I just wish more people would come out to see live music. I mean, these incredibly talented musicians were performing for free at a bar. The place should've been packed. In between sets, Tony would come sit with us and talk. We ended up buying two copies of his new CD for one of his other side projects, DUDE, which you can listen to (for free) here. I've already listened to it a dozen times. Really good stuff.
We left the Town Pump around 1AM and luckily had enough time to stop by The Loving Touch to wish Scotty Hagen a happy birthday. Scotty is the bassist for the Grande Nationals, the general manager of UHF Music in Royal Oak, and the owner of The Bellyache Candy Shoppe and Bellyache Records. He's a really nice guy, and I'm glad we were able to pay him a visit.
Dave Morrison, Danny Kroha
Which brings us to tonight, which is technically last night since it's currently 5:30AM on Sunday and I haven't gone to sleep yet. Too many weekends of working until close, opening the next morning, and then staying out all night at concerts have ruined my sleeping habits. Anyways, as soon as I got home from work, my dad asked if I wanted to leave within the hour to try and catch Danny Kroha before our show later on that night. Of course I wanted to see him. I had only briefly met him once outside The Sights' gig two weeks before.
Me, Danny Kroha
So we set off early for Hamtramck, stopping first at Lo & Behold! Books & Records to see Danny. Unfortunately, he had begun playing early. Because of that, the dim lighting inside the store, and the fact that the audience was already seated and comfortable, we decided not to record his performance. Such a shame, because Danny's set was really unique. It was really informal and personal, and he even had a washboard player accompanying him part of the time. Like Dixieland Jazz, the Blues isn't the type of music I am usually interested in. Danny even joked afterwards that he hoped I wasn't too bored with his set. Far from it. I would definitely go out of my way to see him perform again. John Szymanski of The Hentchmen was in the crowd and, like Danny, greeted me with a hug. Bit of a fangirl moment, but I feel so cool that these musicians are remembering who I am. I must be doing something right.
Robert "Bootsey" Mulrooney, Mary Cobra, Me
Kroha's performance was over by 9PM, so we had plenty of time to make it over to New Dodge Lounge. If there's one thing I've learned from last night, it's that "old guys" really know how to rock. The members of Cinecyde, Bootsey X & the Lovemasters, and The Seatbelts are all middle-aged, which would probably seem really lame to your average, uninformed kid from the newer generation. Yet, here I am, a 22-year-old girl, having the time of my life at these shows. As expected, all three bands rocked the Lounge. I was exhausted by the end of the night, but it was well worth it.
"Bootsey" Mulrooney, Me
"Bootsey's" performance was probably my favorite of the night. He's currently battling cancer, and I know he wasn't feeling too well prior to their set. Mad props to him for pushing through it; the man really knows how to get a crowd going. Afterwards, he asked me if I would tie his shoe because he was too sore to do it himself. Of course, I helped him out, and he said I should write about it here, haha. "Bootsey" has a great sense of humor and is obviously incredibly passionate about his music. I can tell that he's going to keep performing until he can't anymore, which will hopefully not be for a very, very long time.
Me, Matt Smith
In between sets, I spent a good amount of time talking to Matt Smith (Outrageous Cherry, Kim Fowley & the Psychedelic Dogs). He gave me insider information on some of the upcoming projects he's working on. Very, very cool. Like most of my rock star friends, I only see him once or twice a month, so it was nice catching up.
The Seatbelts are a newer band that you should definitely keep your eye on. They were constantly on for their entire set. It was just ROCK, ROCK, ROCK for the 45 minutes to an hour that they were on the stage. Further proof that old guys know what they're doing when it comes to Rock and Roll.
Well, that's it for me. Time to get some rest. Be sure to check out our concert calendar. I will definitely be at some of those shows. Until then...!