This performance venue just west of downtown features live music most Fri. & Sat. & occasional other nights, 8-11 p.m. Cover, dancing.
September 5: "An Evening of Music and Mindfulness"
With performances by environmental singer-songwriter Joe Reilly, the local versatile jazz fusion singer-songwriter and pianist Allison Radell, local country-flavored pop-folk singer-songwriter Billy King, local multi-instrumental & multi-genre minstrel darlenYa, the Traverse City self- styled "ethereal gypsy music" ensemble Dede & the Dreamers, and local poet Jill Halpern. Also, meditation led by lay and monastic students of Thich Nhat Hanh from the Blue Cliff Monastery in New York.
September 6: Royal Holland
Folk-rock singer-songwriter from Cincinnati whose influences include Leonard Cohen, Elliot Smith, and Suzanne Vega. Opening act is The Howling Loud, a local rock 'n' roll quartet.
September 20: "Playing for Change Day Ann Arbor"
Performances by Tumbao Bravo, a local Cuban jazz quintet led by saxophonist and flutist Paul VornHagen and percussionist Alberto Nacif. A fundraiser event to support the Third World music programs of the Playing for Change Foundation.
September 28: "Yellow Barn Benefit Concert"
Performances by a variety of local musicians, including singer- songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, Jay Stielstra, Billy King, Chris Buhalis, and Judy Banker, along with the country trio The Bowdish Brothers, the Dave Roof Trio, and jazz & blues guitarist Alicia Marie. $20 (students with ID, $12). 6:30-9:30 p.m.
October 4: Canceled: The Techtonix
Canceled. Local rock duo whose music blends elements of classic rock, blues, soul, and experimental indie music.
October 11: Aguanko
Local Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble led by percussionist Alberto Nacif. Note: The Chicago Afrobeat Project show originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed to Nov. 21.
October 19: La Hell Gang
Psychedelic rock trio from Santiago, Chile, that's making its debut American tour. Tonight's show is a double bill with Bad Indians, an Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll band. Also, an opening act TBA.
October 31: "Hullaween"
Halloween party with the local folk-rock jam band Rootstand, the local rootsy country-pop band Paul's Big Radio, and the veteran local ska and 80s-style pop quartet Hullabaloo. Costumes encouraged.
November 21: 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."