Every April Mr. B (Mark Lincoln Braun) hosts a piano throw-down featuring himself and others of his ilk. This year's show features Mark, Al Hill, Bill Heid and Bob Seeley. Paul Keller and Leonard King will accompany each act (barring Seeley) on bass and drums, respectively. 3x3+1: 3 trios and 1 soloist. Bob Seeley will be the only 88-year-old on the bill, and coincidentally, that's the number of keys on your regulation piano. Get it? These posters, the fruit of our labors, will be on sale at the show. 12" x 18", 2-color letterpress printed on French Muscletone paper.
Poster design for piano impresario Mark Lincoln Braun (Mr.B). Each year he hosts blues and boogie boogie piano talent for a weekend of world class music. Friday April 22 at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Saturday April 23 at The Ark in Ann Arbor. This year's lineup features Bob Seeley, Chris Codish and Robert Moore. The Detroit-based talent pool inspired this year's poster design. These hand-printed posters will be for sale at both events.
Remember CDs? Believe it or not, they're still in production. Drummer Pete Siers teams up with blues and boogie pianist Mark Braun (Mr. B) for a spirited romp through the blues. While Ann Arbor is known for heartbreaking football losses to their in-state rivals, the depth of local musical talent should be less of a well-kept secret. CD Release Party: Saturday, November 28, 8p.m. at The Ark.
Mr. B is blues and boogie woogie pianist Mark Lincoln Braun. The Joybox Express is a project he has spearheaded to raise funds for children's sports, music and arts programs. In short, he has a piano bike, which consists of a piano (the Joybox) mounted on a platform, that has two bikers pushing and one (Mr. B) pulling.
Over the last several summers the Joybox Express has travelled across the lower part of the State of Michigan, from Saugatuck to Detroit, stopping along the weeklong journey to play music for anyone they encounter. If you are not familiar with the project or with Mr. B, please know that the music played is high-caliber blues and boogie woogie, the kind that you will not hear unless you have some great vinyl recordings, or if you frequent the less commercial, local club circuits in New Orleans and other cities that still support this incredibly original American music.
This fall, with the help of Artrain, Mr. B's Joybox Express will embark on an ambitious 90-day ride, and travel the length of the Mississippi River. Starting in Minnesota, they'll make their way south to the city of New Orleans. They will be raising money, playing music, and pedaling their asses off the entire way.
Rarely in our busy lives do we get to participate in an unconventional, ambitious and soulful endeavor like this one. Here's your chance. You can support this effort by visiting joyboxexpress.com and donating to the cause.