All-Star Revue Artists
This founding member of The Layabouts has been making radical, politically motivated music happen in Detroit since the 1980s and has headlined countless benefit concerts and anarchist gatherings across North America.
The War & Treaty
This roots and gospel duo have history. Whether it’s writing a song on Saddam Hussein’s piano, recording with Lauryn Hill or reaching the Billboard top 30, their storied past and soulful songs will pull you from trauma to tranquility and back again.
The music that flows from the mind and soul of Omowale defies genre classification; R&B, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz are spun into a heady mix that refuses to be labeled.
David McMurray & Paul Randolph
Tino Gross & Harmonica Shah
A lifelong pursuit of perfecting the perfect three-minute song has carried Piunti’s brand of power pop to film and network television.
Chris Canas & 440
Determined to pay his respects to the rich heritage of the blues, Canas is pumping new life into the genre with every lick, solo, and riff. Genuine blues are hard to find, but with Chris Canas & 440, the search is over.
Sweet Pea Atkinson, Donald Ray Mitchell, Sir Harry Bowens
This trio of Was (Not Was) alumni unite for a special Concert of Colors performance. Each have distinguished solo careers; singing with artists such as Lyle Lovett, The O’Jays and Willie Nelson.
Harnessing the true power of music to uplift the spirit, body, and soul and educate the masses. A sensational performer and lyrical powerhouse, Jones embodies Hip Hop, femininity, spirituality, and passion in each commanding performance.
Audiences willingly submit to Christi’an’s fiery passion while they are captivated by her hypnotic vocals. Her energy and power have earned her national recognition – opening for Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu and Tom Morello, to name a few.
Jessica Care Moore
Jessica Care Moore is an American poet. She is the CEO of Moore Black Press, executive producer of Black WOMEN Rock! and founder of the literacy-driven Jess Care Moore Foundation.
They might be the most Celtic rock band in Detroit – famous for their high-energy shows and Caledonian soul. With a name like Corktown Popes, that sounds about right.
Dennis Coffey & Melvin Davis
Melvin Davis is a classic soul singer whose work as a drummer and songwriter for the likes of Smokey Robinson and David Ruffin makes a for a perfect pairing with Funk Brothers guitarist and fellow Motown legend Dennis Coffey.
After winning a talent contest at the age of thirteen and signing with Motown Records, Crawford recorded three singles with the label, most notably My Smile Is Just a Frown (Turned Upside Down) written by Smokey Robinson.
This sweet-sounding ensemble comes from the Detroit Institute of Music Education.
A groundbreaking poet and author, Sinclair embodied all that was 1960s counterculture and activism.
All-Star Revue House Band
Randy Jacobs is a former Was (Not Was) guitarist. His new recording is Rhythm and the Beat is an instrumental funk and blues excursion.
Guitarist Brian “Roscoe” White is a Was (Not Was) alumnus who has also won numerous Detroit Music Awards.
Keyboardist Luis Resto is a Grammy Award and Oscar winner for co-writing Eminem’s Lose Yourself. He was a founding member of Was (Not Was).
Ron Pangborn is a longtime Detroit drummer who was a member of Was (Not Was) and has also played with Marshall Crenshaw and Matthew Sweet.
Trumpeter Rayse Biggs is one of Detroit’s top jazz artists, who’s played with the likes of Kem, Kid Rock, Bob Dylan and Was (Not Was).
Saxophonist David McMurray was a member of Was (Not Was), and has played with the likes of Gladys Knight, Bob Dylan, Kid Rock, Bonnie Raitt and Bootsy Collins.
Vocalist Sweet Pea Atkinson was a charter member of Was (Not Was). He is also a member of the Boneshakers with Randy Jacobs and has toured with Lyle Lovett.
Sir Harry Bowens’ distinguished career includes work with Was (Not Was), the Amalgamated Funk Co., The O’Jays, Pefect Touch and others.
Donald Ray Mitchell added a third voice to the Was (Not Was) front line in addition to artists as varied as Willie Nelson, Randy Crawford and Brian Wilson.
Bassist and Was (Not Was) cofounder Don Was is a multiple Grammy Award winning producer, who is currently president of the legendary Blue Note Jazz label.