There’ no better way to spend MLK Day than at Hill Auditorium with Mos Def and his Big Band. Def’s politically conscious brand of rap is fit for the holiday. The 7:30 p.m. concert is being held Monday in memory of Detroit music producer J Dilla, who died in 2006. Tickets are $25 – $45.
Want to claim you knew a band playing at South by Southwest way back when? Well, if you do, check out Ann Arbor’s own Great Lakes Myth Society tonight at the Blind Pig before they make the trek to Austin. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 for the legal drinkers and $8 for those 18+.
AT THE MIC
For a totally different take on MLK Day, check out “An Afternoon with Martin and Langston,” 1 p.m. Monday at the Power Center. Felix Justice will transform into Dr. King to read several of his speeches, followed by Ben Vereen who will adopt the persona of poet Langston Hughes. A Q&A session will follow.
AT THE DRUM
The Oleander Review is the only undergraduate-run University literary journal, featuring fiction, art and screenplays. To commemorate its launch party, catch recent contributors Elizabeth Kostova, Rachel Harkai and Cyan James tonight at 7 p.m. at Shaman Drum Bookshop.