Gardenia Bluegrass & Roots Festival – Save the Date

Save the date for the return of Gardenia Bluegrass & Roots Festival at the Royal Oak Farmers Market on Friday April 11, 2014.  A night packed with authentic americana music, craft beer, local eateries, and artisans.   Photo gallery from last year’s festival.


Written on 11/07/13

5/3 – Metro Times Blowout Showcase featuring The Ragbirds, The Crane Wives, & more


The Loving Touch :: Ferndale, MI / 9:00 PM Show / $20/35 / 18+ / Buy Tickets / Facebook Event

Grand Circus Media Showcase @ The Metro Times Blowout featuring the best in folk, americana, and roots that Michigan has to offer.  Purchase your wristband here to enjoy all of the shows and over 100 bands in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Ferndale!

Metro Times Blowout is one of the longest-running music festivals of its kind in the United States.  Each year, attendees enjoy Blowout because it showcases the best local talent and embraces the regional music scene. Catch your favorite up-and-comers or discover something new— there’s something for everyone at Blowout!

9:00 PM – Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful

10:10 PM – Joshua Davis Trio

11:30 PM – The Crane Wives

12:40 AM – The Ragbirds

Written on 04/08/13

4/13 – Gardenia Bluegrass & Roots Festival

Royal Oak Farmers Market :: Royal Oak, MI / 6:00 PM / $25/30 / 21+ / Buy Tickets / Facebook Event

Tickets also available with no service fees at UHF Records – 512 S. Washington St, Royal Oak MI

The Ark – Ann Arbor, Liquid Events Detroit, and Grand Circus Media proudly present the inaugural Gardenia Bluegrass and Roots Festival at downtown Royal Oak’s Farmers Market on Saturday, April 13, 2013.  Greensky Bluegrass will headline the event with their brand of progressive bluegrass this is taking the country by storm.  After a very successful New Years Eve show at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre this past December, the band will be out to show its home state why it’s a group worth traveling to see again this summer during festival season.  Also on the bill, Whiskey Shivers will make their debut in the Detroit roots scene.  Armed with a high-energy hillbilly-folk sound, the group was named “Act to See” at this year’s South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.  Completing the bill are Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys and the Appleseed Collective.  The event will also feature a range of craft breweries and spirits from around the country, as there will be no shortage of suds to compliment the feet stomping.

Gardenia will benefit local charity, Camp Casey, a Royal Oak based charity who raises funds in support of horseback-riding programs for children fighting cancer.  Powered by generous donations and amazing volunteers, Camp Casey has helped spread the healing power of horses for over eight years.  The festival aims to draw attention to Michigan’s cultural roots by means of community gathering and dancing.  As one the sites of metro-Detroit’s food and mercantile co-operatives, The Royal Oak Farmer’s Market serves as the perfect venue for the festival’s theme of collective-roots and shared purpose.  Join us in celebrating Michigan artists and local philanthropy.

Tickets to the one-day event will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door.   Tickets are available at, UHF Records on 512 S. Washington in downtown Royal Oak and at the Farmers Market.  Doors open at 6pm.  Guests 18 and over are welcome.  See the Facebook event for additional information and links below for media from our featured artists.

Written on 03/07/13

show announcement: Graham Parker and the Rumour

Magic Stick :: Detroit, MI / 8:00 PM / $25/28 / All Ages / Buy Tickets / Facebook Event

Graham Parker has reunited his original band the Rumour for their first album together in 31 years. The album,Three Chords Good, (out November 20 via Primary Wave Records) was produced by Dave Cook and Graham Parker and contains twelve original tracks of driving and confessional rock and roll. Graham Parker and The Rumour will also appear in a film this December entitled  This Is 40. The film is an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit Knocked Up, as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life.

Written on 01/30/13
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