Concert of Colors Artists

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
Saturday, 15, 2017
Sunday, 16, 2017

2017 Concert of Colors –
Full Schedule [PDF]

Please note: schedule is subject to change.

 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nikki D. Brown and the Sisters of Thunder

Gospel

The electrifying, anointed, energized Nikki “D” & The Browns of Toledo, Ohio, are a family quartet that started playing and singing at a very young age, with a music ministry to share under the direction of their father, the late Rev. Curtis Brown and their mother, Ruth Brown, in the early 1970s. This all-female group ministers through their instruments as well as through their voices.

8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Third Man Records
441 W. Canfield St., Detroit


Warren Defever

Experimental/World

Defever is a musician and producer originally from Livonia, Michigan, and now based in Detroit. He is most known for his chameleonic project His Name Is Alive, though he is active in numerous other circles. He produced, engineered and/or remixed recordings by Iggy and the Stooges, Easy Action, Low, Ida, Michael Hurley, Califone, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, the Gories, the Go, NOMO, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Ethan Daniel Davidson, Faruq Z. Bey, Craig Brown Band, Reba Fritz, Destroy All Monsters, Jenny Toomey, Slumber Party, John Sinclair, Elizabeth Mitchell & Lisa Loeb, as well as His Name Is Alive offshoot Velour 100.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Third Man Records
441 W. Canfield St., Detroit

Pure Heart Travelers

Gospel

Formed in Grand Junction, Tennessee, and based in Detroit since 1965, this singular group performs traditional jubilee quartet singing, with more than 100 original songs to their credit. Delivering essential and absolutely funky gospel/soul, Pure Heart Travelers continues to perform today in the Detroit area on a regular basis, building on their 50+-year tenure in the city.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Third Man Records
441 W. Canfield St., Detroit


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Forum on Community, Culture & Race — Art and Rebellion: Detroit Since ’67

Featuring keynote speaker and moderator Dr. Thomas Sugrue and performances by Abby Dobson and Las Cafeteras.

Free admission; RSVP to reserve your seat at http://bit.ly/CoCforum

Dr. Thomas J. Sugrue
Sugrue is professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History, the founding director of the Collaborative on Global Urbanism, and the director of the Program in American Studies at New York University. The author of four books including the multiple-award-winning The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton University Press), he contributes to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the London Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Nation, and Salon. Sugrue grew up in Detroit. He finds the roots of today’s urban poverty in a hidden history of racial violence, discrimination and deindustrialization that reshaped the American urban landscape after World War II.

Abby Dobson
A Sonic Conceptualist Artist, Dobson’s sound is the alchemy of R&B/soul, jazz, classic pop, classical, gospel, blues and folk. She has performed at legendary venues including S.O.B’s, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The Apollo Theater, Blue Note Jazz Club and The Tonight Show. She is also an independent scholar focusing on the intersections and impact of race, gender and class in the imagination, consumption, production, promotion and distribution of music. Passionate about using music as a tool for empathy cultivation, Dobson creates music to inspire audiences to both reflect on the world in which we live and to engage in action to promote transformative social change.

Las Cafeteras
These children of immigrants remix roots music and tell modern day stories with what LA Times calls a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock.” The band is taking the music world by storm with its international instrumentation, crossing genres and musical borders with infectious live performances. Las Cafeteras features four versatile vocalists infusing lyrically rich storytelling with the purpose of sharing the hidden stories of migrant life in Los Angeles. Witness sounds ranging from Afro-Mexican to Americana, from traditional to electric, from English to Spanish with all the emotions in between.

6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017
The Annex @ Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

Friday, July 14, 2017

After party with DJ Michael Elliott

Dance!

DJ Michael Elliott’s knowledge of music spans many generations and genres. Influenced by techno DJ’s and world music icons like the late DJ Chebi Sabbah, DJ Michael Elliott serves up a colorful pallet of electronic, lounge and world grooves.

Light snacks and beverages available for purchase. Includes FREE admission to Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibit.

