Friday Apr 5, 2019
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Shannon Lee & Eric Moore
Double bill. Lee is a versatile Ypsilanti Americana country-folk singer- songwriter best known as a vocalist with Hullabaloo, and Moore is a singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist whose music draws on blues, folk balladry, and folk-rock.
Blind Pig: The Macpodz
Immensely popular local jam band that plays an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." $10. 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Blue Llama: Joey DeFrancesco
Ensemble led by this veteran jazz star from Philadelphia who's widely recognized as the best of the current generation of jazz organists. Note: New Orleans Jazz icon Ellis Marsalis was originally scheduled to perform, but he is currently unable to travel for health reasons. Ticket prices TBA. 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Club Above: "Bridging the Gap."
With local R&B and hip-hop acts TBA.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Jeff Karoub
Acoustic folk-pop story songs by this Dearborn-based singer- songwriter who accompanies himself on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle.
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.
Greyline: "Headbanger's Ball."
Headliner is Black Note Graffiti, a local progressive metal and alt-rock quintet. Openers: The Sneeks, a Detroit rock 'n' roll party band, and Max Warchausky, an acoustic singer- songwriter from Evanston know for his pop-folk story songs. 8-11 p.m.
6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Its repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to Barbara Lewis' "Hello Stanger," the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup," Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction," and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." 6:30-9 p.m.
Mash: Fangs & Twang
Ypsilanti trio from Black Jake & the Carnies that plays twangy, high- energy country rock, with songs about vampires, mummies, and other fantastical creatures.
Rumpus Room: Open Mike.
All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight.
Tap Room: "First Friday."
The Dirty News, a Detroit rock quintet., and Las Drogas, an Ypsilanti band that plays loud, raucous, melodic, bluesy, surf-guitar psychobilly 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Ypsi Alehouse: Pearl Street String Band
Versatile acoustic quartet whose repertoire includes traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and airs from Irish, French-Canadian, New England and Southern/Old-Time sources, and more. 5-7 p.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Bodacious Bellydancers
Local bellydance troupe. 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Local alt-rock quartet. Openers: the indie rock quartet Goldblum, the Kalamazoo postpunk Americana quartet Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts, and the Kalamazoo electro-pop quartet Katy Needs a Life. 9 p.m.-midnight.
Zou Zou's Cafe: The Rough & Tumble
Nashville folk-rock Americana duo of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler.
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