Saturday • 23-26
For several years now, WDET 101.9 FM and 313.JAC have teamed up at pledge-drive season for a musical festival. Proceeds from the event go to WDET’s spring fundraiser. This year — in accordance with years past — many amazing local artists will perform, including Nomo, Holy Fire, Troy Gregory, Battling Siki, the Expatriates, Mod Orange, and newcomer Molly Jean. Help support the new music-oriented programming of Detroit’s favorite public radio station. At 624 Brush St., Detroit; 313-962-7067. Visit staticrecords.com for complete lineups.
Wednesday • 23
4731 Gallery’s latest exhibit, Nation Positive, is a striking student photo-documentary on the HIV-AIDS pandemic in South Africa. Although originally scheduled to come down in February, the exhibit was extended until March 27 by popular demand. So this week is your last chance to see it – and 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of these works will go to South African health organizations. At 4731 W. Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-894-4731.
Thursday • 24
In partnership with the University Musical Society and the Detroit Opera House, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History presents Slave Moth, a multidisciplinary collaborative work choreographed by University of Michigan associate professor Robin Wilson. The show brings together visual artists, spoken word, dance, music and video imagery for a modern interpretation of Thylias Moss’s book-length poem of the same title. One night only. At 7 p.m., 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-494-5800.
Friday • 25
Palestine … and All That Jazz
The Michigan Peace Team hosts a jazzy fundraiser to promote a nonviolent alternative to militarism, when invited, in Palestine and other violence-plagued areas of the world. Pianist Billy Meyer and oud player Victor Ghannam will provide the evening’s entertainment. A light dinner and wine will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets $25. At Redd Apple Gallery (227 Iron St., Detroit). For more information call 313-871-5555.
Friday • 25
But for his rediscovery by the acid jazz scene in the ’90s — and helping to inspire such acts as Jamiroquai and the Brand New Heavies — Terry Callier might still be programming computers. He retreated to that career in the early ’80s after his hard-to-categorize style failed to generate the hoped-for hits after burning through four record deals. Folksy, jazzy and soulfully sincere, Chicago-born Callier is a one-of-a-kind artist who, over the last decade, has seen his career renewed, which brings him this way, this week. Oakland Community College, the Smith Theatre at the Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills. For tickets call the OCC bookstore at 248-522-3420.
Friday • 25
You can’t extol the virtues of stoner rock enough, that underappreciated subgenre of rock ’n’ roll. In fact, by hurling fistfuls of thud-and-speed, bands like Chapstik appeal to the baser self, the self that cannot resist the power of the head bang and the flashing of the metal sign — the self that knows why it feels so good to be bad. Chapstik is pure adrenaline. Small’s (10339 Conant, Hamtramck; 313-873-1117). With Aquarius Void and Diegrinder.
Friday-Saturday • 25-26
She’s one of the last vestiges of good taste when it comes to pop music these days. Yes, singer-songwriter-poet Alicia Keys has it all — the look, the chops, the voice. It’s good to have a superstar you can truly admire. See this world-renowned soulstress and Top 40 diva at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-6611.
Saturday • 26
Visiting Filmmaker: Steve Wetzel
Since Detroiters were robbed of their NHL season this year, filmmaker Steve Wetzel’s film, Men’s Hockey, might help to fill a few voids. The documentary juxtaposes the complexity and mundanity of a single day in the locker room of a professional hockey team in Illinois. At 8 p.m., at the Detroit Film Center (1227 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-961-9936).
Saturday • 26
The Come Ons Record Release
It seems the Come Ons’ musical trademark has been their unique ability to fly low and yet, somehow, keep a high profile. Although we haven’t heard from these gee-rage troubadours for quite a while, that doesn’t mean their hometown concoction of danceability-meets-credibility isn’t some of the most listenable music ever to come out of the D. This week, celebrate the release of their new four-song 12-inch, Higher. The record dishes two versions of the title track, including a 7-minute techno remix by producer Jim Kissling. At the Lager House (1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668). With the Hard Lessons and the Rants.
Monday • 28
Lecture and Performance: Andy Cohen
For more than 30 years, musician Andy Cohen banged around with many blues greats from the South. This week, the energetic Cohen will recall his experiences and play some of that awe-inspiring blues picking he learned during his travels. Cohen learned much of what he knows from Memphis street performers. For this event, Cohen will also play his dolceola, a century-old keyboard-actuated chord zither. At 7 p.m., at Ann Arbor District Library (343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-327-4200).Send comments to email@example.com