Mark Braun (AKA Mr. B) has been staging his annual Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Celebrations for fourteen years. Past participants have included a veritable who’s who in the world of piano greats, such as Monty Alexander, Henry Butler, Cyrus Chestnut, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. This year’s Celebration will continue in that vein, with Bob Seeley, the octogenarian grandmaster still in superb form, and the fabulous Ricky Nie joining Mr. B for more of the spectacular piano pyrotechnics that have thrilled fans for the past decade and a half. This year, beside the aural delights, there will also be, for the first time, a visual element to Mr. B’s B&BWPC this year, entitled, Black White and Blue. Artist John Pappas will display his triptych pen and ink artworks on wooden panels, depicting 25 blues and jazz piano greats. The three pianists will tell stories about, and play the music of those greats. $25. 7:30pm. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1818. www.theark.org
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