Greasy Rock n’ Roll Meets Motor City Soul

In an industry obsessed with nostalgia, throwbacks, & cliche’, Captain Ivory’s music brings a breath of fresh air to fans of rock & soul. Born and raised on hardworking Midwest ideals, the group blends the raw sentiments of Detroit indie-rock with the well-practiced style & groove of southern funk & soul.


Since forming in 2012, Captain Ivory has spent much of their time honing their live show and touring across the United States & internationally, including multiple 4-6 week tours of Europe. Their self-titled debut album, released in 2014 on Gangplank Records, combined high-energy roots rock with thoughtful songwriting and infectious choruses. The album caught the attention of NPR, the Detroit Red Wings, and hundreds of clubs & festivals around the midwest US.


After returning from Europe and moving to Nashville, TN the group returned to the studio in early 2016 with new drummer, Seth Maschari, behind the kit, helping push the band to new heights. Their sophomore release, “No Vacancy,” expanded on a new-found tightness through more mature song arrangements and inspiration drawn from their extensive travels. The album found a home with airplay on Lightning 100 (Nashville), and landed the group at a string of new clubs & festivals, including a breakout performance at the 2017 Mile of Music in Appleton, WS.


2018 promises a continued raising of the bar for Captain Ivory with the launch of their bi-weekly live performance series on Youtube, “The Airwood Studio Sessions,” a followup album release, and continued touring across the United States & Europe. writes: “Captain Ivory reaffirms that great songs performed with passion and talent will keep rock music alive and well!”


Live Album Recording Aug 12, 2016

Aug. 12, 2016 | The Ark | Ann Arbor, MI


We return for our second annual headlining performance at the world famous Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. The vibe in the room was pretty special last year so we’ve decided to turn this year’s performance into a live album. We need you to be a part of it!

The first 75 people through the door will receive a limited edition poster from the night (check the design below). Tickets available now!

More details:


Doors 7:30p, Music 8p

Tickets $15

All Ages

316 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Show poster for Captain Ivory at The Ark

Pre-Order our Sophomore Record “No Vacancy”

Captain Ivory Album No Vacancy

The worldwide release of our new record “No Vacancy” takes place April 13. Pre-order a physical CD today and we’ll mail it out, by hand, to you personally, before we leave for tour on the 13th. Or pre-order a digital version for just $8 and wake up to a copy in your inbox on release day! Either option gets you an instant download of the album’s title track. Pre-orders start NOW:



Album #2: Recording is Under Way

We’ve holed ourselves up in the basement over the past couple of months to work on our next record. The resulting songs have taken on quite a different energy from our debut album. A lot has changed since we recorded that first batch of tunes three months after the band’s inception. We’ve toured extensively both in the States and in Europe, relocated our operations from SE Michigan to Nashville, TN, and made a ton of new fans — a great majority of which we’re happy to now call friends.

The new record will reflect these experiences and our maturation as musicians. Deeper grooves & bigger sounds, all with that same dedication to the song itself.

Recording has begun! Here’s some photos & videos you may have missed. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for the latest updates!

Tracking all analog, straight to tape!

The old MCI soundboard. Just a few serial numbers off from the board used on all those famous Muscle Shoals recordings.

Laying down some soulful vocals.


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2015 European Tour!

Captain Ivory European Tour

The dates are in, we’re heading to Europe! February 11th – March 21st, 2015 we hop the pond to give Western Europe a dose of down & dirty rock n’ roll. Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, & the Netherlands are all in our sights. Check out the full detailed schedule below:



