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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


October 2013
 8 p.m. 

Adrian Legg: The Ark.

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This celebrated acoustic guitar virtuoso is a perennial winner of Guitar Player magazine's Best Fingerstylist award. Legg's compositions, alternately joyful and soaring or moody and melancholy, offer an elegant, intricate blend of country, jazz, folk, rock, Celtic, and classical idioms, and his work is especially known for his melodic inventiveness. But it is the dazzling, dizzying blend of speed, precision, and witty playfulness in his guitar work that leaves audiences and critics gasping. "To say that Legg is a good player is like saying Menuhin saws a fine fiddle," says one reviewer. His live shows also feature his deadpan humor and hilarious stories--a talent that has landed him a second career as a commentator-at-large on NPR's All Things Considered.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $17.50 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Tuesday


October 2013
 8 p.m. 

The Parkington Sisters: The Ark.

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Experimental chamber pop-rock featuring vibrant string arrangements and gorgeous vocal harmonies by this acoustic quartet of classically trained sisters from Cape Cod. Opening act is Tall Tall Trees, the stage name of Mike Savino, a NYC singer-songwriter who writes psychedelic pop-folk songs accompanied on banjo.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria": Quality 16.

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Oct. 2 & 8. Concert film by this veteran English arena rock band compiled from performances during them band's Las Vegas residency last spring. It includes the entirety of the band's chart-topping 1987 album Hysteria, along many of its other biggest hits.
8 p.m. Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $17 in advance at gqti.com and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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 10 p.m.  Free! 

Naked Dance Trio: Canterbury House.

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Local jazz composer-pianist Stephen Rush, drummer Jeremy Edwards, and saxophonist-clarinetist-flutist Andrew Bishop perform works by Sonny Sharrock. With guest guitarist Jonathan Edwards.
10 p.m., Canterbury House, 712 E. Huron. Free. 764-3162. [map]
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Wednesday


October 2013
 7:30 p.m. 

"Imagine: A John Lennon Birthday Concert": The Ark.

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A variety of local musicians perform Lennon's songs and other peace-themed songs. With the folk-rock band FUBAR, the blues duo Shari Kane & Dave Steele, the father-and-daughter folk duo San & Emily Slomovits, the string trio Wire in the Wood, and singer-songwriters Dick Siegel, Chris Buhalis, John Latini, Dave Boutette, Jen Sygit, Dave Keeney, Jo Serrapere, Danny Kline, Rollie Tussing, Tim Monger, Jason Dennie, Paul Tinkerhess, and Annie & Rod Capps. A benefit for the Peace Scholarship Fund of the local chapter of Veterans For Peace and the Iraq Veterans Against the War Operation Recovery program.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Thursday


October 2013
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Entertainment by local and visiting performers. Oct. 3: Traditional, original, and Latin jazz by the Edie Herrold Trio. Oct. 10: Folk music of the 60s by the Folk Revival Band, the duo of twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits (who are best known as the children's duo Gemini). Oct. 17: U-M music majors. Oct. 24: Classical piano by Paul Skripnik. Oct. 31: Indian classical music by Rajeeb Chakraborty.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Sarah Jarosz: The Ark.

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22-year Texas bluegrass-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumental prodigy whose unassumingly resonant lyricism and piercingly inerrant vocal interpretations have provoked widespread comparisons to a young Gillian Welch. "Jarosz stamps all eleven tracks with her musical vision," says No Depression in its review of her new CD, Follow Me Down. "The haunting tone of her voice, the assuredness with which she weaves through the melodies, and the thoughtfulness of her delivery are all impressive … The emotional quality of Jarosz's singing magnifies the open-ended meaning of her lyrics." Jarosz is accompanied by fiddler Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathaniel Smith.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Friday


October 2013
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

David C. Bloom & Friends: Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

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Jazz standards and vintage ballads by this Chelsea jazz vocal trio led by vocalist Bloom, who accompanies himself on piano, bass, organ, guitar, and vibes. With drummer James Boyd and vocalist Lori Minnick.
7:30 p.m., FUMC, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Over the Rhine: The Ark.

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Energetic heartland rock 'n' roll, at once artful and urgent, by this acclaimed Cincinnati quartet. Led by the husband-and-wife songwriter duo of vocalist Karin Bergquist and bassist Linford Detweiler, the band is known for its enchantingly spare arrangements and its reflective, self-consciously literary lyrics. They also have some terrific Christmas songs they trot out this time of year. Opening act is Tift Merritt, an acclaimed young North Carolina-bred singer-songwriter with a gorgeous voice that's at once gritty and ethereal. Her music is a melodic brand of alt-country that's spiced with rock panache and the emotional depth and power of soul, and she writes thoughtful, keenly observant songs exploring an array of personal themes and moods.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $50 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.org) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The David Bromberg Quintet: The Ark.

