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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional

Nationally known artists visit Kerrytown Concert House, other clubs, and campus venues, crowning a flourishing nightlife scene. Home to considerable local talent, Ann Arbor's also a stop for up-and-comers on the college circuit. Note: Most bands in this category are listed in Nightspots.





 
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Monday


April 2013
 8 p.m.  Free! 

Chris Corsano: WCBN-FM.

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Solo performance by this virtuoso drummer from New Jersey. a former member of Bjok's touring band who has recorded with everyone from Thurston Moore and Evan Parker to Nels Cline and Jandek.
8 p.m., Encore Records, 417 E. Liberty. Free. 763-3500. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Karla Bonoff: The Ark.

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Veteran singer-songwriter from southern California known for her incisive lyrical romanticism and sweetly melancholy voice. She first gained attention in the early 70s through Linda Ronstadt's recordings of her songs, including "Someone to Lay Down Beside Me" and "Lose Again," and her songs have since been covered by everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Wynonna Judd, who had a hit with Bonoff's "Tell Me Why."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Tuesday


April 2013
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Saxophone Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Students of professor Donald Sinta perform works TBA.
7:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Great Big Sea: The Ark.

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This folk-rock quartet from Newfoundland, winner of many Juno Awards, is known for the intensity and power of its contemporary arrangements of traditional Celtic maritime ditties and its Celtic-flavored originals. An All Music Guide reviewer praises the band's latest CD Safe upon the Shore for a "vibrancy and energy that are simply intoxicating."
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $25-$50 in advance at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
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Wednesday


April 2013
 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. (except Apr. 3), Mar. 20-May 8.

A weekly series of film screenings, followed by discussion led by U-M musicology professor Mark Clague. Part of a Tribeca Film Institute project (see March 13 listing).

Mar. 20: Feels Like Going Home, the 1st episode of the 2004 Emmy-winning series Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues, and a 17-minute segment from Say Amen, Somebody (George T. Nierenberg) featuring gospel pioneers Thomas A. Dorsey, Willie Mae Ford Smith, and Sallie Martin.

Mar. 27: Syncopated City (1919-1933), the 2nd episode of the award-winning TV series Broadway: The American Musical (Michael Kantor, 2004). 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Apr. 10: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration, the 6th episode of Ken Burns 2001 PBS series Jazz. Also, International Sweethearts of Rhythm (Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss, 1986), an award-winning documentary about the little-known story of a multiracial all-women swing band that became a sensation in the 1940s.

Apr. 17: High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music (Rachel Liebling, 1994), a documentary about the history of bluegrass featuring Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, and other bluegrass pioneers.

Apr. 24: Plugging In (1995), the 4th episode of the Emmy-nominated series The History of Rock n Roll. It covers developments from Dylan's legendary electric debut at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival to the first major American performances by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, and the Who at the 1975 Monterey Pop Festival.

May 1: Latin Music USA, Episode One: Bridges (Daniel McCabe, 2009), an exploration of the development of Afro Cuban jazz and mambo in New York City dance halls and nightclubs, and an excerpt from From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale (Henry Chalfant, 2006) that explores the origins of hip-hop as a conscious alternative to gang culture.

May 8: A Space for Music, a Seat for Everyone: 100 Years of UMS Performance in Hill Auditorium (Sophia Cruz & Anna Prushinskaya, 2013), a new documentary that draws on concert recordings, news articles, and anecdotal interviews.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Feb. 21: River Raisin Ragtime Revue Back Row. Dixieland jazz by this ensemble from the popular local ragtime band.

Mar. 20: Royal Garden Trio. Local trio led by guitarist Brian Delaney that plays early jazz standards and Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. With cellist Michael Karoub and clarinetist and tenor guitarist Tom Bogardus.

Apr. 17: "Tribute to Benny Goodman." Local Benny Goodman tribute quartet led by clarinetist Dave Bennett. This show is held at the Washington Street Education Center (500 Washington), and tickets are not required.

May 15: Motor City Brass Quintet. This highly regarded Detroit ensemble performs a wide array of music, from classical to Americana and ragtime.

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7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room (except as noted), 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets (available at the Chelsea Senior Center) required. First come, first seated at the door (if available). 475-4111. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Noa: Jewish Federation of Ann Arbor Celebrate Israel 65th Birthday Concert.

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Performance by this Israeli pop singer whose music blends the style of 60s singer-songwriter pop with elements of jazz and the traditions of her Jewish Yemenite heritage. Her performance tonight showcases selections from her latest CD, The Israeli Songbook, a collection of classic Hebrew songs. She is accompanied by her longtime musical director, guitarist Gil Dor, along with percussionist Gadi Seri and the Yoed Nir String Quartet.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $36-$65 (students & kids, $12) in advance and at the door. 677-0100. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Comas: The Ark.