11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Griot Galaxy

Avant-garde Jazz

Griot Galaxy is the legendary Detroit avant-garde jazz ensemble founded by the late Faruq Z. Bey – one of the visionaries of Detroit’s modern jazz scene. Originally formed in the 1970s, Griot has been a cult favorite worldwide ever since. The lineup features David McMurray and Tony Holland on saxophones, Jaribu Shahid on bass and Tani Tabbal on drums plus special guests.

9:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
John R Stage
Presented by Detroit Institute of Arts, The Wright Museum and Michigan Science Center

On the sidewalk at the entrance to the Science Center on John R.
Rain venue: Detroit Film Theater DIA.

Aurora Harris

Spoken Word

Aurora Harris is a dynamic Michigan poet, educator and water-rights activist. She is co-founder of We The People and the host for The Broadside Lotus Press Poets Theater.

9 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
John R Stage
Presented by Detroit Institute of Arts, The Wright Museum and Michigan Science Center

On the sidewalk at the entrance to the Science Center on John R.
Rain venue: Detroit Film Theater DIA.

Kuumba

Jazz/Latin/African

Kuumba is a Detroit ensemble formed in the late 1970s by R.J. Spangler and Rick Steiger. The group’s sound was influenced by the jazz, Latin and African music heard in the music of Sun Ra, Abdullah Ibrahim, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Tito Puente and The Art Ensemble of Chicago on the national/international scene and Griot Galaxy, Roy Brooks, Tribe & CJQ on the local scene.

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
John R Stage
Presented by Detroit Institute of Arts, The Wright Museum and Michigan Science Center

On the sidewalk at the entrance to the Science Center on John R.
Rain venue: Detroit Film Theater DIA.

Efe Bes

 African fusion

Efe Bes, a Central African native born in Detroit is the founder and lead musician of Bambuti music and movement group. Bes, the culture-shifting New Afrikan Instrumentalist, masterfully fuses new-school African poly-rhythms with contemporary hip-hop, techno, house, jazz, reggae, and pop aesthetics.

7 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
John R Stage
Presented by Detroit Institute of Arts, The Wright Museum and Michigan Science Center

On the sidewalk at the entrance to the Science Center on John R.
Rain venue: Detroit Film Theater DIA.

De’Sean Jones –
Underground Resistance/Knomadik

Electronic/Experimental

Jones has evolved to become much more than a jazz musician. His originality and unique sound fuse a multitude of influences including funk, hip hop, bebop and soul. He has toured the world with numerous acts including Stevie Wonder, The Clark Sisters, Yolanda Adams and Faith Evans. Jones combines music and technology, using his saxophone as well as a EWI (electronic wind instrument).

6:15 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
John R Stage
Presented by Detroit Institute of Arts, The Wright Museum and Michigan Science Center

On the sidewalk at the entrance to the Science Center on John R.
Rain venue: Detroit Film Theater DIA.

Onyx Ashanti

Electronic/Experimental

Can music and dance be used to program a computer? To program ourselves? Onyx Ashanti thinks the answer is yes. He has created a musical exoskeleton called sonocyb1. With it he can talk to computers and make music at the same time, changing the way his brain and body work — exploring a musical future where we evolve using open source programming and 3D printers.

5:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
John R Stage
Presented by Detroit Institute of Arts, The Wright Museum and Michigan Science Center

On the sidewalk at the entrance to the Science Center on John R.
Rain venue: Detroit Film Theater DIA.

FREE Admission to Michigan Science Center

Science

Michigan Science Center is offering FREE admission to Concert of Colors attendees. Click here to RSVP: http://bit.ly/CoC25MiSci

3-5 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
Michigan Science Center
5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202

Song, Dance & Drumming Workshop w/ Mokoomba

Workshop

See full band description here.

All ages welcome! Free admission; RSVP to reserve your seat at http://bit.ly/mokoombaworkshop

2-4 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
Alkebu-Lan Village
7701 Harper Ave., Detroit

Workshop + performance with Las Cafeteras

Workshop

See full band description here.

