Pittsfield Grange Family Dances

The season of Grange Family Dances has begun! David Park Williams, John Freeman, and Ed Vincent will call the square dance or contra dance for parents and/or grandparents to participate in with children. Live music provided by David West on piano and Donna Baird on fiddle, followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa or lemonade (depending on whether you need to warm up or cool down). The dances are on the third Sunday of the month, from 2:00-4:00 - next one is Sunday, November 16 - at the Pittsfield Union Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. There is a nominal fee. For more information contact Joan Hellmann at hellmann@umich.edu.

Taiwanese Hip Hop and R&B from Will Pan

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以名字名命的Will 未來式,是潘瑋柏出道以來的首張精選專輯,為他由2002年《壁虎漫步》至2007年《玩酷》的音樂作出一個完整的小結。同時代表意志力與未來的「Will」,這張雙CD專輯分別以「瑋柏的力量」和「瑋柏的情歌」記錄了潘瑋柏最具代表性的快歌與慢歌,包括︰「快樂崇拜」、「我的麥克風」、「Wu Ha」、「愛上未來的你」、「不得不愛」、「KISS NIGHT」等主打歌之外,還特別加錄了最新快歌「夏日瘋」和抒情歌「轉機」,而Will更首次以廣東話演繹「轉機」粵語版。

隨碟加送的DVD,輯錄了Will 13首主打MV,當中有新歌「轉機」粵語版以及多首Will與其他歌手合唱歌,有與張韶涵合唱的「快樂崇拜」、弦子的「不得不愛」、蘇芮的「我想更懂你」、阿信的「Shut Up」、王珞丹的「戴上我的愛」。
(Review courtesy of yesasia.com)

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We will never forget him

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Today, October 9, is the birthday of John Lennon, famed Beatles member, peace activist, poet, artist and musician who struck out on his own to create unforgettable songs. Lennon was born in 1940 in Liverpool, England. A brilliant lyricist known for his pungent wit as well as ability to tap into the deep emotions of his listeners, Lennon became a spokeperson for the peace movement of the Sixties and was a harsh critic of the Vietnam war. But most of all, we remember him for songs like "Hey Jude," which calls out to all of us to "make it better." Lennon was killed outside his apartment house in New York City on December 8, 1980.

This Love, the latest Mandarin album from R&B artist Khalil Fong.

《愛 愛 愛》專輯收錄了方大同的個人新作「愛愛愛」情歌,方大同確實寫歌有一手。主打歌「愛愛愛」(方大同作曲、周耀輝填詞)在2006年底橫掃各大流行音樂頒獎典禮,成為熱播金曲,歌詞抒發愛情遊戲的種種現象,經方大同演繹後別有一番味道。

方大同的R&B音樂才華被各電台和媒體肯定,這張2006年壓軸大碟《愛愛愛》值得歌迷珍藏,收錄了新歌「蘇麗珍」、「愛愛愛」和「歌手與模特兒」。特別版加送輯錄了四首新歌MV DVD一張,DVD以Digi package精美包裝。
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That old vinyl collection...

The Ann Arbor Record & CD Show is coming on Sunday, October 12, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The fair has moved to a new location, Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. Over 50 dealers from several states will be there offering a wide variety of rare and collectible used records and CDs along with hard-to-find new releases. Be sure to get their early for the best selection. Refreshments will be available. Feel free to bring in a small number of records to sell. Adminsion is only $3 admission for people 11 and up. Children age 10 & under are free.

Before you head over to the show, be sure to look at our discography collection.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore Comes to The Ark

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Grammy nominated Jimmie Dale Gilmore brings his country-folk bliss to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Monday, October 13 at 8pm. Rolling Stone calls him “The poet laureate of the Buddhist cowboys.” His musical influences range from Texans such as Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly to acts such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan to an array of folk artists. His most recent album, Come On Back, is what he calls “a compilation of recordings of some old songs that my dad loved. I love them too, and it is a project very dear to me.” Texas based Gilmore is not only a singer and songwriter, he is also a record producer and actor. (Including a brief role in The Big Lebowski.) Check out The Ark’s website for more details and ticket information.

T.M. Revolution

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By popular demand, we bring you T.M. Revolution. Otherwise known as Takanori Nishikawa, T.M. Rev has released numerous albums, and contributed several tracks to Rurouni Kenshin, Gundam SEED, and Gundam SEED Destiny. Some of you may have even been lucky enough to take in his recent performance at New York Comic Con 2008. His album, Under Cover, is a compilation of best tracks commemorating his 10th anniversary. If you like it, we'll buy more.

This Date in Music History

Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, NC. His first major recordings were with Miles Davis' First Quintet (1955-1957), playing tenor sax on such cool era albums as Relaxin', Workin', and Steamin'. After a bout with heroin that resulted in a rift with Davis, Coltrane began recording under his own name, producing Blue Train andGiant Steps, two albums that secured his reputation as one of the most gifted improvisers in jazz.

From '60-'65, Trane recorded with his most prolific lineup, the "Classic Quartet," which featured McCoy Tyner on piano and Elvin Jones on drums. From this period, check out Coltrane's best-selling album, My Favorite Things, and his magnum opus, A Love Supreme. Trane's legacy includes groundbreaking work in modal improvisation, avant-garde jazz, Eastern composition, and influencing a legion of followers, such as Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, and Kenny Garrett who continue to explore the limits of jazz today.

Free RENT!!

Free rent! You see this on signs outside apartment complexes, all the time. Tomorrow evening, come to the Downtown Library's Multi-Purpose Room for free Rent of a different kind.

As part of its 25th Anniversary season, the University of Michigan Department of Musical Theatre is thrilled to be one of the first regional companies to produce the theatrical phenomenon musical Rent by Jonathan Larson.

Join us at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, September 24 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm as Mark Madama, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan (and the director of the upcoming UM production) discusses Rent and the reasons why it has become such an important part of musical theater history. He will also describe the upcoming UM production and, as a special treat, cast members will perform selections from the musical (which begins its run on October 16)

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

And if tomorrow's presentation isn't quite enough Rent for you, check out these Rent-related items in the Library's collection.

All that jazz

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Take advantage of the great free series of concerts at the U of M School of Music like the one happening this Saturday, September 27. The Renaud-Garcia Fonds Trio known for their polyphonic sound will be performing. The opening act will be the local jazz percussion group, the Michael Gould Trio. The concert will be at the School of Music on Baits Drive, North Campus.

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