Saturday, July 16, 2016

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201


8 p.m. 9th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue: Detroit’s 100 Greatest Songs Showcase



The 9th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue is a tribute to the 10 greatest songs in Detroit history as voted by readers of the Detroit Free Press, showcased along with an extra five critic’s-choice songs. Just which songs are Detroit’s greatest? Maybe something from Motown, or something from some of our screamin’ rock bands? Something old, something new, something funky, something blues? Those songs won’t be revealed until the Concert of Colors, although they will be posted at that night.

The 9th Don Was All Star Revue at the 24th Concert of Colors is all about Detroit’s rich and storied music scene. The performers are as hot as the works they’ll perform: Laith Al-Saadi, Martha Reeves, Mitch Ryder, Danny Muggs, Mike Ellison, Kendrick Hardaway, Thornetta Davis, Spyder Turner, Melvin Davis, Blaire Alise, Jena Irene, Ty Stone, Don “Doop” Duprie, Mayaeni and Sean Ike.

Untitled-15-02Was, the president of Blue Note Records, is a founding member of Was (Not Was), and this year’s All Star Revue house band is practically a reunion of the “Walk the Dinosaur” band. It features twin towers guitarists Brian “Roscoe” White and Randy Jacobs, triple threat vocal front liners Sweet Pea Atkinson, Sir Harry Bowens and Donald Ray Mitchell, Grammy Award-winning keyboardist Luis Resto, drummer Ron Pangborn jazz trumpeter Rayse Biggs and Don Was on bass. They’ll be joined by jazz saxophonist Vincent Bowens, an All Star Revue veteran.


The All Star Revue performers will definitely do Detroit the right way:


Guitarist and singer Laith Al Saadi is no stranger to the Concert of Colors, but this year is even more special. Al Saadi recently used his extraordinary classic rock and blues chops to get to the Final Four on the 2016 season of NBC’s The Voice and create a national profile for his blazing brand of music-making. He’s a local guy – an Arab American who embraces his roots – whom the whole world knows about now.

Motown Records great Martha Reeves has been bringing the “Heat Wave” to get fans “Dancing in the Street” for years. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas scored hits such as “Jimmy Mack,” “Come and Get These Memories” and “Nowhere to Run” during the Motown glory days

The pure, visceral excitement of Mitch Ryder‘s performances is the stuff of Detroit legend. To hear his gruff voice wailing through “Devil with a Blue Dress On” or “Jenny Take a Ride” is to experience everything that is rock and roll.

Danny Methric aka Danny Muggs is the founding guitarist for The Muggs, a Detroit blues-rock trio that appeared on four episodes of the TV show The Next Great American Band. They also won the WRIF-FM Best Rock Band of the Year 2007 award.

Mike Ellison aka Mike E is a hip-hop artist whose music was used in President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. Known for his positive and uplifting words, Mike E has performed on HBO’s Def Poetry, and for the NFL, Toyota and the NAACP.

Kendrick Hardaway is the lead singer for The Infatuations, a Detroit funk-rock band known for its exciting live performances. Hardaway is also an instrumentalist who has competed on “American Idol” and written for Jamie Fox and Genuine.

Detroit’s Queen of the Blues Thornetta Davis is one of the hardest-working singers in town. She has opened up for Bonnie Raitt, Gladys Knight and Etta James in addition to working with Bob Seger, Kid Rock and Alberta Adams.

Soul singer Spyder Turner’s “Stand By Me” charted at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; his single “I Can’t Make It Anymore” hit No. 95 on the chart. Turner wrote the Top Ten hit “Do Your Dance” for Rose Royce.

Melvin Davis is a classic soul singer whose work as a drummer and songwriter for the likes of Smokey Robinson, David Ruffin, Wayne Kramer, Dennis Coffey and Lyman Woodard have spiced up the Detroit Soul Ambassador’s career.

Blaire Alise still hasn’t left her teen years behind but she’s already a music veteran with a music-publishing deal. She’s been rocking round the Motor City with her band The Bombshells playing their catchy, inventive songs since 2012.

Pop singer Jena Irene’s star has just begun to shine. She was a finalist on the 2014 season of Fox-TV’s American Idol and was part of the American Idol LIVE tour that year. She recently released her debut EP Innocence on Detroit’s Original 1265 Recordings label.

Kid Rock claims that rock, country and folk singer Ty Stone is “blue-eyed soul at its finest.” Rock has been pushing Stone since hearing his music in 2011. Stone’s song “Beauty Queen” was featured on a finale of the ABC TV show The Bachelorette.

Guitarist Don “Doop” Duprie is front man for Doop and the Inside Outlaws, an American roots band. In 2010 the band won a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording. In 2012, Doop received a Kresge Arts Fellowship.

In 2014 singer-songwriter Mayaeni was featured in the Target/Converse One Star ad campaign, and a year later her song “Broken Glass” was featured on the Hawaii Five-O TV show. She recently released her Basement Kid mixtape.

Funk singer Sean Ike has been working as hard as James Brown while dancing and belting out the vocals with Ann Arbor’s Third Coast Kings. The Detroit News has called Sean “more fun that a busload of 10 year-olds on their way to Cedar Point.”



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 Vincent Bowens is a Detroit jazz elder who has recorded and toured with the likes of Francisco Mara Catlett and Rodney Whitaker.

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) frontline 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.

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