This weekend, the Detroit Subway has a number of great music options. The weather is getting warmer (again) and the rain clouds seem to be disappearing. Now is the perfect time to invest in live music in your area. Here are just a few of the options planned for this weekend.
Two of The Great American Songbook’s most celebrated working interpreters team up for a program featuring George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Pianist and singer Michael Feinstein and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet collaborate with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jadar Binamini to perform “Two Pianos: Who Could Ask For More?” 7 p.m. Saturday, Orchestra Hall in Detroit.
“This is primarily a Gershwin-centric program,” Feinstein said. “This is the first time we have done this program with a symphony. Previously we have done it with just two pianos, without any other accompaniment. One of the joys of putting the program together was looking through different types of music to find the ones that we thought best represented our themes. Aside from the frequent use of two pianos in the pit orchestra of Broadway musicals well into the ’30s and even ’40s, the two pianos have played very different ways in interpreting popular American songs. There is.
“So this is a rethinking of the classic approach to interpreting these songs. .”
Feinstein and Thibaudet will return to the area in December with a two-piano show without an orchestra at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium.
Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-576-5111. www.dso.org. Tickets start at $29.
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Grammy-winning Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will bring a whirlwind of rhythm and sound to the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater on Saturday at 8 p.m. as part of their “In Between Thoughts … A New World” tour. bring. Their joyful, flamenco-heavy instrumental sound has earned them worldwide acclaim and even led them to an audience with President Barack Obama at the White House.
Aretha Franklin Amphitheater, 2600 Atwater St. Detroit. 800-745-3000. www.thearetha.com. Tickets start at $20.
Grammy Award Winning Jazz/Hip Hop Piano
Five-time Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper is on a musical adventure that fuses jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock, and will be performing at Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center on Saturday night. i’m taking a friend Last year, his month-long residency at New York City’s Blue Note featured artists ranging from Dave’s Chappelle to Miguel, Thundercat to Jill’s Scott, so this one-night-only concert is open to anyone.
Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay St., Detroit. 313-872-4000. www.mean.red. Tickets start at $45. For VIP experiences, bottle tables and group tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
World-renowned Detroit-based saxophonist Dave McMurray’s 2021 album, Grateful Deadcation, is packed with dizzying, adventurous Grateful Dead jazz covers to great success. So this spring, the sequel Grateful Deadcation 2 was released from the same label. blue note record. Saturday night at the Blue Llama in Ann Arbor with Maurice O’Neill on piano and keyboards, Jeff Canady on drums, Wayne Gerrard on guitar and Jim Simonson on bass on the 6:30 and 8:30 pm sets. will perform a tribute to the Dead. Classy, sexy, a little dirty, yet ultimately true to the spirit of the original, McMurray’s respect for The Dead material is forceful to witness live.
Blue Llama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-372-3200. www.bluellamaclub.com. Tickets start at $25.
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