On the calendar Earth Day fell on April 22, but there’s still time to make it to Ann Arbor’s 41st Annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, May 1 at Washtenaw Community College. Celebrate the natural world and learn about ways to work for its preservation with over 60 environmental exhibitors. There’s fun and entertainment for the whole family with music from Renee Stokely and his cigar box guitars, WCC student songwriters, and Joe Reilly. Experience “A Walk In the Woods” with a WCC instructor, and see live raptors from the Leslie Science and Nature Center. Ron Loyd, the Bubbleman, dazzles the kids with his soapy creations. Food will be on hand from Silvio’s Organic Pizza, Pilar’s Catering and People’s Food Co-op. And if you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, you can bike all the way to the festival on the adjacent Border to Border Trail. It’s an afternoon with a wealth of fun and information for all. Free. 12-4pm. 4800 E. Huron River Dr.
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