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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of January 13, 2020

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


January 2020
 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 13-Apr. 20 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]


 7:30-9:30 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


January 2020
 7-9 p.m. 

"Bluegrass Jam Circle": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
1320 Baldwin Ave. $5 fee to cover building rental. a2bluegrass.com, 794-6250. [map]


 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Pub Sing": Ann Arbor Morris.

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Local Morris dancers lead an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs.
7-10 p.m., Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium. Free, food & drinks for sale. (908) 721-2599. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Gerald Cleaver's Violet Hours: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by a jazz ensemble led by Detroit jazz drummer-composer Cleaver.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

G. Love & Special Sauce: The Ark.

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This band has been around since the early 1990s, when they came on the scene in Philadelphia with a loose, spontaneous mix of sounds that treated the hip-hop, R&B, and grunge conventions of the day with total creative freedom. Since then they've released numerous albums (plus several G. Love solo efforts), all with a different musical mix, but all with the same effortless sense of fun and way of combining old and new sounds. They come to Michigan with a new album, The Juice Glove. Opener: Shamarr Allen, a trumpeter-vocalist from New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $40 (VIP, $99.) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Vancouver-based guitarist Grdina, who is known for avant-garde jazz and free form improvisation, contemporary indie rock, and classical Arabic music, joins NYC pianist Matt Mitchell and NYC drummer Jim Black to perform rock, free jazz, and modern classical compositions by Grdina.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$30 in advance at a2tix.com. 769-2999. [map]
 


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Wednesday


January 2020
 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Music Jam: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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A session of reels and jigs in various genres, led by the Pittsfield Open Band. All acoustic musicians invited. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
7-9 p.m., Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti. Free. 355-9752. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Small Glories: The Ark.

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New duo from Winnipeg's always vital folk scene. JD Edwards and Cara Luft (formerly of the Wailin' Jennys) offer soaring, anthemic melodies underlaid by combinations of clawhammer banjo, guitar, and harmonica. "Perhaps The Small Glories need to rename themselves," says No Depression in response to their CD Assiniboine & The Red, "the songs on this album are certainly large and wash over us with a powerful beauty that pulls at our hearts."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


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Thursday


January 2020
 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Gifts of Art Concert Series": U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Jan. 2: Old time piano music by Choctaw artist Jerry Perrine. Jan. 9: Plucky acoustic songs by bluegrass duo Huron Ridge. Jan. 16: MLK-inspired program of classical works by the Grosse Ile Quintet. Jan. 23: Blues & boogie-woogie by singer-pianist Mr. B and percussionist Pete Siers. Jan. 30: Show tunes and cabaret songs by The Two Tenors, the duo of Jeffrey Willets and Jay Kaplan.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-2787. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Gaelynn Lea: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this indie-folk singer-songwriter, violinist, and disability activist, who performs Celtic-inspired songs from her electric wheelchair, accompanying herself on electric violin and a looping pedal.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [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. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Aaron Jonah Lewis: The Ark.

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Acclaimed Detroit-based multi-instrumentalist. The Corn Potato String Band fiddler, he's also appeared on recordings of everything bluegrass and old-time to jazz and Turkish classical music. His new CD, Mozart of the Banjo, features the music of British banjoist Joe Morley.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


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Friday


January 2020
 7:30 p.m. 

"FutureStars 2019": Pioneer High School.

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Jan. 17, 18, & 25 (different programs). AAPS high school students sing, dance, rap, and more in this multi-day variety talent show. A panel of judges and the audience determine the winners, who compete in the Jan. 25 finale. All ages welcome. This is a very popular show.
7:30 p.m., PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. 994-2120. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

Glen Phillips & Chris Barron: The Ark.

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Double bill of famed alternative rock frontmen performing solo. The former lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Phillips is known for writing guitar-propelled anthems that blend a winning melodicism with an introspective, sometimes wry thoughtfulness. Allmusic.com describes his music as "a quiet storm that dutifully blends Cat Stevens' confident huskiness and Jackson Browne's weary but warm observer of all things broken." Barron, of the Spin Doctors, has released occasional solo albums; Glide magazine describes his latest, Angels & One-Armed Jugglers, as "a rather meandering journey through 11 originals, that touch on jazz, blues, Broadway, and solo performance."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sean Dobbins & Vincent Chandler": Kerrytown Concert House Jazz Masters Series.

