PRINCETON — Michigan singer/songwriters Jan Krist and Jim Bizer will return to the Princeton Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. They last appeared at the Coffeehouse in 2008.
Krist and Bizer, who both hail from Detroit, met and made music together while still in their teens. While they continue to perform solo, they have become a popular duo in recent years. Krist is a multiple Detroit Music Award winner. Bizer is a 2002 grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest and a songwriting winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.
Working as a guitar teacher in the mid 1970s, Krist met many notable Detroit-based musicians and began playing clubs in the greater Detroit area. Her career really took off in 1993 when she opened for the Ann Arbor Folk Festival and received a standing ovation. She was also signed by Storyville Records and Bob Darden of Billboard Magazine listed her debut release, “Decapitated Society,” as his number one pick of the year. In addition to performing, Krist teaches a yearly songwriting workshop for the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, Wash., as well as an online songwriters workshop for Image Journal.
Bizer was educated on French horn, self-taught on guitar and piano and became a music theory major at the University of Michigan before embarking on an equally varied music career — “cover” musician, session player and composer for radio spots. In 2001, he released his first recording, “Closer To The Surface,” and in 2004, his second, “Connected,” which features his award-winning song “We Are All Connected.” He also leads songwriting and guitar workshops and hosts MAMA’s Coffeehouse, a monthly acoustic music series in suburban Detroit.
The Princeton Coffeehouse is located at the Open Prairie UCC Church, 25 E. Marion St., in downtown Princeton. Admission is $12. at the door. The venue is completely accessible and there is ample free parking nearby. Doors open at 7 p.m. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available.
For more information on the Princeton Coffeehouse, visit www.theprincetoncoffeehouse.com or call 815-872-6501.