Detroit-based artist and teacher Chazz Miller has an ambitious project and to complete it, he needs plenty of people to chip in— one million people, as a matter of fact. The project is a mural entitled Unity in Our Global Community that is set to go up on the side of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit. Inspired by a poem, Immigrant’s Journey, by the Institute’s current president Stan Wheeler, Miller has expanded the theme to highlight the numerous ways the immigrant experience has shaped Southeast Michigan. Miller focuses on milestones from Detroit’s history that are visually stimulating and representative of the immigrant experience: the suffrage movement, DTE Energy’s impact on Detroit, and that moment in time in 1936 when Detroit held every sports championship in North America. Miller’s own original painting will make up 90 percent of the mural, with plans to include one million digitized back-lit selfies in the work. Miller is still collecting selfies, in addition to funding. Links to both options can be found on his website, 1millionselfiemural.com.
It goes without saying that Laith Al-Saadi is a treasure of the Ann Arbor music community. But if you haven’t yet experienced this bipedal force of nature with his signature beard, shredding guitar, and astonishing singing voice, then clear your schedule next Saturday… Laith Al-Saadi’s Annual Birthday Bash Sept 29 The Michigan Theater 8pm INFO
If you’ve been following the pages (printed or online) of Current this past year, then you’ve probably heard a bit about Grove Studios already. Grove is a grassroots effort to provide musicians and artists from all around the Detroit metro area and western Washtenaw County a rehearsal and creative space for their work and development.
The Audiotree Music Festival returns to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place next Saturday and Sunday. The lineup features more than 20 artists, including Father John Misty, Khruangbin, Chicano Batman, Diet Cig, and many more! While the names we dropped in the previous paragraph are nationally renowned artists signed on to notable labels like Sub Pop or
Genres are irrelevant. No one proves that assertion better than Detroit’s saajtak. Formed five years ago at U-M’s School of Music, saajtak’s made quite an impression with their stormy fusion of free jazz, noise experimentation, electronica, space-rock and opera. Their newest EP, Hectic, came out earlier this summer. Hectic EP by saajtak Thurs, Sept 13 saajtak