Monday, September 03, 2007

We'll Never Turn Back

Detroit International Jazz Festival 2007: a variety of free music venues and a 100% positive experience. Most of the performers were from Detroit and Chicago. Above: The Miracles playing near Campus Martius on September 1.

Martha Reeves cheering on Detroit and inviting people to come on down as often as possible. Then leader of Martha & the Vandellas, now serving on the Detroit City Council.

The Pyramid Stage, next to the Renaissance Center, which is much more accessible then it was a few years ago -- lots of free concerts by the Detroit River. For the festival, the below street level stage performances were sponsored by Mack Avenue Records.

Mavis Staples today belting out a song and sounding as good or better than Ike & Tina Turner back in the day. Tremendous gravelly voice. Even better than when I saw her in 2000. She was into it.

We'll Never Turn Back, new album by Mavis Staples, with a clear focus on civil rights.

Today's Rune: Fertility.

Birthdays: Marguerite Higgins, Irene Papas (Lelekou), Natalia Estrada.


Ropinator said...

I am not fan of jazz but it must have been good. We will study middle ages history. You can read my essay in the last but one post.

MacGuffin said...

I love Jazz! Lucky you!

Charles Gramlich said...

Ever been to Jazz fest in New Orleans? I seem to remember that you have.

Pythia3 said...

Thanks for the Jazz Festival re-cap as I did not make it this year :( so much going on! It looked like it was wonderful and a huge success.
Hope you had a great holiday weekend, Erik.

Pythia3 said...

Oh yes . . . chronia polla (many years) to Ms. Papas.