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Ark: Tom Rush

One of the seminal figures of the 60s folk boom, Rush made his mark as a convincing interpreter of other people's songs. His 1966 Elektra LP Take a Little Walk with Me was a key step in bridging the gap between folk and rock, with its revelatory covers of rock 'n' roll classics by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Buddy Holly. His next album, The Circle Game, introduced material by such previously unknown songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor, as well as superb originals like "No Regrets." Apart from his unimpeachable taste in material, Rush's main strength is his distinctive blues-derived vocal style, a ruggedly elegiac New Hampshire tenor that manages to project at once an inconsolable sense of loss and a resilient sense of humor. $33-$50. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Joey DeFrancesco Trio

Oct. 1 & 2. The son of the great jazz organist Papa John DeFrancesco, this veteran prodigy from Philadelphia is widely recognized as the best of the current generation of jazz organists. By turns soulful, funky, and groove-oriented, his playing displays unbelievable chops, and he approaches all the material in his varied repertoire of standards and originals with superabundant energy. Tonight he showcases material form a new CD, More Music. $100 includes dinner. 6 & 8:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Latin Night

DJ dance party. [venue info]

Club Above: Latin Night

DJ dance party. [venue info]

Dreamland Theater: Confusion Reactor

Ypsilanti band, led by guitarist and electronic musician Thomas Barton, that plays experimental psychedelic music drawing on influences ranging from Captain Beefheart to Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream. Opener: Greg Teachout, a local composer & multi-instrumentalist whose dark quasi-lounge music draws upon an eclectic array of influences from Scripture to Nick Cave. 7 p.m. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]


TBA. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

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. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: She-Bop

Local girl-group-style trio of singer-guitarist Laurie Lounsbury, singer-French hornist Morgan Lamonica, and a new lead vocalist TBA. With guitarist Johnny Rasmussen, bassist Al Kalaf, and drummer T. Kinks Heiss. [venue info]

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