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– Music – Thursdays – Sonic Lunch – 2017.06.01 – 08.31 –

Started in 2008,

Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch

is a free weekly summer outdoor concert series that takes place at noon on Thursdays in downtown Ann Arbor at the corner of Liberty and Division streets
from June through August.
Sonic Lunch features a live band ranging from regional to national and international acts. Each week, lunch is available on-site from a local vendor.
Last year’s lineup was highlighted by Ann Arbor native Laith Al-Saadi’s performance in front of the largest crowd in Sonic Lunch history on the heels of his top-four finish during season 10 of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Other notable past performers include

BORNS,
Martha Reeves & the Vandellas,
Joshua Davis,
Vulfpeck,
Darren Criss
Mitch Ryder.

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June 1 –
Laith Al-Saadi –

In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Now he’s poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world.
Laith Al-Saadi was  honed at the University of Michigan school of music in his hometown of Ann Arbor, and on stages across the country working with legends like

Taj Mahal,
Luther Allison,
Buddy Guy,
Son Seals,
Gregg Allman
B.B. King.

Audiences have , propelled Al-Saadi’s most recent release, “REAL” to the top of the blues chart for five weeks and the top 20 album chart for two weeks.
Laith also had four singles in the top ten iTunes singles charts, and his albums
“In The Round”
“Long Time Coming”
spent time at the top of the rock and album charts.
Guitar World Magazine has called Laith Al-Saadi a cross between “Danny Gatton and Buddy Guy at their best,”
Guitar Center crowned him one of the top four blues guitarists in the United States.
?University of Michigan Graduate,
Degree in Jazz Guitar and Bass.
?Phillip-Michael Scales
Phillip-Michael Scales (Formerly Briar Rabbit) is a gifted songwriter who happens to be the nephew of BB King.
His sound fits between folk and soul; demonstrating his knack for thoughtful, catchy melodies.
In 2013, he won an International Songwriting Award.
Along with his gift for writing critically acclaimed songs
(Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, American Songwriter)
comes his ability to captivate his audience in a live setting.
Armed only with a guitar, Briar Rabbit uses his strong, soulful tenor, and quick wit to deliver both a musically and emotionally dynamic performance.
“There’s something so great about earning a crowds trust, leading them through an emotional journey and coming out the other side together.”
Briar Rabbit has spent time all over.
He was born in Metro-Detroit, moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, spent four years in Chicago, and settled in Los Angeles.
He is no stranger to touring and has been on the road for the better part of five years opening for such acts as

Guster,
David Cook,
Crystal Bowersox,
Tyler Hilton,
Jon McLaughlin,
Cory Brannan
Kate Voegele.

His music has taken him all the way to the Middle East, as well as festivals across the US and Canada.
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June 8 –
L P –

Part Feist and part Joan Jett, powerful, genre-defying, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter LP (Laura Pergolizzi) was raised in New York on a steady diet of

Joni Mitchell,
the Doors,
the Pretenders,
Nirvana,
Jeff Buckley.

She spent her formative years honing her craft in other bands before releasing her 2001 solo album, Heart-Shaped Scar (produced by David Lowery [Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker]) .
She began to hit her stride in 2004 with her second outing,
Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol,
Her 2006 appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference  resulted in a deal with Island.
With Island, Pergolizzi began writing songs for other artists, including

Heidi Montag,
Rihanna,
Christina Aguilera.

A 2011 Citibank television commercial, which featured excerpts from LP‘s “Into the Wild,” gained Pergolizzi a huge fan base.
Her Warner Bros. debut EP,
Into the Wild: Live at Eastwest Studios, appeared in April 2012
Her full-length debut album,  Forever for Now, saw release in 2014.
In 2016, LP issued her  fourth studio long-player, Lost on You, via Vagrant Records.
The album’s opening track, “Muddy Waters,” appeared during the taut closing scene of the season four finale of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. (AllMusic.com)
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June 15 –
TUXEDO –

Before he moved west and became a retro-soul dreamboat, lovers of roller skate disco and electro-funk in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan knew Mayer Hawthorne as DJ Haircut, and his mixtape Shoot the Duck, Vol. 1 was a prized possession.
The disco, post-disco, and boogie tracks on that mix provide the inspiration for Tuxedo, a band formed by Hawthorne and Jake One, a fellow lover of those sweet sounds.
The two had exchanged similarly smooth and funky disco mixtapes in 2006, then years later decided to make their own version.
The duo proves to be masterful at re-creating the feel of the moment in the early ’80s . The duo conjures up visceral memories of the finest artists of the era,
From the drum machines to the synth settings, everything is just right.

“Lost Lover” is pure Gap Band swagger,
“The Right Time” sounds like Billy Ocean getting AM radio funky,
“Two Wrongs” is a lovely quiet storm ballad with a perfect guitar solo.

From beginning to end, the album is a happily reverent trip back to a time that’s too often ignored by both disco and funk fans.
Tuxedo is a fine display of the duo’s love for the electric funk disco sound, and their immense skill at re-creating it. (allmusic.com)
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June 22 –
The Accidentals –

Billboard’s Breakout Band at SXSW 2015,
Huffington Post’s Sweet Sixteen of 2016,
Yahoo Music’s Top Ten Bands to Watch 2017…

From 2012-2014, The Accidentals recorded three original albums, were guest artists on fifteen others, scored two films, and landed song placements in commercials, documentaries, and music compilations while playing over seven hundred live shows. THEN they graduated high school.
After graduation from world-renowned Interlochen Arts Academy, The Accidentals added multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter, Michael Dause, as their touring/studio drummer and opened for musical greats such as;

Andrew Bird,
Sixto Rodriguez (Sugar Man),
Brandi Carlile,
Dar Williams,
Ladysmith Black Mambazo,
Ben Sollee,
Rusted Root,
The Wailers,
Keller Williams,
Arlo Guthrie,
Martin Sexton,
Joan Baez,

and more.
In 2015, they scored original pieces for a 72-piece orchestra, an opera-dance project with Son Lux, and a smaller 30-piece string ensemble while touring the US extensively.
In June of 2016, they released a brand new, self-produced EP called Parking Lot, of which the single, “Michigan and Again,” went viral.
They’re kicking off 2017 as major label artists, having signed a record deal with Sony Masterworks to release a full-length album in the second quarter of the year.
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June 29 –
Theo Katzman –

If you’ve heard the name Theo Katzman recently, you probably know him as the singing drummer and guitarist in the funk band Vulfpeck.
With his 2017 release, Heartbreak Hits, Katzman returns to his roots as a rock and roll inspired singer/songwriter.
A 10-song collection of musings on loss and letdown, Heartbreak Hits blends personal vulnerability with imaginative songcraft, yielding an album that’s somehow a living dichotomy of tragic/comedic, serious/satirical, over-the-top/subtle, and healing/hurting.  Katzman  writes “songs to soothe your post-Y2K pop culture hangover.”
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July 6 –
Michigan Rattlers –

Upholding a time-honored songwriting tradition, Michigan Rattlers recount human stories through a soundtrack of Americana punctuated by countrified rock’n’roll and folk.
The subjects of their 2016 self-titled debut EP practically live and breathe between Graham Young’s rustling guitar and Adam Reed’s percussive upright bass.
Born in Petoskey, MI and based in Los Angeles, the duo’s music plays out like a film.  “All of my favorite songs tell stories,” says Graham.
Lifelong friends Graham and Adam began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school.
Residing in a quiet tourist town of 6,000 located on the banks of Lake Michigan, the pair regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing an inimitable musical chemistry informed by the likes of

AC/DC,
Chet Atkins,
Eric Clapton,
Creedence Clearwater Revival,

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July 13 –
Tim Reynolds Trio  / TR3 –

Virtuoso guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Tim Reynolds formed the first incarnation of TR3 in 1984, playing a wild hybrid of psychedelicized rock, funk, and prog.
The trio featured a constantly revolving cast of musicians other than its guitarist and front man.
After moving to North Carolina’s Outer Banks in the middle aughts, Reynolds met bassist Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier.
Playing and touring together, they eventually gelled into the most visible — and constant — incarnation of TR3.
Their mix of Reynolds‘ quirky originals and unusual versions of cover songs by

