I think it’s safe to say no folk musician has had a ride quite like Pete Seeger’s long and winding career. Fighting against civil injustice since the 1940s, he has spoke out against racism, environmental abuse and, actually, really anything he considered to be a violation of basic human rights. The 92-year-old, still politically active, Seeger has always been a man of the people. Now Ann Arbor will celebrate him with a tribute show for his birthday. For Pete’s Sake is a night of Seeger covers and singalongs from local admiring musicians such as Chris Buhalis, Gemini, Michael Hough, and Sally Potter. Just hope none of them decide to go electric, or old-school. Pete might sense it from New York and have a freak out. Just kidding, birthday boy. 8pm. $10. 316 S. Main St. www.theark.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