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All performances FREE and open to the public

Saturday, June 29 Concert of Colors Tune-Up @ New Center Park

W. Grand Blvd. @ Second Ave.
Doors 8 p.m.
M.A.K.U. Sound System
Comprised of players hailing mostly from Colombia, MAKU Sound System makes big music that begins in traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms and ends somewhere in the punk-jazz stratosphere. Clarinet, trombone, sax, guitarra and Latin percussion supplement a rambunctious, driving rock core, creating a sound familiar enough to be danceable but always surprising. MAKU was born between the years 2009 and 2010 in New York City. The lineup includes Liliana Conde (vocals, percussion); Juan Ospina aka Prodigio Arribetiao (vocals, bass); Camilo Rodriguez (guitar, gaitas); Robert Stringer (trombone); Pipe Quiroz (synthesizers); and Andres Jimenez (drums). Since their sizzling performance on the Comerica Diversity Stage at the 20th Concert of Colors in Midtown Detroit in 2012 and fantastic follow-up show on the festival’s sister series, Global Fridays at the Arab American National Museum, MAKU has been on the road, playing clubs, festivals and venues including the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more about MAKU Sound System HERE.
 
“The…deep, sometimes dubby sound tears through the fabric of tradition with drums, electronics, horns, and a clarinet that adds a klezmer tinge.”
-Richard Gehr, The Village Voice
 
Bomba RicaFamed Detroit percussionist and Afro-Caribbean historian Ozzie Rivera leads BombaRica in an exploration of African-inspired Puerto Rican folk music called bomba. Hand drums and dancers converse in a performance style that relies on call and response. Pulling from African, Hispanic and European influences, bomba crept into the pulse of 20th-century American music, eventually turning into familiar styles such as salsa. Continue reading about BombaRica HERE.
 
Ismael Ahmed
Ismael Ahmed, DJ You know him best as the founder of Concert of Colors and host of This Island Earth, a world music program heard 5-7 p.m. Saturdays on WDET, 101.9 FM. He’s a lifelong music fanatic and collector, a world traveler and in his day job serves as assistant provost at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Read more about Ismael Ahmed and This Island Earth HERE.
Sponsored by Metrotimes

Thursday, July 4 @ Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
Doors 6:30 p.m.
Mike-EStepping into Destiny: Mike Ellison & Friends
The music of Michael Ellison defies categorization, seamlessly integrating contemporary and classical sensibilities with traditional influences into a unique and personal idiom. Described as “beautifully crafted, robust and absorbing” by American Record Guide, Ellison’s is a music of color and contrast, characterized by a mercurial rhythmic language, evocative atmosphere and emotional breadth. Having worked out of the collision of cultures that is Istanbul for over ten years, Ellison’s recent work explores the integration of disparate traditions and sonic experimentations into meaningful new forms. Learn more about Mike Ellison HERE.
Sponsored by Ford Motor Company and DTE Energy

Thursday, July 4 @ Scarab Club

214 Farnsworth St., Detroit
Doors 6:30 p.m.
PlanetDNonetDetroit's nine-piece swing outfit, the Planet D Nonet, is an incredibly busy down and dirty little band playing swing, blues, space-age jazz and classic American songs served up with plenty of good humor. It was founded in 2007 by R. J. Spangler and James O’Donnell, both original members of the well-known Detroit band The Sun Messengers. At the Detroit Music Awards, PD9 took home a Best Jazz CD honor in 2011 and a Best Traditional Jazz Band award in 2013. At Concert of Colors, the nonet presents the PD9 Township Jazz Project, a special performance of South African Jazz including the music of Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, the Brotherhood of Breath, Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi and others. Read more about Planet D Nonet HERE.