James Brown,
Led Zeppelin,
King Crimson,

and others added breadth and depth to their stage shows.
In early 2014, TR3 signed to ATO Records, and in August the pre-release single “All Over the Place” appeared.
The sophomore studio full-length Like Some Kind of Alien Invasion appeared in October of that year.
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July 27 –
NOMO –

NOMO was conceived in 2003 when University of Michigan jazz studies graduate, multi-instrumentalist (tenor sax, keyboards, electric mbiri) Elliot Bergman, and some of his acquaintances began jamming at an Ann Arbor, MI, house where many of them lived. This led to the eventual formation of the group, which recorded its self-titled EP on Ypsilanti Records that same year – after producer Warn Defever dared Bergman to bring as many people as he could to the studio.
In 2004 the band (which, with album and live appearances combined, has had over 60 contributors) issued a full-length record of the same name.
NOMO‘s mix of African beats, avant-garde jazz, and funk caught the attention of California’s Ubiquity Records, who soon signed them.
The founding members of NOMO also currently play in Wild Belle.
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August 3 –
The Record Company –

The Record Company write and play raw, sincere rock n’ roll.
Influenced by the rough honesty of their heroes–bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, early punk bands like The Stooges, and rock greats like The Rolling Stones–their sound incorporates slide guitar, distorted bass, a garage-sale Ludwig drum kit and the heartland-hued voice of Chris Vos, who grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm.
The three-man group started in late 2011, hanging up some old mics and recording live in the bass player’s living room in Los Feliz, CA.
The Record Company have since played concert halls across North America, opening for acts as diverse as

B.B. King,
Social Distortion,
Buddy Guy,
Grace Potter,
and Trombone Shorty.

The band toured Europe supporting Blackberry Smoke in Oct-Nov 2015, and their first full-length album is came out on Concord Records on February 12, 2016.
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August 10 –
May Erlwine & The Motivations –

Some people might call May Erlewine “Michigan’s darling songbird”, but her songs have traveled far beyond her home state.
One of the most prolific and passionate songwriters of her generation, May’s music has touched the hearts of people all over the world.
Her words have held solace for weary hearts, offered a light in the darkness and held a lot of space for the pain and joy of being alive in these times.
Raised in a family rich with art and music, May began writing songs and playing them for the people at a very young age.
Her journeys have taken her all over the world, from street corners to renowned stages, May has performed for all walks of life.
In her travels, Erlewine came to know the land and the pulse of the people.
Her songs show a very real connection and concern with everyday folk.
May pulls from a wide variety of sounds and influences to create her unique musical landscape.
You’ll hear traditional folk roots, old time country swing, soul, and rock and roll, but mostly, she’s inspired by the hearts of the people and the one in her chest.
This music is about feeling and it’s about telling life’s stories.
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August 17 –
Stellars / Jacob Sigman –

The Stellars

The Stellars are an Ann Arbor-based rock band that bring a refreshing brand of rock’n’roll that harkens back to the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, while retaining a unique modern sound.
Born and raised in the Mid West, Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Jacob Sigman combines influences of Motown, Soul, and Contemporary Pop music to create something both new and familiar.
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Jacob Sigman


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Jacob Sigman

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August 24 –
Joshua Davis –

Michigan’s Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, the land.
He writes songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n’ roll and vintage soul.
Performing Songwriter Magazine called the result, “Some of the liveliest and most rocking roots music around.
For over 15 years Joshua has made his living sharing his songs, stories and knowledge across the US and Canada at festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses and dives – as a solo act, front man for roots ensemble “Steppin’ In It”, classic swing band “Shout Sister Shout”, songwriter showcase band “The Starlight Six” and frequently as a workshop facilitator, presenter or instructor.
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August 31 –
         Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers –

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers will make a sprightly young groove doctor out of anyone.
With spectacular energy pulsating from every member of the band, the Rainbow Seekers could illuminate the very chambers of Heaven.
Lead singer Joe Hertler splashes through lyrical puddles of golden rain, leaving his audience wearing flowery headdresses and bubbling smiles.
A ride on the Rainbow will take you across the mountains of Motown, through the fjords of folk, over the archipelagos of Americana, and—at last—into a funky firth, where only the fiercest of friendships can be found.
“The live show is the purpose of the band.
This is why we make music.
Playing music is a symbiotic process, and without a crowd it is just a bunch of guys jamming,” says Hertler.
“We believe that performance is not a High Art operation, and that you should do anything you can to ensure that the crowd is having a good time.
From piñatas to confetti, to fog, to flowers, to drum solos, to strobe lights, to Thor, to sword battles—literally anything goes.”


Monday –
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 August 15 2016 –  12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE

LAURA MENDOZA

NOON – 2 P.M.

Laura Mendoza hails originally from the Detroit rock band, White Shag.

Stripping it down with classic rock, punk, country and her own band’s original tunes on acoustic.
Special set from Detroit croonerette

August 15 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
SHAUNELLE THE VOICE & MELODIKSOUL
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CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
THE ANTHONY LAI BAND
At the heart of The Anthony Lai Band is a love for vocal harmony.
The group blends voices inspired by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Fleetwood Mac …
Together with a fusion of rock n’ roll, folk, and classical music.

 August 16 2016 –  12:00 PM
August 16 2016 –  12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE

NATA MUSIC

NOON – 2 P.M.

Nata Music is a combination of classic R &B,  early Motown mixed with new school …
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August 16 2016 –  6:00 PM
PARADISE VALLEY’S BEATRICE BUCK PARK

POLYFOLD SUMMER RESIDENCY UPFRONT DETROIT

6-8 P.M.

A Detroit based group of musicians – perform groove-based compositions

Derrick Benford – Piano
Nate Winn – Drums
Michael Scott Taylor – Bass
Guest* Jeffrey Trent – Saxophone

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August 17 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

TAYLOR TUCKY BAND

Taylor Tucky –  best of today’s Modern Country radio hits – fast-paced dynamic show.

August 17 2016 –  12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE
NEXT GENERATION

NOON – 2 P.M
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August 18 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

THURSDAY LUNCH LIVE: PATO

PRESENTED BY IHEARTMEDIA AND EMBARCO ENTERTAINMENT

A Detroit based singer, writer, and guitarist. Pato composes music and writes lyrics around his native Motown and Argentinian experiences.

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August 18 2016 –  12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE

OMAR ARAGONES

NOON – 2 P.M.

Playing music that is soulful and fun.
Blending genres such as R&B, Pop and Rock to create sounds that everyone can enjoy.

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August 18 2016 –  5:30 PM

MIX & MINGLE PRESENTED BY CHANNEL 955

CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK BEACH
THURSDAYS, 5:30 -8:30 p.m.
Socialize and relax at a weekly Downtown happy hour.
Features delicious food and drink specialties each Thursday.

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August 18 2016 –  6:00 PM

PARADISE VALLEY’S BEATRICE BUCK PARK

POLYFOLD SUMMER RESIDENCY MUSIC OF LEVINE, MALIS AND SHADIK

6-8 P.M.

POLYFOLD is a collective of musical artists who have joined together to develop, and present creative works.
Founded in Detroit, Polyfold produces concerts and recordings,
hosts outreach events and educational workshops,
fosters creative community in Detroit and beyond.
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August 19 2016 –  11:00 AM
CADILLAC SQUARE

FARMERS MARKET FRIDAYS

11 A.M. – 2 P.M.
Shop a great selection of fresh produce and cottage foods from an array of local growers.


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 August 19 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

SARAH SHERRARD BAND

The Sarah Sherrard Band is a seasoned Classic Rock group from Southeastern Michigan They make you feel something familiar and new all at the same  time .

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 August 19 2016 –  12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE

ALLISON ALBRECHT

NOON – 2 P.M.

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August 19 2016 –  5:30 PM
THE BEACH @ CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

ANTHEM

Anthem Reggae Band -original sound that is creating a big wave throughout the USA. Anthem provides musical enchantment and diversity –  reggae, from roots to dancehall.

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August 19 2016 –  6:30 PM
CAPITOL PARK

THE FRIDAY RIDE

Live Cycle Delight will lead bike enthusiasts on a seven to eight mile ride through downtown, the riverfront, and various landmarks in the city.
Starting at 6:30pm in Capitol Park, the ride last approximately 90-minutes, and will end at one of Detroit’s favorite spots, Campus Martius Park’s Beach Party Fridays.
As part of the ride, Live Cycle Delight will assist riders with bike checks for safety, and host a brief discussion about the rules of the road and how to safely navigate downtown as a biker in today’s fast paced traffic.

