300 Ottawa Ave NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
A cultural event celebrating African-American culture, art, food and music. The African American Art and Music Celebration is a three-day festival that will immerse the community in activities reflecting the many aspects of our diverse community in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Friday, September 22, 2017
6:00pm- 6:30 pm African Drum Tribute: W. Michigan Jewels of Africa
6:30- 7:00 pm Spoken Word: Sara Brooks
7:00pm- 8:00 pm Candy Laprie
8:00pm- 9:00 pm Ballroom Lessons: Andre Posey
9:00pm- 10:00 pm Ol’ Skool Open Dance Party: Dj Dre
Saturday, September 23, 2017
11:00am- 12(noon) Fitness on the Calder: Soulful Motion with Amber Mayfield
12(noon) – 12:30 pm Hot Sauce Express-R&B
12:30pm- 1:00 pm Al Hight & M6 West-R&B
1:00pm- 2:00 pm AZZ-IZZ-NeoSoul Funk
2:00pm- 3:00 pm Sean Jackson-Jazz
3:00pm- 4:00 pm Glenda Williams- Contemporary Soul
4:00pm- 5:00 pm Lokhead Crux & Jayfro
5:00pm- 6:00 pm The Mel V’s
6:00pm- 6:30 pm Jeri Wade- Soul Singer
6:30pm- 7:30 pm Catlindt Landrum & Friends- Jazz
7:30pm- 8:30 pm Avalon Cutts-Jones Music
8:30pm- 10:00 pm ZAPP
Sunday, September 24, 2017
10:00am- 11:00am Chosen ft. Danny Richardson
11:00am- 12(noon) Mish Banks- Gospel
12(noon)- 1:00 pm Fredrick Landy- Gospel
1:00pm- 1:30 pm Special Touch- Gospel
1:30pm- 2:00 pm Friends of Sinners- Christian Rap
2:00pm- 3:00 pm IMANI Singers of Grand Rapids- Gospel
Harlem Hellfighters: A Jazz Retrospective
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 6:30 pm
Main Library –
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The great intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois implored African Americans to close ranks and join the fight to end the Great War. Although Black troops had to fight in segregated units in World War I, Du Bois understood that, historically, Black participation in the military produced advancements in civil rights. He noted that Black men would fight on two fronts, abroad in the war and back home for their civil rights. Join GVSU African American Studies Professor Louis Moore in a discussion about the Harlem Hellfighters. Following his presentation, the Steve Somers and Friends jazz band will perform while photos and rare film footage of the Hellfighters screens in the background.
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Black women are surrounded by stereotypes about their hair, their education, and their attitudes. Join us for a community discussion about raising the next generation of Black women. Topics will include counteracting negative stereotypes, empowerment, bullying, and the balance of protecting our daughters without sheltering them too much. Community leaders Nadia Brigham, Rebecca Diffin, Kristian Grant, and Darlene O’Neil will lead the discussion and share their insights and wisdom.
FORD AFTER FIVE
Jazz lovers unite, this Ford After Five is for you. Hear the beats of the John Shea Trio. There is no cover for this event. No reservations required.
Come network on Friday, July 7! Enjoy an amazing evening of live music, art, spoken word and much more!
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
LIVE MUSIC: Noel Webley & Jazzy Friends
REFRESHMENTS: Food provided by Briez Catering
CASH BAR with DRINK SPECIALS
Linc Gallery At 341 Hall St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
CeCe Winans brings the “Let Them Fall In Love Tour” presented by Medi-Share to DeVos Performance Hall. Magic 104.9 is proud to present this concert in celebration of their 1 year anniversary.
The best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, CeCe Winans has long since cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in modern music history. Recording and performing as both a solo artist and as a duo with her brother BeBe, CeCe has influenced a generation of gospel and secular vocalists over the course of her astonishing career.
Her mantel today holds a staggering 10 GRAMMY Awards, 20 Dove Awards, and 7 Stellar Awards. She’s been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Nashville Music City Walk of Fame, in addition to being named a Trailblazer of Soul by BMI and garnering multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards, and more. She’s sold in excess of 5 million albums in the US, topping the Gospel charts repeatedly while crossing over with smashes like “Count On Me,” her stunning duet with Whitney Houston from the multi-platinum ‘Waiting To Exhale’ soundtrack, which sold 2 million copies and cracked the Top 10 on the Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts. She touched millions more with inspirational performances everywhere from Oprah to The White House, and even showed off her acting chops on television series like ‘7th Heaven’ and ‘Doc.’
Tickets are on sale at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.