Escaping Pavement and Loos Koozies at Ferndale Library Dec. 2

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FERNDALE, MI –It’s time to get loud in the Ferndale Library, again! On Fri. Dec. 2,, The Ferndale Area District Library opens their doors for an after-hours gig! First Stop Friday, the library’s bi-monthly showcase of two great local bands, is sponsored by The Friends of the Ferndale Library. This free concert is always hosted in the Library’s Community Room, and this month features folk/bluegrass duo Escaping Pavement and a newly formed country-rock outfit Loose Koozies.

First Stop Friday was spearheaded by FADL’s Head of Circulation Services, Kelly Bennett back in 2010, offering local music fans an ideal way to kick off their evening’s entertainment. In Judy_Palmer30years2014, when the Library had to cut back operation hours on Fridays, it continued on as Start HERE Saturday. First Stop Friday concerts returned in October 2016, thanks to a recent millage passed by voters to re-expand hours.

“We’re so glad to have the original recipe back!” says Bennett. “The original intent was to be the first stop of a local music lover’s weekend, and now that we’re open again on Fridays, we can be here for music fans galavanting around the area.”

The concerts can be as loud and as lively as any performer needs them to be, so one shouldn’t presumably anticipate a typical soft-folk coffee shop open mic night vibe just because you’re in a library. With the support of the Friends of the Ferndale Library, Bennett has begun curating lineups of top-tier local talent, the same rock, folk and hip-hop acts you’ll see at any major venue around the Greater Detroit area.level_one_ad01

“The Friends of the Ferndale Library unanimously voted to support First Stop Friday to allow the library to attract some of the most talented musicians in the Detroit Metro area in a live setting that’s open to all ages and backgrounds,” said Janelle Rogers, President of the Friends of the Ferndale Library. “Ferndale has an amazing nightlife for those over 21 who want to see a show at The Magic Bag or The Loving Touch. First Stop Friday gives an opportunity for high school students and those who want an alternative to the bar scene to see a great band at no cost on a Friday night.”

The Ferndale Library closes at 6pm every Friday. On Dec. 2nd, the doors reopen again at 7pm, baby modern natural 03with music beginning shortly after (around 7:15 pm). For more information, contact: 248-546-2504 or follow on facebook at:

More about this month’s featured First Stop Friday Artists artists

Escaping Pavement are coming off the release of their second full-length album, The Night Owl, an instant classic of modern bluegrass and fiery folk ballads. The Ferndale-based duo has an impeccably sweet harmonization with their voices and dynamic synchronization of strums from a mandolin and acoustic guitar. (Sometimes they bring a banjo and a ukulele to the party). Rethink Americana twang, rethink folk; get back to the natural earthy sounds and “escape the pavement” of electro-heavy cityscapes. In summary: utterly charming. More info: family

Loose Koozies are a new group by local singer/songwriter Eric Allen. Allen has played with several of Detroit’s best, from the realms of garage rock to blues, pop to country (and even some hardcore punk). The versatile auxiliary player now steps into the spotlight as frontman, displaying a richly raspy voice endeared to a rust belt-flavored fraying of country twang, Americana and 60’s Nuggets rock ‘n’ roll. While Allen and his backing band are all established players, they’re so new that they’re only just now setting up a website and Facebook.



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