It’s been 40 years since “they gave him ten for two” and John Sinclair hit the national spotlight as the poster boy for the turbulent generational rift between Nixon era government and rock n’ roll rebellion. To mark the 40th anniversary of the legendary 1971 John Sinclair Freedom Rally at Crisler Arena the Ann Arbor District Library is launching a Freeing John Sinclair website on December 9, the eve of the anniversary, and presenting a series of events to commend the occasion. As a part of the celebration on the 9th, there will be a special concert at The Ark by the Commander Cody Band with a guest appearance by John Sinclair & Beatnik Youth. The concert starts at 8pm and is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more Freeing John Sinclair events check www.aadl.org in the weeks to come for updates.
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