Friday, April 17, 2015

- Art X - Detroit - 2015 -


Art X Detroit 2015

artx-video-interiorArt X Detroit:
-  works created by the 2013-2014 Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows,

musical performances,
literary readings,
panel discussions,
public art
special exhibitions,
Art X Detroit will be hosted at more than a dozen venues located throughout Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center
- free - .
Art X Detroit is supported by The Kresge Foundation.
- special visual arts exhibition at MOCAD
features selected works from the collection of
2014 Kresge Eminent Artist Bill Rauhauser,
- the latest developments in the ongoing artistic careers of the following Kresge Artist Fellows:
•Ben Hall (Dance/Music Fellow)
•Jeedo (Dance/Music Fellow)
•Cary Loren (Literary Arts Fellow)
•Peregrine Workshop (Literary Arts Fellow)
•Michael Zadoorian (Literary Arts Fellow)
•Coco Bruner (Visual Arts Fellow)
•Jon Brumit (Visual Arts Fellow)
•Jason E. Carter (Visual Arts Fellow)
•Kate Daughdrill (Visual Arts Fellow)
•Oren Goldenberg (Visual Arts Fellow)
•Marie T. Hermann (Visual Arts Fellow)
•Charlie O’Geen (Visual Arts Fellow)
•Bryant Tillman (Visual Arts Fellow)
•Carl Wilson (Visual Arts Fellow)


Cass Cafe  4620 Cass Avenue 
Cass Corridor Commons Sanctuary  4605 Cass Avenue 
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History,
GM Theater  315 E Warren Avenue 
Cinema Detroit  3420 Cass Avenue 
College for Creative Studies Walter B. Ford II Building,
Room W217  201 E Kirby St 
Detroit Public Library  5201 Woodward Ave 
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall Music Box 
3711 Woodward Ave 
DIA - Crystal Gallery  5200 Woodward Avenue 
DIA - Detroit Film Theatre  5200 Woodward Ave 
DIA - Kresge Court  5200 Woodward Ave 
DIA - Lecture Court  5200 Woodward Ave 
First Congregational Church  33 E. Forest Avenue 
First Congregational Church of Detroit  33 E. Forest Avenue 
Garden Theater  3929 Woodward Avenue 
Garden Theater - Lobby  3929 Woodward Avenue 
Garfield Lofts  4600 Woodward Ave 
Martin Luther King High School Auditorium 
3200 E Lafayette St 
Michigan Opera  Theatre  1526 Broadway 
Michigan Science Center  5020 John R. Street 
Michigan Science Center Planetarium, Rocket Ship Area 
5020 John R. Street 
Michigan Science Center’s Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre 
5020 John R Street 
MOCAD  4454 Woodward Ave 
MOCAD Café  4454 Woodward Ave 
Mocad Café - Side Parking Lot  4454 Woodward Avenue 
MOCAD Woodward Gallery  4454 Woodward Ave 
Salt & Cedar  2448 Riopelle St 
Scarab Club  217 Farnsworth St 
The Carr Center  311 E. Grand River Ave 
The Leonard N. Simons Building  4809 Woodward Avenue 
The Magic Stick  4140 Woodward Ave, Upstairs 
The Majestic Theatre  4140 Woodward Ave 
The N'Namdi Center For Contemporary Art  52 E Forest Ave 
The Wright Museum Contemporary Arts Gallery  315 E Warren Ave  See map and a list of all events for this location 
The Wright Museum GM Theater  315 E Warren Ave 
The Wright Museum Latimer Café  315 E Warren Ave 
Trinosophes  1464 Gratiot Ave 
WSU - Maggie Allesee Studio Theatre, 
3rd Floor, Room #3317  4841 Cass Ave,
WSU - Shaver Recital Hall  4841 Cass 

