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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


October 2013
 7 p.m. 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Feb. 18: Moanin' Frogs. Innovative U-M grad student saxophone ensemble that performs fox trots, rags, character pieces, and waltzes characteristic of early 20th Century burlesque and vaudeville shows, along with some originals and other works by modern composers.

Mar. 18: River Raisin Ragtime Revue Back Row. Dixieland jazz by this ensemble from the popular local ragtime band.

Apr. 16: Three Men and a Tenor. This high-energy a cappella quartet of MSU alums Chuck Colby, Mark Stiles, Paul Felch, and Glenn Williams (he's the tenor) performs everything from originals to Gregorian chant, barbershop, contemporary pop, and rap. This show is held at the Washington Street Education Center (500 Washington); tickets are not required, but donations accepted to help fund the 2014-1015 Kaleidoscope season.

May 20: James Dapogny Quartet. Vintage pop and jazz standards, along with lesser known tunes from the 1920s and 30s, by this local ensemble led by U-M music professor Dapogny, a renowned early-jazz pianist.

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7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 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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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Polka Jam Session.

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All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music.
7-9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529-3903. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Bell X1: The Ark.

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Irish pop-rock quartet whose songs, according to Allmusic writer Dave Donnelly, "call to mind pre-electronic Radiohead and the more sedate side of Coldplay, crafting tight, melodic pop with introspective and witty lyrics." The band's new CD, Chop Chop, debuted at #1 on the Irish music charts. Opening act is Tristen, a Nashville-based pop-folk singer-songwriter whose debut CD, Charlatans at the Garden Gate, is a collection of richly melodic, hook-laden tunes that, according to the Boston Globe, "glimmers with traces of Neko Case, the Shangri-Las, and maybe just a touch of Loretta Lynn."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $17 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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Wednesday


October 2013
 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (students & members, $2). 761-1451. [map]
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Thursday


October 2013
 Noon  Free! 

17th Annual Edgefest Parade (Kerrytown Concert House).

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Includes Edgefest artists. All invited to bring any sort of instrument and tag along.
Noon, KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-2999. [map]
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 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. 

The BoDeans: The Ark.

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Straight-ahead guitar-based rock 'n' roll with a country twang by this quartet from Waukesha (WI) led by the distinctively soulful vocals of Kurt Neumann. They're most widely known for "Closer to Free," the theme song of the 1990s Fox drama Party of Five, but for almost 3 decades now they have been producing a gritty, ebullient brand of heartland pop rooted in that sound of lonesome yearning and bafflement pioneered by Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and Del Shannon. The band's latest CD is American Made.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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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Friday


October 2013
 1 p.m. 

San & Emily Slomovits: Jewish Community.

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This local father-and-daughter acoustic duo recently released its debut CD, Innocent When You Dream, a varied collection of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, and classical music.
1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5. 971-0990. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mr. B: Silver Maples of Chelsea Kaleidoscope Concert Series.

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Ann Arbor's Mark "Mr. B" Braun has established an international reputation as one of the most exciting interpreters of traditional boogie-woogie and blues piano. He has mastered the classics from Meade Lux Lewis and Jimmy Yancey to Brother Montgomery and Professor Longhair, and he has added several dynamic originals to the long tradition he works in. Cadence reviewer Jerome Wilson praised his 1991 CD My Sunday Best for its "stunning versatility" and concluded that "the recent deaths of Champion Jack Dupree and Sunnyland Slim are reminders that blues piano seems a dying form, but Mark Braun is a good argument that it will live on."
7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets (available at the Chelsea Senior Center) required. Some tickets may be available at the door. 475-4111. [map]
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 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"UMMA After Hours": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight, with curators discussing the current temporary exhibits. Also, live music by Aguankó, the local Afro-Cuban jazz band led by Conga and bongo player Alberto Nacif. Light refreshments.
7-10 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Chris Thile: University Musical Society.

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See review. This young mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist began performing with Nickel Creek at age 8 and released his debut solo album at 12. A founding member of the progressive folk quintet Punch Brothers, Thile is known for his inventive takes on bluegrass classics and genre-trancendent originals encompassing bluegrass, rock, jazz, and classical music. He also collaborated with the classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma and bassist Edgar Meyer on the Grammy-winning album The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Tonight's solo program features the meticulous execution of Bach sonatas and partitas on mandolin. "He's proven that he's up to the task of rendering this incredibly complex music as well as showing-especially in the faster sections-that the distance between baroque and bluegrass is shorter than we may have previously thought," writes a Paste magazine reviewer.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $24-$46, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

GFest: U-M GMen.

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Annual variety show with performances by this all-male student a cappella ensemble and other U-M groups TBA.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $10. gmen@umich.edu, thegmen.org.
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 8 p.m. 

The Verve Pipe: The Ark.

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This veteran dance-rock band led by West Michigan singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark. Its richly textured songs are known for their inventive arrangements, layered vocals, and searching lyrics.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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. 

Tret Fure: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A virtuoso pop-rock guitarist and songwriter who got her start with the Spencer Davis Group in the early 70s, Fure has been a major figure in the women's music genre since the early 80s who's most widely known from her years as a member of a duo with Cris Williamson. She has a new CD, A Piece of the Sky.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $12 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
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Saturday


October 2013
 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Oct. 5 & 19. 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. Note: The Oct. 19 session is a practice for the 3rd Saturday Contra Dance that evening.
3-6 p.m. (Oct. 5) & 4-6 p.m. (Oct. 19), Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Flower Songs from Northwest China": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Canceled. Two award-winning singers from Xi'ning, Qinghai, China, Tong Shourong and Wu Benru, perform several of these Chinese folk songs which treat a diverse range of topics from intimate thoughts about ordinary people's romantic and daily lives to jokes and satires on current social-political topics. The program is introduced by Chinese composer and music official and Dartmouth College Chinese language and literature professor Levi Gibbs. Also, on Oct. 18 Gibbs gives a talk on "Singing Flower Songs in Contemporary China" (4 p.m., Michigan League Michigan Room).
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-8888. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Paula Cole: The Ark.

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Alternative folk-rock singer-songwriter from Rockport (MA) who was one of the stars of the early Lilith Fair tours. Her songs are known for their ethereal, dream-like melodies and emotionally intense, broodingly introspective lyrics.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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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Sunday


October 2013
 2 p.m. 

"All About the Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in a lecture-concert about the late legendary jazz pianist and composer Marian McPartland. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Dave Boutette: Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist whose genial songs about the small ups and downs of ordinary life draw on a range of influences from Chuck Berry to Paul Westerberg.
7:30 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $10 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

David Cook: The Ark.

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The winner of the 7th season of American Idol in May 2008, Cook is a talented rock singer-songwriter known for his intense performing style who recently released his 4th CD, Laying Me Low.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 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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