Monday, January 9, 2012

Dancing and Music Days This Week

The Motor City's foremost funk band played two packed shows at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Winter Fest, which will be Jan. 21 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, will feature more than 20 bands.

'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery honored to open for Brad Paisley. McCreery begins a high-profile tour with Paisley, which kicks off Thursday at Van Andel Arena.

Jonathan Vassar & The Speckled Bird The Spinning Leaves (PA) FB - Monday, January 9, 2012, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 2100 E. Main St. Richmond, VA.

$5. Reggae Monday. Monday, January 9, 2012, 9:00 PM – Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 12:00 AM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA.

When you combine a tight groovin' rhythm section, sweet horn lines, and an amazing guitar player player who plays with honest to God soul, you've got yourself a solid winner when it comes to entertaining a crowd. Complex or simple, Williams's lines become funk chops, picking up speed one minute and slamming a 180 on a dime the next with the "Projekt" backing it up all along and enhancing the ride. The band describes it as "a soulful ensemble of jazz, on a melodic R&B vibe, laced with a grooved down hip hop back beat." Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 9:30 PM – Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 12:00 AM. 600 N. Sheppard St. Richmond, VA.