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August 21 2016 –  11:00 AM
CAPITOL PARK

MICHELLE HELD

11 A.M.

Michelle Held’s music harnesses all that encompasses the city, from hard-bitten soul to an ethereal grit.
She honed her skills at coffee shops and open mics.
With appearances at the DIA; TV and Radio spots on WDET, NPR, WXYZ , TV20,
she has carved out a place in the Detroit music scene.
Her singular voice, razor sharp candor and intricate guitar style honors the past yet owns a timelessness that rings through each song.

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August 21 2016 –  1:00 PM
CAPITOL PARK

DEBLON JACKSON

1 P.M.

Deblon Jackson is an excellent Flutist Born in Detroit Michigan.
She received her Bachelors of Music Education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Was a Flutist in the United States Air Force Band.
Founder of Classique Productions which is dedicated to preserving Jazz music with young people.
CD White Blaze depicts her excellent musicianship and musical technique.
Was the runner-up in the Detroit International Jazz Festival Solo Competition in 2002. Founder of Jazz Kids and won the Detroit finals for Women who Jams June 24, 2006.
Performed with Teddy Harris Jr., James Tatum, Milt Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Rodriguez, and many others.

part of     SUNDAY BRUNCH
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 August 22 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

BEVLOVE

August 22 2016 –  12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE
CHRIS HEINE AND JIM WALKUP

NOON – 2 P.M.
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August 23 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

SIDE TRAKD BAND

SideTrak’d was formed in November 2011 by five musicians who have each spent 20+ years in music.
They specialize in danceable rock-n-roll from  60s to 90s, primarily .
Classic rock with some soul/R&B, Motown and modern rock mixed in.
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August 23 2016 –  12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE

JGRAVES

NOON – 2 P.M.

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August 23 2016 –  6:00 PM
PARADISE VALLEY’S BEATRICE BUCK PARK

POLYFOLD SUMMER RESIDENCY MUSIC OF TAIKO DRUMS

6-8 P.M.
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August 24 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

BORDER PATROL

Border Patrol is a lyrically driven folk-rock group from Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario.
Blending elements of traditional bluegrass and folk with punk and indie expression, they feature vocal harmonies and surprisingly upbeat melodies about our impending doom and the monotonies of every day life and love in this modern age.

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August 24 2016 –  12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE

BRAZIL AND BEYOND DUO

NOON – 2 P.M.

The Brazil and Beyond Duo featuring Rich K on the Brazilian ukulele, six string bass and Garry Weinberg on seven string Brazilian guitar performing Latin-Brazilian selections and Beatles covers.
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August 25 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

THURSDAY LUNCH LIVE: JUSTIN ALEXANDER & THE MODERN CLASSICS

PRESENTED BY IHEARTMEDIA AND EMBARCO ENTERTAINMENT

Blending elements from across different genres to create his own unique style of pop-punk-rock .
Consistently winning over crowds with nothing more than a song, his voice, his guitar and his larger than life charisma.


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August 25 2016 – 12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE

ALEXANDRIA LINTNER

NOON – 2 P.M.

Alexandria Lintner is the lead singer of a strong and powerful acoustic project that does a variety of different music.
Sings it all from country to blues to modern to southern rock.

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August 25 2016 –  5:30 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

MIX AND MINGLE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 5:30 P.M.

Caribbean eats and drinks with island sounds with Bahamian recording artist, Ya Tafari. Mix and Mingle is presented by Channel 955

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August 25 2016 –  6:00 PM
PARADISE VALLEY’S BEATRICE BUCK PARK

POLYFOLD SUMMER RESIDENCY MUSIC OF STATIN, TUCKER AND UESAKA

6-8 P.M.

POLYFOLD is a collective of musical artists who have joined together to develop, and present creative works.

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August 25 2016 –  7:30 PM
GRAND CIRCUS PARK

BRIAN “JAVONNTTE” GARRETT

7:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Has toured with Aretha Franklin,
Been featured on tracks with Amp Fiddler, Andres, Blake Baxter and has some very rare and sought after releases on now defunct label Noveau Riche.
A session musician, skilled in many instruments, Javonntte travels the country to sit in studio recording sessions producing everything from country bluegrass to techno to jazz or hip-hop.

August 25 2016 –  9:00 PM
GRAND CIRCUS PARK

GO FORTH

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 August 26 2016 – 12:00 PM

CADILLAC SQUARE

ALISE KING

NOON – 2 P.M.

Voted Female Artist of The Year by The Detroit Black Music Awards.

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 August 26 2016 –  5:30 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

THE STRANGE

part of 4TH FRIDAYS

August 26 2016 –  6:30 PM
CAPITOL PARK
THE FRIDAY RIDE


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August 26 2016 –  7:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

NIK WEST

Top female bassist and vocalist Nik West. Funk, Rock, Soul.

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August 26 2016 –  9:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

GEORGE CLINTON & THE PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC
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August 27 2016 –  12:00 PM

CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

GRAND VALLEY CHARTER GALLERY

12-7 P.M.

The GVSU chARTer Gallery will feature about 500 pieces of art specifically created by students who attend a Grand Valley State University charter school.
The students displaying their work will represent 9 different charter schools located in metro Detroit.
Representing a wide range of grade levels, spanning from kindergarten to high school Their submissions will showcase a variety of mediums and artistic styles.

The GVSU Detroit Center serves as a hub designed to house teachers and students looking to meet, work, and learn outside of their school.

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 August 27 2016 –  12:00 PM

CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER ACTIVITY

Exciting activities to get you in the mood the festivities of the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra’s presentation of “Sci-Phonic” and
Faygo Movies in the ‘D’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
Try your hand at one or both of these activities… Free and fun for all ages.

·         Alka Seltzer Rockets – create unique wings, nosecones and bodies for your rockets powered by a simple chemical reaction.

·         Gravity Well – Experiment with gravity and learn how objects orbit one another within our solar system.

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August 27 2016 –  1:00 PM CAMPUS MARTIUS MAIN STAGE
MAMMOTH FOLLIES

Presented by Hudson Vagabond Puppets
Stage Show, 1 p.m.An old-fashioned revue of original songs, witty jokes, and earth-smashing dances performed by giant dinosaur puppets.
Program dramatizes historic and scientific facts (as well as some myths) about the great age of the dinosaur.
Enormous puppets populate the stage, including your host Willie Mammoth, Smiley the Saber-Toothed Tiger, Bessie the lovable 27-foot long Apatosaurus, Tony and Trixie Triceratops, Terry the Pterodactyl, and the 11-foot tall T. Rex in a musical trip through pre-history.
Model Magic Dino Sculptures  –
Make & Take Session, 2 p.m.

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August 27 2016 –  7:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

STAR WARS SPECTACULAR

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 7 P.M.
During Detroit SummerFest, don’t miss the Michigan Philpharmonic performing Sci-Phonic, supported by WRCJ 90.9 FM.
Stick around for the 8 p.m. showing of STAR WARS: The Force Awakens.

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August 27 2016 –  9:00 PM
CAPITOL PARK

THE INFATUATIONS

9-11 P.MThe Infatuations are simply… Detroit.
This band is a genre-bending mash-up of Funk, Soul and Detroit Rock & Roll with the well-crafted-pop-soul of Motown, to the sheer in-your-face bravado of
Parliament Funkadelic, to the raw untamed energy of Detroit Rock & Roll.
The Infatuations live performance has been described as electric, energetic, and euphoric. Leadsinger Kendrick Hardaway,
guitarist Christian Draheim,
bassist The Wolf,
guitarist Nick Behnan and
drummer Robert Myers
draw more and more fans into their #InfatuNation during every set. “Consistently fun and always drawing new fans” according to concert promoters, “they keep the ladies dancing and the fellas drinking”.
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August 28 2016 –  11:00 AM
CAPITAL PARK

PAINTING WITH A TWIST

11 A.M. – 3 P.M.

Painting with a Twist – Detroit/Downtown studio will be onsite with a painting demonstration by one of their very own local artist.
Participants may also partake in a 10-15 minute painting session with the artist.
This is your chance to see what PWAT has to offer.
In addition, to painting you will have the opportunity to win paintings being raffled off by Painting with a Twist.


part of SUNDAY BRUNCH

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August 28 2016 –  11:00 AM
CAPITOL PARK

KENNY WATSON

11 A.M.

Kenny Watson is a Motor City native, carved out of musical excellence and is equipped with the message of Love
With the vocal versatility that spans across the genres of R&B, Jazz, Alternative, Classical and Hip-Hop, Kenny Watson comfortably and confidently offers a unique musical experience.

