Sounds

Live music from 4-10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10

Ryan Racine 4-5:15 p.m.   Ryan Racine is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from southeast Michigan. Although he has been performing for nearly 25 years, his first solo album “Outsider’s Heart” will be released May 18th, 2018. The album is a culmination of his experiences both musical and personal, exploring themes of belonging, depression, finding new love, and accepting happiness, all sonically planted in American Roots styles.  Ryan Racine first made a name for himself as the frontman of Ann Arbor’s rockabilly trio Lucky Haskins. Formed when he was only 15, the band quickly garnered attention and a loyal fan base. Besides introducing the genre to a whole new generation in the area, they earned spots opening for legends like Carl Perkins and Lee Rocker as well as slot at the 1995 Detroit Music Awards.  Post Luck Haskins, Ryan worked as a guitarist/sideman for several artists and was a founding member of the Irish-punk group Mogue Doyle (sharing the stage with both Flogging Molly and Shane MacGowan). In 2007 Ryan returned as a frontman in the Bakersfield-Sound based Gas For Less and released two EPs.

Ryan Racine 4-5:15 p.m.

Ryan Racine is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from southeast Michigan. Although he has been performing for nearly 25 years, his first solo album “Outsider’s Heart” will be released May 18th, 2018. The album is a culmination of his experiences both musical and personal, exploring themes of belonging, depression, finding new love, and accepting happiness, all sonically planted in American Roots styles.

Ryan Racine first made a name for himself as the frontman of Ann Arbor’s rockabilly trio Lucky Haskins. Formed when he was only 15, the band quickly garnered attention and a loyal fan base. Besides introducing the genre to a whole new generation in the area, they earned spots opening for legends like Carl Perkins and Lee Rocker as well as slot at the 1995 Detroit Music Awards.

Post Luck Haskins, Ryan worked as a guitarist/sideman for several artists and was a founding member of the Irish-punk group Mogue Doyle (sharing the stage with both Flogging Molly and Shane MacGowan). In 2007 Ryan returned as a frontman in the Bakersfield-Sound based Gas For Less and released two EPs.

Chef Chris & His Nairobi Trio - 5:45-7 p.m.   Chef Chris is known throughout the Ann Arbor/Detroit area and far beyond for being the high octane front man of his award-winning blues band, Chef Chris & his Nairobi Trio. Chef Chris is an actual foodie when he’s not herking and jerking about the stage with beefy sophistication, and screaming the blues. He’s a big man with a scary goatee, wears really nice clothes, and is a master showman in the truest sense.  The Nairobi Trio formed back in the 1990s to explore the boundaries of blues. punk, and country. In 2002, Chef Chris and his Nairobi trio won the prestigious International Blues Challenge (IBC), a worldwide battle of the blues bands hosted by The Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee. As result of winning the IBC, the band was able to travel and play some of our nation’s top blues clubs and festivals including The WC Handy Awards where they shared the stage with B.B King, Ike Turner, Dr. John and many more.  Named after a band donned in gorilla suits that backed up 50's comedian Ernie Kovacs, the band serves up a twisted and sonically adventuresome take on the blues. It's carefully contrived spontaneous left of center storytelling, delivered in spooky and sinister undertones. While rooted in the blues, Chef Chris and his Nairobi Trio draw on their musical influences to create their own style of blues. For instance, they sentenced Johnny Cash's 60's country classic "Folsom Prison Blues" to hard time in the funk cell. The Rolling Stones’ "Sympathy for the Devil" doesn't make you feel sympathetic toward the Devil, it makes you want to have a cocktail with him.  Chef Chris has also built a solid reputation throughout the area as a top-notch BBQ pit master. He recently retired from the restaurant business after a 39-year career that started at Jamies on 7 in Livonia and wrapped up with his brick-and-mortar eatery, Boogie Woogie BBQ, in Pinckney.

Chef Chris & His Nairobi Trio - 5:45-7 p.m.

