Acoustic Routes Concerts LLC will begin its seventh season producing live music in Saline with a roster that includes masters of Irish fiddle and ragtime guitar, and some of the best singer-songwriters in the State of Michigan, including the amazing Jill Jack. At the same time, it’s bringing two country music legends to Ann Arbor – Marty Stuart and Ricky Skaggs – to raise money for groups including The Saline Fiddlers.
“It’s been a blast introducing audiences in Saline to talented musicians from around the world – and their own backyard,” said Acoustic Routes founder Jim Cain of Saline. “There’s no shortage of talent in this world but there is a shortage of venues, which is why it’s been a blessing to have local business people like Jerry and Heidi Tubbs of Stony Lake Brewing give us a home. In 2019, we’re taking things to the next level with legends like Marty Stuart and Ricky Skaggs in bigger rooms. But there’ no replacing the experience you get with big talent in an intimate room in a small town.”
From April 2013 to December 2018, there have been a total of 89 Acoustic Routes Concerts in Saline, first at Pete and Laurie Toarmina’s Mangiamo Italian Grill and now at Stony Lake Brewing. 100 percent of the cover charges have always gone straight to the artists.
Here’s a look at what’s next for Acoustic Routes:
at The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with The Saline Fiddlers (May 25, 8 p.m.) – The Saline Fiddlers are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2019 with one of their biggest shows ever: opening for bluegrass legend and Country Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. The show is a benefit for the Fiddlers. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
at The Ark, 316 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives (March 16, 8 p.m.) – Five-time Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry member Marty Stuart is headlining the 10th annual benefit for The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s, which has been feeding the homeless in Ann Arbor since 1982. He will be joined by special guests Luke Winslow-King and Lisa Tucker-Gray & Curt Waugh. (Sold out)
at Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
Songwriters in the Round (Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.) – Four of Michigan’s best singer-songwriters, Amy Petty, Annie Capps, Mark Jewett, Sam Corbin, will gather to swap songs and stories to kick off the year.
The Love Hangover with Jill Jack (Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.) – Jill Jack’s voice “can soar like opera and smoke like the blues,” says The Detroit Free Press and Billboard Magazine agrees: “There’s a lot of soul in what she does.” Experience it up close and personal at Acoustic Routes’ annual post-Valentine’s Day concert.
Dakota Dave Hull (March 24 at 7:30 p.m.) – Few artists have done more to spread traditional American music across the globe than ragtime guitar picker and A Prairie Home Companion alumni Dakota Dave Hull.
The Brad Phillips Band (April 27 at 8 p.m.) – Saline native and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Brad Phillips will help Acoustic Routes celebrate its sixth anniversary in Saline.
(The cover for the shows listed above is $15 at the door).
Kevin Burke (May 18 at 8 p.m.) – The legendary Irish fiddler Kevin Burke has received this country’s highest honors for traditional arts and there may be no better place to hear him play and tell stories than up close and personal at a solo show in a pub.
(This event is ticketed through Eventbrite).