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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


November 2013
 Noon-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Gypsy Pond Music": Digital Music Ensemble (U-M School of Music).

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Nov. 4-10. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth" that amplifies, combines, and manipulates natural sounds in and around the pond. A remote-control toy boat traverses a 40-foot-square wooden maze that floats in the pond, triggering sounds, lights, and video loops. Rush says "the music is techno-ambient in nature--it sure ain't Gramma's Mahler!" This year's production features sensors that detect the pulse of visitors and coordinate the music and lights to that pulse.
Noon-9 p.m., U-M Music School pond, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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Tuesday


November 2013
 Noon-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Gypsy Pond Music": Digital Music Ensemble (U-M School of Music).

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Nov. 4-10. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth" that amplifies, combines, and manipulates natural sounds in and around the pond. A remote-control toy boat traverses a 40-foot-square wooden maze that floats in the pond, triggering sounds, lights, and video loops. Rush says "the music is techno-ambient in nature--it sure ain't Gramma's Mahler!" This year's production features sensors that detect the pulse of visitors and coordinate the music and lights to that pulse.
Noon-9 p.m., U-M Music School pond, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Shofar: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This trio of three respected Polish musicians seeks to preserve and invigorate the Jewish musical tradition by combining Hasidic music and free jazz in a repertoire that includes nigunim (songs meant to induce religious ecstasy), festive and dancelike freylekhs, and pieces derived from Jewish liturgy. Shofar's members include electric guitarist Raphael Roginski, drummer Macio Moretti, and saxophonist and bass clarinetist Mikolaj Trzaska, who helped to found the 1980s Polish yass music style, combining free jazz, new wave, punk, and folk.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Kin: The Ark.

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NYC-based shoegazer-flavored self-styled "grit-pop" trio led by the Australian brothers Isaac and Thorry Koren and featuring hand drummer Shakerleg.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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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Wednesday


November 2013
 Noon-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Gypsy Pond Music": Digital Music Ensemble (U-M School of Music).

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Nov. 4-10. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth" that amplifies, combines, and manipulates natural sounds in and around the pond. A remote-control toy boat traverses a 40-foot-square wooden maze that floats in the pond, triggering sounds, lights, and video loops. Rush says "the music is techno-ambient in nature--it sure ain't Gramma's Mahler!" This year's production features sensors that detect the pulse of visitors and coordinate the music and lights to that pulse.
Noon-9 p.m., U-M Music School pond, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Sept. 4: Matt Watroba and Mustard's Retreat. Folkalley.com host Watroba is a veteran Detroit-area folksinger with a repertoire of lyrical songs and poignant ballads, including several originals that he sings in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. Mustard's Retreat is the duo of Michael Hough and David Tamulevich, who perform a wide variety of original and traditional songs and ballads about everyday life. Both Hough and Tamulevich are accomplished guitarists, and they also play banjo, mandolin, flute, autoharp, harmonica, and tin whistle.

Oct. 2: Ben Bedford. Highly regarded singer-songwriter from Springfield (IL) known for his portrait-like songs about the moral and emotional struggles at the heart of a wide range of contemporary and historic American lives. Opening act is Ben Hassenger, a Western Michigan singer-songwriter who's written 2 Detroit Tigers songs that are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Nov. 6: Kitty Donohoe and David Barrett. Double bill. Donohoe is an Irish American roots-music singer-songwriter from Detroit who specializes in story songs. In its review of her latest CD Northern Border, Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric." Barrett is a singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso from Lansing best known as the composer of TV theme songs for several major sports events, from the NCAA basketball tournament to the 1998 Winter Olympics. Barrett's songs cover a variety of topics, including stories about children and criminals, golf and baseball, life on the road, and the things hound dogs would say if they could talk.

Dec. 4: Joe Crookston. Highly regarded Ohio-bred folk-style singer-songwriter now based in upstate New York, where he spent a year, funded by a Rockefeller Foundation grant, traveling the Finger Lakes region collecting stories to turn into songs. He is known for his engagingly melodic, variously mystical, historical, and humorous story songs, many of which draw on his own experiences and family history. Opening act is Back to the Roots co-owner Caleb Lange, a Chelsea acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter.

Jan. 8: Jan Krist and Jim Bizer. Krist is a Detroit singer-songwriter known for lean, poetic lyrics and inventive melodies, and her fans include singer-songwriter Christine Lavin, who has called Krist "one of the best new folk artists emerging in the national folk music scene." Bizer, a member of the local Yellow Room Gang singer-songwriter collective, is a 3-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition and won the Great American Song Contest grand prize for his 9/11 song "We Are All Connected."

