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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of June 19, 2017

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


June 2017
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

KO MusicArts Festival: Oz's Music Environment.

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The KO MusicArts Festival will showcase community talent in evening performances June 18-June 25 (June 24 excepted). Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and benefit the Know Obstacles Music Enrichment Camp, established in 2016 by Steve Osborn. At 7:30 pm: Oliver de Peralta - Oz Music Teacher - Solo Classical Guitar; at 8 pm Oz Plays Oz with Ken Kozora and Friends.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-662-8283. markfisk07@comcast.net www.facebook.com/events/259793654501190 [map]


 9 p.m.-midnight 

Bickley/Kramer/Roe Trio: Ravens Club.

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Join us every Monday at the Ravens Club for live jazz, tasty cocktails, scrumptious food (kitchen open until 12am).
Rob Bickley-bass
Jesse Kramer-drums
Rick Roe-keys
Ravens, 297 South Main. Free admission. 734) 214-0400. [map]


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Tuesday


June 2017
 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: The Grand Rapids alt-country quintet Deep Greens & Blues (7 p.m.) and The Ben Daniels Band (8:30 p.m.), an Americana folk-rock quintet led by Chelsea singer-songwriter and guitarist Daniels, whose influences range from Robert Johnson to Dylan to Jack White. Also, eclectic local singer-songwriter and guitarist Adam Labeaux (5 p.m.) and singer-songwriters Jud Branam & Kevin Brown (6 p.m.), leaders of the local alt-country band Corndaddy. Tonight is "Bike Night" with free valet parking for bikes and free tune-ups (6-8 p.m., Rackham east lawn) and "Trivia Tuesday" (8:30-9:45 p.m.), a "Space Program Pre-Show Trivia" game hosted by Ann Arbor District Library staffers. The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Hidden Figures, Theodore Melfi's 2016 drama about the team of African American women mathematicians who played a vital role in the early years of the U.S. space program.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band: Zal Gaz Grotto.

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Paul Klinger's 8-piece Easy Street Jazz Band performs fun and exciting dixieland and traditional jazz every Tuesday from 5:30 till 8:30 PM at their home, Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline on the west side of Ann Arbor).
Paul Klinger formed the Easy Street Jazz Band in 1971. The band recently celebrated their 45th anniversary of playing trad jazz in Ann Arbor. Today's version of ESJB features pianist and jazz scholar Dr. James Dapogny, string bassist Paul Keller, drummer Pete Siers, guitarist/banjoist Rod McDonald, clarinetist Janelle Reichman, trombonist Terry Kimura and their glorious leader Paul Klinger on cornet and soprano sax.
Come any Tuesday at 5:30 PM and enjoy ESJB playing jazz selections from Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Armstrong and more of the good stuff from the first 30 or 40 years of jazz.
Good food and drinks - all reasonably priced - at ZGG. Free parking. No steps.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline). $10 at the door. Students under 18 enter free of charge.. 734-663-1202. [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

KO MusicArts Festival: Oz's Music Environment.

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The KO MusicArts Festival will showcase community talent in evening performances June 18-June 25 (June 24 excepted). Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and benefit the Know Obstacles Music Enrichment Camp, established in 2016 by Steve Osborn. At 7 PM Flute Specialists Flute Choir - Flute-centric old and new classical music featuring Peter Kopera-piano, John Hartwick-trumpet, Sam Martin-clarinet, Kassia Martin-flute; 7:30 PM Tree Town Ukes Jamboree; 8:30 PM Adrian Huntly, Oz's favorite local Singer-Guitarist of the Year!
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-662-8283. www.facebook.com/events/196464894211030 [map]


 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]


 8 p.m. 

The Young Dubliners: The Ark.

