Saturday Dec 9, 2017
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Anthony Retka & Emily Rose
Singer-songwriter duo of Tone & Niche frontman Retka and Rose of the Americana duo Escaping Pavement.
Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Max Bowen Duo
Jazz ensemble led by local guitarist Bowen.
B-Side: "Battle of the Bands."
Eight local teen bands compete in a 3-round contest for the grand prize of a main stage performance at the Summer Festival Top of the Park, a live performance on WCBN-FM, and half a gallon of moose tracks ice cream. Contestants are the defending champion, the local R&B band Rosewood, along with, Spongebob Swing Pants, Dark Serenity, The Left Lanes, Krown Ego, The Present Company, Infernal Chimps, and Colorless Exile. 7:30 p.m. (does open at 6:30 p.m.).
Blind Pig: Chirp
Local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet. Opening acts are Melophobix, a Grand Rapids reggae, rock, and funk septet, and Act Casual, a local rock, blues, and funk quintet. Advance tickets: $8 (age 20 & under, $11).
Blue Nile: Louis Johnson
Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA.
Club Above: Red Robe
Lansing post-hardcore rock trio. Opening acts TBA.
Conor O'Neill's: Wire in the Wood
Local acoustic string quartet led by singer-songwriter Billy Kirst that describes its music as "prog-bluegrass locomotive pulling a lonesome alt-folk boxcar and a swinging Hot-Club caboose." With mandolinist Kyle Rhodes, fiddler Jordan Adema, and bassist Ryan Shea.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Scott Fab
Veteran Ferndale folk-rock singer-songwriter with an enchantingly expressive vocal style.
Earle: Rick Burgess Trio
Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists.
Guy Hollerin's: The Chris Canas Band
Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas.
Habitat Lounge: FreeLance
Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars.
Mash: Steve Nardella Rock 'n' Roll Trio
Ann Arbor's most passionate and compelling roots-rocker performs fiercely cathartic, blues-drenched reworkings of rock 'n' roll and rockabilly classics and obscure gems, along with some authentic Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker blues.
Silvio's Organic Pizza: 2 Man Krew
Jazz standards by the new local duo of saxophonist Jeff Kopmanis and guitarist Tom Bellinson.
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