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Traditional Irish music by the all-star quartet of fiddler Aidan Burke, flutist and uilleann piper Isaac Alderson, guitarist Philip Masure, and percussionist Jackie Moran.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Holly Near: The Ark.

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Rare club appearance by one of the best-known and most widely appreciated of the feminist singer-songwriters. Near sings in a rich, controlled soprano and with a commanding presence that recalls Joan Baez at her peak. Her feminism is the cornerstone of a wide-ranging social and political intelligence, and her provocative lyrics also usually display an engagingly unpredictable humor. Her new record, Peace Becomes You, is a 2-CD collection that includes a dozen originals and an eclectic array of covers by everyone from Bernice Reagon and Ferron to Ce Lo Green and Keb' Mo', along with Irving Berlin, Jacques Brel, and Lerner & Loewe standards. Tonight she is backed by a band.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Thursday


April 2013
 7:30 p.m. 

Bobby McFerrin: University Musical Society.

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Extraordinary jazz vocalist and 10-time Grammy winner McFerrin is a one-man band capable of producing a whole orchestra of sounds using nothing but his own body, including scat singing, tapping his chest for percussive sounds, and rubbing the microphone against his beard for a samba sound. His music, which draws on a range of genres, is accessible and inviting, and his playful shows frequently involve audience participation. McFerrin's "greatest gift to audiences may be transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space," writes a Los Angeles Times reviewer. Tonight's program, "spirit you all," features new takes on spirituals sung by his father, the opera singer Robert McFerrin, Sr.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-$60 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

The Macpodz: Music Under the Arch.

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The immensely popular guitar-less local jam band performs a tribute to Miles Davis. The band plays an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." Opening act is the Tone Farmers, an all-star ensemble that includes saxophonist Dan Bennett, trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Matt Endahl, bassist Brennan Andes, and percussionist Dan Piccolo.
7:30 p.m., Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $20. 787-1428. [map]
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Friday


April 2013
 8 p.m. 

Adler & Hearne: Green Wood Coffee House (First United Methodist Church).

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Rural Texas-based duo of veteran singer-songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne who recently released To the Heart, a collection of bluegrass-tinged folk-jazz songs. Their repertoire also includes songs in an eclectic mix genres, from gospel and blues to cabaret and confessional singer-songwriter tunes.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $12 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Performing arts technology and electrical engineering and computer science students perform works they composed for reprogrammed cell phones.
8 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Proclaimers: The Ark.

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Anthemic folk-rock with an astringent lilt by twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid, a pair of Scottish singer-guitarists who perform live with a horn-fired R&B band. Best known for the mega-hit "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," the band's trademark is a blend of unpretentious spiritual uplift and ingenuously soulful vocal harmonies. The band has a new CD, Like Comedy. Opening act is JP Jones, a Welsh folk-rock singer-songwriter.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Saturday


April 2013
 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Performance by Bill Bynum & Co., a bluegrass-based quartet led by Bynum, a Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. His band includes fiddler Mary Seelhorst, pedal steel player John Lang, and bassist Chuck Anderson. Part of an an 8-week series of concerts and films (see March 13 listing).
1-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


April 2013
 1-2:30 p.m. 

KayLyn Pace: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Acoustic performance by this young Dexter country-rock singer-songwriter whose repertoire also include country classics.
1-2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 (seniors age 60 & older, $4; members & kids under 12 with adult, free). 794-6250. [map]
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 2 & 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Combos: EMU Music Department.

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Mark Pappas conducts music student jazz combos in programs of standard and contemporary charts.
1 & 4 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 7 & 8:30 p.m. (2 shows) 

Bucky Pizzarelli & the Michele Ramo Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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See review. Legendary jazz seven-string guitarist Pizzarelli, known for both his solid, swinging rhythms and impressive chord solos, is joined by 8-string guitar virtuoso Ramo's trio in a program of jazz music TBA. With vocalist Heidi Hepler and bassist Paul Keller.
7 & 8:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Hem: The Ark.

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Eight-piece Brooklyn, New York, ensemble whose music is an elegant, exquisitely bittersweet blend of country, folk, and pop that has been called "fragile pastoral Americana" and "sophisticated, subtle orch-pop that just happens to have a twang." The band's new Rounder CD, Eveningland, uses orchestral textures of various vernacular styles to create a lush, poignant bedding for the serene yet aching vocals of vocalist Sally Ellyson. It has a brand-new CD, Departure & Farewell.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $21 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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