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A veteran folkie who emerged from semiretirement in 2009 and released his first recording in 17 years, the acclaimed Try Me One More Time, Bromberg is a brilliant entertainer whose style draws on blues, country, early jazz, and even classical music. He's a forceful singer and a first-rate virtuoso on several stringed instruments, including guitar, mandolin, and violin. His repertoire includes offbeat, often wryly ironic originals and highly personal interpretations of traditional material. "[Bromberg] has such control of his audience that he can, at one moment, hold it in his hand with a tender, touching, yet funny anecdotal song, and then set it romping and stomping with a raucous bit of raunch," says the New York Times. He is accompanied by his band, with whom he recorded the brand-new CD, Only Slightly Mad.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Saturday


October 2013
 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]
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 6:15-10:30 p.m. 

"Moon over Mirebalais: 10th Annual Haitian Gala": St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church.

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An authentic Caribbean meal, followed by dancing to calypso and reggae by the renowned Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band. Also, wine auction and silent auction of crafts and services. Child care available by reservation. Proceeds benefit the church's Haitian Outreach Mission.
6:15-10:30 p.m., St. Clare's, 2309 Packard. $35 & $65 in advance and at the door. 662-2449. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"ACTivate the Cure": Greenhills School.

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Greenhills students and faculty present a variety show. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. $10 (students & seniors, $7). 769-4010. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Lou & Peter Berryman: The Ark.

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See review. This ex-husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo from Wisconsin mines the Tom Lehrer/Smothers Brothers tradition of offbeat topical satire and sharply humorous social commentary, along offering with the occasional poignant ballad. Lehrer himself has said, "If I were writing songs today, I would want to be Lou Berryman." Their latest CD, Rocky Frontier, includes a snotty jingle about Wisconsin, a geezer's tender lament, and a gold rush song sung by a nonparticipant. They accompany themselves on 12-string guitar and on an accordion mounted on a peg leg that they call the "Stomach Steinway."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Scott McWhinney: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Veteran local singer-songwriter, acoustic guitarist, and harmonica player who writes well-crafted soul-inflected pop-folk songs. He is joined by DSM, an acoustic folk-rock ensemble whose members play guitars, mandolin, bass, electric keyboard, sax, and percussion.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Ursula Walker: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This veteran Detroit jazz vocalist, named 2011 Outstanding Jazz Vocalist at the Detroit Music Awards, is known for her improvisational approach to melody and swinging rhythmic prowess. She earned local renown as a versatile vocalist while fielding offers to tour nationally with Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and other luminary musicians, in order to raise her family. Tonight she celebrates the release of her debut album, Today and Yesterday, a collection of jazz standards including Chick Corea's "Spain," "You've Changed," "Never Will I Marry," and "My Foolish Heart." Walker is backed by her pianist-husband Buddy Budson, as well as trumpeter Dwight Adams, saxophonist Keith Kaminski, bassist Marion Hayden, and drummer Pete Siers.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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Sunday


October 2013
 4-7 p.m. 

4th Annual Filling Empty Bowls: SOS Community Services Fundraiser.

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Appetizers, music, and a silent auction of unique bowls and other items.
4-7 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $100 in advance at http://www.soscs.org/event. 485-8730. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Erika Banks, Live Jazz Vocal Concert: Sunward Cohousing.

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Prepare to be entertained and uplifted!
This vocal performance will be an intimate selection of familiar songs from 30's/40's jazz standards, to timeless hymns/spirituals, to opera classics and a few new originals to spice it up.
Erika Banks began her vocal training at age eleven with the late Mrs. Laura Jean Thompson. She went on to receive her B.M. and M.M in voice performance, both from the University of Michigan, where she studied with the late Distinguished Professor Shirley Verrett. She has performed the roles of "Nannetta" in Verdi's Falstaff, and "Pamina" in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. She is also proud to have been a featured performer with Pacific Opera, The John Link Project, Akim Funk Buddha, The New World Orchestra, Unity of New York, Out Before Nine Concert Series and with the OMNI Ensemble.
Sunward Cohousing, 424 Little Lake Dr #21. Donation. $12. 734.260.0857. contact12@sunward.org http://sunward.org/events/erika-banks-concert.html [map]
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 7:30 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: The Ark.

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A jazz, blues, swing, and soul gumbo by this veteran New Orleans band, led by vocalist Scotty Morris, that helped ignite the 90s swing craze. The band's repertoire covers everything from the music of Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, and New Orleans brass bands to the world's first male-vocal version of the Blue Lu Barker classic "Don't You Feel My Leg." The band's latest CD, How Big Can You Get?, is a tribute to Cab Calloway.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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