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Calendar of Events

Friday, April 26, 2019

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 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool 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. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 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 locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.

 10:30-11:30 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.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Apr. 5 & 26. Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and collections.
11 a.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at 764-2347. [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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 3, 3:15, 6, 6:30, 7, 9:10, 9:40 & 10:35 p.m. 

"Avengers: Endgame": State Theatre.

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Conclusion to Marvel Studios' 22-film arc known as the Infinity Saga.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 3:30 & 7:05 p.m. 

"Family": State Theatre.

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(Laura Steinel, 2019). Comedy about a workaholic hedge fund exec who must save her 12-year-old niece from becoming a Juggalo.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 3:45 p.m. 

"Us": State Theatre.

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(Jordan Peele, 2019). Horror film about a family terrorized by doppelgängers.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 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)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:15 & 9:10 p.m. 

"Peterloo": Michigan Theater.

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(Mike Lee, 2019). Historical film about the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British troops attacked peaceful protesters in Manchester, England.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30, 7 & 9:20 p.m. 

"The Chaperone": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Engler, 2019). Biopic about relationship between 1920s Hollywood starlet Louise Brooks and her teetotalling chaperone. Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:40, 7:30 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Amazing Grace": Michigan Theater.

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(Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2019). Documentary about Aretha Franklin's 2-day performance with a Baptist choir in L.A. in 1972.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Genealogy Lock-In": Saline District Library.

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All invited to do genealogy research and connect with other family history enthusiasts. Librarians are on hand to offer guidance. Pizza.
4:45-9 p.m. (doors locked at 5 p.m.), SDL Brecon Rm., 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required., 429-5450. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"After Hours Magic: The Gathering": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular collectible card game. Food.
5-6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Apr. 12 & 26. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the animated film The Good Dinosaur (Apr. 12) and the live-action dog adventure Homeward Bound (Apr. 26). Also, crafts and a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Canceled: U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 13-15: Home-opening 4-game series for a U-M team that was runner-up in the 2019 College World Series. This month's schedule also includes a Big 10-opening 3-game series vs. Purdue (Mar. 20, 4 p.m.; Mar. 21, 2 p.m.; Mar. 22, 1 p.m.), a single game vs. WMU (Mar. 25, 4 p.m.), and a 3-game series vs. Nevada (Mar. 27, 4 p.m.; Mar. 28, 2 p.m.; Mar. 29, 1 p.m.).
4 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. (Sat.), and 1 p.m. (Sun.), Ray Fisher Stadium, 1114 S. State. Tickets TBA at & at the gate. 764-0247. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Canceled: U-M Softball.

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Mar. 14 & 15. The U-M, a perennial national power, opens its home season with a 3-game series. This month's schedule also includes a 3-game Big 10 series vs. Purdue (Mar. 20, 4 p.m., Mar. 21, 2 p.m. & Mar. 22, 1 p.m.) and games vs. WMU (Mar. 17, 4 p.m.) & Toledo (Mar. 24, 4 p.m.).
Alumni Field, 1114 S. State. Tickets TBA at & at the gate. 764-0247. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Mother's Day Book Signing and Scarf Sale at Teaspressa: Teaspressa and Lauren Friedman.

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Your Mother's Day shopping is secured!
A copy, or the whole set, of Lauren Friedman's "50 Ways to Wear" (Chronicle Books) series is the perfect gift for all the important mother figures in your life, particularly when paired with a luxurious scarf. Join Lauren and Ellen of Scarves by Ellen at Teaspressa in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Friday, April 26th from 6 - 8pm for a book signing of 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf, 50 Ways to Wear Denim, and 50 Ways to Wear Accessories, and shop a gorgeous selection of silk scarves.
Teaspressa, 414 South Main Street #115b. Free. [map]

 6.30-10 p.m. 

Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser.

