It is hard to find a more complete combination of traditional American music genres than the compositions of Bill Frisell — mixing folk and country with jazz fusion and blues, he connects the different styles through improvisation and his transcendent, melodic guitar playing. The virtuoso composer and guitarist will perform live leading his eclectic trio Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers, featuring Rudy Royston on drums and Eyvind Kang on viola, through a set of extended improvisation, jazz and blues standards as well as original songs. According to the New Yorker, 'Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet: in the hands of such radical thinkers, their instruments simply become different animals.' And with a list of collaborators that includes John Zorn, Ginger Baker, Brian Eno and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, professional musicians and critics alike agree that Frisell is one of the best in the business. May 4. 8pm. $30. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800. www.theark.org. —GMK
The night before Thanksgiving is a notoriously busy bar night. Friends are back in town to see their families, but everyone really just wants to utilize a permissively late weeknight jamboree to blow off some much needed steam, before they have to behave themselves at the dinner tables tomorrow in front of grandparents and in-laws.
Two things from the get go: First: Your library can be (and always has been) a reliable source of cultural programming that can enrich the community. That can be author talks, it can be craft activities for kids, but it can ALSO engage the local music scene in very interesting ways…What I mean is, the
Ann Arbor based filmmaker’s latest documentary features Michigan musician/horror novelist Scott Allen spent a dozen years in the music scene, primarily with post-punk quartet Thunderbirds Are Now….but now…he’s getting into film. Documentary film, specifically. A Livonia native, Allen moved to Ann Arbor seven years ago to work for Automobile Magazine. While this fatefully aligned
Local musician Rick Coughlin founded Grove Studios in late 2016 with the goal of establishing it as a community space for musicians—by musicians! The Grove team’s idea, with an architectural vision of Breck Crandell, was for a compound of individual artists’ rehearsal spaces comprised of a fleet of shipping containers. Coughlin’s efforts have been aided by the