Everyone knows that the best way to conquer midwinter melancholia in the Northern states is to fill your February calendar with activities. Excercise, go to museums, task yourself with demanding projects, volunteer for a charity, join an obscure society, make unnecessary shopping excursions (building credit), try to keep the sad stay-at-home drinking to a minimum, GO SEE LIVE MUSIC, etc.
Here, I offer you two solutions...
Solution #1 (Big City Version):
It's so nice when a new venue opens up. The Grand Rapids-based craft beer bar Hopcat recently opened a new location in Detroit and while many of us certainly love our craft beer, they also had the foresight to augment their new venture with what I've heard is a pretty high class performance space called The Huma Room. On Wednesday nights, the guys at Grand Circus Media are booking smaller acoustic and roots-type acts and my lieutenant/piano-henchman Patrick Herek and I will be making our Huma Room debut on Wednesday, February 11 opening for bluegrass outifit Thunderwude.
Wed., February 11 - 8pm
The Huma Room @ Hopcat
4265 Woodward Ave.
21+ / $5
Solution #2 (Small Town Version):
If heading downtown on a Wednesday isn't your joint, Pat and I will be playing a more intimate show in the intimately smaller town of Saline, Michigan which happens to be where I now live. This hometown venture will be at a secret venue that sometimes occurs above an Italian restaurant on Michigan Ave. Who doesn't love to be a part of something secretive?
Sat., February 21 - 8pm
Acoustic Routes Concert Series @ Mangiamo's
107 W. Michigan Ave.
$10 / Call 734-429-0060 for reservations
Full bar and dinner service available