Chef Chris is known throughout the Ann Arbor/Detroit area and far beyond for being the high octane front man of his award-winning blues band, Chef Chris & his Nairobi Trio. Chef Chris is an actual foodie when he’s not herking and jerking about the stage with beefy sophistication, and screaming the blues. He’s a big man with a scary goatee, wears really nice clothes, and is a master showman in the truest sense.

The Nairobi Trio formed back in the 1990s to explore the boundaries of blues. punk, and country. In 2002, Chef Chris and his Nairobi trio won the prestigious International Blues Challenge (IBC), a worldwide battle of the blues bands hosted by The Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee. As result of winning the IBC, the band was able to travel and play some of our nation’s top blues clubs and festivals including The WC Handy Awards where they shared the stage with B.B King, Ike Turner, Dr. John and many more.

Named after a band donned in gorilla suits that backed up 50's comedian Ernie Kovacs, the band serves up a twisted and sonically adventuresome take on the blues. It's carefully contrived spontaneous left of center storytelling, delivered in spooky and sinister undertones. While rooted in the blues, Chef Chris and his Nairobi Trio draw on their musical influences to create their own style of blues. For instance, they sentenced Johnny Cash's 60's country classic "Folsom Prison Blues" to hard time in the funk cell. The Rolling Stones’ "Sympathy for the Devil" doesn't make you feel sympathetic toward the Devil, it makes you want to have a cocktail with him.

Chef Chris has also built a solid reputation throughout the area as a top-notch BBQ pit master. He recently retired from the restaurant business after a 39-year career that started at Jamies on 7 in Livonia and wrapped up with his brick-and-mortar eatery, Boogie Woogie BBQ, in Pinckney.

The Orbitsuns — 7:30-8:45 p.m.   The realization that his band the Orbitsuns has been around for 17 years and is bringing out its fifth studio album gave frontman Vinnie Dombroski pause.  Oddly enough, man, we just keep churning it out and plugging along,” says Dombroski, best known as the longtime frontman for and sole original member left in Sponge. He also leads the heavy rock group Crud, in addition to the country-flavored Orbitsuns. “We play a lot of clubs that typically have cover bands, but we seem to get on big with beer-drinking crowds at some of the large festivals, so they keep bringing us back to play, and we love doing it.  “It’s taken on a life of its own, I guess -- maybe more than I ever expected.”  That longevity certainly weighed a bit on Dombroski as he started coming up with songs for the Orbitsuns’ new album, “X’s Over Our Eyes.” Setting up shop in a newly established office in his St. Clair Shores home -- “A really cool place to work ‘cause there’s just no distraction,” he notes -- Dombroski determinedly, and unapologetically, tried to raise his game this time out, even if there are still plenty of rowdy songs about drinking, carousing and honky-tonking.  “I’m trying to grow up,” Dombroski says with a laugh. “The more enduring Orbitsuns songs like ‘Haul Ass’ and ‘Knockin’ On The Door’ are very simple in they’re structure, and people love those songs. But these (new) songs are definitely though tout. I”m not trying to be pretentious or over-think it, but I felt like, ‘Man, let’s up the bar a little bit, maybe, in regards to the craft of songwriting and try some things that weren’t done before with this group.”  One of those new things, for Dombroski, was letting producer Tim Patalan take a lead role in helping determine what should be recorded.  “I really stepped back this time,” says Dombroski. “I presented 20 songs to Tim; He came over to the house and I played a verse and a chorus of each one and said, ‘What hits you?’ Tim picked 10 tunes and I was like, ‘OK, this is what we’re going to do’ and walked into the studio and started to record. That was different way of doing it for us.”  In addition to the regular Orbitsuns lineup -- guitarist Jackson Smith, bassist Bob Hecker and drummer Jimmy Paluzzi, “X’s Over Our Eyes” features guests such as David Black (Seduce, Crud, Star Dancer), keyboardist Chris Codish, singer Tosha Owens and pedal steel player Russ Pahl from Nashville. Some of the songs are autobiographical, Dombroski acknowledges, and most have an edge and Detroit-style flavor that sets it apart from others working in the Americana or Ameripolitan genres.  “That’s a cool niche to be in, and there’s a lot of bands we play with that are definitely part of that. But it’s strange trying to figure out where we fit in,” Dombroski says. “We’re not quite modern country. We’re not singing about dirt roads and I don’t have the country twang to my voice, but we still manage to make crowds happy and make crowds dance and make crowds drink, so everything seems to be OK. People think we’re believable enough, which I’m happy about.”   The Orbitsuns are growing up -- but not too much; by Gary Graff, The Oakland Press; 12-1-2016