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August 28 2016 –  1:00 PM
CAPITOL PARK

THE REDWOODS

1 P.M.

The Redwoods are an alternative rock band based in Detroit, MI.
All members are comprised of students/friends of the Detroit Institute of Music Education. As aspiring professional musicians, The Redwoods push boundaries musically and incorporate a large number of styles into their songwriting.

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August 29 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

THE SECRETS

The Secrets are seasoned music scene veterans who grew up in Detroit and were heavily influenced by its musical landscape along with the rock coming from overseas.
They have crafted smart, catchy, fun pop songs that sound instantly familiar yet fresh. They weave them artfully together with well-chosen cover tunes to create an exhilarating live show.

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August 30 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

THE LUCKY NOWS

The Lucky Nows – This high-energy band fuses alt-country, classic rock, delta blues, and folk to create a sound that is uniquely their own.
A delta blues, and folk to create a sound that is uniquely their own. A who’s-who of Michigan musicians, the Lucky Nows feature
Jen Cass,
Eric Janetsky,
Jon Potrykus
Jim Nelson.

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August 30 2016 –  6:00 PM
PARADISE VALLEY’S BEATRICE BUCK PARK

POLYFOLD SUMMER RESIDENCY OPERA OF MODO

6-8 P.M.

Opera MODO is a new and exciting opera company in Detroit, Michigan, dedicated to creating opportunities for young and emerging artists.
Founded in 2011 in Princeton, New Jersey, Opera MODO brings opera to the people through intriguing and modern productions of classical to contemporary operas.

Collaborating with local performers and businesses in Detroit, Opera MODO offers an intimate experience to engage audiences through storytelling, musical integrity and innovative process.
They specialize in setting standard repertoire in new and imaginative settings, bringing new life to our favorite stories.
They strive to balance inspiration from the composer through collaborative storytelling to enhance the experience for the audience and performers.

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August 31 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

ADAM LABEAUX AND THE CLOUDBUILDERS

Adam Labeaux is a Michigan staple that has been performing for nearly 25 years.
Adam and his new band, the Cloudbuilders turn out a soulful, funky, county, folk-rock explosion!

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September 01 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

METRO SOUL BAND (MSB)

Metro Soul Band (MSB) has evolved to be one of the most electrifying acts to come out
of Detroit in a long time.
They have developed a sound of smooth jazz mixed with Motown Classics and R&B.

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September 02 2016 –  12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

THORUGH OUR EYES

“Detroit’s hard rock and metal quintet, Through Our Eyes, brings a distinctive combination of high energy, catchy rhythms with beautifully crooned harmonies mixed with hardcore screams.
Remaining true to their belief of creating music that is honest, real, and from the heart, Through Our Eyes’ delivers a dynamic range of tunes, from bang your head metal to stadium rock anthems.
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– Last Y A Salsa Sunday Social of Winter –



 – Y A Salsa Sunday Social

Sunday,  February 22, 2015  –  5:30 PM

American Legion Post 346

31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI (map)

42.457352 -83.360689

The YA Salsa Social is Detroit’s biggest salsa dance party.

Hosted once per month by YA Salsa,
attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.

WHAT:

$10 at the door gets you:

Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 p.m.!

Endless Beverages & Snacks!

A huge wooden dance floor!

The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ’s

( Issac, Cisco,  MarcB)

Two floors of dancing –

Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,

Latin Mix downstairs !

Cash Bar!   (( $ 1.- draft beer … ))

WHEN:

Sunday, February 22,  2015 , from 5:30 – 10 p.m. —

WHERE: American Legion Post 346

31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI —

WHO:

All Ages welcome


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For you blogger types –
For more events – info – see :
(( you have to go into the ” older posts ”
for some of the info ))

http://midwestmusicanddance.blogspot.com/

http://midwestmusicmafia.blogspot.com/

https://midwestmusicmafia.wordpress.com/

email –

MidwestMusicMafia  At Live or GMail  Dot Com

Twit type People have asked –

Twitter,com/MadDamMad

Twitter,com/MusicMobsters

Twitter,com/DanceArtsMusic
(( some of our people have a few more … ))

for the FB or G+ types – Maybe a Like ?
http://community.rock.com/profile/MidwestMusicMafia

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Greater Cincinnati Bands and Music Groups – CincinnatiBands.com :: The Online Guide to Cincinnati, The Cincinnati Atlas is your complete city guide to entertainment, hotels, restaurants, events, businesses, nightlife, arts, music, movies and sports in Cincinnati ::

500 MILES TO MEMPHIS
ACUMEN
ALONE AT 3AM
AMPFIBIANS
AMPLINE
AMY ANNETTE
ANIMAL CRACKERS
ANOTHER TRAGEDY
APPALACHIAN HIGHWAY
ASS PONYS
BAD VEINS
BANDERAS
BIG IN IOWA
BILLY CATFISH
BILLY HAMILTON & THE LOWRIDERS
BLUE DELUSION
BLUE KARMA
THE BLUE RAVENS
BLUF
BRODY’S MILITIA
<!–BROMWELL-DIEHL BAND
–> BUCKRA
CAMPFIRE CRUSH
CARI CLARA
THE CHAUNCERS
THE CHOCOLATE HORSE
CHRIS DUNNETT
DANDELION DEATH
DAVID WOLFENBERGER
<!–DARK AUDIO PROJECT
–> THE DUST FEEL
ELLISON
EMERGENCY RADIO
ENDIVE
ENDLESS CHAOS
FAIRMOUNT GIRLS
FATHEAD DAVIS
FIZZGIG
FLIGHT STATION
FOLEY ROAD
FOR ALGERNON
FOXY SHAZAM
FREEKBASS
GIANT WOW
GREENHORNES
THE GREEN ROOM
GREG DUTTON
THE HEARTLESS BASTARDS
THE HIDERS
HOMUNCULUS
THE HOST
HOT FOR ALICE
JACKASS
JAKE SPEED & THE FREDDIES
JIMMY KING
THE JUNKARDS
KAILIP
KELLY RICHEY BAND
KOALA FIRES
LEN’S LOUNGE
LEVERAGE
THE LIGHT WIRES
MAD ANTHONY
MAKE THIS YOUR SUMMER
<!–MILKWEED
–> MINNI THINS
<!–MOHENJO DARO
–> <!–MULCH
–> NOAH HUNT & THE 420 ALL-STARS
NORTHSIDE GARAGE
ONE HORSE BAND
ONLY EVERYTHING
OSO BEAR
OVER THE RHINE
PAIN LINK
PETE WAGNER BAND
PINCUSHION
PLASTIC INEVITABLES
POKE
PURE GRAIN
RAY’S MUSIC EXCHANGE
REPRESENT GREEN
ROGER DRAWDY + THE FIRESTARTERS
ROGUES CROSS
RUBY VILEOS
RYAN ADCOCK BAND
SESSION NINETEEN
SHRUG
SIRENS ON SUNDAY
THE SLEEP
THE SLEEPING SEA
SONNY MOORMAN GROUP
STAGGERING STATISTICS
STRIP THE IMAGE
THE SUNDRESSES
SUPER TUESDAY
SWISSFARLO
THISTLE
THE TINGE
TUPELO HONEY
USELESS
VEXING SOULS
VIVA LA FOXX
VOODOO LOONS
THE WANKERS
WOLVERTON BROTHERS
WUSSY

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Greater Cincinnati Bands and Music Groups – CincinnatiBands.com :: The Online Guide to Cincinnati, 

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CO –           http://www.ecincinnati.com/orvmac/music/bands/

Greater Cincinnati Bands and Music Groups – CincinnatiBands.com :: The Online Guide to Cincinnati,

The Cincinnati Atlas | The Online Guide to Cincinnati.

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Burlesque 101 Class starting  – January 4th-February 8th,

building a character and act with a graduation show to debut your progress.

It will span 6 weeks on Sunday nights from 7-9pm at the Colour Field Studio (54 Ravenscroft).

The course is $100.

For more info see the website.


