CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR!
Friday, March 8, 2019, 8 p.m.
Toronto’s drop-in choir comes to Michigan
Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (AKA “DaBu”) started Choir! Choir! Choir! as a weekly drop-in, no-commitment singing event in 2011. Now happening twice weekly, and open to anyone who likes to sing new arrangements of pop songs, C!C!C! boasts a dedicated and passionate membership of inspired singers from in and around Toronto, Canada. They have performed live with Patti Smith at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Tegan and Sara on the Juno Awards, at TEDx Toronto, and at the Toronto International Film Festival Closing Gala at Roy Thompson Hall. Choir! Choir! Choir! sings popular songs, choral style—you never know quite which ones. Like what you hear? The choir meets twice a week in the back room at Clinton’s Tavern on Bloor St. W in Toronto, and you can join.
The RFD Boys
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8 p.m.
The legend continues
It’s hard to believe, because each show is fresh and new, but the RFD Boys have been delighting Michigan audiences since 1969 with their fabulous musicianship and sly, exquisitely timed between-song humor. They’re legends of Michigan bluegrass, but they’re more than that too. 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. The RFD Boys one of southeastern Michigan’s most durable musical ensembles, and their shows capture a deep slice of musical Ann Arbor. Their 50th-anniversary appearance at the Folk Festival was a special moment and introduced many listeners to Dan Roehrig, who joined the band on guitar, mandolin, and bass in mid-2018. If you missed the Folk Fest, come by and say hello. Dan grew up listening to Doc Watson, Clarence White, and Tony Rice, and you can hear it in both his singing and guitar playing.
CABARET NIGHT WITH THE VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE
By the Numbers
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 5 p.m.
Numbers about numbers!
Founded in 1992 as a small chamber group devoted to a cappella singing, the Vocal Arts has solidified its reputation as one of the premier chamber ensembles in the region, performing several concerts each season. VAE performs with a core group of about 24 and presents a highly varied repertoire, from Josquin Desprez to William Bolcom and beyond into popular song. Each year, The Vocal Arts Ensemble returns to The Ark for an annual cabaret-style show, We return to the Ark for our annual cabaret, this time featuring numbers about numbers—songs that mention numerals. A great mix of standards, less familiar gems, and fresh arrangements—as well as food and good cheer— make this a not-to-be-missed event.