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"Come and spring into the future with the YYO! We are celebrating twenty years of making music in the greater Ypsilanti area. The evening will feature a strolling reception, drinks, dancing, live music, and a live and silent auction. Whether you are an alum, parent or friend of the YYO, we'd love to have you attend!" Steve Somers Band with Valerie Barrymore will be among the performers. For tickets at $30 (in advance), click l and after a quick scroll, you'll see the link for ticket purchases. Ticket price at the door: $45.
Note that this fundraiser is for adults only.
Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Drive. $30 online/$45 at door. (734) 483-6079. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Artist Spring Open House: Nicole Ardis.

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Local jewelry designer Nicole Ardis will be opening her studio for a Spring Sample Sale on Friday, April 26 7-10pm, and Saturday, April 27 12-4pm. Nicole specializes in exquisitely designed and artisan made sterling-silver and precious/semi-precious gemstone jewelry, many with surprising touches of other materials such as leather and Venetian glass. While Nicole has been designing jewelry for the Sundance Catalog for over ten years, this open-house will highlight pieces from her own line, most of which are one-of-a-kind. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings will be available at a variety of price points. Join her and her team for this unique shopping opportunity!
Nicole Ardis Studio, 212 E Huron, Ste 2, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104. Free. 7343580242. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Two James Dinner at Relish: Rel-ish Restaurant.

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rel-ish is proud to partner with Two James Spirits for a 5 Course Spirit Dinner with Two James and rel-ish's own Executive Chef Loren Halprin.
April 26, 2019 we'll take a culinary trip through 5 countries. Each course is expertly paired with a Two James Spirit. Two James Spirits is proud to be the first licensed distillery in the city of Detroit since prohibition.
Special room packages available, call 734-761-7800.
Advance purchase required.
relish ann arbor, 610 Hilton Blvd. $50.00. 7347611799. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Brewster McCloud": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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(Robert Altman, 1971). Kooky comedic fantasy about an owlish young man who constructs human-sized wings while living in a fallout shelter. Meanwhile, his enemies start turning up dead, covered in bird droppings. Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, Shelley Duvall. Discussion follows.
7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.

 7 p.m. 

"Game Night at the Museum": Michigan Firehouse Museum.

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Bingo, trivia, and a battle of the sexes. Casual dinner & cash bar. 50/50 raffle & door prize.
7-10 p.m., Michigan Firehouse Museum, 110 Cross, Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 ($50 per couple) in advance at 547-0663. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Pippin": Horizon Performing Arts.

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Apr. 26-28. Connor Rhoades directs local actors in Stephen Schwartz's 1972 Broadway hit, a pop-rock musical about the son of King Charlemagne, a hapless klutz who seeks the meaning of life through exploits in war, sex, and politics. The show's better-known songs include "Magic to Do," "No Time at All," and "Simple Joys."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $15 in advance at & at the door. 544-8703. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Sketch Comedy Revue: Greenhills School Voodoo Theater Company.

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Apr. 26 & 27. Greenhills students present comedy sketches they've written and produced.
7:30 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets $5. 769-4010. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Tommy Ryman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 25-27. Debut local performance by this Minneapolis-based comic, named by Paste Magazine as one of "12 Great Stand-Up Comedians from the Midwest." He talks with affable whimsy about such things as growing up with hippie parents, dealing with the antics of his rescue dog, and the perils of planning a marriage proposal. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Brigadoon": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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This local professional theater company performs Lerner and Loewe's enduring 1947 romantic musical, the story of two Americans who stumble upon an enchanted village while hiking in Scotland. The town, Brigadoon, comes to life only one day in every hundred years, and this is a particularly eventful day--a wedding takes place, a disappointed suitor tries to wreak revenge on the whole town, and one of the Americans falls in love before the place vanishes into the mist. The show's many lovely, lilting tunes include "The Heather on the Hill," "It's Almost Like Being in Love," and the title song.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Spring Concert": Women's Chamber Chorus.

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David Perample directs this independent 30-member local women's chorus in an eclectic program that includes songs of love, ethnic folk songs, and lively Broadway tunes. Piano accompanist is Josh Marzan.
7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw. Free; donations accepted. 665-9271. [map]

 8 p.m. 