Jazzy Showgirl Booty Camp

In this introductory class, you’ll learn the fine art of Jazzy Showgirl, which is a combination of Cabaret and jazz, with hints of Burlesque and Hip Hop. You’ll also get a great workout, as this is an exercise-based class. Every class begins with a warm-up and stretch, followed by a standing/dancing abs workout. Then, we’ll work on a fun and sexy choreographed routine that we’ll build on week-to-week. Suitable for new dancers and fitness enthusiasts.

Anytime Fitness, 805 Patton Ave., Asheville.

When: Tuesdays, Jan 6th-Feb 3rd.

Cost: $55 until Dec. 31st; $60 Jan. 1 and after.

Sign-up at  this page.

10-15, Wednesday, – Dirty Dog Jazz Café.

97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236, (313) 882-5299.

The Dirty Dog Jazz Café is open for lunch. Live entertainment every Tuesday through Saturday, reservations are recommended.
See web site for cover charge information and show times. www.dirtydogjazz.com 
Great drink and food menu specials.
Usually no cover charge for Wednesday and Thursday jazz shows!
Please visit their web site for more details about the artists and pricing.
•  10-15 through 10-18 – Johnny Trudell Dixieland
featuring Johnny, Ron Kischuk, Gene Parker, Ray Tini, 
Chuck Shermetaro and Billy Cairo.
•  10-22 through 10-23 – Herbie Russ with special guest Gene Dunlap
•  10-24 through 10-25 – Tia Fuller
10-15, every Wednesday, Rockefeller’s Oyster Bar   – 6-10 p.m., 
15402 Mack Ave. Grosse Pointe Park, 48230, 313-626-5000.
Paul Carey on guitar, John Barron on bass and Mark LoDuca on piano and vocals.
15, Wednesday,  Steinway Gallery
The Modern CAP Band
Jimmy Smith, Matt Martinez, Joe O’Mara, Jake Shadik, Mark Berger, Caleb Nelson, Daniel Meinecke, Michael Palazzolo, and Skeeto Valdez.
The Modern CAP Band is also exited to have Liz Smith as a featured vocalist for this concert.
10-15 through 10-18, Saturday. 18th Annual Edgefest:
Kerrytown Concert House.
BAS(S)ically Sound!
Please see attached Edgefest ’14 schedule. www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com
10-15, every Wednesday,
The Glenn Tucker Organ Trio at Cliff Bell’s, 8:30 p.m., no cover.
2030 Park Avenue, Detroit, 48226, 313-961-2543, www.cliffbells.com

10-15, Wednesday, Toty Viola guitar/vocals
Shield’s Pizza – Troy location,
1476 W. Maple Rd. (just West of Crooks) Troy, MI 48084  6-9 p.m.

10-15, The Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Society

Atla (vocals) and Matt DeChamplain on piano, with Paul Keller on bass.
“Ignite the Jazz” Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
Red Room, Toledo Club, reservations necessary. www.arttatumsociety.com, e-mail info@arttatumsociety.com, 419-241-5299.
10-15, every Wednesday,
Sodbuster
Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland every Wednesday at the .  8-11 p.m.,
The Sodbuster features a full menu of appetizers, salads, and sandwiches, including Ragtime Rick’s Original Red Light Chili, guaranteed to give you a warm feeling to “clear your sinuses, bring a tear to your eye, and leave you with fond memories.”
Complete bar service is available, with an ample selection of draft beers.
Located in Haymarket Square, 5758 N. Main Street in Sylvania, Ohio, 419-517-1045, www.chefsofdixieland.com or www.sodbusterbar.com.

10-15, every Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.,
Dégagé Jazz Café,
301 River Road, Maumee, OH 43537, 419-794-8205.
the Gene Parker Jazz Jam. 
 
10-16, Thursday (except the second) – 7-9:30 p.m.
Nikola’s 
Telegraph just north of 10 Mile Rd.,
west side of the street. 
former Stan Kenton drummer Jerry McKenzie, Ray Tini on bass, and “Just Jazz” 
Second Thursday: Don Swindell Quartet. See schedule below:  
•  10-16 – Sheryl Martin on vocals, Scott Gwinnell on piano
•  10-23 – Mark Kiem on saxophone/clarinet (plays with Johnny Trudell and Craig Strain’s big bands)
•  10-30 – Meri Slaven on vocals (Metro Jazz Voices)
 
10-16, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. 
Vocalist Mark Randisi and Cliff Monear on piano
Tin Fish in St.
24420 Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores, 48080, 586-778-8330, www.tinfishrestaurants.com
The web site has a great looking steak and a martini – yum.
10-16, Third Thursday,
Anything Goes” with Kerry Price at the Dakota Inn,  7:00-9:30 p.m.,
great sing-along.
John R just north of McNichols (6 Mile) in Detroit.
Good German food and drink, lighted and guarded parking lot, reservations recommended, 313-856-9722.
10-16, Thursday (1st and 3rd) Thursday each month, Gary Greenfelder Orchestra (GGO)
Big Band Swing Music at Club 54
with regulars – vocalist Jennifer Jones, Pete Tocco, Paul Venditti.
Van Dyke Road just north of 16 Mile Road on the east side of the street (in the Sterling Plaza)!
“We Strive to Keep Music Alive.” 7-10 p.m. Call  586-795-0054. $5 cover,
10-16, Thursday (2nd and 4th),
REMINDER! NO JAZZ TONIGHT.
The Marges Bar Band goes back to the old schedule beginning on 10-23 with the 40-year tradition of Thursday night jazz from 7-10 p.m.
Marges Bar and Grill, 15300 Mack Avenue at Beaconsfield, Grosse Pointe Park, 48230, www.margesbar.com 
Lots of sit-ins have been joining the band every week … so come on out! 
Visit Marge’s on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MargesBarBand
10-16, Thursday, RGB Trio Open Mic Jazz Jam at Bert’s Marketplace. Award winning and longest running jam session in Detroit, going on 14 years. Features pianist and leader Bill Meyer, Ralphe Armstrong on bass and Gayelynn McKinney on drums. Jam session begins at 8:30 p.m., $3 cover for the best live jam in Detroit! 2738 Russell in the Detroit Eastern Market.
10-16, Thursday, Michele Ramo on 8-string guitar with special guests sitting in. Jenuwine
Cigar Factory Outlets, 8-11 p.m.,
#1 Cigar Lounge in Michigan. 44791 Schoenherr Rd., Sterling Heights, 586-997-1731. www.RamoMusic.com
10-16, every Thursday, the Dan David Trio at the Detroit Seafood Market from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
1435 Randolph St., Detroit. 313-962-4180, http://www.thedetroitseafoodmarket.com
10-16 every Thursday, Toty Viola guitar/vocals with Greg (Greco) Freeman on Percussion/vocals
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge,  20510 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221 Happy Hour 4:30pm – 7:30pm
 
10-16, Friday, Toty Viola solo guitar at Tré Monti 
(Hour Magazine 2013 Restaurant of the Year Winner),
1695 E Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI (in the back of the San Marino Club). http://tremontitroy.com
10-17, Friday, 7-10 p.m., new venue for vocalist Meri Slaven. Meri on vocals, Scott Gwinnell on piano and Jordan Schug on bass, music from Meri’s new CD on Jazzcat Records “Get Out of Town.” Crews Inn, 31988 N. River Rd., Harrison Township, 586-463-8144. The Crews Inn is known for a terrific, moderately priced menu. Also wonderfully fun, relaxing atmosphere located on the Clintin River. Please see attached flier for more information.
 
