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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of September 9, 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


September 2019
 10-11:30 a.m. 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Sept. 9-Dec. 9. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com; 665-9271. [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]


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Tuesday


September 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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Sept. 10 & 24. 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]


 7:30 p.m. 

William Jackson: Ann Arbor Celtic Harpers.

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This Scottish harper and multi-instrumentalist, a member of the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, performs Scottish music and stories.
7:30 p.m., TeaHaus, 204 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15. Reservations recommended. carolkappus@icloud.com, 355-0578. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Chely Wright & Alice Peacock: The Ark.

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Double bill. Kansas-born country singer-songwriter Wright rose to prominence in the 90s with her first hit "Shut Up and Drive" and became one of the first country stars to come out as gay when she released her 2010 memoir, Like Me. She's also known for the hits "Single White Female" and "The Bumper of My S.U.V." She has a new EP, Revival. Peacock is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter whose engaging, unpretentiously literate songs artfully mix folk, country, and rock influences to explore an assortment of themes from the pedestrian pleasures of ordinary life to the treacherous quagmire of anxieties and rivalries that infect personal and romantic relationships. She has a brand new album. $20.
8 p.m., 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) & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


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Wednesday


September 2019
 8-11 p.m. 

A Tribute to Sonny Sharrock with Bishop Bowen Cafferty Sweet.

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A tribute to Sonny Sharrock revolving around the guitarist's legendary album "Ask The Ages".
Personnel:
Andrew Bishop - sax
Max Bowen - guitar
Aidan Cafferty - bass
Bob Sweet - drums
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5-$10 (suggested). 734-221-3961. [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]


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Thursday


September 2019
 Noon  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Sept. 5: Jazz and Broadway tunes by pianist Orville Grant. Sept. 12: Jazz and classical music by pianist Barton Polot. Sept. 19: Classical and ragtime music by the Wyman Duo of siblings Laura (flutist) and Ted (pianist) Wyman. Sept. 26: Celtic fusion by Derzier, the duo of flutist Kelly McDermott and multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier.
Noon-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Music in the Park": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Lawn games and live music by the area 60s, 70s, & 80s cover band the Wayback Machine. Bring a picnic, if you wish. Concessions.
6-7:30 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. 484-9676. [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.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/1444461962358831/?event_time_id=1444461965692164 [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Bob Mould: The Ark.

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The leader of the legendary 80s Minneapolis hardcore trio Husker Du, Mould comes to town for a rare solo appearance. He has released several acclaimed CDs since setting out on his own, and they all feature his impassioned talk-and-shout vocals, inventively dissonant and supercharged guitar playing, and tense, urgent original songs that span a sweeping range of emotions. One of the most creative figures in postpunk rock 'n' roll, Mould recently released Sunshine Rock, a collection of optimistic songs born of dark times. $25. Photo: Alicia J. Rose.
8 p.m., 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) & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]



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Friday


September 2019
 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music From: James Henes: Unity Vibration.

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James Henes is an emotive singer/ songwriter armed with vast influences from hard rock to folk. An open book policy on lyrics combined with riff driven chord structure help create the soundscape to the songs of his life...always approaching a song with conviction and sincerity...
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/339694026936354/ [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The History of Physics in 13 Songs, From Galileo to Dark Matter": U-M Residential College.

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Join us for a 45-minute interdisciplinary musical performance that highlights the turning points in the history of physics.
The show combines writings by some of the most prominent physicists in history with original songs composed by Alberto Rojo, and performed by Alberto Rojo (guitar and voice), Michael Gould (RC faculty member, percussion), and Dave Haughey (cello). The project explores the intersection between the arts and the sciences, and postulates that art and science are not antagonistic alternatives in the search for truth; rather, there is a broad territory of coexistence.
Featured physicists include Galileo, Isaac Newton, Pierre Maupertuis, Rudolf Clausius, Ludwig Boltzmann, James Clerk Maxwell, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, J. S. Bell, Richard Feynman and Vera Rubin.
East Quadrangle Keene Theater, 701 East University Ave. Free. 7346479960. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/65069-16509336.html [map]



 8.30-11.59 p.m. 