Friday, July 5 @ Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Doors 4 p.m.
7 p.m. Feufollet (Cajun)
feufollet2013Feufollet is deathbed ballads meet glockenspiels and omnichords. Cajun French choruses are written on iPhones. Indie-rock vibes invade Acadian archives. The band is deeply rooted in the francophone soil of Louisiana and pushes into unexplored varieties of Cajun experience. Though known for renditions of heartbreaking songs and rollicking tunes, the quintet’s fifth release, 2010’s En Couleurs, features originals that draw on deep roots tempered by the cutting edge of contemporary life. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album. Feufollet is also inspired by the new genre-bending indie spirit that has infused the Lafayette, Louisiana scene they call home. In the bars and clubs of Lafayette, rock, indie pop, country and Cajun all converge, and older two-step fans often rub shoulders with brash young hipsters. Click HERE to continue reading about Feufollet.
 
october babies new5 p.m. October Babies (multicultural funk/jazz)
October Babies
is Japanese singer Toko Shiiki and bassist/arranger Erik Santos, who met in Tokyo in 2002, while Shiiki was resident composer for the notorious butoh dance/theater group Dairakudakan. They have an upbeat, super-smile dance energy; their lyrics are primarily in Japanese, though their bright spirit is not lost in translation. It’s a multicultural potluck of funk, jazz, hip hop, surf punk, drum & bass, down tempo, orch pop, blues and Okinawa folk that has scored major music awards in both Japan and Detroit. Click HERE to learn more about October Babies.
 
LOUDER THAN LOVE9:30 p.m. Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story
The Grande Ballroom stood as the epicenter of the Detroit rock music scene in the late 1960s. Serving as the starting point for bands such as MC5, Iggy & The Stooges, Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes, the Grande Ballroom not only influenced local Detroit musicians but inspired bands from all over the U.S. and Great Britain. Legendary acts like Led Zeppelin, Cream, B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd and The Who graced its main stage on a regular basis. Detroit filmmaker Tony D’Annunzio’s documentary has been screened for capacity crowds at festivals and venues across the nation to great acclaim. In 2012, it was an Official Selection at film festivals in Chicago, Nashville, Las Vegas and Traverse City (MI).  
  
Introduced by filmmaker Tony D’Annunzio and a Special Guest

Saturday, July 6 @ Max M. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Doors 2 p.m.
 

Meijer Main Stage, Orchestra Hall

  
8:30 p.m.  The Family Stone (funk/R&B)

the family stone

The Family Stone, named by Sly Stone himself, is the only band that can hold the Funk Torch for Sly. This current iteration of the “first interracial, inter-gender band in rock & roll history” includes original founding members of Sly and the Family Stone/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jerry Martini (saxophone), Cynthia Robinson (trumpet) and Greg Errico (drums). Joining them in performances before more than a half million people throughout Europe and the United States are Blaise Sison, bass/music director; Nate Wingfield, lead guitar; Trina Johnson Finn, vocals; Alex Davis, lead vocals/keyboards, with background vocals by Sly’s little sister, Vet Stone, his niece Lisa Stone and award-winning vocalist Skyler Jett. The Family Stone’s message of peace, love, and social consciousness through musical harmony is delivered with powerfully funky renditions of all the original band’s greatest hits, including Dance to the Music, Hot Fun in the Summertime, Everybody is a Star, Everyday People, I Want to Take You Higher and Thank You (Falenttinme Be Mice Elf Agin). The original Sly and the Family Stone (1967-1983) is considered a pivotal act in the history of soul, funk and psychedelic music, as well as in the history of African American music. They appeared at the Woodstock festival in 1969; scored five Top Ten hits; and made four albums that have influenced artists from Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Mayer. Will Sly show up for this Concert of Colors performance? You will have to show up to find out. Learn more about The Family Stone HERE.

 
CANZONIERE6:30 p.m. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italian traditional/eclectic)
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is the foremost and longest-standing traditional band from the Salento peninsula in the Puglia region of southern Italy. Formed in 1975, the current lineup – led by Mauro Durante, son of the troupe’s original bandleader – has enchanted and electrified audiences in Europe, the Arab World and at major U.S. dates including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; NYC’s GlobalFest; SXSW in Austin, Texas, and on the Global Fridays series at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. Seven multi-instrumentalists/vocalists and a dancer deliver an intense, atmospheric spectacle, ranging from energetic pizzica (traditional dance/music of Salento) to tender songs of love and longing; from the festa-like exuberance of a village band to an ironic glance toward modernity. Visit Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino HERE to learn more.
 
