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Sigur Rós

This ambient rock band from Iceland is known for its incorporation of classical and minimalist elements. Although “sigur” means “victory” and “rós” means “rose” in Icelandic, the two words aren’t grammatically correct when put together. The band is actually named after the lead singer’s sister, who was born the same day they formed in 1994. The band writes their lyrics in Vonlenska, a non-literal language that forms unintelligible words. Vonlenska focuses on the sounds of language but lacks grammar and meaning. The band describes it as “a form of gibberish vocals that fits to the music.” 7:30 p.m. April 1. $51+.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.


Andrew McMahon

Andrew McMahon performed under the name Jack’s Mannequin until 2012, when he started using his real name. He began his career as the lead singer for Something Corporate. In 2005, after a relentless case of laryngitis caused him to cancel all his upcoming shows, McMahon was diagnosed with leukemia. After numerous treatments and a stem-cell transplant from his sister, McMahon began performing again. A documentary of his battle with leukemia was released in 2009. He founded a nonprofit charity, the Dear Jack Foundation, to help raise funds for cancer research. 7 p.m. April 5. $25.

St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit; 313-961-8137.


Esperanza Spalding

In 2011, Esperanza Spalding won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, making her the first jazz musician to ever win this title. Spalding left high school at the age of 16 and completed her GED. She then enrolled at Portland State University — thanks to a music scholarship — where she was the youngest jazz bass player in the program. On the encouragement of her teacher, she auditioned for the Berklee College of Music, where she received another scholarship. Gary Burton, Executive Vice President at Berklee, says that Spalding “communicates her upbeat personality in everything she plays.” 8 p.m. April 6. $20+.

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463.


Bob Seger

Michigan native Bob Seger arrived on the Detroit music scene in 1961 and formed The Silver Bullet Band in 1973 with a group of local musicians. Together, they recorded Live Bullet at Cobo Hall, live. Seger took a break from the music industry for 10 years after his 1991 record, The Fire Inside. During that time, he won the Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Race aboard his sailboat, Lightning, which he then sold. Seger’s songs about love, women, and the blue-collar life landed him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Jennifer Granholm even declared March 15 “Bob Seger Day.” Today, Seger lives in Orchard Lake Village but spends his winters in Naples, Fla. 7:30 p.m. April 11. $149+.

Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.


Living Colour

Known for its creative fusion of jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock, heavy metal, and for political lyrics, Living Colour was formed out of a nonprofit organization, Black Rock Coalition. The band performed regularly at CGBG’s and participated in the inaugural Lollapalooza tour in 1991 after reaching mainstream success. They’ve recently been receiving new exposure thanks to their songs appearing in various video games and in a WWE promotional video. 8 p.m. April 12. $30+.

Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-3030.



Before the huge success of the hit song “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” Yes had blazed the long, abstract trail of progressive rock in the ’70s. By the time “Owner” came out in 1983, Yes had gone through at least six lineup changes and one major breakup. Some fans even began distinguishing this era of the band as “Yes West” because of the band’s move to Los Angeles and its radio-friendly bent. Now, more than 40 years after the band’s formation, Yes continues on, and still won’t take “no” for an answer. 7:30 p.m. April 12. $58+.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.


Boz Scaggs

William Royce “Boz” Scaggs gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and singer in the Steve Miller Band. Scaggs was born in Ohio the son of a traveling salesman. His family later moved to Texas, where he earned the nickname “Bosley” from his classmates, and later shortened it to “Boz.” He met Steve Miller when he was only 12, and Scaggs appeared on the Steve Miller Band’s first two albums before striking out on his own. Scaggs lives in Napa County, Calif., where he produces his own wine. 9 p.m. April 13. $90+.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.


Fab Faux

The Fab Faux are committed to performing accurate reproductions of The Beatles’ repertoire, and often perform material that The Fab Four never performed live. The group was started by Jimmy Vivino, bandleader for Conan, and Will Lee, bassist for Late Show with David Letterman. They’ll be performing cuts from The White Album. 8 p.m. April 13. $49.50+.

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463.


Mr. B’s Blues and Boogie Celebration

Born in Flint as Mark Lincoln Braun, Mr. B became interested in piano at a young age. He began studying under Boogie Woogie Red and immersed himself in blues and boogie culture. He attended the University of Michigan for three years before dropping out to pursue his music career. Mr. B is considered one of the most successful purveyors of a vanishing art and is in high demand for performances and educational programs. He has performed throughout Europe, Mexico, Canada, and South America. Put on your boogie shoes and see Mr. B at 7:30 p.m. April 13. $25.

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.


The Black Crowes

Formed in 1989, the Black Crowes have churned out nine studio albums and four live albums, selling over 30 million copies. The band draws inspiration from Southern rock, blues, and psychedelic pop. The Crowes have opened for some of the most famous rock acts including Robert Plant, The Grateful Dead, ZZ Top, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. They’ve been listed as one of the “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and labeled as “the most rock ’n’ roll rock ’n’ roll band in the world.” Shake your money maker at 7 p.m. April 14. $40+.

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.


