Muddy Roots Spring Weekender – Get your tickets!

Get your tickets…this will sell out and only 500 total tickets are available!

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Folk the Police – Sunday January 26 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor

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Upcoming shows!

November 8 – The Brass Rail, Ft. Wayne, IN
November 14 – YpsiFest, Ypsilanti, MI
December 6 – The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI
January 10 – Foundry Hall, South Haven, MI
January 11 – Winter Wheat, Grand Rapids, MI

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Halloween shows!

The Carnies have two very special Halloween shows this month starting with the Theatre Bizarre Preview Gala on Friday October 18th at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. The Procession Preview Gala includes strolling dinner, open bar and valet parking. Also half of the ticket price ($125) is a tax deductible donation.

Then, Friday October 25th at Woodruff’s in Ypsilanti, Black Jake & the Carnies will be Puttin’ on the Ritz Carnie-style!  Opening with our friend Chris Dean projecting a few delightful short films, followed by a bloody Miss Pumpkin Princess Pageant, and featuring the freshly reanimated corpse of the Gepetto Files!  Black Jake & the Carnies will outdo themselves once again with their signature raucous set and carnival games to close out the evening.  $6 with a costume, $8 without!

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Black Jake’s Halloween Showcase – October 25 – Woodruffs in Ypsilanti

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The leaves are changing, the pumpkins are ripening, and there’s a distinct chill to the air which foretells the coming of All Hallow’s Eve. For Black Jake of Ypsilanti’s Black Jake & The Carnies, it’s a holiday that has always held a special place in the dark recesses of his heart. For years he has utilized his less-publicized talents for makeup and special effects to private Halloween parties and grand events like Theatre Bizarre, but this year he wanted to do a little something extra.

And so he concocted his own Halloween Showcase, to be revealed at Woodruff’s Bar in Ypsilanti on October 25. The ingredients are all there for an unforgettable celebration of the ghastly. At its core lies a sure-to-be-raucous performance by Black Jake & The Carnies whose hometown shows have developed a reputation for flash, flare, and floor-shaking dance. Also joining the bill is the rock puppet show known as The Gepetto Files, the Detroit-based Doppelgänger Circus Sideshow, plus a series of hecklable 16mm film shorts screened by the estimable Chris Dean.
Come one, come all! It’s the stuff nightmares are made of!
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Waiting, Watching Tour starts May 31!

May 31 – Appalachian Uprising, Scottown, OH
June 1 – vClub, Huntington, WV
June 2 – The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
June 3 – The Velvet Lounge, Washington, DC
June 5 – Blue Plate Special Radio Show, Knoxville, TN
June 5 – Music City Roots: Loveless Cafe, Nashville, TN
June 6 – Scenic City Roots: Track 29, Chattanooga, TN
June 7 – Willie’s Locally Known, Lexington, KY
June 8 – Crawfish Boil: Darkhorse Brewery, Marshall, MI

 

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Watching, Waiting – New EP and Tour!

Black Jake & The Carnies are proud to announce the release of their third studio effort, “Watching, Waiting”, a 5-song EP released April 23rd that will be followed by a whirlwind 9-day, 10-city tour starting May 31st.
The record has already received some rave reviews:

Incognito Music Magazine Pick of the Week
Metro Times Detroit’s Music Blahg
Metro Times Detroit’s City Slang
Ear to the Ground
Drifter Country (Dutch)

Stream or purchase at the band’s BandCamp page.

The his will be followed by a 10 city tour starting May 31 at the Appalachian Uprising in Scottown, OH and will include stops in West Virginia, Washington DC, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and culminate with a headlining set at the annual Darkhorse Brewery Crawfish Boil in Marshall, MI.