3:30 p.m. Fatoumata Diawara (Malian wassalou/international)
FatoumataFatoumata Diawara is a Malian multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/dancer born in Ivory Coast who currently lives in France. As a child, she was a member of her father's dance troupe and a popular performer of the wildly flailing didadi dance from Wassoulou, her ancestral home in western Mali. At first a popular actress, Fatou later took up the guitar and began composing her own material, writing songs that blend Wassoulou traditions with international influences. In addition to her 2011 eponymous debut album, she has collaborated on Damon Albarn's Africa Express and contributed vocals to albums by Cheikh Lô; AfroCubism; Herbie Hancock's Grammy-winning Imagine Project; and Orchestra Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. Fatoumata has toured extensively with her band as well as with Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Flea as part of the Rocket Juice and the Moon project. This year she is touring extensively in Europe and North America. Experience more Fatoumata Diawara HERE.

Comerica Diversity Stage, The Music Box

9 p.m. Kobo Town (calypso/funk)
kobo townKobo Town was founded by Trinidadian Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves who grew up in Trinidad. The band’s sound is Calypso with other West Indies elements plus 30s jazz and 70s and 80s funk, while its name stems from the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born amid the boastful, humorous and militant chants of roaming stick-fighters. The area was a site of constant defiance and conflict, a place where sticks and stones, songs and verses clashed with the bayonets and batons of colonial rule.  Kobo Town’s music came to the attention of Cumbancha founder and Putumayo researcher Jacob Edgar, and he introduced Gonsalves to acclaimed Belizean producer Ivan Duran. Find out more about Kobo Town HERE.
 

6:30 p.m. Nadir (neo-soul)
NadirNadir
produces music that flows from his mind and soul and defies classification. R&B, rock, funk, hip hop and jazz are spun into such a heady mix that the listener no longer has any interest in limits or labels. A world traveler at an early age as a military son, raised in Tennessee and immersed in gospel and Nashville songwriting traditions, now steeped in the rich Motown, rock, hip hop and electronic legacy of his Motor City home -- Nadir’s musical influences are myriad and deep. Nadir’s music represents the evolution and celebration of an ancient blues credo, in that it tells stories from the heart, for the heart. His third full-length release is 2012’s The Book of Jonah. Click HERE to learn more about Nadir.

 
4 p.m. Cathie Ryan (celtic)
cathie ryan 2013
Cathie Ryan
, a singer and bodhrán player. She joined the Celtic music group Cherish the Ladies in 1987 and in 1995 began her solo career. A second generation Irish-American from Detroit, she moved to New York City at 17 to attend Fordham University. For 25 years, Cathie has been in the vanguard of Irish music. She is blessed with a voice of luminous clarity and a gift for unearthing gems from Irish and American song traditions, creating her own heart-stirring originals, and for showcasing writers whose work deserves wider recognition. Wrap this musical integrity into a consummate entertainer and it is no wonder The Wall Street Journal
calls her music “a revelation.” Read more about Cathie Ryan HERE.
 
matuto2 p.m. Matuto (Brazilian bluegrass)
Matuto is emerging internationally as a festival sensation. Rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks, earthy vibes and thoughtful reflections mingle on the latest refinement of their Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound, The Devil and The Diamond. With an honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles and improvisational experimentation, Matuto delivers an inspired sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture. Experience more Matuto HERE.

Wolverine/Spartan Outdoor Stage

Listen to the UM-Detroit Center Podcasts on iTunes HERE.

Terrence Parker9 p.m. Terrence Parker (house)
Terrence Parker, aka TP, is an established producer, remixer and DJ known for both presenting classic Detroit House Music and pioneering Inspirational House Music. He is legendary for his uncommon-yet-skillful turntablism and widely admired for using an actual telephone handset as headphones. TP has performed in more than 200 cities in 27 countries and since 1988, has released more than 100 recordings on various labels, including Top 20 hits such as Love's Got Me High (with 2012 remixes by Marc Romboy and Jimpster). He has collaborated with artists including Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Ciara, Wyclef, Akon, Beyonce, Shakira, Kanye West and Christina Aguilera. TP’s vast contributions have been recognized by the Detroit Historical Museum's History of Techno International exhibit and Indiana State University's Department Of African American Music And Culture. He tore it up at 2013 Movement.
Experience more Terrence Parker HERE.
Listen to Terrence Parker's UM-Detroit Center Podcast HERE.
 
