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Trinity House Theatre exists to enrich and enliven the communities of Southeastern Michigan through brave, truthful and necessary works of art.

Trinity House Theatre
38840 West Six Mile
Livonia, MI 48152
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UnValentines Day featuring John Latini, Jamie-Sue Seal and Dave Boutette – February 16

“The Un-Valentine’s Show-Songs And Tales Of Unforgiveness, Heartbreak, Dysfunction And Revenge” brings together three of Michigan’s favorite singers and songwriters. Jamie-Sue Seal has taken the Un-Valentine’s Show on the road with two of her talented and twisted songwriter friends; John Latini and Dave Boutette. The songs are presented in a round robin and politically incorrect fashion covering topics such as stalking, love triangles, and a magician who accidentally makes his wife disappear. Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, this show promises to be entertaining and humorous.

The special intimacy that only comes from sharing firelight is where Dave Boutette finds his home. Songs of highway hijinks and wildcat oil drillers in the Michigan woods are as likely to be heard as old favorites that have been in your head and heart for years. For Boutette, its the sharing of songs that holds all the magic. Come on over, join the circle, sing a tune, or stir the coals. Youre welcome to hang until first light. Just be careful not to wake the folks in the tents.

Before stepping out on his own, Boutette spent ten years with the Detroit-based alterna-rock bar kings The Junk Monkeys. The band toured the nation relentlessly supporting such acts as The Goo Goo Dolls and Hootie and the Blowfish, while recording under the Warner Bros./Metal Blade label from 1990-93.

In 1994 Dave came to Ann Arbor and soon found himself playing open mics and farm markets for tips. The rich and gifted Ann Arbor acoustic music scene provided an ideal environment for Dave to test his songwriting skills.

Influenced by songwriters that span from Chuck Berry to Chuck Brodsky, Dave documents the trips and triumphs of life between the coasts. With a full band or solo acoustic, Boutette easily reveals a Midwest experience worthy of a second look with performances that are engaging, exhilarating, and often peppered with stories culled from his times on the road and his years growing up in the shadow of Detroit.

-The Ann Arbor Observer
John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but hes as truly a son of Michigan as if hed been issued a passport. Its not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas. And its not just that hes been awarded an official Proclamation from Paul Schreiber, mayor of his Ypsilanti home town, or that he received a Letter of Recognition and Appreciation from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Its more that, whether hes fronting his band the Flying Latini Brothers, working as a duo, or most often, commanding the stage alone, John Latini personifies the best that the heartland, and especially Michigans righteous rock history, have to offer: an honest, straight-ahead, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Latini also knows that all the best American music flowers from blues roots, and whether hes tearing it up at a blues fest or captivating a room with original songs, folk and blues go arm in arm in his music like the blood brothers they are.

In addition to being a serious crafter of clever, literate songs, Latini is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style but more than anything hes an intense, incandescent performer, with an emotional, testosterone-charged voice that the Ann Arbor Observer called alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.

Jamie-Sue Seal just released her first CD in 12 years, a decadent project that takes a look at all the different ways a gal can get herself in trouble.

“The Post-Victorian Woman’s Guide To Reckless Flirtations” starts with the lively “Crush”. . . a charismatic ode to vintage-style flirting. Pristine vocals are accompanied by piano, organ, guitar, horns, upright bass and an unacceptable amount of attitude. Ohhh, the shameless attitude.

Jamie-Sue is one half of the duo Bottle Rocket Cabaret (with John Latini).