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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of March 23, 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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Tuesday


March 2020
 7-9 p.m. (canceled)  Online 

"Bluegrass Jam Circle": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Aug. 11 & 25. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
For location and other updates see a2bluGrass.com. Price TBA.


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Thursday


March 2020
 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Virtual Comhaltas.

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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.
For meeting URL email Contact@DetroitIrishMusic.org. Free. Facebook.com/DetroitIMA.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Monday


March 2020
 1:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Music for Trombones": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concerts.

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Trombonists Donald Babcock (A2SO) and Randy Hawes (DSO) are joined by U-M piano professor Kathryn Goodson in a program TBA.
1:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Tickets $10 in advance at a2so.com & the A2SO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100). 994-4801. [map]


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Tuesday


March 2020
 7-9 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: New Horizons Band Rehearsal.

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Every Tues. All musicians invited to join this 60-member senior band. Bring a band instrument. Beginners welcome.
7-9 p.m., Liberty School band room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 276-6285. [map]


 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "String Fling Concert": Saline High School.

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Performances by students in grades 5-12, including the SHS Symphony Orchestra. Also, the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, a renowned touring student fiddle ensemble that plays bluegrass and high-energy American folk.
7 p.m., SHS Gym, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Free. 401-4216. [map]


 7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Jazz at the J with David Bennett": Jewish Community Center.

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Jazz standards from a local trio led by clarinetist Bennett. With drummer Pete Siers and pianist Cliff Monear.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $12 (members, $10) in advance on JCCannArbor.org or at the door. 971-0990. [map]


 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Joe Nolan: The Ark.

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Edmonton, Alberta, songwriter with a powerful rock voice who has opened for Melissa Etheridge, Todd Snider, and Wilco, among others. He calls his latest album, Cry Baby, "a trip through melancholic madness, touching on darkness & depression, broken relationships & endless booze-fueled evenings."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free (nonperishable food donations accepted for Food Gatherers). [map]


 8 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: U-M Arts Chorale.

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This choir of non-music majors performs a program TBA.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Wednesday


March 2020
 4:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Campus Jazz Concert": U-M School of Music.

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Program TBA.
4:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Voice Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Voice students of professor Stephen West perform their latest repertoire, from classics to musical theater. One half of the studio will sing on March 25th, the other half on April 8th.
4:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 5:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Company C Unplugged": Chelsea High School.

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Song & dance revue by this popular Chelsea High show choir, led by new Company C directors Katie Falk & Alex Stacy, that includes solos, small groups, and big production numbers.
CHS commons, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $15 (seniors & kids, $10) in advance by emailing ChelseaCoCtickets@gmail.com. [map]


 7-8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Celebrating the Glittering Palaces of Detroit with the Pam Jaslove Trio": Chelsea District Library.

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A jazz trio led by area singer Pam Jaslove presents popular 1920s Jazz Age songs & stories about them.
CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Choral Cavalcade": Huron High School.

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Performances by the Clague and Scarlett middle school choirs and the Huron choir.
7:30 p.m., HHS Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. $5. 994-2040. [map]


 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Alejandro Escovedo: The Ark.

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The founder of the seminal 80s cowpunk band Rank and File and No Depression magazine's 1990s Artist of the Decade, celebrated Austin-based roots-rock singer-songwriter Escovedo specializes in songs and ballads about moments of crisis and insight in ordinary lives, and his music is known for its blend of earthy emotional power and stylistic flexibility. "Musically, Alejandro Escovedo is in his own genre," says veteran Rolling Stone critic David Fricke. "[He's] a folk-blues classicist with a gritty, plaintive voice and an equal fondness for dirty boogie and spectral balladry." For this show, Escovedo showcases songs in Spanish from his latest album, The Crossing, a narrative recounting the experiences of two punk-loving Italian and Mexican migrants in the U.S.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]



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Thursday


March 2020
 Noon-1 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs. Live music performances. Mar. 5: Jazz by the local Ingrid Racine Trio. Mar. 12: St. Patrick's Day program of Irish music by the area Big Fun Trio. Mar. 19: Instrumental music by U-M music majors. Mar. 26: Chamber works by the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Ensemble.
Noon-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-2787. [map]


 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various high school student ensembles.

Canceled: Mar. 14 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Mar. 26: Jazz Band Concert.

Apr. 29: Band, Orchestra, & Choir Concerto Concert.

May 19: Band & Orchestra Concert.
CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. 433-2201. [map]


 8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Jazz Lab Ensemble": U-M School of Music.

