In The Blink Of An Eye

In the blink of an eye, your entire life can change, and did for a wonderful family, close to us, this weekend.

On Mothers’ day Sunday, near dawn, a fire began that shook our entire neighborhood to its’ very core.  By noon, there was virtually nothing left of an entire families’ life-long possessions.

Lives can change, just that quickly.

Gary and Shelly Traub, and their wonderful son and daughter, Joey and Jackie, each learned first hand to take nothing for granted, as news reached them that their home was no more.

The blessing: They were not home as the fire broke out, around 6 Am on this foggy morning, in Macomb, Michigan.  The curse: That authorities arrived too late to save their house and worldly possessions.  Because of poor or conflicting information called into the fire department, the only thing that could be done was to save houses on either side of theirs.  For that, so many people thank the efforts of those brave men and women.

I cannot even imagine the long ride back from vacation, only to find the smoldering remains of your existence – turned to ashes.

It was a very long day.  Maybe for them, the longest they will ever endure.  But they did not endure it alone.

Our neighborhood when caused, will rally behind you, no matter what.  I was so very proud of all the wonderful neighbors that stood together to lift the Traubs when they were hurting.

As word spread of the tragedy, the outpouring of support began in earnest, and hasn’t slowed yet.  People drove from miles around to hug, hold and offer condolences to the entire family.  Urging them to stay at each of their houses, for as long as needed.

If any ray of light can be found in the gloom this terrible event, it is the knowledge that there are people in our lives who when faced with such adversity, do not bend or falter.

The traubs, to a person each handled themselves with boundless, hope, grace and humility.  Never once, grumbled, complained or griped over the unlucky hand they had been dealt.

I do not worry about them, and never will.  They are strong and sane.  They will endure because of their faith in themselves, in others and in the strength of their family and friends.

To those wonderful friends who came forward to comfort Gary, Shelly and family in their time of need, I feel so very proud of you all.  Just to know that amazing people like these will give of themselves when needed goes beyond anything listed in an real-estate brochure or association listing.

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Watching a tragedy unfold is very hard to do. Documenting one, is my way of dealing with the hardships that life can offer.  It is also my small way to help.

Things can forever change in the blinking of an eye.  Maybe these images will help us remember not just the devastation and sorrow of one spring day, but also the courage, hope and humanity that can be found in the hearts of some amazing people.

Click here for complete photo series. 


The outpouring of caring that surrounds this incredible family has not ebbed in the days since the tragedy.  In fact, several of the neighbors have set up an GOFUNDME page to help defer the countless costs and hardships involved in re-building their lives.

The Traubs have made such a difference in the lives of so many people over the years, it is now our turn to step up and help them in their time of need.

Make a donation, big or small.  Tell them how much they mean to you.  Or, simply share a thought on their experience.

Here is the link: www.gofundme.com


Our Rite Of Spring!

Looking outside, you might have already noticed that the weather has broken and winter has lost its’ icy grip on our psyche.  Another sure sign would be the annual Bob and Carl St. Patrick’s Day show that is only a few days away.

For many years now, we have begun the day at Clancy’s Irish Pub in Clinton Twp., and this year is no exception.  There are many traditions that we have enjoyed throughout our musical careers, but none more rewarding or enduring as our annual rite of spring – St. Patrick’s Day.  Carl and I have been at Clancy’s for more than twenty years; (since it was Rosy O’Grady’s, actually).  Vince treats us like royalty, the weight staff is awesome and there is usually something fun going on.  This year, as in years past, we will usher in the the big day beginning on the night before.

We began playing Irish music back in the early 80’s to satisfy the bar owner we were playing for. (The Wooden Nickel).  We performed that year by playing ten songs throughout the evening.  These days, there are over a hundred Irish tunes, songs, fables and toasts in our repertoire; and still expanding.

Each year, even before the rising of the sun, we are poised and ready to take on the unique challenges of the day. There are smiles, laughter and good feelings by most everyone we come in contact with.  Its not an easy day; as we play most years in excess of ten hours.  Sometimes we have played three venues on the same day; and once, entertained for twenty-two hours!  However, we would not give up the experience easily, if we didn’t have to.

