Monday Dec 30, 2013
Arena: Laith Al-Saadi Trio
An eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals, by a jazz-tinged, jam-oriented trio led by local singer-guitarist Al-Saadi. With drummer Skeeto Valdez and bassist Jordan Schug.
Brewed Awakenings Cafe: Open Mike Night
The weekly lineup features mostly acoustic musicians, but performers of all sorts are invited.
Kuroshio Japanese Restaurant: Jonathan Taylor Quartet
Local jazz ensemble featuring saxophonist Dan Bennett, pianist Ian Finkelstein, bassist Joe Fee, and drummer Jonathan Taylor, along with different guest musicians each week.
Dec. 27-31. 5-night showcase of 50 local and Michigan bands in a wide spectrum of genres. The scheduled bands include Saturday Looks Good to Me, Frontier Ruckus, Matt Jones, Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful, Timothy Monger State Park, Patrick Elkins, Bad Indians,Champions of Breakfast, and many more. Daily lineups available at mittenfest.org. A benefit for the nonprofit youth tutoring and writing center 826michigan. $10 per night. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra
Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble.