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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 2, 2017






 
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 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Bird Walk": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to look for birds. Long pants and insect repellent recommended.
8-10 a.m., Trinkle Marsh Preserve, at easton Farm, Dancer Rd. just north of Trinkle Rd., Lima Twp. Free. 971-6337.


 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Every Sat., Apr. 30-Oct. 29 Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on 4th Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June 4-Sept. 24. Also, every Wed., May 4-Oct. 26, The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2-6 p.m.,), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.

June 3: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

June 10: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

June 17: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

June 24: TBA.

July 1: TBA.

July 8: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

July 15: "A Taste of Music." Musical performance by an ensemble from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Also, an instrument petting zoo for kids and adults, with a chance to try out your favorite instrument.

July 22: Annie & Rod Capps. Local husband-and-wife folk-rock singer-songwriter duo.

July 29: Mixed Nuts. Acoustic Americana covers and originals by this Chelsea trio.

Aug. 5: McDonald Brothers. Local Americana country quartet.

Aug. 12: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

Aug. 19: McDonald Brothers. Local Americana country quartet.

Aug. 26: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

Sept. 2 Loyse Huffman. Folksinger.

Sept. 9: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

Sept. 16: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

Sept. 23: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.

Sept. 30: Mixed Nuts. Acoustic Americana covers and originals by this Chelsea trio.



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8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), S. Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Oct.) & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 649-9762 (Oct.), 996-9461 (Nov. 4), 645-8084 (Nov. 11), 274-6350 (Nov. 18), 604-0696 (Nov. 25). [map]


 9 a.m.-11 p.m. 

82nd Annual Saline Community Fair.

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Aug. 30-Sept. 4. This old-fashioned community fair features agricultural and craft exhibits, rides, and a variety of special events, including the Miss Saline Pageant (Aug. 30, 8 p.m.), livestock auctions, the Super Kicker Rodeo (Aug. 31, 7 p.m., $5 additional admission), live music, and more. Also, a kickoff parade (Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m. on Bennett St. in Saline). Updated schedule available at salinefair.org.
9 a.m.-11 p.m. (except Sept. 4, 1-6 p.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission, $7 (except Sept. 4, free admission). Ride wristbands, $18 (except Sept. 4, $10) 668-0776. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

Tractor Pull: Michigan Tractor Pullers Association.

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Sept. 1, 2, & 24. A day of old-time tractor-pullin' fun, with farm stock, classic, and antique classes, as well as 4WD pick-ups. The vehicles pull against a weight transfer machine that makes the weight heavier as the pull progresses. Particularly exciting is the rowdy farm stock class (Sept. 1 & 24 only), which has no speed limit out of the gate. "We go as fast as our horsepower allows," says an organizer. Concessions.
7 p.m. (Sept. 1), 9 a.m. (Sept. 2), & 10 a.m. (Sept. 24), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission. 429-3145. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Seminar: Fall is for Planting: English Gardens.

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Fall is the best time to plant. Learn what needs to be done this season to add color and keep the garden healthy.
English Gardens, 155 N. Maple Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. ewinger@englishgardens.com http://www.englishgardens.com/events/fall-is-for-planting/ [map]



 10 a.m. 

Full-Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Energetic strength-training session including cardio subsets and work on balance and posture. $15 walk-in; included with most Better Living memberships. For all ages, and customized to suit your abilities.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. office@betterlivingfitness.com https://betterlivingfitness.com/ [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 11 a.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. This class combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs! $15 walk-in; included with some Better Living memberships.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. office@betterlivingfitness.com https://betterlivingfitness.com/ [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Story Time: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. A Literati staffer reads stories for kids of all ages.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 11 a.m. 

YinYasa Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a free yoga class (with donations accepted).
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these types of postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Sunstruck (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show exploring the sun's composition and comparing its life-cycle with that of other stars.

8 Scoops of Milky Way (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) shows never before seen footage of the solar system.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


 1 & 7 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball.

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Sept. 1: Butler. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2: New Hampshire. 1 p.m.

Sept. 2: Wisconsin-Green Bay. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15: North Carolina State. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17: Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 11 a.m.

