Hey All –

There is a TON of music going on in the metro Detroit area in the coming weeks.

First off, On Saturday night is the beginning of Assembly line concert at AJ’s Cafe, this is going to win a Guinness world record for 360 hours of straight live music!!!

A number of regulars in the MLMS are going to be playing including Covert playing a long set on Saturday night April2 and the Kosher Gravy Co, playing a one hour set on Wednesday March 30th at 2pm. plus MUCH MORE music… There are still some spots available if you do want to play, just call AJ…

Our Friends Billy Brandt and Sarana Verlin are playing up in Holly Michigan tonight –

and the new up’ncoming Michigan JamBand PURE FLAVOR is playing in Rochester Hills at the Rochester Mills Beer Co. WSG Brett Dodson on guitar (nice:)

If you have friends on the east coast. Make sure to invite them to check out the Macpodz east coast tour… they are spreading their infectious Michigan music out there RIGHT NOW

A couple of Special Mentions:

– Match By Match, an Ann Arbor duo is raising money with Kickstater to get their album done… help a brother out and kick’em $5 🙂
Its worth it 🙂

– If you like, or are interested in Jewish Music, there is a Jewish Music Festival in Detroit Starting this week. check it out

There is a specific show I think will be great called the Progressive music showcase which will feature Jazz fusion, Hip hop, and more cool music.

Dont forget to check out on twitter @milivemusic and join us on facebook.


New Linkedin Group

Hey All, If you are in Michigan – love music – and are on Linkedin then please check out our new linkedin group for the Michigan Live Music Scene. Also you can join our Facebook group.

Obviously dont forget to become a fan of WYJ on Facebook too!

Hit us up if you have any questions!


One of Why You Jam’s artists Reb Yosil from Reb Yosil & the Kosher Gravy Co. sent us the really funny list of classic rock song names for Baby Boomers.

The titles include:

Bobby Darin —

Splish, Splash, I Was Havin’ a Flash

Herman’s Hermits —

Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Walker

Ringo Starr

I Get By With a Little Help From Depends

The Bee Gees —

How Can You Mend a Broken Hip

Roberta Flack —

The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face

Johnny Nash —

I Can’t See Clearly Now

Paul Simon —

Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver

The Commodores —

Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom

Marvin Gaye —

Heard It Through the Grape Nuts

Procol Harem —

A Whiter Shade of Hair

Leo Sayer —

You Make Me Feel Like Napping

The Temptations —

Papa’s Got a Kidney Stone

Abba —

Denture Queen

Tony Orlando —

Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall

Helen Reddy —

I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore

Leslie Gore —

It’s My Procedure, and I’ll Cry If I Want To

And Last but NOT least:

Willie Nelson —

On the Commode Again


Not to do to many posts in a row about Matisyahu… but he did another great job bringing the humor and personality to YouTube… Enjoy and Happy Holidays.  

If you love Michigan and musicians in Michigan, specifically the Jazz/ Bakers Keyboard Lounge crowd then you know Dennis Coffey. He is a true rockstar, and has been for 30 years! But he is Hip as ever with his new instrumental version of Cee-Lo’s F*** You that he produced with an accompanying video and by Strut Records (he is the older looking gentleman in the video).

What do you think?

Matisyahu – Moses #34

I absolutely love when huge start remember that they put their pants on the same way that you and I do… and am able to laugh at themselves 🙂

Thanks Matisyahu for making up laugh.

Raging at The Blind Pig; Why Not?
Heading down to Ann Arbor to catch Toronto’s the New Deal we were filled with high expectations (an unannounced special guest that never materialized) and a few reservations. Going to shows at The Blind Pig for more years than we care to admit, we weren’t sure the venue was the best place to fully experience all we’d heard about tND and their unique style of improvisational electronica.  Recent reviews and interviews with the trio highly touted their amazing new light show and after being rained-out at Hoxeyville Music Festival we really needed to see, hear, and experience this for ourselves.

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Arriving at tBP, it was obvious that the buzz was alive and working and the street was packed with jam fans, electronica fans, and dance party fans alike.  Seemed like a great mixture for a fun night.  Skipping the opening band, we slid in just moments before tND took over and the crowed quickly gravitated toward the stage eager to get the party started.

Playing for over 12 years together, Dan Kurtz (bass), Darren Shearer (drums+beatbox), Jamie Shields (keyboard) never use a setlist and play 100% improv.  In an interview by Nick Rhodes for Head Stash just days before coming to Ann Arbor, Darren Shearer had this to say:

“…We never write setlists. The only song we ever discuss doing is the encore. We never talk about the show. We generally start the show with a chord or progression. After 900 shows, we have a really good sense of what the crowd wants to hear and what level of intensity the crowd is at….”
From the beginning of the first set to the continuously intensifying beats of the second, it was obvious tND had correctly pegged the Blind Pig crowd as energy-filled dance machines ready to rage on into the encore.  Watching most of the show from behind Jamie Shields throne on the keyboards, it was fun to watch all of the hand-signs and nods between the trio that made for seamless transitions from one song to the next.  So much so that it was difficult to discern one song from the next.

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If the groups dynamic beats and electric mixes aren’t enough, tND brings a full light show with two towers of LED strips and four movers gifting the audience Technicolor waves of color to complete the dance party experience.  The second set was an explosion of fast-paced rhythms, pulsing lights, and a raging crowd responding with showers of glowsticks.

Mid-way through the self-titled “Ginourmous Tour”, the New Deal seems like they’re just getting started and ready to blaze on through to delighted audiences across the US.  Upon returning home we were treated to Tyler Henry’  Facebook status update that pretty much summed it up, “Nude eel raged face per usual. Totally destroyed the handicapped farm animal that is the blind pig.”

For more info on Ben Slayter and Slayter Creative go to http://www.slaytercreative.com/

Also, check out the Facebook Group for  Jambands to  come to SE Michigan