The Ann Arbor Art Center continues to promote independent artists and crafters by hosting Liberty Local, a handmade craft fair to be held in the fall showcasing regional talent. This indoor craft fair aims to have unique, handmade and creative works. The Ann Arbor Art Center is looking for artists and crafters to embrace this indie spirit and to be a part of Liberty Local, and help to promote regional culture and the local economy. Liberty Local runs from Saturday, October 8 through Sunday, October 9. Artist applications are due by August 5 and acceptance notification will be done by August 15. There is a $100 participation fee with a $10 application fee for those accepted. For more information and to apply visit the website. The Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004. www.annarborartcenter.org
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