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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of May 3, 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


May 2021
 All day  Free!  Online 

Tunde Olaniran: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 30-May 10. Detroit video artist Oren Goldenberg directs a multimedia performance by Flint singer-songwriter Olaniran, a current UMS artist-in-residence, who describes their electronic pop music as "the lovechild of Prince, Kanye West, and Kraftwerk."
Available online all day April 30 through May 10 at ums.org/performance/ums-live-session-tunde-olaniran. Free. 764-2538.


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Tuesday


May 2021
 All day  Free!  Online 

Tunde Olaniran: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 30-May 10. Detroit video artist Oren Goldenberg directs a multimedia performance by Flint singer-songwriter Olaniran, a current UMS artist-in-residence, who describes their electronic pop music as "the lovechild of Prince, Kanye West, and Kraftwerk."
Available online all day April 30 through May 10 at ums.org/performance/ums-live-session-tunde-olaniran. Free. 764-2538.


 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.


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

South for Winter: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Nashville-based acoustic trio whose genre-bending music blends elements of Zealandeer Nick Stone and Colorado native Dani Cichon, ad cellist Alex Stradal.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.



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Wednesday


May 2021
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Tunde Olaniran: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 30-May 10. Detroit video artist Oren Goldenberg directs a multimedia performance by Flint singer-songwriter Olaniran, a current UMS artist-in-residence, who describes their electronic pop music as "the lovechild of Prince, Kanye West, and Kraftwerk."
Available online all day April 30 through May 10 at ums.org/performance/ums-live-session-tunde-olaniran. Free. 764-2538.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Season Finale Songwriters in the Round": On The Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performers TBA.
Online at Facebook.com/OnTheTracksSongwriterShowcase.com. Free, donations appreciated. 330-5226. OnTheTracksSS@gmail.com.


 7:30 p.m.  Online 

Keb' Mo': The Ark Livestream Series.

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May 5 & 6. This respected L.A. singer-guitarist plays original contemporary blues with a strong traditional feel, along with covers of Robert Johnson and other country blues classics. He also played Robert Johnson in Can't You Hear the Wind Howl, a 1996 docudrama about Johnson's life. Livestreamed from the City Winery in NYC.
7:30 p.m. (May. 5) & 9 p.m. (May 6), for URL and tickets ($20), see theark.org/shows-events/calendar/2021-05. 761-1451.


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Thursday


May 2021
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Tunde Olaniran: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 30-May 10. Detroit video artist Oren Goldenberg directs a multimedia performance by Flint singer-songwriter Olaniran, a current UMS artist-in-residence, who describes their electronic pop music as "the lovechild of Prince, Kanye West, and Kraftwerk."
Available online all day April 30 through May 10 at ums.org/performance/ums-live-session-tunde-olaniran. Free. 764-2538.


 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Louis Lessons": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415.

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Live lecture-concert by popular local pianist Louis Nagel, a retired U-M music professor.
Online at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Free, donations accepted. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Don White: The Ark Family Room Series.

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This veteran singer-songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts, a local favorite, writes sharp-witted songs about everyday life that blend pathos, humor, and biting satire, and his live shows feature a lot of impromptu storytelling and comedy. His fans include Christine Lavin and Livingston Taylor, and he's released several acclaimed CDs. Photo: Larry Peplin.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.



 9 p.m.  Online 

Keb' Mo': The Ark Livestream Series.

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May 5 & 6. This respected L.A. singer-guitarist plays original contemporary blues with a strong traditional feel, along with covers of Robert Johnson and other country blues classics. He also played Robert Johnson in Can't You Hear the Wind Howl, a 1996 docudrama about Johnson's life. Livestreamed from the City Winery in NYC.
7:30 p.m. (May. 5) & 9 p.m. (May 6), for URL and tickets ($20), see theark.org/shows-events/calendar/2021-05. 761-1451.


 10 p.m.  Online 

Dustbowl Revival: The Ark Livestream Series.