5th wall concept_CORRECT_CROPPED8 p.m. 5th Wall Concept (rock)
5th Wall Concept (5WC) has, in one short year, has delivered more than 60 high-energy Detroit-area performances and recorded its debut CD, We Broke It. Based in Livonia, Mich., 5WC expresses the idea that no artist should be forced within the confines of a box or label. The "Concept" is that one band is willing to take the plunge into the unknown and bring an eclectic sound, spanning every musical avenue that one could enjoy. 5WC is a wall of sound that breaks the box established by mainstream music. Read more about 5th Wall Concept HERE.
 
L'Renee7 p.m. L'Renee (R&B) 
L'Renee is an international R&B recording artist and founder of the nonprofit L'Renee GirlPOWer. This native Detroiter is an alumna of Detroit Renaissance High School and Kentucky State University. She won the 2010 Detroit round of Andre Harrell’s Superstar Soul Search, and was a finalist in the 2010 Budweiser Superfest Singing Contest. Since 2005, she has released seven studio albums and performed all across the country, gracing the stage with some of music’s biggest names, such as Trey Songz, New Edition and Mary J. Blige.
Find out more about L'Renee HERE.
Listen to L'Renee's UM-Detroit Center Podcast HERE.
 
rbiggs6 p.m. Rayse Biggs' (jazz)
Rayse Biggs' first love and passion is jazz, but his signature expressions on the trumpet in various musical genres and styles are astounding, as is his range. He has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, BB King, Lou Rawls, Sonny Stitt, Was (Not Was), Aretha Franklin, Fred Hammond, Kirk Whalum, Donald Byrd, The Temptations and Freddie Hubbard; he can be heard on Kem’s gold record Kemistry and Kid Rock’s double-platinum Rock n Roll Jesus. Biggs also jams on flugelhorn and keyboards, and works as a producer and music educator. Click HERE to read more about Rayse Biggs'.
 
5 p.m. Woven Tangles (rock)
woven tanglesWoven Tangles is a rock ensemble led by pianist Holly Bernt and produced by Tino Gross of The Howling Diablos. It’s characterized by softer, more melodic songs blended with some blues and more upbeat works of art. Experience more Woven Tangles HERE.
 
4 p.m. Leilani (R&B)
leilaniLeilani is the vocal collaboration of Cynthia Davis and Joyce Johnson. The duo has been performing throughout the Detroit area for many years, eventually earning a nomination for Best R&B Group at the 2011 and 2012 Detroit Black Music Awards. Their songs provide a combination of warm, mellow vocals with a rhythmic undercurrent, enhanced by elements of gospel, hip-hop, punk, jazz, pop and R&B.
 
Kate Monaghan3 p.m. Kate Monaghan (blues)
Kate Monaghan
is a Michigan born-and-raised singer/songwriter. Her first EP, Fade, was released in October 2011 and she is in the midst of recording a full-length album. Fade has been well received garnering local and syndicated airplay. She grew up immersed in the music of great songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s and continues to find inspiration in blues, folk, rock and Americana. Find more about Kate Monaghan on her website HERE.
Listen to Kate Monaghan's UM-Detroit Center Podcast HERE.
 
2 p.m. Vision Male Ensemble  (acapella)
detroit school of the artsVision Male Ensemble is an all-male vocal ensemble from the Detroit School of Arts, where gifted, talented and energetic students are taught to view the world in a way that will support and influence one another in positive ways. This fantastic group of young men, directed by Cheryl Valentine, has performed on a wide variety of stages in metro Detroit. Check out their 2012 live shot on Detroit’s Channel 7 HERE.
 

