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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of June 10, 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


June 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]


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Tuesday


June 2019
 4-7 p.m. 

Cobblestone Farm Market.

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Every Tues. May 21-Oct. 22. With a variety of children's activities and/or musical entertainment from 5-7 p.m. each week. Also, live farm animals and tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and cabin. May 21: Ypsilanti jazz-rock trio Honey Monsoon. May 28: Local pop trio Isosceles.

June 4: Detroit activist reggae-rock trio Agenda 21.

June 11: Local jazz-swing-Latin-country trio Team Love.

June 18: Local folk-blues-rock duo Bohemian Ru'sters.

June 25: Detroit indie pop-jazz singer-songwriter Bekah Greenman.
4-7 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. 904-9621. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

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

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June 11 & 25. 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]


 8pm 

The Ryan Montbleau Band: The Ark.

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Versatile ensemble led by Montbleau, a talented singer-songwriter from Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose music blends folk, blues, rock, R&B, funk, and jazz flavors. "His guitar playing is reminiscent of a funk bass player channeling John Lee Hooker, and lyrically, the phrasing runs the gauntlet of a 70s Stevie Wonder, a 90s Jamiroquai, and a healthy helping of Robert Plant," says The Noise.
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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Wednesday


June 2019
 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Happy Hour Jazz With Day, Blanchard, Marshall, Zuellig.

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Come have happy hour with this cool quartet. The prices on our espresso, beer, wine, and spirits all drop and the event is entirely FREE!
Featuring:
Morgan Day, voice
Jordan Blanchard, saxophone
Brenda Marshall, piano
Nate Zuellig, drums
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 734) 221-3961. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band.

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All musicians invited for an open jam with old-time American and Irish dance tunes.
Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl. Free. 487-1555. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stark Raving MADrigal Singers.

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Every Wed. (July) & every Mon. (Aug.) Singers of all abilities invited to join in singing madrigals and other Elizabethan part songs in a casual, sociable setting in a private home.
7:30- 10 p.m., location TBA via srms2020@outlook.com. Free. [map]


 8pm 

Front Country: The Ark.

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Nashville-based progressive roots-pop quintet from San Francisco. A Poptunes review praises their blend of "everything from high-lonesome mountain music to new-wave power pop, newgrass picking, oldgrass harmonies, and just plain glorious musicality."
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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


June 2019
 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Every Thurs. (except July 4 & 18), June 6-Aug. 29.Musical entertainment by local and area performers.

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June 6: Laith Al-Saadi. Popular local singer-guitarist who performs an eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals. He rocketed to national prominence in 2016 with a 4th-place finish on NBC's The Voice. Opener: Ypsilanti pop-folk singer-songwriter Sam Corbin.

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June 13: The Accidentals. Wildly acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City folk trio of multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause. Opener: local Americana rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas.

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June 20: morgxn. L.A.-based alt-pop singer-songwriter whose emotionally charged lyrics are backed by atmospheric electronic music. Opener: Local teen pop-folk singer-songwriter and ukulele player Magdalen Fossum.

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June 27: Adia Victoria. Up-and-coming Nashville-based blues singer-songwriter who describes her new sophomore album, Silences, as "what it would sound like if Billie Holiday got lost in a Radiohead song." Opener: Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local progressive folk-rock band The Ragbirds.

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July 11: Rayland Baxter. Nashville-based alt-country singer-songwriter whose 2018 album, Wide Awake, is a catchy collection of Beatlesesque melodies backed by a tight R&B groove he composed while living in an abandoned Kentucky factory with little more than a mattress, guitar, and Wurlitzer. Opener: Matthew Milia, the frontman for Frontier Ruckus, a popular experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble from Lake Orion.

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July 25: Guster. Boston-based alt-rock band that favors breezy '60s West Coast-style vocal harmonies. Its 2019 album, Look Alive, marks a transition to synth pop that Slant Magazine calls "playful, infectious, and eminently listenable." Opener: Tally Hall keyboardist Andrew Horowitz.

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Aug. 1: SHAED. Washington, D.C.-based electro-pop trio best known for its song "Trampoline," featured in a 2018 MacBook Air commercial. Opener: Detroit pop singer-songwriter Ladysse, whose current single "Heartbreak Hollywood" recalls Lana Del Rey.

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Aug. 8: Mat Kerekes. 25-year-old frontman for the Toledo pop-punk/emo band Citizen who just released Ruby, an intimate, optimistic album about death and loss he recorded in his garage. Opener: Local pop-folk singer-songwriter Oren Levin.

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Aug. 15: Flora Cash. Swedish/American husband-and-wife folk-pop duo who express their romance through dreamy, soul-bearing ballads. Opener: Saginaw-based pop-folk singer-songwriter Amy Petty.

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Aug. 22: Michael Franti. Veteran reggae-pop singer-songwriter and rapper who performs with his band Spearhead. Known for various humanitarian and political musical projects, Franti blends hip-hop with other styles such as reggae and funk, and his lyrics often promote peace and social justice. Opener: Local rich-voiced pop-folk singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer.

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Aug. 29: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas. Powerhouse Detroit soul-pop band. An NPR critic describes its 2017 album Telephone/Teléfono as "Motown-infused garage-rock with touches of tropical psychedelic cumbia and punk cabaret." Opener: Detroit soul-pop singer-songwriter Jacob Sigman.

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11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Outdoor concerts. June 6: High-energy blues by the Bluescasters. June 13: Latin jazz by Los Gatos. June 20: Motown and classic R&B by the All Directions Band. June 27: Jazz and swing by the Treetown Swingtette.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Courtyard, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs., June 13-Aug. 22. Downtown concerts by area bands. Kids activities. Outdoor seating at some restaurants.

