May 01, 2018

Check out the summer lineup for the Whitney garden parties

The Whitney's annual summer garden parties are back with a sweet musical lineup.  The series runs May 17 to September 13 every Thursday. A $5 cover is accompanied by featured food and drink specials. The party goes until dusk with doors at 6 p.m. and music from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Join us on May 17th for the Sprint for Spirits 5K fun run benefiting Cass Community. Hope to see you there!

The Whitney's annual garden parties are in bloom with a fresh summer line-up. The series runs every Thursday from May 17 to September 13. $5 covers entertainment. Plus, there are featured food and drink specials to keep you fueled.  The parties go until dusk with doors at 6 p.m, music from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Get your grow on!

All photos courtesy of The Whitney. 

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5/17 Jill Jack  
A woman with a strong drive and ambition, Jill Jack has a unique voice, with a distinct timbre that sets her apart. Fusing folk, rock, and country, Jill draws comparisons to such singers as Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant, "and any other chick with a guitar", she laughs. The intuitive sensitivity of Jill's songwriting is often compared to Woody Guthrie and even John Mellencamp. 
Special time for this week only; general admittance at 7 p.m.  (Sprint for the Spirits fun run participants admitted earlier).
5/17
Jill Jack
A woman with a strong drive and ambition, Jill Jack has a unique voice, with a distinct timbre that sets her apart. Fusing folk, rock, and country, Jill draws comparisons to such singers as Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant, "and any other chick with a guitar", she laughs. The intuitive sensitivity of Jill's songwriting is often compared to Woody Guthrie and even John Mellencamp.

