the straight ahead trio is Performing Friday, April 26, 2019, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the opening reception of All together now
The musical engine for the ground breaking jazz group Straight Ahead, the Straight Ahead Trio is a group of strong, inventive instrumentalists and vocalists, renown as powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers.
STRAIGHT AHEAD’S founding members, the “Rhythm Sisters”— Marion Hayden on bass, Alina Morr on piano and Gayelynn McKinney on drums — are the Straight Ahead Trio. Each member of the trio brings a different and complimentary color to the music. The rich bass traditions of Hayden, the fiery Latin and Blues piano of Morr and the poly-rhythms of McKinney’s drums are the intersection of vibe and jazz.
sean blackman is performing Saturday, April 27, 2019, between short film blocks. Times to be announced.
Guitarist and composer Sean Blackman has been awarded by the city of Detroit for his work in bringing cultural diversity to the music scene. His unique acoustic nylon string guitar style is influenced by traditional ethnic music from around the world and of course, growing up in Detroit, jazz, blues, funk, rock & soul.
nadir omowale’s band is performing Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
Nadir Omowale doesn’t have time to stand still. There is far too much life to be lived.
The fourteen-time Detroit Music Award winner and former MTV News correspondent is driven by an impassioned activism. All of his hats — performer, producer, creative strategist — are worn by a man who explores as he produces, teaches as he advises, and creates art that honors the fact that life is filled with extremes and in-betweens. The result is infectious, a creative electricity that is essential to who Nadir is.
Nadir will tell you that life is too important not to be an activist. His impressions about life are the essence of his work. His lyrics can tug at heartstrings, tickle funny bones, or evoke an honest look at the world around us, and (possibly more importantly) the world within us.
His music is influenced by funk, but don't call Nadir a funk revivalist. His understanding of rock, R&B, hip hop, and jazz takes funk to a most Nadir-centric next step; a Southern-born, and Detroit-raised sound that doesn’t fit in traditional boxes. His music reaches across genres and political aisles — sometimes with a gentle, outstretched hand, and occasionally with a clenched fist — always challenging listeners with a funk-inspired, Motor City sound that is as relevant today, as Holland-Dozier-Holland were in the sixties.
the turner sisters are performing on Sunday, April 28, 2019, between short film screenings and before the award ceremony. Times to be announced.
The Turner Sisters, Jaliyah and Jamyla, are like two wonderful birds who have a song and want to share it with the world. They are blessed with amazing voices, natural charm and star quality. With precision vocals and complex harmonies, they are able to entertain and inspire audiences wherever they go.
The Turner Sister have performed at many of Detroit’s most notable venues and events, including Bert’s Place, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, The Charles H. Wright Museum, and Campus Martius Park. They were members of the prestigious Detroit Youth Choir and have been popular choices to sing the National Anthem at major sporting events around Detroit.