Last year we had the incredible experience of being live on tv.  We were Live In The D, with Karen Drew and Guy Gordon.  Check out the video and maybe it will get you into the mood early!


We were there a few years ago when they opened, and we will return on Tuesday to start again, right where we left off.  The Green lantern, in Fraser has invited us to help them celebrate “The wearing’ O’ the Green”, as no other place can.

Everyone at the Lantern will be doing all that they can to turn this years St. Pat’s into a tradition for years to come.  Come on by and show is your green!  (or, anything else you might want to show us).

Here is the schedule or 2015:

Monday March 16, 2015 – Clancy’s Irish Pub – 6:00 – 9:00 Pm

Tuesday March 17, 2015 – Clancy’s Irish Pub – 8:00 Am – 2:00 Pm

Tuesday March 17, 2015 – The Green Lantern – 5:30 Pm – 10:00 Pm


Maybe this will tide you over until the big day arrives . . .
Click on this link to download and listen to Irish Hearts, our very own record that we uploaded just for you.  Everyone has a favorite Irish tune, and chances are, yours is included here.

irish-hearts-coverWhy not send us a note to let us know what you think, after you enjoy the music!


Cold Fusion

There is no possible explanation as to why intelligent people would venture out in weather that could potentially endanger their lives.

Then again . . . who cares, we sure were glad that they did!

On a frigid Friday evening, at The Three Blind Mice Irish Pub, in the dead of winter; we had one of the most memorable nights ever.  Yes, it was cold.  Yes, it was dark and gusty and wind-chilly.  But, none of that mattered.

When we took up guitars at 7:00 Pm, it was busy.
Shortly after, it was full.
And, as the night progressed, it got busier and busier!

This probably doesn’t need to be said, but we love playing to a packed house.  Not just because it is full of happy people, but because of the interaction between us and the audience.  Every person or party to walk through the door was another validation of our hard work and effort.  As both Carl and I expressed to different patrons, it is the people, who appreciate what we do, that keeps us entertaining.

On this particular night, we had the great fortune to meet several groups of wonderful people; each one reveling in their quest to journey, “Outside!”

These people were hardy folk.  No pansies or prima donnas in this lot.  They came early and they stayed late; possibly because of the libations, the cuisine, or . . . . maybe the music?

Hmmmmmmm . . .

On this frost-bitten Friday, the people were so warm and accommodating, that it renewed our joy for playing.  All in one night.

Some timeless friends and their families were on hand; as well as some wonderful new friends who spend most of the night, requesting treasured music from our pasts.

It surly goes without saying that when patrons, who come in to have some food and drink; but then stay the entire night; it gives us great pleasure.  There is undoubtedly something very satisfying about people happily appreciating our craft.

Yes, it was packed all right.  People were smiling, singing, eating, drinking and Karaokeing?

Right in the middle of our night; one of the many, many revelers walked right up and grabbed the mic; declaring that “He would sing!”  And, sing, he did!  After announcing his name to the crowd; One Day Joe, he did grab the mic to thrill everyone with a jaunty rendition of “Friends in low places“.

As if that wasn’t the high point of the evening, guests at the Three Blind Mice Irish Pub actually witnessed lightning striking twice.  Twice.  After hearing the first few bars of his beloved, “Every rose has it’s thorn“,Nate joined the band.  Guess he just couldn’t help himself.  Can you blame him?

I believe that something magical happens when one the crowd joins us onstage to take part in a song.  For one thing, it never fails to electrify the room, since the people seem to experience a thrill, vicariously through one of their own taking hold of the mic.

Nate was truly awesome.  All we had to do was add some harmonies, and the rest was pure, Bob and Carl magic.

Meanwhile, upstairs, O.C.D. was rumored to be entertaining.  However, every time I had a chance to journey upstairs, what I saw was 1,000 bikers enjoying what its like to simply be alive.  (Led by, One Day Joe, I imagine).  Can you blame them?

