Thursday, April 26
Gifts of Art
University Hospital, Main Corridor, Floor 1
1500 E Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI
San, Emily and Jacob in a concert for adults.
Thursday, April 26
Poetry Singing Off the Page!
The Browne Center — Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
Laz joins poet Jennifer Burd in a program of poetry set to music. Come hear classic lyrics from treasured poets of the English language — William Shakespeare, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost and others. Also featured will be works by contemporary poets Dan Gerber, Naomi Shihab Nye, Linda Nemec Foster — and even a sprinkling of haiku! Jennifer will recite the poems to Laz’s multi-instrumental accompaniment, (guitar, fiddle, and a variety of folk flutes) and then Laz will sing the poems to his original musical settings. On many of the poems, Jennifer will accompany Laz on a 22 stringed harp-like instrument called a “Bowed Psaltery” which dates back to medieval times. It has a haunting sound and adds a wonderful flavor to the poems.
Saturday, May 5
The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
A GEMILY (Gemini + Emily = GEMILY) 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 5
There Is Music in the Air!
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1500 Scio Church Rd., Ann Arbor, MI
A free, outdoor (weather permitting) Gemini Family Concert sponsored by the church. Festivities start at 3:00pm with a presentation called "Animal Acoustics" by the Howell Nature Center, featuring live animals, including an eagle. Then refreshments will be served followed by the concert. We will be joined by our Good Mischief Band — Mike Morrison on drums and Eric Fithian on bass.
Wednesday, May 9
For Pete’s Sake — Seeger Birthday Tribute
The Ark Coffeehouse, 316 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI
This year marks the 99th birthday of folk legend Pete Seeger, and our 9th annual tribute concert is a celebration of his life and music. The concert will once again be a benefit for the Ark; it feels fitting, as we celebrate the life of a man whom Bruce Springsteen has called “the grandfather of American folk music,” to honor and support a folk music institution that has brought such great music to our community for more than 50 years. We’ll tell stories and, in the true Seeger tradition, lead lots of singalongs. Our duo will be joined by San’s daughter Emily Rose and bass player Jacob Warren, and we’ll be sharing the stage with veteran luminaries of the local folk music scene — Dick Siegel, Billy King, Judy Banker, Paul Tinkerhess, Annie and Rod Capps, Matt Watroba, and our MC for the evening, Chris Buhalis.
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 band of special guests, all of whom recorded or performed with Helen: his bother, San on vocals and guitar, his niece Emily on vocals and violin, Jeanne Mackey on vocals and guitar, Laurel Federbush on harp, Ken Ishii on cello, Alaura Massaro on piano, Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski on vocals and percussion, and Eric Fithian on bass. Laz and his guests will sing some of Helen’s songs, as well as original and traditional music in both folk and classical styles.
Monday, June 18
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine St., Dexter, MI
A free GEMILY (Gemini + Emily) Family Concert for the kick-off of the library's Summer Reading Program.
Tuesday, June 19
Novi Public Library
45255 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi, MI
A free Gemini Family Concert as part of the Library's Summer Reading Program.
Wednesday, June 27
Detroit Public Library — Jefferson Branch
12350 E. Outer Dr., Detroit, MI
A free Gemini Family Concert as part of the library's summer reading program.
Thursday, July 19
Summer Concert in Wilson Park
45 Neckle, Milan, MI
A free outdoor Gemini Family Concert with our “Good Mischief Band” — Mike Morrison on drums and Eric Fithian on bass. This is an annual mid-summer special for us at this sweet park; there is a vintage old car show before we start, and a family-friendly movie afterwards.