Sunday, December 5 will be the last time you can “shake your cans” with Mystic Shake. The ever-popular local band will host its farewell concert from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Sir Pizza Grand Cafe on the corner of North Grand River and Turner Street in Old Town. (Download their poster here.)
Drummer Dick (Flat, Black & Circular) Rosemont and his artist wife Jane are relocating to Santa Fe. Current bandmates Ben Hassenger, Pat Molloy and Dick Johnson decided that it was better to go out on a high note than look for a replacement for Rosemont, a founding member of the eclectic aggregation.
The group started out as “Rockin’ Rhythm and Reggae,” but soon expanded its repertoire to include rock, folk, blues, jazz and world music. Over the years, area musicians including Glenn Brown, Phil Throop, Bruce Landrick, Steve Miller (no, not the “Space Cowboy” Steve Miller or the punk rockers, but the saxophonist), Tim Alteri, Stan Werbin, Greg Bloy, Mike Lynch and Mike Skory were members of Mystic Shake. Brian Hefferan and Karl Pestka have also guested on albums. (Is there anyone around town who has not played with the band?)
The end of an exuberant era (and a good reason to lure Dick and Jane back for a reunion concert someday).