March 08, 2016

Livewire: 10 concerts you can't miss this week

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Thursday, 3/10 -
Marcus Belgrave scholarship fundraiser 
@ Charles H. Wright Museum -
There aren’t many more jazz events this year that have the import of this one. We all know how crucial Belgrave and his work was. And now, Belgrave’s Jazz Development workshop is headed by his widow, Joan, who’s overseeing a fundraiser to support talented young musicians. And the event itself has so many of our best young players, proteges influenced by his work with the Tribe collective, and beyond. 
Doors at 7 p.m.; 315 E. Warren, Detroit; marcusbelgrave.com; Tickets are $25 general, $100 VIP
Thursday, 3/10 - Marcus Belgrave scholarship fundraiser @ Charles H. Wright Museum - There aren’t many more jazz events this year that have the import of this one. We all know how crucial Belgrave and his work was. And now, Belgrave’s Jazz Development workshop is headed by his widow, Joan, who’s overseeing a fundraiser to support talented young musicians. And the event itself has so many of our best young players, proteges influenced by his work with the Tribe collective, and beyond. Doors at 7 p.m.; 315 E. Warren, Detroit; marcusbelgrave.com; Tickets are $25 general, $100 VIP
Thursday, 3/10 -
Infamous Stringdusters
@ The Magic Bag -
Are you ready to seriously get down, old-timey style? It’s hard to beat the justly named Infamous Stringdusters when it comes to high-energy, dust-cropping folk/bluegrass style jams. The Grammy-nominated act has played festivals the world over, and here’s a rare opportunity to see them in the flesh and mere yards aware from your own lovely, sweaty, and grinning face.
Doors at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; themagicbag.com; $20 in advance.
Thursday, 3/10 - Infamous Stringdusters @ The Magic Bag - Are you ready to seriously get down, old-timey style? It’s hard to beat the justly named Infamous Stringdusters when it comes to high-energy, dust-cropping folk/bluegrass style jams. The Grammy-nominated act has played festivals the world over, and here’s a rare opportunity to see them in the flesh and mere yards aware from your own lovely, sweaty, and grinning face. Doors at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; themagicbag.com; $20 in advance.
Friday, 3/11 -
GoldLink
@ Populux -
This Washington, D.C. rapper is one of the genre’s rising stars. After releasing his debut album last December, GoldLink has been touring nonstop to support the critically acclaimed release. The album, And After That, We Didn’t Talk has hard rhythms that sound like uptempo house music; GoldLink likes to refer to it as “future bounce.” He also doesn’t shy away from classic R&B sounds too. None other than Rick Rubin has been mentoring GoldLink in the studio, and it pays off. The contrast of GoldLink’s highly personal lyrics with his crazy and heavy production is something to behold. You won’t want to miss this up-and-comer. 
Doors at 9:30 p.m.; 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets $15 in advance, $20 day of show.
Friday, 3/11 - GoldLink @ Populux - This Washington, D.C. rapper is one of the genre’s rising stars. After releasing his debut album last December, GoldLink has been touring nonstop to support the critically acclaimed release. The album, And After That, We Didn’t Talk has hard rhythms that sound like uptempo house music; GoldLink likes to refer to it as “future bounce.” He also doesn’t shy away from classic R&B sounds too. None other than Rick Rubin has been mentoring GoldLink in the studio, and it pays off. The contrast of GoldLink’s highly personal lyrics with his crazy and heavy production is something to behold. You won’t want to miss this up-and-comer. Doors at 9:30 p.m.; 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets $15 in advance, $20 day of show.
Friday, 3/11 -
Tortoise
@ the Blind Pig -
For more than two dozen years, Chicago’s instrumental act Tortoise has pushed the boundaries of post-punk into new realms that demolish the lines between dub, contemporary classical, jazz, and rock-based sounds. They took the last seven years off, and have just returned with one of their best works in years, an album with a silly name (The Catastrophist — what’s that, some pretentious kid’s blog) that is joyous, inventive, and excellent. It even cagily gets down with the synth craze that’s swept the nation while they took a break, but absolutely in their own way. Don’t sleep on this.
Doors at 9 p.m.; 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; 734-996-8555; $18.
