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Calendar of Events

Friday, July 6, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

Saturday Morning Slow Roll: Performance Bicycle Shop.

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The weekend is here; get up, get out, get rolling! Casual no-drop ride, 10-12 miles, originating at Performance Bicycle Shop in Oak Valley Center.
Performance Bicycle Shop, 3059 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 3059 Oak Valley Drive. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
9 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Playschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.(except July 4) Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m. 

Quality 16 Morning Movies Summer Series.

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Screenings of animated movies, including Ferdinand (July 2-6), Captain Underpants (July 9-13), The Boss Baby (July 16-20), Smurfs: The Lost Village (July 23-27), and The Lego Batman Movie (July 30-Aug. 3).
Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. $1 (members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Playgroups for Babies: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tue. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon (except July 4) Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity": Dexter District Library.

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Local drumming guru Lori Fithian leads a drum circle for all ages. Instruments provided, or bring your own.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 3:30, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Damsel": State Theatre.

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(David Zellner and Nathan Zellner, 2018). Quirky comedy about an affluent young man traveling to the western frontier in 1870 to get married, accompanied by a drunkard and a miniature horse. Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 3:45 & 6:15 p.m. 

"Woman Walks Ahead": State Theatre.

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(Susanna White, 2017). Biopic about Catherine Weldon, an artist who traveled from NYC to the Dakota Territory to meet Sitting Bull. Jessica Chastain.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?": State Theatre.

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(Morgan Neville, 2018). Documentary of children's television icon Mr. Rogers.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Hearts Beat Loud": State Theatre.

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(Brett Haley, 2017). A single dad preparing to send his daughter to college encourages her to start a band with him. Nick Offerman.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. 

"RBG": Michigan Theater.

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(Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018). Documentary on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5 p.m., 7 p.m., & 9:45 p.m. 

"Mountain": Michigan Theater.

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(Jennifer Peedom, 2018). Largely shot using drones, Go-Pros, and helicopters, this documentary chronicles the experiences of mountaineers, ice climbers, and others on mountains around the world.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5 p.m.-midnight 

18th Annual Michigan Elvisfest: Ypsilanti Depot Town Association.

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July 6 & 7. Thousands annually celebrate the memory of the Man from Memphis at this festival highlighted by performances by 11 Elvis tribute artists from around the nation, including internationally touring singer Doug Church (who's been called "the true voice of Elvis"), Canton singer Chris Ayotte, 18-year-old Jackson singer Colin Dexter, Michigan Elvisfest cofounder Matt King, and others. They are backed by the Chicago-based Change of Habit Tribute Band. Also, James Brown and Johnny Cash tribute artists. Sale of Elvis memorabilia, raffles, concessions, and a beer tent. Bring folding chairs. Costumes encouraged. Saturday only: kids activities (noon-6 p.m.)-including a bounce house, a show with magic and puppets, crafts, balloon twisting, and face painting-a gospel hour (2-3 p.m.), and a candlelight vigil (10 p.m., BYOC) commemorating the 41st anniversary of Elvis's death on Aug. 16. Bring your own folding chair, if you wish.
5 p.m.-midnight (Fri.) & noon-midnight (Sat.), Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. Tickets $20 (Fri.) & $40 (Sat.) in advance at mielvisfest.com; $25 (Fri.) & $45 (Sat.) at the gate. Kids age 12 & under, free. mielvisfest.com, michiganelvisfest@gmail.com, 277-4547. [map]


 5-8 p.m. 

"First Friday at the Farm": Domino's Petting Farm.

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The petting farm is open late tonight with food trucks, kids activities, and games.
5-8 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., casual) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, all invited to play the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
1 p.m. (Sun.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 6:15 p.m. 

"First Reformed": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul Schrader, 2018). Thriller that revolves around a former military chaplain and his parishioners. Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Every Friday (except Aug. 10 & 17), June 15-Aug. 31

June 15: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

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June 22: Three Men and a Tenor. This popular Michigan-based a cappella quartet mixes comedy and music in a program of original tunes and popular songs.

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June 29: Paul's Big Radio.Rootsy country-pop band led by local singer-songwriter Paul Lippens.

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July 6: Detroit melodic pop band The Hangabouts.

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July 13: Surf Zup. Vintage Ventures-style instrumental surf guitar band.

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July 20: All-female U-M student rock band Midnight Special.

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July 27: The Terraplanes. Local blues-rock band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack.

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Aug. 3: Detroit blues trio the Randy Brock Band.

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Aug. 24: Ann Arbor R&B band Men in Black.

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Aug. 31: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cardio Drumming in the Park": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to join a group workout. Bring a water bottle and your own ball and sticks if you have them (some equipment available to borrow).
6:30 p.m., Tefft Park behind the Rec Center, 1866 Woodland, Saline. Free. 429-3502. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Honey & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery retail manager Tessie Ives-Wilson discusses and offers taste samples of several different artisan cheeses paired with a variety of honeys. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center Stage Strings Concerts.

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July 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, & 13. Recitals by string students ages 13-24 and faculty (July 11 only) of this summer institute. Programs TBA.
3:30 p.m. (July 3 & 10) & 7 p.m. (July 6, 7, 11, & 13), U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall (except July 6 & 13, Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin), 1100 Baits. Free. 936-2660. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Crazy Craig's Juggling Variety Show!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Family show featuring juggling, comedy, and tricks by Livonia-based entertainer Craig Wise.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose room. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Folktales and Legends of the Middle West": Literati.