Tim Ellerbe1 p.m. Tim Ellerbee Project (gospel rock)
Tim Ellerbee Project is comprised of Tim Ellerbe, Andrea Brown Ellerbe and Crystal Hayes plus a very dedicated laptop affectionately called “Priscilla.” The trio is dedicated to creating music that lifts people up, makes them dance and praise the Lord. While a few of their songs are considered unorthodox in some circles, their hearts are in line with the Christian message. Read more about the Tim Ellerbee Project HERE.


Saturday, July 6 @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

4454 Woodward Ave.
10 p.m. OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY Cambodian Space Project (cross culture rock)
TheCambodianSpaceProjectCambodian Space Project is a “cosmic cross-culture rendezvous featuring space trippers from various planets preparing a mission to beam its unique mix of space rock, surf, reggae, dub, Khmer Surin to rock you out of this world and into another!” And with that, we say you need experience this one to fully understand. Experience more Cambodian Space Project HERE.

 

 

Sunday, July 7 @ Max M. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Doors 2 p.m.
 

Meijer Main Stage, Orchestra Hall

8:30 p.m. 6th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue (rock/eclectic)
Don WasDetroit’s native son, multiple Grammy winner and co-founder of Was (Not Was), Don Was is your master of ceremonies and curator for a series of single-song performances by an eclectic lineup of classic and contemporary Detroit acts. Was is a master collaborator, best known for producing mega-watt musicians including Bob Dylan, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Iggy Pop and Bonnie Raitt, whose Was-produced Nick of Time scored the 1990 Album of the Year Grammy Award. Was also took home the 1995 Grammy for Producer of the Year. Was was integral to the recent deluxe reissue of the Rolling Stones’ seminal 1972 album, Exile on Main Street and has produced every Stones CD since 1994. In recent years, he produced records by Lucinda Williams, Ziggy Marley, Michael Grimm and John Mayer, and appeared as a guest producer on Season 10 of TV’s top-rated show, American Idol. In 2012, he was named president of the legendary jazz record label Blue Note.

Click HERE to read about this year’s Detroit All-Stars:
Wayne Kramer & Dennis Thompson, Mosaic Youth Theatre Singers, Ty Stone, The Howling Diablos, Rev. Robert & Sr. Bernice Jones, The Hounds Below, Katie Grace, Emanuel Young & Howard Glazer, Drew Shultz & Detroit Legends, HandGrenades, Pat Lewis, Passalacqua, Horse Cave Trio, Jeecy & The Jungle

 

6 p.m. Calypso Rose w/ Universal  Xpression (reggae)

Calypso Rose 2013Calypso Rose was born McArtha Lewis on the small island of Tobago in the West Indies. She started singing at age 15, and for more than 50 years, she has reigned as Queen of Calypso. In a world where men dominate, she was able to stand out with her strong personality and stage charisma. In 1966, she wrote Fire in Meh Wire, which has become one of the international anthems of Calypso. In 1978, she was the first woman to win the title of Calypso Monarch (the annual competition in Trinidad & Tobago, choosing the best Calypso singer of the Carnival season) and the Road March (the song the most played on the road during Carnival). Her lyrics range from social and political commentary to party music, inspirational hymns and gospel music. Calypso Rose recently re-launched her international career with a self-titled release produced by Maturity Music in Trinidad and distributed through Harmonia Mundi, France. The single and music video Israel by Bus performed well on world-music charts and on iTunes France. Click HERE to learn more about Calypso Rose.

 

universal xpressionUniversal Xpression uplifts and captivates its audiences with Caribbean rhythms such as reggae, soca, zouk and dance hall music, with an undertone of African, Latin and American rhythms. This Detroit-based outfit features songwriter, arranger and energetic showman Richard "Richie B" Parris on keyboards, lead and background vocals; crowd-mover and impersonator Earl ‘Melloman’ Clark on keyboards and vocals; the natural, flamboyant Noel Parris on drums; and The Genius Oliver (Pluto) Mensah, with his remarkable feel on bass. Complementing the rhythm section is Avi Kayne with his nifty strums and leads. Lead vocalist Kelly Ann Stargell adds spice, sweetness and beauty to the front line. Learn more about Universal Xpression HERE.