Free admission; RSVP to reserve your seat at http://bit.ly/lascafeterasworkshop

12 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
1211 Trumbull Ave., Detroit

Saturday, July 15, 2017

10th Don Was All-Star Revue: Music of Rebellion

Rock/Eclectic

Multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was is well known to Detroit music fans as a founder of the hit-making rock band Was (Not Was) and as president of Blue Note Records. The Detroit-born Was maintains a powerful connection to Detroit music of all kinds through hosting this annual All-Star Revue at the Concert of Colors.

Featuring: Carolyn Crawford; John Sinclair; David McMurray + Paul Randolph; Dennis Coffey + Melvin Davis; Tino Gross + Harmonica Shah; Jessica Care Moore; The War & Treaty; Nadir Omowale; Sweet Pea Atkinson, Donald Ray Mitchell + Sir Harry Bowens; Chris Canas + 440; Corktown Popes; Steffanie Christi’an; Mahogany Jones; Nick Piunti; Alan Franklin; DIME Singers; and the Revue House Band: Luis Resto, keyboards; Randy Jacobs, guitar; Brian Roscoe White, guitar; Ron Pangborn, drums; David McMurray, saxophone; Rayse Biggs, trumpet; Sir Harry Bowens, vocals; Sweet Pea Atkinson, vocals; Donald Ray Mitchell, vocals; Don Was, bass.

Click HERE to read about the performers and the house band.

8 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
Meijer Main Stage (Orchestra Hall)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Sidestepper

Colombian electronica

For 20 years, Richard Blair programmed electronic beats, but eventually reached a global homogeneity where everything sounded the same. The inspiration for Sidestepper’s new sound comes from the many incredible dance bands before the electronic revolution in the ‘80s and ‘90s – the great orquestas from Colombia, Haiti, Trinidad, Cuba and Africa. Sidestepper creates an organic sound that goes back to that tradition. It’s still a dance band, but now the beats are made with hand drums, seeds and shakers, kalimbas, flutes and guitar, driving the melodic vocals. A minimalist, modal and groovy sound, electro acoustic with elements of dub and the ever-present analogue synth bass. Strong and groovy, timeless and fluid.

“Pure, joyful and wild at the same time..” -Sounds and Colours.


5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
Meijer Main Stage (Orchestra Hall)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Mokoomba

Afro-fusion

Zimbabwe’s most celebrated young band offers lyrical yet breezy music straight from the heart of Zimbabwean society, culture and tradition. Their name is a Tonga word that indicates “great respect for the river.” The Zambezi River touches five African countries (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Namibia and Mozambique) and serves as a melting pot for not only diverse African cultures but also innumerable international visitors. Mokoomba reflects the power and diversity of the Zambezi River in highly energetic and deeply soulful performances.

3 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
Meijer Main Stage (Orchestra Hall)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

DJ Alsultany

World/Electronic

Dubbed “The World Music Impresario” by Billboard Magazine, Alsultany has performed as an acclaimed DJ, produced international festivals and tours, and worked as a music producer, artist manager, remixer and musician on dozens of albums. An inspired entrepreneur bridging culture, technology and consciousness, Alsultany has curated weekend festivals and single-day events with top musical performers, inspirational speakers and yoga/lifestyle activities.

9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Las Cafeteras

Folk/Son jarocho/Urban son

These children of immigrants remix roots music and tell modern day stories with what LA Times calls a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock.” The band is taking the music world by storm with its international instrumentation, crossing genres and musical borders with infectious live performances. Las Cafeteras features four versatile vocalists infusing lyrically rich storytelling with the purpose of sharing the hidden stories of migrant life in Los Angeles. Witness sounds ranging from Afro-Mexican to Americana, from traditional to electric, from English to Spanish with all the emotions in between.

7 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Voices of Hope feat. Victor Ghannam+ Ismael Duran

Arabic Latino fusion

This musical project explores the experiences of being multi-ethnic and multicultural, presenting Spanish/Latino music influenced by the historic Muslim presence in Spain and then to Latin America. Ghannam is a world-renowned virtuoso on oud and qanun; Ismael Bandolero Duran, vocalist and guitarist from Chile, has been making music since 1970. Joining the pair are Cristina Narea; Marcelo Puente; Hugo Gutierrez; Miguel Gutierrez; and Gabriel Duran.

