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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of June 21, 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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Tuesday


June 2021
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"Live Here Now": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Tonight: Kenyatta Rashon, an up-and-coming Ypsi R&B and hip-hop artist whose songs explore themes of self-respect, vulnerability, boundaries, and ambition.
For time and location, preregister at Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999.


 7:30 p.m  Free! 

"Oz's Back Porch": Oz's Music Environment.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Live music by local musicians, outdoors and socially distanced. Bring food, if you'd like.
Updated times: 7:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Wed.). Oz's, 1920 Packard. Free. 662-8283.


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Wednesday


June 2021
 Time TBA 

"Live Here Now": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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A series of concerts in public parks and spaces throughout town. Tonight: John Holk & The Sequins (location TBA). This Ferndale psychedelic honky-tonk band, fronted by area singer-guitarists John Holkeboer and Carrie Shepard, performs original songs inspired by such great close-harmony brother duos as the Louvins, Delmores, and Stanleys. Also at Fuller Park (1519 Fuller Rd.) the Kalamazoo gospel-inflected hip-hop ensemble Last Gasp Collective and Detroit singer-songwriter Steffanie Christi'an, whose voice is a striking blend of grit, sensuality, and sheer power. She last performed in Ann Arbor at UMS in 2019 with the acclaimed cabaret drag singer Taylor Mac.
For time and location updates, preregister at a2sf.org/live-here-now. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999.


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Oz's Back Porch": Oz's Music Environment.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Live music by local musicians, outdoors and socially distanced. Bring food, if you'd like.
Updated times: 7:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Wed.). Oz's, 1920 Packard. Free. 662-8283.


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Thursday


June 2021
 Time TBA  Free! 

"Live Here Now": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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A series of concerts in public parks and spaces throughout town. Tonight: Dani Darling (location TBA), a local jazz-inflected pop-soul singer-songwriter. Also at Fuller Park (1519 Fuller Rd.), the versatile local horn-fired funk sextet Sabbatical Bob and Jive Colossus, a local 9-piece ensemble with a killer horn section fronted by vocalist Shelly Catalan that plays Afro-Caribbean, funk, rock, and blues.
For time and location, preregister at a2sf.org/live-here-now. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Riverfolk Music & Arts.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Aug. 5. Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain date is the following Friday. Tonight: Roots and Americana by the veteran local duo of Robert Jones and Matt Watroba.
Manchester gazebo, Wurster Park (Main St. just west of M-52). Free, but donations appreciated. RiverfolkMusicAndArts@gmail.com.


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Connie Kaldor: The Ark.

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A Saskatchewan native recently inducted into the Order of Canada,this veteran Canadian folkie writes songs of the prairies and of women. The Boston Globe calls her "a masterful performer, wildly funny one moment, deeply personal the next." She comes to Michigan with the recent Everyday Moments, her first new album in many years.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.



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Friday


June 2021
 6-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

5th Annual Ypsi Pride.

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June 4, 11, 18, & 25. Four nights of live performances and themed activities on a small stage in downtown Ypsilanti, that are also livestreamed for the homebound viewers. Masks required. For updated schedule of events, see facebook.com/YpsiPride. June 4: "Art/Drag/Performance," featuring drag and live music. June 11: "Youth and Family Night," with crafts, a teen poetry slam, and a family-friendly drag show. June 18: "Vendor Highlight Night," with local businesses and non-profits on display. June 25: "Collective Care Night," with live performances and self-care giveaways.
Live at Washington St., downtown Ypsilanti; online at facebook.com/YpsiPride. Free.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Every Fri., June 18-Aug. 13. Entertainment in downtown Dexter. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass; face masks required. Tonight: The Claim Jumpers, a local band that plays arrangements of old country tunes led by guitarist Donny Brown.
Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. Info@DexterChamber.org.


 8 p.m. 

Kishi Bashi: The Ark/Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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The stage name of former Of Montreal violinist Kaoru Ishbashi, a veteran indie rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music is known for its radiant, vaguely psychedelic soundscapes.
8 p.m., Fuller Park. $25-$125 until showtime in advance only at TheArk.org & a2sf.org; no tickets sold at the gate. 761-1451, 994-5999.


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Saturday


June 2021
 Time TBA  Free! 

"Live Here Now": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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A series of concerts in public parks and spaces throughout town. Tonight: DJ Ell, a young local who plays and produces hip-hop, R&B, and EDM and who's played in nightclubs all over Europe and U.S.
For time and location, preregister at a2sf.org/live-here-now. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999.


 4 p.m. 

Laith Al Saadi-Trio: The Ark/Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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An eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals, by a jazz-tinged, jam-oriented trio led by local singer-guitarist Al-Saadi, a popular contestant on The Voice who recently opened the shows on Bob Seger's farewell tour. His 2016 CD, Real, a collection of songs drawing on blues, country, gospel, and roots rock, was recorded in L.A. with an all-star cast of session legends, and he has released a 4-song EP of Jimi Hendrix covers.
4 p.m., Fuller Park. $25-$125 until showtime in advance only at TheArk.org & a2sf.org; no tickets sold at the gate. 761-1451, 994-5999.


 8 p.m. 

The War and Treaty: The Ark/Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Soulful Americana band from Albion, anchored by the husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount. Trotter wrote his first song while on tour in Iraq, teaching himself to play on a piano confiscated from one of Saddam Hussein's private palaces. With Blount's influences of Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, and Aretha Franklin, the two create songs that are inspired by darkness and despair but lean toward a higher spiritual purpose.
8 p.m., Fuller Park. $25-$125 until showtime in advance only at TheArk.org & a2sf.org; no tickets sold at the gate. 761-1451, 994-5999.


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Sunday


June 2021
 Time TBA  Free! 

"Live Here Now": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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A series of concerts in public parks and spaces throughout town. Tonight Hannah Baiardi & Friends. This recent U-M music school grad is a pop-jazz composer-pianist whose music blends elements of soul, R&B, and film music.
For time and location, preregister at a2sf.org/live-here-now. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999.






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