Every Child is a Star to be Cherished

antwonefisherMichigan CASA is pleased to announce that Antwone Fisher will be the keynote speaker for the May 23rd Fundraiser being held in Grand Rapids, MI at the Downtown Market. The 2002 movie Antwone Fisher was written by Fisher and directed by and starred Denzel Washington.

The 2002 movie Antwone Fisher was written by Fisher and directed by and starred Denzel Washington. Born in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Antwone was placed into foster care, where he remained for most of his childhood. During these years, Antowne was abused physically, verbally, and sexually. The film highlights Fisher coming to terms with the aftermath of the system after joining the United States Navy, with the help of a Naval Therapist played by Denzel Washington.

Today, Antwone Fisher is an American screenwriter, poet, lecturer, best-selling author, and advocate. His advocacy work includes book-writing, public speaking, play writing, and even testifying before the Senate Finance Committee on behalf of Child Welfare. The work he has done is invaluable, and his words are not to be missed.

Join us on May 23rd for cocktails, dinner and conversation.
Contact Rachel@MichiganCASA.org if you are interested in attending the event.

GRAM on the Green 2017 Lineup

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is pleased to announce the lineup for its ninth annual GRAM on the Green free outdoor summer concert series.
 
Running for six weeks throughout July and August, the concert series features some of the best local and regional talent Grand Rapids has to offer. Guests of all ages are invited to relax on the Museum’s outdoor terrace and enjoy free live music, dancing, food trucks, art-making activities, and a cash bar.
Visit the heart of downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday nights and see the city landscape come to life as a dynamic and inclusive gathering space.
 
From Latin alternative and Jazz to Hip-hop and Folk rock, GRAM on the Green’s 2017 lineup offers a diverse array of performers.
 
The festivities don’t stop outside—admission to the Museum is free during GRAM on the Green evenings from 5 pm – 9 pm, as it coincides with Meijer Free Thursday Nights.
 
Concert guests are invited inside the galleries to explore the exhibitions on view during the summer months: The Art of Rube Goldberg, Black Waves: The Tattoo Art of Leo Zulueta, Off-Shore and On The Beach, and the Permanent Collection on Level 3 of the Museum.
 
2017 Lineup:
Cabildo, Latin alternative
July 6, 6 – 9 pm
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The Crane Wives, Folk rock
July 13, 6 – 9 pm
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The Great Ones (Lady Ace Boogie + JROB) feat. Orlando of BedRock and
DJ Dean Martian, Hip-hop
July 20, 6 – 9 pm
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COMPLETE VII and SuperDre
(Ages 21+), Electronic/House
July 27, 9 pm – Midnight
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The Accidentals, Indie folk rock
August 3, 6 – 9 pm
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Walter White, Jazz
August 10, 6 – 9 pm
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Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Randy Marsh Band with Special Guest Don Julin

Saturday, April 15, 2017
8:00-11:00 PM


Randy Marsh Band with Special Guest Don Julin

Don Julin has developed a reputation for being one of the most eclectic mandolin players on the scene today. Based in Traverse City, Michigan, Don has been playing, teaching, and writing music with the mandolin for over 30 years.  Randy Marsh is known throughout the state of Michigan as the drummer of choice. Indeed, he is at the peak of his playing, bringing fire and intensity as well as his trademark sense of humor.

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One Trick Pony 
Grill & Taproom 
136 E. Fulton 
Grand Rapids, MI
616-235-PONY (7669)

This day in American History

Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 years old.
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A Night of Jazz featuring Rachelle Ferrell, Bob Baldwin and Avery Sunshine

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Rachelle Ferrell began singing at age six, and developed a six octave range by adultImage result for Rachelle Ferrellhood. Her range also includes the ability to sing in the whistle register. Ferrell’s highest notes in “It Only Took A Minute” (1992) have been described as “Minnie Riperton-like wailing.” She received classical training in violin and the piano at an early age and was performing professionally on both instruments and as a vocalist as a teenager. After enrolling in the Berklee College of Music, and graduating a year later, having learned arrangement and developing her abilities in singing and songwriting, she secured a position teaching music for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts alongside Dizzy Gillespie.
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Bob Baldwin is one of the most universal and ingenious chameleons of contemporary jazz. Baldwin is a jazz artist, composer, keyboardist, producer, arranger, radio host and author. Influenced by Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen, Chick Corea, Earth Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis, Stevie Wonder and more Baldwin has released twenty albums across his career. One of his finest projects ever was MelloWonder: Songs in the Key of Stevie – an unprecedented one from the heart albums that took over two years to compose.
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Tickets available online at Ticketmaster.com, at the Van Andel Arena & DeVos Place box offices or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
 
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 8:00 PM
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DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Kathy Lamar @ One Trick Pony

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Kathy Lamar grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and in 1980, moved to Las Vegas to sing with her friend, pianist Tex Richardson. During her 30-year career in Las Vegas, she sang backup and duos with musicians Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Lola Falana, and Robert Guillaume.

Lamar’s beautiful voice has been heard around the world. Since the early 1990s, she’s performed for months at a time in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore.

She now lives in Grand Rapids where she performs with various local musicians as part of a duo, trio, and quartet.

 

Vocalist Kathy Lamar says her shows are like a blind date –– because you never know what you’re going to get. She sings a diverse blend of jazz, R&B, soul, and pop hits pulled from many decades. One minute, you might hear a Sting or Bob Marley tune, and the next, an Ella Fitzgerald or Billy Holiday song. Her powerful voice and infectious laugh keeps audiences coming back for more.

Thursday, March 30th

All One Trick Pony shows run from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. Reservations are accepted. (NO COVER)

One Trick Pony
Grill & Taproom
136 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI
616-235-PONY (7669)

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Karuna: Hamid Drake & Adam Rudolph

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Sunday, April 23, percussionist Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake come together for their first tour as Karuna.

For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, seewww.adventuremusic.org. For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820.

Karuna: Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet
Adam Rudolph (handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion)
Hamid Drake (drum kit, vocal, frame drums, udu drums, tabla, percussion)

The Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph duet traces it beginning to a chance encounter between two 14-year-old aspiring percussionists in a downtown Chicago drum shop. Their shared love for rhythms and music of the world and music’s’ relationship to matters of the spirit led to years of shared creative journeys.

In the mid-1970s they performed and recorded with AACM co-founder Fred Anderson, and in 1977 they joined Foday Musa Suso in founding Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. By 1978 they were touring Europe with the Don Cherry and since that time have performed together in projects with Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Hassan Hakmoun, Hu: Vibrational and Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures. Their shared Chicago roots and longtime global music research and performing experience have allowed them to forge a uniquely shared musical understanding and creative outlook.

After over 40 years of music making together, this will be their first tour as a duet. Featuring their unique and evolved rhythm languages, in concert they aspire to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue. As Drake reflected upon their influence upon each other, “I have been developing a hand drum concept on the drum set while Adam says he is developing a drum set concept on his hand drums. We understand one another”

The name Karuna reflects Drake and Rudolph’s ongoing research and dialogues into the connection of the inner life to musical expression. Karuna speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion.