This local music club features live music 4 (Wed.-Sat.) or more 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, dancing. If advance tickets are sold, they are available at the 8 Ball Saloon (below the club) and at etix.com.
January 4: Dyelow
This local hip-hop DJ, producer and drummer is joined by area hip- hop MCs Alaska the Renegade and Drew Denton, and DJs Prophet Ecks and Cataclysmic. Hosted by popular local soul-inflected hip-hop singer and rapper Nickie P.
January 5: "[MRB]'s A2 Showcase."
With the Grand Rapids punk-rock trio Antighost, the Ypsilanti metal-inflected pop-punk quartet Tequila Deer, the Ypsilanti punk-rock trio Liars and Thieves, the Detroit indie rock trio Den of Greece, and the Ypsilanti progressive blues- rock quartet Strange Flavors.
January 6: The Dirty News
Detroit rock quintet. Opening acts are Hamtramck instrumental jazz quartet Dr. Pizza, the local funk-rock septet Liquid Thickness, and Peach Lavender, a Kalamazoo quartet that plays a brand of breezy semi-acoustic pop known as "trip-folk."
Balkan dance party with this local 8-piece Balkan brass band whose music is sprinkled with New Orleans funk flavors. Preceded at 8 p.m. by dance lessons. 8:30 p.m.-midnight.
January 11: Normal Park
Ypsilanti punk quartet. Opening acts are the Birmingham indie rock quintet Been Stellar, the Detroit lo-fi indie rock band Ness Lake, and the local pop-folk singer-guitarist Lilly Talmers.
January 12: Tyler Hilton and Kate Voegele
Double bill. Hilton is an L.A.-based pop-rock singer-songwriter with an engagingly husky voice who's most widely known for his role as Elvis in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, and Voegele is a suburban Cleveland pop-rock singer-songwriter. Advance tickets: $17 (VIP, $67).
January 18: Blackalicious
Veteran Sacramento hip-hop duo of rapper Gift of Gab and DJ ChiefXcel. Advance tickets: $20 ($25 at the door).
January 20: Adventures with Vultures
The stage name of Plymouth folk-blues singer-songwriter Matt Sauter. Opening acts are the Detroit folk-rock quartet Brother Elsey, the area noise rock punk band Great Expectations, and the Ypsilanti jazz-rock trio Honey Monsoon. Advance tickets: $10 ($12 at the door).
January 27: The Macpodz
Immensely popular veteran local jam band that plays an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." Opening act is Luke Winslow-King, a Cadillac-bred Americana singer- songwriter and guitarist who currently lives in New Orleans, Winslow- King specializes in a style of prewar pop music steeped in blues and jazz, along with originals in the same vein.
January 28: San Fermin
Brooklyn-based 8-piece baroque pop ensemble led by the classically trained composer and multi-instrumentalist Ellis Ludwig-Leone and featuring former Ann Arborite Charlene Kay as lead vocalist. The band's music has been praised for its agile blend of compositional complexity, pop grandeur, and gritty rock energy. Opening act is Mikaela Davis, a trio led by Rochester (NY) folk-flavored pop-rock singer-songwriter and harpist Davis. Advance tickets: $15 ($18 at the door).
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