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.

Jul 25

Blue Jello and the Ukelele Kings

Blue Jello with special guests The Ukulele Kings
Two bands for the price of one! Longtime Jackson Coffee Company favorites Blue Jello will be playing their unique blend of clever originals and tasty covers on guitar and uptight bass. At some point during the evening they will morph into The Ukulele Kings; an all-ukulele band (including uke bass) and perform a variety of songs from folk, rock, blues, and reggae genres. This special performance will mark the long-awaited return of stingbender-extraordinaire Pat Malloy, the addition of bassman Steve Szilagyi to the groups, and  another fun appearance by JCC stalwart Ben Hassenger. Click the following links to see videos of The Ukulele Kings (http://tinyurl.com/ukekingsvideo) and a nice tune from Blue Jello (http://youtu.be/4q-4X2kw5nc).

Aug 1

Maggie’s Standard Time Band

“Many years of experience together has polished these musicians into a jazzy eclectic group that can span generations of music and audiences. Classically trained, they can rock and roll, ad-lib jazz, and swing the swing. Maggie’s Standard Time Band will thrill your guests with sophisticated taste. They are based in Ann Arbor and perform throughout Michigan.

Maggie Waltz is the bass player and leader of the band. She’s rock steady and plays a variety of styles including jazz, Broadway, blues and classical. She knows every nuance to every song, and her musical backbone allows everyone around her to be free with the melody, rhythms and solos.

Kyle Newmeyer’s distinctive tone and style create a pleasing combination to the ear. He switches between soft and soothing to loud and brash, and everything in between. Kyle captures the spirit of every song and leaves the audience eager for more.

Jean Wilson brings loads of expertise and enthusiasm to our group. Jean has a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano and music education, and arranges and composes for One Voice Gospel Choir. She is versatile, trained classically, with theater and jazz experience. She has a dry sense of humor and a wellspring of talent.

Rob Hejna has been drumming professionally since age 12. He has performed locally, toured nationally, and recorded with rock, blues, R & B, country, reggae, jazz trio and big band jazz groups. Most notable were his years with the Mallory-Jones Jazz-Rock Quartet, the II-V-I Jazz Orchestra, Frank Allison & the Odd Sox, and the Dean Solden Jazz Trio.

Charlie Kemp studied saxophone performance at The University of Michigan under Donald Sinta. He performs in the area, both as a classical and jazz musician. His talent, versitility and beautiful tone add great texture and variety to the band’s sound. He is an experienced saxophone instructor for students of all ages.

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

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

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.