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Blue LLama
Blue LLama Jazz Club / bluellamaclub.com

Just as Ann Arbor's Blue LLama Jazz Club was getting ready to celebrate its first birthday, it was forced to shut down like all other clubs and restaurants in Michigan due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the owner of the club, Don Hicks, about how they, like many jazz musicians, have had to improvise to stay connected with the community.


PTD
PTD Productions / ptdproductions.com

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performance arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk to Joe York from an Ypsilanti theatre group and share information about a number of other performance opportunities in the coming weeks.


Kevin Shay / Kerrytown Concert House

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performance arts scene.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talked to the creator and director of “Wine, Women & Song,” which is in its 18th year at the Kerrytown Concert House, Monica Swartout-Bebow.

 

Out Loud Chorus
Tim Hamann / Out Loud Chorus

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performance arts scene.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk with Tim Hamann of Washtenaw County’s “Out Loud Chorus” and share a number of different opportunities to enjoy local theatre, music, and comedy in the coming weeks.


Michigan Theater
Michigan Theater / michtheater.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the performance arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk about the many different performances taking place locally from theatre to jazz to community concerts.


Adonis Rose sat down with Michael Jewett to talk about bringing his new project, a scaled down version of his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, to play one of his favorite venues.  He also responded to hearing the sad news of the recent passing of producer and Criss Cross Jazz label founder Gerry Teekens.


Marilyn Gouin

Michael Jewett sat down with Don Hicks, the owner of the Blue LLama Jazz Club, to talk about his recent acquisition of "the Moon and the Stars" trumpet owned and played by jazz icon Miles Davis.  Dave Sharp, artistic director at the Blue LLama, was also on hand to talk about some of the recent offerings at the venue. 


Theatre Nova / theatrenova.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the performance arts activities in our community.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk to Diane Hill of Ann Arbor’s Theatre Nova about the Michigan Playwrights Festival they created, as well as many of the local performance arts activities going on now in our community.


Theatre
Roustabout Theatre Troupe / roustabouttheatre.com

This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the many local performance arts activities taking place.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk to local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier about his latest production of locally gathered ghost stories.


Sun Chao

This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the local performance arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk with the artistic director of the "Neighborhood Theatre Group," Kristin Anne Danko.


Ann Arbor Blues Festival
Ann Arbor Blues Festival / a2bluesfestival.com

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performance arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk with the executive producer of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival, James Partridge, about the upcoming festival and discuss several other events happening in the coming weeks.


Saline Celtic Festival
Saline Celtic Festival Facebook / facebook.com

On this edition of "Art and Soul," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright begin by talking to the entertainment director for the Saline Celtic Festival about the upcoming festival.  They also talk about several local theater productions, jazz musical performances, and "Lady Bunny."


Ralph Peterson
Patrik Holubik / WEMU-FM

Drummer Ralph Peterson brings his Art Blakey tribute to the Blue LLama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor this weekend.  He joins 89.1 WEMU's Michael Jewett for music and conversation.


Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Ann Arbor Summer Festival / a2sf.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the vibrant local performance arts scene.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk with the executive director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Mike Michelon, about what’s planned for the Mainstage for the upcoming event.

Donald Harrison

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the performing arts.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by Wendy Wright and a special guest, local filmmaker Donald Harrison, who is getting ready to preview his documentary about Ann Arbor's Community High School.


Live Jazz is back in a big way in Downtown Ann Arbor. The Blue LLama Jazz Club celebrates with a grand opening weekend engagement with organist Joey DeFrancesco. The club's Artistic Director, Dave Sharp spoke with  WEMU's Michael Jewett  about what it took to get the project off the ground, and all the exciting music and dining experiences you can take in starting this weekend.