Feb. 5: Barb Barton and Billy Brandt. Barton is a veteran local singer-songwriter known for her entrancing folk-rock and New Age rhythms and captivating story-songs, and Brandt is a veteran Detroit country-flavored folk-rock singer-songwriter.

Mar. 5: Red Tail Ring and Sam Corbin. Red Tail Ring is The local duo of singer-songwriters Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo, who play Appalachian folk and old-time music with haunting vocal harmonies. Corbin is a Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan.

Apr. 2: Sue Fink and Allison Downey. Fink is a Chicago-based pop-folk singer-songwriter whose songs feature an engaging blend of wit and vulnerability. Downey is an award-winning Kalamazoo acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter and Moth Storyslam winner.

May 7: Shari Kane & Dave Steele. Local husband-and-wife duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos whose repertoire includes both traditional and original blues, gospel, swing, and ragtime.

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7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 12 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Onthetracksss@gmail.com. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"An Evening with the Earthwork Music Collective": The Ark.

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With performances by the Lake City (MI) singer-songwriter duo of Seth Bernard & May Erlewine, the Lansing bluegrass band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, multi-instrumental & multi-genre minstrel darlenYa, the Traverse City self-styled "ethereal gypsy music" ensemble Dede & the Dreamers, the Grand Rapids lo-fi country-folk ensemble Strawberry Heritage, local environmental singer-songwriter Joe Reilly, and Kalamazoo folk-style singer-songwriter Sam Cooper.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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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Thursday


November 2013
 Noon-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Gypsy Pond Music": Digital Music Ensemble (U-M School of Music).

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Nov. 4-10. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth" that amplifies, combines, and manipulates natural sounds in and around the pond. A remote-control toy boat traverses a 40-foot-square wooden maze that floats in the pond, triggering sounds, lights, and video loops. Rush says "the music is techno-ambient in nature--it sure ain't Gramma's Mahler!" This year's production features sensors that detect the pulse of visitors and coordinate the music and lights to that pulse.
Noon-9 p.m., U-M Music School pond, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Dar Williams: The Ark.

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Nov. 18 & 19: Acclaimed pop-folk singer-songwriter from western Massachusetts who has been huge favorite with local audiences ever since her performance at the 1996 Ann Arbor Folk Festival. She sings in a sweet, ringing soprano, and her brightly melodic songs feature sophisticated, vividly insightful, and often tartly humorous lyrics on a wide range of personal and social themes. Opening act is Lucy Wainwright Roche, the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche. She is a pop-folk singer-songwriter with a crystalline voice who's been compared to Joni Mitchell and Nanci Grifith.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 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


November 2013
 Noon-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Gypsy Pond Music": Digital Music Ensemble (U-M School of Music).

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Nov. 4-10. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth" that amplifies, combines, and manipulates natural sounds in and around the pond. A remote-control toy boat traverses a 40-foot-square wooden maze that floats in the pond, triggering sounds, lights, and video loops. Rush says "the music is techno-ambient in nature--it sure ain't Gramma's Mahler!" This year's production features sensors that detect the pulse of visitors and coordinate the music and lights to that pulse.
Noon-9 p.m., U-M Music School pond, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Chuck Brodsky: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This North Carolina singer-songwriter's charming, humorous, incisively observed songs about the follies of ordinary people have provoked comparisons to John Prine and Loudon Wainwright. A favorite of Green Wood audiences, he has released several CDs on the Red House label, including The Baseball Ballads 2, his new collection of songs celebrating baseball history.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 662-4536, 665-8558. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Dar Williams: The Ark.

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Nov. 18 & 19: Acclaimed pop-folk singer-songwriter from western Massachusetts who has been huge favorite with local audiences ever since her performance at the 1996 Ann Arbor Folk Festival. She sings in a sweet, ringing soprano, and her brightly melodic songs feature sophisticated, vividly insightful, and often tartly humorous lyrics on a wide range of personal and social themes. Opening act is Lucy Wainwright Roche, the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche. She is a pop-folk singer-songwriter with a crystalline voice who's been compared to Joni Mitchell and Nanci Grifith.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 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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 8 p.m. 

Sonic Perfume: Canterbury House.

