Layered, hypnotically pulsing postrock instrumental dance music by the L.A. duo of guitarist-bassist Kristian Dunn and drummer Tim Fogarty. “El Ten Eleven’s songs are all lifts and falls, transitioning easily from mellow indie sounds to full-on bounce-worthy rock and back again all within the span of four minutes,” says OC Weekly. Opening acts TBA. Advance tickets: $10 ($12 at the door).
Local acoustic string jam quintet that plays a brand of twangy roots-folk music fused with elements of jazz and psychedelic rock that it calls “down-home funkgrass.” In the Cavern Club. 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Local quartet led by pop-rock singer-songwriter Paul.
Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music.
6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Everly Brothers, the Kinks, and the Yardbirds to Miles Davis and Steve Earle. 5:30- 9:30 p.m.
Soulful, rocking Detroit-style R&B by a band led by Davis, a powerful, Etta James-style vocalist.
80s covers by this East Lansing retro rock and pop quintet.
Country, blues, and classic rock.
Chicago-based duo of guitarist, banjoist, and dulcimer player Susan Urban, a singer-songwriter who writes story songs and humorous slice-of-life vignettes, and guitarist Phil Cooper, who sings original arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs.
Dancing in the Red Room to 70s and 80s disco music to records spun by this DJ crew and guest DJ Cassandra Monzon. From the electric funk of Rick James to the sophisticated soul of the O'Jays, cheesy Star Wars-disco cash ins to the trance inducing sounds of Arthur Russell, classics like "Got to Be Real" and "More, More, More" to ridiculously obscure nonsense...pretty much anything goes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Classic rock trio.
Local quartet that plays everything from hard-swinging post-bop and Latin jazz to 70s-style rock fusion.
Local composer-pianist, the winner of the 2010 U-M New Music on the Block competition, whose music ranges in style from classical and jazz to Argentine tango and Persian piano music.
Local self-styled “lounge-a-billy” trio that plays vintage swing, rockabilly, and blues. With upright bassist Todd Perkins, guitarist Pete Bullard, and drummer Tom Twiss. Opening act is Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies, a local roots-rock quartet, led by former Starlight Drifters singer-guitarist Mack, whose repertoire includes originals and rockabilly, early rock ’n’ roll, western swing, and hillbilly bop covers.
Kalamazoo blues band led by Shimmin, the drummer in Seth Bernard & May Erelwine’s band.
Drag show and gay and lesbian dance night hosted by Maxi and Jennifer of the House of Chanel, with a DJ TBA.
Wistful, witty roots-pop by the trio of guitarist Keith Kiser, bassist Ralph McKee, and pedal steel guitarist Mark O’Boyle.