The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is known to bring in international touring acts while also highlighting the amazing music born out of this region. A2's own Abigail Stauffer is a rising star in the local scene—primed and ready to own the outdoor stage at Top of the Park. She's already made her way to opening for Shawn Colvin at The Ark last year, and her latest album, No Contradictions (released May 30, 2013), is full of tunes simultaneously wistful and empowering. Her voice at once can be playful then radiate sentiment to really stir the audience's emotions, sometimes all in one track. She's the perfect songstress to prelude a summer sunset. 6pm. Free. Grove Stage, Top of the Park. www.a2sf.org—JG
The night before Thanksgiving is a notoriously busy bar night. Friends are back in town to see their families, but everyone really just wants to utilize a permissively late weeknight jamboree to blow off some much needed steam, before they have to behave themselves at the dinner tables tomorrow in front of grandparents and in-laws.
Two things from the get go: First: Your library can be (and always has been) a reliable source of cultural programming that can enrich the community. That can be author talks, it can be craft activities for kids, but it can ALSO engage the local music scene in very interesting ways…What I mean is, the
Ann Arbor based filmmaker’s latest documentary features Michigan musician/horror novelist Scott Allen spent a dozen years in the music scene, primarily with post-punk quartet Thunderbirds Are Now….but now…he’s getting into film. Documentary film, specifically. A Livonia native, Allen moved to Ann Arbor seven years ago to work for Automobile Magazine. While this fatefully aligned
Local musician Rick Coughlin founded Grove Studios in late 2016 with the goal of establishing it as a community space for musicians—by musicians! The Grove team’s idea, with an architectural vision of Breck Crandell, was for a compound of individual artists’ rehearsal spaces comprised of a fleet of shipping containers. Coughlin’s efforts have been aided by the