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Jazz professor Dennis Wilson conducts music students in jazz works TBA.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Jen Sygit: The Ark.

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Lansing singer-songwriter Sygit (rhymes with "dig it") carries forward influences from Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin, Bonnie Raitt, and Lucinda Williams. She has a new album, It's About Time, produced by Jack White bassist Dominic John Davis.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


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Friday


March 2020
 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

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]



 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Stephen Bishop: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This acclaimed pop-folk and soft-rock singer-songwriter shot to the top of the charts in the 70s with the hit "On and On," and penned hits for Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, & others. He also had a cameo as an aspiring folk singer in the 1978 film Animal House and wrote the theme for the 1982 film Tootsie.
FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Tickets $20 in advance at EventBrite.com and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


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Saturday


March 2020
 7:30 p.m. (Canceled)(Postponed)  Free! 

Canceled: "4th Annual, USA Festival": Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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This showcase of local a cappella vocal groups features performances by the Boychoir of Ann Arbor, the Huron Valley Harmonizers barbershop chorus, U-M Jewish student ensemble Kol HaKavod, the Fabulous Silvertones (formerly The Generation Gap), the Out Loud Chorus quartet Queertet, & the award-winning Harmonizers quartet Chordiology. Followed by an open mic.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Free, donations accepted. aCappellaCityUSA.com. [map]


 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Blacksmith Shop Concert.: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.

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Live music. Mar. 28: CutTime Simfonica. Classical and symphonic music TBA by this string & percussion ensemble of Detroit Symphony Orchestra members. Apr. 25: Working Class Tuba Quartet. Joyous brass selections TBA performed by this local ensemble of trombonist George Thompson and tuba players Vincent Humphrey, William Pemberton, & Michigan Chamber Brass director Michael Grant. May 30: The Raisin Pickers. Old-time jug band dance music, western swing, and newgrass by this Manchester-based string quintet.
7:30 p.m., Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main, Manchester. Tickets $20 in advance at EventBrite.com. 223-6876. [map]


 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Billy King: Rancho Tranquilico.

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House concert. Pop-folk with roots-rock and country swing flavors by this talented veteran local singer-songwriter-guitarist. BYOB and a small folding chair. Water & cookies available.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), 11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $20 in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com & (if available) at the door. blonik13@aol.com, 223-2321. [map]


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Sunday


March 2020
 1 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Gemini: The Ark.

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Family concert by this veteran local acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits who recently celebrated their 70th birthdays. They offer sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about life's simple pleasures, performed on more than a dozen instruments.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (muto.umich.edu) and TheArk.org, & at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 1-2 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Jury Duty: UMMA Pop Up.

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Original compositions by this U-M music student jazz quartet.
1-2 p.m., UMMA. Free. 764-0395.


 2 p.m. (canceled) 

Canceled "Tears at the Happy Hour: The Songs of William Bolcom": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Soprano Rayanne Dupuis and pianist Guy Livingston perform Poèmes libres de droits, a new song cycle by this Pulitzer-winning local composer, a U-M music professor emeritus whose music blurs the lines between cabaret, classical, musical theater, and country. The work is a setting of poems by the pioneering French modernist Guillaume Apollinaire.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com & at the door. 769-2999. [map]
 


 2 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Small ensembles drawn from this 80-member band perform works in a wide variety of genres.
2 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free, donations accepted. WCCband.org. [map]


 6 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Songwriters in the Round": On the Tracks: Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by veteran folk-rocker Scott Fab, Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Audra Kubat, sultry-voiced country-rocker Julianne Ankley, and David Rossiter, frontman of the classy local alt-country ensemble Hoodang.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 12 Jackson, Chelsea or online; for status updates, check OnTheTracksChelsea.com. $15 suggested donation. 330-5226. [map]


 7 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Digital Music Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Stephen Rush conducts this music student ensemble in a performance of its original score for Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis, accompanied by a screening of the film.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: The Third Place Concert Series: Bløm Meadworks.

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Contemporary classical music by a local ensemble TBA.
7-8:30 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. 4th Ave. Free. facebook.com/TheThirdPlaceConcertSeries, 548-9729. [map]


 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: House of Hamill: The Ark.

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Philadelphia folk-based acoustic roots music duo of 2 singer-fiddlers who met when their regular bands shared a stage, Brian Buchanan of Enter the Haggis and Rose Baldino of Burning Bridget Cleary. Their unpredictable repertoire includes all-violin versions of such songs as "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "Take on Me."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Small Jazz Ensembles: U-M School of Music.

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Mar. 29 & 30. Music student ensembles perform original compositions and jazz standards.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]






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