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Wild At Heart

Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog

Wild At Heart

Had a great week with our Jazzfest where I saw 58 different performers over a 9 day festival. Highlights including amazing sets by Dr John, the Dr Lonnie Smith Trio, British saxophonist Yolanda Brown, clarinetist Anat Cohen, Norway's artistic Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Jacob Karlzon 3, Cuba's Alfredo Rodriguez Trio and a great David Byrne/St Vincent show. They are wonderful together and Byrne always puts on a great show. I saw him a few years ago at the Michigan Theatre which was a great show. This show should be equally fun and St Vincent adds a unique energy to his quirkiness. They have a great band backing them and this should be a must see show. Now the Rochester Jazzfest is different from the Detroit Festival by bring in more experimental and foreign jazz artists as well as some big paid shows. One of the nice things is finding that amazing new artists and this year there was one stand-out. Korean singer Youn Sun Nah joined Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius for the most amazing set of the festival as her voice captivated the minds and souls of the audience playing to two packed shows with large lines hoping to get in to even hear one song. If these guys even play in the Detroit area, make sure to track them down for what might be the best concert of the year. I am including a video which doesn't begin to come close to how beautiful this show really was live but please take the time to check out more of this wonderful artist.

Here are a few more recommended shows for the week and don't forget Wire @ MOCAD on July 9th:

Wednesday (7/03) - Ours @ the Crofoot, Guggenheim Grotto @ Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Spyro Gyro @ Chene Park

Thursday (7/04) - Counting Crows w/Wallflowers @ Meadowbrook Theatre, Capitol Steps @ Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Friday (7/05) - Bow Wow Wow @ Token Lounge, Jill Sobule @ the Ark, Alice Cooper @ Ceasar's Windsor, October Babies @ Detroit Institute of the Arts

Saturday (7/06) - Hollywood Undead @ the Fillmore, Goo Goo Dolls @ Pine Knob, Jeffrey Osbourne @ Chene Park

Sunday (7/07) - 311 w/G Love and the Special Sauce @ Pine Knob, Killswitch Engage @ Crofoot, Concert of Colors feat Ozomatli w/Candy Band and Don Was All-Star Revue (feat Wayne Kramer, Ty Stoe, Howlin Diablos, etc) @ Max M Fisher

Monday (7/08) - David Byrne w/St Vincent @ Michigan Theatre

Here is a preview of Byrne/St Vincent to get you in the mood. They are playing songs like "Road To Nowhere" and "Wild Wild Life" as well as songs from their album together.