 
3 p.m. Ozomatli w/ Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Latin-hip hop-rock/classical)

ozomatliCelebrated Los Angeles culture-mashers Ozomatli have gone from hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. They have always juggled two key identities: they are the voice of their city and citizens of the world. Their music – a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga – has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around L.A. Experience more Ozomatli HERE.

 

Detroit Symphony OrchestraThe Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is heard live by over 450,000 people annually in classical, pops, jazz, holiday festival, educational, Young People's concerts and more. Additionally, over one million listeners nationwide hear the DSO each week on the GM/DSO National Radio Broadcast Series, making it the most widely heard orchestra in the country. Since its founding in 1914, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has been a leader in music education by bringing thousands of students each year to its annual educational and youth concerts at Orchestra Hall. Today, the Orchestra offers a variety of educational programs and resources, including educational concerts for nearly 26,000 metro Detroit public school children. Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin began his critically acclaimed tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the 2008-09 season. Learn more about the Detroit Symphony Orchestra HERE.

Program TBA

Comerica Diversity Stage, The Music Box

9:30 p.m. Yemen Blues (global jazz)
Yemen BluesYemen Blues is a super-group of top musicians from New York, Israel and Uruguay that fuses traditional Yemenite melodies with the world of blues, jazz and funk. It was founded 2010 by Ravid Kahalani, a rising star in Israel who grew up in a traditional Yemenite family. He learned the language and the traditional chants of his origin, and then extended his influences in the areas of blues and West African soul. He joined forces with Omer Avital, a well-known bass player and composer from New York, and together they created Yemen Blues. Their concerts are an ultimate celebration of African grooves, the pure happiness and deep emotion of Yemenite singing, and an innovative sound – with a strong message. Click HERE to learn more about Yemen Blues.

 

7 p.m. Samba Mapangala (Congolese/Kenyan)
samba-mapangala300_websiteSamba Mapangala was born in Matadi in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has been celebrated in Africa since the 1970s and is still one of the leading musicians in East Africa.  Mapangala founded the legendary Orchestre Virunga in 1981 and began performing with Occidental Brothers Dance Band International in 2009. He is one of the golden era of Kenyan lingala music acts. Click HERE to keep reading about Samba Mapangala.

 

4:30 p.m. Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys (Zydeco)
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole CowboysJeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys is led by Broussard, the son of esteemed accordionist Delton Broussard and a leading member in Zydeco Force, an influential band at the forefront of the nouveau zydeco movement. Jeffery Broussard’s accordion and vocals defined this new style of Creole music, incorporating the soulful sounds of R&B into contemporary zydeco music and dance. Now, as one of Louisiana’s newest Creole fiddle players, he captures the essence of this rich musical heritage. Find out more about Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys HERE.

 
2:30 p.m. Candy Band (children’s rock)
Candy Band 2013Candy Band is a punk rock band designed specifically to appeal to children. It is composed of four Detroit-area moms who were tired of what they deemed wimpy music for kids. They play punk-rock covers of nursery rhymes, movie themes and other children’s favorites, along with original tunes. With influences like the Ramones and Iggy Pop, they quickly attracted attention from The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Times and more. Experience more Candy Band HERE.

Wolverine/Spartan Outdoor Stage

Listen to the UM-Detroit Center Podcasts on iTunes HERE.

9 p.m. Motor City Soul (Motown/cover band)
motor city soulMotor City Soul is best known for its versatile repertoire – music covering five decades, 50 artists and 35 genres – and lively audience interaction. Continuously voted as one of Detroit's best cover bands, Motor City Soul thrives on pushing the envelope and creating a big party atmosphere that leaves its audience with lasting memories. Led by the enriched vocals of Kenny Foster, Mike Harrold and Deuce, the band also features Joe Elder on guitar, Ross Kadish on keyboards, John Morgan on bass and John Nikolich on drums. To learn more about Motor City Soul visit their website HERE.

