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January 05, 1996 - Image 59

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-01-05

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Be-Bop Over To
The Magic Bag

BLUES FESTIVAL, a benefit for the Detroit
Blues Society, runs through Sunday at the
Magic Bag, on Woodward just north of Nine
Mile Road in Ferridale: General admission
tickets are $15.00 each night or a three-night
pass for $30. Tickets are available at Off The
Record in Royal Oak, Ticketmaster or at the
door. 18 & over. Call (810) 544-3030 anytime.

TONIGHT (doors Open at 7 p.m.)
• Big Daddy Kinsey & the Kinsey Report
• Robert Noll
• Mimi Harris & the Snakes
• Mudpuppy
• Madkat & Kane

SATURDAY (doors open at 7 p.m.)
• Lucky Peterson & the Sun Messengers
Rhythm Krew
• The Butler Twins
• Jonnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents
• The Grandmaster Revue with Alberta
• Robert Jones

SUNDAY (doors open at 6 p.m.)
• Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang
• Willie D. Warren & Jimmy McCarty
• The Blues Disciples with Thornetta Davis
• Johnny "Yardog" Jones & the Blues Suit
• Uncle Jessie White & the 29th Street Blues

turing blues on the weekend. Much
like the Library, but with pizza as the
house specialty. 1090 Rochester Road,
(810) 588-3471.
Birmingham: This non-smoking bar
mixes blues with more pop-oriented
acts — and the ambience doesn't suf-
fer for the lack of smoke. 555 Wood-
ward, (810) 642-9400.
STAN'S DUGOUT, Auburn Hills:
Just down the road from the Palace
sits another blues-friendly sports bar.
Stan's has been doing it for awhile,
however, and bands consider the crowd
to be one of the area's most attentive.
3350 Auburn Road, (810) 852-6433.
MURDOCK'S, Rochester Hills:
This restaurant's Wednesday blues se-

ries usually attracts the
biggest names from the local
scene. Crooks Road north of M-59,
(810) 852-0550.
THE BEAR DEN, Berkley: A mod-
est neighborhood drinking establish-
ment that turns to raving looniness on
Sunday nights when the Howling Di-
ablos take their weekly residency. 2972
Coolidge Highway, (810) 545-2246.
Bloomfield: Dubbing itself the "House
of Blue Lights Bar," Buddy's hosts a
hot Thursday jam session and regular
blues groups on the weekend; it re-
cently played hots to British blues stal-
wart Savoy Brown. 6676 Orchard Lake
Road, (810) 851-4250.
THE MAGIC BAG, Ferndale:
Blues sometimes pops up amidst the
wide variety of music and movies that
populate this theater's schedule. Wood-
ward just north of Nine Mile Road,
(810) 544-3030.
VARD, Taylor: It's not that far away,
and its commitment to the blues
makes this the genre's new head-
quarters in metro Detroit. What's
more, the food is equally fine, adding
Mexican to the traditional blues menu
of burgers and barbeque. 5855 Mon-
roe Blvd., (313) 278-5340.
MOBY DICK'S, Dearborn: The
area's other venerable blues spot, this
club keeps vintage instruments hang-
ing from the ceiling to remind you it's
no newcomer to the blues revival. A
fine spot to catch the area's best and
the most exciting up-and-comers. 5452
Schaefer Road, (313) 581-3650.
troit: This long-running Rivertown

restaurant is known mostly for its
comfortable listening room. That's a
drawback if you like to dance, but we
have a feeling you won't be disap-
pointed. The food is first-rate, too. One
block off of Jefferson, on the corner of
Franklin and Orleans Streets, (313)
Most every notable local blues act
makes its way to this club's stage. 1977
Woodbridge, (313) 567-6020.
This Tex-Mex bistro goes blues on the
weekends. Friday's $1 drafts and free
buffet help you shed the work week be-
fore the music starts. 454 E. Lafayette;
(313) 965-3737.
Call it Bricktown blues — a little
tougher and more rocking, consis-
tently, than you'll find in some other
clubs. 655 Beaubien; (313) 963-3355.
THE MUSIC MENU, Detroit: The
tunes here usually come from the
Greektown restaurant's extensive CD
collection, but on Mondays it hosts a
"Jazzy Blues Jam" helmed by the Bill
Heid Trio. 511 Monroe; (3 13) 964-
tional and local blues are frequent vis-
itors to this joint, blending the wail
of harmonica and guitars with the clat-
ter of billiards and bowling balls. Its
sister hall, The Majestic, occasional-
ly hosts bigger blues names. 4140
Woodward; (313) 833-9700.
THE BLIND PIG, Ann Arbor: Na-
tional blues acts are a regular part of
the eclectic offerings from this sweaty
college town room. 208 First St.; (313)

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Watch for these best Detroit blues acts:

The Chisel Brothers with Thor-
netta Davis: The reigning champ of the
local blues community. The players
are terrific in their own right, but
singer Davis is a fearsome weapon that
keeps the Chisels on top.
Detroit Blues Band: Still work-
ing after the departure of guitarist
Jimmy McCarty, this long-running
outfit continues to mine a rich Chica-
go blues vein for its electrifying per-
Jeff Grand: It's hard not to find a
band that Afro-ed singer-guitarist
Grand is a part of these days. Check
out the Howling Diablos (see below),
the Grandmasters or any random jam
session to hear his fiery, Johnny Win-
ter-inspired fire.
Robert Knoll: He hasn't been
around since time began; it just seems
that way. The former Albert Collins

sideman remains the Motor City's
best perpetrator of old-school Chica-
go blues.
Mimi Harris & the Snakes: Still
riding high on the release of their de-
but album earlier this year, this troupe
draws from lots of different musics for
a distinctive sound. And besides her
vocal prowess, Harris is one of the lo-
cal blues scene's best rhythm gui-
Mudpuppy featuring Paul Ran-
dolph: Randolph's bass solos are
worth the price of admission alone —
until you get an earful of Spoons
Brown's manic percussion playing. A
distinct Creole feel also sets this rel-
atively new group apart from the pack.
They'll release an album, Spoonful, in
James Wailin': Another longtimer,
singer and harmonica player, Wailin'

fronts one of the area's hardest rock-
ing blues outfits. The Howling Diab-
los — consistently one of Detroit's best
blues groups, an achievement since its
lineup has been anything but consis-
tent over the years. Longtimers. But
Jeff Grand lives up to his surname on
guitar, and Martin Gross remains one
of the best frontmen in town.
Jim McCarty & Mystery Train:
The former Detroit Wheels/Rockets
guitarist has left the Detroit Blues
Band to concentrate on his new band's
tougher, hard-rocking approach. One
sign he means business: he's standing
up again when he plays.
Randy Volin & the Sonic Blues:
A former guitarist in The Look, Volin's
new trio rocks the house but with def-
inite roots in the blues. Check out its
just released debut album, Used Gui-
tars. ❑




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