Friday, 3/11 - Tortoise @ the Blind Pig - For more than two dozen years, Chicago’s instrumental act Tortoise has pushed the boundaries of post-punk into new realms that demolish the lines between dub, contemporary classical, jazz, and rock-based sounds. They took the last seven years off, and have just returned with one of their best works in years, an album with a silly name (The Catastrophist — what’s that, some pretentious kid’s blog) that is joyous, inventive, and excellent. It even cagily gets down with the synth craze that’s swept the nation while they took a break, but absolutely in their own way. Don’t sleep on this. Doors at 9 p.m.; 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; 734-996-8555; $18.
Fri., 3/11- Sat., 3/12 -
‘Nufonia Must Fall’
@ Power Center -
Nufonia Must Fall is a graphic novel created by scratch DJ and producer Kid Koala. Koala wrote a soundtrack to the graphic novel and teamed up with filmmaker/puppeteer K.K. Barrett to turn the thing into a silent film. Tonight, as you watch the film, Kid Koala and the Cecilia Quartet provide the live score on strings, piano, and, of course, turntables. Kid Koala has toured and worked with bands like Radiohead and Arcade Fire, and K.K. Barrett has contributed to films like Her and Where the Wild Things Are. The film tells the story of a cute little robot who falls in love with a human girl. It’s a classic happy love story with a special live twist. 
Doors at 8 p.m.; 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; ums.org/performaces; Tickets $24-54.
Fri., 3/11- Sat., 3/12 - ‘Nufonia Must Fall’ @ Power Center - Nufonia Must Fall is a graphic novel created by scratch DJ and producer Kid Koala. Koala wrote a soundtrack to the graphic novel and teamed up with filmmaker/puppeteer K.K. Barrett to turn the thing into a silent film. Tonight, as you watch the film, Kid Koala and the Cecilia Quartet provide the live score on strings, piano, and, of course, turntables. Kid Koala has toured and worked with bands like Radiohead and Arcade Fire, and K.K. Barrett has contributed to films like Her and Where the Wild Things Are. The film tells the story of a cute little robot who falls in love with a human girl. It’s a classic happy love story with a special live twist. Doors at 8 p.m.; 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; ums.org/performaces; Tickets $24-54.
Saturday, 3/12 -
‘N-it-2-Win-it’
@ Faith Christian Assembly Church -
Lydia Wright is a writer and native Detroiter and her stage production N-it-2-Win-it is coming to Detroit after a successful tour throughout the South. The show prides itself on bringing out the positive aspects in life while putting on a class-act show. The writing is entertaining but also informative. Wright performs in the show, as well as other pastors from the community. The music is soulful and full of positivity and light. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will go to FAWN (Fighting AIDS With Nutrition), and everyone is encouraged to bring a case of water for Flint.  
Doors at 7 p.m.; 25201 W. Outer Dr., Melvindale; Tickets $20, VIP $25.
Saturday, 3/12 - ‘N-it-2-Win-it’ @ Faith Christian Assembly Church - Lydia Wright is a writer and native Detroiter and her stage production N-it-2-Win-it is coming to Detroit after a successful tour throughout the South. The show prides itself on bringing out the positive aspects in life while putting on a class-act show. The writing is entertaining but also informative. Wright performs in the show, as well as other pastors from the community. The music is soulful and full of positivity and light. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will go to FAWN (Fighting AIDS With Nutrition), and everyone is encouraged to bring a case of water for Flint. Doors at 7 p.m.; 25201 W. Outer Dr., Melvindale; Tickets $20, VIP $25.
Sunday, 3/13 -
Carly Rae Jepsen, Fairground Saints
@ Saint Andrews Hall -
In case you missed it, Carly Rae Jepsen released one of the very best pop albums of last year. The Canadian singer has come a long way since “Call Me Maybe,” teaming up with producers Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid to create an amazing late ’80 pop album packed with bops and jams. Plus, she just starred in Fox’s Grease Live and sings the theme song to the Netflix reboot of Fuller House. She is killing it in 2016. In support, Los Angeles-based trio Fairground Saints will be opening for Jepsen. The band has a great mix of twang, country melodies, and pop hooks. Their self-titled debut was released with fantastic reviews and accolades from critics. You won’t want to miss this rising pop star and up-and-coming folk band.    
Doors at 6:30 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; $25.