Feb 11   Oostende, Belgium  |  Bada Bing

Feb 12   Arras, France  |  Blue Devils

Feb 13   Kortrijk, Belgium  |  Den Trap

Feb 14   Enschede, Holland  |  Nix Blues Club

Feb 17   Bremen, Germany  |  Meisenfrei

Feb 19   Hamburg, Germany  |  Happy Billiard

Feb 20   Bordesholm, Germany  |  Albatros

Feb 21   Lauchhammer, Germany  |  Real Music Club

Feb 24   Koln, Germany  |  Kantine

Feb 25   Fürth, Germany  |  Kofferkultur

Feb 27   Schwabisch Hall, Germany  |  Paula Wil Tanzen

Feb 28     Isernhagen, Germany  |  Blues Garage

Mar 03   Madrid, Spain  |  Wurlitzer

Mar 04   Ourense, Spain  |  Café Auriense

Mar 05   Cangas, Spain  |  Salason

Mar 06   A Coruña, Spain  |  Mardi Gras

Mar 07   Aviles, Spain  |  Niemeyer

Mar 08   Leon, Spain  |  Gran Café

Mar 11   Estepona, Spain  |  Louie Louie

Mar 13   Castellon, Spain  |  Veneno Stereo

Mar 12   Murcia, Spain  |  Sala 12 y Medio

Mar 14   Barcelona, Spain  |  Rocksound

Mar 15   Torredembarra, Spain  |  La Traviesa

Mar 19   Middelkerke, Belgium | Baranquilla

Mar 20  Turnhout, Belgium | Dax Cafe

Mar 21   Beauvais, France  |  Blues Autour Du Zinc Festival

Oct. 10th Canton Theater Rock N’ Roll Takeover

Nashville to Detroit // Oct. 10th, 2014

We’ve played a lot of different venues over the past two years (83 to be exact, we just counted the other day!), but a full on theater hasn’t been among them. That changes on FridayOctober 10th, as we head back to Michigan and take on the gorgeous Canton Village Theater in Canton, MI. Seriously, this place looks nuts. 400 red cushy seats, a state of the art light & sound system, and a stage big enough to hold an entire broadway play, nevermind a sweaty five piece rock band.

We’re grateful to have been asked to play the date, and have spent the past month in Nashville getting ready, and breaking in the new rehearsal space with some fresh new song ideas. What better place to unveil some new tunes than a classy venue like this? We’re stoked to also have our buddy Daniel Harrison, of Daniel Harrison & the $2 Highway, kicking off the night with an acoustic set of his powerful Detroit rock & soul tunes. Give him a listen HERE.


Captain Ivory w/ Daniel Harrison

Date: October 10th, 2014
Time: Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm-9pm
Where: Canton Village Theater
50400 Cherry Hill Rd,
Canton, MI 48188
Who: All Ages!
Tickets: $15 at the door. Buy in advance and receive 15% off tab at the 502 Grill next door, before or after show! Purchase advance tickets HERE.
**Alcohol available for purchase at the bar in the theater lobby!**

Poster Design: Rick Coughlin

Poster Design: Rick Coughlin




Nashville Bound

We’re excited to finally announce Captain Ivory HQ is moving operations to Nashville, TN! This has been in the works for over a year now, and the migration south is underway. Hell we even wrote a song about it:


The collective attitude of this group since our very first jam session has been go big, or go home. If you’re not putting everything you have into it, what’s the point? The motivation behind the move is no different. Raising the bar, as they say. Surrounding ourselves with some of the best musicians in the world is a sure way to step up the game.

With a six week European tour on the calendar for February & March next year, we’re positioning ourselves to hit the road full-time shortly after. Nashville is about as central as it gets in the midwest, and makes touring to a large portion of the country a reality. You’ll be seeing a lot more Captain Ivory in your backyard!

Closing Out the Summer

With all this in mind, we want to make the last local show in Michigan this summer the biggest rock n’ roll celebration yet. So, another announcement: we’ll be headlining this year’s Heritage Festival in Ypsilanti on Saturday, August 16th! We close out the night with a full on electric 10:30pm set on the the festival main stage. Let’s have a few drinks, make some music, and act a fool.

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival


As always, thanks to all of you for the continued rabid fandom. Hard to believe what’s behind us and all that lies ahead. Wouldn’t be possible without everyone on board. Onward and upward.


Robbie, Jayson, Steve, Brett, & Justin

Top of the Park 2014: “This Ain’t No Rose Garden, Maggots!”

Tuesday, June 17th we take over the Rackham Hall Mainstage at the 2014 Top of the Park festival in Ann Arbor. This will likely be the largest festival we’ve played yet (estimated 4,000 in attendance), and we couldn’t be more pumped. With great power comes great responsibility however, and we’re not taking the opportunity lightly. We’ve been training hard for the gig, and wanted to share some of our training secrets with our fellow Ann Arbor Summer Festival artists and fans. Check it out!


Also on the Calendar: Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival

Two festivals in one week?!? That’s right. Two days after Top of the Park, we head to downtown Chelsea for our second year in a row at the annual Sounds & Sights festival. Come on out, Thursday, June 19th from 6-8pm for a full on Captain Ivory party in the middle of the street in front of Common Grill! More info here:

Notes From the Road: “$*%# It’s Cold Tour” Pt. 1

Captain Ivory shit its cold tour

As we stared out of the van window contemplating our next move, Jayson emits a raptor-like screech that confirmed our destination, “[high frequency sound layered with Guinness]”…. Not sure of the context, but we did indeed arrive in the delightfully small New Buffalo, MI town with a warm reception.

