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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of February 10, 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


February 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 instruments welcome.
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


February 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. Food & drinks available.
7-10 p.m., Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium. Free. (908) 721-2599. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Hub New Music & Hannah Lash: U-M School of Music.

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Boston-based quartet Hub New Music, comprised of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, is joined by composer-harpist Lash for the premiere of her multi-movement work The Nature of Breaking. Also, Takuma Itoh's Asynchronicity and Kati Agócs' Rogue Emoji.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Exile Follies": The Ark.

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In-the-round show with John Doe (X), Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), and Grant-Lee Phillips (Grant Lee Buffalo), all songwriters with their respective alternative bands who've come together for songwriter shows periodically since 2002. John Doe sums it up this way: "You get a solid solo set from each of us, some one-of-a-kind collaborations, plus lots of jokes and fooling around in between. Until we did this we didn't know how funny we could be, especially together. I can't wait."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



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Wednesday


February 2020
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The SteelDrivers: The Ark.

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A highly regarded quintet of veteran Nashville musicians whose fans include Vince Gill and former member Chris Stapleton, the SteelDrivers draw on country, soul, and various contemporary influences to create an intense, darkly poetic brand of traditional bluegrass. The band has a new album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35-$45 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



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Thursday


February 2020
 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport. Free. 646-7405. [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. 

Brad Phillips & the Roots Music Strings: The Ark.

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Nationally renowned Saline-bred multi-instrumental string virtuoso and whose music embraces a range of genres from old-time, bluegrass, and Celtic to jazz and pop. Phillips and his Roots Music Strings bring a new album, Breaking Free.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Mark DeGoti: U-M School of Music.

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This Auburn University trumpet professor performs a program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Friday


February 2020
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán: University Musical Society.

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Renowned modern mariachi band with a history that dates back to the 1890s. Its repertoire blends traditional mariachi music with new, innovative pieces that engage audiences, often eliciting spontaneous gritos (sing-alongs).
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $21-$61 (students, $12-$20) in advance at Tickets.UMS.org, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Will Wood's Renewal Axis & Slap Happy.

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Slap Happy is a new project created by Seattle-born, Lansing-based guitarist Kammy Yedor. This is a four-person group of guitar, piano, bass, and drums whose goal is to honor the tradition of jazz guitar quarters such as that of Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and Joe Pass while forging new ground. All four members are students at Michigan State University with one overarching goal. And that is to make music that makes people dance. Opening for Slap Happy will be saxophonist Will Wood's Renewal Axis feat feat Jordan Anderson (piano), Aidan Cafferty (bass), Jesse Kramer (drums).
Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. Donation. $5 (students)-$10 (general). 734.665.0606. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"An Evening of Sam Cooke": Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A showcase of this pioneer soul singer's music by his youngest daughter, Carla Cooke, a composer-vocalist whose style, like her father's, ranges across gospel, R&B, soul, and pop genres.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $20 in advance at EventBrite.com and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


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Saturday


February 2020
 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 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]


 7-10 p.m. 

"Safehouse Center Fundraiser - Music!"

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Come help us raise funds for Safehouse Center and enjoy this fabulous lineup of Ypsi talent! Thanks to all the ladies for participating! Ceolsige, Amy Grace, Alice Oakes, Shannon Lee, Coty Lynn, Ashlyn Zarate!! Oh what a night!
$5 pints for Ladies from 7-10! 20% of proceeds will go to Safehouse Center. Lets work together to foster a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault!
Triple Goddess Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd., Ypsilanti. $5 pints for Ladies from 7-10! 20% of proceeds will go to Safehouse Center.. (734) 277-4063. https://www.facebook.com/events/2547360392209957/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nessa: First Presbyterian Church.

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Jazz-Celtic fusion with elements of pop, folk, and chamber music by this local band led by singer-flutist Kelly McDermott, with bassist and didgeridoo player Rob Crozier, guitarist Dan Palmer, keyboardist Brian Brill, drummer Rick Beamon, and percussionist Mike List. Their recently released CD, Otherworld, celebrates powerful women.
FPC, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free, but donations accepted for Ozone House. 662-4466. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Joshua Davis: The Ark.

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Americana folk-rock originals by a trio led by former Steppin' in It frontman Davis, a finalist in the 2014-2015 season of The Voice. He brings a new album, Live at the Robin.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $30 in advance at theark.org & at the door. 761-1451. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Mavis Staples: The Ark.

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This legendary gospel, soul, and R&B diva possesses a quintessentially gospel voice that many of her peers--from Bob Dylan to Prince--have found stirring. With its trademark blend of awesome power and shimmering grace, punctuated here and there with a startling growl, her singing invokes a revelatory luminance that, in her words, will "leave people feeling better than I found them." Tonight's show is a benefit for the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church breakfast program.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $45-$150 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Mr. B's Annual Birthday Bounce": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Popular annual concert by world-renowned local blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun, an exuberant, powerful performer whose repertoire includes both boogie-woogie and blues classics, along with some originals in the same vein.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com & at the door. 769-2999. [map]
 


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Sunday


February 2020
 3:30 p.m. 

Lindsay Lou Rilko: Rancho Tranquilico.

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House concert by this Lansing-based singer-guitarist. Known for fronting the popular swing-flavored bluegrass band the Flatbellys, she recently released the CD Southland. BYOB and a small folding chair. Water & cookies available.
11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $30 in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com and (if available) at the door. blonik13@aol.com, 223-2321. [map]


 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 p.m. 

"Angélique Kidjo's Remain in Light": University Musical Society.

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Celebrated Beninese singer Kidjo performs songs from her recent album, a reinterpretation of the Talking Heads' seminal 1980 album. It emphasizes West African percussion, horn orchestrations, and languages that inspired the first Remain in Light. With guitarist Dominic James, keyboardist Etienne Stadwijk, percussionist Magatte Sow, bassist Michael Olatuja, and drummer Yayo Serka.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $31-$66 (students, $12-$20) in advance at Tickets.UMS.org, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Feb. 9 & 23 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 mic for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, a session for songwriters (Feb. 16, Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr.) to try out their new work and get critiques.
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. 

Brother Elsey: The Ark.

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Americana-tinged band of brothers from the Detroit area, via Grand Rapids. Their music ranges from delicately haunting to anthemic and inspired. Their song "Wildfire" was featured on MTV's Teen Mom OG, and they have an as-yet-untitled debut full-length album ready for release.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"My Folky Valentine": The Ark.

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In celebration of romance, Annie & Rod Capps host other Michigan musical couples. This year's guests: Jen Cass & Eric Janetsky (of The Lucky Nows) and The Springtails (Julianna & Andy Wilson).
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]







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