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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of September 11, 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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September 2017
 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]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Bluegrass Meetup": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass and bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. 794-6250. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Katie Lee: The Ark.

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NYC-based singer-songwriter, a former Ann Arborite who's best known for her stints as a vocalist with local favorites Orpheum Bell and Appleseed Collective. Her songs blend country, blues, folk, and soul.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $15. 761-1451. [map]



September 2017
 7-9 p.m. 

"Blues Jam": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to play, learn, and/or listen to blues and roots music.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. 794-6250. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Tom Russell: The Ark.

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Veteran Texas-based L.A.-bred singer-songwriter whose folk-based songs, often set in a noir version of the American West, explore and celebrate the spiritual struggles of ordinary people with a revelatory acuity and warmth. He is best known for his acclaimed song cycle CDs, including The Man from God Knows Where, an exploration of the experiences of his ancestors' move to America that deftly incorporates Irish and Norwegian musical elements, and Hotwalker: Charles Bukowski and a Ballad for Gone America, a portrait of the outsider cultural voices of the 1960s. He has a brand-new album, Folk Hotel, a collection of both new and old originals that also features a duet with Joe Ely on Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues."
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $25. 761-1451. [map]



September 2017
 12:10 p.m. 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area and visiting musicians. Sept. 7: Urban folk duo Jan Krist & Jim Bizer. Sept. 14: Jazz, funk, and blues band the Motorcity3. Sept. 21: Acoustic Eidolon, the acclaimed Boulder-based husband-and-wife duo of cellist Hannah Alkire and Joe Scott, who plays a custom-built double-necked guitar-banjo combination he calls a guitjo. Sept. 28: Veteran local guitarist Jake Reichbart. Also, Sept. 28 only, a coloring activity led by Ann Arbor District Library representatives, who discuss the library's unusual items for check out.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. 255-5310. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Joe Purdy: The Ark.

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L.A.-based folk singer-songwriter, a self-described hillbilly from Fayetteville, AR. A prolific songwriter, Purdy has released 12 albums in the last 16 years, and his latest, Who Will Be Next?, is a collection of protest songs in the vein of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Opening act is Amy Vachal, a Brooklyn singer-songwriter who was a semifinalist on the 9th season of The Voice in 2015.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $20. 761-1451. [map]



September 2017
 8 p.m. 

Mason Jennings: The Ark.

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Popular Minneapolis pop-folk singer-songwriter whose music blends a variety of influences from punk and hip-hop to country blues and Appalachian balladry to north Indian sarod music and roots reggae. His 2016 album Wild Dark Metal showcases his skills on bass, electric, and acoustic guitar, as well as organ. Tonight he plays with a band. Opening act is Frankie Lee, a Minnesota Americana singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $30. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Daughter-mother duo of Wainwright, a young pop-folk singer-songwriter with a crystalline voice, and Roche, a long-time member of the Roche Sisters pop-folk vocal harmony trio whose own witty, intimate songs are alternately wry and whimsical. The duo recently released their debut collaboration, Fairytale and Myth, a collection of hauntingly ethereal covers of everything from the Beatles' "For No One" and Loudon Wainwright III's "When I'm at Your House" to the late singer-songwriter Rob Morsberger's title track.
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 at and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Tumbao Bravo: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This award-winning local Cuban jazz sextet, led by saxophonist and flutist Paul VornHagen, performs originals that blend authentic Cuban poly-rhythms such as mambo, cha-cha, rhumba, bolero, and danzon, with jazz harmonies. Other band members include conga player Gregory "Greco" Freeman, pianist Brian Di Blassio, bassist Pat Prouty, trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, and Michael Gutierrez on timbales. The band's latest CD, Casa Versailles, gained national airplay.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Mr. B on the B": Stone Chalet Event Center.

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World-renowned local blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun plays blues and boogie woogie on an 1876 Heirloom Steinway Model B. An exuberant, powerful performer whose repertoire includes both boogie-woogie and blues classics and originals in the same mold, Mr. B has performed and recorded with world-class artists such as the late drummer J.C. Heard and Detroit percussionist Roy Brooks. With a guest musician TBA.
8 p.m., Stone Chalet, 1917 Washtenaw. Tickets $10 & $20 (students, $5) in advance at & at the door. 417-7223. [map]



September 2017
 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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.). Free. 994-9307. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Frontier Ruckus: The Ark.

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Popular experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble from Lake Orion. "Frontman Matthew Milia's vocals convey a dreamy, twangy quality, like someone who's wandering aimlessly through the woods at night," says a Cleveland Scene review. "He recalls Michael Stipe in his vivid wordplay and oblique imagery." Their new album, Enter the Kingdom, draws on indie pop influences and has been praised for its imaginative songwriting and warmth. Opening act is Libby DeCamp, a Romeo (MI) Americana roots music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $15. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Potter's Field: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Americana roots duo of singer-songwriters Rochelle Clark of Chelsea and John Natiw of Canton.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door. 316-7919. [map]



September 2017
 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 998-9353. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Glen Hansard: The Ark.

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Solo performance by this acoustic alt-pop-folk Irish singer-songwriter known for his work in the Frames and the Swell Season and as the star of the musical film Once. reviewer James Christopher Monger calls his 2012 solo debut, Rhythm and Repose, a collection of "soulful, slow burn ballads that ache like the sliced-open underbelly of a terminally swollen rain cloud," adding that "Hansard's wounded Cat Stevens-esque cadence serves as an excellent bad news delivery system." His 2nd solo CD, Didn't He Ramble, is due out tomorrow.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35-40 & $50 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and all other Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"SMTD@UMMA Performance: Heart of Tones": U-M School of Music/UMMA.

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U-M music professor Stephen Rush and dance professor Amy Chavasse lead students in an outdoor performance of interactive collaborations between Pauline Oliveros and John Cage. The program is inspired by Random International's LED light- and motion-sensing dynamic sculpture, Swarm Study/II, featured in the current UMMA exhibit Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors-Part II: Abstraction.
8 p.m., UMMA front lawn, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395, 615-3204. [map]

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