The Orbitsuns — 7:30-8:45 p.m.

The realization that his band the Orbitsuns has been around for 17 years and is bringing out its fifth studio album gave frontman Vinnie Dombroski pause.

Oddly enough, man, we just keep churning it out and plugging along,” says Dombroski, best known as the longtime frontman for and sole original member left in Sponge. He also leads the heavy rock group Crud, in addition to the country-flavored Orbitsuns. “We play a lot of clubs that typically have cover bands, but we seem to get on big with beer-drinking crowds at some of the large festivals, so they keep bringing us back to play, and we love doing it.

“It’s taken on a life of its own, I guess -- maybe more than I ever expected.”

That longevity certainly weighed a bit on Dombroski as he started coming up with songs for the Orbitsuns’ new album, “X’s Over Our Eyes.” Setting up shop in a newly established office in his St. Clair Shores home -- “A really cool place to work ‘cause there’s just no distraction,” he notes -- Dombroski determinedly, and unapologetically, tried to raise his game this time out, even if there are still plenty of rowdy songs about drinking, carousing and honky-tonking.

“I’m trying to grow up,” Dombroski says with a laugh. “The more enduring Orbitsuns songs like ‘Haul Ass’ and ‘Knockin’ On The Door’ are very simple in they’re structure, and people love those songs. But these (new) songs are definitely though tout. I”m not trying to be pretentious or over-think it, but I felt like, ‘Man, let’s up the bar a little bit, maybe, in regards to the craft of songwriting and try some things that weren’t done before with this group.”

One of those new things, for Dombroski, was letting producer Tim Patalan take a lead role in helping determine what should be recorded.

“I really stepped back this time,” says Dombroski. “I presented 20 songs to Tim; He came over to the house and I played a verse and a chorus of each one and said, ‘What hits you?’ Tim picked 10 tunes and I was like, ‘OK, this is what we’re going to do’ and walked into the studio and started to record. That was different way of doing it for us.”

In addition to the regular Orbitsuns lineup -- guitarist Jackson Smith, bassist Bob Hecker and drummer Jimmy Paluzzi, “X’s Over Our Eyes” features guests such as David Black (Seduce, Crud, Star Dancer), keyboardist Chris Codish, singer Tosha Owens and pedal steel player Russ Pahl from Nashville. Some of the songs are autobiographical, Dombroski acknowledges, and most have an edge and Detroit-style flavor that sets it apart from others working in the Americana or Ameripolitan genres.

“That’s a cool niche to be in, and there’s a lot of bands we play with that are definitely part of that. But it’s strange trying to figure out where we fit in,” Dombroski says. “We’re not quite modern country. We’re not singing about dirt roads and I don’t have the country twang to my voice, but we still manage to make crowds happy and make crowds dance and make crowds drink, so everything seems to be OK. People think we’re believable enough, which I’m happy about.”