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Veteran L.A.-based quintet of both Irish and American musicians that plays a brand of folk-rock that blends a strong Celtic strain with various contemporary rock and pop influences.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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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Wednesday


June 2017
 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: Moxie Strings (7 p.m.), the local duo of former Dragon Wagon fiddler Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn-who play a foot-stomping, rock-influenced fusion of traditional Celtic and Americana music-and the longtime popular local bluegrass band the RFD Boys (8:30 p.m.). Also, Brighton singer-songwriter Sydney Burnham (5 p.m.) and veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist Dave Boutette (6 p.m.). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Good Morning, Vietnam, Barry Levinson's 1987 comedic biopic that stars Robin Williams as irreverent DJ Adrian Cronauer, who was stationed with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

KO MusicArts Festival: Oz's Music Environment.

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The KO MusicArts Festival will showcase community talent in evening performances June 18-June 25 (June 24 excepted). Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and benefit the Know Obstacles Music Enrichment Camp, established in 2016 by Steve Osborn. Gypsy Jazz Duo with Joe Summers & OzMusic's own guitar healer Mickey Richard.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-662-8283. www.facebook.com/events/1334550809926798 [map]


 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). The Sept. 9 Open Stage is free to students. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Janelle Reichman Quartet: Old Town Tavern.

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Wednesdays from 8 to 10 p.m, a rotation of wonderful Ann Arbor and wider Michigan musicians provide your mid-week pick-me-up.
This week the Janelle Reichman Quartet is on! Personnel: Janelle Reichman (sax/clarinet), Kris Kurzawa (guitar), Jordan Schug (bass), Jesse Kramer (drums)
Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty Street (Corner of Liberty and South Ashley). Free admission. 734-662-9291. [map]


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Thursday


June 2017
 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Every Thurs. (except July 20), June 1-Aug. 31. Musical entertainment by local and area performers. In case of rain, the shows are held in the Ark on Main Street.

June 1: Laith Al-Saadi. Jazz-tinged, jam-oriented trio that plays an eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals. Led by Al-Saadi, a popular local singer-guitarist who rocketed to national prominence in 2016 with a 4th-place finish on NBC's The Voice. His latest CD, Real, a collection of songs drawing on blues, country, gospel, and roots rock, was recorded in L.A. with an all-star cast of session legends, including saxophonist Tom Scott, drummer Jim Keltner, and bassist Leland Sklar. Opening act is Phillip Michael Scales, the literate, soulful Detroit singer-songwriter who is also B.B. King's nephew.

June 8: LP. Stage name of Laura Pergolizzi, a veteran Long Island-bred pop-rock singer-songwriter. Her songs have been covered by everyone from Cher to Rihanna, and her current single, "Lost on You," is currently an internationally chart-topping hit.

June 15: Tuxedo. Funk duo of Mayer Hawthorne, a nationally known Ann Arbor-born neo-soul singer-songwriter who's praised by allmusic.com for "evoking the sound and style of the past while giving the music a sleek, up-to-date mindset," and Seattle hip-hop producer Jake One.

June 22: The Accidentals. Wildly acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City folk trio of multi-instrumentalists (and recent high school grads) Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause. Z93 FM (Grand Rapids) DJ Matt Mansfield says they give "an edge to folk with unique instrumentation," adding that they "combine musicality, originality and melodic beauty with a welcome and unexpected bite to clever lyrics."

June 29: Theo Katzman. Ann Arbor-bred, NYC-based soul-oriented funk-folk singer-songwriter best known as the former guitarist in My Dear Disco and as a founding member of the nationally known funk ensemble Vulfpeck.

July 6: Michigan Rattlers, a Petoskey countrified rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter duo, currently based in L.A., that cites AC/DC, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Creedence Clearwater Revival as influences.

July 13: Tim Reynolds Trio, an edgy alternative rock power trio, with strong infusions of funk and soul, led by Reynolds, a renowned guitar wiz best known through his collaborations with Dave Matthews.

July 27: NOMO, a nationally acclaimed Ann Arbor-bred rock-based sextet whose music blends elements of Afrobeat, world music, electronica, and Sun Ra- and Coltrane-influenced jazz.

Aug. 3: The Record Company. L.A. blues-rock trio whose music Time Out Los Angeles described as evoking what what it would sound like "if John Lee Hooker and the Stooges had a well-behaved love child."

