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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of November 11, 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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November 2019
 7-9 p.m. 

Canceled: "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]



November 2019
 8 p.m. 

Brendan James.: The Ark.

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New Hampshire-bred L.A. pop-folk singer-songwriter and pianist, known for his sly lyrics exploring the contours of modern love. After a hiatus, he has returned with a new EP, Wish You Well. Opener Pete Muller is not only a singer-songwriter but a crossword puzzlist and an investment banker.
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, and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Rising Appalachia: The Ark.

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Sold out.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. [map]



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]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Creative Arts Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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This adventurous ensemble of performing arts technology students performs improvisations. Note: limited seating.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Saxophone Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Students of U-M saxophone professor Timothy McAllister perform originals and arrangements, including Steve Reich's iconic New York Counterpoint and works by Roshanne Etezady, Lisa Nehar, Iman Habibi, Jeremy Howell, and Chen Yi. With noted soprano Kelly Ann Bixby and pianist Liz Ames.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]



November 2019
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to try kirtan, an ancient yogic spiritual practice that involves singing and chanting. Accompanied by live music on tabla, harmonium, cello, violin, and finger cymbals. The program ends with silent meditation and homemade chai.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Stone Chalet, 1917 Washtenaw. Free, but donations accepted. 476-2621. [map]

 8 p.m. 

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

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Contemporary Christian pop-rock singer-songwriter from Memphis, a fixture on Michigan's Smile-FM radio network with hits like "I Will See Angels 'Round Your Throne."
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 662-4536. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Motown at Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi.

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Ann Arbor's Motown and Memphis Soul Tribute Band Salmagundi performs classic Motown and Soul dance music from 8-11. $5 cover. Club is open to the public.
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $5. 734-663-1202. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Fats Waller's Review": Kerrytown Concert House.

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A Detroit jazz quartet led by stride pianist and vocalist Alvin Waddles plays "Honeysuckle Rose," "Ain't Misbehavin,'" "Feets Too Big," and other classic tunes by the great early jazz composer-pianist. With bassist Marion Hayden, reeds player Gene Parker, and drummer Djallo Djakate.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at; reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]



November 2019
 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Nov. 2 & 16. 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 Nov. 13, 7-9 p.m., at the Ypsi Alehouse (124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti).
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Encore Performance with Laith Al-Saadi!": Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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If you're not able to attend the show on 9/28, here is your second chance to see Laith in a most intimate setting.
In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America's hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC's "The Voice." Now he's poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world.
Laith Al-Saadi has always had the perfect combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible musical chops - honed at the University of Michigan school of music in his hometown of Ann Arbor, and on stages across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman and B.B. King.
Don't miss this opportunity to spend an up close and personal evening with Laith Al-Saadi in this intimate, 42 seat venue. Reservations are a must. Just you, and Laith, and his guitar...
Menu TBA. $90 per person includes dinner and show.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $90. 517-522-8167. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

A Day to Remember: Live Nation.

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This Florida-based band blends metalcore with pop punk to create what an AllMusic critic calls "pop-mosh." Openers: hardcore punk bands I Prevail from Southfield & Beartooth from Columbus.
EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. $49.50-$63.50 in advance at and at the door. 478-2822. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Anne Erlewine and Kat Steih at Ziggy's: Kat Steih.

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Anne Erlewine is joined by Ryan Gimpert, Gregory McIntosh and Jason Berthold to debut songs from her recent release "Over the Bones".
"As a writer, Anne's music stretches into territory that's both strange and familiar. The turns are never where you remember even though you've drawn a bead on their landmarks; it makes the musical arrival evoke in you an equivalent freedom to feel, her vulnerability plows a path for yours."
- Christian Bathgate
Kat Steih is joined by the Crossed Lines to present her new album "Hymns of the Huron" (produced at Willis Sound, released September 2019.)
Kat Steih is an artist, musician, and educator with a philosophy of using improvisation to express the "emotion of the moment." She is an accomplished vocalist, sound designer, and composer, who has performed throughout the United States and world-wide, with a focus on free, pow
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. $7. 734 255 6346. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Bailey Bryan: The Ark.

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The music of this rising country singer from Washington state incorporates a variety of influences from hip-hop to reggae and teen pop. One of CMT's Next Women of Country for 2018, she's toured with Kane Brown, and Jon Caramanca of the New York Times writes that she's "on a mission to rebuild country stardom with parts gathered far and wide."
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, and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Djangophonique: Rancho Tranquilico.

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House concert by this local ensemble led by guitarist Andrew Brown that plays music inspired by the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. BYOB and a small folding chair (not a stadium or camp chair). Water & cookies provided. Note: Shoes not allowed indoors; bring slippers, if you wish.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Rancho Tranquilico, 11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Tickets $15 in advance at and (if available) at the door. Park on the right side of the driveway, perpendicular., 223-2321. [map]

 8-11 p.m.  Free! 

Jam at the Elks.

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Drummer Jim Zamberlan and his trio host a jam session that welcomes professional musicians and serious amateurs.
No Cover.
For bar, cash only
Elks Pratt Lodge, 220 Sunset Road. Free. (734) 761-7172. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Kittel & Co.: The Ark.

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Contemporary string quintet led by nationally known local fiddle virtuoso Jeremy Kittel, a U-M music school jazz grad who played for 5 years with the Turtle Island String Quartet. His extremely eclectic repertoire ranges from Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton fiddle tunes to jazz, bluegrass, traditional Appalachian tunes, and originals that draw on all these genres. Earmilk calls Whorls, his latest album, "a stunning melting pot of classical and folk music." His all-star band includes hammered dulcimer player Simon Chrisman, guitarist Quinn Bachand, mandolinist Joshua Pinkham, and cellist Nathaniel Smith. Opener: Royal Wood, an acclaimed Canadian pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his finely crafted 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, and at the door. [map]



November 2019
 1 p.m. 

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo: The Ark.

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This Grammy-winning Asheville-based kid-friendly hip-hop ensemble performs songs about love, struggle, dreams, fear, and learning to become oneself--with lyrics that "employ a larger vocabulary than what is currently heard on mainstream radio for grown ups."
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 (age 12 & under, $12) in advance at, MUTO Underground (at the Michigan League), and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]

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