James Gordon: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Veteran Canadian folkie singer-songwriter and founder of the influential folk trio Tamarack. His songs include the widely covered whaling song "Frobisher Bay," the antiwar song "Casey Sheehan Didn't Die for Nothing," and "Mining for Gold," which was covered by the Cowboy Junkies.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $15 in advance at and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Martha Graham Dance Company: University Musical Society.

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Apr. 26 & 27 (different programs). Founded in 1926 and arguably the world's most celebrated modern dance company, this troupe pairs Graham classics with new works by contemporary choreographers. Tonight: Graham's Secular Games, a comedic look at people trying to impress each other. Bobbi Jene Smith & Maxine Doyle's Deo, co-commissioned by UMS, is an adaptation of the myth of Demeter and Persephone. Aszure Barton's Lamentation Variations is an adaptation of Graham's iconic solo Lamentation. Chronicle is Graham's 1936 protest against the rise of fascism.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $30-$75 in advance at, the Michigan League, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Sumkali: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This local 10-member band led by tabla player John Churchville blends classical Indian music with jazz and funk idioms.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"A Night of Singing": Concordia University.

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Concordia student choirs perform works TBA.
8 p.m., Concordia Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes. $10 (students & seniors, $5) in advance at & at the door. 995-7483. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"All My Sons": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Apr. 4-June 1. Guy Sanville directs Arthur Miller's 1947 play, a dramatic indictment of American big business told through the story of a family torn apart by lies and fraud. The central character is Joe Keller, a factory owner who prospered during WWII by manufacturing military airplane parts. Haunted by a dark secret, he evades prison, pinning the blame for his crime on his business partner, but tragedy comes home in the form of his 3 sons--one reported missing in action, one a returned veteran who believes in his father, and the embittered middle son who knows the truth. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Michelle Mountain, Ryan Black, Caitlin Cavannaugh, David Bendena, Tom Whalen, Susan Craves, Rusty Mewha, and Lauren Knox.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Fahrenheit 451": Ann Arbor Civic Theater.

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Apr. 25-28. David Widmayer directs local actors in Ray Bradbury's theatrical adaptation of his classic novel, set in a dystopian near-future where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. Cast: Bridgit Cook, Jacquie Jones, Joshua Kay, Veronica Long, Matthew Miller, Maegan Murphy, Cyrina Ostgaard, Luc Robinson, Chris Grimm, Megan Shiplett, Tom Underwood, Elizabeth Wagner, and Laura Yakas.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $25 (seniors, $22; students, $12; Thurs. at the door only, pay what you can) in advance at & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by This Is a Quiz (Fri.), the League of Pointless Improvisers (Fri. & Sat.), and other troupes. Also, "water form" (Fri. only) a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless. Note: The Fri. show opens with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 9 p.m. 

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

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]

 10:15 p.m. 

"High Life": State Theatre.

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(Clare Denis & Jean-Pol Fargeau, 2019). Moody sci-fi thriller about a man and his infant daughter, seemingly the sole survivors on a spaceship that had been transporting death-row inmates, until they mysteriously disappeared.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Matt Gabriel

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Perpetual Groove

Athens (GA) indie rock jam band. $20 ($22 at the door). [venue info]

Blue Llama: Ellen Roe Trio

Local jazz trio led by Roe, a pianist whose repertoire includes Disney songs, Star Wars themes, TV themes, classical pieces, and Thelonious Monk classics, along with wildly inventive originals. [venue info]

Club Above: "Indie Rock Showcase."

With bands TBA. 7 p.m.-midnight. [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: 50 Amp Fuse

Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band. [venue info]

Live: Bugs Beddow Band

Versatile horn-driven R&B, boogie-rock, blues, and jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit trombonist Beddow. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Chuck Swanagan

Local Americana folk-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: One Foot in the Groove

Southeast Michigan classic rock quintet. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Billy Brandt

Rootsy, country-flavored psychedelic folk-rock by this veteran Detroit singer-songwriter. He is accompanied by dobro player Dave Falk. [venue info]


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