See map and a list of all events for these locations  

Monday, April 6, 2015

10 Cuban Songs - Pre 70's - Son, Casino -



Think Cuba. Enjoy.
  1. “Rumba en el patio” (1947) by Conjunto Kubavana
  1. “Negro bonito” (c. 1943) by Kiko Mendive
  1. “El negro mambí” (c. 1952) by Conjunto Batari de Andar Dali
  1. “Pollo atrasado” (1956) by Vicentico Valdés y su orquesta
  1. “A romper el coco (1950) by Conjunto Casino
  1. “Como mango” (1960) by Pío Leiva
  1. “Kikirikí” (c. 1950s) by Estrellas de Chocolate
  1. “Dulce con dulce” (c. 1953) by Jóvenes del Cayo
  1. “Sale a buscar” (1957) by Sonora Matancera
  1. “Sonrisa na’ ma” (1953) Celio González

Mainly - Adapted from  - - 

Monday, March 23, 2015

- Music festivals - Midwest ( some - upper ) - 2015 - April - May -

 - For The Festival People - 


(Apr. 10 – 12)Roots and Bluegrass Festival
  • River Falls, WI
Hear music at half a dozen venues in the downtown of this western Wisconsin college town.
(Apr. 23 – 25)Mid West Music Fest
  • Winona, MN
More than 75 musical groups in all genres play in museums, galleries, cafes and arts centers across town. There are arts workshops for children, too.

(Apr. 26 – May 3)Homegrown Music Festival
  • Duluth, MN
More than 100 musical acts will perform in venues around the Twin Ports, plus film, visual arts and beer.


(May 17 – 24)North Country Dylan Celebration
  Duluth, MN
The town in which Bob Dylan was born its native son with pub trivia, a poetry showcase, a Blood on the Tracks Express rolling musical revue on Thursday, a singer-songwriter contest Friday and, on Saturday, a bus tour to Hibbing and back and an evening acoustic salute to Dylan.

(May 21 – 25)North Iowa Band Festival
  Mason City, IA
There's a carnival, craft show and car cruise, but don't miss the 10 a.m. Saturday band parade in this northern Iowa town, which Meredith Willson made famous in "The Music Man.''
(May 22 – 25)World's Largest Brat Fest
  Madison, WI
There's music on four stages, with headliners including the Charlie Daniels Band, plus the world's largest touring grill (a Johnsonville semi that can cook 750 brats at a time), the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile,  carnival rides and Sunday fireworks. Admission is free. Outside the Alliant Energy Center.
(May 22 – 25)Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Festival
  Oak Forest, IL
In this west Chicago suburb, there's lots of music, plus a petting zoo, hurling, theater, Irish dog and pony exhibits and red hair, freckle and bonnie baby contests.
(May 24)BobFest
  Spring Green, WI
The Spring Green General Store in this artistic town on the Wisconsin River celebrates Bob Dylan's 74th birthday with free outdoor music.
(May 28 – 31)Bluegrass Festival
  Niles, MI
Listen to American roots music on two stages along the banks of the St. Joseph River. There's also a carnival, arts show and games.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

- Salsa Time Band - 31775 Grand River Ave - Farmington Hills - MI - Sunday - - March 22, 2015 - - - 6 PM -

- Giving Isaac's new band a plug -

At the American Legion Post - x
Where they do the YA Salsa Sunday Socials -


 - Salsa Time Band - 
-  31775 Grand River Ave - 
-  Farmington Hills - MI - 
-  Sunday - March 22, 2015 - 6 PM -

Saturday, March 7, 2015

- Southeast Lower Michigan - Festivals & Music Events - March - June - 2015 -




 Festivals & Music Events - Southeast Lower Michigan

Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 24-29, 2015 
downtown Ann Arbor

Spring Fling Artisan Market
April 12, 2015 
Northville Comm. Senior Center

Hometown Days - Swartz Creek
May 28-31, 2015
locations throughout Swartz Creek

Islandfest - Grosse Ile
May 29-31, 2015
throughout Gross Ile

Curwood Festival - Owosso
June 4-7, 2015
locations throughout Owosso

Bridge Fest - Bridgeport
June 11-14, 2015
Dixie Highway & Bearcat Bld

Ya'ssoo Greek Festival
June 5-7, 2015
St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Motor City Pride Festival
usually early June, 2015 TBA
Hart Plaza

Bavarian Festival
June 11-14, 2015
throughout Frankenmuth

Cutlerville Days - Cutlerville
usually mid June, 2015 TBA
Cutler Park & other locations

