with video: Khalid Hanifi headlines next AnnArbor.com concert on the patio
The next entry in AnnArbor.com's free, Friday lunchtime concert series brings the rootsy pop of accomplished musician Khalid Hanifi to our patio at Liberty and Fifth Avenue.
In a town full of pop musicians with impressive skills and resumes, Khalid Hanifi still stands out.
He's led three different bands: Map of the World went from its Ann Arbor roots to a brief affiliation with mighty Atlantic Records, where Billboard called its EP a "blessed event." Kiss Me Screaming was an indie favorite before people were calling things that, and in more recent years Maypops created some terrific listenable pop.
Hanifi's first proper solo album, “Pamplemousse Presse,” was released in September 2008. Recently, his work has been featured in such places as the NBC show “Mercy” and the PRX radio documentary “Finding Our Bootstraps: Americans Deal With Recession.”
In an email note, Hanifi looks ahead to Friday's concert: "My set will consist of material from my last couple of CDs and my 2010 single releases. I'll be playing with my band (George Bedard on guitar, Chris Benjey on keyboard, Chuck Mauk on drums, and Patrick Prouty on bass), and it will look and sound something like this youtube clip of my tune 'Blues In Diane,' except we'll all be standing."