Friday Feb 7, 2020
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Acoustic Ash
Stage name of Utica-based folk singer-songwriter Ash Harris, who cites Tracy Chapman, k.d. lang, and Sarah McLachlan as influences.
Babs' Underground: WEMU 5:01 Jazz Series
With Detroit Office of Civil Defense, a jazz ensemble led by local composer-bassist Pat Prouty.
Blind Pig: YBN Cordae
All ages admitted. Young D.C.-area hip-hop rapper & singer- songwriter whose 2019 debut CD The Lost Boy earned a Grammy nomination. Opener: 24KGoldn, a charismatic, sharp-witted 18-year-old hip-hop rapper from San Francisco $20- $25. 8 p.m.-midnight.
Blue LLama: Sean Dobbins & the Modern Jazz Messengers
Hard-swinging local ensemble led by drummer Dobbins that's devoted to continuing the spirit of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. 7 p.m.
Blue LLama: Talking Ear
Originals and improvisations by this local progressive jazz quintet. With vocalist Estar Cohen, guitarist Daniel Palmer, pianist Benjamin Maloney, bassist Aidan Cafferty, and drummer Travis Aukerman. 11 p.m.
Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group
Detroit blues trio.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: The Potter's Field
Americana roots duo of singer-songwriters Rochelle Clark of Chelsea and John Natiw of Canton.
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.
Rumpus Room: Distant Stars
Grand Rapids quartet that plays a brand of experimental glam-rock quartet it bills as "funky/sexy/strange."
Zal Gaz Grotto: Shoot the Messenger
Versatile honky-tonk band led by singer-bassist Chris Goerke. The band's huge repertoire includes blues, country, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, and R&B. With singer-guitarist Steve Newhouse and singer- drummer Tom Twiss.
Ziggy's: 734 Saturdays
Open mike, along with a featured performer TBA. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m.
Ziggy's: "The 80s: A Decade of Music"
Dance party with DJ Tim Baker. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Katon & Perkins
Blues and blues-rock by the veteran local duo of singer- guitarist Michael Katon and bassist Todd Perkins.
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