The Orbitsuns are growing up -- but not too much; by Gary Graff, The Oakland Press; 12-1-2016

Abbey Road 2.0 — 9:15-10:30 p.m.   Abbey Road 2.0 creates inspired renderings of timeless Beatles classics.  Glenn Giordano (drums, music director had a vision -- to get a bunch of his favorites musicians together to perform a benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims and for The American Red Cross. The show in Ann Arbor was standing room only and a band was born, Abbey Road 2.0. As a drummer, Glenn has recorded and performed with rock-n-roll icons like Mark Farner (Grand Funk), Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper), Drew Abbott (Bob Seger), and international roots stars such as Matt Guitar Murphy, Greg Nagy, and Thornetta Davis. Glenn is an in-demand session musician, teacher, and touring musician. A world class musician in all senses of the term.  Greg Nagy (vocals, guitar) is an internationally acclaimed eclectic roots and blues artist whose releases have been heard around the world. His powerfully soulful voice and his guitar playing have earned kudos from all corners of the music industry. Down Beat writes "...Pure Gold!” and Sing Out Magazine writes "...Recalls Boz Skaggs at his most soulful!". A phenomenal singer, guitarist, writer, producer, and arranger Greg's bag runs river deep.  Nicholas Tabarias (vocals, guitar), as a sideman for the Grammy-nominated artist Ronnie Earl and with his own projects, has earned the respect and admiration of the blues world and beyond. A tremendously tasteful guitarist and a powerfully compelling singer his art and craft is always in service of the song. He is, as they say in the blues world (and beyond), "the real deal".  Mike Skory (vocals, keys) is a multi-faceted keyboardist, singer, and entertainer who connects on every level. A Michigan legend and icon of sorts (formerly of Blue Money and Root Doctor), he has performed to audiences ranging from thousands to true-blue backyard BBQs. Regardless of the venue, the verdict is always the same: He's got the goods.  Michael Smalley (vocals, bass), a bit of musical necromancer, sings and plays with an authority, personality, and heart that stands out in a crowd and that cannot be denied. An in demand musician, Michael has toured and performed with countless national acts. He is also a wonderful entertainer -- the full package!

Abbey Road 2.0 — 9:15-10:30 p.m.

Abbey Road 2.0 creates inspired renderings of timeless Beatles classics.

Glenn Giordano (drums, music director had a vision -- to get a bunch of his favorites musicians together to perform a benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims and for The American Red Cross. The show in Ann Arbor was standing room only and a band was born, Abbey Road 2.0. As a drummer, Glenn has recorded and performed with rock-n-roll icons like Mark Farner (Grand Funk), Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper), Drew Abbott (Bob Seger), and international roots stars such as Matt Guitar Murphy, Greg Nagy, and Thornetta Davis. Glenn is an in-demand session musician, teacher, and touring musician. A world class musician in all senses of the term.

Greg Nagy (vocals, guitar) is an internationally acclaimed eclectic roots and blues artist whose releases have been heard around the world. His powerfully soulful voice and his guitar playing have earned kudos from all corners of the music industry. Down Beat writes "...Pure Gold!” and Sing Out Magazine writes "...Recalls Boz Skaggs at his most soulful!". A phenomenal singer, guitarist, writer, producer, and arranger Greg's bag runs river deep.

Nicholas Tabarias (vocals, guitar), as a sideman for the Grammy-nominated artist Ronnie Earl and with his own projects, has earned the respect and admiration of the blues world and beyond. A tremendously tasteful guitarist and a powerfully compelling singer his art and craft is always in service of the song. He is, as they say in the blues world (and beyond), "the real deal".

Mike Skory (vocals, keys) is a multi-faceted keyboardist, singer, and entertainer who connects on every level. A Michigan legend and icon of sorts (formerly of Blue Money and Root Doctor), he has performed to audiences ranging from thousands to true-blue backyard BBQs. Regardless of the venue, the verdict is always the same: He's got the goods.

Michael Smalley (vocals, bass), a bit of musical necromancer, sings and plays with an authority, personality, and heart that stands out in a crowd and that cannot be denied. An in demand musician, Michael has toured and performed with countless national acts. He is also a wonderful entertainer -- the full package!