Music Notes

Grove Studios and Leon Speakers Launch New Fellowship

Leon Speakers and Grove Studios launch Amplify Fellowship, which intends to increase the volume of African-American voices in Washtenaw County.

Album Review: Monte Pride’s ‘Even in Absence’

I keep to a couple of my own theories about folk music, and Lansing-based singer/songwriter Monte Pride is subtly, and even gracefully, confirming them on his new album, Even In Absence. If we distilled our motivation for listening to music in terms of the rewards that a finely-crafted song can provide for its listener, it

Safety is the Top Priority As Live Music Venues Reopen

We have details on the safety measures taken by the Blind Pig and the Blue LLama Jazz Club as they reopen, and info on upcoming socially-distanced shows.

Ypsilanti Social & Organizing Center Benefit

The General Defense Committee (GDC), along with other community organizations, is working towards converting a restaurant on Ecorse Rd. in Ypsilanti into a multi-purpose, Community Center and Union Hall with a plan to engage members of the community and to create a place where people can come together. The group’s mission — “Anything that fosters

Keyon Harrold

World-renowned jazz trumpeter and songwriter Keyon Harrold was born and raised in Ferguson, Missouri, in a large musical family of 16 children. Harrold left Ferguson at 18 and moved to New York where he landed his first major gig as a trumpeter. Soon he was performing alongside stars like Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé and

The Olllam

The Olllam is a progressive Celtic influenced electric indie-folk band formed in 2012. The group, a collaborative partnership of core members— Irish musician John McSherry, and Detroit natives Tyler Duncan, Michael Shimmin (known for their popular groups Vulfpeck, My Dear Disco and Ella Riot)— is named after the bards of Irish Kings. Heavily influenced by

YBN Cordae at the Blind Pig

To call YBN Cordae a rising star of hip hop would be an understatement. With over 200 million streams and counting, he has exploded into the forefront of the modern hip hop scene. Cordae is poised to enter the next level of fame and notoriety with the release of his major label full-length debut The

Alvin Youngblood Hart Performs at the Ark

Alvin Youngblood Hart’s bio refers to him as “The cosmic American love child of Howlin’ Wolf and Link Wray,” an accurate description of one of the most celebrated blues musicians performing today. Alvin Youngblood Hart preached the blues from a young age. He first came to prominence in 1996 with the release of his critically