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Chicago-based freelance journalist Ed McClelland discusses his new book, an encyclopedia of Midwestern lore from the Ojibwe legends that inspired everything from Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha to Rosie the Riveter.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Night of Impossible Flowers: Nightfire Dance Theater and Storydance.

  community member   < less Nightfire Dance Theater in Island Park

Music, dance, theater and story based on the North European legend of a night-flowering fern, a blossom of fire sought for during nocturnal celebrations. In raising questions about conscious connection to the earth's living system, the piece addresses the human creative flame projected into art and machinery, and the beauty and danger of the impossible fern-flower. It focuses especially on electromagnetic energy as both telluric force and harnessed fire for human use.
With music by Curtis Glatter (percussion), Yana Staples (classical flute), Ephra Ros (Andean kena flute) and Tracy Allyn (vocal).

Followed by audience participation in open dancing and celebration. Flow arts (hooping, acrobatic, etc.) are welcome.
Rain date: July 8, 7:30 PM
Island Park, 1450 Island Drive 48105. Donation. $5-15. 734 996-1772. birena@umich.edu [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"Night of Impossible Flowers": Nightfire Dance Theater.

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This local troupe presents a program of environmental dance, poetry, and storytelling centered on the legend of a mythical flower, reputed to bring good fortune to its finder, that briefly blooms only on the eve of the summer solstice. Followed by audience participation in open dancing. With percussionist Curtis Glatter, flutist Yana Staples, vocalist Tracy Allyn, and Ephra Ros on the Andean kena flute. Rain date: July 8.
7:30 p.m., Island Park, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln. $5-$15 sliding scale. 996-1772. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Summer Games": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs comedic improv games such as "Steal-a-Line," "Oscar Winning Moment," and others, as well as "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. The program begins with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"West Side Story": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 21-Aug. 12. This local professional theater company performs Arthur Laurents's spirited musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, set in New York and featuring the rival street gangs the Sharks and the Jets. The beloved Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score includes such favorites as "Maria," "Tonight," and "America."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Kubat, Finlay, & Rose: The Ark.

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Trio of Detroit pop-folk singer-songewriters Tamara Finlay, Emily Rose, and Audra Kubat. Opener: Andru Bemis, a veteran South Haven-based neo-folk singer and fiddler-banjoist whose music, according to Isthmus magazine, "straddle[es] the boundary between punk rock and mountain music."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Nate Fridson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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July 6 & 7. Smart, edgy observational humor by this young Detroit comic who specializes in probing autobiographical anecdotes. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Straight-ahead jazz quintet led by Maxwell, a Chicago saxophonist-flutist known for eschewing stylistic boundaries. "New Tomorrow featured compositions built on unexpected chord progressions, stop-start rhythms and other quirky devices that continually caught listeners off guard," writes a Chicago Tribune reviewer.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20 in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]


 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Road. Free. No cover charge.. 734-994-8433. ladyofthelanes@belmarklanes.com belmarklanes.com [map]



 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]


 9:15 p.m. 

"The Catcher Was a Spy": Michigan Theater.

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(Ben Lewin, 2018). WWII biopic about Jewish MLB catcher Moe Berg, who was sent to spy in Nazi Germany.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: RAKA

Local African fusion ensemble led by bassist Dave Sharp. With guitarist Pete Larson and percussionist Mike List. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Sugar Clouds

Detroit psychedelic folk-rock quintet. Openers: the local psychedelic- pop quartet Januzzi Watchmen, a Kalamazoo postpunk Americana quartet Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts, and the local alternative hard-rock band The Lowercase. $7-$10. [venue info]

Club Above: Ben Morey & the Eyes

Acoustic folk-rock ensemble led by Rochester (NY) singer-songwriter Morey. Openers: Fred Thomas, a nationally known veteran local indie rock singer-songwriter, and Herman, an acoustic band. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

DJ with an eclectic mix of music. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Terry Birkett

Longtime Livonia Americana guitarist and songwriter. Tonight he is joined by various musical friends TBA. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Jazz Manouche

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1030s Parisian swing by the local quartet of guitarist Andrew Brown and Michael Harrington, bassist Ryan Shea, and violinist Jordan Adema. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

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. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Atomic Radio

Detroit quartet that plays 70s-90s rock and pop favorites. [venue info]

Mash: Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils

Self-styled "hill country outlaw swamp music" by this Detroit band led by Westwood, a versatile Detroit Music Award- winning singer-songwriter who formerly fronted the retro outlaw honky-tonk band Waycross Georgia Farmboys. The band's influences range from R.L. Burnside and the Drive-By Truckers to Loretta Lynn and Lucinda Williams. [venue info]

Mash: Zander Michigan

The stage name of Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Zander Melidis. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Pearl Street String Band

Versatile acoustic quartet whose repertoire includes traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and airs from Irish, French-Canadian, New England and Southern/Old-Time sources, and more. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: John Louis Good

Jackson singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays folk and country music on guitar, harmonica, kazoo, jaw harp, and bass. [venue info]

 
 


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