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SUMMER COURTYARD CONCERT SERIES

The BluescastersELECTRIC BLUES
Bluescasters The Bluescasters listen

Come celebrate the beginning of summer at Gifts of Art’s UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series opener with the Bluescasters. This well-known Ann Arbor group was formed in 2004 by Harry Rodman (percussion & vocals), Doug Wolgat (bass & vocals) and Kerry Adams (guitar and vocals). The following year they were joined by multi-instrumentalist Phil Ryski (guitar, piano, harp & vocals). Since then, the band has released four award nominated albums. The fourth album, Something Going Down, was released in 2014. The Bluescasters bring their original, high energy music to festivals and nightclubs throughout Michigan. Watch a video of the concert.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Rain/heat location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1


Ingrid Racine QuartetCLASSIC & MODERN JAZZ
Ingrid Racine Quartet Ingrid Racine Quartet listen

Ingrid Racine (trumpet & vocals) leads an Ann Arbor based jazz quartet, performing modern arrangements of American standards. Known for performing a diverse range of musical styles, this U-M School of Music grad adapts tunes from the 1920s to the bebop era, infusing them with 21st century inflections of hip hop, electronica and rock. She is joined by Chuck Newsome (guitar), Eric Nachtrab (bass), and Jesse Kramer (drums). This concert is part of Gifts of Art’s UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series. Watch a video of the concert.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Rain/heat location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1


Raisin PickersROOTS & BLUEGRASS
Raisin Pickers Raisin Pickers listen

It’s the 26th anniversary of the founding of the Raisin Pickers, the Manchester based string band that's cultivated a loyal following with its deft mix of rustic Appalachian, old time swing, bluegrass, and  swamp driven Louisiana music. Carol Wells Palms (string bass, fiddle, vocals) is a classically trained string player who captures the heart of traditional music. Mark Palms (banjo, fiddle, guitar, accordion, vocals) is a composer, player and proponent of traditional music and American musical heritage. David Mosher is on mandolin, fiddle, guitar and vocals, and Billy King plays electric guitar. This concert is part of Gifts of Art’s UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series. Watch a video of the concert.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Rain/heat location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1


steelworksCALYPSO & SOCA STEEL BAND
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Performing traditional music of Trinidad and Tobago, steelworks brings a flavor of the Caribbean islands with traditional calypso and soca music as well as reggae, popular and jazz tunes. Band leader Shane Jones is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a Graduate Certificate minor in World Performance Studies at U-M, where he is the World Percussion Instructor. He has studied and performed in Brazil, China, the Caribbean, West Africa and across the US. Chelsea Tinsler also plays steel drum, Patterson McKinney is on bass, and Andrew Grossman, drums. This concert is part of Gifts of Art’s UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series. Watch a video of the concert.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Rain/heat location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1


San, Emily & JacobSULTRY JAZZ & SOUL
Gwenyth Hayes Trio Gwenyth Hayes Trio listen

Bassist and vocalist Gwenyth Hayes’ hybrid reinterpretations give due respect to classics from many genres and eras and center around her sultry voice, groove oriented bass lines and tight instrumental arrangements. She reinvents traditional soul, jazz, soft rock and blues standards with a new smooth, sensual and contemporary feel. During her Blues era as a professional bassist in Chicago, Hayes performed regularly at world famous clubs including Buddy Guy’s Legends. She performs with jazz guitarist Jake Reichbart and drummer Rob Avsharian. This concert is part of Gifts of Art’s UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series. Watch a live stream of the concert on Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Rain/heat location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1

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UPCOMING JULY PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

NessaCELTIC ROOTS, FOLK & WORLD FUSION
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Nessa is a Celtic fusion group led by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Kelly McDermott, known for her dazzling flute technique and beautiful, soulful voice. She is joined by co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier to research and arrange ballads and dances of the U.K. and Europe, uniquely blending elements of classical, folk, jazz and world music to create rich, complex musical hybrids. The band moves audiences with funky reels, “barn burner” jigs, and deep, soulful glimpses of old stories. McDermott and Crozier are joined by John Gallo on guitar. This performance is part of the Gifts of Art UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, July 7, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Rain/heat location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1


Los GatosSALSA!
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Pete Siers, drummer and leader of the renowned Latin jazz combo Los Gatos, is a powerful, intensely physical and dynamic player on timbales, coro and percussion. In addition to Siers, the other four members of the group, Cary Kocher, on vibes and coro; Kurt Krahnke, bass; Brian Di Blassio, piano and coro; and Al Di Blassio, congas, vocals and percussion, are all world class performers. They have each toured extensively and have been performing in Los Gatos for over 10 years. With Siers, this group’s rhythm section is remarkable, but for many listeners, the distinctive feature of Los Gatos is Cary Kocher’s vibraphone sound, which can send a cool flow down your back on a hot summer day. This concert is part of the UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series presented by Gifts of Art.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, July 14, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Rain/heat location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1


Raisin PickersCHALK ARTIST DEMO WITH '20S JAZZ ON UKULELE

Artist David Zinn video watch & Musician Magdalen Fossum Magdalen Fossum listen


David Zinn, the renowned Ann Arbor street artist of friendly 3D chalk characters, will give an all-ages art installation demonstration. Teen musician Magdalen Fossum will accompany him with old standards, ‘20s jazz, and Django Reinhardt influenced original songs on ukulele and voice. Magdalen FossumPhotographs of Zinn’s temporary installations have appeared in The Guardian, La Republica, and Der Spiegel among others. An exhibition of his work is concurrently on display in the Gifts of Art Gallery — University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2 through Sept. 11, 2016. More info. Magdalen Fossum comes from a family of musicians and began performing at open mics in the greater Lansing area at age 7. In May of 2011, at age 10, Fossum was the youngest artist ever named Open Stage Performer of the Year by The Ark in Ann Arbor. Now at 15, Fossum’s perfect intonation, poise, and musical style make her a stand-out talent who performs main stage at many Michigan music festivals, including the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Blissfest, Traverse City Film Festival, and the Hard Rock Café, among others. This event is part of the Gifts of Art UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series.
Gifts of Art free event
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Art Demo 12:00-1:30 pm, Music 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Rain/heat location: University Hospital Courtyard overhang by UH South


George Bedard & the KingpinsROCKABILLY, BLUES, SWING & ROCK
George Bedard & the Kingpins George Bedard & the Kingpins listen

George Bedard is a supremely talented guitar player and a longtime fixture on the Ann Arbor roots music scene.  He’s been blowing the roof off of gin joints and folk clubs all over the Detroit/Ann Arbor area for more than 30 years. Continuing to excite crowds at regional festivals and clubs, his Kingpins band is famous for bringing fans of all ages to their feet through the swinging rockabilly originals and high-energy blues, swing and rock tunes. Bedard and drummer Rich Dishman are joined by extraordinary bassist Pat Trouty this year for the season finale of the Gifts of Art UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, July 28, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Rain/heat location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1

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