Special time for this week only; general admittance at 7 p.m. (Sprint for the Spirits fun run participants admitted earlier).
5/24  Brunswick Brawlers  
The Brunswick Brawlers is a Detroit based group of musicians who came together to play the music they love and admire.  They play a mix of early American popular music including jump blues, Western swing, early rock n roll and rhythm and blues.  They can be found performing throughout the city of Detroit.
5/24
Brunswick Brawlers
The Brunswick Brawlers is a Detroit based group of musicians who came together to play the music they love and admire. They play a mix of early American popular music including jump blues, Western swing, early rock n roll and rhythm and blues. They can be found performing throughout the city of Detroit.
5/31  The Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club 
The Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club bring the sounds of New Orleans street bands to every place they play. This acoustic ensemble is equally at home in your living room, in a club, or on the street. Whether providing hot horn lines, gritty guitar comping, or sultry singing, the ANPC evoke the festive spirit of New Orleans whenever they perform. Come check us out the next time we're playing.
5/31
The Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club
The Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club bring the sounds of New Orleans street bands to every place they play. This acoustic ensemble is equally at home in your living room, in a club, or on the street. Whether providing hot horn lines, gritty guitar comping, or sultry singing, the ANPC evoke the festive spirit of New Orleans whenever they perform. Come check us out the next time we're playing.
6/7 Drew Schultz & The Broken Habits 
Drew Schultz is a prolific drummer, songwriter, percussionist, and producer who has worked with artists including the Temptations, Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves, Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire, The Dramatics, Contours, Miracles, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Jerry Butler, and many more. He has written songs for legendary soul artists including the Four Tops, Funk Brothers, Reggie Torian of The Impressions, Chairmen of the Board, Melvin Davis, Spyder Turner, Dennis Coffey, Lenny Pickett of Tower of Power/SNL, and and countless others. Drew recently formed his group the Broken Habits, featuring some of the Motor City's finest including guitarist Carlton Washington, vocalist Trish Shandor, bassist Matt Ryan, and keyboardist Mike Harrison. Drew Schultz & The Broken Habits are a virtuosic quintet mixing songs that Drew has written for legendary artists, as well as the iconic hits that made them famous, creating an entertaining combination of original material and classic covers carrying on the legacy of Detroit Soul Music.
Photo via Cleveland Scene
6/7
Drew Schultz & The Broken Habits
Drew Schultz is a prolific drummer, songwriter, percussionist, and producer who has worked with artists including the Temptations, Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves, Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire, The Dramatics, Contours, Miracles, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Jerry Butler, and many more. He has written songs for legendary soul artists including the Four Tops, Funk Brothers, Reggie Torian of The Impressions, Chairmen of the Board, Melvin Davis, Spyder Turner, Dennis Coffey, Lenny Pickett of Tower of Power/SNL, and and countless others. Drew recently formed his group the Broken Habits, featuring some of the Motor City's finest including guitarist Carlton Washington, vocalist Trish Shandor, bassist Matt Ryan, and keyboardist Mike Harrison. Drew Schultz & The Broken Habits are a virtuosic quintet mixing songs that Drew has written for legendary artists, as well as the iconic hits that made them famous, creating an entertaining combination of original material and classic covers carrying on the legacy of Detroit Soul Music.
Photo via Cleveland Scene
6/14 Billy Brandt & The Sugarees 
Billy Brandt and the Sugarees is the latest in Billy Brandt’s Americana projects.  Billy is the winner of two Detroit Music Awards for Best Americana Recording and the Sugarees are a jam band, a country band and a rock band all rolled into one.  The lineup includes Detroit’s finest in John Holkeboer (the Sequins, Ryan Dillaha, Honky Tonk Tuesdays and Sundays) on Bass, Chris Degnore (the Blackdrops, Jill Jack) on guitar, and John Porter (The Blackdrops and many others) on Drums.
6/14
Billy Brandt & The Sugarees
Billy Brandt and the Sugarees is the latest in Billy Brandt’s Americana projects. Billy is the winner of two Detroit Music Awards for Best Americana Recording and the Sugarees are a jam band, a country band and a rock band all rolled into one. The lineup includes Detroit’s finest in John Holkeboer (the Sequins, Ryan Dillaha, Honky Tonk Tuesdays and Sundays) on Bass, Chris Degnore (the Blackdrops, Jill Jack) on guitar, and John Porter (The Blackdrops and many others) on Drums.
6/21  The Gasoline Gypsies 
Rollicking, genre-transcending Blue Water Michigan Rock N Roll delivered by four guys who clearly love their craft. With three part vocal harmonies, driving guitar and bass riffs, the songs are powerful and intense, yet simple and pure. The Gypsies released "Killin' Time" on July 1st 2017, not long after they were deemed one of the “Three ?Best Unsigned Bands in the USA” by JBL, and right before they became Grand Prize Winners of the Michigan State Fair Superstar contest. Now, we are eagerly anticipating the next Gypsies EP, produced by wizards Chuck Alkazian and Nadir Omowale at the legendary Pearl Sound Studios, part of the Superstar Contest package. Early word is “Whew!! Sizzling Hot!!, from all those who were in studio for the creation process.
6/21
The Gasoline Gypsies
Rollicking, genre-transcending Blue Water Michigan Rock N Roll delivered by four guys who clearly love their craft. With three part vocal harmonies, driving guitar and bass riffs, the songs are powerful and intense, yet simple and pure. The Gypsies released "Killin' Time" on July 1st 2017, not long after they were deemed one of the “Three ?Best Unsigned Bands in the USA” by JBL, and right before they became Grand Prize Winners of the Michigan State Fair Superstar contest. Now, we are eagerly anticipating the next Gypsies EP, produced by wizards Chuck Alkazian and Nadir Omowale at the legendary Pearl Sound Studios, part of the Superstar Contest package. Early word is “Whew!! Sizzling Hot!!, from all those who were in studio for the creation process.
6/28  The Scrappers 
The Scrappers are a 4-piece rock 'n' roll band with harmonies, pedal steel and real songwriting. If The Beatles drank with Hank, this is what may have resulted.  If you stroll through Strawberry Fields under the Nashville Skyline, The Scrappers would be the wind breathing through the trees. These four Detroiters may have spent an endless summer in Laurel Canyon with Gram, but it's not all Nudie Suits and cowboy hats. The dock of the bay they're sitting on looks out over Cripple Creek, creating another ripple in their torn and frayed jeans.
6/28
The Scrappers
The Scrappers are a 4-piece rock 'n' roll band with harmonies, pedal steel and real songwriting. If The Beatles drank with Hank, this is what may have resulted. If you stroll through Strawberry Fields under the Nashville Skyline, The Scrappers would be the wind breathing through the trees. These four Detroiters may have spent an endless summer in Laurel Canyon with Gram, but it's not all Nudie Suits and cowboy hats. The dock of the bay they're sitting on looks out over Cripple Creek, creating another ripple in their torn and frayed jeans.
7/5   Jo Serrapere & The Willie Dunns 
Jo Serrapere, a songwriter from the Detroit area, fuses elements of various modern and traditional folk music, old-time and electric blues, garage rock, swing, and alt-country. She started the old-time country girl group Uncle Earl and performs with the band Stella! regularly. With the Willie Dunns (John Devine, Dave Roof and Stuart Tucker), Jo performs her original songs as well as classics from artists like Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith and Tom Waits.
7/5
Jo Serrapere & The Willie Dunns
Jo Serrapere, a songwriter from the Detroit area, fuses elements of various modern and traditional folk music, old-time and electric blues, garage rock, swing, and alt-country. She started the old-time country girl group Uncle Earl and performs with the band Stella! regularly. With the Willie Dunns (John Devine, Dave Roof and Stuart Tucker), Jo performs her original songs as well as classics from artists like Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith and Tom Waits.
7/12   Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils 
Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils are a Detroit based roots rock band with honky tonk soul. The band shakes audiences with blues guitar licks and soulful vocals in their live performance. Named in the Hot 100 by Music Connection Magazine; they have 5 Detroit Music Awards to their credit. Guitarist Dylan Dunbar has served as axman for two Handy Award/International Blues Challenge award winners as well as country artist Whitey Morgan. The band has been on bills around the country with diverse acts such as Delbert McClinton, Jason Eady, The Mavericks, Paul Thorn, Hayes Carll and others.
7/12
Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils
Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils are a Detroit based roots rock band with honky tonk soul. The band shakes audiences with blues guitar licks and soulful vocals in their live performance. Named in the Hot 100 by Music Connection Magazine; they have 5 Detroit Music Awards to their credit. Guitarist Dylan Dunbar has served as axman for two Handy Award/International Blues Challenge award winners as well as country artist Whitey Morgan. The band has been on bills around the country with diverse acts such as Delbert McClinton, Jason Eady, The Mavericks, Paul Thorn, Hayes Carll and others.