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Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: RAKA

Local African fusion ensemble led by bassist Dave Sharp. With guitarist Pete Larson and percussionist Mike List. [venue info]

B-Side: "Fashocase"

Hip-hop showcase by local teens. [venue info]

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. [venue info]

Blue Llama: U-M Jazz Program Showcase

Performances by ensembles of U-M jazz faculty, students, and alumni. [venue info]

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." [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux & the Cloudbuilders

Energetic folk-rock & soul band fronted by former Ragbirds guitarist Labeaux. [venue info]

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. [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]


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. [venue info]

Mash: Laura Rain & the Caesars Laura Rain & the Caesars

An intense fusion of funk, soul, and blues by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Rain. [venue info]

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Plymouth Green: "Talent Night."

Open mike for all performers. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday."

With Desoto Drive, a Detroit heartland rock quintet, and Popular Creeps, a Detroit postpunk rock 'n' roll quartet. [venue info]

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. [venue info]

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. [venue info]

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." [venue info]

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