Tonight (that’s Friday, Oct. 16), Jo Serrapere is having her final CD release party for her new disk Love Going South at the Cadieux Cafe in Detroit. I have this CD and it’s maybe the best local CD I own; the production is outstanding and the songs are finely honed works of art, performed by a group of Ann Arbor and Detroit’s best musicians. She’ll be performing with her band the Willie Dunns.
The Cadieux Cafe is a great place to see local music. You may also have seen it on the Food Network show No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain; video clips are displayed on the Cadieux’s website.
Saturday night (Oct. 17), Mama’s Coffeehouse (at the Birmingham Unitarian Church) is hosting a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which will be kind of a commemoration of two area musicians who passed away recently, Denise Marie Stein and Pamela Campau. The musical guests include Stewart Francke, Josh White Jr, Matt Watroba and Floyd King & the Bushwackers (Denise played with the Bushwackers). I think the place will be packed, and for a good reason too.