Patrons visiting Joe & Rosie’s Coffee and Tea this past Saturday were greeted by the mellow, thought-provoking music of local musician Bruce Bielawa.
Bielawa’s performance is part of owner Rachel Shelley’s recent effort to invite talented local musicians into her place of business to add a musical layer to the coffeehouse atmosphere that permeates the Dexter’s favorite downtown coffee hangout.
“He has performed his songs in Main Street cafes like this one throughout southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio,” said Bielawa’s wife and manager Sandy Kreger, who recounted her husband’s career trajectory as a musician that has taken him from growing up in a family of classical musicians and writing songs inspired by the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Cat Stevens as a teenager to earning music composition degrees from Cincinnati, Yale and U of M and teaching music at Tennessee State University in Nashville.
After composing for the concert stage for years, Bielawa returned to the small venue scene to reconnect with the music-making of his youth, Kreger said.
“He was ultimately drawn back to the more modest music-making,” she explained.
Shelley is looking for more musicians to perform between 2 and 6 p.m. any day that her coffee shop is opened.
Bands consisting of four members or fewer can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest in performing at Dexter’s coffeehouse venue.