Calendar of Events
Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of May 10, 2021
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
Local Morris dancers lead participants in an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs. No set program; all participants are welcome to lead a song with a singable, reasonably easy-to-learn chorus.
For URL email email@example.com. Free.
Madcat is a world-renowned veteran local harmonica wiz whom Dave Brubeck once praised as one of the world's "great jazz soloists." He has a massive repertoire of blues, jazz, folk, and rock tunes, along with several fine originals and songs by other contemporary composers. His current band includes percussionist John Churchville, bassist Brennan Andes, and guitarist Dan Ripke.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com
Local drummer Pete Siers and local Grammy-winning bassist Robert Hurst jam and discuss Hurst's career. Hurst is a U-M music professor who was the inaugural bassist for Jay Leno's The Tonight Show house band, among other things.
Online at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Free, but donations accepted. [map]
Apr. 29 & May 13 (different programs). Folksy acoustic Americana originals by the L.A. duo of singer-songwriters Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. The New York Times calls their music "a sweetly dazzling variation on close-harmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers."
9 p.m., for URL and tickets ($15-$115 per show, $25-$125 for both shows), see theark.org
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
Closing ceremony for this year's virtual program which encourages people to run or walk a 5k anywhere, anytime before May 15. Includes a short performance by Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local progressive country-rock band the Ragbirds, along with a meet-and-greet with celebrity spokesdog and the chance to hear shelter stories from Humane Society staffers. Prizes.
For URL preregister by May 15 online at hshv.org
Celtic music and song featuring the veteran Detroit Irish family ensemble, led by fiddler (and County Clare native) Gavin with his sons Sean (flutist and uilleann piper) and Mike (fiddler and banjoist). After the show, all musicians invited to join an informal session of jigs and reels. Face masks required.
Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan, Saline. $10. Reduced capacity; reservations recommended at StonyLakeBrewing.com. 316-7919. [map]
The string players from this Tecumseh-based River Raisin Ragtime Revue are joined by renowned dancer Bianca Revels in a program exploring the history and music of the cakewalk. Narratxion by RRRR music director Kelsee Vandervall.
2 p.m., for URL preregister ($20-$100 donation) at greatlakespaa.org.
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
A veteran New York City singer-songwriter who has been described as a mix of Bette Midler, Tom Lehrer, Steve Goodman, and Janis Ian, Lavin is known for the sharp wit and comically warped perspectives of songs like "Stop Sobbing … He's an Idiot" and "Tom Cruise Scares Me." She's also known for her bittersweet miniatures of lost romance, and she's a tastily tuneful composer, a superb guitarist, and a playfully unpredictable performer whose shows are always sprinkled with a healthy dose of between-songs humor and spiky commentary. Her new album, On My Way to Hooterville, includes 10 new songs and one re-worked song, "Ramblin' Waltz," a re-telling of her experience in 1975 as one of the entourage drivers for the first week of Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue.
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20; group, $30), see theark.org
Apr. 18 and May 2 & 16. A highly regarded young Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter and songster who got her start at age 7 singing in a West Virginia bar, Ferrell performs a series of 3 themed shows at different Nashville venues. Apr. 18: Honky-Tonk night at American Legion. May 2: Calypso night at Dee's Lounge. May 16: Jazz night at the Basement.
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($12 & $50 per show, $30 & $65 for a 3-show package), see theark.org
Texas bluegrass-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumental prodigy whose unassumingly resonant lyricism and piercingly inerrant vocal interpretations have provoked widespread comparisons to a young Gillian Welch. "Jarosz stamps all eleven tracks with her musical vision," says No Depression in its review of her 2013 CD, Follow Me Down. "The haunting tone of her voice, the assuredness with which she weaves through the melodies, and the thoughtfulness of her delivery are all impressive … The emotional quality of Jarosz's singing magnifies the open-ended meaning of her lyrics."
8:30 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20-$65), see theark.org
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