Reporting Vickie Thomas
DETROIT (WWJ) When people think “Detroit,” honky tonk isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind.
But PJ’s Lagerhouse in Corktown hopes to change that.
The bar on Michigan Avenue is throwing a birthday party for country legend Waylon Jennings this weekend, hoping to entertain large crowds with down home honky tonk while raising money for a good cause.
The event is a fundraiser for the Waylon Fund for Diabetes Research. ”Waylon Jennings was a country music legend, he died of diabetes,” said PJ Ryder, owner of the Lagerhouse, adding the fund was founded by Jennings’ son and wife and dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes.
Fans across the country celebrate the life, legend and music of Waylon Jennings by holding birthday bashes on or around his June 15 birthday — but this is the only official event in the Midwest.
A $10 cover charge applies for Honky Tonk Throwdown, and PJ Lagerhouse owner PJ Ryder said a special guitar will also be auctioned off to raise money.
And for that price, visitors will get to enjoy a line-up including, among others: Deadstring Brothers; The Sights; Katie Grace; If Birds Could Fly;
Horse Cave Trio; Captain Ivory; Ryan Dillaha; Mary Cutrafella; Fifth on The Floor; Brunswick Brawlers; Crooked Little Reasons; Jeremy Porter and the Tucos; Dock Ellis Band; John Holk; The Greaves; Miles Burning Band; Orbitsuns; Billy Don Burns; Bull Halsey; Behind The Times; Whiskey Charmers; Babe Miller and His 10-4′s; and Gibson Seal.