June 13: the jam rock & funk band Pajamas.

June 20: Redford British Invasion cover quartet The Invasion.

June 27: Elvis tribute band The Memphis Thrillbillies.

July 11: Chelsea bluegrass and related roots music trio Thunderwüde.

July 18: Lake Orion experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble Frontier Ruckus.

July 25: Brighton alt-rock band Young Pioneer.

Aug. 1: New Jersey alternative indie rock quartet Wyland.

Aug. 8: Ypsilanti pop-folk band Matt Jones & the Reconstruction.

Aug. 15: popular teen folk ensemble the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic.

Aug. 22: Classic 30s songs by the Saline Big Band and the Depot Town Big Band.

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7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 316-2119.


 8pm 

Kaia Kater: The Ark.

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Montreal-born Grenadian Canadian folk singer-songwriter known for her frailing style of banjo playing and her expansion of the bounds of folk music. "Kater is rapt, inquisitive, straining for intimate, embodied understanding that transcends mere familiarity," says an NPR review of her 2018 album, Grenades, which pays homage to her ancestry. Opener: Grand Rapids singer-songwriter Olivia Mainville.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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


June 2019
 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Every Friday (except July 5 & Aug. 9), June 14-Aug. 30.

June 14: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

June 21: Local roots-rock quartet Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies.

June 28: The Jazz Bums. Dexter jazz sextet whose repertoire includes covers of Coltrane, Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Charlie Parker.

July 5: Popular, nationally-known acoustic duo Gemini.

July 12: Redford British Invasion cover quartet The Invasion.

July 19: Detroit blues trio the Randy Brock Band.

July 26: Vintage Ventures-style instrumental guitar band Surf Zup.

Aug. 2: Ann Arbor classic rock band Ransom Jones.

Aug. 16: Members of the Dexter Community Orchestra perform as the Orchestra Jazz Ensemble.

Aug. 23: Ann Arbor R&B band Men in Black.

Aug. 30: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.


 8pm 

Brad Phillips: The Ark.

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Nationally renowned Saline-bred multi-instrumental string virtuoso who's played with The Verve Pipe, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Iggy Pop.
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. 

"Stonewall 50: And Still We Rise!": Out Loud Chorus.

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June 14 & 15. Darin DeWeese directs this chorus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion. The program is highlighted by Arthur Durkee's Stonewall Inn 1969, a work commissioned by the chorus. Other pieces include U2's "MLK," Frank Ticheli's "Earth Song," and "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Misérables. With pianist Michelle Papenfuss.
8 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $18 (students & seniors 65+, $15; unemployed people & kids under 6, free) in advance at olconline.org, $20 at the door. [map]


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Saturday


June 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]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Music on the Deck": Lone Oak Vineyard.

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We're continuing our summer music on the deck series this Saturday, June 15th from 4 to 7.
Come out and enjoy a glass of wine,a pint of beer, some delicious food and great music! Wine is available by the glass or bottle, beer by the pint or 10 oz. "shortie". We have several deliciously unique flatbread pizzas too!
This week we welcome 4 local, up and coming young musicians. Come have a listen to a wide variety of tunes and genres.
No reservations needed. Seating is first come, first served.
This event is rain or shine. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we'll move it inside!
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. Free. dlbarber1@aol.com. dlbarber1@aol.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

Mirror Monster: Encore Records.

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Local synthpop/IDM outfit Mirror Monster will be playing a free show at Ann Arbor's premiere record store, Encore Records! Saturday, June 15th at 8 pm. No cover, but donations are accepted.
Encore Records, 417 E Liberty St. Ann Arbor MI 48104. Free. Donation. 7346782490. mirror.monster.music@gmail.com https://soundcloud.com/user-518509812 [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Antinous as Osiris": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local jazz-funk fusion drummer Jesse Kramer leads an ensemble in his free bop songs inspired by the pederastic relationship between Roman Emperor Hadrian and the youth Antinous in French writer Marguerite Yourcenar's 1951 historical novel Memoirs of Hadrian. With vocalist Sarah D'Angelo, saxophonist Tim Haldeman, guitarist Max Bowen, and bassist Brian Juarez.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 8pm 

"Father's Daze: Bill Harley, Don White, Bil Lepp: " The Ark.

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These 3 musicians and storytellers perform stories and songs about fatherhood. Harley is a Massachusetts songwriter and storyteller with an off-center point of view whose stories paint vibrant and hilarious pictures of growing up, schooling, and family life. White is a veteran singer-songwriter and humorist from Lynn, MA, who writes sharp-witted songs about everyday life. Bil Lepp is a Charleston (WV) storyteller with a flair for spinning humorously outrageous tall tales about everyday life who got his start when he won the 1990 West Virginia Liars Contest.
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]


 8 p.m. 

"Stonewall 50: And Still We Rise!": Out Loud Chorus.

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June 14 & 15. Darin DeWeese directs this chorus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion. The program is highlighted by Arthur Durkee's Stonewall Inn 1969, a work commissioned by the chorus. Other pieces include U2's "MLK," Frank Ticheli's "Earth Song," and "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Misérables. With pianist Michelle Papenfuss.
8 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $18 (students & seniors 65+, $15; unemployed people & kids under 6, free) in advance at olconline.org, $20 at the door. [map]


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Sunday


June 2019
 7:30pm 

Aaron Jonah Lewis: The Ark.

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Acclaimed Detroit-based multi-instrumentalist and Corn Potato String Band fiddler. He's appeared on recordings of everything bluegrass and old-time to jazz and Turkish classical music.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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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