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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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Tuesday


May 2013
 8 p.m. 

Kristin Hersh: The Ark.

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The longtime lead singer of the eccentric postpunk band Throwing Muses, Hersh has won fresh attention and widespread acclaim since going solo. Her music blends a fetching melodicism with open-ended, often complex structures, and with its demented intensity and suggestion of multiple personalities, her singing makes her sound like a female Gordon Gano. Her current shows feature lots of material from her forthcoming new CD, Spark Meet Gasoline.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Wednesday


May 2013
 8 p.m. 

Shinyribs: The Ark.

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See review. The stage name of Kevin Russell, the frontman of the Austin-based multi-genre neohillbilly party band The Gourds. His own music is both more formally adventurous and equally promiscuous, mixing various country idioms, gospel, and funk with a wayward poetic impulse. "He's the anti-frontman, with a chameleon quality to his singing that swings from cornpone honk to silky soul in a breath," says Austin Chronicle critic Margaret Moser in her review of his 2010 CD Well After Awhile. "Better, he's a prolific songwriter of remarkable ability, capable of twisting that voice around his hardscrabble songs with unexpected emotion." Shinyribs has a brand-new CD, Gulf Coast Museum.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Thursday


May 2013
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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May 2: Vintage American pop by Etcetera. May 9: R&B, Motown, and country by the Danireé Duo. May 16: Classic jazz by the Equinox Jazz Trio. May 23: Gospel music by Our Own Thing Chorale. May 30: Classical music by guitarist Michael Casher and soprano Carrie Wilson.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Joan Belgrave: Music Under the Arch.

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This veteran church-trained Detroit jazz vocalist performs jazz and blues songs from the 1930s to the present. Opening act is guitarist-vocalist Noelle Caprarese, the Saline High School 2013 talent show winner.
7:30 p.m., Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $25. 787-1428. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer: The Ark.

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An acclaimed young pop-folk singer-songwriter from rural Vermont with a deceptively girlish voice, Mitchell and her collaborator Hamer tonight showcase material from their new CD, Child Ballads, a collection of reimagined readings of a selection of the traditional ballads canonized in the collection published between 1882 and 1898 by the American folklorist James Francis Child. "Mitchell and Hamer have worked the words into chord changes and arrangements that sound both modern and timeless, and make me think, "Well, obviously - how else could they go?" says blogcritics.org reviewer John Sobel. "That's a solid achievement in itself." Opening act is Mike & Ruthy, a Woodstock (NY) folk-rock duo.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"We Are the Dreamers of Dreams": Out Loud Chorus.

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May 16 & 17. Paul Haebig directs this chorus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends in a program of songs celebrating aspirations for a better world for everyone. With accompaniment by bassist Edie Herrold, percussionist Tamara Perkuhn, and pianist Annie Jeng.
8 p.m., Michigan Union Anderson Room. $15 (students, $12; kids under 4, free) in advance at Common Language Books, olconline.org, & from Out Loud members; $18 at the door. 265-0740. [map]
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Friday


May 2013
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea High School Jazz Band: Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

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Performance by this CHS student ensemble.
7:30 p.m., Chelsea FUMC, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Doug Halladay's New Beginnings Ensemble: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local musicians perform original songs by Detroit jazz composer Halladay, a prominent trumpeter in the late '60s and '70s. His compositions explore "a contemporary post-bop aesthetic with music that can range from straightforward song forms to freshly conceived multi-sectional works," writes a Detroit Free Press reviewer. With trumpeter Dwight Adams, violist Leslie DeShazor-Adams, tenor saxophonist Vincent Bowens, trombonist Vincent Chandler, vocalist Ursula Walker, bassist Mario Hayden, pianist Buddy Budson, and drummer Gayelynn McKinney.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Grant-Lee Phillips: The Ark.

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See review. The former frontman of the popular postpunk folk-rock band Grant Lee Buffalo, Phillips has reemerged as an acoustic Americana singer-songwriter who writes gorgeously evocative songs on an array of public and private themes. "My albums are becoming more stark, more unguarded, and more vulnerable," Phillips says of his 2010 CD Little Moon, and his new CD, Walking in the Green Corn, is a collection of songs exploring his Muskogee (Creek) heritage.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"We Are the Dreamers of Dreams": Out Loud Chorus.

