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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
 8 p.m. 

Bernhoft: The Ark.

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Norwegian retro-soul singer-songwriter who accompanies himself on a mix of conventional and electronic instruments. Opening act is Miracles of Modern Science, a Brooklyn strings-and-drum ensemble whose self-styled "orchestral space-pop" fuses classical textures with disco kinetics and explosive dynamics.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $21 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.  Free! 

Jazz Combos: U-M School of Music.

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Robert Hurst directs jazz and contemporary improvisation students and well-known Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave in jazz standards and originals.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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Tuesday


November 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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 8 p.m. 

Leon Russell: The Ark.

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A prolific session keyboardist in the 60s who recorded with everyone from Dylan and the Stones to Sinatra and Herb Alpert, Russell emerged from the shadows in the 70s as the exponent of a swampy, gravelly Southern psychedelic fusion sound that absorbed almost every strain of American popular music. Opening act is Alex Dezen, a singer-songwriter who fronts the Brooklyn indie rock duo The Damnwells.
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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Wednesday


November 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


November 2013
 7-8 p.m. 

Gale Benson and Jessica Ryder: The Mix.

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Thursday 7-8 PM - An acoustic performance (without amplification) of jazz inspired song renderings and improvisation by guitarist Benson and vocalist Ryder.
The Mix, 128 W Michigan, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5. 734-961-8704. bennygale@comcast.net http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7diqUHuC4I [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Birds of Chicago: The Ark.

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Americana ensemble led by singer-songwriters JT Nero of the Chicago rock 'n' soul band JT Nero & the Clouds and Allison Russell of the Canadian urban folk band Po' Girl. No Depression describes their eponymous debut CD as "songs like poetry set to some of the finest roots melodies that you'll ever hear."
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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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Creative Arts Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Mark Kirschenmann conducts this adventurous jazz student ensemble in a program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 9 p.m. 

James Tristan Redding & Troy Petty, double CD release show: The Yellow Barn.

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Join these two captivating singer-songwriters for an electrifying acoustic concert on their double album release tour. For one night, these two old friends will leave their hearts on the stage for your eyes and ears to behold. James Tristan Redding spent last winter in Mexico busking, writing, and recording his debut solo album. "Walking Into Brooklyn" chronicles his personal struggles and the triumph of relocating to New York City, a lifelong dream. Troy Petty is to Chicago what Chris Isaak is to San Francisco. Troy's brand new album, Fairy Tale Pen, is as inventive as it is reliable. His band, The Last Dark Show, captures the quiet beauty and stark contrast of the mid-west, while his rhythmic vision and harmonic exploration evoke the tapestries of both our former and future lives.
The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St. Donation. $10. (734) 358-3832. info@jamestristanredding.com www.jamestristanredding.com [map]
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Friday


November 2013
 8 p.m. 

The Diego Rivera Sextet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Led by jazz saxophonist-composer Rivera, also an MSU music professor, this group celebrates the release of its album The Contender, featuring Rivera's original compositions and three arrangements of standards by Jerome Kern, Horace Silver, and Stevie Wonder. With trumpeter Dwight Adams, trombonist Michael Dease, pianist Rick Roe, bassist David Rosin, and drummer Nate Winn.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Willy Porter: The Ark.

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Pop-folk singer-songwriter from Milwaukee whose music blends roots-pop with elements of funk and country, and whose songs span a wide range of moods, from the trucker-inspired "Jesus on the Grille" and the girl-in-the-diner ode "Glow" to the erotic mysticism of "Watercolor," all accompanied by his intricately virtuosic acoustic guitar playing. Opening act is Anne Heaton, a NYC-based pop-folk singer-songwriter and pianist who cites Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, and the Indigo Girls as her main influences.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $17.50 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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Saturday


November 2013
 5 p.m. 

Michigan International Festival: Rotary Club of Ann Arbor West.

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Musical and dance performances by multicultural groups TBA. Food court features international vendors. Keynote speaker TBA. Silent auction.
5 p.m. (doors open), with performances starting at 7 p.m., Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy, Saline. Tickets $30 at the door; $15 in advance, available online and at several local businesses listed on the website. 931-0501, mifestival.org. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Drew DeFour & Friends: Ann Street Music Room.

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Ensemble led by this local singer-songwriter-pianist whose songs are influenced by Tom Waits, Dr. John, and Ray Charles.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Ann Street Music Room, 812 Ann St., Ypsilanti. $10 at the door only. 829-0148. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Jeremy Kittel & Friends: The Ark.

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Kittel is a nationally up-and-coming fiddle virtuoso from Saline, a U-M music school jazz grad who now lives in Brooklyn. His extremely eclectic repertoire ranges from Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton fiddle tunes to jazz, bluegrass, traditional Appalachian tunes, and originals that draw on all these genres. He performs tonight with his quartet--which includes mandolin, hammered dulcimer, and cello--along with some local guest musicians.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $17.50 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. 

Ryan Wolfe: Canterbury House.

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Performance by this Portland singer-pianist whose influences range from P-Funk to Prine to Stevie Wonder to Sigur Ros.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 665-0606. [map]
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 8 p.m.-midnight 

The Kava Lounge: The Yellow Barn.

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Open stage for musicians, poets, storytellers, performance artists, and dancers. Kava-coconut tea.
8 p.m.-midnight, Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10 (Yellow Card holders, free). ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Winter Concert: U-M G-Men.

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This all-male student a cappella ensemble sings songs in various styles, including pop, rock, Latino, and others.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $10 (students, $7) in advance and at the door. gmen@umich.edu. [map]
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Sunday


November 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. 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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 4 p.m. 

Brooklyn Rider with Béla Fleck: University Musical Society.

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The musically adventurous Brooklyn-based string quartet Brooklyn Rider, whose members are also part of the Silk Road Ensemble, is joined by the legendary banjo virtuoso Fleck in a performance of "Night Flight Over Water," Fleck's newly composed quintet for banjo and string quartet, as well as other classical works. Fleck, winner of fourteen Grammy Awards, is known for his innovative work with his instrument and his encyclopedic knowledge of various musical traditions, both evident on his recently released album The Imposter, which includes the complex work "Night Flight Over Water." The interplay between Fleck and the members of Brooklyn Rider-violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords, and cellist Eric Jacobsen-allows for "a unique exploration of the classical quintet form, as Fleck seeks to explore not only the possibilities for his own instrument as interloper and collaborator, but also a tonal and harmonic inquiry at once playful and sophisticated," writes an All Music reviewer.
4 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. $24-$56, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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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 7:30 p.m. 

Caravan of Thieves: The Ark.

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Gypsy-flavored acoustic swing by this quartet led by the Bridgeport (CT) husband-and-wife duo of Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni. The band is know for its theatrical, fun-filled live shows in which the audience is invited to clap, stomp, and sing along. Opening act is Dustbowl Revival, a Venice (CA) Americana roots music collective whose music blends bluegrass, jug band music, and western swing.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $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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