Entertainment Schedule

The Jackson Coffee Co. promotes local and regional music by providing live entertainment every Friday on our second floor. Musician perform a variety of coffee house style music Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. There is never a cover charge, as all music is FREE to attend.

Musicians: interested in performing? Click here for more information.

Friday
Aug 8

Bob Marshall

It all started with The Merv Griffin Show in 1967….

While watching the performance of a guitar player on the Merv Griffin show, I was enthralled at the sounds coming from the sunburst, archtopped, “F” holed guitar of the entertainer. Not just the notes, but the rythmic thumb thumps and accents that he used to drive the music forward. I knew that I had to play guitar.

Over the next few months I saved my money (a very limited commodity in those days) and purchased a “Holiday/Harmony” Arch top guitar from the Sears catalog. Upon its arrival imagine my diappointment when it just didn’t “thump” like that other guy’s guitar did!

Not to be discouraged I pestered my mother for guitar lessons. On a weekly basis she took $5.00 for an hour guitar lesson from her limited funds and drove me an hour one way to take lessons. Today she remains my biggest fan (aren’t Moms great?), even though my guitar thumping hasn’t improved one little bit.

I’ve been around the block a few times. I began playing in bars right out of High School in 1973. In 1975 I finshed 2nd to Jim Perkins (a local Detroit favorite) in a single entertainer competition. Jim won a guitar…I won …well 2nd! Although my ego at the time struggled with it, Jim should have won. He was better than I was. Congratulations Jim (ok….so I’m a little late with it). I’ve spent time with my music in front of audiences in the Detroit metropolitan area as well as Missouri, Kansas and California.

In 1976 I passed on an opportunity to join “The New Christy Minstrels”. It seemed like a rational decision at the time to pursue a real job that would have some long term benefits (like a retirement). I don’t regret the decision one bit. I’m back now doing what I love full time. I’m making music.

I’ve been fortunate in my life. Read what some nice comments from various folks have been………..

“Bob’s voice continues to resonate with a mesmerizing quality and his guitar work is sublime.” Grasslake Folk Festival

“…Bob Marshall, whose rich baritone voice and sensitive interpertations are sure to move you.” SLUM City Coffeehouse

“The words that Bob sings are from the heart and the guitar playing is honest enough to lay bare the soul.” Live From the Livingroom

“Bob Marshall’s rich baritone voice and sublime guitar work will make your day. This cowboy, singer/songwriter will make you laugh and warm your heart…. visit with Bob and listen to his great originals, paradies and covers…he does it all!” Ellen Doster, Motor City Sidestrokers

Friday
Aug 15

Steve Berkemeier

Growing up the youngest of nine children, Steve Berkemeier was exposed to a wide variety of music that has had a lasting influence on him as a singer, songwriter and performer.
It was during the seventies, when singer/songwriters dominated radio airwaves, that Berkemeier first learned to play the guitar. He formed a number of bands at home in Michigan and while attending the University of Dayton in Ohio and worked as a disc jockey at an oldies station after graduating.

Eventually, Berkemeier settled in as a solo act, performing on the six and twelve string guitar.

“I was always impressed by performers like John Denver, James Taylor and Harry Chapin, who could entertain audiences with just their voice and guitar, and I realized that was what I wanted to do” Berkemeier says.

While he is often compared to those performers the influence of rockers like Bruce Springsteen, and John Mellencamp is also apparent in Berkemeiers music.

Berkemeier has also enjoyed success with his own songs. A The Seventh Son a recording of original works includes the autobiographical title cut and explores the love for and devotion to his wife Margaret (You Are My Life), the evolution of long term friendships (I’ m Still Here) and the challenge of living up to one’ s potential (This Day).

Dave Hoger, entertainment editor of the Jackson Citizen Patriot wrote “the songs on “The Seventh Son” showcase an artist who has the ability to weave the right words with the right emotion into a first-rate album that deserves to be heard.”

