Sunday, September 24
Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Concert Across America
Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing
5509 South Pennsylvania, Lansing, MI
Laz will join poet Jennifer Burd, as well as a number of other artists and musicians in a benefit concert to end gun violence in this country. Similar events will be taking place on and around this date all across the United States, to bring awareness to this issue and to work to change it. In Michigan, this concert will be the culmination of Peace Quest which is a week of peace activities in the Greater Lansing area, beginning Sept. 17 with a march.
Sunday, October 1
Book Launch for "Day's Late Blue"
Westgate Shopping Center, 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, MI
Laz joins poet Jennifer Burd in support of the release of her new book, "Day's Late Blue." Jennifer is an award-winning poet whose haiku and lyric poems have been widely published in print and on-line journals, as well as in three previous books. Laz has set to music a number of her poems and will sing them at this event. In addition Jennifer and Laz will present haiku / flute improvisations on solo and jointly written haiku. Book signing to follow.
Saturday, October 7
Pumpkinfest — MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI
We will be part of this all-day event, with many other fun and educational events scheduled for the whole family.
Sunday, October 8
Plymouth District Library Rhapsody Series
223 S. Main St., Plymouth, MI
San, Emily and Jacob play a free concert in the library's beautiful meeting room.
Wednesday, October 11
AM Musicale Series
Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, MI
San, Emily and Jacob will feature the classical pieces in their repertoire, including Bach, Brahms, and Dvorak, but will also play Klezmer, folk, and Broadway tunes and songs. This monthly series is sponsored by the Society for Musical Arts.
Thursday, October 12
Gifts of Art - University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
We will play our music for adults — original songs and instrumentals, traditional folk songs, and classics from the 60’s and beyond. We will be joined by drummer Mike Morrison.
Thursday, October 19
216 North 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI
Laz will be performing original and traditional songs, instrumentals and improvisations on fiddle, guitar and pennywhistle. He’ll be joined by percussionists Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski as well as guitarist Eric Fithian. Come do your Co-op shopping, have a snack, sandwich or drink at Cafe Verde, or a full meal at the hot bar, and listen to a few minutes or two hours of uplifting music!
Wednesday, November 1
Friendship with the Elements
The Browne Center — Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
Laz presents "Friendship with the Elements," an accessible, nature-centered philosophy from the Andes Mountain Region of South America. Incorporating music and instruments from Ecuador, as well as fusion music combining indigenous and modern styles, Laz introduces simple, everyday practices we can do to connect with the four elements of nature — earth, air, fire, and water. Based on the teachings of Ecuadorian Shaman, Don Alverto Taxo, these practices — which are found in all ancient cultures — enhance our appreciation of nature and deepen our connection to our own core self.
Saturday, November 4
The Citadel Dance and Music Center
91 Hinkley St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
We’ll be doing our show for adults, consisting of our original songs, as well as classic songs of the 1960’s folk revival. For part of both sets of this concert we will be joined by a wonderful children’s choir called “All God’s Children Community Choir” and their their co-founding directors, Larry and Sandy Feldman. Comprised of a racially diverse group of boys and girls, ages three to eighteen, the choir was formed in 2001 with the goal of bridging the racial divide in the Benton Harbor - St. Joseph area. We have sung with “All God’s Children” a number of times in the last 16 years, and are honored to have them join us at this performance — both because of what they add to our concert musically, but also because of the hope for racial harmony which they represent.
Sunday, November 26
The Ark Coffeehouse
316 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI
Our annual Thanksgiving Weekend Benefit Concert for Mott Children’s Hospital. We’ll be joined by our “Good Mischief Band” (Brian Brill on piano, and Aron Kaufman on drums) and our special guest, Emily Rose on violin and vocals. Emily, San’s daughter, was born and cared for in the Holden NICU of Mott 23 years ago.
Saturday, December 9
Delton District Library
330 N. Grove St., Delton, MI
A Gemini Family Concert as the start of the city's Holiday celebrations.
Sunday, January 21
Friends in Songs and Stories
Downtown Ann Arbor Library: Multi-Purpose Room
San and Laz of Gemini and AADL’s Laura Pershin Raynor, join forces for a special musical storytelling program for the whole family. This fourth annual concert will include Gemini’s classic songs for children, their musical settings of the texts of some favorite children’s books, and collaborative storytelling with their long-time friend, and wonderful storyteller, Laura. They will be joined by special guest Emily, San's daughter, on violin and vocals.
Saturday, March 10
Harmony Bones at Cafe 704
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI
Laz will join Jeanne Mackey, Tom Voiles, Linda Teaman and Eric Fithian (collectively known as “Harmony Bones”) in a wide range of original, traditional and contemporary folk music. Rich harmonies and an array of finstruments — guitar, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, fiddle, banjo, percussion, bass, even sitar! The band’s name, “Harmony Bones,” comes from an acupuncture point that harmonizes imbalances and promotes clear thinking, seeing, and hearing!
Suggested donation is $8 each or 2/$15.
Sunday, March 18
1517 Bayliss St., Midland, MI
A Gemini Family Concert at this wonderful venue that celebrates the arts, offering year-round classes, workshops and performances for all ages. For part of this show we will be joined by the 5th grade choir from Carpenter and Plymouth Schools.
Sunday, March 25
The Ark Coffeehouse
316 S. Main St. Ann Arbor
Our annual Spring Celebration concert! Join us to sing in, and dance in, the return of the beloved season! We'll be joined by San's daughter, Emily, on violin and vocals.
Tuesday, March 27
Greenville High School
111 N. Hillcrest, Greenville, MI
A Gemini Family Concert sponsored by the Greenville school district. For part of the concert we’ll be joined by a children’s choir made up of students from local elementary schools.
Friday, April 6
Family Concert at Early Childhood Conference
Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI
A Gemini Family Concert, as part of the Early Childhood Conference at the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater. For part of this concert, we’ll be joined by a local children’s choir under the direction of a wonderful music teacher, Christine Hayes. Also, on Saturday, April 7th, we’ll be giving workshops for teachers on how to use music in the classroom.
Sunday, April 15
Wild Swan Benefit
The Ark Coffeehouse — 316 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI
Celebrate Wild Swan Theater's 38th season at its annual benefit concert with an outstanding lineup of local talent who have collaborated with Wild Swan over the years. Storyteller extraordinaire and AADL Youth Librarian Laura Pershin Raynor will be the emcee for this family-friendly fundraiser. American Sign Language shadow interpretation by Synergy on Stage.
Buy tickets online or over the phone at 734-646-8623, or at the door the day of the event.
Saturday, May 5
The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
A Gemini Family Concert in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Concert Series. This is our sixth time being back in this series, and it’s always a great time in a beautiful hall. To add even more fun to the mix, we’ll be joined by our drummer, Mike Morrison.
Saturday, May 12
6th Annual Benefit Concert in Honor of Helen’s Memory
Cafe 704, Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor MI
Laz played a number of concerts at Cafe 704 over the years, always with his wife Helen, until she passed away in 2012. To honor her memory, and to celebrate her life, Laz is dedicating this yearly concert to her. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to two organizations: one that supports nature preservation, and the other, an emergency shelter for homeless children and their families. Both of these causes were very close to Helen’s heart.
Laz will be joined by a number of musicians, all of whom performed or recorded with Helen over the years. Laz and his guests will sing some of Helen’s songs, as well as original and traditional music in both folk and classical styles.