National Strawberry Festival
June 19-21, 2015
locations throughout Belleville

Harley Fest - Sterling Heights
usually mid June, 2015 TBA
14900 Metropolitan Parkway

Mid-Michigan Renaissance Fest.
usually throughout June, 2015 TBA
Grainger family property in Vassar

KCQ Free Music Concert
usually late June, 2015 TBA
Ojibway Island

Detroit River Days - Detroit
usually late June, 2015 TBA
Ren Cen, Milliken St Park

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest
June 26-28, 2015
Howell High School

Stars & Stripes Festival
usually late June, 2015 TBA
14900 Metropolitan Parkway

Air Show/Balloon Festival
usually early July, 2015 TBA
W.K. Kellogg Airport

Blue Water Fest - Port Huron
usually mid July, 2015 TBA
downtown Port Huron

Uncle Sam Jam - Woodhaven
usually mid July, 2015 TBA
Civic Center Park

Ann Arbor Summer Festival
June 12-July 5, 2015
locations throughout Ann Arbor

American Polish Fest.
July 10-12, 2015
American Polish Century Club

Attica Days Festival - Attica
July 10-11, 2015
Attica Township Park

Paradise Valley Music Festival
usually mid July, 2015 TBA
Paradise Valley Park

Michigan Antique Festival
July 15-19, 2015
Midland County Fairgrounds

Michigan Vet Fest 
July 18-19, 2015
Motor City Eagles Place

Growing Up Green
July 18, 2015
Packard Proving Grounds

Michigan Jazz Fest - Livonia
July 21, 2015 
Schoolcraft College

Art & Music - Sterling Heights
July 23-25, 2015
City Center Campus

Yale Bologna Festival - Yale
July 24-26, 2015
downtown Hale & other locations

Riverfest - St. Clair 
usually late July, 2015 TBA
Palmer Park in St. Clair

21st An. Highland Games
usually late July, 2015 TBA
Canterbury Village

13th Annual Folk Music Festival
usually late July, 2015 TBA
Kearsley Park

Maker Faire - Detroit
usually late July, 2015 TBA 
The Henry Ford 20900 Oakwood


Primarily from

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Latin American music and dance

