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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of January 8, 2018

Nationally known artists visit Kerrytown Concert House, other clubs, and campus venues, crowning a flourishing nightlife scene. Home to considerable local talent, Ann Arbor's also a stop for up-and-comers on the college circuit. Note: Most bands in this category are listed in Nightspots.

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January 2018
 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

Piano-O-Rooney: Jazz Piano Extravaganza.

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Piano-O-Rooney is an extraordinary jazz event that turns the spotlight on five of Southeast Michigan's finest pianists:
Rick Roe, Ellen Rowe, Dr. James Dapogny, Duncan McMillan and Mr. B will each be featured performing both solo piano and also with bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers. Each pianist will perform a 15 minute set and then return for a 20 minute set. That's three full hours of great jazz piano from five of your beloved local jazz piano heroes!
This is a benefit concert to raise the remaining funds to restore and rehabilitate the wonderful Yamaha C-6 grand piano that is owned by the jazz musicians, lives at Zal Gaz Grotto, and is loved and appreciated by the jazz community. Over the past year, the musicians, through the generosity of their loyal fans, have raised almost $8,500 toward their $11,000 goal.
Admission to this event is free; however we hope that each attendee will contribute a substantial amount toward the Piano Restoration Fund.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. Free. Donation. 734/663-1202. [map]



January 2018
 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Easy Street Jazz Band: Zal Gaz Grotto.

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This long-running 7-piece group plays traditional jazz and swing. Interim music director James Dapogny leads from the piano, with clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar (or banjo), bass (or tuba) and drums. Guest vocalist some weeks. Excellent for listening or dancing.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. 734/662-1202. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Bluegrass Meetup": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass and bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. 794-6250. [map]



January 2018
 8 p.m. 

Ben Caplan: The Ark.

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Halifax folk-rock singer-songwriter with a soulful, penetrating voice and a knack for writing poetically charged, flamboyantly imagined, often darkly insinuating songs whose music draws freely on a variety of traditions, including East European and Jewish folk music. Opening act is Harrow Fair, the Toronto duo of Mira Mulholland and Andrew Penner.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 (members, free) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass with Thunderwude: Chelsea Alehouse Brewery.

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Join us for an evening of lively Bluegrass with Thunderwude!
Jason Dennie, Wesley Fritzemeier, and Tommy Reifel come together to deliver intricate original compositions, bluegrass standards, and current billboard hits.
Thunderwude has been performing at the Alehouse every Wednesday night for 4 years!
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, 420 North Main Street, Chelsea. Free. Honor Cover - 100% to musicians. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Jazz at Old Town featuring Cappel/Flood/Taylor: Saxophonist Tristan Cappel leads this awesome trio that also features Tim Flood (bass) and Jonathan Taylor (drums).

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Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty (corner of South Ashley). 734-662-9291. [map]

 8-11 p.m.  Free! 

Wired Wednesdays: The Detroit Street Filling Station.

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Ann Arbor's very own progressive bluegrass and swing project, Wire In The Wood, will be playing at the Detroit Street Filling Station every Wednesday starting January, 3rd 2018 from 8pm-11pm. This is an all-out inclusive jam, so if you play an instrument bring it with your appetites! Full kitchen and drink specials til 12a. See you there!
Inquiries taken to
The Detroit Street Filling Station, 300 Detroit Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. Donation. [map]



January 2018
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Jan. 4: Old-time jazz, blues, and ragtime by pianist Jerry Perrine. Jan. 11: Jazz, swing, and pop by the Standard Time Trio. Jan. 18: Celtic fusion by Derzier, the duo of singer-flutist Kelly McDermott and multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier. Jan. 25: Classical music by the Karapetyan-Heaton Duo of violinists Henrik Karapetyan and Eliot Heaton, with pianist Sonya Belaya.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. 255-5310. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Corndaddy: The Ark.

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Local alt-country band, tonight celebrating its 20th anniversary, led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam, whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Peter Formanek and Josh Harlow: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Ypsilanti-based pianist Harlow is joined by saxophonist Formanek (son of acclaimed bassist Michael Formanek) for an evening of free jazz.
8 p.m. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]



January 2018
 8 p.m. 

Captain Ivory: The Ark.

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Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quintet-now based in Nashville-- whose influences range from Muddy Waters to Led Zeppelin to Radiohead and Jack White. Opening actact features self-styled "hill country outlaw swamp music" by Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils, a 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.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"7th Annual Ragtime Extravaganza": River Raisin Ragtime Revue.

