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Fastcarsfreedom
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Post Number: 110
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 1:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looking for a unique night out with my wife--anyone have any thought's on Baker's on Livernois?
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Rust
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Post Number: 143
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 7:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Classic Jazz Club overflowing with ambience.
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Lowell
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Post Number: 3546
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 8:28 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great choice. Go early. Eat, prices very reasonable, portions large. That way you get good seat.
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Jimg
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Post Number: 761
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 10:02 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sean Dobbins on Saturday. Arrive before 830.
www.bakerskeyboardlounge.com
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Erobtheone
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Post Number: 46
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 10:48 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I love bakers. Thursdays used to be open mic and the talent that comes through there is great. The food is good too but get there early for a good seat.
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Harmonie
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 10:52 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would also check out Cliff Bells (www.cliffbells.com) downtown. I think Thursdays they have a 16 piece jazz band. They don't have food but you could hit any number of the restaurants downtown first.
For a unique night out I would go to Vicente's for Cuban Cuisine then Cliff Bells for absolutely amazing music and ambience.
Bakers is also wonderful. Just thought I'd throw out another option.
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Southofeight
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Post Number: 25
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 11:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Both of those places are very nice. Bakers is legendary, you have to go at least once. Lowell is right, the food is especially good and very moderately priced. Great crowd, super friendly people. We had a party of four there for nearly four hours, ate a huge dinner and ordered round after round of drinks, and our tab was around $110, which is unbelievably cheap (especially for the amount of booze we were tossing).
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Ha_asfan
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Post Number: 81
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 2:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow, I can't believe people think the food at Bakers is good! Ok, the muffins are good, the mac and cheese is good...that's about it. I would eat elsewhere and go for the great music.
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Jt1
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Post Number: 8140
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 2:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


quote:

Wow, I can't believe people think the food at Bakers is good! Ok, the muffins are good, the mac and cheese is good...that's about it. I would eat elsewhere and go for the great music.




I assume that this is Kwame's fault as well or is Kwame just stealing from Baker's?
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Ha_asfan
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Post Number: 82
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 2:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jt1, What is the link between my thoughts on the quality of food served at Bakers and your Kwame remark?
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Jt1
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Post Number: 8141
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 2:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I thought every post of your had to accuse Kwame of screwing up or being a crook. I was just trying to keep some consistency.
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Ha_asfan
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Post Number: 83
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 2:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I do think Kwame is a crook. I have limited my comments re Kwame to Rackham Golf Course. Please don't make try to make points for me, I will do make them myself.
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Jt1
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Post Number: 8142
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 3:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looks like someone can't take a little sarcasm.



(Message edited by jt1 on January 11, 2007)
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Jimg
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Post Number: 762
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 3:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Harmonie, Scott Gwinnell's ork is on Weds eve at Cliff Bell's. Baker's has 'open mic' on Weds as well, excellent trio (Weed/Mayberry/Davidson).
Ha_asfan, you don't like the Catfish dinner???
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Ha_asfan
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Post Number: 84
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 6:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've never had the Catfish Dinner...had lots of other dishes there and they're just plain old not so great. Every New Years we go to Bakers for the celebration and even on New Years, the food, and this is just my opinion, is pretty average....food isn't why I go there and certainly I'll continue to go...just wish their kitchen turned out food worth going for.
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Saintme
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Post Number: 19
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 6:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What kind of attire is appropriate for Baker's?
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Jimg
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Post Number: 763
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 7:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Shoes are required.
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Jimg
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Post Number: 764
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Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 7:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Have to agree with you about the Mac/Cheez, and muffins, they really are good. Mmmhmmm

Attire? Younger folks often dress 'casually' but anything works, really. It's a lounge and the overall tone is, to me, classy. Most important thing to bring is R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the musicians.
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Kathleen
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Post Number: 1862
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Posted on Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 2:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

FYI...an overview of area jazz clubs, including Baker's....http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=2007701070525
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Jimg
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Post Number: 768
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Posted on Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 5:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

In-depth article on Baker's available at
http://detroitmusichistory.com /Bakers.pdf
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Yvette248
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Post Number: 369
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 7:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bakers is the best. Come as you are. Good food, good people, and good music.
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Spaceboykelly
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Post Number: 192
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Posted on Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 1:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just got home from Bakers... the salmon patties and dressing are both amazing... and the music has always been great. Both of my friends were impressed.
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Seth
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Post Number: 10
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Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 1:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Baker's is THE place to take out of towners or (more importantly) friends who grew up in the area and never saw the need to experience music at 8 Mile and Livernois.

The food is great. The service is slow - but you really shouldn't be rushing to leave.

An evening at Baker's always feels like a voyage back to some bygone era.
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Johnlodge
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Post Number: 32
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Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 3:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Love Baker's, go there all the time. Wednesday night is Open Jam Session with the Tad Weed Trio. All sorts show up and jam out onstage. Course, they recently implemented a no-smoking policy everywhere except at the bar. I guess most people will like that, but I kinda enjoy sipping a gin and tonic and watching my jazz through a cloud of smoke. Just a traditionalist, I guess. See my thread "Pictures of fun times around Detroit" for a shot I took at Baker's one night.
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Mallory
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Post Number: 76
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 4:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Could swear I saw Chapter 8 (featuring a then-unknown Anita Baker) perform there once. Am I confused with another place? Anyone?
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Harpernottingham
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Post Number: 79
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 5:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I live right across the street. I helped book some kick-ass traditional New Orleans jazz (politically incorrect term "Dixieland") band there last week. Old ladies loved it, young men loved it, black and white ... it was the French Quarter at 8 & Livernois last week for Ragtime Rick and His Chefs of Dixieland. Old black ladies waving their handkerchiefs, old white lady celebrating her 80th birthday ... chefs hats for everyone in the band ... what a night. They'll be back again. They usually play in Toledo at Murphy's. Great time, but the cook burned my fish to a crisp.

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