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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 6, 2018






 
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 9 a.m. 

Christmas Tree Pick Up: Huron PTSO and Boys XC Team.

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Hassle Free Pick and Disposal of your Christmas Tree.
Saturday, January 6th, 9:00 am
Register to have your Christmas Tree picked up at our web site
huronxcxmaspickup.weebly.com
Payment online or with check payable to Huron Booster Club, memo: Boys XC
Territory for Pick Up:
North to M-14, East to Gale/Cherry Hill, West to Burns Park, South to Packard/Platt
North and Central Ann Arbor, 2727 Fuller Rd. Ann Arbor, MI. Donation. $25. 734-531-9511. huronxmastree@gmail.com huronxcxmaspickup.weebly.com [map]


 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Dexter Winter Marketplace.

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A farmers market with arts & crafts, jewelry, bread and baked goods, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats, and more. With live entertainment at 11 a.m. by by Turner Luce (Nov. 18), the area jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace (Dec. 9), Full Circles (Dec. 23), the veteran local band MacDonald Brothers (Jan. 6 & Feb. 3), Bruce & Bob (Jan. 20), the Pinckney Americana ensemble The Pontunes (Feb. 17), and the eclectic local duo Full Circles (Mar. 3).
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. dexerwintermarketplace@gmail.com, 834-3229. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Chen Tai Chi Class: Ann Arbor Tai Chi.

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Introduction to Chen Tai Chi Chuan. Free all January. Warm-ups, stationary postures, kicks, silk-reeling. Working our way through a 72-movement Old Frame Long Form. Watch or participate.
Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main Street, 2nd floor. Free. annarbortaichi@gmail.com annarbortaichi.com [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Tinkergarten Free Trial: Tinkergarten.

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At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial, Tinkergarten Leader, Tarisa Tugun, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we'll share insight into your child's development. Registration is required. Sign up at https://www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/tarisa.tugun
Visit https://tinkergarten.com/classes for more times and locations.
Age Range: 18 months-5 years
Where: Greenview Nature Area, 1956-1988 S 7th St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
How: Sign up at https://www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/tarisa.tugun
Visit https://tinkergarten.com/classes for more times and locations.
Cost: Free
Email: tarisat@gmail.com
Greenview Nature Area, 1956-1988 S 7th St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. tarisat@gmail.com www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/tarisa.tugun [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 26-Jan. 7. Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations. With live entertainment, including Yo-Yo Master Zeemo (Dec. 26 & 27 at 1 p.m.), Drummunity! drum circles (Dec. 28 & 29 at 1 p.m.), "Ron Loyd, the Bubble Man" (Dec. 30 & 31 at 1 p.m.), "Dan the Creature Man" (Jan. 1 & 5, 1-4 p.m.) and "The Music Lady" (Jan. 2-4, 11 a.m.).
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Sat., except Jan. 1), noon-4 p.m. (Sun., except Dec. 31), & noon-5 p.m. (Dec. 31 & Jan. 1), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [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. Some 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 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 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.-4:30 p.m. 

EMU Star Wars Day: Eastern Michigan University.

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STAR WARS DAY!
Saturday, January 6
Eastern Michigan Basketball Double Header:
- EMU Men's Basketball vs. Bowling Green at 12:00 p.m.
- EMU Women's Basketball vs. Toledo at 2:30 p.m.
*FREE GLOW IN THE DARK LIGHTSABERS (first 300 fans)
*Dress in your favorite Star Wars costume for a chance to win FREE movie tickets
- FREE parking
- Doors open at 11:00 a.m.
- EMU students are FREE with student ID
Visit our event page!
https://www.facebook.com/events/135895917099863/?active_tab=about
EMU Convocation Center, 799 North Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti. emueagles.com/tickets. 734-487-ENOW (3669). taliota@emich.edu https://www.facebook.com/events/135895917099863/?active_tab=about [map]



 11 a.m. 

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]


 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]


 Noon 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Dec. 9: UCLA. Noon.

Dec. 21: Alabama A&M. 9 p.m.

Dec. 30: Jacksonville. 6 p.m.

Jan. 6: Illinois. Noon.

Jan. 9: Purdue. Noon.

Jan. 15: Maryland. 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 21: Rutgers. Noon.

Feb. 3: Minnesota. 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 14: Iowa. 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: Ohio State. 1 p.m.
12:30 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Poco the sloth out of his cage on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, cougar feedings at 1:30 & 4:30 p.m. and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, Arctic foxes, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Galaxy Watercolor Painting": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults & teens in grade 6 & up invited to make a painting of a night sky. Material and guidance provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised 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]


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sat. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. If you have them, bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]


 3-4 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]


 3:45 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": State Theatre.

