Friday May 3, 2019
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: RAKA
Local African fusion ensemble led by bassist Dave Sharp. With guitarist Pete Larson and percussionist Mike List.
Hip-hop showcase by local teens.
Blind Pig: Lushh
WMU student electronic hip-hop-oriented jazz-soul fusion quintet. Openers: the Grand Rapids progressive soul quintet Earth Radio, the local funk-rock septet Liquid Thickness, and the southeast Michigan avant-jazz quintet Beartrap. $10.
Blue Llama: U-M Jazz Program Showcase
Performances by ensembles of U-M jazz faculty, students, and alumni.
Club Above: "Bridging the Gap."
With local R&B and hip-hop acts TBA. Preceded at 8 p.m. by "Heads over Heal Burlesque Show."
Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux & the Cloudbuilders
Energetic folk-rock & soul band fronted by former Ragbirds guitarist Labeaux.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Phillip, Rod, & Linden
Local trio of singer-songwriters Philip McMillion, Rod Johnson, and Linden Thoburn that plays an eclectic mix of originals that draw on folk-pop, and country influences.
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.
6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup" and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." 6:30-9 p.m.
Mash: Laura Rain & the Caesars
An intense fusion of funk, soul, and blues by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Rain.
Mash: Mia Green
Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m.
Rumpus Room: Open Mike
All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight.
Sweetwaters Plymouth Green: "Talent Night."
Open mike for all performers.
Tap Room: "First Friday."
With Desoto Drive, a Detroit heartland rock quintet, and Popular Creeps, a Detroit postpunk rock 'n' roll quartet.
Ziggy's: Britney Stoney
Detroit soul singer-songwriter. Openers: Tanager, an Ypsilanti indie pop-rock trio, and Fat Angry Hens, an Ypsilanti all-female postpunk politicized rock quartet.
Ziggy's: First Fridays Quintet
Local jazz ensemble with trumpeter Ingrid Racine, bassist Andy Peck, saxophonist Mark Kieme, keyboardist Mark Pappas, and percussionist Scott Kretzer. 6-8 p.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Kitty Donohoe
This Irish-American singer-songwriter from Detroit is known for her bell-like soprano--an instrument that has been described as "rich, flexible, soaring, and haunting"--and her grittily realistic, bluesy original songs. Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric."
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