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Concert of Colors 2018

Spoken Word: State Violence, Trauma & Healing

Outdoor Concert - July 13, 2018, 5:30 PM – 11 PM


featuring the following acts

James Carter Organ Trio

The organ combo reigned for several decades as jazz’s meat-and-potatoes mainstay, a populist vehicle for blues-drenched blowing. In the hands of James Carter, one of jazz’s most sophisticated improvisers; the organ trio is no less meaty and satisfying. But his virtuosic saxophone chops elevate the organ combo to a rarefied realm defined by delectable soul, a gourmet repertoire, and consistently inspired group interplay.

Featuring the lithe and muscular keyboard work of Detroit’s rising B3 star Gerard Gibbs and the propulsive drum support of Motor City trap master Alex White, the multigenerational James Carter Organ Trio is now in its seventeenth year.  Miché Braden will be the vocalist with the James Carter Organ Trio singing “Strange Fruit” and “More Than You Know.”

Gwen Laster and Gameboard: A Tribute to Geri Allen Gwen Laster, a native Detroiter, and acclaimed violinist, was influenced by Detroit’s exciting jazz and classical music She studied with Donald Walden and played with Michael Henderson, Spencer Barefield, Tani Tabbal, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, and collaborated, performed and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Rhianna, Natalie Cole, the Roots, Gladys Knight, Anthony Braxton, Nona Hendryx, Wadada Leo Smith, and Danny Elfman. Laster will be joined by Spencer Barfield (guitar), Damon Banks (bass), Djallo Djakte, (drums), and Alex Harding (sax).

The amazing Rashard “Shardy” Miles is a multi-talented young artist who has been drumming, acting, and singing since the age of three. He has amazed audiences with his exciting drum solos; heartfelt speeches and acting performances. He has received standing ovations from sold-out crowds and won drum competitions open to all ages. He has been featured in talent and fashion shows and Guitar Center Drum-Off appearances. In addition to performing music, Rashard is an honor student who loves basketball and video games. You can’t help but be amazed by his love and passion for drums and performing. Rashard Miles is quickly becoming a musical force and from just one performance you can tell that Rashard is destined for stardom.

Phoenix Pharaoh is a dynamic Detroit slam poet who started writing at age eleven and entered slam poetry in 2013. Since then, Phoenix has been featured in many venues throughout Metro Detroit, released a 6 track EP, became a member of the 2015 Detroit Slam Team: FreshWater Wordsmiths as well as competed in a National Poetry Slam competition in Oakland, CA. She often states that poetry chooses her, she doesn't choose it.


Mayaeni (Mah-yay-knee) is a singer-songwriter and electric guitarist from Detroit. Throughout her career she has several releases, was signed to Roc Nation in 2012 by Jay Z himself and toured with Citizen Cope and Macy Gray and performed with Don Was. Mayaeni was born in Detroit, the daughter of a Sierra Leone mother and a Jewish father.  She started recording her songs by the age of twelve and after finishing high school she moved to the United Kingdom and lived in a youth hostel while studying dance and working under the table at clothes markets in Camden. Detroit native Mayaeni latest recording is El-o-cu-tion (EP).


Sponsors: Access Community – DIA – The Wright – Michigan Science Center