Best Bets : Victor Wooten and the Capitol Steps make a musical week
Bassist Victor Wooten will play The Ark on Monday. 8 p.m. Hailed as the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius, Wooten is known for his solo recordings and tours, and as a member of the Grammy-winning supergroup Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. $45. The Ark is at 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.
There will be a "Teen Music Workshop" at the Ypsilanti District Library on Monday. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Work with teacher and musician Dennis Davis to create songs with electronic, percussion, stringed instruments, and vocals. Not sure about your musical skills? Drop in, play with the musical toys, create some beat and add your flavor. These sessions will result in songs to be performed in Shout it Out on August 10 at 6 p.m. Free.The YDL is at 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110.
As part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Arbor Brewing Company will host the "33 1/3 Reading/Listening Series", Mondays through July 2. 7 p.m. This reading-and-listening party features local writers, journalists and music aficionados sharing excerpts from Continuum's 33 1/3 series of books about classic rock albums, followed by guest DJs from WCBN mixing from the songbook of that evening’s celebrated artist. This week, Jim Fleming, founder, Fleming Artists, reads from "American Recordings," by Tony Tost, on the album by Johnny Cash . No admission charge; price of purchases. ABC is at 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. 734-213-1393.
The Ann Arbor Civic Band will continue its "Summer Concert Season" at the West Park Band Shell on Wednesday. 8 p.m. Enjoy great music in the great outdoors. This week's theme will be a "Tribute to the USA." William Gourley conducts. Free. West Park is at 215 Chapin St., Ann Arbor. 734-994-2780.
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival main-stage show will feature "The Capitol Steps" at the Power Center on Wednesday. 5 & 8 p.m. Answering the call for more civil discourse, these former congressional staffers' brilliant song parodies and hilarious sketches lampoon up-to-the-minute issues, events, and personalities, poking fun at both sides of the aisle. $50, $45, $40, $30. Tickets available by phone at 734-764-2538, online through the festival website at A2SF.org, or in person at the Michigan League Ticket Office at 911 N. University Ave. The Power Center is at 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor. 734-763-3333.