The Greenblues and special guest
January 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST$12
$12 advance / $15 door
The Greenblues are a duet whose spectrum include blues, ballads, mantras, chants and more. Their music brings a message of world thought, and is often seasoned with eastern and African musical stylings. Many traditions are blended into a unique eclectic style, creating a very original kaleidoscope of sound, while maintaining the intimacy of a duet.
Ashley Rae – vocals & percussion
Mike Gilmore – guitars, bouzouki, guzheng & hand drums
Mike Gilmore started playing guitar at age 4. In his late teens and early twenties he began playing and studying world music and jazz, focusing on music from India and Africa. Shortly after, he began his journey as a recording and touring musician. Mike’s discography includes over 20 releases. Perhaps he is best known for his vibraphone and marimba work with The Northwoods Improvisers, especially their collaborations with the late, great Detroit saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey. This group released ten recordings including one DVD from 2000-2012. Mike has also been featured on many projects including a solo release featuring the Turkish saz, titled “Soaring Hawk” (2000). He has also played, recorded and toured with numerous musicians and bands, playing guitars, bouzouki, guzheng and hand drums, including a cd and tours with poet Gordon Henry and bassist Mike Johnston (2013). Mike’s most recent release is an eastern world music project called “Inscribe” (2019). For more information, music and complete discography please visit www.mikegilmoremusic.com
Ashley Rae sang in church & school choirs as a child, and into her teens. In high school, she played trombone for several years. As the daughter of an artist and a musician who exposed her to rock bands of the 1960’s & 70’s, and having regularly heard big band, swing, and crooner music of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s from her grandparents, she was steeped in the sounds of these generations. Additionally, growing up in the 80’s & 90’s with a strong interest in British and American alternative rock, heavy metal, grunge and experimental groups, she developed a truly eclectic taste in music. In her late teens and twenties, her interests expanded to include Native American, Ethiopian, eastern music, jazz and the blues. She was particularly “hooked” on the voice and rhythmic trance of John Lee Hooker. Throughout her life, she has sung with many musicians and groups, as her travels took her from Michigan, to places including Colorado, New York and West Virginia. Ashley has sung in punk, reggae, rock & roll, rockabilly and acapella groups. She believes that music is an essential part of human life, and sees art and music as forms of healing, pleasure and powerful expression. Her studies in art, yoga and energy healing have helped shape the concepts she brings to the music.