This performance venue just west of downtown features live music most Fri. & Sat. & occasional other nights, 8-11 p.m. Cover, dancing.
August 27: Steve DeDoes
This veteran Ann Arbor composer-pianist leads a jazz ensemble in "The Helmholtz Project," a program of his new works that includes songs from his planned CD, Songs for a Blues Planet. DeDoes' core group-alto saxophonist Mattie DeDoes, bassist Leer Sobie, and drummer James Mobley-is joined on some numbers by trumpeter Art Solomon, tenor saxophonist Louis Johnson, trombonist Brian Becker, and guitarist Jim Cooney. The evening concludes with a jam session featuring the Detroit-based funk band Motor City beat. $25.
August 30: Jennifer Hall
Soulful indie rock by a band led by this highly regarded Chicago singer-songwriter with a powerhouse voice. Opening act is Spencer Michaud, a veteran local singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist whose music blends Motown, Tin Pan Alley, and folk.
September 18: Anthony Lai Band
Dearborn pop-rock quintet whose influences range from classic rock and funk to jazz and even classical music.
September 19: 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. Opening act is Jen Whaley, an Ypsilanti singer-songwriter known for her smart catchy lyrics and bittersweet melodies who accompanies herself on ukulele.
September 25: Chicago Afrobeat Project
This acclaimed Chicago-based world music ensemble blends Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban music, funk, jazz, juju music, and rock. The band's album Nyash UP! "is thick with politics and passion, and nearly boiling over with simmering funk," says a Rhapsody.com review. "But while fat, familiar low brass darts in and out, that's filtered through jazz, avant-R&B, lounge and hip- hop."
September 26: The Empty Pockets
Rootsy country-rock by this Chicago quartet that describes its music as "catchy rock 'n roll with a smack of Texas saloon and a taste of Motown soul." Opening act is Salmagundi, a local band that plays classic horn-powered, soul-injected Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.