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FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION:

THE POWER OF OWNING OUR VOICES

CELEBRATING THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOTOWN



JULY 12, 2019 | 5 PM – 1 AM

General Motor Theater &

Ford Motor Company Rotunda

 

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DAVE MCMURRAY & THE BLACK LIGHT COLLECTIVE | 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Dave McMurray attributes his saxophone sound and improvisational approach to growing up in Detroit. “Every time I hear an instrumentalist from Detroit play, it feels like they are singing. I don’t care if it’s Yusef Lateef, James Carter or Kenny Garrett. All of those saxophonists incorporated incredible technique too. But they had this singing quality in their playing. I think people hear that and connect with that aspect of it,” McMurray says.

 

McMurray has cemented his reputation for versatility by playing with a vast array of musicians that include B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Hallyday, Gladys Knight, Albert King, Nancy Wilson, KEM, Bootsy Collins, Herbie Hancock, Geri Allen, and Bob James.

“I know Dave’s playing really well. He doesn’t bullshit,” Don Was, president of Blue praises. “He’s never playing licks for the sake of playing licks. He’s not trying to impress people with what all he knows about music or about his dexterity over the instrument. It’s all about honest expressions.” Detroit has such an eclectic blend of influences that I think what you find in music that comes out of Detroit is this genre-busting type music.”  Dave McMurray & The Black Light Collective includes: Dave McMurray, saxophone and flute; Ibrahim Jones, bass; Jeff Canady, drums; Rayse Biggs, trumpet; Kenny Gill, trombone; Maurice O’Neal, piano; Sowande Keita, percussions; Isis Damil, vocals; and a guest spoken word artist.

Visit: http://www.bluenote.com/artists/dave-mcmurray

 

PAMELA WISE ENSEMBLE | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

 

The motivation, inspiration, passion and vision of Pamela D. Wise’s music come from tracing the music of her African ancestors. Drum rhythms and patterns are the basis of her work, with a specific focus on West Africa, including Congo, Mali, Benin and Nigeria. Her work is often polyrhythmic, utilizing odd metered time signatures, an identifiable element in African music. C:\Users\cferrell\Downloads\Pam Wise-hi rez photo 1 des.jpg

 

Wise has multiple internationally-recognized albums to her credit, including KINDRED SPIRITS (2015) PAMELA’S CLUB (2007), NEGRE CON LECHE (2002), SONGO FESTIVIDAD (1994) and A NEW MESSAGE FROM THE TRIBE (2016).  Wise’s work has been showcased on collaborative works with saxophonist Dave McMurray, violinist Regina Carter, saxophonist Wendell Harrison, and vocalist Naima Shamborguer.  Her compositions have twice earned her the Creative Artist Award from the Arts Foundation of Michigan and the 2016 Music Fellow Award from Kresge. Pamela Wise Ensemble includes: Pamela Wise, piano; Dwight Adams, trumpet; Djallo Djakate, drums; Akunda Hollis, percussions; Ping Spells, vocals; and a guest performance by Boog Brown.

Visit: www.pamelawisemusickeys.com.

 

BOOG BROWN | 6:45 PM – 7:15 PM

 

Beautiful woman. Detroit nomad. Dope emcee. In equal measure, the previous sentences are admirable sentiments and matter of fact descriptions owed to the ferocious lyricist with the doe shaped eyes, Boog Brown (Elsie Swann). Yet they are only a snapshot into the mind of a thought provoking artist committed to collective growth, expanding our capacity for loving, understanding and making some of the hardest hitting hip-hop music ever heard.

 

Boog Brown spent age 15 to college writing and performing poetry as a way to discover and eventually share her truth as a woman of consciousness and art. Once transitioning to rhyming, her gift for acute truth-telling fused with a passion for bars and braggadocio made Brown a standout choice for fans of battle-tested, backpack hip-hop. Boog Brown leads the digital underground with a lush tone, athletic flow, and a heart for raising spiritual consciousness through aggressive self-love on wax, on stage and beyond. DJ Bet, an integral part of the Detroit hip hop scene, will perform the musical background. For more information visit: https://boogbrown.bandcamp.com/

 

SANAA SU | 6 PM – 6:30 PM

Sanaa Su is a creative artist from the west side of Detroit. She has channeled her life's journey through spoken word and song, aiming to captivate the truth in others as she finds the truth within herself. Her music builds on a foundation that was paved by her mother and musical legends like Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. Sanaa Su's songwriting is a reflection of her evolving mind, natural beauty and the struggles of life. She creates messages that uplift her community. Each song is an invitation to participate in her journey. Blaaqgold (Trevor Payne) is the DJ for Sanaa Su’s performance.C:\Users\cferrell\Downloads\DSC001682 (1).jpg


 

DJ EQUAD | MOTOWN MUSIC & HIP HOP JAMS | 5 PM – 5:45 PM

 

DJ Equad (Stanley Cleveland) has been perfecting his musical craft since 2006. He has an extensive knowledge of all musical genres and a technological format with access to classic and the latest tunes at his nimble fingertips to mix and blend sounds to the to the delight of his diverse audiences.  DJ Equad has opened countless events for many major musical and open mic artists in Detroit and hosted many events at The Wright, including the recent fabulous Michigan premier reception for Amazing Grace, the Aretha Franklin documentary.C:\Users\cferrell\Downloads\IMG-9321.JPG

PIPER CARTER | MASTER OF CEREMONIES | 5 PM – 11 PM


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Piper Carter is an internationally renowned activist, cultural organizer, and photographer. Carter is the founder of We Found Hip Hop Foundation (2009), which promotes women hip hop artists and their conscious messages. She is also the founder of Dilla Youth Day (2011), a powerful annual public program at The Wright, which attracts over 2,000 millennials to explore the cross-section of music, technology, and community building. Carter is also host of the Piper Carter Podcast. Visit: piper-carter-podcast

 

AFTER PARTY | 11 PM – 1 AM

CELEBRATING THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOTOWN:

DANCING IN THE STREET

WITH

MARTHA REEVES

 

Martha Rose Reeves, (born July 18, 1941) is a Motown recording artist icon and the lead singer of the Motown female group Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, who scored over a dozen hit singles, including "Come and Get These Memories", "Nowhere to Run," "Heat Wave,” "Jimmy Mack,” and their signature recording, "Dancing in the Street.” From 2005 until 2009, Reeves served as an elected council woman for the city of Detroit, Michigan.C:\Users\cferrell\Downloads\Martha Reeves Pic.jpg

 

Reeves’ youthful vitality defies her age and her musical delivery draws crowds around the globe.  DJ Equad will provide the musical backdrop to a fun-filled and exciting evening that will feature dancing, great conversations, a cash bar, food vendors, Concert of Colors partner information tables, artists merchandise tables and step and repeat photography.

 

EARLY NOTICE:

 

Come Celebrate the 78TH BIRTHDAY OF MARTHA REEVES WITH THE DON WAS DETROIT ALL-STAR REVUE and the 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOTOWN, JULY 18, 2019, 6 PM – 1 AM at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Tickets ($100.00 & $50.00) and more information are available at Martha Reeves’ vendor table and www.thewright.org/events.