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.
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, 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.
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.