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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of August 12, 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


August 2019
 7-10 p.m. 

Jazz with Keller/Kocher Quintet every Monday.

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Ann Arbor Jazz Heroes bassist Paul Keller and vibraphonist Cary Kocher lead their quintet featuring pianist Adam Mosley, guitarist Matt LoRusso, and drummer David Alvarez as they perform straight-ahead, energetic and entertaining swinging jazz every Monday throughout the summer at Zal Gaz Grotto from 7-10 PM.
The KKQ is happy to accommodate swing dancers with danceable jazz tempos, lots of melody and big beat. The KKQ also tips its hat to their muses George Shearing, Milt Jackson, Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton.
Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto - all reasonable priced. Air-conditioning. No steps, Plenty of safe, free parking. 18 and under enter free of charge.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 at the door (under 18 enter FREE). 734-663-2102. www.paulkellerjazz.com [map]



 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 musicians invited.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr. Free. (908) 721-2599. [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]


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Tuesday


August 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]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Performance for kids in grades preK-3 by this Royal Oak-based band that gives traditional nursery rhymes a punk rock twist.
7-8 p.m., Downtown Secret Lab & multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

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

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Aug. 13 & 27. 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]


 8 p.m. 

Réalta: The Ark.

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Belfast-based traditional Irish quintet that "[carries] on the Bothy Band tradition of taking tunes by the scruff of the neck and firing excitement through them like hot flames," according to a Herald Scotland review.
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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Wednesday


August 2019
 8 p.m. 

The Felice Brothers: The Ark.

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Country-flavored folk-rock band from the Catskills whose new album, Undress, explores contemporary issues. "You should feel like you're reading the Financial Times in a motel at the edge of reality," says the band. "You feel very frustrated by the corrupting power of money in politics, and a piano's cloud-like chords are hovering over a terrace." Opener: young Boston singer-songwriter Diana DeMuth.
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


August 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.

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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]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Boogie-Woogie and Swing Night in Downtown Chelsea!: downtown Chelsea / Sounds and Sights Festival.

  community member   < less The Boogie Woogie Kid Matthew Ball!

Don't miss this toe-tappin'family-friendly music event of Piano and Song from YOUTUBE SENSATION Matthew Ball - THE BOOGIE WOOGIE KID - the piano and song man with over 4.5 million views! He stops in downtown Chelsea for the sounds and sights fest this Thursday Aug. 15th 630pm. Music for all ages! Preview at boogiewoogiekid.com.
Downtown Chelsea East Middle Street Location, 101 N Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. Free. 2486588506. matt@boogiewoogiekid.com https://chelseafestivals.com/soundsights/ [map]



 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Open Mic with Jake Maltby: 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. Jake Maltby plus $5 pints all night long
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/444974482992007/ [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.

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


 8 p.m. 

Talisk: The Ark.

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Young traditional music trio from Glasgow that recently won the BBC Young Folk Award. Praising their "driving, fiery" stage presence, a Folk Radio review describes the songs on their 2018 sophomore album, Beyond, as "full-on adventures, with themes that rise and fall throughout."
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]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Triangle Project.

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Two sets of fully improvised music by Charlie Sutherland, guitar;
Ingrid Racine, trumpet and Josef Deas, bass.
Dolores Mexican Restaurant, 6 S. Washington St, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 904-9402. [map]


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Friday


August 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.


 7 p.m. 

Keller/Kocher Midsummer Night's Jazz Party with Sarah D'Angelo: Zal Gaz Grotto.

  community member   < less Sarah D'Angelo and Pasul Keller

Ann Arbor Jazz Heroes string bassist Paul Keller and vibraphonist Cary Kocher lead their quintet featuring vocalist/clarinetist Sarah D'Angelo, pianist Adam Mosley and multi-saxist Chris Tabacyznski. Keller's tidy arrangements frame Sarah's beautiful vocal stylings and intimate song delivery; Cary's virtuosic vibraphone chops are bodacious; Ctabs and Adam bring high-energy and good humor to the festivities; Keller is indefatigable.
*Zal Gaz Grotto is a humble, clean and welcoming haven for jazz lovers
*Good food and drinks at ZGG - all reasonably priced
*Air-conditioning
*No steps
*Lots of safe, free parking
*Your $10 at the door helps pay the musicians
*18 years old and under enter free of charge
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 at the door (under 18 enter FREE). 734/663-1202. [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Broadway in Love": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Performance of Broadway show tunes by San, Emily & Brian, a local trio of singer-songwriter San Slomovits, violinist-singer Emily Slomovits, and pianist Brian Brill.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music: Amy Grace wsg Jake Maltby: Unity Vibration.

