The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is known to bring in international touring acts while also highlighting the amazing music born out of this region. A2's own Abigail Stauffer is a rising star in the local scene—primed and ready to own the outdoor stage at Top of the Park. She's already made her way to opening for Shawn Colvin at The Ark last year, and her latest album, No Contradictions (released May 30, 2013), is full of tunes simultaneously wistful and empowering. Her voice at once can be playful then radiate sentiment to really stir the audience's emotions, sometimes all in one track. She's the perfect songstress to prelude a summer sunset. 6pm. Free. Grove Stage, Top of the Park. www.a2sf.org—JG
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