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.
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.
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.).
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.
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: "New Year's Eve Party."
With bands TBA.
Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session
All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session.
Conor O'Neill's: "New Year's Eve Party."
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.).
Habitat Lounge: EventJazz
Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier.
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).
Mash: Chris Canas Band
Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas.
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.
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.
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.
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