Some musicians actually know when to call it quits. After nine years on the road, The Band realized if they didn’t stop the hard living, the hard living was going to stop them. And for anyone who has watched Martin Scorsese’s documentary of their 1978 farewell concert, The Last Waltz, this isn’t a secret—they are all stick thin, on drugs and Levon Helm didn’t really hide that he wanted to punch a hole into Robbie Robertson’s head. But, despite that—and Bob Dylan’s camp being pissed, Neil Young looking pale as a ghost and having a clump of cocaine hanging from his nose (which later was edited out) and Van Morrision possibly having the highest BAC on the planet—the concert is a legendary piece of rock n roll history, that despite all the mayhem, shows a band on top of their game leaving the big dance to have a chance to continue to waltz through life. And there are too many epic collaborations to even mention. $9. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8397. www.michtheater.org
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