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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of March 11, 2019

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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March 2019
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Bruce Sagan and Brad Battey lead an acoustic jam session devoted to traditional music from Sweden and Norway. All instruments welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr. Free. (908) 721-2599. [map]



March 2019
 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Beat Lab Music Tools": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 16 & 30. All grade 6-adult invited to try out samplers, synths, and drum machines from the AADL Music Tools collection. AADL staff available to answer questions.
6-8 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

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

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Mar. 12 & 26./i> 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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Pub Sing": Ann Arbor Morris.

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Local Morris dancers lead an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs. Food & drinks available.
7-10 p.m., Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium. Free. (908) 721-2599. [map]



March 2019
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Live music performances. Mar. 7: Jazz by the local Janelle Reichman Trio. Mar. 14: St. Patrick's Day program of Irish music by the area Big Fun Trio. Mar. 21: Instrumental music by U-M music majors. Mar. 28: Chamber works by the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Ensemble.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

The Living Earth Show: U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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This San Francisco-based guitar-percussion duo is joined by members of the U-M Percussion Ensemble and Navajo experimental musician Raven Chacon in performances (6, 6:30, & 7:30 p.m.) of a 15-minute portion of Tremble Staves, Chacon's work-in-progress featuring water as a percussion instrument, as well as antlers & other non-traditional percussion instruments, electro-acoustic noises, and field recordings of traditional Navajo music. Artist talk at 7 p.m.
6-8 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. Limited space; reservations requested at 763-0032. [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. 

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: The Ark.

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The duo of veteran Scottish fiddler Fraser and young American cellist Haas plays everything from achingly beautiful airs to wild and joyous dance pieces. "With cello adroitly underpinning with bowed drones or pizzicato one minute then joining violin in soaring unison the next and vice versa, there's never a dull moment … the duo's rapport having reached nigh telepathic level," says Rhythms (Australia) magazine critic Tony Hillier in his review of the duo's 2015 CD, Abundance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



March 2019
 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Aris Chalin Trio.

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Aris Chalin Trio featuring Jonah Eichner (bass), Noah Greenberg (drums) and Aris Chalin (keyboard). This group plays beautiful Jazz standards.
Dessous, 312 S. Main Street. Free. No Cover. (734) 222-0202 [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Mark "Mr. B" Braun: Webster UCC Music Series.

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Concert by this world-renowned local blues pianist, an exuberant, powerful performer whose repertoire includes both boogie-woogie and blues classics and originals in the same mold.
7:30 p.m., Webster United Church of Christ, 5484 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. Tickets $15 cash/check at the door only. 426-5115. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Livingston Taylor: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Like his more famous brother James, Livingston Taylor first emerged as part of the singer-songwriter boom of the late 60s and early 70s. From his first hits ("Carolina Day" and "In My Reply"), his music has remained consistently sweet-tempered, emotionally direct and buoyant, occasionally very humorous, and laid back in a way that evokes a thoughtful country squire. His 2017 CD, Safe Home, is a retrospective from his 50-year career.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $20 in advance at and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 p.m. (canceled) 

Pokey LaFarge: The Ark.

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Canceled. Solo performance by this St. Louis-based American roots music singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist whose songs draw inventively on early jazz, string ragtime, country blues, Appalachian balladry, Western swing, and even vaudeville. He sings in a pinched, resonating register that recalls Emmett Miller and other old-time minstrel show stars.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"American Music": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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San Francisco-based guitar-percussion duo The Living Earth Show performs 8 short contemporary works about U.S. borders.
8 p.m., East Quad Keene Theater, 701 E. University. Free. 763-0032. [map]



March 2019
 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various high school student ensembles.

Mar. 16 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Mar. 21: Jazz Band Concert.

May 1: Band, Orchestra, & Choir Concerto Concert.

May 21: Band & Orchestra Concert.
7 p.m. (except as noted), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free (except as noted) 433-2201. [map]

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Jazz Trombone Symposium: U-M School of Music.