Latin American music and dance

  • The term Latin American as used here encompasses the Americas south of the United States, as well as the entire Caribbean.
  • The musics of this vast area are perhaps most efficiently discussed in terms of ethnic components--European (especially Iberian), Amerindian, African, and mestizo ("mixed" or acculturated).
Amerindian Background
  • During the colonial period in Latin America (16th-19th century) many Amerindian populations were decimated, and much traditional Amerindian musical culture was destroyed or syncretized with Iberian.
  • Little evidence remains as to the real nature of music in the Aztec, Inca, and
  • Maya civilizations apart from the testimony of 16th-century Spanish chroniclers and what can be seen of instruments--percussion and winds, with almost total absence of strings--depicted in hieroglyphs and pottery decorations. Modern Andean Indians still make extensive use of vertical flutes and panpipes, along with European instruments such as bass drums, harps, and guitars of different sizes.
  • In Mesoamerica Indians now play harps, fiddles, and guitars based upon archaic Spanish models, or MARIMBAS of African origin, all of which have largely replaced indigenous instruments. Only in certain tropical areas (as the Amazon basin) are virtually unacculturated Amerindian musics found.
Iberian Influences
  • relatively few Iberian genres have been retained in their original forms,
  • Iberian origins of many song and dance forms are evident in the use of harps, fiddles, guitars, and many song types derived from Spanish verse structures such as the copla and decima.
  • Such genres include the desafio of Brazil, cueca of Chile and Bolivia, joropo of Venezuela, sones and corrido of Mexico, seis of Puerto Rico, and punto of Cuba.
  • They are usually danced in couples and often incorporate such features as shoe tapping and scarf waving.
  • In addition to the above dances of Iberian derivation, pan-European ballroom dances such as the polka, mazurka, and waltz developed many regional variations.
African Influences
  • The largest black populations are found in the circum-Caribbean region and Brazil. African musical features commonly retained include call and response singing, polyrhythms, extensive use of persistently repeated musical figures, and improvisation based on recurring short phrases.
  • African instruments (primarily percussive) found in both unaltered and adapted forms, with many regional names and variations, include long drums, often in "family" sets of three (congas), iron gongs, internal or external rattles (maracas, shekere), "thumb piano" (marimbula), marimbas, and concussion sticks (claves). (Clave is also the name of an important syncopated rhythmic figure.)
  • The "steel drum" (tuned metal barrel) associated with Trinidad's CALYPSO has no direct African equivalent but evolved from drum ensembles.
  • A form of music and dance of the Caribbean, calypso had its primary development in Trinidad, where it is associated particularly with the pre-lenten carnival. Before the carnival begins musicians try out their songs nightly before audiences in Port of Spain. The most popular are used during the carnival.
  • The words of calypso songs are witty and humorous and convey popular attitudes on social, political, or economic problems. Rhythms are provided most often by STEEL BAND percussion instruments, made from the tops of oil drums. As a type of ballroom dance, calypso resembles the rumba, and the music often is performed with conventional dance-band instruments.
  • The most African forms are usually associated with African-derived religions, such as voodoo of Haiti and the Yoruba-oriented candomble of Brazil and santeria of Cuba.
  • The secular samba (Brazil), RUMBA and conga (Cuba), bomba (Puerto Rico) and other forms are also stylistically African.
  • Rumba is a type of medium-to-fast polyrhythmic Afro-Cuban song and dance, with a three-part form of introduction, improvised verses, and repetitive call-and-response. It is typically accompanied by 2 to 3 conga drums and sticks. This structure has been adapted for Cuban popular music ensembles. Rhumba is an American term for various Cuban song and dance genres--for example, the son or BOLERO, which are not actually rumbas but were popular dance music styles in the United States during the 1930s and '40s.
  • More acculturated genres have become national folk/popular musics; generally combining European melodic/harmonic instruments with African percussion, they include the MERENGUE (variants in Dominican Republic and Haiti), plena of Puerto Rico, the cumbia of Colombia/Panama (popular in Central America, Mexico, and the U.S. Southwest), and guaracha and son of Cuba.
  • Merengue is a very popular vocal and dance style from the Dominican Republic.
  • It developed in the early 19th century and is related to the meringue of Haiti. The merengue rhythm is a moderate to extremely fast duple meter, and is danced with a simple sideways couple two-step.
  • It is found in both folk music, using accordion, double-headed tambora drum, and metal guayo scraper, and in various popular orchestral formats. Important performers and bandleaders include Angel Viloria, Johnny Ventura, and Juan Luis Guerra.
Impact on World Musics
  • Still more Europeanized forms (individual songs, genres, and their dance steps) have become popular on the "pan-Latin" and international level through their diffusion by mass media.
  • These include the BOLERO and chachacha of Cuba, the TANGO of Argentina, and the cabaret samba and bossa nova of Brazil.
  • A dance that evolved in Buenos Aires at the end of the 19th century, the tango is probably derived from the milonga, a lively, suggestive Argentinian dance, and the habanera of Cuba and the West Indies. By the 1920s it had become a popular ballroom dance in Europe and the United States, and had been transformed into a flowing, elegant series of steps accompanied by somewhat melancholy music with a characteristic tango beat.
