A hot day of cool jazz is ahead Sunday (July 15th) at the 13th annual Michigan Jazz Festival at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. Five stages, one of which will be outdoors, will have an all-Michigan lineup of 23 acts including Bess Bonnier, Alma Smith, the Johnny Trudell Big Band, George “Sax” Benson Quartet, Los Gatos and Cliff Monear Quartet. The event runs noon-9:15 p.m. Admission and parking are both free. The college is on Haggerty Road between Six Mile and Seven Mile roads. Call (248) 474-2720 or visit michigan jazzfestival.homestead.com.
National Ghost, the new band fronted by former Robb Roy singer Graham Strachan, debuts at 10 p.m. Friday (July 13th) at Karl’s Cabin, 6005 Gotfredson Road, Plymouth. Cover is $3. Call (734) 455-8450 or visit www.myspace.com/nationalghost.
The Hayloft Liquor Stand in Mount Clemens goes for the gamut Friday (July 13th) with a bill that starts with acoustic singer-songwriters Tessa Rochen and Emily Rose, then cranks up the volume with rockers Im Possible Tuesday and Paragon. The Hayloft is at 140 N. Main St. Music starts at 8 p.m. Cover is $5 for 21 and older, $10 for younger than 21. Call (586) 468-1010 or visit www.myspace. com/hayloft.