Mix an eclectic rock band with salt of the earth country/bluegrass bands at a small venue in Detroit, and you have a recipe for great music and good times.  5th Wall Concept, Jayke Orvis and The Broken Band, and Rickett Pass cooked up this fine musical brew at PJ’s Lager House in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday, May 1st, 2014.

5th Wall Concept opened up the evening.  I had the good fortune to review their music for the upcoming Without Borders release, which covers a lot of territory.  This had me very interested to hear how it would play out live.  I’m happy to say that they did not disappoint.  These guys are talented musicians who seamlessly weaved in stories to set the stage for each song while they were swapping instruments.  They pulled off the wildly demented Gypsy Tune with Dylan handling sound effects while doing a nifty Cossack jump style dance!  Be sure to check out their upcoming release and be on the look out for a show near you.

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James Hunnicutt took the stage next for a few tunes of solo acoustic folk.  James plays guitar with The Broken Band and is an accomplished singer-song writer in his own right.  The crowd hung on to each song that he sang and loved each note.  I enjoyed the relaxed and unassuming nature of his music.  The ‘SATAN’ shirt was pretty cool too!

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Mason from Rickett Pass told me before this gig that Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band were the shit. After I heard them play live, I know why!  This is what country music should always sound like.  The Broken Band served up a savory helping of bluegrass and country with an underlying gypsy tang.  They played with conviction and heart that exhibited a true love for the music they make.  I failed to get a set list, but I did catch the names for a couple of tunes such as Shot Down and Yankee Taste (with the awesome Metallica prelude from Battery!).  They had the house dancing and singing for all they were worth.  If you enjoy authentic mountain music, then you should definitely check out Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band.

Jayke Orvis and The Broken Band online:

Rickett Pass brought us all home with their Detroit brand of gritty country and bluegrass.  This band is just a ton of fun live.  I’ve seen them a couple of times now and they never fail to impress me with their energy and contagious enthusiasm.  This was the kick off for a multi-week tour, which would take them down South.  Armed with some new music, they lit a fire on the die-hards in attendance.  After a couple of tunes they were joined by Broken Band members Liz Sloan on fiddle and Jared McGovern on bass.  You could see that everyone on stage was having a hell of a good time!  Rickett Pass ended the show out in the crowd with busted strings and smiles all around.

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About The Author

Chuck is a native Michigander. He grew up in Detroit, and later Pinckney. He now calls Ann Arbor home. Running is in Chuck’s blood. He has run several marathons and numerous other races. His favorite race is Dances with Dirt in Hell, Michigan. Chuck was first exposed to photography in 7th grade. He has been a photographer ever since, honing his skills shooting landscapes and most recently concerts. In addition to experiencing music from behind the camera, Chuck is a musician in his own right. He has been playing guitar since his teen years. He played in Detroit area metal band, Battalion, recorded two independent releases, and toured. Today when not covering concerts, you can find him online at his blog, Life In Michigan.

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