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3 & 4 WED & THU • MUSIC Dub is a Weapon — The Village Voice describes Dub is a Weapon as “Drum and bass coming so hard and dangerous you can see the competition’s bloodstains.” Combining the trippy atmospheric sounds of Dub and the roots rhythms of reggae music, this eclectic NYC group’s recent popularity in the Midwest has forced them to bring their sternum-shaking act back to the frigid wilds of the metropolitan Detroit area. They will perform on Wednesday, March 3, at the Blind Pig (208 S. First St., Ann Arbor) with A Dub Supreme Sound System and on Thursday, March 4, at the Detroit Art Space (101 E. Baltimore, Detroit) with the same opening act. Call 313-664-0445 for further information.

 

6 SAT • MUSIC Coldstock — Want to keep the blues alive? Well, that’s the question on No Cover Production’s Mike Boulan’s lips these days. From his basement in Oak Park, this soundman-turned-promoter/producer has been churning out local blues music for more than 10 years now. In fact, his summer Heatstock festival has been known to bring out such local luminaries as Johnnie Bassett, R.J. Spangler and Jim McCarty, but Boulan felt that Heatstock simply wasn’t enough — hence the seasonal Coldstock is born! For $25 attendees will receive a No Cover CD of their choice and all the eats, drinks and merriment they can stand. Performers will include “Lonesome” Dave Paul, James Glass, Bobby Murray, Lucas, Buck ’N’ The System and The Headstock Review featuring Motor City Josh, Curtis Sumter, Cathy Davis, Paul “Big Daddy” Baker and “Monster” Chuck Lyons. At the Hastings Street Ballroom (715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit). Call 248-398-6877 or visit www.nocover.net for further lowdown.

 

9 TUE • MUSIC Daniel Roth — If a guitar can be referred to as an ax then the pipe organ should be considered the veritable guillotine of instruments. Known for its mammoth size and deeply resonant sound, the pipe organ’s bold intonation is rarely enjoyed by the workaday music lover. Also fairly obscure to the average Joe would be the prowess of one of the world’s leading organ virtuosos, Daniel Roth. A native of France, Roth has held several prestigious positions in the music world, including Titular Organist at St. Sulprice in Paris and Artist-in-Residence of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. This week he graces the Motor City with a very rare performance. Expect to hear the music of Mendelssohn, Bach, Widor, Messiaen, Vierne and two of Roth’s own classical compositions. At the Metropolitan United Methodist Church (8000 Woodward Ave., Detroit.) Call 313-875-7407 for further information.

 

6 SAT • ART Janet Hamrick — For more than three decades now, artist Janet Hamrick has been exhibiting her beautiful pieces of artwork. And her latest installation of paintings on paper, panel and canvas is an interestingly organic take on the impressionistic theme — many of these fine works are reminiscent of a cloth tapestry. “This group of paintings interprets the shadows and light patterns of tree leaves on the ground. The color impressionistically transforms the art into a natural, almost musical composition from nature,” she says of the works. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. and an informal artist’s talk with Hamrick on Saturday, March 20, at 2 p.m. At the Lemberg Gallery (23241 Woodward Ave., Ferndale), call 248-591-6623 or visit www.lemberggallery.com for further information.

 

5 FRI • MUSIC Eugene Maslov The Russian-born pianist says that it was hearing Ella Fitzgerald and then Oscar Peterson that changed his life. So with classical chops and training in hand, he rechanneled his energies into becoming a compelling player who’s grabbed the attention of jazz scholar Gunther Schuller (who arranged Maslov’s debut) and Stix Hooper of the Jazz Crusaders (who brought Maslov to Detroit’s acclaimed Mack Avenue label). At Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (20510 Livernois just south of 8 Mile, Detroit). Call 313-345-6300.

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