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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of July 8, 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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July 2019
 7:30-9:30 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 musicians invited.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr. Free. (908) 721-2599. [map]



July 2019
 4-7 p.m. 

Cobblestone Farm Market.

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Every Tues. With kids activities and live music 5-7 p.m. Also, farm animals and tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and cabin. Aug. 6: Local Latin jazz trio Bop Dragons. Aug. 13: Local folk-blues-rock duo Bohemian Ru'sters. Aug. 20: Soul-inflected pop-folk trio PATH. Aug. 27: Rock, blues, alt-country, and R&B by local cover band The Randaliers.Sept. 3: Local eclectic singer-songwriter Tim Berla. Sept. 10: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra instrument petting zoo. Sept. 17: Local Americana singer-songwriter Jake Arthur. Sept. 24: Local folk-rock and Americana guitarist Chuck Swanagon.
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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Aug. 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., 794-6250. [map]



July 2019
 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Happy Hour Jazz.

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Jazz quintet featuring Anna Hinkley (voice), Geridan St. Peter, (trombone), Jesse Morgan (piano), Michael Bean (bass) and Eric VanWormer (drums). Prices on beer, wine, cocktails, spirits, and espresso bar fare will drop.
No Cover.
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 734) 221-3961. [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 Free. [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.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (members & students, $2; students free on Sept. 11.. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Music in the Park": Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Series.

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Every Wed. June 19-July 24. A popular local outdoor summer tradition, the 83-year-old Civic Band is led by director Bob Gourley. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass. Lemonade and popcorn available.

June 19: "On the March." With marches by Sousa, Mancini, Leroy Anderson, and 19th-century Czech military band conductor Julius Fucik, aka "the Bohemian Sousa." 8 p.m.

June 26: "Around the Band." Various band instruments are spotlighted performing songs composed especially for them. 8 p.m.

July 3: "American Celebration." Program of patriotic tunes. 8 p.m.

July 10: "Children's Concert." A program of music picked for kid appeal, including the annual Teddy Bear Grand March (bring your bear). 8 p.m.

July 17: "Let's Fall in Love." A program of love songs, including tunes from Beauty and the Beast and West Side Story.

July 24: "Pop Icons." Musical tribute to Elvis, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and Motown.
8 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Free. 429-5301.



July 2019
 11:30 a.m.-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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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. except July 4. Outdoor concerts. July 11: Folk & bluegrass by The Raisin Pickers. July 18: Jazz, funk, & pop by The MotorCity3. July 25: Pop & jazz standards by the Jake Reichbart Trio.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Courtyard, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic Night with Jonas": Unity Vibration.

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Come one, come all and share your gifts with us. Sing, strum, dance, tell a joke or juggle, we will cheer and you will shine at the Triple Goddess Tasting Room! Your MC for the evening will be Mr. Jonas Dainius Berzanskis. As an added bonus we will be serving up $5 pints all night long!
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 220 S. Main St, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. [map]

 7-9 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.

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

 8 p.m. 

Greg Brown: The Ark.

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A former regular on A Prairie Home Companion, Brown is best known for "The Iowa Waltz" and other gruffly expressive, down-to-earth tributes to Midwestern life and true love. His well-crafted songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, and he has also composed settings for the poetry of William Blake. He's an engaging, at times mesmerizing performer, with a deep voice that one critic calls a "gravel-floored basement full of memories, ruminations, lusts, and last-ditch humor."
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]



July 2019
 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"FFY Jazz - A Tribute To Oliver Nelson with Racine/Kaminski/Kieme/Peck/Pappas/Kretzer"

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Ziggy's First Fridays Jazz series continues but this time it's on the second Friday of July. The program will feature music from Oliver Nelson's post-bop classic, The Blues And The Abstract Truth. Personnel: Ingrid Racine (trumpet), Keith Kaminski (woodwinds), Mark Kieme (woodwinds), Andy Peck (horn), Mark Pappas (keyboard) and Scott Kretzer (drums). No Cover.
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-221-3961. [map]

 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.

