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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Friday, July 12, 2019
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Sunday, July 14, 2019

All performances free and open to the public. Please note: schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WDET TINY DESK CONTEST Performance

WDET music hosts and public vote chose the band to open the fest from the Michigan entries.

6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019
DSO Sosnick Courtyard @ Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48201

ISMAEL & THE EARTH ISLAND DRUMMERS wsg LANA MINI’S ORIENTAL DANCERS: DANCING ON TARAB

WDET World Music host Ismael spins global dance music + live legendary Detroit percussionists: Muruga Booker; Marwan Amen-Ra; Osvaldo Rivera; Margaret King Ahmed. Lana Mini & troupe are one of region’s finest oriental dance ensembles.

7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019
DSO Sosnick Courtyard @ Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48201

WILL SESSIONS with THE DAMES

Funk outfit Will Sessions joins forces with Dames Brown, electrifying vocal ensemble. 11-piece progressive Detroit band, funk & boogie.

8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019
DSO Sosnick Courtyard @ Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48201

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Forum on Community, Culture & Race: The Power of Owning Our Voices

Keynote speaker: DR. GLORIA HOUSE (Aneb Kgositsile), with: RAMY ESSAM, panelist/performer; TALL PAUL, panelist/performer; SATORI SHAKOOR, panelist; and CHARLES EZRA FERRELL, moderator.

RSVP REQUIRED HERE
6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019
The Annex @ Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

Friday, July 12, 2019


DJ EQUAD

Motown Music & Hip Hop jams

5 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, 48201

SANNA SU

Detroit artist creating uplifting spoken word & song. BlaaqGold (Trevor Payne), DJ.

6:00 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, 48201


BOOG BROWN

Raising spiritual consciousness through aggressive self-love on wax, on stage & beyond.

6:45 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, 48201


PAMELA WISE ENSEMBLE

Drum rhythms & patterns focus on West Africa. Pamela Wise, piano; Dwight Adams, trumpet; Djallo Djakate, drums; Akunda Hollis, percussionist; Ping Spells, vocals. Guest performance, Boog Brown.

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, 48201


DAVID MCMURRAY & THE BLACK LIGHT COLLECTIVE

Genre-busting saxophonist & flutist Dave McMurray; Ibrahim Jones, bass; Jeff Canady, drums; Sowande Keita, percussion; Rayse Biggs, trumpet; Maurice O’Neal, piano; Isis Damil, vocals; & guest spoken word.

9:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, 48201


TILTED AXES: MUSIC FOR MOBILE ELECTRIC GUITARS

Created by Patrick Grant. Musical processions leading guests through the DIA, The Detroit Historical Society, + spaces in-between, ending at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Will be moving between various locations.

5-8 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019
Michigan Science Center
5020 John R St., Detroit, 48202


DETROIT HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Exhibits including: Detroit 67: Perspectives and Center Stage: The Negro Leagues and Detroit’s LGBTQ Community Photo Gallery;  Detroit Historical Society’s Digital Archives of local musical performances; interactive event: Detroiters Take A Stand Scavenger Hunt. Prizes.

1-5 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019
DETROIT HISTORICAL MUSEUM
5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


GOD SAID GIVE ‘EM DRUM MACHINES – THE STORY OF DETROIT TECHNO

A special “work in progress” screening of the 2019 documentary: God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines – The Story of Detroit Techno.

1 p.m. & 4 p.m. showtimes; Friday, July 12, 2019
DETROIT HISTORICAL MUSEUM
5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202

Saturday, July 13, 2019


LOWRIDERS OF DETROIT

WOODWARD PLAZA (IN FRONT OF DIA)

12-4 p.m., LOWRIDERS OF DETROIT, custom classic & modern cars w modified suspensions on display 


RAMY ESSAM

Egyptian hard rock. Exiled political activist and dissident and inspiration for the Arab Spring.

3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019
DETROIT FILM THEATRE; MAIN STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 John R St., Detroit, 48202


Traditional Nigerian Yoruba music, folkloric meets western elements.

5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019
DETROIT FILM THEATRE; MAIN STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 John R St., Detroit, 48202


DON WAS DETROIT ALL-STAR REVUE: CELEBRATES THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOTOWN

Show featuring: REVUE BAND:  SWEET PEA ATKINSON, DONALD RAY MITCHELL, SIR HARRY BOWEN, BRIAN “ROSCOE” WHITE, LUIS RESTO, DAVE MCMURRAY, RAYSE BIGGS, RON PANGBORN, RON OTIS & DON WAS. wsg ANN DELISI of WDET. Guest Performers: MARTHA REEVES; MITCH RYDER; THE VELVELETTES; DENNIS COFFEY; MELVIN DAVIS; NADIR OMOWALE; CAROLYN CRAWFORD; KENNY WATSON; TY STONE; JILL JACK; CAROLYN STRIHO; KATHY KOSINS and THE DRINKARD SISTERS.

