Once again Michigan pride will be in full force for the sixth annual gathering of local music to benefit 826michigan. Last year’s event raised over $15,000 for 826michigan’s creative writing and tutoring programs and this year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever. Woodruff’s in Ypsilanti will play host to five full nights of the best bands the state of Michigan has to offer. Nightlife, Gun Lake, The Juliets, White Pines, Stepdad, Frontier Ruckus and Lightning Love are just some of the acts slated to play for a good cause. Also, there’s a New Year’s Eve dance party with Absolute Beginners that won’t stop bumpin’ until 4am. For a full schedule, lineup and ticket information visit the website. Wednesday, December 28 through Sunday, January 1 from 4pm-2am. Woodruff’s, 36 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti. www.mittenfest.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