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Detroit-based drummer Dobbins is joined by trombonist and fellow WSU jazz professor Chandler.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. 769-2999. [map]
 


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Saturday


January 2020
 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every 1st & 3rd Sat. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. If you have them, bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"FutureStars 2019": Pioneer High School.

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Jan. 17, 18, & 25 (different programs). AAPS high school students sing, dance, rap, and more in this multi-day variety talent show. A panel of judges and the audience determine the winners, who compete in the Jan. 25 finale. All ages welcome. This is a very popular show.
7:30 p.m., PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. 994-2120. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

Annual Collage Concert: U-M School of Music.

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U-M music students perform an hour of nonstop music in a wide range of contrasting styles. Classical, jazz, big band, vocal, and pop ensembles and soloists segue rapidly from one idiom to the next. This is one of the music school's most popular events.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $28 & $34 (students with ID, $13), in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

K Michael Joseph, singer, plays to the Ypsi Alehouse crowd: Ypsi Alehouse.

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K Michael Joseph, Ann Arbor award-winning musician, will feature his list of sensual songs, intended to warm up those special memory-making moments in your life in this return engagement to Ypsilanti's most popular Saturday night spot.
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Michael is a solo artist who specializes in unique, lyrical soundscapes on the subjects of seduction, love's passions; and social justice.
He continues to entertain friends and fans with sultry songs about his favorite topic -- a call to Love -- perfect -- as winter's chill closes in!
The music of K Michael Joseph, as singles and his two albums, "Compel Me" and "Siren" are available on all upload and streaming platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify.
Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 218-3313. MichaelJ@KMichaelJoseph.com www.KMichaelJoseph.com [map]



 8 p.m. 

Planet D: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This award-winning Detroit ensemble, a self-styled "space-age swing band" founded by drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O'Donnell, presents "Crescent City Meets Kansas City," a program of vintage swing & jazz music featuring songs by New Orleans singer-songwriter and banjo/guitar player Danny Barker, Kansas City-based jazz composer and electric guitar pioneer Eddie Durham, and Kansas City blues stylist Julia Lee.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. 769-2999. [map]
 



 8 p.m. 

"The Andrew Collins Trio": Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Two-time winners of the Canadian Folk Music Awards "Instrumental Group of the Year," this Toronto-based string trio led by mandolin virtuoso Collins plays what an R2 Magazine writer calls "raw and grooving bluegrass music [with] the grace and sophistication of a classical string quartet."
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [map]


 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Salmagundi: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Local Motown and Memphis Soul Tribute Band Salmagundi brings their horn-driven dance music to Bel-Mark Lanes Lounge. Celebrating their 50th Anniversary with classic Motown dance music. Features vocalist Sheila Rhodes. Dancing encouraged!
Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Road. Free. 734-994-8433. karldiez@yahoo.com www.facebook.com/aasalmagundi [map]


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Sunday


January 2020
 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Evening Rhythm Club: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K.).

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During the 1920s and early 1930s, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington both used this band's 10-piece instrumentation, mixing the free-wheeling rhythm of New Orleans jazz with smooth, pre-Swing big-band arranging. Since the passing of Jim Dapogny, tubaist/trombonist Chris Smith continues to lead PORK on 1st & 3rd Sundays. Working from Jim's extensive library, PORK plays early big-band music, pop standards (including Irving Berlin and George Gershwin) and hot jazz for listening or dancing. Cash cover at the door. Cash or cards for food & drink.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. 734/663-1202. cdsmith68@gmail.com or jamesdapognymusic@gmail.com [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Jan. 12 & 26 Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. 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. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, a session for songwriters (Jan. 19, Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr.) to try out new work and get feedback.
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. 

The Timbre of Cedar: The Ark.

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Versatile suburban Detroit indie rock quintet led by Marrissa Parham, a singer-songwriter noted for her strong vocals and soulful lyrics. They have a new album, What If Love.
7:30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]






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