May 31 – Appalachian Uprising, Scottown, OH
June 1 – vClub, Huntington, WV
June 2 – The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
June 3 – The Velvet Lounge, Washington, DC
June 4 – Growler’s American Grill and Venue, Roanoke, VA
June 5 – Blue Plate Special Radio Show, Knoxville, TN
June 5 – Music City Roots: Loveless Cafe, Nashville, TN
June 6 – Scenic City Roots: Track 29, Chattanooga, TN
June 7 – Willie’s Locally Known, Lexington, KY
June 8 – Crawfish Boil: Darkhorse Brewery, Marshall, MI

Summer Festivals:

June 14: Buttermilk Jamboree, Delton, MI
June 20: Top of the Park: Ann Arbor, MI
July 13: BlissFest, Harbor Springs, MI
August 31- September 1: Muddy Roots Music Festival, Cookeville, TN

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Watching, Waiting – new 5-song EP Released April 23rd

Black Jake & The Carnies, the Ypsilanti-based Kings of Crabgrass, are proud to announce the release of their third studio effort, “Watching, Waiting.” Recorded in the winter of 2012 at Big Sky Studios in Ann Arbor, MI.

The clean instrumentation and orchestrated vocals take center-stage on this 5-track EP. Traditional gospel tunes get worked up into a frenzy on the first two tracks, dissolving into the locomotive-powered instrumental, “Last Stop.” The record then veers off into more irreverent territory with their Muppets-inspired rendition of an old Red Ingle tune, before finishing off with “A Good Man Knows,” a powerful original played at a blistering pace, featuring some of the band’s most intricate playing to date.

The record has already received some rave reviews:

Incognito Music Magazine Pick of the Week
Metro Times Detroit
Ear to the Ground

Stream or purchase at the band’s BandCamp page.

We will celebrate with 2 Release Shows April 25th in Detroit and the 26th in Ypsilanti. This will be followed by a 10 city tour starting May 31 at the Appalachian Uprising in Scottown, OH.

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The Hot Stove Report

Happy New Year all! We were thinking we might let you in on what we’ve got cooking for early 2013.

Probably the thing we’re most excited about is our upcoming EP! Work is well under way and we’re set to have it out by this spring. The EP will consist of 5 tracks including “A Good Man Knows,” which we debuted last month on Tree Town Sound. Tuna mentioned something about a podcast, so maybe you’ll be able to get your hands on that sneak peak at some point.

We’re also in the process of booking dates for a south-bound tour this June. We’ve already got a couple dates set including the Appalachian Uprising Festival in Scottown, OH and a gig at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV. We’re still working on potential dates in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, and Missouri, so if you or a friend have a great idea of somewhere we should play, let us know either in the comments or on facebook!

We’re trying to keep this short, but we couldn’t let this end without noting the depature of our good friend and mandolin player Zach Pollock (aka Zachariah Sticks, much to his dismay). Zach has moved on to the greener pastures of Chicago and we’re sad to see him go. however, we’re happy to announce the addition of a new carnie, Andy Benes of Back 40. Andy’s been practicing with us for a few months now and we’re excited that he’ll be making his carnie debut at Folk the Police later this month.

This is already longer than I intended it to be, so just take look to the right for our other upcoming shows and friend us on facebook to see what else is going on. Cheers!

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November Shows! Chicago, Hamtramck, Fort Wayne!

We’re hitting the road a bit this month, getting out of our Ypsitucky comfort zone. Right off the bat, we’re headed west to play the fair city of Chicago. Look for us Friday, November 9th, as we take the stage at Township in Logan Square. Headlining the night is local outfit Scott Lucas & the Married Men (featuring Scott Lucas of Local H fame). It’s been a good four years (!) since we’ve played Chicago, so we’re really looking forward to blowing the roof off that sucker.

November 17th finds us back at Small’s in Hamtramck, Michigan as we join up with fellow Muddy Roots vets, The Goddamn Gallows and Jakye Orvis & The Broken Band. Starting off the night is Rockwood, MI based quartet, Rickett Pass. This show has all the roots-inspired rock and punk your heart could possibly desire.

The culminating glory of our November Reign* is a return to Fort Wayne, IN and one of our favorite venues, The Brass Rail. These shows always seem to get pretty rowdy, and with Old and Dirty and The 220 Breakers joining in the fun, we’d be surprised to find the building still standing once we’re through. Check it out on November 30!

So there you have it! It’s gonna be a great month. One more thing though before we go: We have finally released our Electronic Press Kit, a nice mini-documentary describing us and what we do. It’s got some great footage from our sets at Wheatland and Woodruff’s, plus a bit of an interview with Black Jake. So whenever anyone asks you, “What is Black Jake & the Carnies,” just show ‘em this vid. Cheers!

*Sorry. It couldn’t be helped.

 

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