The sixteenth annual Mr. B's Blues & Boogie Celebration returns to the Ark. Besides A2’s own piano giant, Mark Braun, AKA Mr. B, the weekend will also feature octogenarian blues grandmaster Bob Seeley, and pianists from both coasts; LA’s Fred Kaplan and NY’s Mark Katz. Mr. B says, “This year we have three guys—besides Bob, who is our elder statesman—coming from the same generation of pianists, with somewhat similar experiences in terms of how we came up learning how to play blues piano.” Katz has played in the bands of Greg Allman, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, and other blues greats, while Kaplan, a member of the famed Hollywood Fats Band is renowned for his mastery of West Coast blues styles. Seeley, who has toured all over the US and Europe, is a fixture at this annual event. 7:30pm. $25. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1818. www.theark.org —SS
I’ve been writing for The Current for almost 10 years now…, which is crazy to think about. But I’ve known musician Jeffrey Freer for longer than that, from previous bands as well as some of his solo material. He was an Ypsilanti and an Ann Arbor regular for years, but moved away for a spell.
Terry Holbrook heads home from downtown Ann Arbor to Dexter after working his shift as a video editor. It’s a winter night. The highway is icy. The car ahead skids, then crashes. Terry, the everyman in author Mark Beyer’s new page-turner crime thriller, Hired Man, pulls over and rushes to the aid of the injured
“Heathers”, the 2014 musical based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder, will be presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre from June 7th-10th at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.