Jeff Karoub / Blog

Tour de Great Lakes (avec CD)

I'm excited to re-team with Putnam Smith for a mid-April long weekend of gigs that takes us from suburban Detroit to Marquette. The Tour de Great Lakes includes two public shows: A fundraiser at 7 p.m. April 12 at Cranbrook's Kingswood Auditorium in Bloomfield Hills and a 6:30 p.m. April 15 concert at First United Methodist Church in Marquette. In between is a house concert in Dearborn and a possible show somewhere on the road upstate!

I'm thrilled to debut some new tunes, a new instrument (mandolin) and a new CD ('Made by Motown')! Yep, I'm treating this as one long release party for my first solo effort, with a great friend and musician assisting me live. Of course, I'll be returning the favor and offering some fiddlin' support to Putnam during his sets, including songs from his phenomenal (and still pretty new) CD, 'We Could Be Beekeepers.'

Hope you can join us. We'd love to see you somewhere in the Great Lakes State!

Being for the benefit of ... the tots

After a phenomenal triple-header of shows recently with Putnam Smith, I'm paring back to solo _ for a good cause! At 7 p.m. Dec. 3, I headline a Toys for Tots benefit at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dearborn! I was honored by the invite by Tom, Amy and the good folks behind Dearborn Acoustic Night. The holiday benefit is DAN's big shindig of the year, and I'm grateful to be featured in it. I hope everyone will come, armed with a new, unwrapped toy or monetary gift. And a friend or two!

Details here: http://j.mp/vKlMnV

Summer solo-stice

Summer is heating up on the gig front, while presenting some cool new opportunities.

First up is the Rust Belt Market at 3 p.m. July 17 in fashionable, funky Ferndale, where I'll be part of a great day of acoustic music on a stage smack dab in the midst of artisans' wares. A blend of Motor City visual and sonic arts: A vacant Old Navy store has never been put to better use!

Next comes another novel venture, when I head to UDetroit Cafe in downtown Detroit's Harmonie Park district. I'll be the musical guest on Pam Rossi's live Internet radio show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1, but you can also come see it live in the cafe. Check it out: http://www.udetroit.com/

The next night (7 p.m. Aug. 2) I'll be at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan's folk Taj Mahal. Not exactly headlining (yet!), but taking part in a songwriting contest that's open and free to the public. Three finalists will get to perform the following weekend at Manchester's Riverfolk Festival, which I was proud to take part in a few years back. Come support me _ for free!

All this, while I plan some dates with Putnam Smith in the fall. Come be a part of any _ or all _ of it!

Warming up for spring

Another great weekend of Michigan gigs with Putnam Smith is shaping up for April 8-10, including Livonia's Trinity Theatre and the newly confirmed St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Rochester Hills. And more to come! I'm excited to reteam with Maine-based singer-songwriter Putnam and mandolinist Nate Spencer, with whom he's touring nationally. Before all that, I have the honor of returning to the Baseline Folk Society stage March 19 as featured performer. It's billed as Jeff Karoub and The Cautionary Tales (with said tales TBA). Lots more good stuff to come this spring, I hope. Keep checking in _ and coming aboard!

Looking back, ahead

I'm giving great thanks to the gigging gods for the well-attended, well-received late November shows with Putnam Smith in Michigan. We saw old friends and made some new ones at the Raven Cafe in Port Huron and MAMA's Coffeehouse in Bloomfield Hills. The Sunday 'house concert' at Dearborn First United Methodist Church (and the following 'encore' performance for the church's Hospitality Week guests) was a great capper to the nonstop weekend of music. Thanks to ALL who made it out to any of the above!

I'm especially grateful to Putnam for his musical assist, including helping me name my new tune, 'Pitcher's Duel with Sin.' I'm hoping for an opportunity sometime soon to record it, as well as 'Made by Motown' and 'Can't Find a Way.'

Putnam returns to the Great Lake State in early April, where we'll play the Trinity House Theatre in Livonia and possibly a house concert at a Detroit-area church. We've been invited and are working out the details. More to come on that!

Early Thanksgigging

The weekend before Thanksgiving will be another Michigan-Maine string summit, as Putnam Smith and I hit three stages in the Great Lake State.

Friday Nov. 19, we play the Raven Cafe in Port Huron, where Putnam's friend, Connor Garvey, and I shared a bill in September. Saturday, Nov. 20, I'll support Putnam during his opening slot at MAMA's coffeehouse in Bloomfield Hills. Finally, on Sunday, Nov. 21, we return to Dearborn's First United Methodist Church for a 'house' concert.

Come on and come out to see some Maine town meets Motown! No excuses _ the big bird doesn't even need to start thawing yet!