We were saddened to hear of the death of Shakey Jake, a fixture on the Ann Arbor street scene for well over three decades. If you spent any time at all in the city, you were likely to see the eccentric figure, dressed in his trademark oversized sunglasses, floppy hat, white shoes and three-piece suit, playing his strange version of “the blues” on an old, dilapidated guitar for tips. Jake -- whose real name was Jake Woods -- passed away last Sunday (Sept. 16th) at the age of 82. A memorial service will be held at Muehlig Funeral Chapel beginning at 1 p.m. this Sunday (Sept. 22). The chapel is located at 403 S. Fourth St. in Ann Arbor.



The irrepressible and irreplaceable Shakey Jake.


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