If ever cold was hot at the same time, it surly was on this very night.

Scientists who have been long searching in vain for the Holy Grail of energy: Cold Fusion, might only need to grab a table at the Three Blind Mice;  order a cold Lager, some chips and settle in for a night of revelry and song.  Apparently, it is all you need to generate energy and enduring memories that never end.


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Mice Wins!

Three Blind Mice wins chili cook-off competition

The staff at Three Blind Mice Irish Pub took a team approach to this year’s chili cook-off competition in Mount Clemens and found it led to the winning recipe.

In the weeks prior to the contest, employees were invited to cook their own special chili at the downtown pub with plans to pick the best one to be used as their entry for the 2015 Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off.


“We wanted the staff to be invested in the competition,” said Danielle Roberts, the general manager. “Plus, it was more fun to have everyone involved.”

After tasting the offerings, Three Blind Mice personnel centered on the Shipwreck Porter chili cooked up by Ron Upleger of Three Blind Mice.

Three Blind Mice came in first place in the Jan. 29 contest that included 10 Mount Clemens bars and restaurants. Orleans Billiards Cafe — a past three-time winner — finished second, Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers came in third, and Chantel’s Jailhouse Deli and Bath City Bistro tied for fourth.

Upleger said his slow-cooked dish included four kinds of peppers, two types of beans, onions, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and three meats — tri-tip, hamburger and shredded pot roast — along with Shipwreck Porter, a barrel-aged bourbon.

“I put a lot of love into it,” said Upleger, a resident of Clinton Township.

Three Blind Mice owner Brad Teagan agreed.

“Ron’s chili was amazing,” he said.

Earlier this week, Three Blind Mice officials officially received the decorative felt crown that goes to the winner. It will be on display at Three Blind Mice until next year’s event.

The event raised more than $2,840 for Anton Art Center and the Mount Clemens Goodfellows. Over the past 10 years, the cook-off has raised $28,000 for local charities, said Michelle Weiss of the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority.

Mitch Hotts

Reach the author at mitch.hotts@macombdaily.com .

They’re BBBBBBack!!!!

After one long Friday night without us . . . . . . .                  we’re back!

At the Three Blind Mice Irish Pub that is.  Although it was only one Friday night we missed, it seems like more than that.  So, just like a bad case of jungle rot; we’ll be back!

The big excitement this particular Friday night will be the huge, Three Blind Mice Halloween Party.  Things will get a little scarier than they usually are, since there will even be a costume contest, complete with $100 top prize!

Looks like there will be plenty of horror coming your way this weekend.  (and, this time, its not going to be just the Lions and Tigers!)

Scare you there!


Live In The D

At 10:00 on St. Paddy’s day, Carl and I entered the WDIV Channel 4 studios in Detroit, Michigan to be featured on their Live In The D telecast with Karen Drew and Guy Gordon. This was one of the most enjoyable experiences that we have shared in our long careers; and not because of where we were, or what we were doing; but because of the kindness and energy of the entire cast and crew of the show. When I say that Guy and Karen could not have been nicer to us, that is without any exaggeration at all. Not only them, but the entire crew welcomed us and made us feel like valuable contributors on the broadcast. We can’t say that it was easy; I suppose that LIVE television never has been, but it WAS exhilarating! Carl wore an ear-piece so that the producer could give him momentary cues as to what they wanted and when. We never knew if the short musical “bumper” they needed would have vocals or be only instrumental. That fact, and the length of the show content, kept us on our toes throughout the entire sixty minutes. When we finished, and the last Irish sing-a-long was wrapped; we received high praise from the everyone on the show. They seemed to all be very appreciative of the job we did; as we were of them. Many thanks to Karen, Guy, Jay, Randy, Kevin and Laurie. We can’t say enough good things about working with Channel 4. We hope that we get another opportunity to work with them down the road . . .

Enjoy this panorama of the WDIV Live In The D set.

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Set To Return

For a few months now, we have been building fans and friends at our new home, The Three Blind Mice Irish Pub, in Mount Clemens, Michigan.

