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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of September 16, 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
 7 p.m. 

"The 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra Roars Back to Life": Zal Gaz Grotto.

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The 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra ROARS BACK TO LIFE to begin their 31st season of presenting great Monday night big band jazz at their home, Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor. Sarah D'Angelo will join PKO to sing, play clarinet and spread joy! Sarah will debut Keller's new PKO arrangement of W. C. Handy's classic Saint Louis Blues, and two of Keller's new Constellation songs called Aquarius and Gemini (with lyrics by Sarah D'Angelo). Lots of fun big band swinging and singing in that beloved, straight-ahead PKO fashion!
Showtime 7 till 10 PM
PKO's guest student band is The Jake Lee Quintet. Jake is a senior at A2 Community High School; his impressive trumpet playing and string bass playing will blow you away! Jake Lee Quintet will play a 30 minute Intermezzo at about 8:15 PM.
*Zal Gaz Grotto is a humble, clean and welcoming haven for jazz lovers
*Good food and drinks at ZGG - all reasonably priced
*$10 at the door helps pay the musicians
*Under 18 years old enter FREE
*Fre
Zal Gaz Grotto. $10 cover charge. 734-663-1202.



 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Members Night: Out Loud Chorus.

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Sept. 16 & 23. Beginning to advanced singers invited to join the weekly rehearsal of this chorus of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends. Snacks.
7-9:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium. Free. outloudchorus@gmail.com. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Sept. 17: Picks & Sticks Stringband. Local string ensemble whose eclectic repertoire includes swing, jazz, country, and bluegrass tunes.

Oct. 15: San, Emily, and Brian. Local trio of singer-songwriter San Slomovits, violinist-singer Emily Slomovits, and pianist Brian Brill.

Nov. 19: Chelsea House Orchestra. Chelsea High School student ensemble that plays traditional jigs and reels.

Dec. 17: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group. Program TBA.

Jan. 21: Dodsworth Saxhorn Band. Award-winning local band that plays 19th-century bass tunes while dressed in period garb.

Feb. 18: Treetown Swingtette. Local ensemble that plays a wide range of swing music, from Cole Porter to Django Reinhardt. Members are fiddler Paul Winder, vibes player Cary Kocher, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and singer-guitarist Myron Grant, who also plays harp and bones.

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7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-4111. [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. 

Crash Test Dummies: The Ark.

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This Winnipeg quartet, best known for the 90s hit "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm," plays densely textured, rhythmic rock 'n' roll, blending anthemic excess with old-time country grit and lyrics ranging from Shel Silverstein-style comedy to pure darkness. Recently reunited, the band celebrates the 25th anniversary of its popular 1993 sophomore album, God Shuffled His Feet. Opener: Nova Scotia roots trio Port Cities
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $$40-$60. 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
 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Chinese Hip-Hop Experience": U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Chinese rappers Lil Bag and Don Dream give short performances and discuss the history of Chinese hip-hop with Detroit native Dana "Showtyme" Burton, founder of Iron Mic, the largest MC competition in China. Q&A.
5:30-7 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Jenny Lewis: The Ark.

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Veteran California indie rock singer-songwriter who first came to prominence as the lead singer of Rilo Kiley and is currently a member of the politically tinged all-female rock trio Nice as Fuck. Her brand-new album, On the Line, is filled with her characteristic vivid storytelling and impressionistic turns of phrase. She's "reached her troubador phase," says a Pitchfork critic, who likens her to a "skeptical Stevie Nicks for old millennials." Opener: The Watson Twins, the California-based, Kentucky-bred alt-country duo who collaborated with Lewis on her 2006 CD Rabbit Fur Coat.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $37.50 & $50 in advance at theark.org, MUTO @ The Michigan League Underground (911 North University), & at the door. 761-1800. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Amy Speace: The Ark.

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Nashville-based folk singer-songwriter originally from Hoboken whose music ranges from contemplative to rocking. Discovered by Judy Collins in the early 2000s, Speace left her job as a classically trained Shakespearean actor and kicked off her music career with a string of critically acclaimed albums. Her latest, Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne, is a collection of richly detailed songs that showcase her big voice.
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. 

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band: The Ark.

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Soulful, swinging country blues by this acoustic trio from southern Indiana that blends old-time instrumentation (resonator guitar, washboard, and bucket percussion) with themes both contemporary (crystal meth abuse and the rising cost of living) and traditional (unrequited love and murder). Their new album, Poor Until Payday, is a bluesy ode to blue collar workers.
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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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 jazz-tinged classic rock cover band Eastside Drive. 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 p.m. 