Aug. 10: May Erlewine & the Motivations. Ensemble led by Erlewine, a big-voiced singer-songwriter from Big Rapids who writes thoughtful, richly emotional country-flavored songs. Her new EP, The Little Things, is a collection of 6 danceable songs that address the winter blues.

Aug. 17: The Stellars and Jacob Stigman. Double bill. The Stellars is a local rock 'n' roll band and Stigman is a Toledo Motown-inspire pop-funk singer-songwriter.

Aug. 24: Joshua Davis. Americana folk-rock originals by a band led by Steppin' In It frontman Davis, a finalist in the 2014-2015 season of The Voice.

Aug. 31: Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers. Lansing pop-funk and soul quartet led by singer-songwriter Hertler.

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Noon-1:30 p.m. (except as noted), Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109.


 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: The Kalamazoo acoustic pop-folk and blues trio The Go Rounds (7 p.m.) and Frontier Ruckus (8:30 p.m.), the popular experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble from Lake Orion. Also, local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter Nadim Azzam (5 p.m.) and the inventive Northern Michigan brother-sister acoustic duo Oh Brother Big Sister (6 p.m.). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Say Anything, the 1989 Cameron Crowe teen flick in which John Cusack holds a boom box over his head playing Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes."
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs., June 15-Aug. 24. Downtown concerts by area bands. Kids activities by Two Twelve Arts Center. Outdoor seating available at some restaurants. June 15: The Forte Band. Chicago blues band featuring LaShera Moore, a vocalist who sang at Koko Taylor's funeral in 2009. June 22: Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. Large young fiddle ensemble that plays bluegrass and high-energy American folk. June 29: Appleseed Collective. Local acoustic quartet whose music is an enchanting blend of lyric-based folk rock with Dixieland and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies. July 6: Southeast Michigan country singer Alan Turner. July 13: Brother Crowe. Detroit-area Irish music duo of singer-songwriters. July 20: Saline classic rock sextet Leverage. July 27: Hullabaloo. Veteran 9-piece Ann Arbor collective whose upbeat, energetic music draws on ska, jazz, funk, punk, and Latin influences. Aug. 3: Rockford (IL) pop-rock quintet Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, led by singer-songwriter Nielsen, the son of Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. Aug. 10: Redford British Invasion cover band The Invasion. Aug. 17: Saline Big Band. Tonight begins with a Saline Area Schools pep rally. Aug. 24: "Open Mic Night."
7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 316-2119.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Village of Manchester.

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June 22 & 29; July 6, 20, & 27; and Aug. 3. Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain or shine. See facebook.com/ManchesterGazeboConcerts for updated schedule. June 22: Duo Mosaic. Ann Arbor duo of violinist Henrik Karapetyan and cellist Martin Torch-Ishii that plays a richly varied repertoire of traditional dance music that ranges from tangoes, waltzes, and jibs to klezmer, Gypsy, and American folk music. With a performance by campers from the Riverfolk Cultural Arts Strings band camp. June 29: T.J. Thomas & the Kentucky Strait Band. Veteran Manchester country band led by singer-guitarist Thomas. July 6: Raisin Pickers. Manchester roots and bluegrass string band. July 20: Corn Potato String Band. Traditional Appalachian folk music by this Detroit-based acoustic trio. Its repertoire ranges from ballads and Southern gospel to "ho-downs" and country rags. July 27: Billy King & Natalie Mae. Duo of Manchester-bred New Orleans-based folk-roots singer-songwriter and fiddler-keyboardist Natalie Mae Palms and local country-flavored pop-folk singer-songwriter Billy King. Aug. 3: Dodworth-Saxhorn Historical Brass Band. Award-winning local ensemble that plays rousing 19th-century music on period instruments to re-create the American brass band, a mainstay of 19th-century pop culture.
7:30 p.m., Wurster Park gazebo (Main St. just west of M-52), Manchester. Free; donations appreciated. 428-7722.


 8 p.m. 

Son Little: The Ark.