Great Big Sea

This Canadian folk band is best known for its energetic interpretations of traditional Newfoundland songs, inspired by its Scottish and French heritage. Great Big Sea played its first gig in 1993 and toured almost nonstop in the early years, sometimes traveling 300 days a year to play for $100 and beer. The band is now celebrating its 20-year anniversary. Great Big Sea makes use of many esoteric instruments, including mandolin, bouzouki, tin whistle, fiddle, accordion, and concertina. 8 p.m. April 16. $36+.

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463.


Graham Parker and The Rumour

Frontman Graham Parker got his start playing in a Beatles lookalike band when he was 13, but none of the members actually played instruments. In 1976, Parker paired up with Brinsley Schwarz, Bob Andrews, Martin Belmont, Andrew Bodnar, and Stephen Goulding to form Graham Parker and The Rumour. The original group broke up in the 1980s, and many of the members pursued solo careers. Parker reunited with all five original members of The Rumour to record a new album in 2011. They also appeared as themselves in the 2012 Judd Apatow film This is 40. 8 p.m. April 16. $25-$28.

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463.


Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys started playing classical piano when she was 7, began writing songs at 14, and graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School as valedictorian at only 16. She was accepted into Columbia University at the same time she signed with Columbia Records. After attempting to do both, she dropped out of school and released her first studio album in 2001. She has since sold over 35 million albums worldwide. She is also committed to philanthropy and co-founded Keep a Child Alive, an organization that provides medicine to families in Africa. 7 p.m. April 17. $58.50+.

Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit; 313-983-6606.


Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter wears many hats: singer, guitarist, songwriter, and author. He began his musical career as a teenager, inspired by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. He initially attempted to write songs on a lute that his father had built, but eventually abandoned that idea and bought his first guitar at Kmart. When he was 21, he moved from Idaho to Scotland and recorded his first album. He’s set to record his seventh album in May and has also published a novel, Bright’s Passage. 7:30 p.m. April 17. $24+.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.


Bobby McFerrin

Known for the No. 1 pop hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” McFerrin has had other songs that have won him a total of 10 Grammy Awards. He was born into the music industry: His dad is an operatic baritone, and his mom is a singer. McFerrin is praised for his unique vocal techniques and the percussive effects he makes with his mouth and by tapping on his chest. In 1988, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was used as George H. W. Bush’s election song without the artist’s permission. McFerrin protested and dropped the song from his own performance repertoire. But don’t worry, ’cuz it’s back now. 7:30 p.m. April 18. $10+.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor; 734-763-3333.


Morris Day and the Time

Morris Day began his musical career in high school when he was in a band with Prince. After Prince hit it big, he decided to form a side-project, the Time, and chose Day as the lead singer. The band was assembled under a clause in Prince’s contract with Warner Bros., allowing him to recruit other artists for the label. Day left the group after arguments with Prince and pursued a solo music and acting career. Several members of the group reunited in 1995, added a few fresh faces, and called themselves Morris Day and the Time. The time to see the Time is 8 p.m. April 18. $39+.

Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.


The Proclaimers and JP Jones

Led by Scottish brothers Craig and Charlie Reid, the Proclaimers have been making music since 1987. They’re best known for their single “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” and their pop, folk, punk, and new-wave musical hybrid. They’re currently touring with JP Jones, the bassist, keyboardist, and co-writer for Led Zeppelin who has since had a successful solo career. He also plays koto, lap steep guitar, mandolin, auto harp, violin, ukulele, sitar, cello, and the continuum. Even if you have to walk 500 miles, see the Proclaimers with JP Jones at 8 p.m. April 19. $25+.

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.


Kris Allen

Kris Allen began playing viola in elementary school, but didn’t realize until college that he wanted a career in the music industry. He recorded his first album, Brand New Shoes, after working as a shoe salesman. Allen went on to win the eighth season of American Idol, and five of his songs charted the Billboard Hot 100. Before appearing on Idol, Allen participated in several missionary trips around the world. He continues his philanthropy and has worked with the United Nations Foundation, TOMS shoes, and Music Empowers. Allen’s fans have been inspired by his charitable efforts and have organized events in his honor. For Allen’s birthday, fans donated more than $25,000 to Heifer International and more than $26,000 to Direct Relief International. 8 p.m. April 22. $20.

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.


Natalie Cole

Daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole has sold over 30 million records worldwide. At the age of 6, Cole sang on her father’s Christmas album and began performing when she was only 11. After releasing her first album, Cole became an instant success and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She experienced career difficulties due to health problems caused by excessive drug use, but made a stage comeback in 2009 and released an autobiography of her life experiences. 9 p.m. April 26. $35+.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.


Il Divo

This operatic pop vocal group was created by former American Idol judge Simon Cowell. The idea for the group came to Cowell while watching The Sopranos. He conducted a two-year worldwide search for singers to join his group, resulting in a final ensemble of singers from Spain, Switzerland, France, and the United States. The group performed as Barbra Streisand’s special guests on her North American tour after a career-defining performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. 8 p.m. April 28. $70+.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.

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