Lil Baby: NVRCH Music Festival.

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This Atlanta-based rapper, who won a 2019 BET "Best New Artist" award, headlines this inaugural EMU hip-hop music festival (pronounced "never rich"). A Pitchfork review of his 2018 album, Harder Than Ever, praises his low-key style and technical chops. "His words are vivid, his emotions pronounced, and his flow is frictionless; he hovers just over every beat like a puck on an air hockey table." Openers: Detroit self-styled "queen of R&B trap" Neisha Neshae and Ypsilanti rapper Polo Frost.
7 p.m., EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. Tickets $49-$85 at emutix.com and at the door. 487-2282. [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.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/2083098031986018/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Blues Night": Nicola's Books.

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Retired U-M American culture professor Bruce Conforth reads from Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson, his new biography, co-written with blues historian Gayle Dean Wardlow, of Delta blues legend. Based on 50 years of research beginning with Wardlow's discovery of Johnson's death certificate in 1967, the book reveals many never-before-seen documents. Followed by a performance by local blues musicians.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7:30 p.m. 

Nicolas Carter: Ann Arbor Celtic Harpers.

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This Minnesota-born, Paraguay-raised harpist performs stories, songs, and harp works from several South American countries on the Paraguayan harp, a large instrument that produces the most voluminous sound of any harp.
7 p.m., TeaHaus, 204 N. Fourth Ave. $15 donation. 355-0578. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Reckless Kelly: The Ark.

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A self-described "hick rock" alt-country quintet from Bend, Oregon, that relocated in Austin, Texas, in the mid-90s, where it has since won 7 Austin Chronicle Best Band awards.
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 p.m. 

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, Las Drogas, Warlock's Grave: Ziggy's.

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This show is packed with local rock legends Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, Las Drogas, and Warlock's Grave!
Come join us on Friday, September 20 at the hippest new venue in downtown Ypsilanti, Ziggy's!
EARLY SHOW: doors at 7pm
Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor - Detroit Psych rock
"If you like the idea of an unholy cross between Brian Jonestown Massacre, the MC5, and the Doors at their horror-movie scariest, this band is gonna make you very happy". - RVAMAG.COM
Las Drogas - Ypsilanti swamp garage-a-billy
"The evil genius of Carl Perkins and The Cramps soaked in PBR with a shot of cocaine gives you a taste of Las Drogas. Rockabilly fashion draped in "I don't give a fuck" punk sensibilities... twitching and shaking all over." - Life In Michigan blog (Chuck Marshall)
Warlock's Grave - Garage/Psych Rock
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, Ypsilanti. 5. kylerkipp@gmail.com. https://www.facebook.com/events/2415994765393084/ [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Music from East and West": Rasa Festival (Ann Arbor District Library).

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Panel discussion about the differences between Indian and western music traditions by musicians TBA. Short concert follows.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Live Music From: Emma McDermott": Unity Vibration.

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Emma McDermott is a singer/songwriter from Ann Arbor Michigan. She recently studied at Columbia College in Chicago as part of the contemporary and urban popular music program, and had the opportunity to write and perform with guest artists Cory Henry and Ivan Neville. She is currently working on a solo album in the Ann Arbor area and is hoping to expand her network as an artist while taking a break from school.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. dann@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/374896783433776/ [map]


 8 p.m. 

David Roth: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Humorous, refreshingly down-to-earth originals by this highly regarded singer-songwriter from Chicago who has been described as a blend of James Taylor and Dan Fogelberg, injected with the humor of Tom Paxton and David Letterman. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Christine Lavin to Tom Chapin, and his repertoire tonight showcases songs from his new album, Last Day on This Earth.
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. 

Dweezil Zappa: Live Nation.

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Guitarist Frank Zappa's son Dweezil leads an ensemble of young musicians in a live performance of Hot Rats, Frank's 1969 album that AllAboutJazz calls "one of jazz-rock's foundation fusion records" and that Q Magazine (U.K.) ranked 13th in its "40 Cosmic Rock Albums" list. Dweezil won the 2009 Grammy for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" for his cover of "Peaches en Regalia," the album's 1st song.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $25-$90 in advance at ticketmaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets, & at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Keller/Kocher Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Bassist Paul Keller and vibraphonist Cary Kocher lead their quintet in a program of works by jazz pianist George Shearing. With pianist Adam Mosley, guitarist Matt LoRusso, and drummer David Alvarez.
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]
 



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Saturday


September 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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Sept. 7 & 21. 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 Sept. 17, 7-9 p.m.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Candlelight Dinner Concert with Ben Sharkey": Lone Oak Vineyard.

