The Ryan Montbleau Band: The Ark.
Versatile ensemble led by Montbleau, a talented young singer-songwriter from Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose music blends folk, blues, rock, R&B, funk, and jazz flavors. “His guitar playing is reminiscent of a funk bass player channeling John Lee Hooker, and lyrically, the phrasing runs the gauntlet of a 70s Stevie Wonder, a 90s Jamiroquai, and a healthy helping of Robert Plant,” says The Noise. Opening act is Erin McKeown, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter known for her distinctive guitar style, her droll, understated lyrics, and her eclectic mix of musical styles, from 40s swing, cowboy jazz, and contemporary funk to Tin Pan Alley and folk-rock.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $16 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]