303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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)
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.
SEMI-STAGED OPERA | UNBOUND | DRAMA | ENGLISH | FAMILY
A new rhythm and blues opera
The inspiring story of the famous preacher and iconic civil rights leader from Atlanta is brought to life in this deeply moving premiere performance that beautifully fuses opera with bluesy, jazzy, and gospel-tinged rhythms. In a stirring account of his most intimate moments shared with wife Coretta Scott King and close friend Ralph Abernathy, we discover that the themes of equality and justice from the Civil Rights Movement are echoed in our political sentiments today. Despite the well-chronicled tragedy that ended the preacher’s life 50 years ago, the audience is left beaming with the hope of his dream in their hearts.
Support Act: Blues artist Roberta Lee
Fri 3/24/2017 @ 20 Monroe Live Grand Rapids, MI
11 Ottawa Avenue NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
All Ages welcome
Will-call opens 2 hours prior to doors
The Almava Trio
All the way from New York City, the Almava Trio arrives at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) Sunday, March 19th. The three Juilliard School graduates have each dedicated themselves to lives of leading, performing, and teaching the musical arts. Through the violin, cello, and piano, the group aims to create a soulful and engaging experience for guests. Tomorrow afternoon, they will bring alive the works of Beethoven and Brahms.
Sunday, March 19th
2 – 3 pm
Grand Rapids Art Museum · 101 Monroe Center · Grand Rapids, MI 49503