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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of November 4, 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


November 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]


 8 p.m. 

The David Wax Museum.

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A bracing, high-energy infusion of Mexican folk music into rootsy indie rock by this ensemble led by Missouri-bred singer-songwriter Wax. They bring a new album, Line of Light. Opener: Heather Maloney, a songwriter whose music has been praised by the New York Times as "utterly gorgeous, visceral."
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) and the ark.org, and at the door. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Westbound Station: The Ark.

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Acoustic quartet composed of alumni of the 2016 Acoustic Music Seminar. They call their classical-jazz-bluegrass mix "chambergrass."
8 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) and the ark.org, and at the door. [map]


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Tuesday


November 2019
 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Community Sing": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to join this monthly gathering to sing songs from the various branches of American folk music.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. 794-6250. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Wilco: The Ark.

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Founded in 1995 by singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy after the demise of his seminal roots-rock/alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Wilco has released 10 CDs--including the brand-new Ode to Joy--that have steadily absorbed an invigorating range of rock, pop, folk, and even R&B stylings without compromising the underlying country-rock pulse, alternately rousing and haunting, of its music. Opener: Deep Sea Diver, a Seattle indie rock quartet led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jessica Dobson.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $35-$55 in advance at theark.org, MUTO Underground (at the Michigan League), and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


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Wednesday


November 2019
 7-9 p.m. 

Katie Dahl and Mark Dvorak.

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Double bill. Dahl is a highly regarded Wisconsin singer-songwriter with a powerful alto voice. Dvorak is a Chicago folk singer, a former member of Weavermania with a warm, engaging stage manner who accompanies himself on guitar and banjo.
7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Bob Dylan & His Band: Live Nation.

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Enough said.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $59.50-$125. In advance & at the door). events.umich.edu/event/66624. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Ida Mae.

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The British acoustic duo of Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean adds contemporary atmospherics and a bit of grunge to a sound rooted in Americana and Delta blues. Opener is Bay Area songwriter Logan Ledger.
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) and the ark.org, and at the door. [map]


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Thursday


November 2019
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Nov. 7, 14, & 21. Performances by area musicians. Nov. 7: Jazz and contemporary classical music by the WindSong Woodwind Quintet. Nov. 14: 1930s-style swing jazz by Ray Kamalay & His Red Hot Peppers. Nov. 21: Guitarist Jake Reichbart plays while Gifts of Art representatives Elaine Reed and Jessica Butts lead a "gratitude card" activity.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

The Glen Leven Band live at Regents Field Sports Bar.

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Ann Arbor's rocking Irish/roots/rockabilly band The Glen Leven Band is taking the fun indoors this week at the new Regents Field Sports Bar at 204 S. Main in downtown Ann Arbor. Join the band for songs about Michigan, songs about beer, songs about Michigan beer, and tunes of all manner from 18th Century Irish airs to songs written last week about politics and car troubles. Jerry Hancock on bass; Kevin Devine on guitar, accordion and vocals; Brent Oeschger on percussion; and Dave McDaniel on vocals and lead guitar.
Regents Field Sports Bar, 204 S. Main Street. Free. 734-800-4143. info@regentsfield.com www.regentsfield.com [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Lynryd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of one of the last shows by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the iconic classic rock band best known for the hits "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird."
7 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). $15 & $17 in advance at fathomevents.com/events. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 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. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The California Honeydrops.

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Oakland (CA) party band, led by singer, guitarist, and trumpeter Lech Wierzynski, whose music is a rambunctious confection of R&B, funk, Memphis soul, country blues, and New Orleans second-line. Opener: Javier Matos, a Minneapolis-based blues singer and slide guitar virtuoso.
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) and the ark.org, and at the door. [map]


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Friday


November 2019
 8 p.m. 

Dick Siegel: The Ark.

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This veteran local singer-songwriter is an immensely gifted and versatile composer whose songs offer all sorts of immediate musical and lyrical pleasures, both serious and comic, as well as a resonant staying power. His live repertoire features material from his nationally acclaimed 2002 CD A Little Pain Never Hurts, early hits like "Angelo's" and "When the Sumac Is on Fire"-one of the best songs about Michigan ever written-and new songs.
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) and the ark.org, and at the door. [map]


 8-11 p.m. 

Michael & Peter Formanek Duo.

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Sets at 8pm and 9:30pm
Michael Formanek (Double Bass) and Peter Formanek (Saxophones, Clarinets, and Flute) have been making music and improvising together for more than 20 years. In 2019 they will bring the duo on tour for the first time, starting this Fall in the eastern and mid-western United States. Michael Formanek plays the double bass and has been part of the New York jazz and improvised music scene for many years. Peter Formanek is a multi instrumentalist playing all of the saxophones, clarinets, and flute, and has lived in the Detroit Area since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2017. The duo will perform music composed by each member, as well as improvised pieces and the occasional standard tune.
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $10 to $15 (suggested). 734-221-3961. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Spontaneous Jammers @ The Zal Gaz Grotto Club: The Spontaneous Jammers.

