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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of October 25, 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


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

Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Oct. 11 & 25. Bruce Sagan leads a virtual acoustic jam session devoted to traditional music from Sweden and Norway. All instruments welcome, no experience necessary.
For URL email bsagan@msu.edu. Free. (908) 721-2599.


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Wednesday


October 2021
 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Tarek Yamani & The Spektral Quartet: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Award-winning Lebanese American composer-pianist Yamani joins this Chicago-based jazz & classical chamber ensemble to perform (via Zoom) the world premiere of his four-movement suite, the culmination of a season-long UMS collaborative residency. The work fuses together classical Arab and Black American music⁠-a genre that's been dubbed "Afro-Tarab"-to create pungently idiomatic rhythms.
For URL preregister at ums.org/performance/tarek-yamani-spektral-quartet. Free. 764-2538.


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Thursday


October 2021
 7-10 p.m. 

25th Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Oct. 28-30. DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's theme, "25 Years at The Edge" celebrates Edgefest as a defining element of the local jazz community. The 3 day festival includes 13 different shows and a parade on Oct. 30 (see listings). Tonight's lineup: Detroit pianist Michael Malis (7 p.m.). Acclaimed German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock (8 p.m.) leads a trio with bassist Stephan Crump and classical pianist Cory Smythe in avant-jazz improvisations. SoundNoiseFUNK (9 p.m.), a spry NYC quartet led by the powerful vocals of acclaimed Fay Victor, with saxophonist Sam Newsome, guitarist Joe Morris, and drummer Reggie Nicholson.
Various times, Kerrytown Concert House (except as noted on Oct. 30), 415 N. Fourth Ave. Individual show tickets $15 & $25 (students, $10 & $15); day passes $40-$60; Edgepasses ($170-$320) include admission to all shows. Tickets available in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com/edgefest, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. Masks and vaccinations required. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. [map]


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Friday


October 2021
 7-11 p.m. 

25th Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Oct. 28-30. DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's theme, "25 Years at The Edge" celebrates Edgefest as a defining element of the local jazz community. The 3 day festival includes 13 different shows and a parade on Oct. 30 (see listings). Tonight's lineup: New York-based pianist Angelica Sanchez (7 p.m.). ElectroSphere (8 p.m.), led by local heavyweight multi-instrumentalist Ken Kozora, with drummer Djallo Djakate and reed & synth player Rafeal Leafar. The Andrew Bishop Quintet (9 p.m.), led by veteran local reeds player Bishop, with saxophonist Peter Formanek, pianist Angelica Sanchez, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Jon Taylor. Reedman Michael Marcus leads the easygoing Blue Reality Quartet! (10 p.m.), with saxophonist & brass player Joe McPhee, and percussionists Jay Rosen & Warren Smith.
Various times, Kerrytown Concert House (except as noted on Oct. 30), 415 N. Fourth Ave. Individual show tickets $15 & $25 (students, $10 & $15); day passes $40-$60; Edgepasses ($170-$320) include admission to all shows. Tickets available in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com/edgefest, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Chuck Brodsky: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This North Carolina singer-songwriter's charming, humorous, incisively observed songs about the follies of ordinary people have provoked comparisons to John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III. A No Depression critic calls him a "folkie with rockist irreverence and bluesy swagger: an American stranger in a familiar land." His latest album is Them and Us.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance at GreenWoodCoffeeHouse.org or 665-8558 (leave a message with your name, performance date, & # of tickets), and at the door. [map]


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Saturday


October 2021
 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Polish Heritage & Harvest Festival: Quintessential Event Company.

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Oct. 30 & 31. Polish food from area restaurants, caterers, and food trucks as well as Polish and American beer. Also, an "Autumn Crafter & Artisan Market" with some 50 vendors, dancing to live polkas, activities-including trick-or-treating on Sunday-for kids 12 & under, and more. Masks strongly encouraged.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $11 (seniors age 65 & over & active military personnel and veterans, $10) in advance at DoYouLovePolishFood.com; $12 (seniors & military personnel, $10) at the gate. Kids 12 & under free. (888) 504-8103. [map]


 Noon-10 p.m. 

25th Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Oct. 28-30. DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's theme, "25 Years at The Edge" celebrates Edgefest as a defining element of the local jazz community. The 3 day festival includes 13 different shows and a parade on Oct. 30 (see listings). Today: Edgefest Parade (noon). All invited to bring any sort of instrument (including bells and whistles) and tag along in this quirky annual parade (meet at 11:30 a.m. at KCH to join), this year led by Scarlett Middle School band students and Edgefest artists. Today's lineup: Local pianist Matthew Shipp (2 p.m.). AGAPE (3 p.m.), a Detroit-based trio featuring saxophonist Alex Harding, bassist Joel Peterson, and drummer Dave Hurley. The ad-hoc quartet (4 p.m.) of New York vocalist Andrea Wolper, bassist Ken Filiano, guitarist David Ross, and drummer Michael TA Thompson. The "Grand Finale Evening" (7-10 p.m. or so, Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave.) includes "Improvisation and Encounter," a collective improvisation using instruments from the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, performed by drummer Michael Gould, pianist Steve Rush, trumpeter Mark Kirschenmann, trombonist Steve Swell, composer-violinist Jason Hwang, bassist William Park, percussionists Hamid Drake and Michael TA Thomas, and bass clarinet & soprano saxophone (and Observer contributor) Piotr Michalowski. Also, the ensemble Three Rivers, with tenor saxophonist & flutist Mixashawn, bassist & doson ngoni player William Parker, and percussionist Drake, and a performance of "If Trains Could Speak," a piece by trombonist Steve Swell inspired by a 90-minute train ride from Krakow to the Auschwitz concentration camp, featuring vocalist Deanna Relyea, along with Rush, Hwang, Michalowski, Filiano, and Thompson.
Various times, Kerrytown Concert House (except as noted on Oct. 30), 415 N. Fourth Ave. Individual show tickets $15 & $25 (students, $10 & $15); day passes $40-$60; Edgepasses ($170-$320) include admission to all shows. Tickets available in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com/edgefest, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]


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Sunday


October 2021
 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Polish Heritage & Harvest Festival: Quintessential Event Company.

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Oct. 30 & 31. Polish food from area restaurants, caterers, and food trucks as well as Polish and American beer. Also, an "Autumn Crafter & Artisan Market" with some 50 vendors, dancing to live polkas, activities-including trick-or-treating on Sunday-for kids 12 & under, and more. Masks strongly encouraged.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $11 (seniors age 65 & over & active military personnel and veterans, $10) in advance at DoYouLovePolishFood.com; $12 (seniors & military personnel, $10) at the gate. Kids 12 & under free. (888) 504-8103. [map]






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