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The return of Broadway productions to Detroit stages couldn’t be better headlined than with this weekend’s premiere showings of BLUE, a dynamically moving play run by Black women and highlighting actors and dancers native to the D itself. 
In 1959 in Greenville, South Carolina, a little Black boy went to a concert with his mother at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium (a 6,000 seat venue where anyone who was ANYONE performed in those days.) This is the specific moment when Peabo Bryson says he found his...
‘Regal,’ ‘Queen,’ ‘Pure,’ ‘Resilient’. These were some of the words that came to mind when I walked into the dressing room of Regina Belle, Englewood’s soulful songstress, at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater.  She had a very old school, chill energy, and we opened our...
In the 1800s, New Orleans was a cosmopolitan city with different cultures from around the world creating a variety of music unlike any other place in the United States at that time. Specifically, Congo Square was a section of New Orleans where African Slaves were permitted to...
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Chaka Kahn and The Isley Brothers perform to a sold-out crowd at The Aretha Amphitheatre
Masego, Corey Henry, and Alex Isley performing at The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre on August 14, 2021
Gerald Albright and Kim Waters performing at The Aretha Jazzy Wednesday
I recently had the honor of interviewing the great Saxophonist Gerald Albright for his upcoming Detroit performance at the Aretha Amphitheater. What made this interview special was the fact that Gerald Albright has a chill, respectful vibe, causing us both to immediately relax, where it felt like two...
It felt good to be back. Blue drinks were flowing, boats were anchored and spirits were flying high as The Aretha hosted Sheila E for opening night of the Wednesday Jazz Series. This is the inaugural season for The Aretha, formerly known as Chene Park and opening...
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