Music Notes

Edgefest 2019: Out West

Edgefest, Ann Arbor’s internationally recognized annual four-day avant-garde jazz and new music festival, returns to the Kerrytown Concert House and The Blue Llama Jazz Club this October 16-19. The festival was founded in 1997 as a single day event. It’s since grown to become a major four-day musical exposition with a mission to expose new

Marika Hackman and Girl Friday at The Blind Pig

Marika Hackman is a 27-year-old British alternative singer-songwriter and musician. Her latest album, Any Human Friend, bluntly embraces her sexuality and reflects on “those quiet moments of reckoning with what it means to be alive, young, and cautiously enamored of it all” (Pitchfork). The Guardian gave it four stars and called it her “most accomplished

Arlo Guthrie at the Ark

Arlo Guthrie, American folk singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and son of Woody Guthrie, will perform live at the Ark on his Alice’s Restaurant – Back By Popular Demand Tour!, which marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 film starring Guthrie as himself. Guthrie, performing for almost 60 years, is still going strong and keeping classic folk

Three Jazz Greats

Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade come together with cuts from their Grammy award-winning 2014 album Trilogy. Corea, on piano, got his start with Miles Davis’s band in the 1960s. With 22 Grammys, he has written several jazz standard compositions. McBride on double bass and Blade on drums, each with their own impressive list

Amadeus Live

by Grace Jensen The eight-time Academy Award-winning 1984 motion picture Amadeus will be projected on the big screen at Hill Auditorium with Mozart’s famous pieces performed live by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the UMS Choral Union. Amadeus, adapted from Sir Peter Shaffer’s original stage play, tells the story of the frustrated Vienna composer Antonio

Ducktails @ The Blind Pig

by Grace Jensen New Jersey-born Matt Mondanile brings his indie-pop musical project Ducktails to Ann Arbor. His newest album, Watercolors, is “the best album of the musician and perhaps one of the best of the season,” according to French music review site Section-26. Although disgraced by harassment allegations in 2017, Mondanile has continued to create

Michael Franti and Spearhead play Sonic Lunch

Hailing from California, Michael Franti seems like an Ann Arbor native, with his love of blending music and social justice activism. He and his band Spearhead have been making music that spans genres from hip hop to reggae to funk since 1994. Their most recent album, “Stay Human, Vol. II,” the soundtrack to Franti’s documentary,

Sarah McLachlan Performs in Rochester Hills

Canadian Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, best known for emotionally-charged anthems such as “Adia”, “Angel”, and “Building a Mystery,” will bring her soulful sound to Rochester Hills, with accompaniment from the local Meadow Brook Festival Orchestra. McLachlan’s 2014 album, Shine On, inspired by the death of her father, hit No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard