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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of May 13, 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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Monday


May 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]


 8 p.m. 

Laith Al-Saadi & Jimmy Vivino: The Ark.

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Joint concert by these 2 singer-songwriters and virtuoso guitarists who have an encyclopedic knowledge of American roots music and classic rock. Al-Saadi is an Ann Arbor native who gained national attention in 2016 as a finalist on The Voice. Vivino, Conan O'Brien's bandleader, is a member of the Beatles tribute band the Fab Faux, who are in town May 11 (see listing).
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


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Tuesday


May 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. 

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

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May 14 & 28. 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. a2bluegrass.com, 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]


 8 p.m. 

Youth Open Stage: The Ark.

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Musicians and spoken-word performers ages 5-17 invited to perform for 8 minutes each. Advance sign up recommended at theark.org.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (age 17 & under, $2). 761-1451. [map]


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Wednesday


May 2019
 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.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


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Thursday


May 2019
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances and activities.

May 2: Classical dance by Ballet Chelsea.

May 9: Cincinnati musician Shelley Graff leads attendees in group singing and shows how to harmonize. Beginners welcome.

May 16: World music by percussionist Mike List and bassist Dave Sharp.

May 23: Journal making workshop with music by guitarist Jake Reichbart.

May 30: Chamber music by Trio Cantabile.

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12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 5-8 p.m. 

"Meals on Heels: Gatsby in the Garden": Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Fundraiser.

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Appetizers, beers, wine, live music by local bassist Rob Crozier's Event Jazz, wine and whiskey pulls, a silent auction of rare whiskeys, and food and floral demonstrations.
5-8 p.m., Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, 16 S. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $90 in advance at a2tix.com/events/meals-on-heels. 487-9669. [map]
 


 5:30 p.m. 

"Vine & Dine": Ann Arbor Art Center Fundraiser.

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Cocktail reception followed at 7 p.m. by dinner at Zingerman's Greyline. With live hot club jazz by the Andrew Brown Quartet and an interactive painting demo by local artist Noah Kaplan. Live auction.
5:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Tickets $300 in advance only. annarborartcenter.org/vineanddine2019, 994-8004. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Fendrick & Peck.

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Americana originals by Madeline Fendrick and Brian Peck, a Minnesota-based husband-and-wife duo whose gentle harmonies and introspective lyrics are inspired by northern landscapes. Note: Held outdoors.
7 p.m., outdoors at the corner of Norwood & Whitewood. Free; donations accepted. 747-1670.


 8 p.m. 

Aron Kaufman & the Dream Ensemble: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local percussionist Kaufman leads an ensemble of local jazz mainstays in works from Firefly's Dream, a new album of music he's been composing over the last 30 years. With saxophonist/flutist Paul VornHagen, guitarist Sam Clark, trumpeter Brandon Cooper, bassist Jeff Dalton, and percussionist Olman Piedra.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$25 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

"For Pete's Sake: Seeger Birthday Tribute": The Ark.

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This annual celebration of the legacy of the late folk legend features in-the-round performances, with lots of sing-alongs and between-songs stories. Performers TBA; the lineup is usually an all-star group of veteran local musicians. A benefit for the Ark.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


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Friday


May 2019
 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Dan Bennett Quartet.

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Evening of Jazz and Visual Art with Dan Bennett (saxophone), Justin Walter (trumpet), Nick Collins (drums), Josef Deas (bass).
No Cover
* Paintings by Dan Bennett
Dolores Mexican Restaurant, 6 S. Washington St, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 961-7926. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Lynn Speakman: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Pittsburgh-based jazz saxophonist is joined by the Roe Bickley Kramer Trio (formerly the Rick Roe Trio) and local trumpeter Ingrid Racine in performances of Speakman's compositions.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

Robert Jones & Matt Watroba: The Ark.

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This veteran duo has been making music together for more than 20 years, ever since they met while doing back-to-back music shows on WDET-FM. Watroba sings lyrical songs and poignant ballads in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. Jones is an excellent singer and guitarist whose huge repertoire draws on Delta, Texas, Chicago, and other blues traditions. They have a new album, Common Chords.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Tom Chapin: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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The younger brother of the late Harry Chapin, Tom Chapin is a veteran folk-style songwriter known for his observant, playful story-songs and emotionally direct ballads.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $20 in advance at eventbrite.com and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


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Saturday


May 2019
 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]


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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. 

"Thornetta Davis is Back at Lone Oak!": Lone Oak Vineyard.

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Crowned "Detroit's Queen of the Blues" in 2015, Thornetta Davis a multi-talented International Singer and Songwriter from Detroit, is the winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards. Thornetta has been exciting and wowing audiences all over the world. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more. In 2018 Thornetta was in Paris to accept the 2017 award from L'Academie Du Jazz for "Prix Blues Album" for her album titled "Honest Woman". This is a do not miss show. Just 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. $50 pp for dinner and show. Menu: TBA Our estate grown wines and hand crafted beer will be available all evening.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $50. dlbarber1@aol.com. dlbarber1@aol.com www.thornettadavis.com [map]



 8 p.m. 

Kevin Burke: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Performance by this Sligo-style Irish master fiddler, considered one of the greatest living Irish fiddlers. He became internationally famous in the mid-70s with the Bothy Band, often described as "the Beatles of Irish music." His music is expressive and intense, and he regales audiences with between-songs anecdotes.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door. 316-7919. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Lucy Kaplansky: The Ark.

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This acclaimed singer-songwriter, a former clinical psychologist, is known for her strong, supple voice and her wryly engaging blues- and country-flavored ballads. "Kaplansky's voice has a tender, vulnerable, confessional quality, and she consistently uses it to her advantage in neatly tailored acoustic settings," says Washington Post reviewer Mike Joyce. Her 2018 album Everyday Street revolves around nature themes.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


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Sunday


May 2019
 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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May 12 & 26. 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 May 19, 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 Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 998-9353. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Howie Day: The Ark.

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Folk-rock singer-songwriter from Bangor (ME) known for his emotionally direct lyrics, melodic inventiveness, and lively, passionate vocals.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]





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