Friday, July 27, 2018, 8 p.m.
Iowa’s master songwriter returns
Greg Brown’s mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa. Maybe that last item explains some of his amazing charisma! Greg’s first professional singing job came at age 18 in New York City, running hootenannies at the legendary Gerdes Folk City.
After a year, Greg moved west to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where he was a ghostwriter for Buck Ram of the Platters. Over more than four decades on the road, Greg has developed into the essential Midwestern songwriter, with a deep feeling for what makes people and communities hang together. He’s a compelling performer, aware that in folk music less is usually more and that the intimate musical detail communicates as well as the grand gesture. It’s not so often that we see Greg Brown in southeastern Michigan, so this could be a very scarce ticket!
THE RFD BOYS
Saturday, July 28, 8:00pm
Door: $11, $10 mem, sr, st
The house band of Michigan bluegrass
The RFD Boys have been delighting southeastern Michigan audiences since 1969 with their fabulous musicianship and sly, exquisitely timed between-song humor.
With an appearance on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited, with songs recorded by the likes of the Country Gentlemen, and with performances alongside bluegrass greats like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, the RFD Boys are a part of America’s bluegrass tradition. One of southeastern Michigan’s most durable musical ensembles, they’re very much a local tradition, too. If you’re new to the area, come and check ’em out–you’ll find a real slice of musical Ann Arbor, and probably make some new friends!