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

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Reggae Night, with Corey Jackson": Unity Vibration.

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Roots Reggae PARTY! with Corey Jackson. HE is a rasta-reggae afficado, skilled musical "selecta" and roots musician extraordinaire. A world traveler and ardent social activist hailing from Washington D.C., Corey is also a long time Ann Arborite.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Delbert McClinton: The Ark.

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Legendary Texas honky-tonk singer-songwriter whose music effortlessly melds country, blues, rock 'n' roll, and R&B traditions. A superb blues harpist, McClinton got his start as a teenager in the 50s backing blues masters like Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Reed in San Antonio bars. Though his own records have typically enjoyed only a cult following, the likes of Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill have turned songs of his into hits, and he has recorded hit duets with Bonnie Raitt, Tanya Tucker, and others. McClinton's gotten even better with age: his recent recordings evince a relaxed mastery without losing the gritty swagger and drive that's always distinguished his music. He has a brand-new album.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $50 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]



July 2019
 3 p.m.  Free! 

Tonks & the Aurors: Saline District Library.

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Local wizard-rock band, led by singer-songwriter Stephanie Anderson, that plays songs about Harry Potter. Their 2015 single, "Yes All Witches," is a call to dismantle the patriarchy.
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Music Series on the Deck!: Lone Oak Vineyard.

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We're continuing our summer music on the deck series every Saturdaysfrom 4 to 7!
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!
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!
July 6th - Larry Sumner and Brianna Jennett
July 13th - Simon Sundberg and Tangerine Park (Logan Schatz & Brianna Jennett)
July 20th - The Bluebirds and Robbie Janz
July 27th - Dan Bickel and The Feisty Leprechauns
August 3,10, 17 and 24 TBA
August 31 - Dan Bickel
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. Free. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dave Alvin: The Ark.

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Americana and alt-country singer-songwriter, cofounder of the Blasters and later a member of the seminal L.A. punk band X. His songs are known for their seamless blend of blues, rockabilly, honky-tonk, and gospel strains, and for their vivid vernacular portraits of the inner lives and outer conditions of ordinary people. Tonight he performs songs from his 1994 album, King of California, recently reissued with a new instrumental track. Opener: L.A. Americana duo Dead Rock West performs a tribute to the Everly Brothers.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8-11 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Jam at the Elks.

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Drummer Jim Zamberlan leads jam session for serious amateurs and professionals.
Cash bar only.
Elks Pratt Lodge, 220 Sunset Road. Free. (734) 761-7172. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke Night!: Unity Vibration.

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Join us for a night of sing-a-longs, laughs and fun! Everyone loves Karaoke!
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

PATH: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Veteran local singer-songwriter Scott McWhinney, who accompanies himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica, is joined by guitarists Chris Hedly and Jose Diaz and mandolinist Tim Prosser to perform McWhinney's well-crafted soul-inflected pop-folk songs.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]



July 2019
 4:30 p.m. 

FlecHaus: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Austin, TX-based indie folk ensemble whose new LP, Last Match, borrows freely from jazz, blues, and country. Members: vocalists Megan Flechaus and Molly Fischer, bassist Dominick Chaillot, percussionist JJ Pereira, and flutist Kenzie Slottow, an Ann Arbor native.
5 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10 at the door.; 512-954-5940. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Junior Brown: The Ark.

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This acclaimed honky-tonk singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, plays 6-string and steel guitar as well as his own guitar hybrid, the "guit-steel." A longtime cult favorite who first gained the attention of mainstream country fans with his hilarious 1996 novelty hit "My Wife Thinks You're Dead," Brown sings in a pleasantly resonant baritone that suggests a somewhat grittier and slier Ernest Tubb, and his original songs are known for a lyrical wit and cleverness that's almost as dazzling as his guitar work. Critic Paul Davies calls Brown's music a "riveting quirky cocktail rattled out on the frenetic fingerpicking steel and acoustic guitar and the tumbleweed and tombstone vocals." Voted #1 House Rocker in a Guitar Player readers poll, he's a longtime local favorite.
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, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

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