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L.A.-born neo-soul R&B singer-songwriter and guitarist whose songs draw on Delta blues, gospel, and Motown. "He sings like a preacher's son, which he is, and delivers his phrases like he knows he might get only one chance to grab your attention," says NPR music reviewer Tom Moon. "When a singer communicates with this intensity, it really doesn't matter what the music is called."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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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Friday


June 2017
 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Local acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter Chris Dupont (8:30 p.m.) and the inventive local country-rock band The Ragbirds (10:15 p.m.). Also, local folk-rock singer-songwriter Mike Vial (5 p.m.), young local ukulele player Magdalen Fossum (6 p.m.), and the popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quartet The Appleseed Collective (7 p.m.).
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Series.

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Every Fri. (except Aug. 11 & 18), June 16-Aug. 25

June 16: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

June 23: Paul's Big Radio. Rootsy country-pop band led by local singer-songwriter Paul Lippens.

June 30: From Grace & Friends. Jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble.

July 7: Surf Zup. Vintage Ventures-style instrumental guitar band.

July 14: Men in Black. Local classic rock and Motown cover band.

July 21: The Invasion. British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof.

July 28: The Martindales. Local band led by singer-guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals.

Aug. 4: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

Aug. 25: Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies. Local roots-rock quartet, led by former Starlight Drifters singer-guitarist Mack, whose repertoire includes originals and rockabilly, early rock 'n' roll, western swing, and hillbilly bop covers.

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6:30-9:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tonks & the Aurors: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Wizard-rock featuring songs from the perspective of the Harry Potter character Nymphadora Tonks by this Cincinnati-based band led by Stephanie Anderson, an Ann Arbor-bred singer-songwriter who was dubbed "The Bruce Springsteen of Wizard Rock" by Womping Willows frontman Matt Maggiacomo. Also, performances by other wizard/nerd-rock bands, including Tianna & the Cliffhangers and LosingLara.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

KO MusicArts Festival: Oz's Music Environment.

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The KO MusicArts Festival will showcase community talent in evening performances June 18-June 25 (June 24 excepted). Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and benefit the Know Obstacles Music Enrichment Camp, established in 2016 by Steve Osborn. At 7:30, KO Open Mic storytelling sharing and reflections on our special lives; 8:30 PM Know Obstacles and the KO MusicArt All Stars; 9:30 Naked Shark - Ann Arbor based psychedelic funk blues rock jam band!
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-662-8283. www.facebook.com/events/227408071096310 [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Legendary Wings: Rush Street.

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Daniel Woodward Bennett (sax), Tim Haldeman (sax) Jeff Marshall (bass), and Rob Avsharian (drums).
Beautiful music drawn from a repertoire including Monk, and Henderson. Wondrous improvisational surprises have been known to happen as well.
Rush Street, 314 South Main Street. Free admission. 734) 531-6187. [map]


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Saturday


June 2017
 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: The popular local Latin jazz quintet Los Gatos (8:45 p.m.) and the energetic Detroit Cuban ensemble Descarga Ranga (10:30 p.m.). Also, Lansing singer-songwriter Kate Peterson (5 p.m.), the husband-and-wife duo of roots music acoustic guitar virtuosos Shari Kane & Dave Steele (6 p.m.), and Tumbao Bravo (7 p.m.), the Cuban jazz quintet led by local saxophonist and flutist Paul VornHagen and percussionist Alberto Nacif. Also, salsa lessons (8:15 & 10 p.m.).
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Gwilym Simcock: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This virtuosic young British pianist and composer blurs the boundaries between jazz and classical music in original works praised for their soaring lyricism, technical brilliance, and mesmerizing improvisation. His critically acclaimed 2011 album, Good Days at Schloss Elmau, earned him comparisons to Keith Jarrett, thanks to its cool and elegant improvisation. "The whole album is fluid, with Gwilym's deft finger work sounding like a bubbling mountain stream," writes a BBC Music reviewer.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Jim Lauderdale: The Ark.