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This daylong series of master classes, clinics, and discussions (see for full schedule) concludes with performances by the U-M Jazz Trombone Quintet & U-M Jazz Trombone Ensemble (2:30 p.m.) and noted jazz trombonist and bandleader Wycliffe Gordon (4:15 p.m.). Gordon, who arranged and orchestrated the theme for NPR's All Things Considered, is joined by the Trombone Quintet and a U-M Jazz Faculty Trio.
2:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Mar. 2 & 16. 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]

 6:30 p.m. 

Doug Decker & Tony Fields: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Doug and Tony are favorites at Lone Oak and they bring down the house every time they play here. This will be a fantastic night of jazz, blues, Motown, funk, and some "old school" R & B. Battle Creek native Tony Fields possesses smooth, soulful vocals and a commanding physical presence that draws the audience to him. Combine this with Doug Decker's outstanding mastery of the keyboards, and great vocal skills as well...and you will soon see why they are an "audience favorite". When Doug & Tony are here, it's a party! We dare you to try and stay in your seat!
There are only 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats.
Just $35 per person for dinner and show. Our fine, estate grown wines are available by the glass or bottle. Menu:TBA Both entrees served with salad and bread.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35. 517-522-8167. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Alicia Svigals: Temple Beth Emeth.

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This world-renowned klezmer composer-violinist, founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, performs a program highlighted by Seduction in Eynaim, a cycle of song settings of contemporary and ancient texts about motherhood in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English. Dessert reception.
7 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Tickets $20 in advance at and at the door. 665-4744. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

Triple Bill at the Grotto: Blueshouse + Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective.

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An evening of music featuring Blueshouse, a blues band, and The Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective. The collective is comprised of about 20 members, including life long professional musicians to beginners, ranging in age from early 30s to early 80s. Instruments include ukuleles, guitar, flute, percussion, trumpet, accordion, bass and melodica.
Food and drink available for purchase. $10 cover charge.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W Stadium Blvd Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. Donation. $10. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Donald Sinta Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This saxophone quartet, named for U-M sax professor Sinta, was the 1st-place winner in the winds division of the 2017 M-Prize U-M chamber music competition. The eclectic program includes adaptations of Schubert, Beethoven, and Samuel Barber string quartets, along with Marc Mellits's Ex Machina and 2 commissioned pieces: Christopher Evan Hass's Volcanic Ash and Roger Zare's Z4430. Members: Dan Graser, Zach Stern, Joe Girard, and Danny Hawthorne-Foss.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20 in advance at Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Eric Owens and Lawrence Brownlee: University Musical Society.

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These leading male opera singers perform a spirited recital of arias, pop tunes, and gospel music. A Chicago Tribune review says the show "had the assembled opera aficionados and newbies all but dancing in the aisles." Bass-baritone Owens is acclaimed by the New York Times for his "magnificent, powerful, unbearably moving" performances. Brownlee, who was the International Opera Awards 2017 Male Singer of the Year, is a renowned bel canto tenor. With pianist Myra Huang.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$56 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. (sold out) 

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives: The Ark.

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Sold out.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Sold out. 761-1451. [map]



March 2019
 7 a.m.-10 p.m. 

St. Patrick's Day Party: The Circ.

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Live music by the the local Irish band the Y-Town Hoolies (8-10 a.m.) and the local rock quartet The Kelseys (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.). Followed 2-6 p.m. by music spun by DJs. Free buffet with shepherd's pie, corned beef hash, cabbage rolls, and apple dump cake. Also, Irish dancers.
7 a.m.-10 p.m., The Circ, 210 S. First St. $5 cover. 277-3656. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Mar. 10 & 24.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 veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. If bringing music for the group to play, bring 27 copies. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on Mar. 17, a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques (Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr.).
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at 998-9353. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

John Craigie: The Ark.

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This Portland-based singer-songwriter, hailed as a modern-day troubadour, has garnered comparisons to John Prine for his music and the late stand-up comic Mitch Hedberg for his humor and wit. His new album,
7:30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 (Ark members at Solo level & above, free). 761-1451. [map]

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