Harmonica Shah, Howard Glazer & Friends ~ A Night of Blues from the Heart of Deep Detroit.

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"Harmonica Shah & Howard Glazer first began performing together in the late 1990's, Harmonica Shah had already earned himself recognition as a Detroit Blues Legend with his Hasting Street Grease/ Blues Suit record releases. Howard Glazer had just returned from a 4 year stint in Chicago where he honed his blues skills. Meeting at The Soup Kitchen Saloon, Detroit's home of the blues, they immediately recognized their common interest in raw, unadulterated blues, Detroit style. In 2000 they released their first CD together "Deep Detroit", on Bluetrack Records in The UK. The CD quickly drew international acclaim, garnering "Best Blues Album of the Year" from Blues Alive..."
Read more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/879640512407351/
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. No Cover (donations for the musicians are highly encouraged). 734-221-3961. [map]



 8 p.m. 

The Way Down Wanderers: The Ark.

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Youthful Chicago-based Americana alt-folk electro-acoustic quintet whose music is known for its vividly heartfelt lyrics, foot-stomping rhythms, and flashy instrumentals. "Luxuriant bluegrass picking and steady percussion are met by tinges of fiddle and cello-based classical influence, making for an exquisite overall package," says PopWrapped.com. Their new album, Illusions, features roots-influenced songs with contemporary rhythms exploring love, loss, and personal evolution. Opener: Edmonton, Alberta, singer-songwriter Joe Nolan.
8 p.m., 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) & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Tracy Grammer: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Acclaimed folksinger with a dark, ethereal, expressive voice who accompanies herself on violin, mandolin, and guitar. Her latest album, Low Tide, is the first to showcase her originals. After years of working with her late partner, the renowned folksinger Dave Carter, Grammer adds not only "some very Dave Carterish touches" to Low Tide, says a Media Matters critic, "but also a bold new sound, attitude, and personal viewpoint."
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The History of Physics in 13 Songs, from Galileo to Dark Matter": U-M Residential College.

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U-M music faculty members Alberto Rojo (guitar and voice), Michael Gould (percussion), and Dave Haughey (cello) perform Rojo's songs that explore the intersection of art and science and are inspired by the writings of about a dozen famous physicists, from Galileo and Newton to Marie Curie and Vera Rubin. Oakland University voice and movement professor Lynnae Lehfeldt recites each text before its corresponding song.
8 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 763-0032. [map]


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Saturday


September 2019
 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Song Fest": Chelsea District Library.

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This daylong festival is highlighted by a performance by Grant-Lee Phillips (7:30-10 p.m., Chelsea First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle, Chelsea), an acclaimed Nashville-based, L.A.-bred singer-songwriter, Rolling Stone's "best male vocalist of 1994" who was the frontman for Grant Lee Buffalo, a garage-folk trio that reveled in the weird and dark corners of American history. More recently, Phillips played the town troubadour on the popular TV series The Gilmore Girls. The program begins with a conversation with 107.1 FM morning host Martin Bandyke and concludes with a post-show "meet & mingle" with Phillips (Zou Zou's Café, 101 N. Main, Chelsea). Also, a family concert by beloved Chelsea-bred rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Frank Allison (noon-1 p.m.), songwriting sessions (1-3 p.m.), and an outdoor variety show (3-5 p.m., Reading Garden) with local amateur musicians TBA.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required for workshops. 475-8732. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Concert Season Opener with Doug Decker & Tony Fields!": Lone Oak Vineyard.

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Who better to kick off the season than Doug Decker and Tony Fields! The will be here to get the place rocking and we guarantee a good time for all! Blues, jazz, Motown, love songs - they can do it all. They are a favorite here at Lone Oak!
Just 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. $35 per person includes dinner and show. Menu TBA https://tonyfieldsmusic.wixsite.com
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35. 5175228167. dlbarber1@aol.com https://tonyfieldsmusic.wixsite.com [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

Keb' Mo': The Ark.

