This local music club features live music 4 nights a week, with a varied assortment of local and out-of-town rock 'n' roll, blues, reggae, and dance bands, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted). Also, occasional early shows, usually 7-10 p.m. Karaoke on Mon.; closed most Sun. & Tues. If there's an opening act, the headliner usually goes on stage between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. Cover (except "Showcase Night"), dancing. If advance tickets are sold, they are available at the 8-Ball Saloon (below the club) and at etix.com.
December 4: "Hip-Hop Showcase"
With local hip-hop MCs TBA.
December 5: "The Hive Stings the Pig"
A showcase of members of this local arts collective. With the local folk-rock duo Nicholas Painter Acoustic Resonance, Ypsilanti pop-folk singer-songwriter Hope Thomas in the guises of both Hope Ann Hawkinson and JoPieWhyld, and others TBA.
December 6: Ann Arbor Soul Club
Classic soul music by the local DJ duo of Brad Hales and Robert Wells.
December 7: Jamall Bufford (aka Buff1)
Veteran local hip-hop rapper and songwriter. Tonight he celebrates the release of his new CD, Victim of a Modern Age.
December 11: "Vibe Out Wednesday"
Showcase of local hip-hop MCs TBA.
December 12: Trembling Earth
Manchester-based blues-inflected folk-rock jam band fronted by Waycross (GA) singer-guitarist John Heath. Opening acts are the Dallas Barr Band, a Brighton rock band led by singer- guitarist Barr, and The Vagrant Symphony, an Ypsilanti indie rock band.
December 13: Anamanaguchi
NYC postpunk powerpop quartet. Opening act is Tusks, a local multi-genre electronic music ensemble led by bassist Steven Stavropoulos. Advance tickets: $12 ($15 at the door).
December 14: Dragon Wagon
Highly regarded local acoustic roots-music sextet that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey." Opening act is Ekoostik Hookah, a veteran acoustic, country- flavored neo-hippie dance band from Columbus.
December 18: Ann Street Soul Stirrers
Local horn-fired 60s-style R&B and soul octet. Opening acts are Adam Plomaritas, a local Americana rock 'n' roll band led by singer-songwriter Plomaritas, and Rachel Mazer, a U- M jazz studies singer-saxophonist whose influences range from Billie Holiday to Beyoncé.
December 19: All Tied Up
Livonia alternative rock quartet. Opening acts are Rambling Way, a Plymouth rock 'n' roll quartet, and Running Youngs, a Livonia pop-punk garage quartet.
December 20: The Ben Daniels Band
Chelsea Americana folk-rock quintet led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Daniels, whose influences range from Robert Johnson to Dylan to Jack White. Opening acts are Cold Tone Harvest, a Plymouth acoustic roots music trio led by singer-songwriter Andrew Sigworth, and Nick Shaheen & Associates, a Chicago Americana quintet led by singer-songwriter Shaheen.
December 27: Black Note Graffiti
Reunion of this progressive blues-rock band from Blissfield formerly known as Krescent 4.
December 28: Third Coast Kings
Local horn-driven retro funk octet whose eponymous debut CD was released on the Italian funk label Record Kicks. Opening acts are The DCR Experience, an ensemble led by Ypsilanti blues- and funk-influenced folk-rock singer-songwriter Deondre Charelle Richmond, along with the Lambertville self-styled "psycho-funk soul-grass folk-a-billy" quartet The Bricks, and local pop-rock singer-songwriter Michael Spain. Also, DJ Ayinde Audio.
December 31: The Bang!
Dance party with this local DJ collective that plays garage and 70s rock.