Wednesday, July 11

Ian Stewart

R&B Singer songwriter & Guitarist Ian Stewart is a world travelled performer who's paid his dues and has been "Spreading The Blues" for the past two decades. Ian now residing in Michigan U.S.A is also a sought after guitar instructor and is available for private lessons.
Weatherwax Hall
7:00 PM

Thursday, July 12

NAACP Event has been relocated to Jackson District Library Carnegie Branch

Black History 101 Mobile Museum with speaker Professor Griff
Thursday, July 12, through Saturday, July 14

Friday, July 13

Film: Me, the "Other"

Me, The "Other" reveals the inner and outer lives of twelve people living on the frontlines of prejudice by asking the questions we don’t discuss in classrooms, workplaces, and social places. The film is the centerpiece of a platform for creating conversations about what connects us and what keeps us apart. With this film, we set out to tell stories of a diverse cast of characters who are on some level experiencing prejudice. While they are from various backgrounds, in that deep place inside, they are all essentially one… and we are one with them. My personal hope for this film is to expose that sacred place inside where beyond the clouded isms of race, religion, class, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical appearance— lies a place of light, warmth, hope, and pure love called the human soul. —Shidan Majidi, Director/Co-Producer
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson
12:00 PM

Film: Kubo and the Two Strings

Young Kubo's (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson
2:00 PM

Harper and The Midwest Kind

With an amalgamation of blues, soul and world music, Australian singer/songwriter Peter D. Harper, now based in Detroit, creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Harper possesses a powerful, soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music that some might say has evolved into its own genre.
Horace Blackman Park
6:00 PM

The Claudettes

The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60s soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music. Johnny Iguana pounds the piano alongside seductive singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Danny Yost. Johnny, who toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is also a member of the Grammy-nominated groups Chicago Blues–A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. He has toured/recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and more. The Claudettes recorded their new album with Grammy-winning producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, Paladins, Old 97’s, J.D. McPherson). It was released March 23, 2018 on Yellow Dog Records (Memphis, TN) and on April 13 in Europe/UK on Continental Records Services.
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson
8:00 PM

Saturday, July 14

Yoga with Ave and a DJ

Open up to your JOY with a Yoga experience that will open your heart and mind.
Join Ave' from Yoga Studio Deeplyart and get ready to experience all the gifts that integration offers in every moment.
All levels welcome.
Bucky Harris Park
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Studio Deeply Art

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Bucky Harris Park
12pm – Cooper Young                        4pm – The Rolling Hills
1pm – Billy Joe Hunt                          5pm – Russ Kendrick Martin
2pm – Emilee Martin                         6pm – John Louis Good
3pm – Banjo Mike Evans                    7pm – The Orbiters

Film: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Filmmaker Catherine Bainbridge examines the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history. She exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how indigenous musicians helped influence popular culture.
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Community Discussion with Shiloh Maples

About Shiloh: Shiloh (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians) has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, where she specialized in community organizing. Her work in the community includes promoting traditional native foods for a healthy diet and traditional dance as a form of physical activity, facilitating nutrition lessons, and coordinating a variety of garden activities. Shiloh is passionate about increasing the community’s access to healthy food, revitalizing traditional foodways, and honoring our relationship to the environment. Shiloh will be presenting "Our Bodies Tell Our Histories: Recovering Land, Life, and Foodways in Native America"
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson
2:30 PM to 3:15 PM


Third Down

Band members: David Thompson,Robert Hall,Larin Keith Arnold,William Poole
Horace Blackman Park
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Sin Paredes: #Resistencia

Sin Paredes literally translates to “without walls.” From the rebellious rhythms of bomba to flipping the script on the machismo of mariachi, this collective performance featuring Detroit musicians will honor historical music and contemporary voices in the struggle against discrimination and demonization of Latin American and descendant peoples. Performers include Ray Ureña y los Satellites feat. Ammy Amorette; Mariachi Femenil Detroit; Cándida the Poet, and BombaRica.
Horace Blackman Park
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM 

Transglobal Undergound

There are few acts in the U.K. with as strong an influence, as complex a legacy, and as mysteriously legendary as Transglobal Underground. Over 25 years it’s been a DJ/musical collective, one of the founders of global fusion, a working band famous for its scorching live shows, a techno soundsystem, a folk-festival rabble rouser, a pop group, a club night, a Middle Eastern hit production team, an improvised study group for Indian classical music, an Albanian brass band, a seminar, a medicine show and several things no one involved would admit to if they could even remember them.
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


jessica Care moore

Born in Detroit, moore first came to national prominence when she won on the legendary It’s Showtime at the Apollo competition a record-breaking five times in a row. moore is the CEO of Moore Black Press, executive producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven Jess Care Moore Foundation. She is the 2013 Alain Locke Award Recipient from the Detroit Institute of Arts. moore is the author of several poetry collections and a memoir, Love is Not The Enemy.
Horace Blackman Park
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Buffy Sainte-Marie

For more than a half-century, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been a disruptor of the status quo. In 1969, she made one of the world’s first electronic vocal albums; in 1982 she became the first Indigenous person to win an Oscar. When she was blacklisted and silenced from American radio airwaves, she joined the cast of Sesame Street and became the first woman to breastfeed on national television. She’s written pop standards sung and recorded by the likes of Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes in addition to writing Universal Soldier, the definitive anti-war anthem of the 20th century. Medicine Songs, the follow-up to the Polaris Music Prize and JUNO Award-winning 2015 album Power in the Blood, was released earlier this year.
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Tunde Olaniran 