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This Tecumseh-based orchestra hosts its annual ragtime and vaudeville show. Performers include Chicago stride pianist Paul Asaro (the pianist in the Broadway production Jelly Roll!), renowned carnival sideshow entertainer and magician (and host of the Investigation Discovery channel series True Nightmares) Todd Robbins, acclaimed local bass-baritone (and U-M voice professor) Daniel Washington, So You Think You Can Dance featured tap dancer Bianca Revels, local early-jazz pianist James Dapogny, local vocalist and guitar virtuoso Rollie Tussing, and the Working Class Tuba Quartet, founded in 1986 by River Raisin Ragtime Revue director William Pemberton.
8 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $45 in advance at (517) 673-2597. [map]



January 2018
 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

YDL Guitar Club: Ypsilanti District Library.

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We teach each other songs, listen, collaborate and learn to play guitar, together. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own instrument, acoustic or electric. Ages 18+.
Ypsilanti District Library, Michigan Avenue Branch, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1386. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Jill Jack: The Ark.

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Sultry-voiced Detroit folk-rock singer-songwriter whose music also draws freely on jazz and country flavors. Her 2005 CD Moon and the Morning After won a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Folk Recording. She appears tonight with her band for her annual birthday show. Opening act is Sydney Burnham, a young bluesy, funky folk-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist from Brighton.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Peter Madcat Ruth: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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World-renowned veteran local harmonica wiz whom Dave Brubeck once praised as one of the world's "great jazz soloists." He has a massive repertoire of blues, jazz, folk, and rock tunes, along with several fine originals and songs by other contemporary composers. Performing as a one-man band, Madcat sings and also plays guitar, ukulele, jaw harp, kalimba, pennywhistle, and more.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Ramona Collins: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Performance by this veteran Toledo jazz vocalist known for her soulful renditions of jazz and blues standards and obscurities. According to a Cadence Magazine review, she possesses "a strong, satiny voice with a lot of blues and soul seasoning and a very hip sense of time." With pianist Cliff Monear, bassist Jeff Pedraz, trumpeter Dwight Adams, and drummer Sean Dobbins.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]



January 2018
 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea High School Percussion Ensembles: Chelsea District Library Sonic Sunday.

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CHS percussion ensembles perform the program of classical music they will compete with in the state Solo & Ensemble Festival.
2-3 p.m., Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. Free. 433-2201. [map]

 2 p.m. 

Doug Horn Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This classic jazz and bebop ensemble-alto saxophonist/flutist Horn, bassist Paul Keller, and pianist Rick Roe-celebrate the release of their new album, High Standards.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Evening Rhythm Club: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K.).

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During the 1920s and early 1930s, early jazz veteran Jelly Roll Morton and younger modernist Duke Ellington both used this band's 10-piece instrumentation, keeping the free-wheeling rhythm of New Orleans jazz and mixing it with smooth, pre-Swing big-band arranging. PORK offers this early big-band music and many period pop standards by songwriters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin and others, evoking a particularly rich musical era. Pianist James Dapogny and tubaist/trombonist Chris Smith lead this dance-friendly jazz band.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. 734/663-1202. or [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Jan. 14, 21, & 28. Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by local veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on Jan. 21, songwriters can try out their new work and get critiques.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at 998-9353. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Community Sing": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to join this monthly gathering to sing songs from the various branches of American folk music.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. 794-6250. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Healing Justice, Waging Love: Remembering MLK and Ourselves": The Long Hairz Collective (U-M MLK Symposium).

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An evening of song, spoken word, and hip-hop with this ensemble of artist-activists from the Black and Native American communities. Tonight's performers are hip-hop MCs Brian Babb (aka Peace be Free) and Will See, and Native American singer-songwriters Annie Humphrey, Joe Reilly, and Allison Radell.
7-9 p.m., U-M Residential College Keene Theater, East Quad, 701 East University. 764-5517. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Christine Lavin: The Ark.

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A veteran New York City singer-songwriter who has been described as a mix of Bette Midler, Tom Lehrer, Steve Goodman, and Janis Ian, Lavin is known for the sharp wit and comically warped perspectives of songs like "Stop Sobbing … He's an Idiot" and "Tom Cruise Scares Me." She's also known for her bittersweet miniatures of lost romance, and she's a tastily tuneful composer, a superb guitarist, and a playfully unpredictable performer whose shows are always sprinkled with a healthy dose of between-songs humor and spiky commentary. Her new album, Spaghettification, includes such songs as "Neil Degrasse Tyson Introduces Planet X" and "College Fight Song for Sesquipedalians."
7:30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

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