Upon first arrival, we thought we were going to give the dinner crowd acoustic trauma, but boy were we wrong! The crowd was livelier than an alcoholic being told beer cures cancer. When we set into our first song, the crowd took their eyes off the Olympic ceremony and feasted them upon the vibes coming from the back of the bar below the Beer Signs. The older pictures on the wall represented antiquity, but the life of the crowd emitted unbridled energy. After three whiskey-infused sets, we laid down our instruments to set out onto our next excursion. So long New Buffalo, you are beautiful.

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Casey’s Bar & Grill, New Buffalo, MI

Captain ivory Casey's New Buffalo

The dinner crowd quickly turned into a helluva party.


With our appetites wet and a gamut of musical energy, we set out for St. Joseph. We drove through a polar vortex to arrive at a town that was quaint with family life and had a wonderful ice-carving festival.

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St. Joe’s Ice Festival


As we soaked up our hangovers with Big Bob’s Bomb (a three-pound omelet) and coffee, we explored the town and the venue we played at, Czars 505. Located along the coast of Lake Michigan in a central location of town, peering into the door of Czars appears as a bowling alley during cosmic bowling or the entrance of a roller rink, but is deceived when, at 8pm sharp, you emerge into a London Rock Club circa 1968. If you have seen the Caverns in Hamburg where The Beatles were discovered, then you would have had immediate déjà vu.

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Souncheck at Czar’s 505


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Justin in his drum cave.

We played yet another three-hour set to an astonishingly receptive crowd. We had everything from middle-aged men insisting on more classic rock to young vixens begging Jayson to serenade them with soothing ballads. With weather screaming, “stay inside” the gloriously insistent crowd threw caution to the wind and gave us a warm embrace and danced and grooved and jammed and swooned to our jams. Thank you for telling Mother Nature to shove it and joining us.

-Steve Zwilling – Keys Man

Captain Ivory set list

Introducing, Our Debut Full Length Album!

The Journey

What started as a random jam session in the summer of 2012 has snowballed into a collection of songs, and a calling that has taken this group far beyond our little jam space in Ypsilanti, MI. After many hundreds of hours of writing & rehearsal, thousands of miles worth of gigging, and the relentless support of each and every one of you, we’ve crafted a nine song debut album that represents the wild and crazy ride the past year and a half has been.

Just over a year ago, we came together to make music that blends the inner sentiments of blues and roots music and fused the raw energy of rock ‘n’ roll into a combustible cocktail that heats up like a Molotov cocktail (or your chest proceeding a rough morning after a guy in the audience gives you 50-year old scotch from a flask in an alley…we’re looking at you Indianapolis). With the collective insight of Detroit soul to the subtle delicacies of 70’s radio. We wrote insightful songs that blend a myriad of ideas: love, turmoil, drugs, and the gravitas of personal experience. Phrases turn, emotions connect, and melodies soar. You sing along even if  you’ve never heard the tune before. We write from a perspective of distance, of interludes between lovers and lives and the roads that lead from small Michigan towns to decadent façades of big cities.

The Album

Our debut CD was recorded at Tempermill Studios in Ferndale, Michigan over a beer-addled, coffee-riddled, December 2013. With the help of studio owner, producer, and pedal steel picker-extraordinaire, Dave Feeny, we knocked out nine guitar-infused rock n’ roll originals that we’ve been waiting to properly record for quite sometime. Dave’s 20+ years of production experience are evident on these songs, as he brought fresh ideas for song arrangement and sonic detail that stepped things up to the next level. We even managed to talk him into laying some pedal steel down on our song “Tennessee Approximately”. A deer in the headlights moment for us, as he won a Grammy for his pedal steel work with Jack White and Loretta Lynn in 2006.

A peak behind the glass at Tempermill:

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Get Your Copy!

While caterwauling still abounds, we actually took the time to push our noisy little envelope a bit. Listeners will behold a bolder, sleeker, more advanced Captain Ivory sound. Undoubtedly reflective of the progression things have, and will continue to take over the coming years. Feeny was gracious enough to offer us a spot on his small label/music collective, Gangplank Records, and so we are happy to announce our debut album will be released on Gangplank, and reap the benefits of having a place to call home for our music.

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The album can be found in both digital and printed form, on the majority of places music is sold these days, including the following:

The CD Release Party

No album release would be complete without a giant party. Ours is no different. We’ll be joining our friends in the Ann Arbor band, The Paths, for a hometown show at the Blind Pig on Friday, February 28th. We’ll be playing the tracks off the new album, live & up close and personal. Physical copies of the album will be available, as well as autographed posters, T-shirts, and all kinds of Captain Ivory swag. For those of you who’ve seen a show at the Blind Pig before, you know how groovy the party can get. Strap on your dancin’ shoes.

Your favorite men of steel,

Captain Ivory