4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Yoga session with DJ Alsultany and Detroit Community Yoga

Yoga

DJ Alsultany will perform original world/electronic music while local, certified yoga instructor Cindy Spires of Detroit Community Yoga leads an all-levels, all-ages hatha yoga class. Space is limited; arrive early!

All levels welcome!
This class is carefully curated for all mobility levels and is appropriate for both beginning and experienced yogis.

What to bring
A yoga mat and a water bottle. Wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Participants will sign a liability waiver, including guardians on behalf of children ages 17 & under. Children up to age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


2 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Chris Canas Band

Blues

One of Michigan’s leading bands for party music presents a diverse mix of blues, funk, and soul – from heart-wrenching vocals to pulse pounding rhythms, all topped off with electric energy. Do your Soul a favor and feed it some hot Bluesberry Pie with a side order of fresh cut Funk and a tall glass of Soul!

8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Emmalee Jazz Quartet

Jazz

Award-winning Detroit-based recording artist, vocalist, pianist and composer Lee was educated in classical and jazz music at the University of Michigan and now performs in both intimate and expansive venues. She’ll be joined by her fellow students Alexis Lombre (piano); Brian Juarez (bass); and David Alvarez (drums).

7 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Isis Damil

R&B

A new breed of musical artist who is comfortable in all musical genres while creatively making any style completely her own, Damil has released two CDs, Live at Baker’s and Higher Standards, which showcase her musical roots in jazz. She’s currently working on her third release, Civil Love, which is more R&B-related and will be released this summer.

5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Charlie Dentel + Strange Angels

Rock

Featuring the soulful singing and songwriting of Charlie Dentel with Rob Avsharian on drums, Alex Johnson on guitar, Serge van der Voo on bass, and Carol Catherine on vocals and violin. A stirring soul and rock live act with a Michigan heart in the style of John Mayer meets John Legend, with Dentel’s groove-filled songs that are at once infectious, evocative and inspirational.

4 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Sumkali

Indian fusion

Blending Indian classical music with jazz, funk and folk, Sumkali produces a compelling world- music and for more than a decade, presented it to a wide array of audiences all over the U.S. and India. Sumkali is working on its 4th album and have been nominated for multiple Detroit Music Awards including Outstanding World Music Album for their third release, Tihai.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Misfit Jazz Quintet

Jazz

Led by guitarist Kurtis Young, drummer Peter Shutt and saxophonist Trystin Reed, this young mid-Michigan-based group is experienced in various musical genres but found their group’s voice in jazz.

1 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

White Panther Party: A Historic Reunion Commemorating the 1967 Rebellion

The White Panthers was anti-racist and anti-imperialist white American political collective founded in 1968 by Pun Plamondon, Leni Sinclair and John Sinclair in response to an interview where Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, was asked what white people could do to support the Black Panthers. Newton replied that they could form a White Panther Party. This panel includes Pun Plamondon; Leni Sinclair; Genie Parker and John Sinclair, with moderator Peter Werbe.

2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
5-6 p.m. Book signing + merchandise for sale in the Museum Store
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
In the General Motors Theater

FILM: Mali Blues

Mali, Germany/2016/90 min.

Dir: Lutz Gregor

The West African country of Mali is a birthplace of the blues, a musical tradition later carried by the transatlantic slave trade to America. Yet today, the music and musicians of Mali are in danger as dance and secular music are increasingly prohibited, musical instruments are destroyed, and musicians are forced to flee their homeland. This vibrant documentary follows four artists: Fatoumata “Fatou” Diawara is a rising star on the global pop scene preparing for her first concert in her home country; Bassekou Kouyaté is a celebrated ngoni player and traditional griot; Master Soumy is a young street rapper influenced by hip-hop; Ahmed Ag Kaedi is the leader of the Tuareg band Amanar and a guitar virtuoso. Each combines rich musical traditions with contemporary influences, using music to inspire tolerance and peace.


4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
In the Detroit Film Theater

FILM: Sita Sings the Blues

USA/2008/82 min.