Sunday, 3/13 - Carly Rae Jepsen, Fairground Saints @ Saint Andrews Hall - In case you missed it, Carly Rae Jepsen released one of the very best pop albums of last year. The Canadian singer has come a long way since “Call Me Maybe,” teaming up with producers Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid to create an amazing late ’80 pop album packed with bops and jams. Plus, she just starred in Fox’s Grease Live and sings the theme song to the Netflix reboot of Fuller House. She is killing it in 2016. In support, Los Angeles-based trio Fairground Saints will be opening for Jepsen. The band has a great mix of twang, country melodies, and pop hooks. Their self-titled debut was released with fantastic reviews and accolades from critics. You won’t want to miss this rising pop star and up-and-coming folk band. Doors at 6:30 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; $25.
Sunday, 3/13 -
Stone Clover
@ PJ’s Lager House -
Valentine’s Day has come and gone and now we can’t believe that St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. Seeing green beer flowing in the middle of March is a sure sign that spring is around the corner. Another sure sign is local Irish-rock band Stone Clover, who naturally are playing a ton of events around the Detroit area during St. Paddy’s Day week. But you’ll want to check them out at PJ’s if you can, because the Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes right by the front door. Plus, they released a new album last year so you’ll get to hear your favorite Irish drinking songs plus some rockin’ originals. Bill Grogan’s Goat will also be taking the stage as well. 
Doors at 9 a.m., 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; Admission is free.
Sunday, 3/13 - Stone Clover @ PJ’s Lager House - Valentine’s Day has come and gone and now we can’t believe that St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. Seeing green beer flowing in the middle of March is a sure sign that spring is around the corner. Another sure sign is local Irish-rock band Stone Clover, who naturally are playing a ton of events around the Detroit area during St. Paddy’s Day week. But you’ll want to check them out at PJ’s if you can, because the Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes right by the front door. Plus, they released a new album last year so you’ll get to hear your favorite Irish drinking songs plus some rockin’ originals. Bill Grogan’s Goat will also be taking the stage as well. Doors at 9 a.m., 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; Admission is free.
Sunday, 3/13 -
Swmrs
@ the Majestic Cafe -
It’s been a big year for this band. They not only recorded the soundtrack to Saint Lauren Paris’ upcoming presentation for fashion week, but they’ve toured with Wavves and Twin Peaks, and played blistering sets at both the Beach Goth Festival and at Burgerama IV, which we really wish we’d attended. Their just-released debut album Drive North is an energetic collision of pop punk and surf rock. The first single is a sweet little ode Miley Cyrus.
Doors at 8 p.m.; 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; majesticdetroit.com; $10.
Sunday, 3/13 - Swmrs @ the Majestic Cafe - It’s been a big year for this band. They not only recorded the soundtrack to Saint Lauren Paris’ upcoming presentation for fashion week, but they’ve toured with Wavves and Twin Peaks, and played blistering sets at both the Beach Goth Festival and at Burgerama IV, which we really wish we’d attended. Their just-released debut album Drive North is an energetic collision of pop punk and surf rock. The first single is a sweet little ode Miley Cyrus. Doors at 8 p.m.; 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; majesticdetroit.com; $10.
Monday, 3/14 -
Faust 
@ Marble Bar -
This is Faust, playing in Detroit! Holy krautrock, Batman, Faust — one of the most inventive musical combos in the history of the planet. A band whose songs often prefigured entire genres, years in advance. In case you don’t know, in their last two decades-plus, since they’ve come out of retirement, they’ve presented a goofier and looser vibe in their live shows. But consider that in their early 1970s heyday they were primarily a studio band, and that this version has only two original members out of the initial five-piece setup. That’s not to slight them in the least; these goofy old dudes are always worth a gander, and who knows when they’ll next be in our fair city?
Doors at 8 p.m.; 1501 Holden St., Detroit; 313-551-3158; $17.
Monday, 3/14 - Faust @ Marble Bar - This is Faust, playing in Detroit! Holy krautrock, Batman, Faust — one of the most inventive musical combos in the history of the planet. A band whose songs often prefigured entire genres, years in advance. In case you don’t know, in their last two decades-plus, since they’ve come out of retirement, they’ve presented a goofier and looser vibe in their live shows. But consider that in their early 1970s heyday they were primarily a studio band, and that this version has only two original members out of the initial five-piece setup. That’s not to slight them in the least; these goofy old dudes are always worth a gander, and who knows when they’ll next be in our fair city? Doors at 8 p.m.; 1501 Holden St., Detroit; 313-551-3158; $17.