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Amy Grace is a native of East Tawas, Michigan. Growing up, she was surrounded by music and was introduced to the characteristics of many instruments and genres. The piano, fiddle, and hand drums (and each bad note and offbeat) all passed through Amy's hands as she searched for her perfect instrumental match. She soon found that the poetry and lyrics she had written throughout the years best matched the strings of a guitar. During her teenage years, she fell in love with the music of Avril Lavigne and Hayley Williams of Paramore. Their lyrics were honest and their music was refreshing.
Jake Maltby brings creative covers and originals to the stage in a blend of grunge, folk, and pop songs
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/317767325839643/ [map]


 8 p.m. 

Robben Ford: The Ark.

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A blues guitar virtuoso with jazz chops, Ford first came to prominence in the mid-70s as George Harrison's lead guitarist and as a collaborator with artists as diverse as Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell. His brand of blues-rock features an uncommon blend of passion and restrained intelligence. His new album, Purple House, is more rock oriented than his earlier albums and has drawn praise for its songwriting.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $45 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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Saturday


August 2019
 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Aug. 3 & 17. 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. The band hosts a similar jam at the Ypsi Alehouse (124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti) on Aug. 21, 7-9 p.m.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [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.
***BEAT THE HEAT - IF THE TEMPERATURE IS OPPRESSIVE, WE WILL BRING IT INSIDE TO THE A/C!***
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. dlbarber1@aol.com. dlbarber1@aol.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]



 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"80's Night": Unity Vibration.

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Loud prints, bright leg warmers, and chunky accessories! Who doesn't love the 80's? Join us to celebrate everything that makes the decade great!
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/1338802432936247/ [map]


 8 p.m. 

Matt Wertz: The Ark.

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Feel-good pop by this L.A.-based pop singer-songwriter whose 2017 album, Gun Shy, is a collection of glittery love songs that alternate between guarded and vulnerable.
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. 

Ypsi Soul Cruds dance party: BZY B( . )( . )Z.

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The debut of the Ypsi Soul Cruds. 45 rpm dance party on vintage Califone record players. Deep northern soul sounds. Featuring a rotating cast of DJs including former Rubber Soul co-owner B-side Bob Nolan, Dr Dan Mulholland, the Fantastic Johnny Flip and DJ Lucien.
$10 suggested donation for the woman's charity organization BZY B(.)(.)Z
Cash bar
Banfields bar and Grill Ann Arbor, 3140 Packard. Donation. $10. rnolan66@yahoo.com [map]



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Sunday


August 2019
 3 p.m.  Free! 

Matt Watroba: Ann Arbor Senior Center Concerts in the Park.

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This longtime former WDET host sings lyrical songs and poignant ballads in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, & a picnic lunch. Indoors if raining.
3 p.m., Burns Park adjacent to Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free; donations accepted. 794-6250. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Aug. 11 & 25. 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 Aug. 18, 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. 973-7791. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

The Del McCoury Band: The Ark.

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Straight-up bluegrass by this celebrated band known for the exquisite, interlocking precision and passionate restraint of its instrumental and vocal ensemble, and for the aching spirituality of McCoury's classically "high lonesome" vocals, which highlight what one critic calls "some of the best harmonies this side of the afterlife." The band's 2006 CD The Promised Land is a collection of gospel songs highlighted by an a cappella version of the band's popular showstopper "Get Down on Your Knees and Pray," and its 2016 CD, Del & Woody, features McCoury's settings of lyrics Woody Guthrie never got around to turning into songs himself.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $45-$75 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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