Ann Arbor will be a hotbed of live music over the Memorial Day weekend with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder’s show on Saturday at the Michigan Theater – a benefit for The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic – bracketed by a bevy of top local jazz, country rock, folk and blues artists.
Friday, May 24
Jo Serrapere & the Willie Dunns, Lo-Fi Bar, Ann Arbor, 8 p.m. Michigan songwriter Jo Serrapere’s eclectic style in draws influence rom folk music, old blues, jazz, classic country and classic rock.
Corndaddy, Conor O’Neil’s, Ann Arbor, 9:30 p.m. Corndaddy's music harkens back to the glory days of country rock through filters of power pop, bluegrass and British Invasion bombast.
Saturday, May 25
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, 8 p.m. 15-time Grammy winner and newly-inducted member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will be going through the encyclopedia of bluegrass music, old songs as well as new. The concert is a benefit for The Saline Fiddlers who are opening the show. Advance tickets available through Ticketmaster.
Sunday, May 26
Brennan Andes & Friends, Ann Arbor Distilling Co., Ann Arbor, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Brennan Andes, the veteran Macpodz bassist, holds court with an ever-changing lineup of local musicians every Sunday at Ann Arbor Distilling.
The Rob Crozier Jazz Trio, The Habitat Lounge at Weber’s Inn, Ann Arbor, 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The Robert Crozier Trio is a modern jazz ensemble that incorporates elements of world music.
Rochelle Clark, Old Town Tavern, Ann Arbor, 8 p.m. The very talented singer-songwriter Rochelle Clark, one-half of the Americana duo The Potter’s Field, holds court with guitar and mandolin virtuoso Jason Dennie at downtown Ann Arbor’s last surviving “Townie” bar.
The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience, Chelsea Alehouse, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. A piano, drum and bass jazz trio fronted by multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier (Ben Daniels Band, Thunderwüde).