8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019
DETROIT FILM THEATRE; MAIN STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 John R St., Detroit, 48202


AFRICAN MASQUERADE

Come experience a spectacular performance of African dance on the grounds of the DIA. The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble of Philadelphia will demonstrate dances utilizing African masks and drumming traditions.

12-4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019
NORTH LAWN; DIA
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


BODY: THE FIRST INSTRUMENT

YOGA WITH CHRIS BRINEY; Traditional Iyengar style

1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019
RIVERA COURT; COMERICA DIVERSITY STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


NDEEP

1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


SUPER BIRTHDAY

Experimental progressive rock, Detroit

2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


BLUEFLOWERS

rock

4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


LU FUKI AND DIVINE PROVIDENCE

Afro jazz combining classical, rock and world music.

5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202

SOLD ONLY AS CURIO

 “Curious songs to laugh, cry, love and dance to”

7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202

BEN SHARKEY

Jazz

8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202



TILTED AXES: MUSIC FOR MOBILE ELECTRIC GUITARS

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the first crewed lunar landing in 1969. “MOONWALK” By Patrick Grant. Performances around the center & in the planetarium.

1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. showtimes; Saturday, July 13, 2019
Michigan Science Center
5020 John R St., Detroit, 48202

Sunday, July 14, 2019


The Inspiration of Motown: The influence of an iconic sound on art, culture & social movements

Conversation | Interactive Workshop | Q&A | Merchandise Sales

Raina L. Baker (Motown Museum), Moderator

Panel – TBD

Raina L. Baker is a 2013 graduate of the School of Communications, Howard University where she studied Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.  Raina is a spoken word artist, community activist, creative director, freelance multimedia journalist and currently serves as the Community Program Manager of Motown Museum overseeing the creative and public programs. Raina is dedicated to social justice, community empowerment, and is a huge proponent of arts access and advocacy. She fully believes in using the creative power of words and language to inspire. Raina firmly believes that language is a building block for community and through community dialogues healing and understanding should take place but participants should also walk away feeling fueled, inspired to use their creative gifts to make social impact. A proponent for providing platforms of education and expression, in her work at Motown Museum Raina is grateful for every opportunity to align with the Museum’s mission of propelling the next generation of artists and entrepreneurs. 

Raina is currently a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the James E. Wadsworth Jr. Community Center Youth Leadership Academy, and the Intonjane Training Institute Rites of Passage organization for girls 7-17.

Sunday, July 14, 2019 1-3 p.m.
DETROIT FILM THEATRE; MAIN STAGE
@Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
5200 John R St., Detroit, 48202



La INSPIRACION

with special guests RICANSTRUCTION & MAMBO MARCI. Puerto Rico

3 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
DETROIT FILM THEATRE; MAIN STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 John R St., Detroit, 48202



47SOUL

47SOUL is an Electro Arabic Dabke (Shamstep) band formed in Amman Jordan in 2013. The members are rooted in Bilad Al-Sham, spanning the divides from Amman to the Galilee to Ramallah and the rest of the Palestinian Diaspora. This new sound of 47SOUL has rapidly amassed fans in the Arab World and Europe by blasting the electric Arabic Dabke sound through underground music scenes. On top of the beats that have been bumping in the Arab World for centuries, 47SOUL hypes it up with analog synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines, and shattering verses from the four singers. Every show ends in relentless dance and trance from all parties involved. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality, inside Bilad Al Sham and throughout the world. The current lineup of 2016 includes: Z the People (vocals & synths) El Far3i (darouka, Mc/Vocals) Walaa Sbeit (percussion, Mc/vocals) El Jehaz (guitar & vocals)

5:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
DETROIT FILM THEATRE; MAIN STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 John R St., Detroit, 48202



THIRD WORLD

Celebrating 45 years, THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock and, later on, dancehall and rap, Third World’s style has been described as “reggae-fusion”.

With 10 Grammy nominations and catalogue of charted smash hits, including (“Now That We Found Love””96 Degrees in the Shade” and “Try Jah Love”) , spanning over four decades, sold-out tours, a vibrant and loyal fan base and inspirational messages, one may wonder, “Where did it all begin? What gives Third World the staying power so rare in the music industry?” Third World is more than just one of the top Reggae bands of all time, it is an institution that stands for producing and performing music that, while holding firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members, still pushes forward the cutting edge of music worldwide. It is an institution whose themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant. We invite you to the sites and sounds of the legendary THIRD WORLD!

