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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of April 15, 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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April 2019
 8-10 p.m. 

A Cappella Benefit Concert: Skyline Blues.

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Performances by Skyline High School's a cappella group Skyline Blues and the U-M all-male a cappella ensemble, the G-Men. Both groups are in the top 8 a cappella groups nationally and are competing in NYC at the end of the month at the International Championship of Collegiate and High School A Capella.
8-10 p.m., Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Suggested donation $10. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Todd Snider: The Ark.

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Best known for his hilarious 1994 single "Alright Guy," this folk-rock singer-songwriter from Memphis has a sharp ear for colloquial speech and an alternately grim or whimsical sense of humor. He likes to write about last-chance romances, street-corner losers, and other phenomena on the alluringly dark margins of everyday life. After 6 years of making rock records, he's returned to his folk roots on his brand-new album, Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



April 2019
 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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.  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 p.m.  Free! 

Three Men and a Tenor: Silver Maples of Chelsea Kaleidoscope Concert Series.

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This popular Michigan-based a cappella quartet mixes comedy and music in a program of popular songs and originals.
7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-4111. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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June 9 & 23. 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 June 16, 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Art Songs by African Diaspora Composers": U-M School of Music.

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U-M voice majors perform traditional and contemporary spirituals, art songs, and operatic repertoire. With pianist Kathryn Goodson.
7 p.m., 2058 Moore Bldg., 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Einstein's Dreams: Electronic Chamber Music": U-M School of Music.

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Michael Gurevich directs U-M performing arts technology students in their original multimedia electroacoustic works inspired by Alan Lightman's novel Einstein's Dreams.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Chip Davis Technology Studio, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]



April 2019
 7:30 p.m. 

Abigail Stauffer and Dave the Cellist: Great Lakes Performing Artists Associates.

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Abigail Stauffer and Dave the Cellist blend soulful pop vocals with the rare and distinct sound of jazz cello.
Stone Chalet Concert Hall, 1917 Washtenaw Avenue. $15. 734.665.4029. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Miles Okazaki: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Brooklyn-based jazz guitarist performs selections from Trickster, his acclaimed 2017 album of funk- and blues-influenced originals that NYC Jazz Record praised for its "elaborate, internally rhyming forms."
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$25 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Simultaneity & the Duo Permutation.

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"Four improvisers perform in all unique combinations of two or more - Simultaneity, comprised of flugelhornist Neal Anderson and and bassist Jon Hammonds, is joined by guitarist Kirsten Carey and bassist Ben Willis. Be advised this music may be non-inertial."
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. (734) 221-3961. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Victor Wooten Band: The Ark.

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Hailed as the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius, Wooten, a member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, showcases his virtuosity with innovative, high-energy jazz compositions. Tonight he's joined by his brothers, Nashville guitarist Regi Wooten and Steve Miller Band keyboardist Joseph Wooten, as well as musicians from his acclaimed Wooten Woods music camp in Tennessee.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $45. 761-1451. [map]



April 2019
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by local entertainers.

Apr. 4: Chamber music by the U-M Blue Flute Choir.

Apr. 11: U-M Dance students from the first-year touring company.

Apr. 18: Broadway showtunes by San, Emily & Brian, a local trio of singer-songwriter San Slomovits, violinist-singer Emily Slomovits, and pianist Brian Brill.

Apr. 25: Singer-songwriter Camila Ballario.

12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. 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]

 8-11 p.m. 

Dagoretti Records Presents "Heart of the Ghost"

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Dagoretti Records is proud to present Heart of the Ghost, a fantastic Baltimore based free jazz and improvised music ensemble featuring renowned bassist Luke Stewart, Ian McColm on percussion and Jarrett Gilgore on sax. They will present work from their release on Dagoretti Records, an Ann Arbor via Nairobi based label that features odd and challenging music from around the world. Copies will be available for sale.
Also appearing will be Shells, bringing us ambient guitar explorations and Dr. Pete Larson with Mike List on percussion and Fred Thomas on guitar.
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $10. (734) 221-3961. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Jane Siberry: The Ark.

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Canadian art-rock singer-songwriter whose richly textured, adventurously multilayered, highly conceptual, and ethereally lyrical original songs have provoked comparisons to both Joni Mitchell and Laurie Anderson.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Mountain Heart.

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Winner of the 1999 International Bluegrass Association Emerging Artist of the Year Award, this bluegrass-based Americana ensemble blends traditional and progressive styles with the energy of Southern rock. Its 2005 CD, The Journey, is a collection of traditional southern gospel tunes, and its 2006 CD, Wide Open, blends originals with songs by well-known country and bluegrass songwriters. The band's 2010 CD, Road That Never Ends, was recorded live at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



April 2019
 7 p.m. 

"Yes, Mom, It's Just Like Pitch Perfect": U-M Amazin' Blue.

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This U-M student a cappella ensemble performs pop songs. With performances by other U-M student groups during intermission.
7 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. $7 (students, $5). [map]

 8 p.m. 

AHI: The Ark.

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Stage name of Canadian alt-soul singer-songwriter Ahkinoah Habah Izarh, who "fuses a strong pop sensibility to a positive, non-threatening political message," says a PopMatters review of his acclaimed sophomore album, In Our Time.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Otto Parts Band and Michigan Rugby Football Club Fundraiser.

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Proceeds from this 2nd Annual event support the Michigan Rugby Football Club of Ann Arbor. The venue includes breakout performances by The Otto Parts Band, Screaming Cam and The Butt Boys. Otto Parts is an unpretentious rock and punk cover band featuring crowd pleasing hits by the Ramones, Electric Six, AC/DC, KISS, Elvis Hitler, Iggy Pop, DEVO and more similar genre. Screaming Cam is a one man performance spectacle, guaranteed to entertain with electronic music experience and piercing lyrics. Butt Boys is making a return appearance at the Club Above. Butt Boys is an engaging rock band with crafty original tunes, intriguing lyrics, and restyled well-known covers.
Club Above, 215 N Main St Ann Arbor, Michigan. $5 cover. 734-972-7521. [map]



April 2019
 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

Funkwagon Dani Darling & Jeremiah Mack and Shark Attack @Ziggy's.

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The funkmob and the first lady of neo soul. Get together to bring down the house with Jeremiah Mack and Shark Attack. AND VERY SPECIAL GUEST
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave. Donation. dontaions encourgaed for artists. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Irish Traditional Jam Session: Seitz's Tavern.

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All acoustic musicians invited to play traditional Irish music. Spectators welcome.
3-5 p.m., 110 W. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 475-7475. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Apr. 6 & 20. 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. 

Alexis Lombre Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jazz trio led by this 22-year-old U-M piano student whose 2017 debut album, Southside Sounds, is a tribute to her upbringing on Chicago's South Side. She's already a veteran band leader and sidewoman, performing regularly at major jazz festivals since 2013. Her music is inspired by the soulful sounds of Art Blakey & his Jazz Messengers.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Stormy Chromer w/ Pajamas & Earth Radio.

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A night of live music featuring Stormy Chromer, a Southeast Michigan based band pioneering a new style of improvisational rock; Pajamas, a Southeast Michigan based trio creating a unique blend of improvisational rock, funk and fusion; and Earth Radio, a West Michigan based progressive soul quintet making their Ann Arbor debut.
Doors @ 8 PM / $10
The Blind Pig, 208 S 1st St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. $10. (734) 996-8555. [map]

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