On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the Ugly Mug Cafe & Roastery, located at 317 West Cross Street in Ypsilanti, Michigan, joined forces with Sacred Star Productions [SacredStar.com] to kick off their monthly music & spoken word variety show series, which will take place the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00-9:00 PM. The show was video recorded by Dark Elf Entertainment of Ypsilanti and will be publicly broadcast on wdee-tv.com, as well as this Vimeo channel.

Each month, from now through June 10th, The Cross St. Chronicles Variety Show will spotlight four to six musicians and spoken word artists from across the SE Michigan/NW Ohio region, followed by a short Open Mic segment to close the show. The show is being hosted by Michigan Poet & Author Craig A. Combs―author of Taking Tea in the Black Rose, a poetry anthology―and the lineup for this inaugural event went as follows:

Jess Salisbury ― EMU Student, Editor-in-Chief of the Eastern Echo, and Singer-Songwriter
Luis Anderson ― Ann Arbor Poet, Short-Story Writer, and Solo Musician
Craig A. Combs ― Event Promoter, Poet, and Author of Taking Tea in the Black Rose
Julie Babcock ― University of Michigan English Professor, Short-Story Writer, and Poet
Andrew Sigworth ― EMU Graduate Student and bandleader of the folk-rock trio Cold Tone Harvest
Open Mic ― David Ward, Edward Morin, David Jibson, Todd Askew

Anyone who is interested in being featured in a future installment of The Cross St. Chronicles should contact Craig Combs at craigacombs[at]me[dot]com. Signup for the Open Mic will be limited to no more than six (6) slots of five (5) minutes each and should present the performer's original work.

This is an all-ages event, and admission is FREE to everyone. To contact the host venue, the Ugly Mug Cafe & Roastery, call (734) 484-4684 or find them on the web at uglymugypsi.com.

Special Thanks to:

Kayj Michelle ― Ugly Mug Cafe Events Manager & the entire Ugly Mug staff
Tony Dixon & Ray Brockette ― WDEE-TV.com Videographers
Andrew Sigworth ― Audio/Stage Assistance
Don Booher ― Additional Still Photography

"Terrapin Crossroads" from KEYS for the Rex Foundation provided courtesy of Keller Williams
Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter ©1977 ― Ice Nine Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)
For more information on this recording and the Rex Foundation, please visit KellerWilliams.net or RexFoundation.org .


Run time: 1:45:10 (approx.)

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