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.
Image result for Avery SunshineAvery Sunshine is a mercurial singer and composer who merges the sounds of soul, gospel, jazz and R&B in a signature mix. Sunshine is known for her thunderous, gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content. A Philly native playing feel-good tunes featuring a portfolio with accolades including a turn as choral director for Dream Girls and sharing a stage with Kem, Eric Benet, Rachelle Ferrell and the legendary B.B. King among others. Sunshine’s videos “All in My Head,” and “Ugly” landed heavy rotation on Music Choice, VH1 Soul and Centric and her single “Ugly Part of Me” graved the Top 15 on the Urban Adult Chart via Media Base.
 
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
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Kathy Lamar @ One Trick Pony

Kathy Lamar

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.

Art in Bloom-March 24 – 26, 2017

Art in Bloom
March 24, 2017 – March 26, 2017
 
Art in Bloom is a bi-annual, one-weekend-only exhibition that celebrates the combined beauty of art and floral design. Come see the first signs of spring at the Museum while touring the galleries and enjoying extravagant floral sculptures. Our region’s most talented floral designers will create thought provoking and elegantly designed arrangements inspired by works from the Museum’s collection. These floral sculptures emphasize, challenge, and build upon elements and concepts within the original work of art, creating an extraordinary dialogue between the two pieces. Visitors will be invited to select the People’s Choice Award Winner by casting a vote for their favorite floral sculpture. This three-day exhibition is a must-see!Friday, March 24, 2017
 
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Art in Bloom floral design on view and People’s Choice Award voting opens
Third Floor Galleries | Free with admission
6:00 pm Opening Reception
Auditorium | Free for members, general public welcome with price of admission | Cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres
 
7:00 pm Juried Winner Announcement
 
7:30 pm Creativity Uncorked: An adult studio and after-hours gallery experience.
 
 
Saturday, March 25, 2017
 
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Galleries open and People’s Choice Award Voting Continues
Third Floor Galleries | Free with admission
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Art in Bloom Tour with Ron Platt and Alice Waterous AIFD, CF, CFD, PFCI
Meet in the lobby | Free for members, general public welcome with price of admission
 
12:00 -1:00 pm Little Member Morning
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1:00 pm Drop-in Studio
Garden Room & Betz Studio | Free with admission
 
Sunday, March 26, 2017
 
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Galleries open and People’s Choice Award Voting Continues
Voting closes at 1:30 pm | Third Floor Galleries | Free with admission
2:00 pm People’s Choice Award Announced before Sunday Classical Concert
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2:00 pm Sunday Classical Concert Series: Music in Bloom
Featuring Jennifer Walvoord (violin), Andrew Le (piano), Leslie VanBecker (viola), and Alicia ESundayClassical_mark-300x300ppinga (cello)
Lobby | Free with admission
Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

I Dream-A new rhythm and blues opera

January 15, 2018  |  7:30 PM  |  Fountain Street Church

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.

Opera Grand Rapids

 

 

Van the Man! The R&B/Soul Tribute to Van Morrison

Sunday Classical Concert Series-Almava Trio

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.

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Sunday, March 19th

2 – 3 pm

Grand Rapids Art Museum · 101 Monroe Center · Grand Rapids, MI 49503