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Come on out to the Zal Gaz Grotto Club on Nov 8 from 8-11pm and dance to Rock n' Roll music by the Spontaneous Jammers! Cover $5; food and drink available for purchase.
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $5. 7344173057. jmcnally@comcast.net https://www.facebook.com/The-Spontaneous-Jammers-2731354507091369/?modal=admin_todo_tour [map]



 8 p.m. 

The Flatlanders: The Ark.

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Acoustic performance by the celebrated trio of Texas singer-songwriters Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock, who broke up in the mid-70s before reuniting at the beginning of the 90s. Their sole early recording, More a Legend than a Band, unreleased until 1990, featured a blend of tough-minded, wild-mannered lyricism and country-folk elegance that established the standard and opened a future for the motley splendor known as alt-country. Each member is an exceptional songwriter in his own right, but the secret of the band's appeal is in the serendipitous chemistry that unites 3 very different voices and sensibilities-Gilmore's folk-country Zen, Ely's punk honky-tonk, and Hancock's Dylanesque balladry.
8 p.m., 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 the ark.org, and at the door. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Willy Porter.

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Pop-folk singer-songwriter from Milwaukee whose music blends roots-pop with elements of funk and country, and whose songs span a wide range of moods, from the trucker-inspired "Jesus on the Grille" and the girl-in-the-diner ode "Glow" to the erotic mysticism of "Watercolor," all accompanied by his intricately virtuosic acoustic guitar playing. Porter's latest CD, Bonfire to Ash, is a collection of songs exploring themes of human connection.
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) and the ark.org, and at the door. [map]


 8 p.m. 

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

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This New England-based quartet sings 4-part vocal harmonies, with occasional banjo and mouth harp accompaniment. They specialize in world folk music, and its latest album, Song of the Times, is a collection of 400 years of music from working class and labor rights movements in the U.S. & U.K. Folk musicologist Mary DesRosiers acclaims Windborne for "the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements."
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 662-4536. [map]


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Saturday


November 2019
 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Synth Expo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Synthesizer performances, hands-on activities, and a chance to try one of the synths from the AADL's Music Tools collection. Synth makers and sellers on hand for consultations.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 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. 

Candlelight Dinner Concert with Herbie Russ: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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If you watched America's Got Talent last year, you got to see just how awesome Herbie Russ is! And, he's coming home to Lone Oak on this date!! His amazing skills on the sax, coupled with an incredibly soulful voice make for a combination of epic proportions. He has the growl of Joe Cocker and the soul of Ray Charles. This show is a "do not miss".
There are only 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. $40 per person includes dinner and show. Menu: TBA
www.herbieruss.com
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $40. 517-522-8167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.herbieruss.com [map]



 8 p.m. 

Accidentally Hip: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Detroit-area big band performs a set of swing tunes. With vocalist Courtney Riddle, alto sax Dave Maki, tenor sax Terry Dangerfield, bari sax Mike Campbell, trumpeter Ryan Dolan, trombonist Matt Martinez, pianist Ryan Lewis, bassist Michael Rais, and drummer Billy Harrington.
Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com; reservations recommended. 769-2999.
 


 8-10 p.m. 

West Park Music Society: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Café 704.

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Local dance band whose music mixes jazz, Latin, and pop, plays original songs and quirky arrangements of classic tunes.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]


 8-11 p.m. 

Michael Formanek, Peter Formanek, Andrew Bishop, David Alvarez.

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Sets at 8pm and 9:30pm
This will be a very special night of music!! The Formanek/Formanek Duo will be joined by the fantastic local up-and-coming drummer David Alvarez III on drums as well as Peter's mentor and more recently, musical collaborator Andrew Bishop on saxophones/woodwinds.
Michael Formanek (Double Bass) and Peter Formanek (Saxophones, Clarinets, and Flute) have been making music and improvising together for more than 20 years. In 2019 they will bring the duo on tour for the first time, starting this Fall in the eastern and mid-western United States. Michael Formanek plays the double bass and has been part of the New York jazz and improvised music scene for many years. Peter Formanek is a multi instrumentalist playing all of the saxophones, clarinets, and flute, and has lived in the Detroit Area since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2017. The duo will perform music composed by each member, as well as improvised pieces and the occasio
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $10-15 (suggested). 734-221-3961. [map]



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Sunday


November 2019
 2 p.m. 

Bill Lucas: Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M jazz trumpet professor Lucas performs straight-ahead jazz in an ensemble with by pianist Phil Kelley, bassist Paul Keller, and drummer Pete Siers.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com; reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Jacob Warren: First United Methodist Church Green Wood Chamber Music Series.

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This local versatile jazz bassist performs a program TBA.
FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Free. 662-4536. [map]





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