It is hard to find a more complete combination of traditional American music genres than the compositions of Bill Frisell — mixing folk and country with jazz fusion and blues, he connects the different styles through improvisation and his transcendent, melodic guitar playing. The virtuoso composer and guitarist will perform live leading his eclectic trio Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers, featuring Rudy Royston on drums and Eyvind Kang on viola, through a set of extended improvisation, jazz and blues standards as well as original songs. According to the New Yorker, 'Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet: in the hands of such radical thinkers, their instruments simply become different animals.' And with a list of collaborators that includes John Zorn, Ginger Baker, Brian Eno and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, professional musicians and critics alike agree that Frisell is one of the best in the business. May 4. 8pm. $30. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800. www.theark.org. —GMK
One of the things Michigan is most known for is our breweries. And nothing beats the delicious taste of a cool beer from one of our favorite breweries. With the addition of growlers, we can enjoy our favorite beers from our favorite local breweries from the comfort of our own home. We live in a
Project 206 masterfully melds freak-out jazz sensibilities with progressive rock tendencies on their instrumental, four-track sophomore EP, Volatile.
All live music venues are vital. That’s our starting point for this series. The stories we’re sharing here demonstrate that local establishments hosting performances by local musicians should never be taken for granted— particularly in a post-pandemic world. When it comes to the Ark, you could argue that there’s been a dedicated constituency that has
The Truth About Human Trafficking: Local expert Bridgette Carr dispels common myths and offers real solutionsMay 21, 2020
The phrase “human trafficking” can conjure up terrifying images of teenage girls being snatched up at the local mall— a problematic misconception about the realities of human trafficking. Bridgette Carr, director of the University of Michigan Law Human Trafficking Clinic, explains that “buying into this type of narrative is harming those who are actual victims