Friday Aug 23, 2019
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Fern Whale
Meditative, soulful, fetchingly melodic folk-rock by the Ypsilanti duo of Tom and Angela Sheppard.
Blue Llama: Marcus Elliot Trio
Detroit jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Elliot.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Billy Joe Hunt
Small-town mid-Michigan singer-songwriter who writes songs about friends, family, lovers, life on the road and his old guitar.
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.
Live: Al Hill & the Love Butlers
Revamped version of this veteran local band, led by Nashville- based Ann Arbor native Hill's wailing vocals and pumping piano, that plays various forms of roots rock and soul music. 6:30-9 p.m.
Live: The Stomp Rockets
Garage-rock quartet led by vocalist Dan Mulholland, the former leader of the Watusis, the Vibratrons, and several other great local rock 'n' roll bands. 6-9 p.m.
Mash: The George and Laura Duo
Funky soul and R&B by the duo of vocalist Laura Rain and her husband, guitarist George Friend. 6-9 p.m.
Rumpus Room: Open Mike
All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 7-11 p.m.
Ypsi Alehouse: Folk Laureates
Folk singer trio that features vocal harmonies. 8-10 p.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Drivin' Sideways
Veteran local band fueled by Pontiac Pete Ferguson's alternately soulful and ornery vocals. Their country-based repertoire still features lots of classic honky-tonk, but they also cover everyone from Chuck Berry and Johnny Burnette to the Beatles and James Brown. With guitarist Tyler Stipe, bassist Pat Prouty, drummer Mark Newbound, and keyboardist Jim King.
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