Robin and Jenny Bienemann
The husband and wife duo of Robin and Jenny Bienemann are both singer-songwriters and instrumentalists. By turns hilarious and heartfelt, this cutting-edge acoustic duo melds original and traditional music with an elegant hint of jazz. Robin’s wild guitar stylings harken back to the earliest forms of jazz, blues and country guitar. Jenny’s voice and guitar playing evoke comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Ricki Lee Jones. Both write songs that are celebrations of modern life in all of its wonderful, strange and hilarious beauty, garnering airplay on National Public Radio, Dr. Demento, and The Midnight Special.
TwosDay Night Special
Jenny and Robin played Hey Nonny on the very first Tuesday night we were open (Oct. 23, 2018). And it was magical. Now, they’re hosting a new series at Hey Nonny: TwosDay Night Special. Each edition will feature Robin and Jenny, with a guest duo, weaving a fascinating web of songs, poems, and some silliness. Each evening will challenge the guest duo to craft a short new song about Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights, or Tuesdays. Each evening will also offer a (short and curated!) time for audience contributions of songs, poems or other creativity. We’re debuting TwosDay Night Special for this event, and then will pick it up on the fourth Friday of every month beginning in April.
Anne Heaton and Frank Marotta Jr.
Singer-songwriter and piano-player Anne Heaton has captured audience imaginations for over fifteen years with her songs that are, by turns, “tender, barbed and spiritual” (Washington Post). She’s been featured by the New York Times Popcast (who called her music “absolutely gorgeous”), played numerous times on NPR and shared the stage with artists such as Jewel, Sarah McLachlan and jazz drummer Max Roach. With “To the Light,” her seventh studio album, Anne has surrendered to her love of collaboration more than ever before by creating music with friends throughout the country including Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz), Alex Wong (Vienna Teng) and Ann Arbor’s own Erin Zindle. Even Anne’s own daughters contributed by coming up with ideas for the “Celebration” and “Donut” songs! Known for her love of storytelling and humorous stage presence, her latest music is danceable and more ‘in the body” with lyrics both comforting and real – an invitation for us to connect to our joy even when we are going through challenges personally, in our communities, or globally. Anne toured and made music with her husband and guitarist Frank Marotta, Jr. full time for many years. Tonight, they’ll be performing together again as part of this special duo evening with Jenny & Robin Bienemann!