City Slang: Black Jake and the Crane Wives at the Ark

Dec 2, 2013 at 11:33 am

Ypsilanti bluegrass punks Black Jake & the Carnies will perform on a bill with Grand Rapids band the Crane Wives at the Ark in Ann Arbor on Friday, Decembr 6.

Black Jake says, “Ypsilanti-based outfit Black Jake & The Carnies and their Grand Rapids counterparts, The Crane Wives, together represent the best of Michigan's modern Americana movement. The former have spent years honing the one-of-a-kind sound they dub "Crabgrass," while the latter have been taking their electrified indie-folk in a frantic criss-cross tour of the state, culminating in January at the 2014 Ann Arbor Folk Festival.”

Ticket's are $15 for this all-ages show and are for sale now on The Ark's website . Doors open at 7:30pm with music starting at 8:00.

In a piece entitled The Ypsitucky Rustbelt Revival, we said that, “That's the Carnies: six hard-working men from Ypsi who wallow in the imagery of old-timey sideshows and carnivals. "When you grow up in a small town, you have hair down your back and everyone's a redneck, you get called a freak a lot," Jake says. "So I get attracted to the outcasts, the freaks, being somebody who's on display."