Frank Zappa was an undeniably talented yet wildly eccentric musician—most rockers would shrink from writing a song like “Yellow Snow.” He was, in kind, prolific: before his death in 1993, Zappa managed to release over 60 full-length albums both as a solo artist, as well as with his band, The Mothers of Invention. Zappa’s oldest son, Dweezil, an accomplished musician himself, has dedicated his career to keeping his father’s music alive. On Wednesday, February 19, Dweezil will bring his band of fusion-minded progressive rock musicians to the Michigan Theater for a night of tribute and reinvention of classic Frank Zappa songs. For a fee, guitar players can also attend the Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass —players must bring their own guitars and arrive at 2:30pm.
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