August 2017 Library Events! Grand Rapids, Michigan

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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.

Raising Strong Black Women Panel Discussion
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 7:00 pm
Main Library –

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

FORD AFTER FIVE
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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.

 

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CeCe Winans

CeCe Winans

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.

 

RELAX AT ROSA

Relax at Rosa Returns for 2017 Season

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July 6 – Karisa Sprite (Wilson)
July 13 – Conrad Shock + The Noise
July 20 – All American Funk Parade
July 27 – Melophobix
Aug. 3 – Watching for Foxes
Aug. 10 – Blue Soul Express
Aug. 17 – May Erlewine featuring Max Lockwood and Michael Shimmin
Aug. 24 – Big Dudee Roo
Aug. 31 – Juan Daniel Castro Quintet
Sept. 7 – Types
Sept. 14 – Cabildo

GRAM on the Green -Cabildo

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Thursday, July 6, 6 – 9 pm
Cabildo, Latin alternative

Make the most of your summer evenings and join GRAM for Thursday nights filled with FREE outdoor live music, dancing, food trucks, and a cash bar.
Cabildo is a West Michigan-based Latin music collective that delivers a unique blend of rock, folk, ska, and cumbia to create a diverse and unique sound. Dubbed by Founders Brewing Company as “the world’s greatest Latin rock dance collective,” Cabildo has performed at various festivals and venues around Michigan. Don’t miss their performance at GRAM tomorrow night!

GRAM Building at Night

Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center St NW,

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Jazz in the Park – July 2017

Jazz in the Park

Ah-Nab-Awen Park
220 Front Ave. NW 
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 

July 10 – Edwin IMER SANTIGO

Imer Santigo has spent years performing in Nashville, TenImer Santigon. A town not widely known as a jazz town and the history of jazz in Nashville has been largely hidden. But with the release of trumpeter Imer Santiago’s debut CD, Hidden Journey, the vibrancy of the Tennessee city’s current jazz scene comes into shining focus. Santiago steps out of the shadows as a trumpet stylist and composer to be reckoned with in the jazz world at large, and provides additional evidence of the exciting new jazz movement that’s emerging in the country music capital.

 

July 17 – KEVIN JONES BAND

Kevin Jones is a recently transplanted talent to Grand Rapids who relocated from the New York/New Jersey area. Kevin is a veteran of the Jazz and R&B scene who has numerous performance and recording credits. This exciting percussionist has worked with Whitney Houston (1986 to 1990), The Isley Brothers (1979 to 1992) among others. Band leader Kevin Jones will play congas and percussion. His band includes Steve Talaga (Musician of the Year 2008) on piano, Damon Warmack on bass, Rob Mulligan on drums and percussion, Tom Lockwood on  saxophones and flute and Michael Doyle on tenor and soprano saxophones.

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July 24 – JIM COOPER & ORGANIC VIBES

Organic Vibes features Jim Cooper on vibraphone, Jim Alfredson on Hammond Organ and Jeff Shoup on drums.  The inception of Organic Vibes started when Alfredson asked Cooper to record on his CD, Dirty Fingers, A Tribute to Big John Patton.  They later added Jeff Shoup on drums and have performed in concerts, clubs, and fundraisers all around Michigan including the Lansing Jazz Festival. Their includes the quirky, soulful and groovy music of jazz organist Big John Patton, music from Grant Green’s Blue Note recordings and original music from Cooper.  For more information on Jim Cooper and Organic Vibes, visit www.jimcooper.net

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July 31- METRO JAZZ VOICES

Metro Jazz Voices has been called “Detroit’s answer to Manhattan Transfer,” and are, according to allmusic.com, “one of Michigan’s best and most ambitious Vocal ensembles.”  Having spent much of 2014-15 recording, “Wingin’ It,” MJV is poised to take the world of 4-part harmony singing by storm. The Voices are Meri Slaven (soprano/alto), Trish Shandor (soprano/alto), Carl Cafagna (tenor) and Jordan Schug (baritone); Cafagna also plays saxophone and flute, and Schug sometimes adds cello.  www.metrojazzvoices.com

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