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Acclaimed country singer-songwriter whose songs typically offer an intoxicating blend of Bakersfield backbeat, mountain ache, and edgy romanticism. His songs have provided hits for the likes of George Strait and Vince Gill. His new CD, This Changes Everything, is a collection of Texas-themed originals--most of them co-written with various colleagues from Bruce Robison to Hayes Carll--that re-inhabit a range of classic country styles to make what Lauderdale calls "a country record you could hear in a Texas dance hall or club."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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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Sunday


June 2017
 Noon  Free! 

KO MusicArts Festival: Oz's Music Environment.

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The KO MusicArts Festival will showcase community talent in evening performances June 18-June 25 (June 24 excepted). Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and benefit the Know Obstacles Music Enrichment Camp, established in 2016 by Steve Osborn. From 12-2pm OzMusic Acadamy Student Band Showcase The Orb, ADDaBand, The Noodlers - Dave McWilliam, Facilitator; 2:00 PM Justin Johnstone - Guitar Students Recital; 3:30 PM OzMusic Family Open Stage & Drum Circle
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-662-8283. www.facebook.com/events/729527847231462 [map]


 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Evening Rhythm Club: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K.).

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During the 1920s and early 1930s, early jazz veteran Jelly Roll Morton and younger modernist Duke Ellington both used this band's 10-piece instrumentation, keeping the free-wheeling rhythm of New Orleans jazz and mixing it with smooth, pre-Swing big-band arranging. PORK offers this early big-band music and many period pop standards by songwriters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin and others, evoking a particularly rich musical era. Pianist James Dapogny and tubaist/trombonist Chris Smith lead this dance-friendly jazz band.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10 ($7 for seniors 65+ and students). 734/663-1202. cdsmith68@gmail.com or jdapogny@umich.edu [map]


 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: The internationally known whimsical kid-friendly band Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band (7 p.m.) and Madcat Midnight Blues Journey (8:15 p.m.), a quartet of local blues, folk, and jazz veterans led by harmonica wizard and multi-instrumentalist Peter "Madcat" Ruth. Also, local singer-songwriter Dave Menzo (5 p.m.) and literate and soulful Detroit singer-songwriter (and B.B. King's nephew) Phillip-Michael Scales (6 p.m.). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by The Secret Life of Pets, the 2016 animated comedy about a terrier whose life is upended when his owner takes in a new stray.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

Sundays in the Garden: Cultivate Coffee & Tap House.

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Every Sun. (except July 2 & 23), June 11-Aug. 20. Outdoor concerts by area bands. Beer available. Partial proceeds benefit local charities.

June 11: Qween Louie. DJ and vocalist who sings in various styles from R&B to soul to hip-hop to alt-rock. Opening act is Detroit singer-songwriter and violinist Alex Way.

June 18: Planet D Nonet. Large award-winning Detroit ensemble, a self-styled "space-age swing band" founded by drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O'Donnell.

June 25: New Soul. Detroit R&B, hip-hop, and soul duo.

July 9: TBA.

July 16: Yellowhammer. Area quartet that plays jazz standards and funk. Members include trumpeter Ross Huff, bassist Brennan Duncan Andes, tubaist Joe Fee, and percussionist Mike Shimmin.

July 30: Chris DuPont & Betsy King. Duo of local singer-songwriters.

Aug. 6: Kate Peterson. Lansing singer-songwriter

Aug. 13: Matt & Misty. Duo of local singer-songwriters Matt Jones and Misty Lyn. Opening act is Shuttershop, an Ypsilanti duo of Frontier Ruckus members.

Aug. 20: Onefreq. Detroit hip-hop/soul quintet.
6-8 p.m., Cultivate, 307 N. River, Ypsilanti. Free admission. facebook.com/cultivateypsi, 249-8993. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam"

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An open jam for musicians of all ages & levels of ability to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, & blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by Ann Arbor veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 3rd Sunday is for songwriters to try out new songs and get critiques as desired. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at www.Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam/. 998-9353. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Beppe Gambetta: The Ark.

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This acoustic guitarist from Genoa, Italy, is a renowned virtuoso whose eclectic repertoire of traditional, classical, and original tunes and songs absorbs a wide spectrum of influences, from American flatpicking and classical fingerstyle to Celtic, Central European, and Mediterranean dance music.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]





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