Thunderwüde with/Chelsea House Orchestra
Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, 8 p.m./Tickets: $15
Born out of a need for bluegrass in the Chelsea area, and a weekly gig at the Chelsea Alehouse, Thunderwüde (a name coined by Fred VanReesma) became a band after a series of sessions done by Jason Dennie, George Merkel and Wes Fritzemeier at the Alehouse.
First starting as mostly a traditional bluegrass outfit, the project morphed into playing originals from Jason as well as current pop hits in a bluegrass style. The repertoire expanded to range from Bill Monroe to Townes Van Zandt to some choice selections from blockbuster hits.
Asked to define their style, they say, “Bluegrass Funkgrass Slamgrass Fungrass. Sometimes we take the grass out and are just a BlueFunkSlamFun band.” The Chelsea House Orchestra, Chelsea High School’s crack string ensemble, opens the evening, bringing Celtic with a kick!
The Yellow Room Gang
Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m./Tickets: $20
Kick off the new year with not one but eight Michigan songwriters: “One Shining Moment” composer David Barrett, Detroit native and Great American Song Contest winner Jim Bizer, contemporary country-folk road warrior Annie Capps, Irish-American chanteuse Kitty Donohoe, four-time Detroit Music Award winner Jan Krist, Michael Hough and David Tamulevich of the “Music to Cure What Ails You” duo Mustard’s Retreat, and southeastern Michigan folk veteran Matt Watroba.
The Yellow Room is the “brilliantly yellow” living room of Tamulevich’s house on Ann Arbor’s Old West Side, where gang members meet monthly for musical brainstorming and mutual critique.
Come and be a fly on the wall as the exchange of creative ideas flows freely! “To have any one of these songwriters perform at Trinity House is a real treat,” says promoter Bill Keith. “To have them perform together is unbelievable.”
The Yellow Room Gang has been around for 13 years now, with all the members coming up with new music all the while.