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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


December 2013
 7 p.m. 

Three Men and a Tenor: Encore Musical Theatre Concert Series.

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Dec. 16-18. This popular Lansing-based quartet mixes comedy and music in "Ha Ha Holidays," a program of a cappella original tunes and arrangements of popular songs.
7 p.m., Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $25 in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Student Jazz Showcase: Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.

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Middle school, high school, and adult jazz combos perform works by Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and others.
8 p.m., location TBA. Free. 213-2000.
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 8 p.m. 

"Irish Christmas in America": The Ark.

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This popular annual evening of Irish instrumental music, song, and dance, organized by fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada of the renowned traditional Irish quintet Teada, features the vocal trio Lumiere and TG4 Irish TV Traditional Singer of the Year and accordionist Seamus Begley.
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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Tuesday


December 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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 7 p.m. 

Three Men and a Tenor: Encore Musical Theatre Concert Series.

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Dec. 16-18. This popular Lansing-based quartet mixes comedy and music in "Ha Ha Holidays," a program of a cappella original tunes and arrangements of popular songs.
7 p.m., Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $25 in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Kiana June Weber: The Ark.

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Original acoustic music that fuses Celtic, rock, bluegrass, and jazz influences by this young Celtic fiddler, a Chelsea native who got her start in high school with the Chelsea House Orchestra. She was recruited by the renowned Calgary worldbeat fiddle ensemble Barrage at age 19, and last year she joined the Celtic fusion jam band Gaelic Storm.
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


December 2013
 7 p.m. 

Three Men and a Tenor: Encore Musical Theatre Concert Series.

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Dec. 16-18. This popular Lansing-based quartet mixes comedy and music in "Ha Ha Holidays," a program of a cappella original tunes and arrangements of popular songs.
7 p.m., Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $25 in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Delbert McClinton: The Ark.

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Legendary Texas honky-tonk singer-songwriter whose music effortlessly melds country, blues, rock 'n' roll, and R&B traditions. A superb blues harpist, McClinton got his start as a teenager in the 50s backing blues masters like Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Reed in San Antonio bars. Though his own records have typically enjoyed only a cult following, the likes of Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill have turned songs of his into hits, and he has recorded hit duets with Bonnie Raitt, Tanya Tucker, and others. McClinton's gotten even better with age: his recent recordings evince a relaxed mastery without losing the gritty swagger and drive that's always distinguished his music, and his 2009 CD Acquired Taste topped the Billboard blues chart.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $50 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Thursday


December 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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 7 p.m. 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles.

Oct. 21: Fall Festival of Choirs.

Oct. 28: Orchestra Halloween Concert.

Nov. 3: Echoes Concert Band.

Dec. 9: Band and Orchestra Concert.

Dec. 10: Band and Choirs Concert.

Dec. 12: Orchestra Concert.

Dec. 19: Band and Orchestra Pre-Festival Ensemble Concert.

Feb 8: District Solo & Ensemble Vocal Festival. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Feb. 27: Band & Orchestra Pre-Festival Concert.

Mar. 1: "Showcase of Michigan Show Choirs." Performances by CHS Company C and choirs from several other Michigan high schools. $10 in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door.

Mar. 18: Choir Festival Concert.

Mar. 22 (time TBA): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Apr. 3: Jazz Band Concert.

Apr. 30: Band & Choir Concerto Concert.

May 22: Band & Orchestra Concert.

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7 p.m. (except as noted), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free unless otherwise noted. 475-4524. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Finvarra's Wren: The Ark.

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Traditional Irish, Scottish, English, and Celtic-American dances and carols by this Detroit-area multigenerational quartet led by singer-guitarist Jim Perkins. With Cheryl Burns on bodhran and mountain dulcimer, Alison Perkins on fiddle and whistle, and Asher Perkins on button accordion and concertina. Tonight's show, "Winter Solstice Celebration," features wassails, stories, and music with midwinter themes.
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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Friday


December 2013
 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Festive Fridays": Main Street Area Association.

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Dec. 13 & 20. Local entertainers stroll the sidewalks beneath trees twinkling with 100,000 Christmas lights, with many stores open late. Live sidewalk entertainment by the costumed Victorian a cappella ensemble Arbor Consort and other entertainers TBA.
7-9 p.m., downtown area bounded by Main, Liberty, Washington, and Fourth Ave. Free. 668-7112.
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 8 p.m. 

Eddie from Ohio: The Ark.

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This highly regarded acoustic quartet from Arlington, Virginia, is known for its resonant vocal harmonies, ace musicianship, and upbeat, well-crafted original songs. "Imagine Crosby, Stills, and Nash in their heyday, backed by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones," says Dirty Linen magazine, and Austin, Texas, radio DJ David Obermann says the band evokes "shades of Washington Squares, Uncle Bonsai, and 10,000 Maniacs--but [is] still unique."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 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. 

Halladay/Schunk Latin Experience: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Detroit jazz composer Doug Halladay, a promiment trumpeter in the late '60s and '70s, is joined by local pianist Gary Schunk in a program of Halladay's original compositions. With trumpeter/flugelhorn player Dwight Adams, tenor saxophonist Andrew Bishop, guitarist Ron English, bassist Kurt Krahnke, drummer Bill Higgins, and percussionist Jose "Pepe" Espinosa.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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Saturday


December 2013
 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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May 3 & 17. 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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"One Earth One Voice Community Song Circle.".

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All invited to join Lori Fithian, Jean Chorazyczewski, Jean Mackey, and others to sing familiar songs and easy chants in a candle-lit church sanctuary.
7 p.m., First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 426-7818. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Bill Bynum & Co and Corndaddy: Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Double bill. Bynum & Co. is a 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. Corndaddy is a local alt-country band led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast.
8 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $15 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Light of Life Trio: Kerrytown Concert House Winter Solstice Concert.

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A concert of experimental world music in celebration of the winter solstice by guitarist/sitarist Robert Spalding Newcomb, keyboardist James Aikman, and percussionist/flautist Ken Kozora.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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Sunday


December 2013
 3:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday Sunsets: The Yellow Barn.

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Every Sun., except Dec. 15. All musicians invited to jam. Also, a potluck (bring a dish to share).
3:30-6:30 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Free. ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"A Jazz Nativity": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Up-and-coming Detroit pianist Glenn Tucker performs a program of experimental jazz holiday music including French composer Olivier Messiaen's two Christmas cycles: La Nativite du Seigneur, his 1935 work for pipe organ, and Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jesus for piano. With trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, saxophonist/flautist Rafael Statin, bassist Damon Warmack, and drummer Jesse Kramer.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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