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May 16 & 17. Paul Haebig directs this chorus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends in a program of songs celebrating aspirations for a better world for everyone. With accompaniment by bassist Edie Herrold, percussionist Tamara Perkuhn, and pianist Annie Jeng.
8 p.m., Michigan Union Anderson Room. $15 (students, $12; kids under 4, free) in advance at Common Language Books, olconline.org, & from Out Loud members; $18 at the door. 265-0740. [map]
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Saturday


May 2013
 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.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m. 

"Bid to Build": Habitat for Humanity Annual Fundraiser.

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Families who have been helped by Habitat tell their stories. Also, live music by young Detroit singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin, live and silent auctions, and hors d'oeuvres. Emcee is 107.1 DJ John Bommarito.
6-8:30 p.m., U-M Ross Business School, 701 Tappan. Tickets $50 in advance at h4h.org. 677-1558. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Dvhani: Sound".

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Indian tabla player (and U-M visiting scholar) Nawal Singh is joined by local Odissi-style Indian classical dancer Sreyashi Dey, Hindustani classical vocalist Vineet Kshirsagar, and Rabindra Sangeet (Tagore songs) singer Mousumi Banerjee in a program of dance and music that blends various Indian styles.
6-8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. sreyashi@umich.edu. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Folk-Song-Jam-Along.

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All invited to join a fun, recreational sing-along of folk/pop songs, chants, rounds and more, led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski. Since it's just past Pete Seeger's 94th birthday, we'll sing a bunch of his favorite stuff! Bring your instruments if you'd like to jam along - we put the chords and lyrics up on a screen for everyone to see.
Held at the First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. For info: Lori 734-426-7818.. lorifithian@mac.com [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Crystal Moon Cone: Canterbury House.

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This trio of New York-based musicians Chris Peck and Jon Moniaci and U-M music professor Stephen Rush performs on laptops, guitars, accordions, balloons, organs, pianos, and children's toys.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 764-3162. [map]
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Sunday


May 2013
 1 p.m. 

Mr. B's Joybox Express Fundraiser: The Ark.

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Internationally renowned as one of the most exciting contemporary interpreters of traditional boogie-woogie and blues piano, Ann Arbor's Mark "Mr. B" Braun is joined by several longtime stars of the local music scene to raise money for his bicycle tours hauling his upright piano to raise funds for organizations that provide arts and athletic programs for kids. Performers include jazz and blues harmonica wizard Peter Madcat Ruth, electric guitar virtuoso George Bedard, jazz pianist Ellen Rowe, jazz bassist Paul Keller, jazz drummer Pete Siers, folksinger San Slomovits, and others TBA.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Acoustic Routes Concert: Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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May 19: Creole du Nord. Manchester-based Cajun & Creole dance quintet.

June 23: Rev. Robert Jones. The host of WDET's Blues from the Lowlands and an ordained Baptist minister, Jones is an excellent singer and guitarist, with a huge repertoire that draws on Delta, Texas, Chicago, and other blues traditions. His band includes his wife, vocalist Sis Bernice Jones.

July 28: Bill Bynum & Co. Bluegrass-based quartet led by award-winning Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist Bynum, whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. His band includes fiddler Mary Seelhorst, dobro player Dave Keeney, and bassist Chuck Anderson.

Aug. 3: Luke Winslow-King. Cadillac-bred Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist who currently lives in New Orleans. His Old/New Baby was named a Top 10 Album of 2009 in the American Songwriter magazine editors poll, and OffBeat magazine says it "captures the allure of a speakeasy, the swagger of old Dixie, and the simple good-time charm of Western swing." He has a brand-new CD, The Coming Tide.

Aug. 25: The Moxie Strings. Local duo of Dragon Wagon fiddler Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn, formerly known as String Cheese, who play a foot-stomping, rock-influenced fusion of traditional Celtic and Americana music.

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7:30 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $10. 429-0060. [map]
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 8 p.m. (revised starting time) 

Jeffrey Foucault & Cold Satellite: The Ark.

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Acclaimed 6-piece rock band whose music, which the Washington Post calls "rock 'n' roll in the key of country noir," is shaped by the songwriting collaboration of frontman Foucault, a Wisconsin-based American roots-music singer-songwriter known for wry, deftly poetic lyrics and rich-toned fingerstyle guitar accompaniment, and the Hayden Carruth Award-winning poet Lisa Olstein, a University of Massachusetts creative writing professor. The band's 2nd CD, Cavalcade, is due out this week. Opening act is The Pines, an up-and-coming Iowa indie folk-noir septet fronted by the singer-songwriter duo of David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 iin advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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