This December, the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe will host two evenings with Herbie Russ, a soulful performer who wears many musical hats — singer, saxophonist, keyboardist, producer and songwriter. These performances will benefit families served by COTS in Detroit.
With a voice reminiscent of Joe Cocker and Michael McDonald, Russ delivers each song with passion and soulful emotion.
In 2017, Herbie Russ performed on America’s Got Talent where he wowed judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Mel B.
But his story started long before he stepped onto their stage. Herbie dropped out of school in the 11th grade, and was then kicked out of his parent's home for doing drugs.
A very gifted saxophone player, Herbie would ride his bike 10 miles to play with bands in exchange for drugs or money. Herbie would go on the road with a variety of acts where he had the benefit of staying in hotels. He spent years staying in hotels, couch-surfing, and living in a car.
After years of drifting, homelessness, drugs, and being arrested, he eventually turned to God and said "You've given me this talent, I need some direction."
Herbie was led to a homeless shelter, where he offered to sing and play. He began to donate all the tips from his gigs to the homeless shelter. After donating thousands of dollars, Herbie continues to use his gifts to support shelters across the U.S.
Along with his soulful voice, Herbie brings warmth, humor, and joy to audiences while performing a harmonious mix of R&B, soul, jazz, pop, and of course, Motown hits. Herbie Russ will truly keep you entertained!
Tickets are $125 each night and all proceeds go to support families served by COTS. Your evening experience will include dinner, drinks and valet parking, all compliments of Ms. Gretchen Valade, long-time supporter of COTS and owner of the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe.