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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of April 5, 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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Monday


April 2021
 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Antje Duvekot: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Highly regarded German American singer-songwriter from Boston known for her hushed, conversational singing and darkly resonant, introspectively personal ballads. "Her songs feel at once fresh faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice," says the Boston Globe in its review of her 2014 CD, New Siberia. "She believes in the redemptive power of the shared secret; and is utterly unafraid to mine the darkest corners of her life for songs that turn fear into resilience and isolation into community."
8 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free. 761-1451.



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Tuesday


April 2021
 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Songwriters Open Mike: Oz's Music Environment.

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All musicians invited to play originals at this open mic, hosted by Jim Novak, that's now in its 25th year. Listeners welcome.
For URL preregister at MeetUp.com/Ozs-Music-Songwriters-Open-Mic. Free. JimNovakMusic@gmail.com.


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Wednesday


April 2021
 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Heather Pierson: On The Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performance by this singer-songwriter-pianist whose repertoire moves freely between Americana, blues, vocal chants, jazz, and folk.
Online at Facebook.com/OnTheTracksSongwriterShowcase.com. Free, donations appreciated. 330-5226. OnTheTracksSS@gmail.com.


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Thursday


April 2021
 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Antje Duvekot: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Highly regarded German American singer-songwriter from Boston known for her hushed, conversational singing and darkly resonant, introspectively personal ballads. "Her songs feel at once fresh faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice," says the Boston Globe in its review of her 2014 CD, New Siberia. "She believes in the redemptive power of the shared secret; and is utterly unafraid to mine the darkest corners of her life for songs that turn fear into resilience and isolation into community."
Online at Facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free. 761-1451.


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Saturday


April 2021
 3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Know Obstacles: Oz's Music Environment.

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All invited to play instruments, sing songs, and tell jokes with members of this band for kids and adults with special needs. Spectators welcome.
For URL see bit.ly/ozkidsopenmic. Free. 662-8283.


 7 & 8:30 p.m.  Online 

Diego Rivera Quartet: Blue Llama Jazz Club.

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Jazz ensemble led by this MSU music professor, a saxophonist-composer known for his muscular tone and blending of straight-ahead jazz with music inspired by his Latino heritage. Tonight he celebrates the release of his new CD, Indigenous. With pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Jonathan Muir-Cotton, and drummer Michael Reed.
6-11 p.m., Blue Llama, 314 S. Main. Tickets $125 ( includes a tasting menu curated by Blue Llama executive chef Louis Goral) in advance at bluellamaclub.com/events/. Livestream access to the 8:30 p.m. show $15 (group, $25) in advance at boxoffice.mandolin.com/collections/diego-rivera-quartet-blue-llama-jazz-club-4-10-2021. 372-3200. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Nothing Goofy: Disney Classics Through the Looking Glass of Jazz": Kerrytown Concert House Saturday Night's a-Live @ The 415.

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Jazzy renditions of classic Disney arrangements from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Mulan, and more by the Bickley Kramer Trio, a local ensemble with bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe.
Online at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Free, but donations accepted. [map]


 8 p.m.  Online 

Sari Brown: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704.

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Performance by Brown, a local singer-songwriter who writes reverent yet unconventional spirituals, late-night traveling songs, and folk-style story songs with poetic lyrics and a strong political sensibility.
For URL & tickets ($10) see InterfaithSpirit.org/events/cafe-704-coffeehouse. 327-0270.


 8 p.m.  Online 

Tom Paxton & the Don Juans: The Ark.

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One of the first singer-songwriters to emerge from the 60s folk revival, Paxton, although he claims to be in "semi-retirement," is still as prolific and popular, as pertinent and impertinent, as ever. Tonight he's joined on stage by the Don Juans, the Grammy-winning Nashville singer-songwriter duo of Don Henry and Jon Vezner. Followed by a Q&A.
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20 per person, $30 per household), see crowdcast.io/e/paxtondjarkapr18/register. 761-1451.



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Sunday


April 2021
 7 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Breathe with the Wind: Sound Ceremonies": U-M Music School.

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Apr. 11-18. U-M music grad Akari Komura presents her thesis project, a site-specific sound installation featuring wind chimes and wooden disks accompanied by written instructions encouraging meditative breathing and awareness of the wind and the rest of nature. Also, from 2-3 p.m. on April 11 and 18 only, 10 student and alumni musicians perform Komura's original acoustic composition while strolling the green. Bring a blanket or chair, if you'd like. Mask required.
Thurston Nature Center, 2398 Yorktown Dr. Free. akarikomura96@gmail.com. [map]



 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Gemily: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Family concert by the veteran local acoustic duo Gemini with twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits-who recently celebrated their 72th birthdays-and Sandorfs violinist daughter Emily. They offer sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about lifefs simple pleasures, performed on more than a dozen instruments.
1 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free; donations accepted for Food Gatherers. 761-1451.



 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Open Mic.

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Musicians of all ability levels and ages 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.
For online meeting URL preregister at MeetUp.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 973-7791.


 8 p.m. 

Andrew Bird's Performance Now: The Ark Livestream Series.

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A former violinist with the swing revival outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers, Bird sets his dark, moody, insighftul lyrics to music that draws on a variety of disparate styles, from Gypsy jazz to country-folk, to create gorgeously ghostly musical landscapes that one critic called "an unholy mating of Django Reinhardt and Tom Waits." Opening act is Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman Jimbo Mathus.
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20), see sessionslive.com/andrewbird/tickets?network=theark&meta1=business. 761-1451.





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