They never sold out a stadium, or cut a gold record, but The Velvet Underground changed rock and roll music. Their sometimes-soft-sometimes-loud take on psychedelic music paved the way for almost every brand of contemporary rock: John Cale’s contemplative ballads set the template for indie, while Lou Reed’s blasting guitars resurface in punk and extreme metal to this day. Now, fifty years after the Velvet Underground’s last record, Squeeze, a collection of local musicians—including Dave Sharp, Fred Thomas, Chuck Mauk and Dan Mulholland—will present an evening of The Velvet Underground’s seminal music. 9:30pm. $10 / $13 under 21. The Blind Pig. 208 S. First St. www.blindpigmusic.com —JS
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.