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This avant jazz trio from Toronto performs works by its founding members, bassist Phill Albert and saxophonist (and U-M grad) Patrick Booth. With local drummer Jonathan Taylor. Also, a performance by the NYC-based Alex Levine Quintet, led by guitarist Levine.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 665-0606. [map]
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Saturday


November 2013
 Noon-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Gypsy Pond Music": Digital Music Ensemble (U-M School of Music).

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Nov. 4-10. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth" that amplifies, combines, and manipulates natural sounds in and around the pond. A remote-control toy boat traverses a 40-foot-square wooden maze that floats in the pond, triggering sounds, lights, and video loops. Rush says "the music is techno-ambient in nature--it sure ain't Gramma's Mahler!" This year's production features sensors that detect the pulse of visitors and coordinate the music and lights to that pulse.
Noon-9 p.m., U-M Music School pond, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 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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 7 p.m. 

Omar Sosa: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This internationally hailed Cuban pianist-composer-bandleader is known for his innovative sound, a blend of jazz, Afro-Cuban music, classical, rap, and hip-hop. Sosa is an "uncompromising artist who does his own thing, regardless of trends," writes an All About Jazz critic. Before moving to San Francisco in 1995, he lived in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, where he immersed himself in the region's folkloric and African musical heritage, including the marimba tradition. His 2013 album, Eggun: The Afric-Lectric Experience, pays tribute to Miles Davis' seminal work, Kind of Blue, through original jazz songs-shaped by African musical influences and the expressive use of electronic elements-that capture the spirit, if not the sound, of Davis' album. With drummer-vocalist Marque Gilmore, electric bassist and m'bira player Childo Tomas, tenor saxophonist and flautist Peter Apfelbaum, trumpeter Joo Kraus, and alto saxophonist-flautist-vocalist Leandro Saint-Hill.
7 & 9 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Rick Thum.

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Performance by this nationally known hammered dulcimer player and singer who was named the most influential dulcimer player of the last decade by readers of Dulcimer Player News. His latest CD, Down the Old Dirt Road, is a collection of old-time tunes and folk-style originals. Followed by an open acoustic jam.
7 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller. $10 at the door only. 663-7974. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Bliss!: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.
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. 

Enter the Haggis: The Ark.

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Popular young Toronto quintet whose music is a rousing, raucous blend of Scottish and Canadian Celtic music with rock, bluegrass, Caribbean, and world music. Instrumentation includes fiddle, bagpipes, tin whistle, guitars, keyboards, and drums.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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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 8 p.m. 

Steve Lehman Octet: University Musical Society.

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The widely acclaimed New York alto saxophonist and visionary composer Lehman, whose compositions for orchestras and chamber ensembles have been performed internationally, is known for his intense improvisation and innovative, cerebral music fusing hard bop melodies with audacious, off-kilter rhythmic structures. The New York Times named his octet's 2009 album, Travail, Transformation & Flow, the best jazz/pop album of the year, and described it as "a blast of urban futurism at once hypnotic, kinetic, and kaleidoscopic. And funky." The octet includes tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, vibraphonist Chris Dingman, bassist Drew Gress, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, trombonist Tim Albright, tubaist Jose Davila, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.
8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. $25-$35, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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Sunday


November 2013
 Noon-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Gypsy Pond Music": Digital Music Ensemble (U-M School of Music).

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Nov. 4-10. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth" that amplifies, combines, and manipulates natural sounds in and around the pond. A remote-control toy boat traverses a 40-foot-square wooden maze that floats in the pond, triggering sounds, lights, and video loops. Rush says "the music is techno-ambient in nature--it sure ain't Gramma's Mahler!" This year's production features sensors that detect the pulse of visitors and coordinate the music and lights to that pulse.
Noon-9 p.m., U-M Music School pond, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday Sunset Collective: The Yellow Barn.

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Every Sun. All musicians invited to jam. Also, a potluck (bring a dish to share).
6-8 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Free. ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Bryn Roberts Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Canadian-born, NYC-based jazz pianist-composer Roberts, who has enjoyed a prolific career as a session artist for many notable NYC jazz musicians, leads this trio of local bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers. Roberts' third and most recent album, Fables, is a collection of melodic original compositions and two standards. "Many of these works contain quite a bit of bounce and pop, as Roberts is a shrewd technician who knowns when to balance power and restraint, alongside a light touch amid his deftly articulated phrasings," writes an All About Jazz reviewer.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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