We have been so very lucky to have had the opportunity to sing to thousands of people since we began playing, each Friday night since the fall of 2013.

We will be taking a break for a couple of weeks, but will return on Friday, January 24th at 8:00 Pm, to pick up right where we left off. Playing all of your favorite Irish, country, folk, island and oldies sing-a-long melodies. (And, maybe even have a few NEW ones as well).

Thank you all once again for making each and every night magical; and we will see you soon at The Mice!


Three Blind Mice Opens


By Mitch Hotts, The Macomb Daily
POSTED: 11/07/13, 8:12 AM EST |
Plans for one of downtown Mount Clemens’ most anticipated venues will come to fruition Friday, Nov. 8, when the new Three Blind Mice finally opens its doors.

Created by Brad Teagan — founder and co-owner of Bad Brad’s BBQ — with partners Tony Raymon and Jake Crowder, Three Blind Mice is the city’s first traditional Irish pub since Deacon Brodies closed more than a decade ago.

The team has worked for close to a year on renovating the 113-year-old building on Main Street at Market Street, which has housed One-O-One Saloon, Voodoo Lounge, Chrissy’s and others. They’ve created a cozy environment featuring lots of oak and brass along with quaint touches such as a strip of 2013 pennies embedded on the bar trim.

“We wanted to make a really warm, comfortable 5-star dive bar with an Irish theme,” Teagan said. “We want you to be able to come in here no matter if you’re wearing a suit and tie or jeans and a T-shirt, and sit down to have a Scotch and some food. I think we’ve accomplished that.”

Three Blind Mice got its name from a whimsical story developed by Teagan’s crew about three mice who fell asleep in a barrel at an Irish whiskey factory and ended up getting shipped all the way to Mount Clemens. On the trek, the mice consumed so much whiskey, they went blind. The entire tale is spelled out on the back of the menu.

The menu also boasts a number of “fun facts” about the tavern, another interesting ingredient, as are the sandblasted Three Blind Mice logo on the interior door, and the distressed-wood bar counter, made of wood taken from burned-out houses in Detroit.

There are hanging cathedral lamps acquired from a New Haven church, two barn doors covering a closet and a number of bourbon barrels that form a backdrop for the stage in front of exposed brick walls.

“We wanted to have a story behind everything in here,” Teagan said. “Just about every time you come in here, you’ll find something to talk about in terms of the history of the building and the history of this region, and other fun stuff.”

For spirits, Three Blind Mice has more than 140 whiskeys, bourbons and Scotches, along with 250 beer selections in bottles and cans and 20 drafts. The beer selection includes “at least 100 craft and a bunch of Michigan-made” beers such as Dragonmead and Kuhnhenn, Teagan said.

The owners tapped Danielle Roberts as general manager and hired Zachary Stotz as executive chef. Stotz, a Mount Clemens resident, previously was employed at the former Atlas Global Bistro in Detroit.

Stotz developed a simple menu of traditional Irish dishes such as shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and fish and chips plus a variety of burgers, salads, small plates, and soups.

Some items stand out — such as whiskey/apricot and Korean BBQ dips for the Amish wings, an over-easy burger topped with a fried egg and spicy mayo, and a one-of-a-kind Spamwich with deep-fried Spam, hash browns and scrambled eggs served on toasted ciabatta bread.

They plan to develop a rooftop garden next year to supply some of the restaurant’s veggies.

“I’m a big fan of global food — I’m not even Irish,” Stotz said. “But I think we’ve developed a very good menu.”

They’ll also have special Sunday brunches 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with bottomless bloody Marys and mimosas.

There will be live entertainment from an acoustic guitar player, often performing Irish tunes, seven nights a week on the first level. The second floor, boasting tall windows with a nice view of the city, will feature bands and DJs Thursday through Saturday. There’s even a plan to eventually assemble a live karaoke band for the upstairs as well.

Three Blind Mice is at 101 Main St., Mount Clemens. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 586-961-6371 or visit threeblindmiceirishpub.com