Acoustic Routes Concerts is bringing multiple Detroit Music Award winner Billy Brandt & The Sugarees back to Stony Lake Brewing as an acoustic trio on Saturday, August 18. The music starts at 8 p.m. with an opening set by singer-songwriter Darin Francis.
As befitting a band that takes its name from a classic Grateful Dead song – “Please forget you knew my name/My darlin' Sugaree/Shake it, shake it Sugaree” – the evening will be infectious cocktail of rootsy, folky, bluesy, psychedelic alt-country music.
Billy's embrace of different genres brings a richness and expanse to his shows, and his band features some of Metro Detroit’s best musicians, including Chris Degnore (of The Black Drops) on guitar and Ann Arbor’s John Holkeboer (of John Holk & The Sequins) on bass.
“The Sugarees are everything I’ve been into rolled into one,” Brandt told The Oakland Press. “It’s everything I’ve listened to, and all the bands that inspired me.”
Brandt’s most recent breakout song is “Moon Over My Head,” which won a 2017 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Americana Recording (in a tie vote).
Other classics recorded live across Metro Detroit include:
Sun Go Down
Don’t Let Your Demons Bring You Down
Francis, who is returning to the local scene with “fresh scars” as he puts it, is coming armed with new songs that bear influence from artists like Tom Petty Ryan Adams, The Indigo Girls, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits.
There is a $15 cover at the door with 100 percent going to the artists. Stony Lake Brewing is located at 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. The Brother Trucks food truck will be on-site from 5 – 8 p.m.