10-17, Friday, 
Paul Carey Trio,
featuring Paul on guitar, John Barron on acoustic bass and Mark LoDuca on piano and coals. 7 p.m.,
Clinton Twp. Harbor House, 34250 Groesbeck Hwy. 586-791-5070, great food and jazz.
10-18, Saturday, The Greater Detroit Jazz Society “Jazz at Shield’s”
The Johnny Trudell Quintet with special guest Carl Cafagna on reeds, 1-4 p.m. at Shield’s of Southfield, $10 entertainment charge. www.GreaterDetroitJazzSociety.com
10-18, Saturday,
vocalist Pam Jaslove and the SwingTones perform “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” – songs from The Great American Songbook
Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge, 2 p.m. http://www.berkley.lib.mi.us/index.shtml
10-19, Sunday,
Johnny Trudell’s Band (with Carl Cafagna, Ron Kischuk, Dan Jordan, Bill Cairo and Chuck Shermetaro) plays for the fall open house and Cruise-in Classic Car Show
Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site. 1-5 p.m.,
admission is free, everyone is welcome.
All collector vehicles are welcome to display, no registration fee, no judging, just cruise in and enjoy.
Many old Packards, and the Packard Powered Miss America X will be on display.
Cub Scout Pack 92 will present a Pinewood Derby.
This is a great event if you love old cars!
49965 Van Dyke Avenue, Shelby Township, 48317, information 586-739-4800. Sponsored by ANKARA Industries.
10-19, Sunday,
First Baptist Church of B’ham presents B’Jazz Vespers with Jerry McKenzie’s “Just Jazz” featuring Jerry on drums, Terry Lower on piano, Ray Tini on bass, Edye Evans Hyde on vocals (2011 West Michigan “Musician of the Year”) and Michael Hyde on guitar performing “A Little Streisand & Sondheim.”
Free and open to the public.
First Baptist Church, 300 Willits Street, Birmingham, 48009-3300, Tel: 248-644-0550. 5-7 p.m.,
Free will offering.
10-19, Sunday,
“Let’s Make Music” Benefit Concert featuring The Millionaires, The Soulkrackers, Thornetta Davis and Bobby Murray,
benefits the Bradford Academy Music & Athletic Programs, 3-7 p.m.,
Bradford Academy High School, 24218 Garner Street, Southfield, 48033, 248-351-0000
Tickets $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door.
Event organized by Mark LoDuca’s wife Laura, please make checks payable to Laura LoDuca.
10-19, Sunday,
First Presbyterian Church of Farmington Hills
“Great Performances in a Sacred space” features Gary Greenfelder’s Dynamic Resonance Brass Quintet,
4 p.m., a family-friendly event.
Dress is casual and informal.
No advance ticket sales,
donations will be collected and used to fund the musicians.
Suggestion: $15 per person, $25 per family.
26165 Farmington, on the Northwest corner of 11 Mile and Farmington Roads, Farmington Hills.
Ample free parking, facility is barrier free and handicap accessible. More information, 248-474-6170 or visit www.farmington-pres.org.
10-19, Sunday,  Cheek to Cheek featuring Sandra Bomar and Tony Camilletti on vocals, Harvey Rdde on piano, John Dana on bass and Eric Luncquist on sax and winds, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, 20510 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, $5 cover.
10-19, every Sunday, vocalist Sheila Landis and 7-string guitarist Rick Matle play jazz, blues and R&B during Sunday, Brunch at Beans and Cornbread Soulful Bistro from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Located at 29508 Northwestern Hwy in the Sunset Strip Plaza, between 12 Mile and Inkster Roads in Southfield. Reservations are  suggested by calling in advance: 248-208-1680. Come and enjoy the Heart and Soul of Southern Cooking! Web: www.beanscornbread.comwww.sheilalandis.com
10-19, Sunday, 
Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings, 

James Dapogny and Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings play at Zal Gaz Grotto. 5 p.m., admission $7, $5 for students and seniors.
Zal Gaz Grotto
2070 Stadium Boulevard between Liberty and Pauline and across from the Ann Arbor west side Post Office.
The Grotto has a light menu, a bar, free parking, a dance floor, no steps (except on the dance floor), an unusually friendly and welcoming audience, a 7-foot Yamaha grand piano, and an unusual hot ten-piece jazz band.
10-19, Sunday (every), 
Ingrid Racine Quartet at the Gandy Dancer, 10 a.m. brunch, 734-769-0592,
401 Depot Street in Ann Arbor.
Call to make sure she’s playing that day!
10-19, Sunday (every),
jazz guitarist/vocalist Toty Viola and percussionist/vocalist Greco Freeman
LaDolce Vita, 17546 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48203
from noon-3 p.m. for their Jazz Brunch.
Later that evening, 6:30 pm – 9:30pm, Toty Viola Guitar/vocals

10-19, Sunday,
Michele Ramo on 8 String Guitar, Heidi Hepler voice,
Trattoria Da Luigi, 7-9:30 p.m., 415 S. Washington Avenue, Royal Oak, 248-542-4444,
reservations suggested.
10-19, Sunday, 
Soul Jazz Sunday 
Cadieux Cafe, 8:30-p.m.,
4300 Cadieux Road, Detroit, MI 48224, 313-882-8560, www.cadieuxcafe.com.
10-20, Monday, 
The Paul Keller Orchestra (PKO). Ann Arbor, The 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra PKO plays very Monday night from 7 till 9:45 p.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto
2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline) on the west side of Ann Arbor. 
10-23, (2nd and 4th Thursday),
a new engagement for Gary Greenfelder Orchestra (GGO) with guest vocalist Barbara Ware at the Macomb Music Theatre in downtown Mt. Clemens, 7-10 p.m. 
$10 cover,
dancers are welcome. 
The GGO is a high-energy swing band that plays exciting arrangements of the music from the 30s through modern arrangements of current day tunes.
Tickets $10.
10-23, Thursday,
vocalist Sheila Landis and Rick Matle on 7-string guitar
Filippa’s Wine Barrel, 7-10 p.m., 45125 Mound Road, M-59, Utica, 586-254-1311.
Outstanding menu, full bar, warm atmosphere and great music.
10-24 through 26, Friday-Sunday, 
ONE ROOM LEFT!!! 
The Fall Jazz Weekend at the Terrace Inn (an historic Bed and Breakfast Inn in Bay View – Petoskey),
featuring Ray Heitger’s Cakewalkin’ Jass Band with Nicole Heitger on vocals (from Toledo)
and Paul Klinger’s Easy Street Jazz Band featuring Kerry Price on vocals (from Ann Arbor).
This weekend is filling up fast!
Sponsored by the Greater Detroit Jazz Society,
10-25, Saturday, 
Vocalist Barbara Ware with Cliff Monear on piano
Peabody’s, 34965 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham. 248-644-5222. 7:30 p.m.
10-26, Sunday,
Trombonists Ron Kischuk and Ed Gooch, 
Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church presents Jazz at JAPCSunday afternoon 4:30 p.m. in the Santuary.
Free Admission, donations welcome,
Free, lighted and guarded parking.
Second of eight mostly-free events in their combined Music and Jazz Series.
8625 East Jefferson Avenue at Burns Drive, Detroit, MI 48214, 313-822-3456, www.japc.org.
10-26, Sunday,
Planet D Nonet at the Blue Goose Inn, St. Clair Shores, 4-7 p.m.
10-26, Sunday,
Divas and Jazz –
An evening of mellow sounds featuring Sandra Bomar, Thornetta Davis, Charles Scales, Yancyy, and John Melhado.
Fall Concert at Detroit Unity Temple, 17505 Second, Detroit, $15. www.detroitunity.com.
10-28, last Tuesday of the month, 
Jazz @ The Elks presents the Cliff Monear Trio with Barbara Ware. Barbara on vocals, Cliff Monear on keyboard, Jeff Pedraz on bass and Jim Ryan on drums. 
$10 donation at the door includes hors d’oeuvres. 
Plymouth-Ann Arbor Elks Lodge, 
41700 Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth.
For more information call 734-453-1780 or visit www.plymouthelks1780.com 
 
