Acoustic Routes Concerts will celebrate its sixth anniversary producing live music in Saline and Ann Arbor – just shy of 100 events – with an intimate show at Stony Lake Brewing on April 27 featuring The Brad Phillips Band, followed by events featuring legendary figures in Irish music, the blues and bluegrass.
The Brad Phillips Band – April 27, 8 p.m.
Fiddler, mandolinist, guitarist and vocalist Brad Phillips has worked with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder and Iggy Pop, and a long list of Michigan’s finest musicians. His band mates Jacob Warren on double bass and multi-instrumentalist Grant Flick are virtuosos themselves. Together, they’ll explore the vast spectrum of roots music. @ Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 cover at the door.
Irish Fiddle Legend Kevin Burke – May 18, 8 p.m.
Fiddler Kevin Burke, winner of the National Heritage Fellowship – the highest honor given in the United States for folk and traditional arts – has been at the forefront of Irish traditional music for four decades. There is no better place to hear him play and tell stories than up close and personal in a pub setting. @ Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Advance tickets available at Eventbrite.
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder – May 25, 8 p.m.
The 15-time Grammy® winner Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder promise to tear through the encyclopedia of bluegrass music, old songs and new. The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, the nation’s premier youth fiddle show band, will open. The concert, a benefit for The Fiddlers, is one of the major events planned for their 25th-anniversary season. @ The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Advance tickets available at Ticketmaster.
Peter Madcat Ruth with John Churchville – June 22, 8 p.m.
Grammy Award-winner Peter Madcat Ruth doesn't just play blues harp. He also sings and plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, jaw-harp, penny-whistle, kalimba, banjo and other folk instruments from around the world. Tonight, he's joined by John Churchville master percussionist and a specialist in Indian tabla drumming. @ Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 cover at the door.