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The Paz Man returns, and is bringing the blues with him to Royal Oak
Royal Oak is getting the blues.
And a lot of people are happy about that.
Boo's, a new blues club inside Mr. B's on Main Street, marks not only the arrival of a new performance space but also the return of an old friend to the local blues scene. Mark Pasman, a veteran Detroit musician who hosted the "Motor City Blues Project" on WCSX-FM for 25 years before the station canceled the show in February, will serve as Boo's host and musical director, booking the acts for the 100-person capacity room.
"Our main purpose is to represent the finest in Detroit blues, Rhythm & Blues, American music and do it on a regular basis in a very musical setting," says Pasman, who kicks things off Saturday, Nov. 15, with a free Paz Man Super Session that will feature a number of musicians from the metro area.
"It's a really good setting -- a lovely stage, a nice P.A. And it's set up so we will not be competing with the football game on the big screen TVs or karaoke night, although they have some of those things in the rest of" Mr. B's, which is owned and operated now by Chef Johnny Prepolec.
After Saturday's opening, Boo's will host singer Thornetta Davis on Nov. 21 for another free show, while guitarist Bobby Murray and his band will perform the following night for the club's first paid show, a $10 cover. Pasman will reunite his band Mudpuppy for a special Wednesday performance on Nov. 26, the night before Thanksgiving.
Boo's will begin hosting Back Porch Thursdays acoustic shows in December, and Pasman says the room will host some national touring performers, possibly even setting them up in other sections of the restaurant if the attendance warrants. Most shows will begin at 8:30 p.m. and wrap by 11:30. "We realize the blues audience tends to be older," Pasman notes. "They need to get home and let the baby sitter go home, so we'll accommodate that."
"This is jsut a fantastic opportunity," Pasman says. "There's really a pent-up demand for this; there hasn't been a real good blues room open up in quite some time, especially one devoted to local music like this. So the demand is out of control, and we're just having a great time with this."
Boo's, inside Mr. B's, 215 S. Main St., Royal Oak.
Grand opening is 8:30 p.m Saturday, Nov. 15, with a Paz Man Super Session.
Admission is free.
Call 248-399--0017 or visit www.mrbspub.com.
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