Joan Baez last visited Ann Arbor in November of 2008, just a few days after President Obama’s election. Her first words that night were, “Yes, we did!” A lot has happened in the past three years, and the people who’ve gotten teed off at President Obama, and the Democrats in general, probably won’t be in the audience when Baez returns this month. Their loss, because a Baez concert is a remarkable event. Sure, her pipes, now just past seventy, are not quite what they were, but Baez’s slightly diminished voice is still better than most, and the years have not stopped her growth as a singer and interpreter—and in those departments she had few peers to begin with. Besides, with Baez it was never only about the soaring range, the astonishing beauty and clarity of her voice. It was about the depth of character that her voice carried and conveyed—and that doesn’t diminish with age. $27-$69. November 1. 7:30pm. 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. 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