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March 20, 2011 - 4:38pm

Weekend Concert Guide — 3/11/10

BY MIKE KUNTZ

With St. Patrick’s Day on a Wednesday, it looks like Saturday is zero-hour for U of M’s “unofficial” display of Irish pride. And because you’ll most likely be nursing a hangover by the time 8pm rolls around, it’s safe to say Saturday night concerts are not on the menu. Check out what’s going on Friday night instead (hey, Ted Leo!):

Joe Henry — The Ark
Friday, Mar. 12
$20
Doors at 7:30 p.m.

Quickly becoming somewhat of a legend in his own rite, Joe Henry has been writing songs for over 20 years, encompassing folk, rock, electronica and now jazz. He’s worked with tenured acts like Ramblin’ Jack Elliott as well as up-and-coming backwoods revivalists Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists — The Crofoot (Pontiac)
Friday, Mar. 12
$15
Doors at 8 p.m.

Ted Leo’s sharp wit and political earnestness has made him one of the most championed artists to emerge from the ‘90s underground. Steadily releasing albums of compelling punk and savvy powerpop, Ted Leo’s latest, The Brutalist Bricks (Matador), has been pegged as “career-defining.” Check him out in Pontiac tomorrow night.

Hana Malhas — The Blind Pig
Friday, Mar. 12
$7 / under 21 $10
Doors 9:30 p.m.

This Friday marks the CD release show for local folk chanteuse Hana Malhas, whose Shapeshift took four years and transatlantic flights between Ann Arbor and Amman, Jordan, where she grew up. Chris Bathgate and Wolfie Complex support.