The Secret: Walk Anywhere – Jazz Concerts, Movie Theater Day, & Delicious Cuisine

Happy Earth Day! During the week of April 22nd, Ann Arbor will be bustling with Spring Fun – Jazz Concerts, Movie Theater Day, and Delicious New American Cuisine.

No matter what activities you choose, the Bell Tower Hotel is within walking distance – and we always offer optional valet parking.

The most important part of your stay is the quality of your experience.

Whether you need to reserve a room for the night or one of our conference rooms for your whole team  – call us at (734) 769-3010 or fill out our contact form.

Jazz History Month

April is both Jazz History and Jazz Appreciation month, and the Jazz Journalist Association is giving one of its coveted National Jazz Hero Award to local investor and philanthropist Don Chisholm.  Mr. Chisholm helped keep Jazz clubs like the Bird of Paradise (now closed) open for years and provided transportation and lodging for many jazz legends when they came to play in Ann Arbor.

The award will be presented to Mr. Chisholm at a ceremony during the performance of “All About the Trio – the Music of George Shearing” by pianist Ellen Rowe at the Kerrytown Concert House.

The Concert House, a Kerrytown landmark, was built before 1860 is celebrating 30 years as a performance venue and museum space featuring Classical, Jazz, Cabaret, and Avant Garde music and art.

Many people know that Detroit is famous for the music of Motown – but not many know about Michigan’s place in the history of Jazz.

Looking for something delicious for dinner?

You can dine at some amazing New American style restaurants within blocks of your hotel room. The West End Grill offers American fare in a classic bistro location. Try the Miso Glazed Black Grouper or the Hibachi Style Delmonico Steak.

Logan offers New American cuisine with a modern edge.  They offer unique dishes like Wild Boar Bolognese and Moroccan Hen as well as vegetarian dishes like Glazed Cauliflower.

Movie Theater Day

April 23d is National Movie Theater Day.  You can visit two historic movie theaters only blocks from the Bell Tower. The State Theater will be showing True Story starring Jonah Hill and James Franco.

The Michigan Theater will have a performance by Canadian author and radio personality Stuart McLean who is the host of the popular show The Vinyl Cafe.  Visiting the Michigan Theater website will show you all of the other movies showing at both theaters over the weekend.

More Music

The Ark will offer a full week of great performances this week. Tonight, Alan Doyle, bestselling author and lead singer for the band Great Big Sea, performs in support of his second solo album ‘So Let’s Go.’

Madcat Midnight Blues Journey will take the stage on the 23d to deliver a traditional rock and blues show.  Check out the traditional American String Band music of Billy Strings and Don Julin on the 24th.

Chamber Folk outfit the Portland Cello Project promises to go where no cello has gone before April 25th.

The weekend closes out with a performance on the 26th by Seth Glier a young musician who has shared the stage with everyone from Emmylou Harris to James Taylor.

Sports Options for U of M Parents and Fans

Good luck to all of the teams competing this week for the University of Michigan here or on the road! Go Blue!  All of the following teams will be playing at home this week:

Michigan’s 4th-ranked Softball Team will play Central Michigan at 6:00 pm at the Wilpon Complex on April 22nd.

Men’s Lacrosse will play Penn State at 6:00 pm at Michigan Stadium on April 25th.

Women’s Lacrosse will play Rutgers at 1:00 pm at Michigan Stadium on April 26th.

Looking for a few laughs

Detroit comedian Mike Bonner, a former Def Comedy Jam All-Star, will perform at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase from April 23d through the 25th.

The Bell Tower Hotel Staff is Here For You

No matter what your looking for in accommodations in Ann Arbor – The Bell Tower offers the best access to Downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan Campus – please let us help you with planning, logistics, or whatever you need to have the best possible time during your stay.

The Bell Tower prides themselves on providing you with the best service and accommodations in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Is it time for a romantic weekend? Try our Romantic Getaway Package to feel like you are visiting a resort right here in Ann Arbor – if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time at (734) 769-3010.

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