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This legendary L.A. singer-guitarist plays original contemporary blues with a strong traditional feel, along with covers of Robert Johnson and other country blues classics. He also played Robert Johnson in Can't You Hear the Wind Howl, a 1996 docudrama about Johnson's life. Opener: Georgia-born country blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Jontavious Willis.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35-$65 (VIP meet-and-greet, $149) in advance at theark.org, MUTO Underground (at the Michigan League), and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Josh White Jr: The Ark.

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Known for his powerful, intense singing and his virtuosity on 6-string and 12-string guitars, White sings in a more modern style than his famous folksinger father. His blues, gospel, and folk repertoire includes many of his father's best-known songs as well as several upbeat, inspirational originals.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

The Curtis Taylor Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Southern California-based jazz trumpeter, a graduate of the MSU jazz program, performs his original works, including those from #Hashtagged, his 2017 debut album that combines elements of jazz, R&B, soul, and spoken word to create songs inspired by popular hashtags, including #blessed, #blacklivesmatter, and #blackgirlmagic.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]
 


 8-10 p.m. 

Tumbao Bravo: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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This award-winning local Cuban jazz sextet, led by saxophonist and flutist Paul VornHagen, performs originals that blend authentic Cuban polyrhythms from mambo to danzón with jazz harmonies. With conga player Gregory "Greco" Freeman, pianist Brian Di Blassio, bassist Pat Prouty, trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, and Michael Gutierrez on timbales.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]


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Sunday


September 2019
 4 p.m. 

Moonduck: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jazz trio of Detroit multi-instrumentalist Rafael Statin, Jackson guitarist Elden Kelly, and local percussionist Jesse Kramer perform works Moonduck, the 3rd book of compositions by Gregg Hill, a Lansing jazz composer who until recently composed in secret while working with the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan, a nonprofit he founded to promote live jazz in the Lansing area.
4 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]
 


 5-8 p.m. 

Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings Inaugural Kids' Show.

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Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K) present their inaugural kids' show in which they will play a set of music especially for young people. It'll be a fun, spirited, learning and dancing time.
Admission: $10 (children enter free). Food and drink available for purchase as customary. Bring your dancing shoes!
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10 adults (children - free). 734.663.1202. https://www.facebook.com/porkjazz/ [map]



 6:30 p.m. 

"Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II": EMU Center for Jewish Studies.

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Lecture-performance of WWII-era Soviet Yiddish songs by University of Toronto Jewish studies professor Anna Shternshis, who worked with Moscow- and NYC-based singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko to reconstruct the pieces, many of which had no music. Collected by ethnomusicologists from the Kiev Cabinet for Jewish Culture during WWII, confiscated by the Soviets after the war, and accidentally rediscovered in the 90s, the songs detail Jewish wartime service in the Red Army, survival and death in Nazi-occupied Europe, and Jewish experiences of the Soviet home front. Translations available. Dinner.
6:30 p.m., EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Tickets $36 in advance at true.mu/yiddishglory and by phone. 487-5634. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Sept. 8 & 22. 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 Sept. 15, 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.  Free! 

Jena Irene Asciutto LIVE at Jim Brady's Ann Arbor: Jim Brady's Ann Arbor.

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Singer-songwriter and Michigan native Jena Irene Asciutto has announced new dates in her special live series in downtown Ann Arbor in a one-of-a-kind setting at Jim Brady's, performing original music and other favorites on select Sunday nights beginning August 11.
As a bonus, Jim Brady's patrons will enjoy no cover charge and Happy Hour pricing during the performances.
Jim Brady's Ann Arbor, 209 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. Free. 734.562.1954. tom@jbdetroit.com https://www.facebook.com/events/3050143431694533/ [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

John McEuen & The String Wizards: The Ark.

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Veteran acoustic multi-instrumentalist McEuen leads has band in Americana originals and covers of songs from the 1800s to today. A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, McEuen played with Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs on the band's acclaimed 1972 album Will the Circle Be Broken.
7:30 p.m., 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) & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]







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