Mark Braun, aka Mr. B, is taking to the road again. Literally. The past two summers Ann Arbor’s internationally acclaimed blues and boogie-woogie piano player has been touring with a custom made bicycle towing his 352-pound Baldwin Spinet. Accompanied, also on bikes, by guitarist Brian Delaney, drummer, Pete Siers and bassist, Carl Hildebrandt, the Joybox Express tours have benefited a number of children’s charities.They’ll begin on July 1st in Saugatuck and chug east, with local stops at the Chelsea Public Library on July 10, followed by a group ride to Ann Arbor’s Wolverine State Brewing Company. Then it’s back on the bikes and off to Detroit, concluding at the DIA on July 15. For their schedule, visit JoyboxExpress.com and join group rides throughout the tour.And, keep your eyes and ears open for the Joybox Express’ even more ambitious ride next year—a three-month fall tour starting at the headwaters of the Mississippi and riding down to New Orleans.
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