In 2014, the JSO introduced its Affinity Series. Three years and thousands of attendees later, the Affnity Series is becoming Music on Tap. Even with the new name, our goal remains the same: to improve our community by bringing nationally and internationally touring musicians from multiple genres of music into the heart of Downtown Jackson. In addition to the incredible music, each concert features a cash bar and other refreshments, so make a night of it and come share “World Class Music, So Close to Home”!
Music on Tap Season Tickets
10 tickets to 10 Music on Tap Concerts for $125.
Soul / Funk with The Mainstays
November 4, 2017
The Mainstays are a funk & soul band based in Kalamazoo, MI. Featuring Andrew Schrock (singer/songwriter), Neal Conway (bass), and Nate Heymoss (guitar) of Michigan’s funk/dance band Funktion, the band draws heavily from the groovy elements that made Funktion a bonafide dance party, while crafting dynamic, insightful, and almost folk-influenced songs. Paul Bauer behind the drum kit and the dirty playing of Tom McRockin Eldred (BMF Band) on keys bring the sound fully together, and provide that elusive answer to your missed connection.
Hot Jazz on a Cold Night with The Elden Kelly Trio
January 20, 2018
The Elden Kelly Trio features Carolyn Koebel on percussion and Denis Shebukhov on bass. Carolyn and Elden have worked together since 2010, cultivating a musical vocabulary based on a shared affinity for instrumental improvisation and exploration, unusual instrumentation, and original songs. Denis completed the trio in 2015, and they have been performing together ever since. The trio has performed around the Midwest region at numerous clubs, summer festivals and performing arts centers. In 2016, the ensemble collaborated with internationally renowned balafon master Famoro Dioubate from Guinea for unforgettable performances. They recorded their first CD as an ensemble in the spring of 2017.
The Un-Valentines Show
February 17, 2018
“The Un-Valentine’s Show-Songs & Tales Of Unforgiveness, Heartbreak, Dysfunction And Revenge” brings together three of Michigan’s favorite singers and songwriters. Jamie-Sue Seal and John Latini have taken the Un-Valentine’s Show on the road with their talented songwriter friend; Dave Boutette. The songs are presented in a round robin and politically incorrect fashion covering topics such as stalking, love triangles, and a magician who accidentally makes his wife disappear. Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, this show promises to be entertaining and humorous.
Irish Festival with Skipper’s Alley
March 16, 2018
This year’s Irish Festival brings another band from Ireland to The Wax stage to perform traditional Irish music. Skipper’s Alley are a 7-piece ensemble whose dynamic take on traditional Irish music has garnered wide critical praise and featured on such diverse stages as The Late Late Show, La Festival Interceltique de Lorient, and the Irish Embassy in Zambia. Described by The Irish Times as “gloriously three-dimensional”, the group spring from harp-accompanied Sean-Nós songs to feral, unkempt sets of reels, creating a sound that is both “scintillating” and “a model of tender delicacy” (David Kidman, The Living Tradition).
American Roots with Brian Dunne
April 14, 2018
Weatherwax Hall favorite Brian Dunne returns to The Wax stage, this time as a headliner. Brian’s new record is entitled Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements and it was released in the summer of 2017 as the follow up to his 2015 release, “Songs From The Hive”. He plays close to 300 shows a year and as he tells it, “I’ve played for anybody and everybody, played everywhere anyone would take me; living rooms, cafes, clubhouses, big theaters, small theaters, movie theaters, listening rooms, college cafeterias, etc. Boasting nearly 300 shows in the year and a half that followed, I ended up finding myself in some surprisingly cool circumstances– and some uncool ones (statute of limitations does not yet allow for me to reveal details). But what I found most liberating was that being a relative unknown had it’s perks– I was beholden to nothing. No one was expecting anything of me.”