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Sunday Dec 31, 2017

Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra

Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Stormy Chromer

Local progressive jam-rock quartet. Opening acts are the jazz- inflected progressive funk-rock quartet Chirp, the local progressive bluegrass string quartet Wire in the Wood, and DJ Gyp$y. Advance tickets: $15. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "Mittenfest XII"

Dec. 29-31. Three-night showcase of local and Michigan bands in a wide spectrum of genres. 6 different bands each night. A benefit for the nonprofit youth tutoring and writing center 826michigan. $10 per night. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: "New Year's Eve Party."

With bands TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: "New Year's Eve Party."

With DJs. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: George Bedard & the Kingpins

Superfine honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard. With drummer Rich Dishman and bassist Randy Tessier. Bedard's tasty 2011 all-instrumental CD, Pickin' Apart the Past, includes "Minor Swing '65," Bedard's surf-music adaptation of a Django Reinhardt tune, and he has a new live CD, Further On, a collection of vintage and original blues that's highlighted by a show-stopping rendition of "Hawaiian Boogie." $40 (includes champagne toast and light hors d'oeuvres buffet at midnight) in advance and (if available) at the door. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: EventJazz

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: The Front Men

Detroit vintage rock band. Also, on Dec. 31 in the Weber's Inn ballroom, the Sun Messengers, a popular, versatile 10-piece ensemble from Detroit that plays everything from Latin and African dance music to blues and rock. The ballroom event is ticketed (cost TBA). [venue info]

Mash: Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: The Dorkestra

Local blues-flavored folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences. Tonight they's joined by an assortment of guest musicians for a festive show that includes a a disc-infused dance set. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]


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