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We are excited to welcome Ben Sharkey to the Lone Oak stage for the first time! Perfectly fusing vintage old school cool and contemporary jazz, soul and pop energy and swagger, Ben Sharkey has enjoyed an extraordinary dual career over the past ten years. Since the charismatic vocalist posted his first raw home videos of himself singing Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra classics to YouTube in 2007, he has amassed over 5 million views worldwide for over 70 clips - including the professionally shot, James Bond themed original "What You've Given" (over 150,000 views alone!) The Michigan native has also become one of the Motor City's premiere live entertainers, with hundreds of performances at jazz hotspots like Cliff Bell's and a five year and counting residency at the Axis Lounge at the MGM Grand Detroit. Ben will be accompanied by two world-class musicians on this special night. Reservations required. Check him out on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sE
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $45. 5175228167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.bensharkey.com [map]



 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Beatles Night, Come Together": Unity Vibration.

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Join us for Beatles Trivia, music and giveaways. A yellow submarine and a Ferrari will be given away (you can fit them in your pocket). We will also have live music from Alice Oakes.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/416832822511035/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

K Michael Joseph.

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SILVIO's ORGANIC RISTORANTE e PIZZERIA
K Michael Joseph, Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti Singer whose music is heard around the world on 52 independent radio programs in 15 countries and UK syndicated television, Returns to one of his favorite hometown venues ~ Silvio's!
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A solo artist, Michael, brings his unique, pop - lyrical soundscapes to this classic Italian ristorante!
Michael is excited to return to Silvio's after winning (9) Top10 music awards from the members of Radio Indie Alliance. His Spotify fans number over 4,000 with 95,500 'plays' to his credit.
K Michael Joseph is a recognized artist in air time markets that include Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Washington DC; Plus Italy, Netherlands the UK and many other around-the-world radio markets.
"Date Night"? If you're thinking of sipping good wine and looking into the eyes of Your Love THIS Saturday Night, come to Silvio's and meet the musician who is taking A2 out to the music world!
Silvio's Organic Ristorante e Pizzeria, 715 N. University Ave. Free. (734) 218-3313. michaelJ@kmichaelJoseph.com www.kmichaeljoseph.com [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

Amy Fedel Memorial Concert: Amy and Lisa Fund.

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Performances by local musicians, including folk-rock quartet The Bonfire Poets, jazz ensemble Five Miles More, jazz vocalist Patti Jarosz, and eclectic ensemble Jeff & the Deck Chairs. Also, a Singalong Jukebox, in which the audience performs songs they select from a list. Held in memory of Amy Fedel, an 8-year-old who was killed in 1998 when the family's van was hit by a drunk driver. Proceeds benefit MADD, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan.
7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids, $3) suggested donation. Fedel.com/amyandlisa, 998-0360. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Amy Petty and Adam Plomaritas: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Double bill. Petty is a Saginaw-based pop-folk singer-songwriter whose style is described as "a cross between Sarach McLachlan's airy balladry and Sade's smouldering soul" by a MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, MA) reviewer. Ypsilanti Americana rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Plomaritas, who cites Elvis as his biggest influence, plays songs from his latest as-yet-untitled album.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [map]


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Sunday


September 2019
 2 p.m. 

Andrew Anderson.

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An accomplished accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist, this veteran local pianist performs a program highlighted by Beethoven's dramatic Sonata no. 17 (Tempest) and Schubert's technically demanding Wanderer Fantasy, which inspired Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor. The program also includes a wry, enigmatic work by the late 19th- and early 20th-century avant-garde Parisian composer Erik Satie and crystalline, delicate music by 20th-century Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.
2 p.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Dr. Donation. 665-7346. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Chris Pureka: The Ark.

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Portland (OR)-based pop-folk singer-songwriter who grew up in New England. "Chris Pureka's gritty tunes are charged with charm, toe-tapping poetry, and a sexy dose of wit," says singer-songwriter Alix Olson. Back in the Ring is her new break-up album "that evokes strong visions of conflict and darkness," says a New Noise review. Opener: Nashville folk-Americana duo The Harmaleighs.
7:30 p.m., 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) & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [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 pointlessbrew.com. (989) 455-4484. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Saturday


September 2019
 8 p.m. 

Canceled: RFD Boys: The Ark.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have a new guitarist-mandolinist, Dan Roehrig, and they recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a new album, Still Delivering. Photo: Andy Rogers.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 at the door only. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]







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