11-1, Saturday,
The Greater Detroit Jazz Society “Jazz at Shield’s” presents piano virtuoso Bill Meyer and special guests vocalist Mike Carluccio, Jerry McKenzie on drums and Michele Ramo on guitar and jazz violin, plus guest vocalists and more rhythm, 1-4 p.m. at Shield’s of Southfield,
$10 entertainment charge. www.GreaterDetroitJazzSociety.com
11-5, Wednesday (first Wednesday every month),
Ron Kischuk’s Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band at the Grand Hotel (TV’s Grand Event) in Trenton. 
The Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band will feature Ron on trombone with an all-star band.  
TV’s Grand Event, food is reasonably priced and excellent (the hotel has the former Opus One chef). 6:30-9:30 p.m.,
reservations recommended. $5 cover, food and drink specials. ,
2651 W. Jefferson Avenue, Trenton, MI 48183, 34-671-567, tvsgrandevent@yahoo.com
11-6, Thursday (first of every month), 
Gabby Rosolino on flugelhorn and vocals, Jerry Neeley on keyboard/vocals, Tom Ploeger on sax, Dennis DeCello on drums, Ron Rosolino on bass and vocals
Sports Channel Bar, 7:30-10:30 p.m.,
25419 Jefferson Avenue, north of 10 Mile Rd., next to Harbor Lanes, St. Clair Shores. 586-771-2333.
Good selection of food and drinks at affordable prices, nice room with lots of tables. Sit-ins welcome!
11-9, Sunday, (second of every month), 
Attic Dwellers Jam Session at Paycheck’s Lounge, 2932 Caniff in Hamtramck, 1-5 p.m.
Open to all acoustic players and listeners.
11-9, Sunday,
Swingin’ Chopin performs at the Clinton macomb Public Library in support of their CD “Chopin Jazz.”
The program will feature selections from the band’s CD based on the beloved classical melodies of Frederic Chopin performed in American Jazz and Latin American styles along with Jazz Classicsto be announced.
Swingin’ Chopin is led by prominent Detroit-Metro area bassist and educator Rich Kowalewski and is rounded out by an all-star ensemble of Detroit jazz veterans:
alto-soprano saxist Joe Ivers, pianist Kurt Schreitmueller and drummer Rob Emanuel.
More information is available on the web at www.reverbnation.com/swinginchopin.
Clinton Macomb Public Library 
40900 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township, Mi 48038.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the band will perform 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Admission is free and go to www.cmpl.org or call 586-226-5008 for more information
“Chopin Jazz” CD is available day of show or by going to : www.cdbaby.com/Artist/SwinginChopin.
 
11-21 through 23,
The 24th Annual Suncoast Classic Jazz Festival, www.SuncoastJazzClassic.com
11/29 
Planet D Nonet
3rd Annual Strayhorn Tribute at the Scarab Club at 2 pm.
The Strayhorn Centennial!  
217 Farnsworth St, Detroit.
The PD9 is Detroit multiple Detroit Music Award Winning Swing band & they record for the Detroit Music Factory Label.
Vocalist Camille Price will be the featured guest.
Thomas “Billy” Strayhorn (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967) was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger, best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington, lasting nearly three decades.
His compositions include “Take the ‘A’ Train.” “Chelsea Bridge“, and “Lush Life.”
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Jazz Radio:
WRCJ – Detroit – Classical radio by day, jazz by night. 90.9 WRCJ-FM is Detroit’s premier public radio source for classical and jazz music. Visit www.wrcj909fm.org for programming.
 
WEMU 89.1 – Ypsilanti – Jazz. News. Blues. www.wemu.org
 
East Lansing Web Site:
 
Lansing Area Jazz – www.jazzjam.com
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DETROIT BLUES SOCIETY
Check out the Detroit Blues Society web site and the monthly newsletter for details on all the blues events around our area.  Members with an email address also get access to a weekly e-blast known as the Blues Stimulus package.  New and renewing members also get several $5 coupons and a bumper sticker along with their membership card.  All memberships and donations are tax deductable so a Basic $25 membership is almost free.  Find out what is happening in the Detroit blues scene by becoming a member of the Society.  www.detroitbluessociety.org.
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             Sunday, July 27, 2014

             5:30 PM

               American Legion Post 346

  • 31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI (map)

    42.457352-83.360689
  • The next YA Salsa Social is July 27th !
    The YA Salsa Social is Detroit’s biggest salsa dance party.

         Hosted once per month by YA Salsa,
         attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.
         3 concurrent lessons – Beginner / intermediate / on 2 / .. all begin by app. 5:40

  • WHAT:
    $10 at the door gets you:
    Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 p.m.!
    Endless Beverages & Snacks!
    A huge wooden dance floor!
    The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ’s (Cisco, Issac, MarcB)
    Two floors of dancing – Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,

         Latin Mix downstairs by DJ Caliente!

         Cash Bar!

The LaFontaine Main Stage at The Riverside Beer Garden

The main stage, sponsored by
The LaFontaine Automotive Group
, will be under the big top in the Riverside Beer Garden, with live music until midnight on Friday and Saturday! Families are welcome until 9pm both Friday and Saturday evening!

Click Here For Our Full Schedule!

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Scott Morgan
Performing Saturday, August 16
A true Michigan Rock’n’Roll legend, Scott Morgan first gained fame in the mid 60′s with the Ann Arbor garage/soul band the Rationals. He went on to front some of the most legendary names in Detroit Rock including Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, Powertrane and Doge Main, as well as European collaborations like Hydromatic Drive & The Solution. Morgan is bringing his new 10 piece garage/soul band to the Heritage Festival Stage, which includes members of the more recent Detroit Garage Rock heroes The Sights.

1979922_10203739004660160_1795154558_oThird Coast Kings
Performing Friday, August 15
The Third Coast Kings are a seven element proper deep funk and soul outfit from Michigan. They make it a point to remain true to the style and technique of playing proper deep funk and soul to a live audience that might otherwise only be heard on dusty 45s. They are proud to be a part of the growing number of acts putting the right kind of funk back onto the stage, bringing the hot heat to wherever they perform, like only the Kings can. These cats will put the dip back into your hips and the jive in your stride.

lady-sunshine-and-the-x-band-c1d737b5c051c253_largeLady Sunshine & the X Band
Performing Saturday, August 16
Lady Sunshine was born to sing the blues. Born on a plantation near the Mississippi Delta in West Helena Arkansas, Lady Sunshine grew up singing gospel music as a little girl and is definitely the ‘real deal’! Sunshine is the consumate entertainer and that deep soulful southern hunger that drives her is apparent both on and off the stage through her heartfelt originals and down-to-earth demeanor. She moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1975 and began performing professionally in genres such as Blues, R&B, Gospel, Soul & Jazz.

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George Bedard & the Kingpins
Performing Friday, August 15
George Bedard has been a seminal figure on the Michigan roots rock scene for more than 20 years. A member of the Silvertones in the 1970s and Tracy Lee & the Leonards in the 1980s, Bedard has been increasingly attracting the attention that his energetic guitar playing and gutsy vocals deserve as leader of his own band, the Kingpins. Goldmine recently called Bedard “one of the best rockabilly pickers on the planet,” while Record Roundup wrote “Bedard may not become the next trendy thing, but as far as this kind of music, he’s already the next cool thing.

5611435485_9d05d8837f_zBlack Jake & the Carnies
Performing Sunday, August 17
Led by the pied piper of the macabre, “Black Jake”Zettelmaier, these nontraditional ne’er-do-wells disinter traditional instruments from their folky tombs and imbue them with new unnatural life. Jolts of punk, ragtime, blues,and circus music course through every fiber, creating a rampaging crabgrass monster of dynamic energy you just can’t ignore. Friend and foe alike can’t help but marvel at their foot-stomping, genre-throttling licks.

1459175_10152042344972184_1033366417_nDragon Wagon
Performing Sunday, August 17
Dragon Wagon’s  high-energy mix of bluegrass, rock and folk with just a shot of Irish whiskey is guaranteed to get any crowd dancing, laughing, and singing along.  Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo, Bass, Drums and harmony vocals bring honest original music and tasty covers to life with expert musicianship and a genuine crowd connection. Featured at major events and venues nationwide, Dragon Wagon has earned the respect of their peers and the love of fans across the country with their Fine Mitten Spirits!

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John Latini & the Flying Latini Brothers
Performing Saturday, August 16
John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas. And it’s not just that he’s been awarded an official Proclamation from Paul Schreiber, mayor of his Ypsilanti home town, or that he received a “Letter of Recognition and Appreciation” from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

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Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys
Performing Friday, August 15
Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys got its start in 2005. Just like rockabilly originators Johnny Cash, Bill Haley and Carl Perkins, this Michigan trio cut its teeth on steel-guitar driven country in the style. But the draw of the big beat was irresistible, and over time the band’s approach has become sharper and tighter. Not self-consciously retro, Delilah and the Lost Boys remain committed to hand-crafted American music that stands at the crossroads of creativity and craftsmanship, liberally drawing from hony tonk country, rockabilly and surf music.

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Captain Ivory 
Performing Saturday, August 16
The Motor City is a down and dirty place to be these days.  Captain Ivory’s music reflects this sentiment with a raw power that mirrors the crumbled rubble of a Detroit city street.  The same streets that laid the groundwork for some of Rock N’ Roll’s most acclaimed artists–Captain Ivory kept their ear to the pavement to blend sounds both new and old.  A sound of legends who’ve walked before, with a twist of new that is sure to get your feet tapping and hands clapping…

photo-4-5The Devil Elvis Show
Performing Friday, August 15
Formed in early 2007, The Devil Elvis Show is a Rock & Roll band from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area that specializes in performing Elvis tunes in a unique and modern way.  Combining 50’s Rock & Roll with elements of rockabilly, country, punk, soul, and R & B. Devil Elvis is more than a tribute to Elvis, it is a tribute to Rock & Roll itself. The band appeals to anyone that enjoys a rockin’ good time.