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May 6 & 13. Venice (CA) Americana roots music collective whose music blends bluegrass, jug band music, and western swing. "The free-thinking local collective Dustbowl Revival's upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear," says an LA Weekly reviewer. Their music has evolved in a roots rock direction, and American Songwriter finds their latest, Is It You, Is It Me, "ensconced in a cleaner and expanded, if still slightly retro, pop sound that recalls early Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac, especially through the vocals of front people/co-founders Zach Lupetin and Liz Beebe." The band plays thise album in its entirety on May 6, while the May 13 show features songs & stories spanning its 10-year career.
10 p.m., for URL and tickets ($15-$65 per show, $25-$73 for both shows), see theark.org/shows-events/calendar/2021-05. 761-1451.


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Friday


May 2021
 All day  Free!  Online 

Tunde Olaniran: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 30-May 10. Detroit video artist Oren Goldenberg directs a multimedia performance by Flint singer-songwriter Olaniran, a current UMS artist-in-residence, who describes their electronic pop music as "the lovechild of Prince, Kanye West, and Kraftwerk."
Available online all day April 30 through May 10 at ums.org/performance/ums-live-session-tunde-olaniran. Free. 764-2538.


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Saturday


May 2021
 All day  Free!  Online 

Tunde Olaniran: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 30-May 10. Detroit video artist Oren Goldenberg directs a multimedia performance by Flint singer-songwriter Olaniran, a current UMS artist-in-residence, who describes their electronic pop music as "the lovechild of Prince, Kanye West, and Kraftwerk."
Available online all day April 30 through May 10 at ums.org/performance/ums-live-session-tunde-olaniran. Free. 764-2538.


 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.


 8-9:30 p.m.  Online 

Laz Slomovits: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Livestreamed performance by this veteran local folk musician, who is joined by several musician friends to perform the annual concert dedicated to the memory of his late wife, flutist Helen Slomovits. The program includes Helen's songs, along with original and traditional music in both folk and classical styles. With Laz's twin brother San on guitar and vocals and his niece Emily on fiddle, along with harmonica wiz peter Madcat Ruth, harpist Laurel Federbush, singer-guitarist Jeanne Mackey, and the trio of Lori Fithian, Mary Wilson, and Eric Fithian.
8-9:30 p.m., for URL & tickets ($10) see InterfaithSpirit.org/events/cafe-704-coffeehouse. 327-0270.


 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 Facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.


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Sunday


May 2021
 All day  Free!  Online 

Tunde Olaniran: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 30-May 10. Detroit video artist Oren Goldenberg directs a multimedia performance by Flint singer-songwriter Olaniran, a current UMS artist-in-residence, who describes their electronic pop music as "the lovechild of Prince, Kanye West, and Kraftwerk."
Available online all day April 30 through May 10 at ums.org/performance/ums-live-session-tunde-olaniran. Free. 764-2538.


 4:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Tapestry: Weaving Our Influences With Our Voices: A Tribute to Carol King, Alice Coltrane, Carly Simon, Sara Cassey, and Joni Mitchell": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe and her quartet perform their own arrangements of music by iconic women artists. With bassist Marion Hayden, woodwind player Meg Brennan, and drummer Eliza Salem.
Online at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Free, but donations accepted. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Taking it to the House": Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor Virtual Pops Concert.

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Ben Cohen directs this local 24-voice chamber choir in a livestreamed musical homage to the house, with songs about rooms, doors, furniture, and the like by Rodgers, Porter, Bernstein, the Beach Boys and many others.
7 p.m., for URL search for Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor channel on Youtube. Recording of the concert will be available at vocalartsannarbor.org. Free.


 8 p.m.  Online 

The Accidentals: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Wildly acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City pop-folk trio of multi-instrumentalists (and recent high school grads) Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause. Tonight they celebrate the release of their latest Sony recording Time Out, an EP that features songs cowritten with Kim Richey, Dar Williams, Maia Sharp, and Tom Paxton.
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($25 & $100), see theark.org/shows-events/calendar/2021-05. 761-1451.





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