Dir. Nina Paley

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved husband; Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three bickering shadow puppets act as comic narrators as these old and new stories are interwoven in a post-modern retelling of the ancient Indian epic, Ramayana, animated in a dazzling mix of traditional and collage animation style, and backed by a soundtrack from legendary 1920’s jazz singer Annette Hanshaw. Sita Sings the Blues follows in the tradition of Triplets of Belleville and Persepolis to exemplify animation as a serious art form — which doesn’t stop it from being laugh-out-loud funny. For ages 9 to adult.

2 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
In the Detroit Film Theater

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Big 3 Palladium Orchestra

Jazz

The Palladium Ballroom in New York City was the home of the Mambo for over 20 years; it was the place to be and hear and dance to the very best in music. The 3 Kings of The Palladium were Machito, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez. In 2001, The Big 3 Palladium Orchestra was formed by the next generation – Machito, Jr.; Tito Puente, Jr.; and Tito Rodriguez Jr. – to pay homage to their fathers and bring the music back for old fans and new. The Orchestra has toured across the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia and Istanbul to sold-out crowds. The Orchestra consists of the finest musicians, including alumni from all three Masters Orchestras. A night you will never forget!

8 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
Meijer Main Stage (Orchestra Hall)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK ®

Gospel/Blues

This Grammy Award-nominated, globally renowned a cappella ensemble continues to cultivate, evolve and add memorable moments to their indelible legacy as activists and artists. They have stayed true to their mission to; educate, entertain, and empower their audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation. Their first album principally comprised of original songs, #LoveInEvolution, was critically acclaimed. Touching on the culturally complex relevance of our times — social justice, human and civil rights — the album also integrated the complex sounds of African American musical genres. This performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired.

5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
Meijer Main Stage (Orchestra Hall)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Martha Redbone

R&B/Soul/Indigenous

Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia to Harlan County, Kentucky and beyond to Brooklyn’s Dodge City-esque mean streets. Alongside her career as a recording artist and songwriter, Redbone has utilized her celebrity in Indian Country for fundraising and leadership. She holds an annual Traditional Music Workshop within the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp program teaching grade-school children the music from her Choctaw and Cherokee heritage as well as the tribe’s own Houma-French language.

“A major find…” – Robert Christgau.

3 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
Meijer Main Stage (Orchestra Hall)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Rocky Dawuni

Ghanian reggae/Afrobeat

Grammy-nominated international star and humanitarian activist Dawuni straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to unite generations and cultures. With an easy-going charisma and reputation as a dedicated champion of social causes, his infectious grooves and dance-inducing anthems have consistently excited fans across the globe. A galvanizing performer, Dawuni has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among others. Named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN.

9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Mokoomba

Afro-fusion

Zimbabwe’s most celebrated young band offers lyrical yet breezy music straight from the heart of Zimbabwean society, culture and tradition. Their name is a Tonga word that indicates “great respect for the river.” The Zambezi River touches five African countries (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Namibia and Mozambique) and serves as a melting pot for not only diverse African cultures but also innumerable international visitors. Mokoomba reflects the power and diversity of the Zambezi River in highly energetic and deeply soulful performances.

7 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Laura Rain & the Caesars

Soul/Blues/R&B

Detroit’s Laura Rain transforms funky soul and R&B into her own unique vision. Inspired by the spirit of classic recordings of a bygone era, she creates her own environment of expression with a powerful, soulful voice. Channeling inspiration from Detroit’s long history of dance music, funk, blues, soul and R&B, Rain gives modern music a raw, yet sophisticated shot of much needed authenticity and heart. In 2016, she earned the Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Blues Songwriter.”

4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Sun Messengers

Rock/Electric

The Sun Messengers have brought audiences to their feet in more than six-thousand gigs since 1980. Their impressive resume includes playing at CBGB’s in New York, opening for Jay Leno and being the Detroit Pistons’ house band.

2 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Bill Moss Jr.

Gospel

This award-winning pianist began playing at age five. A native of Detroit, he earned a BA in Music from Marygrove College. Honing his talents under the tutelage of his aunt, the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, he expanded his gifts on the local and national levels, recording for top artists such as Hezekiah Walker, Kelly Price and Karen Clark-Sheard.