8 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
DETROIT FILM THEATRE; MAIN STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 John R St., Detroit, 48202



DETROIT COMMUNITY YOGA W/SALAR ANSARI & DETROIT WOMEN’S CHORUS

“Sound bath” + yoga class. Live score by Salar Ansari.  Blends movements of the body w history & depth of Diego Rivera’s Detroit industry murals. DCY founder Cindy Spires guides yoga participants.

2 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
RIVERA COURT; COMERICA DIVERSITY STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


TASLIMAH’S RAGTIME BAND

featuring MARION HAYDEN, bass; DJALLO DJAKATE, drums; GENE PARKER, clarinet; LUCAS LISKA, cornet; KENNETH GILL, trombone; TASLIMAH BEY, piano.

4:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
RIVERA COURT; COMERICA DIVERSITY STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202

Shigeto

American electronic musician influenced by jazz, his fellow Ghostly artists and other sources. His melodic beat-oriented sound is a unique blend of instrumental hip hop + electronic music. 

7 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
RIVERA COURT; COMERICA DIVERSITY STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


JERE STORMER’S SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE

11:15 a.m. TALLER THAN THEY APPEAR; 11:55 a.m. ODIE BLEW; 12:20 p.m. MICHELLE HELD; 12:30 p.m. LARRY GABRIEL’S FOU YAH YAY; 1:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. DESOTO DRIVE DUO; DIME STUDENTS ( DETROIT INSTITUTE OF MUSIC EDUCATION TBA); 2:45 p.m. JOHN FINAN & SHARON TSE; 3:30 p.m. MARKITA MOORE; 4:05 p.m. AUDRA KUBAT;  4:55 p.m. FLOYD KING & THE BUSHWACKERS

11 a.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
KRESGE COURT
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


AFRICAN MASQUERADE

African dance w The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble of Philadelphia. 

12 – 2 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
KRESGE COURT
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


C’mon, Blink Your Eyes! The Magic of African Masquerade

C’mon, Blink Your Eyes! The Magic of African Masquerade, an all ages lecture by Dr. Dele Jegede. Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall

12 – 2 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall
@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


UNIVERSITY MICHIGAN MUSIC GROUP ALEXIS LOMBER

UM Music Group

1 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


PKE (Predd Kennedy Experience)

Acoustic Rock

2:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


SEAN DOBBINS

Jazz Drummer

4 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


Djembefola Detroit

an African drums group

5:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


ROOTS VIBRATIONS

Authentic Caribbean

7 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


PIERRE ANTHONY

Pierre Anthony is a rapper/singer/songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in some of the rougher neighborhoods, music became his escape. Early in his career he created music with a table, room key and his voice making him a force to be reckoned with. Influenced by Dave Hollister, Andre3000, James Brown and Green Day, his eclectic style has helped him create amazing music. With several singles under his belt he has become well know for the city anthem “Motor City” and ballad of his broken heart “Don’t Love Me Like You Say You Do”. Pierre has been recognized as the 2012 Male Performance Artist of the Year by the Internet Radio Broadcasters Association and the 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year by the Detroit Black Music Awards. Currently Pierre Anthony is working on several projects including “Organized Chaos” and “Introducing” expected to be release by the end of 2016.

8:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE
@Detroit Institute of Arts North Lawn
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202


IYAWO FOLKLORIC

Afro-Cuban dance lessons w master teacher Lisa McCall

8:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 14, 2019
SCARAB CLUB (behind the DIA)
217 Farnsworth St., Detroit 48202

Monday, July 15, 2019


BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES

FILM SCREENING, BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES. Presented by the DIA, CHWMAAH, & BLUE NOTE RECORDS. Introduction by Don Was, President of Blue Note Records

7 p.m.; Monday, July 15, 2019

DETROIT FILM THEATRE; MAIN STAGE

@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 John R Street, Detroit, 48202


Tuesday, July 16, 2019


GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT & BAMI

GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT & BAMI WITH INTRODUCTION BY RICHARD PARRIS, President, Caribbean Cultural and Carnival Organization.

7 p.m.; Tuesday, July 16, 2019

DETROIT FILM THEATRE; MAIN STAGE

@Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 John R Street, Detroit, 48202


WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

TBA


THURSDAY, JULY 18

CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

The only ticketed event of the festival. Tix, $100 & $50: www.thewright.org/events


6 p.m. – 1 a.m. DANCING IN THE STREET: CELEBRATE THE 78TH BIRTHDAY OF MARTHA REEVES & THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOTOWN WITH MARTHA REEVES AND THE DON WAS ALL-STAR REVUE

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