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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of February 22, 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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February 2021
 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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, no experience playing Scandinavian music necessary.
7:30-9:30 p.m., for URL email Free. (908) 721-2599. [map]



February 2021
 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Louis Lessons": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Lecture-concert by popular local pianist Louis Nagel, a retired U-M music professor. Livestream from KCH.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]



February 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



February 2021
 5 p.m.  Free! 

DJ Fresh Myint & Basil Babe in YORK's Yard: YORK Food + Drink.

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She's DJ-ed for some of the biggest crowds in Ann Arbor in the Big House, spins incredible tunes for UM sports, and has made countless weddings a night to remember. We're so lucky to host DJ Fresh Myint in the Yard on 2/27! Complementing this live DJ event will be Basil Babe: a local chef specializing in hand-wrapped dumplings, highlighting flavors from all over Asia.
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard. Free. 7346620798. [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

Sean Dobbins Trio: Blue Llama Jazz Club.

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Livestreamed 75-minute performance by a jazz ensemble led by this widely acclaimed drummer, a longtime stalwart of the local music scene who is now also an Indiana University music professor. With organ virtuoso Gerard Gibbs and saxophonist Diego Rivera.
7 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20/individual, $30/group) see

 7:30 p.m.  Online 

Pan-African Youth Orchestra: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Blacksmith Shop Concerts.

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Performance by this acclaimed ensemble, founded in Ghana, whose repertoire features works by its creator and director Nana Danso Abiam.
For URL and tickets ($0-$100 sliding scale), see

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The RFD Boys: The Ark Family Room Series.

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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.
Online at Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.

  9 p.m.  Online 

Holly Near: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Rare club appearance by this veteran feminist singer-songwriter, a longtime Ark favorite who sings in a rich, controlled soprano and with a commanding presence that recalls Joan Baez at her peak. Her feminism is the cornerstone of a wide-ranging social and political intelligence, and her provocative lyrics also usually display an engagingly unpredictable humor.
For URL and tickets (price TBA), see



February 2021
 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

George Winston: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Solo acoustic concert by this Grammy-winning pianist. He is best known for the soothingly melodic, impressionistic compositions heard on his Windham Hill recordings, but Winston is also an accomplished stride and R&B player. His live shows usually draw on both sides of his musical personality.
For livestream URL see Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.

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