  • SALSA has evolved from the Cuban son and other genres as a popular music of urban Caribbean Hispanics. As with the earlier mambo, salsa was influenced by jazz harmony and arranging. It developed its most distinctive form in New York in the early 1970s.
  • Salsa (Spanish for "hot sauce") is a style of popular music that emerged from New York City's Hispanic community during the mid-1970s, developing from a blend of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music with rock and jazz.
  • Its roots are in the Latin dance music of the 1940s--which used trumpets, flutes, and voices--and the dance rhythms of the 1950s that have had varying degrees of popularity since then--the rhumba, mambo, and chacha.
  • The electric guitar, along with electronic techniques, has been added from rock, along with the instrumentation and improvisational skills of jazz.
  • Salsa musicians include performers such as Cuban singer Celia Cruz and bandleader Tito Puente, whose careers predate salsa, as well as younger musicians including bandleader Eddie Palmieri, trombonist Willie Colon, flute player Johnny Pacheco, and percussionist Ray Barretto.
  • Salsa has spread to Hispanic communities throughout the United States. It has influenced both rock and jazz, and the Latin rhythms and percussion instruments can now be heard throughout rock and dance music. However, salsa is still primarily sung in Spanish, and very few performers have crossed over to reach the same kind of success singing in English.
  • Bibliography: Gerard, Charley, and Sheller, Marty, Salsa! TheRhythm of Latin Music (1990.
Latin American music, along with jazz, which also blends African and European traits, has been a great influence on popular music around the world. Asian film songs and Eastern Mediterranean belly dancing may incorporate Latin percussion, rhythms, and/or the clave pattern. Since
the 1930s, Latin rhythms have been popular among, and reinterpreted by West, Central, and East African musicians, resulting in a rich, two-directional cross-fertilization, since the Latin music incorporates many features originally African. The rumba of Spanish flamenco is the result of a similar exchange, in this case between Spain and Cuba, its former colony.
Art Musics
From the 16th through the 19th century, most Latin American "art" music reflected contemporary European models. Musicians composed and performed music much like that of their parent colonial cultures. In the 20th century, however, a number of composers discovered their "national
voices," based partly upon traditional folk and tribal music (or their conception or reconstruction of it). These include Heitor VILLA-LOBOS in Brazil and Manuel Ponce, Carlos CHAVEZ, Silvestre Revueltas, and Blas Galindo in Mexico. Other composers have tended to represent more
universal, rather than nationalist, techniques: these include Alberto GINASTERA and Mauricio Kagel in Argentina, Camargo Guarnieri in Brazil, Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson and Juan Orrego-Salas in Chile, and Julian Carrillo in Mexico.
World music: Chronology
1920s Afro-Cuban dance music popularized in the USA by bandleader Xavier Cugat (1900-1990). Highlife music developed in W Africa.
1930s Latin American dances like samba and rumba became Western ballroom dances.
1940s Afro-Cuban rhythms fused with American jazz to become Cubop.
1950s The cool jazz school imported bossa nova from Brazil. US bandleader Tito Puente (1923-___) popularized Latin dances mambo and cha-cha-cha. Calypso appeared in the pop charts.
1960s Miriam Makeba took South African folk and pop to the West. The Beatles introduced Indian sitar music. Folk rock recycled traditional songs.
1970s Jamaican reggae became international and was an influence on punk. Cuban singer Celia Cruz established herself in the USA as the 'queen of salsa'. Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré (1939-___) brought a blues feel to traditional African melodies.
1980s World music was embraced by several established pop stars and various African, Latin American, Bulgarian, Yemenite, and other styles became familiar in the West. Zairean Papa Wemba was one of many Third World singers recording in France.
1990s New fusions, such as Afro-Gaelic, punk Ukrainian, and bhangramuffin, appeared.

Most of the information presented here is taken from the Grolier Encyclopedia (Electronic Version)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

- Dance - 11 Year Anniversary - December 28, 2014 - YASalsa Sunday Social -

  • American Legion Post 346

    31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI (map)
  • -
    Join The Gang -
    See the Band - LL7

    The next YA Salsa Social is December 28, 2014 !
    The Sunday After -  Christmas -
    The YA Salsa Social is Detroit's biggest salsa dance party. 
    Hosted once per month by YA Salsa,
    attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.
    $10 at the door gets you:
    Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 p.m.!
    Endless Beverages & Snacks!
    A huge wooden dance floor!
    The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ's
    ( Issac,  Cisco,  MarcB)
    Two floors of dancing -
    Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,
    Latin Mix downstairs !
    Cash Bar!
    Sunday, December 28,  2014 , from 5:30 - 10 p.m. ---
    WHERE: American Legion Post 346
    31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI ---

    All Ages welcome
    For more events - info - see :
    (( you have to go into the " older posts "
    for some of the info ))
    MidwestMusicMafia  At Live or GMail  Dot Com
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