8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Sean Dobbins

Jazz

Southeastern Michigan jazz drummer Sean Dobbins has been the most active sideman on the local scene during the first decade of the new millennium for good reason. A facile, limber, inventive, and playful musician who adds extreme value to any band, his happy persona and zest for life easily translate into every performance.

7 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

C3 & The Third Generation Band

R&B

Born and raised in Detroit, C3 is a third-generation singer/songwriter with a rich musical heritage. Third Generation consists of Jeff Powe (bassist, singer, drummer); Jonathan Staten
(drummer, singer); Chris Terry (guitarist and songwriter); Jake Coon (guitarist, bassist) and
Dai Dai Laster (bassist, singer, producer).

5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet

World

Bassist, composer Sharp and his quartet present their blend of Arabic, Eastern European and world music-influenced original compositions, recognized in Jazz Times 2010 Critic’s Poll. Feat. Sharp on electric bass; Igor Houwat, oud; Henrik Karapetyan, violin; Carolyn Koebel, percussion; and Elden Kelly on cümbüş (turkish stringed instrument) guitar and glissentar.

4 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Bad Ronald Revival

Acoustic

Eric Estrada and Doug Helka are an acoustic duo from Detroit formed over 20 years ago. Together they have had the opportunity to perform throughout metro Detroit, delighting audiences with their blend of original music combined with classic rock & roll, all done acoustically.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Ndeep

Soul

Detroit-based Ndeep evolved from a group of passionate individuals from other bands, who united to focus on original music. Reminiscent of soulful R&B bands of the 1970s-1990s, Ndeep’s unique sound combines retro soul, R&B, jazz, rock, funk and neo soul into a formula that cannot be totally defined by one existing genre.

1 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
HOST/MC: MELODY PARKER
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan – Detroit Center)
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

AlexHardingAlex Harding plays the music of John Coltrane

Jazz/Experimental

A powerful and innovative saxophonist, Harding’s musical expression and the dynamism of his performance touches the human spirit and soul. He studied early on with Yusef Lateef, Beans Bowles and Herbie Williams, and played with Wynton Marsalis and Donald Byrd while still in high school. Harding was part of the Sun Ra All-Star Project that premiered at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival. More recently he has performed with the Roy Hargrove Big Band and with Aretha Franklin.

6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
Scarab Club
217 Farnsworth St., Detroit

(See also: FILM: Chasing Trane at Detroit institute of Arts 4:30 p.m. Sunday)

FILM: Chasing Trane

USA/2017/99 min.

Dir: John Scheinfeld

The brilliant John Coltrane was an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering talent
continues to impact and influence not only musical culture, but also the world at large. Produced with the participation of the Coltrane family and with access to Coltrane’s musical catalog, this exciting new documentary from John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon) is set against the social and political landscape of its time, bringing the man and his music to life while inviting audiences to engage in the artistic process and to marvel once again at the transformative power of music. Featuring Common, Cornel West, Sonny Rollins and McCoy Tyner, with Denzel Washington providing the voice of John Coltrane.

“A music titan gets his cinematic due.” -Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter.

4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
In the Detroit Film Theater

(See also: Alex Harding at Scarab Club 6:30 p.m. Sunday)

FILM: Sita Sings the Blues

USA/2008/82 min.

Dir. Nina Paley

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved husband; Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three bickering shadow puppets act as comic narrators as these old and new stories are interwoven in a post-modern retelling of the ancient Indian epic, Ramayana, animated in a dazzling mix of traditional and collage animation style, and backed by a soundtrack from legendary 1920’s jazz singer Annette Hanshaw. Sita Sings the Blues follows in the tradition of Triplets of Belleville and Persepolis to exemplify animation as a serious art form — which doesn’t stop it from being laugh-out-loud funny. For ages 9 to adult.

2 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
In the Detroit Film Theater

Community Talking Circle w/ Martha Redbone

Workshop

All ages welcome!
RSVP requested HERE.


11 a.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
American Indian Health & Family Services
4880 Lawndale St., Detroit