 

8 p.m. Chris Canas Band (rock/blues)
Chris Canas BandThe Chris Canas Band has been a musical staple in metro Detroit area for more than a decade. Known for its original compositions and arrangements, the band has opened for some of the greatest names in jazz and blues. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Canas calls himself “the Soldier for the Blues,” and like any good soldier, will not stop until he accomplishes his mission to keep the blues alive by mixing a little new with the old, crossing genres with ease and embracing the diversity in music. Featuring Canas (lead guitar, vocals), Angie C (percussion, vocals), Kevin Schoepke (bass) and Mickey Coleman (drums). Keep reading about the Chris Canas Band online HERE.

 

7 p.m. Lola Valley (rock)
lola valleyLola Valley is a super-charged blend of rock, funk, pop and psychedelic stomp. This band brings all the missing pieces together to make fun and energized songs about any and everything! No topic is safe in the depths of the Valley. An eclectic spontaneous slumber party on stage, this band is the perfect awkward moment you've been waiting for your whole life. Experience more Lola Valley HERE.

 

6 p.m. Chiropractiers (funk/rock)
chiropractiersThe Chiropractiers were forged within Detroit’s funk-soaked Electric Underground. A crossbreed of Funkadelic and Stooges clones, the band is heavily inspired by the raw funk power of Detroit’s past. Their 2011 debut self-titled release contains lyrics rooted in Detroit life, as well as a mix of infectious throwback dance grooves and hard-hitting bop. Currently recording tracks for their second full-length album, The Chiropractiers are continuing the expansion of pushing forward the force of Detroit funk into this summer and beyond. Find out more about the Chiropractiers HERE.

 

5 p.m. Sean Dobbins (jazz)
sean dobbinsSean Dobbins’ sound can best be described as hard-driving, solid rhythm with refreshing melodic sensibility. The award-winning jazz/blues drummer and educator got his start as a sideman to Blue Note artist Louis Smith and has earned several accolades including the Woody Herman Jazz Award for outstanding musicianship and the Louis Armstrong Scholarship. Dobbins has performed, toured and recorded with many of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, and was a featured player in the 5th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue, Detroit Jazz City Edition, at the 20th Concert of Colors in 2012. To keep reading about Sean Dobbins' click HERE.

 

4 p.m. Ben Sharkey (Vocal jazz/swing)
ben sharkey 2013Ben Sharkey has scored more than five million views on YouTube and delighted fans worldwide with his romantic style and velvet vocals on old swing and jazz standards. Often compared to vocalist Michael Bublé, Sharkey more closely resembles Mel Torme and Harry Connick, Jr., with his intimate interpretations of jazz classics and ability to make them sound fresh and new. His elegant renditions of the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bobby Darrin are both powerful and personal, while his original music is heartfelt and catchy. Click HERE to learn more about Ben Sharkey.

 

3 p.m. Wisaal (Arabic/ethnic)
wissaalWisaal (an Arabic word meaning links, connections or unities) is an Arabic-influenced world music ensemble based in Lansing, Mich. The group was formed in 2010 and attempt to produce a high-quality concert and educational presentation of music that fuse elements of the Arabic musical heritage with klezmer, classical Indian, and American influences. Wisaal’s repertoire consists of classical Arabic instrumental pieces, contemporary fusion pieces and original compositions. Read more about Wisaal on their website, HERE.

 

2 p.m. Tailor Hawkins (house/techno)
tailor hawkinsTailor Hawkins is an emerging Detroit-based DJ and producer whose eclectic sets and raw productions are informed by Detroit's long legacy of dance music. His music is inspired by a variety of places, ranging from productions on Underground Resistance and Planet E to Hessle Audio and Mister Saturday Night.  His musical knowledge and unusual DJ background propel a style driven by thoughtful genre transitions and strong mixing.

 

1 p.m. Detroit School of the Arts: Dance Department (Dance Performance)
Detroit School of Arts Dance Dept. Students perform a 20-minute routine to a variety of music followed by an encore performance by the magnet school’s Vision Male Ensemble.