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Friday Dec 22, 2017

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Billy Davis

Legendary R&B singer-songwriter and guitarist, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who cowrote and played lead guitar on Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' original 1959 recording of "The Twist." Jackie Wilson's original lead guitarist, Davis was also Jimi Hendrix's first guitar tutor. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Billy Davis

Legendary R&B singer-songwriter and guitarist, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who cowrote and played lead guitar on Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' original 1959 recording of "The Twist." Jackie Wilson's original lead guitarist, Davis was also Jimi Hendrix's first guitar tutor. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Jacob & Grant

Local duo of double bassist Jacob V. Warren and multi- instrumentalist Grant Flick. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Betz & Klav

South Lyon hip-hop MC. Opening acts are Lansing rapper James Gardin, Shelby Twp. Hip-hop MC Bubba Klutch, and Detroit space-bass & trap electronic musician Hanz Play. Advance tickets: $10 ($12 at the door). [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA. [venue info]

Club Above: Dreamers Delight

Denver-based electronic dance music (EDM) producer. Opening acts are EDM producers Eroy (from Grand Rapids), Norty (also from Denver), and locals Gyp$y and Seabass. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Billy King

Pop-folk with roots-rock and country swing flavors by this talented veteran local singer-songwriter and guitarist. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Atomic Radio

Detroit quartet that plays 70s-90s rock and pop favorites. [venue info]

Live: Bugs Beddow Band

Versatile horn-driven R&B, boogie-rock, blues, and jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit trombonist Beddow. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Steve Nardella Rock 'n' Roll Trio

Ann Arbor's most passionate and compelling roots-rocker performs fiercely cathartic, blues-drenched reworkings of rock 'n' roll and rockabilly classics and obscure gems, along with some authentic Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker blues. [venue info]


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