From June through mid-August, downtown Chelsea is a hub of excitement with live entertainment, special exhibits, activities for the kids and much more with the 42nd Annual Chelsea Sounds and Sights Festival. The Zou is thrilled to support this spectacular festival and encourages you to check out the schedule of events at https://chelseafestivals.com. On Thursday evenings, during the Chelsea Sounds and Sights Festival, the Zou is launching our new Twilight Thursday Summer Music Series, 7 – 9 p.m. every Thursday starting 6/6 through 8/15 featuring the talents of our Thursday Open Mic guest artists including Annie Capps, Sam Corbin, Rochelle Clark, Rollie Tussing, Dave Boutette, and Judy Banker.
Tonight, guest artist Dave Boutette takes the stage. A good friend of the Zou, Dave — either solo or with his wife and musical partner, Kristi Davis — has played a number of weekend shows for us. Known throughout folk circles as a consummate songwriter and performer, Dave performs originals that are soulful and uplifting. Whether banging out a set of saloon songs at a Michigan watering hole, or settling back for an evening of singing at a fire ring afterward, Dave Boutette will hold listeners as long as they keep the lights on or until the rain starts. Stories, advice, observations, or raffles are as apt to appear during a performance as are his songs. Blending many schools of American roots and popular music including folk, blues, swing, and old time country, his songs testify to the power of true love, rebirth, snow plows, and migrating fish. If you get the chance, stand next to Dave. Besides feeling taller than you actually are, you may start to see some things in an entirely new light.
“Dave Boutette fuses a sort of classic folk feel a la Woody Guthrie or early Dylan with kisses of modern alt folk edginess and a touch of crooner blues. The result is unique and refreshing, with music that lets you pay attention to the wonderful stories while experiencing them in subtly non-traditional singer/songwriter fashions. You can also think of Tom Waits without the gruff voice.Music that is catchy, honest and enjoyable as well as being skillfully crafted.”
– Music Morsels