NoteworthyNoteworthy Soul Band
Performing Friday, August 15
“A collaboration of diverse musicians, inspired by the spirituality of music” NoteWorthy’s style is a fusion of old-school and new, and appeals to a wide spectrum of tastes. Whether they are playing a bluesy rendition of a classic hit or an original creation, NoteWorthy keeps it RAW, INTENSE and REAL.

1902811_10203145597895950_4461232735676800972_nTall Cool One
Performing Saturday, August 16
Led Zeppelin is alive and well and living in Ypsilanti through this local tribute band!

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Dave Menzo and the
Cave of Wonders

Performing Saturday, August 16
From deep tribal drums sounds, to the soaring strings and vocals, and all the electrifying layers in between.

 

 


1891134_10152271175480266_108833099_nGhost City Searchlight
Performing Sunday, August 17
Ghost City Searchlight plays original music inspired by traditional Celtic and American folk songs infused with raucous energy. Their brand of charismatic folk-rock tells stories that are drawn from the spirit of tall tales heard around the campfire, from the pages of dime novels read under the covers with a flashlight, and from the personal experiences of anyone who
feels the deck is stacked against them.
2014 YHF Main Stage Schedule

Lindy Hop Class Curriculum: Then and Now

 

A frequently debated topic among instructors for their local weekly beginner series is the best way to go about it. You’ve probably heard some of these phrases mentioned,

 

Six count moves?

Eight count moves Without triple steps?

Four or six week series?

Heavy technique or make it fun?

 

… an interesting comparison would be to take a curriculum from an existing scene and compare it to one that existed in the early 2000′s. 

… curriculum from GottaSwing in 2001

next to New School Swing‘s curriculum which offers lessons these days.

 

GottaSwing Curriculum (2001)

 

Description:  An unusually thorough and entertaining Beginners course. You’ll learn over 20 moves, turns, spins and dips in just 6 weeks, plus expert technique tips. Throughout, we’ll strongly emphasize good (momentum-based) leading and following technique, because that’s the key to becoming a superb dance partner. After our Swing I course, you’ll know more Swing moves — AND you’ll have better dance technique — than after any other Swing I course on the East Coast.

 

  • Prerequisite: Ability to count to 6.
  • No partner or experience needed.
  • We often have several Swing I classes running concurrently. If so, you are welcome to attend any or all of them for no extra charge (e.g., to make up a missed class, or for extra practice time).
  • 6 weeks – 1.5 hours each week – 9 hours total. (Occasionally shorter or longer, depending on calendar constraints.)

 

Swing I – Summary List. …

 

  • Good (momentum-based) Leading & Following Technique
  • Basic step – Single, Double, Triple
    • Closed Position
    • Open Position
  • “Simple” change of places (low hands)
  • Arch Turn
  • Lady’s Inside Turns (aka ‘Loop’ Turns) (left side; right side)
  • Sweetheart (2-hand version of Lady’s Inside Turn) (left side; right side) — also known as Cuddle or Wrap or Basket
  • Lady’s Outside Turns (left side; right side)
  • Parallels (2-hand version of Lady’s Outside Turn) (left side; right side)
  • Man’s Outside Turns (left side; right side)
    • High-hand version
    • Break through the hands — 2 versions
    • Fred Astaire-inspired version
  • Man’s Inside Turns (left side; right side)
  • Man’s Sweetheart (just for fun)
  • Various Alternating-Person and Mix-and-match Turns Series
    • Almost every conceivable combination
  • She-Go/He-Go (5 different versions)
  • Double Arm Slide (aka Dishrag or Drape) (3 different exits)
  • Simple Dip [if we have time]
  • As far as we know, no other 6-week (or even 10-week) Swing I class comes even remotely close to teaching you this much!

 

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New School Swing Curriculum (2014)

 

…  curriculum  –  two different 4-week series that classes go for an hour each in 6-count move and 8-count moves and both are required to move up to the next level of classes.

Included with beginner classes is something known as Lindy Dojo

 

Description 8 – Count:

 

…. In these four sessions, we’ll focus on basic 8-count Lindy Hop moves for the brand-new dancers, but we’ll concentrate on good technique and connection so there is always something for more experienced swing dancers, too.

… You must know all the material in the 6-Count and 8-Count Lindy Hop Basics and Fundamentals Classes before moving to advanced beginner classes.

 

Description 6 – Count:

 

… we’ll focus on basic 6-count Lindy Hop moves for the brand-new dancers, but we’ll concentrate on good technique and connection so there is always something for more experienced swing dancers, too.

 

6 – Count Curriculum:

 

  • Pulse
  • Open and Closed Frame (Position)
  • Weight Shifts and Triple Steps
  • 6 – Count Basic and Rotating Basic
  • Tuck Turn
  • 6 – Count Circle from Closed
  • 6 – Count Circle from Open
  • Send Out
  • Return to Closed
  • Right Side Pass

 

8 – Count Curriculum:

 

  • Pulse
  • Open and Closed Frame (Position)
  • Weight Shifts and Triple Steps
  • Side by Side 8 – Count Basic
  • Follow in Front
  • Leader in Front
  • 8 – Count Circle from Closed
  • 8 – Count Circle from Open
  • Swingout from Closed
  • Swingout from Open
  • Side by Side Charleston Basic

 

Comparison

 

Funky Move NamesReading the older curriculum a thing that stood out to me at first was the unusual names of some moves. After some thought I realized though it’s just because probably some of these names or even the moves themselves may have faded out of the common vernacular. 

…some of those moves have become unpopular such as “The Drape” … or “The Pretzel” from their Swing II curriculum.

 

Time CommitmentNew School Swing asks for 4 one hour classes, whereas GottaSwing asks for 6 hour and a half classes. A total of 4 hours expected for New School Swing and 9 hours expected for GottaSwing it is obvious they have slightly more than twice the time to cover material. However, there is an optional 45 extra minutes each week a beginner student can commit to on top of their courses at New School Swing due to Lindy Dojo, bringing the potential time spent by beginner students to 7 hours.

 

I would say the advantage GottaSwing had was due to the large time commitment teachers could cover a fairly comprehensive body of material. However the disadvantage from a marketing standpoint is that produces a larger barrier of entry. New School Swing’s approach shines in that area because there is an optional component for making more motivated students have a clear avenue to spend extra time to improve.

 

Conclusion: Making a guess, I would assume GottaSwing’s curriculum catered toward dancers coming off the tail end of the 90′s neoswing craze who after watching Malcom X or the Gap Add thought of swing dancing as a series of flashy moves.

 

 

 

 

 

… An … element of some homogenization.

GottaSwing in Boston was (to my knowledge) a branch of the original GottaSwing out in Washington D.C.

New School Swing utilizes the common method of teaching swingouts by starting students doing an 8 count pattern in side by side and continues to work towards the lindy circle, then finally the swingout.

 

 

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  • Sunday, January 19, 2014

    5:45 PM to 8:00 PM

  • First Baptist Church of Birmingham B’Jazz Vespers Series

    300 Willits – corner of Bates, Birmingham, MI (map)
    (( Ask for Lynn – MtUp // or Mr.G ))
  • “Krupa”The Pete Siers Trio features the music of the “Gene Krupa Trio”
    Dave Bennett, clarinet
    Tad Weed, piano
    Pete on drums

    Refreshments will be served after the concert and during this time it’s possible to meet the artists.
    B’Jazz Vespers is held in the English Gothic sanctuary of First Baptist Church at the corner of Willits and Bates Streets, across from The Willits, at 300 Willits Street, one block north of Maple and one block west of Old Woodward Avenue.
    Free parking is available in the adjacent lot. B’Jazz Vespers features 100 minutes of secular jazz performance and 20 minutes for a non-sectarian worship interlude between two jazz sets.
    A free-will offering is taken for the musicians.

    No admission charge. Casual attire.

    firstbaptistbirmingham.org
    Contact: Leslie Jaquez,  or  Robert Washburn,

    We certainly hope you’ll join us.

  • Everyone is welcome.—————————–

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