THE RFD BOYS
Friday, August 10, 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!
DANIEL WASHINGTON, THE RIVER RAISIN RAGTIME REVUE, AND BLIND BOY PAXTON
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 8:00pm
$35 GA/$50 reserved
Spirituals, ragtime, and blues!
Talent abounds as celebrated bass-baritone opera singer Daniel Washington partners with the acclaimed River Raisin Ragtime Revue orchestra to celebrate the release of their new album. Special guest and rising blues star Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton will join the party, making his Ann Arbor debut. The program consists of beautiful spirituals, joyous ragtime, poignant African American popular song and early blues and jazz tunes. Daniel Washington is currently Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre, and Dance and enjoys a distinguished career that brings him to the world’s major opera houses and concert stages. Although still in his 20s, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920’s and making them wish they could stay there for good. The River Raisin Ragtime Revue, or R4, is a 13-piece orchestra that educates and entertains audiences of all ages through the performance and preservation of the 20th century’s exuberant original style of popular music.
JAN KRIST & JIM BIZER
Sunday, August 12, 2018, 7:30pm
Big themes and great hooks
A longtime Detroit-area songwriter who has garnered lots of national attention, Jan Krist has been a four-time Detroit Music Award winner and a finalist at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Entertainment Weekly praised the “breathtaking leaps” of Jan’s voice and opined that she “makes soul-searching more enjoyable than it has any right to be.” Her songs over ten CDs take on big themes, including religious ones, yet her way with a hook is second to none. If you’ve never heard Jan Krist, check her out—her songwriting voice is serious, completely Midwestern, and unafraid of depth. Sharing tonight’s bill is Michigan songwriter Jim Bizer, who sings about faith, rivers, insanity and a few things you’ve probably never heard before in a song–like a romance that got started with a man falling off of a 30-story building. A member of the Yellow Room Gang and a three-time finalist in the New Folk Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Jim won the grand prize in the Great American Song Contest for his September 11 reflection, “We Are All Connected.”