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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of January 18, 2021

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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January 2021
 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

San and Emily Slomovits.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. Multi-instrumentalist San (best known as half of the popular family-friendly duo Gemini) and his vocalist-violinist daughter Emily perform livestream folk music geared towards kids (Mon.) and adults (Thurs.).
Online at (Mon) and (Thurs). Free, but donations for Food Gatherers or a social or racial justice-oriented organization accepted.



January 2021
 7 p.m.  Online 

"Jazz at the Lincoln Center's Swing University: Jazz as a Tool for Liberation": University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Every Wed. JALC education resources and public programs director Seton Hawkins leads a 4-week lecture-discussion series that explores jazz through a social justice lens. Guest artists TBA. It is a sequential series, but each talk can be viewed as a standalone event.

Jan. 6: "New Orleans and the Birth of Jazz."

Jan. 13: "Chicago and the Spread of Jazz."

Jan. 20: "New York and the Big Bands."

Jan. 27: "Detroit Before Motown."
online at $10 per week (students, $5), for the 4-week lecture series, $30. 764-2538.

 9 p.m.  Online 

John Doe: The Ark Livestream Series.

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The former frontman of the legendary L.A. punk band X, Doe is a versatile singer-songwriter whose songs mix and match folk, country, rock, punk, and pop genres. His describes latest (2016) CD, The Westerner, as a "psychedelic soul record from the Arizona desert." For tonight's show, a solo performance from the Cactus Café in Austin, Dow promises "play as many requests as I can remember & fit into 75+ minutes."
9 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20), see



January 2021
 5 p.m.  Online 

Rufus Wainwright: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Every Fri. (except Mar. 5) through Mar. 26, and Mar. 4. The son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, this acclaimed young singer-songwriter specializes in lush, piano-based neocabaret pop ballads that he sings in what Rolling Stone calls "a rough-silk voice [that] sounds like a worn, inebriated diva sweeping down a staircase." These concerts are part of a series of 18 weekly shows from his Laurel Canyon home in which Wainwright performs his entire studio discography in chronological order.
5 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20 in advance, $25 day of show), see

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

DJ Batz with Same Eyes: York Food + Drink.

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DJ Batz spins records. Also, Chad Pratt, a member of the local postpunk synthpop band Same Eyes, debuts a track from the band's new album, Parties to End. Copies of the album available for purchase.
6:30 p.m., York Yard (outdoors at York Food + Drink), 1928 Packard. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Jaimie Branch and Andrew Bishop: Edgefest 24 (Kerrytown Concert House).

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Double bill. Branch is a York-based trumpeter whose 2017 album, Fly or Die, has been called "stunning" by a Chicago Reader critic, who notes its "laser-sharp improvisatory exploration, ebullient melodies, and a deep feeling for groove." This is the 4th in a series of monthly concerts that constitute this year's edition of Edgefest, listed by DownBeat as one of the world's top 50 jazz/avant music festivals. Bishop is a local saxophonist and frontman of Andrew Bishop's New and Used.
Livestream at Free, donations accepted. [map]



January 2021
 7:30 p.m. 

Aaron Jonah Lewis: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Blacksmith Shop Concerts.

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Prerecorded performance by this acclaimed Detroit-based multi-instrumentalist and Corn Potato String Band fiddler. He's appeared on recordings of everything from bluegrass and old-time to jazz and Turkish classical music.
For online URL preregister at Tickets $0-$100 sliding scale.



January 2021
 4:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"All About The Trio": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ the 415 Series.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in a lecture-concert. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]

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