Sept. 17: Cincinnati. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 29: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 30: Maryland. 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Oct. 27: Iowa. 7 p.m.

Oct. 19: Nebraska. 7 p.m.

Nov 1: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Nov 10: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Nov 11: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Nov 15: MSU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: Purdue 7 p.m.

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Various times., Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). Tickets for MSU, Penn State, & Nebraska matches are all $8. 764-0247.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Warthog!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view the African warthogs Sophia and Piki Piki on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjac, macaws, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Electron-eek!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 2 & 3. Science demonstrations and experiments involving electricity.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Duct Tape Balls": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to use duct tape to make a lightweight playground ball that can stand lots of kicking.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum that revolve around themes TBA..
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees asked to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 761-1115.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Trip to Spain": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Winterbottom, 2017). The latest in a series of improvised travelogues starring British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon meditating on the perils of middle age, domesticity, and career as they eat their way through the Spanish countryside.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30 & 7 p.m. 

"I Do ... Until I Don't": Michigan Theater.

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(Lake Bell, 2017). An ensemble comedy following three couples trapped in the machinations of a jaded filmmaker looking to prove that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:45, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Patti Cake$": Michigan Theater.

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Drama about an aspiring hip-hop MC who's desperate to escape her downtrodden New Jersey home town.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., Saline municipal parking lot, 104 S. Ann Arbor, Saline. Free. 747-1862. [map]


 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Rugby.

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Sept. 2: WMU. 7 p.m.

Sept. 16: Air Force. 1 p.m.

Oct. 6: MSU. 1 p.m.

Oct. 28: Ohio State. 1 p.m.

Nov. 4: Indiana. 1 p.m.

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Various times, Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free. 417-4534.


 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Jim McHugh: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept, 1 & 2. A frequent performer on cable TV comedy shows, this Chicago monologist is known for his quick-witted, thought-provoking observations of the absurdities of family life, traveling, professional sports, and other aspects of everyday life. He also possesses deft improv skills and likes to keep his audiences off balance. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Sept. 2 & 16. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Sept. 2) & Michigan Union Anderson Rm. (Sept. 16). $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~matc. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Anatomy of a Murder": PTD Productions.

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Aug. 24-27 & Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Alice Fell directs local actors in Elihu Winer's gripping courtroom drama set in the U.P., an adaptation of Robert Traver's novel about a dispirited ex-district attorney who stumbles onto the one case that could jump-start a new career. Best-known from Otto Preminger's Oscar-winning 1959 movie. For this production, some audience members will be selected to serve as jurors. Cast: Joe York, Andy Jentzen, Chris Potter, Tia Thomas, Mary Hopper, Wyatt Woodside, Kylie Alred, Susan Morris, Rich Heberlein, Erica Dutton, Tim Henning, Jonas Higbee, Alice Duhon, Fran Potasnik, Wendy Ascione, Norm Fell, and Paul Demyanovich.
8 p.m. (except Aug. 27 & 30, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at showtix4u.com & by phone. ptdproductions.com, 483-7345. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats," is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Revolutionists": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 25-Sept. 17. David Wolber directs the award-winning and popular young Atlanta-bred playwright Lauren Gunderson's irreverent comedy, a political fantasia set during the French Revolution. At the height of the Reign of Terror, 4 women--feminist playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Caribbean freedom fighter Marianne Angelle and deposed queen Marie Antoinette--hang out, plot murder and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. Stars Diane Hill, Melissa Beckwith, Sara Rose, and K Edmonds.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 9:30 p.m. 

"Ingrid Goes West": Michigan Theater.

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(Matt Spicer, 2017). Dark comedy of an unhinged social media stalker who moves to L.A. to insinuate herself into the life of an Instagram star. Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Brown

Local guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Mark Jewett

Detroit-area Americana pop-rock singer-songwriter whose latest CD is Love Has No Heart of Its Own. [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA. [venue info]

Club Above: "Indie Emo"

Bands TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Cindi Lou & the Red Hot Royals Cindi Lou & the Red Hot Royals

Versatile Americana, blues, rock, and rockabilly quartet from Ferndale. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Phil McMillion

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Remedy

Detroit pop dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

 
 


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