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Ben’s Musical Offerings

Mystic ShakeMy music friend, Ben Hassenger, is a busy dude. He has been in the band Mystic Shake for longer than I’ve known him. He and Pat Malloy from that band sing as a duo called Blue Jell-O. Sometimes they play at Altu’s (their next musical performance at Altu’s is July 29). And Ben is always writing songs, either alone or with Pat. He’s in a songwriting group or two or seven.

He also coordinates the “Music Under the Pines” house concerts. Brian and I opened for Mystic Shake at the first concert they had. Great fun!

So when Ben writes, I listen. Today this is what he says:

Thursday, June 1: Ben Hassenger with Songwriters Anonymous (that link is a Myspace page with songwriters listed) at the Coffee Beanery in Ferndale, on Woodward just south of 9 Mile. Join Ben and his songwriter buddies from 7:00 – 9:30 at this nice little spot in the Detroit area and listen to some great original acoustic music.

Saturday, June 3: Mystic Shake will be playing at the annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Town celebration – come see why Lansing is such a great place to live and play! We will perform from 1:00 – 3:00 by the Impressions 5 Museum, go to http://www.lansing.org/batyot/ for more details.

Sunday, June 4: Music Under the Pines presents Mustard’s Retreat wsg Drew Nelson. Our first outdoor concert of the season present some great traditional and contemporary folk music. The fun starts at 6:00 in Haslett, go to www.mysticshake.com/mutp.html for more details and to request an invitation and get directions to the show.

So folks… if you are local enough to be able to attend, please put these dates on your calendars. I’m a big fan of Tourist in Your Own Town… and my brother is friends with some of the Mustard’s Retreat folks, so I’ll be trying to make as many of these concerts myself, as possible.

The photo today is Mystic Shake at the Music Under the Pines concert where we opened for this band. Ben is the one smiling at the front microphone.

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