SpeakEZ is proud to partner with Local Spins to bring a diverse blend of music to our stage every Wednesday evening! This series features a wide array of the best musicians in the West Michigan area in a casual, acoustic setting. There is never a cover charge and every Wednesday features $3 select Michigan Draft Beers! (Ages 21+ after 9pm)
The Boulevard Billies are an acoustic trio that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including classic country, roots-rock, folk and bluegrass resulting in a distinctive sound that highlights over a century of musical experiences. From Bluegrass festivals, Breweries, Bars, Eateries, Clubs, Theaters and Hootenannies, The Boulevard Billies have been entertaining millions and thrilling bazillions with their blend of Americana Roots Music seasoned with a heapin helpin of light hearted stage humor. Over the years, we are proud say we’ve shared the stage with such great acts as: Drew Emmitt, Steep Canyon Rangers, Corn Meal, Pure Prairie League, Little Jimmy Dickens, Commander Cody, Peter Rowan and the Dillards.
What do Freddy Fender, Ringo Starr, Gerry Rafferty and Billy Connolly have in common? Roger Brown – an accomplished songwriter, soulful singer and stellar finger style guitar player. From the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina to Europe and back again, Roger has been singing, playing and writing music his entire life. He was a founding member of the band Stealers Wheel. He wrote the music and lyrics to Ringo Starr’s children’s release “Scouse the Mouse” and worked with Ringo as Musical Director when the album was recorded. Roger is a respected studio musician, vocalist and side man and has recorded and/or toured with Gerry Rafferty, Billy Connolly, Freddy Fender, Ringo Starr, Link Wray and Joann Kelly among others. Fifteen of Roger’s original songs have been covered by other artists. Roger has toured extensively as a solo performer and band leader, and has appeared at numerous international music festivals.
Roger’s original songs span the roots of American music from folk to country to blues. He sings it like he means it with a voice that can convince you he’s got the blues one minute and draw you in with tenderness the next. His finger style guitar work is unrivaled offering up just the right amount of twang and attitude on his beloved Telecaster or a more folkie sound on his equally beloved Martin. Roger has recorded two solo CDs “Any Way You Please” and his most recent “Sometimes You’re Lucky”.