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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of May 14, 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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Monday


May 2018
 8 p.m. 

Donald Sinta Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M saxophone professor Sinta leads this quartet, 1st-place winners in the winds division of the 2017 M-Prize U-M chamber music competition, in a variety of works TBA for saxophone quartet. Members include Dan Graser, Zach Stern, Joe Girard, and Danny Hawthorne-Foss. Concert has been postponed. Call KCH with questions.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Kat Edmonson: The Ark.

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An Austin-based pop-jazz singer-songwriter who is often compared to fellow Texan Norah Jones, Edmonson has released 3 critically acclaimed CDs that have been hits on the jazz charts, but her widest exposure came performing a duet with Lyle Lovett on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and singing with Asleep at the Wheel on one of the final Letterman episodes. "She's got an authentic, almost old-time jazz quality about her," says Lovett. She comes to town with a new CD, Old Fashioned Gal. Opener: Matt Munisteri, a Brooklyn-bred jazz-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


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Tuesday


May 2018
 5-8 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. zalgaz.org [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Polka Jam Session.

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All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music.
7-9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529-3903. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

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

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June 5 & 19. All invited to join this bi-monthly gathering to sing songs from the various branches of American folk music.
7-8:30 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. 794-6250. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Mipso: The Ark.

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Chapel Hill (NC) acoustic string quartet whose music is a brand of rootsy country-folk that blends bluegrass-style vocal harmonies with subtle ensemble playing. Opener: Courtney Hartman, an Americana country-folk singer-songwriter best known as a member of the Boston-based bluegrass band Della Mae.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



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Wednesday


May 2018
 6 p.m. 

"23rd Annual Dining for Dollars": Unified.

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Dinner, dessert, a silent auction, and raffles. Live music by local Americana cover band Broken Spokes. Proceeds benefit Unified (formerly the HIV/AIDS Resource Center).
6 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Tickets $135 ($110 per person for groups of 4 or more) in advance at miunified.org/Events/Special-Events or by phone. 572-9355. [map]


 8-11 p.m. 

Lex Korten Trio at Ziggy's.

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Awesome young pianist Lex Korten leads a trio featuring Benjamin Tiberio - bass, Evan Hyde - drums.
206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $7. (734) 221-3961. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (members & students, $2). 761-1451. [map]


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Thursday


May 2018
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. May 3: Gypsy jazz by the local guitar duo Harrington-Brown. May 10: Piano jazz by the Bob Sweet Trio. May 17: Paper Petaler (Dearborn) owner Marie Otto leads attendees in a paper succulent craft activity. May 24: Chamber music by U-M Life Sciences Orchestra ensembles. May 31: Local singer-songwriter Mary Collins.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Guitar Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This trio of local guitarists Alex Anest, Evan Veasey, and Adam Kahana performs improvisations as well as works by Oliver Nelson, Marc Johnson, Ellen Rowe, Pat Metheny, and Ernie Krivda. Tonight it celebrates the release of its debut album, Tides.
7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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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. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Lissie: The Ark.

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Country-flavored folk-rock with an anthemic drive by this singer-songwriter from Rock Island (IL) who featured in one of the episode-ending live performances of Twin Peaks: The Return. She comes to town with a brand-new CD, Castles. Opener: Van William, a California folk-rock singer-songwriter.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 (VIP, $95) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


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Friday


May 2018
 8 p.m. 

Phil DeGreg Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Warm, bracing, hard-swinging hard bop and postbop by this trio led by University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music piano professor DeGreg. Its repertoire ranges from standards to obscure gems and originals. With 2 local stars, bassist Paul Keller and drummer John Taylor.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Rhiannon Giddens: The Ark.

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This versatile Americana songster, the widely heralded leader of the African American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, sings with a piercingly resonant voice. Her latest album, Freedom Highway, is a collection of mostly original songs based on 19th-century slave narratives, the Civil Rights movement, and African American experiences from the 20th century to today. Pitchfork praises her songwriting for its "striking interpersonal drama and emotional depth." Opening act is Jake Blount & Tatiana Hargreaves, a D.C.-area old-time string duo specializing in traditional African American and Native American music.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $30-$55 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8-11 p.m. 

Rock n Roll at the Grotto: acute phase.

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Come see local band, acute phase, on Friday, May 18th at Zal Gaz Grotto 8-11pm. Bring your friends! Sit & listen, sing along, & dance to some classic rock and original tunes! $5.00 cover (kids get in free), full bar, kitchen open until 10pm. Come out & support live music! We'd love to see you there!
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W Stadium Blvd. $5 cover (kids free). stacie@devilspaw.com https://www.facebook.com/acutephase/ [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]



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Saturday


May 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. jmorgan@ypsilibrary.org ypsilibrary.org/events [map]



 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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May 5 & 19. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Elizabeth Cook: The Ark.

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An acclaimed country singer-songwriter who regularly performs on the Grand Ole Opry, Cook is best known for her 2007 hit single "Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman." Opening act is Caleb Caudle, a highly regarded North Carolina Americana country singer-songwriter.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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]



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Sunday


May 2018
 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. cdsmith68@gmail.com or jdapogny@umich.edu [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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May 13 & 27. 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 May 20, there is a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques.
7-9 p.m., Great Oak Cohousing Common House, 500 Little Lake Dr. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 998-9353. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Steppin' in It: The Ark.

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Versatile Lansing Americana string quartet that is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Rose Cousins: The Ark.

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Pop-folk singer-songwriter from Nova Scotia known for her achingly candid, elegantly understated lyrics and richly nuanced vocals.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 iin advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]






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