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Yellow Barn

416 W. Huron [map]

This performance venue just west of downtown features live music most Fri. & Sat. & occasional other nights, 8-11 p.m. Cover, dancing.


April 3: Aguanko

Local Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble led by percussionist Alberto Nacif.

April 4: Sumkali

Local band led by tabla player John Churchville that blends classical Indian music with jazz and funk idioms.

April 9: U-M Digital Music Ensemble

This U-M music student ensemble performs Steve Reich's Four Organs, John Cage's Litany for the Whale, and Terry Riley's In C.

April 10: BeansTalk

Post-hip-hop synth-pop dance music by this local ensemble led by singer-songwriter Riley Damon Bean.

April 11: Hoodang

Wry, pungent alt-country by this local ensemble led by singer- songwriter and guitarist David Rossiter that describes its influences as "English murder ballads, hardcore American country music, and careful-you'll-cut-yourself electric blues." With guitarist Dave Keeney, bassist Ralph McKee, and percussionist John Crawford, often along with guest vocalist Sophia Hanifi. The band recently released the superb CD Blissfield. Tonight's show includes Dylan tribute with a short set of acoustic Dylan followed by some electric Dylan.

April 12: Chris Seis & Zac Brunell

Performance by these 2 U-M music school percussion students. 5 p.m.

April 17: Anthony Lai Band

Dearborn pop-rock quintet whose influences range from classic rock and funk to jazz and even classical music.

April 18: Lady Sunshine & the X Band

Popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle.

April 19: Canceled: "Kerrytown Music Festival."

Canceled. A day of performances on 2 stages- one indoors and one outdoors. Indoor stage: local singer- songwriter Evan Haywood (12:15 p.m.), local all-female acoustic chamber folk quartet Ensoleil (1:15 p.m.), Toledo folk-rock singer-songwriter Jacob Sigman (2:15 p.m.), local lo-fi shoegaze-synthpop band Monogamy (3:15 p.m.), local neo-old-time music sextet Wych Elm (4:15 p.m.), ROB (5:15 p.m.), local rock trio Yada Yada (6:15 p.m.), local electro- acoustic experimental pop-rock quintet Caves (7:15 p.m.), local bassist Steven Stavropoulos' multi-genre electronic music ensemble TUSKS (8:15 p.m.), and the U-M music student jazz trio J.L.A. (9:15 p.m.). Outdoor stage: TBA (12:15 p.m.), local acoustic pop-rock quartet Porch Collective (1:15 p.m.), the new local band Jazz Dogs (2:15 p.m.), TBA (3:15, 4:15, 5:15, & 6:15 p.m.), local pop-rock band Which Way the Train (7:15 p.m.), local teen pop-rock dance band The Euphorics (8:15 p.m.), and local hip-hop MC Man v. Indian Man (9:15 p.m.). Noon-11 p.m. .

April 23: Zan Berry

Performance by this local cellist, a recent U-M music school grad, who is accompanied by dancers.

April 24: Bliss

The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations. Opening act is The Dorkestra, a local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band.

April 25: Sweet Melissa

High-energy local dance quintet fronted by Georgia-bred vocalist Melissa Bruzzano whose music blends rock, funk, urban, Americana, and other genres. Opening acts are Pure Flavor, a Rochester (MI) blues-rock jam band, and CBS Trio, a Downriver funk-rock jam band.

May 29: Corndaddy Corndaddy

Local alt-country band led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast. Opening act is The Hungry Sea, a local guitar-driven quartet that plays what it calls "melodic roots rock with a lo-fi growl."

May 30: Nutshell

Traditional Celtic music infused with influences from various other musical traditions by this local ensemble known for its rich and varied instrumental textures and stirring solo and harmony vocals. With lead vocalist and bodhran player Linda Teaman, fiddler-vocalist Susie Lorand, guitarists Glenn Simon and John Lloyd, and flutist and sitarist Tom Voiles.

June 5: Back Forty

Local acoustic string jam quintet that plays a brand of twangy roots-folk music fused with elements of jazz and psychedelic rock that it calls "down-home funkgrass." With guitarist Dan Ripke, guitarist and mandolinist Andy Benes, fiddler Colin Murphey, bassist Jeff Friesen, and drummer John Yax. Opening act is Ghost City Searchlight, a Dearborn postpunk quartet whose music draws on Celtic and American folk idioms.

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