Ann Arbor Observer cover
Girl Scout Election?
Ann Arbor Weather:
Saturday November 18, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed

Calendar of Events

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.





 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
12

Tuesday


September 2017
 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

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

  community member   < less Easy Street Jazz Band

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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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. meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Bluegrass-Meetup. 794-6250. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Katie Lee: The Ark.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]



13

Wednesday


September 2017
 7-9 p.m. 

"Blues Jam": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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. meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Blues-Jam. 794-6250. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Tom Russell: The Ark.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]



14

Thursday


September 2017
 12:10 p.m. 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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! 

Comhaltas.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs. (except Nov. 23, Dec. 22 & 29), 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. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Joe Purdy: The Ark.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]



15

Friday


September 2017
 8 p.m. 

Mason Jennings: The Ark.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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).

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche

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 greenwoodcoffeehouse.org and at the door. 665-8558. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Tumbao Bravo: Kerrytown Concert House.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less Tumbao Bravo

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. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]



 8 p.m. 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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 events.stonechalet.com & at the door. 417-7223. [map]


16

Saturday


September 2017
 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


17

Sunday


September 2017
 5 p.m. 

Darlingside: The Ark.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Boston-area acoustic folk-rock quartet whose music uses a mix of classical, bluegrass, and rock instrumentation to support enchanting 4-part vocal arrangements that draw on the vocabularies of folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music. "There are notes of CSNY and Simon & Garfunkel evident, but Darlingside's lyrics are goofier, their harmonies fuller and more joyful, and their instrumentation more adventurous-containing splashes of baroque folk, indie rock and Americana," says No Depression critic Mike Seely in his review of the band's acclaimed 2016 CD, Birds Say. A benefit for the Ark. The evening begins with a catered dinner from Zingerman's. Also, a silent auction and a dessert afterglow.
5 p.m. (music starts at 8 p.m.), the Ark, 316 S. Main. $125-$500 (show & afterglow only, $50). 761-1451. [map]


 5-8 p.m. 

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

  community member   < less

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]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam"

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]






You might also like:

Samuel Morse
Fake ad update: Fall 2017 Community Observer
Jay Forstner
Chicana Fotos
Nancy De Los Santos shoots the 70s
Sabine Bickford
Smoked Out
Saline BBQ closed for good
Billie Ochberg
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Ann Arborite Joan Blos, December, 1994 by Eve Silberman
Photo: Vote Here
Avi Avital, Kinan Azmeh, and The Knights
A melding of master musicians
Sandor Slomovits
Today's Events
Jim Harbaugh's Challenge
After sending a record number of players to the NFL, the hyperkinetic coach rebuilds under pressure.
Craig Ross
Recreational Facilities And Organizations in Saline
University of Michigan Museum of Art