The Flint, Mich. multi-hyphenate (singer, songwriter, producer, rapper, choreographer, author, activist + more) is a beloved fixture in the Detroit-area music scene and his recordings, live performances and activism have led to critical praise from outlets spanning The New York Times, Billboard and Rolling Stone, to Pitchfork, Noisey, Afropunk, Bitch, Jezebel and others. He was a breakout performer at SXSW 2017, toured last year with Sleigh Bells, and his 2015 single, Namesake, was used last fall by Apple for its iPhone 8 ads. Olaniran’s second album, Stranger, is set to be released this summer.
Horace Blackman Park
9:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Sunday, July 15

Singer- Songwriter Showcase

Bucky Harris Park
12pm – Jacktown Hustlers
1pm – Railcar Graffiti
2pm – John Louis Good
3pm – Unknown Crowe
4pm-   Feed the Machine

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

This powerhouse group has been built over years of rehearsals and gigs, crisscrossing America from Lincoln Center Outdoors in their adopted hometown of New York, to Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto, and around the globe to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark and the Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde. Everywhere, they’ve won over friends: a storming appearance at globalFEST saw the band awarded a touring fund. Afropop Worldwide praised the “frantic terrain” the band explores. NPR raved about the “driving and gritty energy…this raw-edged, punk-tinged band explodes with the propulsive force of traditional rhythms and urban restlessness.” M.A.K.U's music derives from their immigrant experience, which is an opportunity to create, to find a voice that speaks loud and proud, to connect past and future. A chance to make history.
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Mohsen Namjoo + Yahya

Namjoo is an Iranian singer/songwriter, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in New York City. Hailed as the Bob Dylan of Iran by The New York Times, Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for the youth in Iran. Seamlessly blending the setar with electric guitar, and rock and blues vocal techniques with Persian avaz (singing), he fuses the ancient with the current. Yahya is an Iranian drummer and percussionist who mixes traditional rhythms and techniques with modern drumming. He was active in Iran’s underground music scene and moved to New York in 2011 to study at the Drummers Collective. He joined Mohsen Namjoo’s band in 2012.
Horace Blackman Park
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM


RAM is a drum and roots-driven Haitian powerhouse that delivers ancient folkloric polyrhythms intertwined harmoniously with punk-rock guitar riffs and swinging Caribbean keyboard melodies. Prominent in the mizik rasin movement, RAM is famous for its regular Thursday night performances at the Hotel Oloffson in downtown Port-au-Prince, attended by hotel guests and a wide spectrum of the country's political and racial groups. The band's music incorporates traditional Vodou lyrics and instruments, such as rara horns and petro drums, into modern rock and roll, with song lyrics in Haitian Creole, French and English.
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Gwen Laster and Gameboard

She’s a native Detroiter whose creative influences come from the Motor City's exciting urban and classical music culture. Gwen started improvising in high school with the educator Anderson White, whose orchestral rehearsals included electric violins, amplifiers and David Baker string arrangements.  Her collaborative performances and recordings  include Anthony Braxton, Nona Hendryx, Aretha Franklin, Wadada Leo Smith, Danny Elfman, the Jimmy Fallon show w/ Tyler the Creator and the Roots, Gladys Knight,  Emeline Michel, Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, Rhianna, Natalie Cole, Solange,  Mark Anthony, J Lo and Shakira at President Obama’s Inaugural Neighborhood Ball. Playing local jazz clubs and subbing Broadway shows that include Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, Carousel, Wicked, Porgy and Bess and The King and I were woven around Gwen's NYC performing and teaching rhythm.  Gwen has been featured in Chamber Music America magazine for her commissioned work Black Lives Matter Suite for string quartet. Her music publications are available at CD Baby , iTunes and other digital media sources. Her next recording, Gameboard, will be released in October 2018. Joining her to present music from Gameboard are NY bassist Damon Banks' and Detroit musicians' guitarist Spencer Barefield, multi reedist Alex Harding and drummer Diallo Djalate.
Horace Blackman Park
5:30 pm until 7:00 pm

Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday

Born out of some casual Tuesday night jam sessions in the basement studio of singer/songwriter Kev Nichols, this band of seasoned musical veterans is ready to give your ears a heaping helping of musical goodness! Your feet will tap, your hands will clap, and you’ll be moving to the music before you know it! Proud winners of the 2013 Capital Area (Lansing) Blues Society’s Blues Brawl, the band looks forward to representing CABS at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Kev Nichols is no stranger to the IBC having led bands to the semi finals and finals 5 times previously — 2004 (semis), 2005 (top ten finalist), 2008 (semis), 2009 (top ten finalist), and 2011 (semis). Band Members: Kevin Nichols – Guitar, vocals; Rex Hambone- Drums; Heather Kulaga- Bass; Mike Crupi- Slide, Petal Steel, Guitar
Horace Blackman Park
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue: Detroit Rocks!

Songs by Detroit rockers + songs that celebrate Detroit rock music, curated by the highly sought-after, award-winning producer from Detroit. Feat. Laith Al-Saadi; Bob Schultz; Mike Ellison; Mick Collins; Wayne Kramer; Susan Calloway; Laura Rain; Jessica Hernandez; Kenny Watson; Steffanie Christi’an, cohost Ann Delisi + Revue House Band: Sweet Pea Atkinson, Donald Ray, Sir Harry Bowens, Brian Roscoe White, Randy Jacobs, Luis Resto, Dave McMurray, Rayse Biggs, Ron Pangborn, Ron Otis + Don Was.
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm