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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of August 19, 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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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. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Keller/Kocher Monday Night Jazz Party.

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The Monday Night Summer Jazz Party this week with the Keller/Kocher Quintet will pay tribute to George Shearing's quintets through the years which featured the same instrumentation. Join Paul Keller, bass; Cary Kocher, vibes; Adam Mosley, piano; Matt LoRusso, guitar and David Alvarez on drums for a highly euphonic evening!
The Grotto is at 2070 W Stadium in Ann Arbor. 7-10 pm. Under 18 free. Terrific food!
Zal Gaz Grotto. $10 at the door (under 18 enter FREE). 734/663-1202.

 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]



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]

 7-9 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]

 8 p.m. 

Seth Bernard: The Ark.

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A Lake City native known for his clever, funny, and candidly insightful folk-, rock-, and jazz-based songs about his life, Bernard founded Earthwork Music, a collective of musicians who focus their work on environmental advocacy, social justice, and community building.
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, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]



August 2019
 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]



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.


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]

 5-10 p.m.  Free! 

13th Annual Nashbash: Kerrytown District Association.

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This mini country music festival is headlined by Jerry Vandiver (8:30 p.m.), a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who's written songs for Tim McGraw and has several CDs of songs about camping, canoeing, and the outdoors. Beer & wine, barbecue, and other food available. Openers: local alt-country singer-songwriter Kevin Brown (5 p.m.), the classy Detroit neo-honky-tonk duo The Whiskey Charmers (5:40 p.m.), veteran local country singer-songwriter Bill Edwards (6:25 p.m.), Plymouth acoustic roots music trio Cold Tone Harvest (7 p.m.), the local country-folk quartet The Judy Banker Band (7:45 p.m.), and the noir-flavored alt-country band Hoodang (9:20 p.m.).
5-10 p.m., Farmers Market, 315 Detroit Street. Free admission. 769-2999. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Joe Reilly: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Family concert, with sing-alongs, by this local singer-songwriter, whose playful songs draw on blues, Native American, and other traditional American idioms and address ecological and spiritual themes.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Open Mic 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. Plus $5 pints all night long
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, 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. 

The Sea The Sea: The Ark.

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Upstate New York-based indie folk-pop duo of Chuck E. Costa and U-M grad Mira Stanley. Atwood Magazine calls their new album, Into the Light, "an earthy and celestial folk-rock record rooted in lush melody and intimate emotion." Opener: L.A. singer-songwriter (and former Michigander) Anna Ash.
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, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]



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.

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

 8-10.30 p.m. 

"Return of Ypsi Funk with Impulse"

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Impulse plays a mix of jazz, funk, rock and R&B.
No Cover (donations go straight to the band).
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. 734-221-3961. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

DJ Silas Green: Unity Vibration.

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Born and raised in Ypsilanti, Silas Green, aka Kyle Hunter, is an emcee, lyricist, DJ and audio tech, with a particular love for hip hop, rap, soul and electronic music. Uniting his skills as a former WCBN radio DJ together with his experience working at such establishments as Ann Arbor's Encore Records and Austin's storied Waterloo Records, Silas Green has mastered a wide library spanning genres and decades. The resulting sets are comprised of unpredictable, yet always satisfying selections, flowing together into a smooth audio landscape. As a member of the legendary Ann Arbor hip hop group Tree City, Silas Green has rapped on stages across the country. Renowned electronic and hip hop artist Shigeto featured verses from Silas Green on two tracks from his 2017 album The New Monday. Most recently, SIlas Green appeared on Dabrye's 2018 album alongside guest appearances from Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Riders in the Sky: The Ark.

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This innovative, often comical Nashville-based quartet of ace musicians has revitalized the genre of the cowboy song. Inspired by the 1930s group the Sons of the Pioneers, the quartet includes former Herb David staffer "Ranger" Doug Green. They specialize in elaborate harmonizations of cowboy folk songs, western ballads, and sentimental Hollywood versions of the real thing--one of their CDs is a collection of Gene Autry tunes. Their repertoire also includes old-time fiddle pieces, some jazz numbers, virtuoso yodels, comic send-ups of western drama, and rope tricks. Opener: King Margo, the Nashville self-styled "sarcastic folk-rock" duo of former Ann Arborite Lucciana Costa and Rachel Coats.
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]



August 2019
 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. 

"George Bedard: From the Windy City to New Orleans": The Ark.

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Local guitar genius Bedard leads a band of veteran local musicians in the 7th concert in his popular series exploring the history of American roots music. Tonight they honor the musical heritage of New Orleans, "journeying from Louis Armstrong to the Neville Brothers in one set," says Bedard. They also pay tribute to blues great Otis Rush, who died in 2018. With boogie-woogie pianist Mark "Mr. B." Braun, tubaist Chris Smith, saxophonist and woodwinds player Chris Tabaczynski, drummer Rich Dishman, and bassist Pat Prouty.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 & $27 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]



August 2019
 4 p.m. 

"An Elegant Summer Evening": The Links, Inc.

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Live music by local jazz vocalist Athena Johnson and her band. Theme is "Opening Worlds Through Literacy," with proceeds benefiting area literacy initiatives.
4-7 p.m., Marriott at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $100 in advance at (search for "an elegant summer evening"). [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 973-7791. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Open Stage: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All performers invited to showcase their talents.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. Sign up for an 8-minute spot at (989) 455-4484. [map]

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