“…What would musical life be like around here without the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor? It’s chilling to even think about, but the short answer is less adventurous, less vibrant, less exciting and a lot less fun.”
– Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
When one door closes, another (virtual) one opens. During the past few months, as businesses all around the world were required to close their doors, Kerrytown Concert House persevered in our mission of bringing world-class artists to you! The ongoing pandemic may prevent us from enjoying the thrill of a house bustling with artists and patrons, but it cannot stop us from bringing joyful music from Ann Arbor’s listening room to your living room.
Within a week of Michigan’s executive stay-at-home order, we kicked-off our new streaming series, Live @ The 415, with house-favorite swing band, Accidentally Hip, live from the KCH stage. To date, we’ve filled almost every Sunday afternoon with music! Our summer line-up is completely in place, and we are moving forward with livestream artists bookings for the fall. Even more streaming series are in the works for the fall, including “Louis Lessons” (a virtual conversation concert series with classical pianist and raconteur, Louis Nagel), “Jazz Chats with Cool Cats” (an interview/concert series with host and drummer, Pete Siers), and “Laughter at the Happy Hour” (featuring Bolcom & Morris, who will cheer us with songs and regale us with tales of a lifetime of cabaret adventures). With the amazing commitment of our Board of Directors, and the guidance of technical and audio-visual professionals, we’ve also invested in additional equipment that will allow us to improve all aspects of the virtual concert experience.
We long for the buzz that fills the house before an artist takes the stage at KCH, but the safety and health of our patrons, artists and staff will always take priority. Despite these strange and challenging times, the future of KCH looks bright thanks to your continued support and contributions!