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
State Theatre. 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.


 4 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Jane": Michigan Theater.

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(Brett Morgen, 2017). Documentary about legendary primate researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall. Score by Philip Glass.
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]


 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 4, 7, & 10 p.m. 

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi": State Theatre.

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(Rian Johnson, 2017). The latest installment in George Lucas's iconic space opera. No complimentary passes, vouchers, or coupons will be allowed for the first 3 weeks. Member discounts apply.
State Theatre. 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.


 4:15, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"I, Tonya": State Theatre.

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(Craig Gillespie, 2017). Biopic about controversial ice skater Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.
State Theatre. 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.


 4:15, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Darkest Hour": Michigan Theater.

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(Joe Wright, 2017). Biopic of Winston Churchill during the early dark days of WWII. Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas.
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, 7:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

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(Greta Gerwig, 2017). Critically acclaimed drama exploring the bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf.

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State Theatre. 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.


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
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]


 6-7:50 p.m. 

"DJ Skate"

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]


 6:45 p.m. 

"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story": Michigan Theater.

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(Alexandra Dean, 2017). Documentary about the Hollywood actress cum inventor.
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]


 6:45 p.m. 

"The Disaster Artist": State Theatre.

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(James Franco, 2017). Biopic about Tommy Wiseau, the writer/director behind The Room, the film often called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." James Franco, Seth Rogan, Alison Brie.
State Theatre. 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.


 7-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Drake Meadow calls contras to live music by Twas Brillig and the Mazel Toves. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. The program begins with an hour of international dance. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass) and a silent auction fundraiser (bring items to auction).
7-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 (members, $11; students, $7). 646-4835, 769-1052. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Festival of Three Kings": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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All invited to a reading of the story of the 3 wise men from the Gospel of Luke and an informal enactment of the story. Cake.
7 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497, (517) 927-3696. [map]


 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.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Derek Richards: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 4-6. A Detroit native who now lives in Florida, Richards is known for his fast-paced stream of sarcastic, often hysterically livid observations about everything from phone solicitors and computers to Taco Bell and the experience of dating an exotic dancer. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Jon-Erik Kellso Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Trumpeter Kellso (a Detroit native) is a fixture of the NYC classic jazz scene, playing everything from New Orleans style to Tin Pan Alley standards to swing. He's joined by a local ensemble that includes renowned early-jazz pianist Jim Dapogny, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummer Pete Siers.
8 p.m., $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m.-midnight 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Jan. 6 & 20. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~matc. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Yellow Room Gang: The Ark.

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In-the-round performances by this group of 8 award-winning veteran Michigan songwriters who get together regularly to share their new work. Members are David Barrett, Jim Bizer, Annie Capps, Kitty Donohoe, Jan Krist, Matt Watroba, and Michael Hough & David Tamulevich of the local duo Mustard's Retreat. The Yellow Room Gang released the 2015 compilation CD Decade in celebration of its 10th anniversary.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"What's in a Song": University Musical Society.

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U-M piano professor Martin Katz hosts a program which examines and demonstrates the different components of a song. He's joined by the celebrated soprano Nicole Cabell, tenor (and U-M alum) Nicholas Phan, San Francisco Opera mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, and bassist John Relyea, nephew of former Kerrytown Concert House owner and mezzo-soprano Deanna Relyea.
8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $40-$60 in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Jan. 6 & 20. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8). Facebook.com/A2DanceRevolution. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Brown

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

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Neal Anderson & Jon Hammonds

Local jazz duo of trumpeter Anderson and bassist Hammonds. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Dirty News

Detroit rock quintet. Opening acts are Hamtramck instrumental jazz quartet Dr. Pizza, the local funk-rock septet Liquid Thickness, and Peach Lavender, a Kalamazoo quartet that plays a brand of breezy semi-acoustic pop known as "trip-folk." [venue info]

Club Above: Cig Butts

Jangly blues-rock by this Ypsilanti quartet. Opening act is Sasquatch & Bridge Band, a Kalamazoo jazz fusion band led by saxophonist Jarad Seiner. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: The Switchbacks The Switchbacks

Local hard-rocking country and blues quintet fronted by vocalist Janet Benson. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dan Rafferty Band

Popular 8-piece Detroit pop dance band. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: 6 Blue Lines

Jazz & blues originals by the duo of vocalist Ira McDonald, who plays guitar and piano, and harmonica player Fred Crandal. [venue info]

 
 


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