For benefit of the populous, and to the credit of the citizens of Detroit, every year Hart Plaza plays host to a world-class jazz festival. Legends and upstarts alike have jammed on the festival stages, filling the streets of downtown Detroit with jazz that ranges from the classical to modern and experimental. This year’s festival is continuing the Labor Day Weekend tradition of quality jazz in the city with the theme “We Bring You the World.” To celebrate the different world influences on jazz and jazz’s contribution to the world the line up includes eclectic acts like Kevin Eubanks, Amina Figarova, Vijay Iyer Trio, Dave Holland Octet, and so many more. The Jazz Talk Tent will feature spoken word and jazz educational sessions, and kids programming and performances will also be held. For a full schedule visit the website at www.detroitjazzfestival.com
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