City Slang: Second Annual Birthday Party

On Friday, January 17, the New Way Bar in Ferndale will host the Second Annual Birthday Party, with White Shag and Michael Turner on the bill.

According to White Shag, “The Birthday Show tradition began in 2013 as a way for White Shag to celebrate their own births, but it was expanded to include everyone who ever had a birthday (meaning, You and YOU). This year they invited their friend, Michael Turner, former lead singer of hard-charging Detroit rockers, Jiva, to premiere his new solo project at the birthday celebration.”

The show starts at 9 p.m., and there will be party favors and cake for everyone. The event is open to anyone 21 and over, and there’s no cover.

“Turner, whose birthday is January 22, will release his first solo album on the Distorted Soul label this summer, and he is anxious to show off his new material. “I can’t wait to get back on stage with some of Detroit’s finest musicians, and the always rocking band, White Shag,” Turner says. His band includes Twistin’ Tarantula’s guitarist Lawerence Daversa, and Detroit funk assassin Nadir Omowale on bass.”

“Meanwhile, White Shag has been rocking clubs and racking up acclaim all over the nation. They recently received three nominations in the 2014 Rockwired Radio Music Awards, and were among Music Connection’s Top 100 Unsigned Bands. Bassist and vocalist, Laura Mendoza, is excited to celebrate this year’s birthday show at Ferndale’s newly remodeled New Way Bar.”

“I’m really happy we got to put on The Birthday Show again this year,” Mendoza says. “Last year’s show was really fun, so you can count on the same this year!”

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