Another original composition, the rollicking “Great Lake Splendor” (The Michigan Department of State) became that agency’s theme song. Berkemeier recorded a version that was used on the department’s web sight as well as for a video played in Secretary of State offices all over Michigan. Berkemeier also performed the song live at appearances by Secretary of State Candice Miller in more than 40 Michigan communities.

Berkemeiers’s latest CD “Playing Favorites” is a collection of some of his most frequently requested songs along with some of his personal favorites by artists who have been an influence to him.

For more than 15 years now, Berkemeier has combined the strength of his original songs with popular, classic and contemporary songs by other artists, to entertain audiences all over the State of Michigan and Ohio. His frequent appearances at area festivals and venues have made him one of the region’s most popular entertainers

Friday
Aug 22

Dan Hazlett

With subject matters ranging from carpet stains and the demolition of Barbies to life with his schizophrenic brother, solo acoustic performer Dan Hazlett’s (pronounced HAZE-LETT) songs roam from the outlandish to the sublime. His rich, warm voice and skillful acoustic guitar work make his performances touching, humorous and uplifting. Blending a folky, jazzy style with carefully crafted and thoughtful songwriting, Dan has often been compared to artists like James Taylor and David Wilcox.

During a career spanning more than thirty years, Dan has been actively touring the Midwest. His CD, “Family Album” has received strong airplay throughout the U.S., Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Canada. Dan has been nominated for several Detroit Music Awards. He was named a finalist in both The KRCL Performing Songwriter Showcase in Park City Utah and the Big Top Chatauqua Songwriting Contest and was awarded 2nd place, 3rd place and an honorable mention in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest and an honorable mention in The Billboard Songwriting Competition. He has been a guest on nationally syndicated radio shows Albom In The Afternoon (Mitch Albom) and River City Folk (Tom May) and one of Dan’s songs was featured on the nationally syndicated radio program “Car Talk. Dan has opened for many established performers like Valdy, David Roth, Cliff Eberhardt and Jack Williams and for seven years hosted his own folk radio show “Local Folks” on WXOU-FM at Oakland University.

A prolific songwriter, Dan Hazlett has recently released his seventh full length CD, “Just a Guitar” while doubling as a producer and session musician for many local artists.

Friday
Aug 29

Bob Hausler

Bob has had a fantastic career with the opportunity to work with some of the finest musicians in the world. He just enjoys the music. He puts his heart into every performance, from the smallest house concert to the largest stage. He knows it is all about being in the moment. Most of all he wants to please his audience and let them experience the music in there own unique way. Always open to new and exciting ways to share the music.

Friday
Sep 5

John Voelz

WHETHER JOHN IS PLAYING SOLO OR WITH HIS BAND, WE ARE THE INK MONKEY, JACKSON CROWDS ARE ALWAYS PLEASED BY THIS SINGER-SONGWRITER. JOHN IS A NATIVE CALIFORNIAN WHO PUT DOWN ROOTS IN JACKSON A DECADE AGO. FOLK, ACOUSTIC, AMERICANA, INDIE-FOLK, BLUES . . . ALL A PART OF THE VERSATILE GRAB-BAG OF MATERIAL THIS ARTIST HAS TO OFFER. ACOUSTIC GUITAR, MANDOLIN, HARMONICA, KEYS, BANJO–ANY OR ALL OF THESE INSTRUMENTS COULD BE PART OF WHAT LIES IN STORE FOR AUDIENCES WHEN JOHN PLAYS. IF YOU LIKE GOOD MUSIC THAT TELLS STORIES, YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS SHOW. FUN, HUMOROUS, REDEMPTIVE, CELEBRATORY, HONEST, AND CREDIBLE. JOHN HAS 9 ALBUMS TO HIS CREDIT AND HAS TRAVELED MUCH OF THE WORLD WITH HIS MUSIC OVER THE PAST 25+ YEARS.