The wife and I had a fun night out last Saturday. We met some friends out at Plymouth Roc, 1020 Ann Arbor rd. in Plymouth. We arrived just before 7:00 pm and the place was jumping. There was March Madness on the various T.V. screens and a 50th surprise birthday party taking place which we all got to join in on. The atmosphere was electric. My wife and I split a pizza for dinner. We ordered a large due to our server’s recommendation which proved to be entirely too much pizza for the 2 of us. Good thing I love left overs. The pizza was great though, we created our own: ham, green pepper, and onion with butter cheese crust. I washed mine down with an early pour of Bell’s Oberon while my wife had a s’mores martini made with whipped cream flavored vodka, chocolate liquor, and a graham cracker crust rim. My oberon was crisp and refreshing with light citrus notes and a creamy finish. The s’mores martini was absolutely to die for. I would get myself into trouble drinking those as they taste more like a dessert than an alcoholic beverage. After dinner they turned off the lights and the entire place got to shout surprise as the birthday girl arrived. You could tell she was genuinely surprised and seemed to be a bit of a party animal so you got the feeling it was going to be a rocking night at Plymouth Roc. It was just that thanks in large part to the giant projection screen that had been featuring Michigan State’s routing of fellow Big Ten rival Minnesota in a 70-50 final score finally being retracted up to reveal the top entertainment of the evening, the band: Motor City Soul! I had never seen this 8 piece band play before but to say they got the crowd jumping was an understatement. Consisting of 4 alternating lead singers, guitarist, bass guitarist, drummer, and key board, as the name suggests they played some of the biggest Motown hits you would expect from a band called Motor City Soul. They led off the set with Sly and the Family Stone’s “Dance to the music,” and the crowd did just that. Motor City Soul had some range however, straying from Motown and branching out to some of today’s hits such as Bruno Mars,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred lines,” and even Outkast’s “Hey Ya”. They continued to branch with some classic rock like Journey’s “Lights,” country doing Chris Stapleton’s “Strawberry Wine” and my favorite song of the evening was when they belted out an energetic and surprising version of The Violent Femmes “Blister in the Sun.” I would highly recommend seeing this band if you have a chance and if you have a wedding coming up or know someone who does you can hire them to lay at it. I am thinking about proposing to my wife again just so we can hire this band to play at our second wedding! I was looking forward to a fun night out at Plymouth Roc but got that and then some with great service, a fun crowd, and a band that really got the party jumping.
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