Weekly What’s-Up 5/16

. May 19, 2014.
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Vet Fest

I know the tired hipster gripe that we have an abundance of “Fests” around here, be it in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor or in Detroit – but you can shut your mouth this weekend – this Fest is for Veterans. Actually, you can feed your mouth; show up on Saturday, show your support for local nonprofit Help For Our Disabled Troops and you can get a plate of roasted suckling pig compliments of charcuterie specialist, Chef Drew Dziewi. That’s right, a Pig Roast that leads to a night of music the Pig (…Blind Pig, that is). But this isn’t any all-meat-fest, there will be special vegetarian sliders and green bean salads. Food is served at Waterworks Park (398 S. 7th St) from 2pm until sunset (Vets eat free). After that, a fine line-up of bands keeps the Fest going from 8pm onward at the Blind Pig (208 S First St, Ann Arbor), featuring the atmospheric post-rock and ambient experimental pop of local outfits Truman and Northerner, the dazzling psych-jangle of indie-Americana rockers like Man Mountain, the more frenetic, post-punk-tinged bursts of Pulp Culture  and Amanita or the space-rock splashed indie-pop balladry of Narco Debut. 
Songs to sample/stream: Northern – “Selfridge”

Man Mountain  – “Lucerna”

This Blind Pig event is actually DAY 2 of a weekend-long Fest/tribute to veterans returning home from the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. Click here for information on tonight’s first installment of Vet Fest –over in Detroit at the Old Miami.

New meaty material –release party in Hamtramck.

Speaking of Meat, though… Detroit’s icons The Meatmen, masters of acerbic, provocative satire disguised as purposefully putrid punk, are celebrating the release of Savage Sagas, their first new album in 19 years on Saturday night over in Hamtramck at Small’s Bar.  Easy Action, Nice Hooves and Gang Green will open things up, with music starting after 9pm.
Small’s Bar 10339 Conant St, Hamtramck, MI

More ravenous rock at Crossroads

Yeah, let’s keep on this punk-rock track, for now. As we mark nearly one whole month of a post-Woodruff’s Ypsi scene, it seems, encouragingly, that the Crossroads Bar & Grill is picking up the torch of main music hub – as they’ve got a noteworthy (and assuredly noisy) line-up of bands tonight. You might file them under, er, aggressive-sounding? We consider it lively. Others would consider it punk, hardcore, throat-curdling, amped-up, maybe even brutal. But sometimes you need that! Ypsi’s Decade Of Flies and Detroit’s Excommunicators will join tireless tremendo-rock-howlers Lizerrd – with music starting around 10pm – Crossroads Bar – 517 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. 

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Laith Al-Saadi & Friends – Annual Birthday Bash

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

Grove Studios Grand Opening

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.

Audiotree Music Festival (Kalamazoo) – Sept 22/23

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

saajtak featured among a genre defying lineup at blind pig – sept 13

  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