Events

Dear WEMU Friends: We are halfway through our yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.  Thanks to everyone who has attended one of our events, pledged for our commemorative 50th anniversary tile, and otherwise helped us to mark this historic year.

We are delighted to announce the signature event of WEMU’s 50th anniversary celebration, the return of NPR’s wacky and irreverent news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! to Ann Arbor on October 1 in Hill Auditorium.  Big thanks to the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for co-presenting this incredible night with us.

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Cinetopia is here! David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins discuss the Detroit and Ann Arbor film festival and the other movie options in the area.


Shari Kane and Dave Steele
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Warm and delicious as hot buttered cinnamon toast, as easy and relaxed as a rewarding after-dinner talk and as soothing as Sunday morning.  That’s my immediate reaction to Feels Like Home, the new album by Shari Kane and Dave Steele.  It’s a perfect complement to the couple’s first recording, Four Hands Blues.  They continue their loving exploration of classic American music including Piedmont and Delta blues along with mountain gospel, Appalachian ballads and ragtime swing guitar.  What differentiates Feels Like Home from Four Hands Blues is the home setting.  Shari and Dave actually built a home studio and took their good sweet time working through each song as we eavesdrop on their intimate conversation involving call and response from acoustic guitar to mandolin to voice.  

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 Ann Arbor Summer Festival Executive and Artistic Director Amy Nesbitt joined me Friday for a preview of the 2015 Top Of The Park schedule. The free Top Of The Park offerings and activities have grown remarkably over the years. 

What began as little experiment with one band and free film screenings on top of a parking structure now encompasses a city block with two stages, a full variety of food vendors, family activities, exercise and wellness classes, Michigan craft beer tastings, family favorite films and state-of-the art acrobatic performances. 

 

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Alberto Nacif, the former and founding host of the program Cuban Fantasy has every reason in the world to be proud of Invisible, the new CD by his Latin jazz ensemble, Aguankó. He joined me in studio to discuss his partnership with fellow percussionist Jose Pepe Espinosa and his deep admiration for Michigan's great musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Rick Roe, Robert Hurst, Russ Miller, Chris Smith and Anthony Stanco. 

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Patrick Campion and Russ Collins on what's playing downtown and around town:


Local, live theater is one of the many benefits of living in Washtenaw County. One local theater production infuses old time music with a classic story designed to make theater goers laugh with their production of "The Philadelphia Story."

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Catch a preview of the upcoming Cinetopia Film Festival, and previews of films opening around town and downtown this weekend on this week's Cinema Chat with Patrick Campion and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO, Russ Collins. 

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Aguankó, the internationally recognized Afro-Cuban jazz group led by Alberto Nacif will share lively Latin melodies at WEMU’s next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show, Friday April 10th.  We will return to Rush Street, and get the music going at 5:01 PM sharp.

Duke Ellington Performing
Jazzistry

As April and Jazz Appreciation Month comes to a close with International Jazz Day this Thursday, April 30th, I would like to share a personal jazz experience and how my musical appreciation continues to grow through my friendship with saxophonist Vincent York of Jazzistry.

WEMU is hosting our Jazz  Brunch featuring the trio of Dobbins, Krahnke, and Weed with live music, great food and an awesome view. Don’t forget to bring your friends and family to this special Sunday Brunch!

A gift of $250 gets you entrance for two (plus entrance to our annual Blues Barbecue).

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How would you like to help jump start WEMU’s spring pledge drive and see a really great show too?

  Grab your sweetheart and join us Saturday, February 14 from 7am to 3pm as the staff of 89.1 WEMU take over the Northside Grill for “the love of WEMU.”

 Meet your favorite on-air personalities as we show you to your table, pour your coffee, and collect all the tips for the day (don’t worry though — we’ll leave the cooking to the Northside).    

89.1 WEMU and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman. Join us for a 5:01 celebration of music featuring Ann Arbor jazz legend and bassist Ron Brooks for his annual holiday 5:01 Jazz show at Rush Street.

Between 600 and 800 video game enthusiasts will take over the Eastern Michigan University Student Center Ballroom this weekend for "Gamers for Giving", a charity gaming tournament. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with event founder Zach Wigal about the event. 

Listen below for the interview:

Upcoming Events for this weekend, February 7 - 9

The Revelers

The Revelers appeared live on the Roots Music Project with Jeremy Baldwin ahead of their shows at Centeral Michigan University and The Ark in Ann Arbor this weekend.

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Ahead of Fred Hersch's performance at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 89.1 WEMU's Linda Yohn shares her praise for pianist Fred Hersch. Presented by University Musical Society, Thursday January, 30 (7:30pm and 9:30pm)

Video produced by UMS Video Production Specialist, Jess Meria

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental and improvisational skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist. A 2014 Grammy Nominee, Hersch has fully lived up to the approbation of The New York Times, which praised him as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz — a jazz for the 21st century.” Two different sets.

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental and improvisational skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist. A 2014 Grammy Nominee, Hersch has fully lived up to the approbation of The New York Times, which praised him as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz — a jazz for the 21st century.” Two different sets.

EMU annually presents The Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award to a member of the University community or of the broader community who exemplifies the values and ideals of King, specifically in the areas of leadership and service, or to someone who has made a significant contribution to the University and/or broader community.

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  Listen to Amanda Bynum and David Fair on 89.1 WEMU’s Cinema Chat:

Each week, Cinema Chat host David Fair, sits down with Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for a most entertaining conversation on movies, culture and live events to be experienced downtown and around town. However, this week, The Michigan Theater's Program Director, Amanda Bynum fills in for Russ while they are away for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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Upcoming Events for  this weekend, January 17 - 20

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