For benefit of the populous, and to the credit of the citizens of Detroit, every year Hart Plaza plays host to a world-class jazz festival. Legends and upstarts alike have jammed on the festival stages, filling the streets of downtown Detroit with jazz that ranges from the classical to modern and experimental. This year’s festival is continuing the Labor Day Weekend tradition of quality jazz in the city with the theme “We Bring You the World.” To celebrate the different world influences on jazz and jazz’s contribution to the world the line up includes eclectic acts like Kevin Eubanks, Amina Figarova, Vijay Iyer Trio, Dave Holland Octet, and so many more. The Jazz Talk Tent will feature spoken word and jazz educational sessions, and kids programming and performances will also be held. For a full schedule visit the website at www.detroitjazzfestival.com
I have a soft spot in my heart for midnight movies. The best times I’ve had at the movies are going with friends, or even alone, and meeting new devotees of a midnight movie. You can check out these cult classics through the end of summer only at The State.
Evan Haywood brings his “psychedelic folk fables” to the Electric Eye Cafe this Monday. Haywood is an Ann Arbor-based songwriter and sound-conjurer, currently nearing completion of his second solo album, Perfumed Gardens. We’ll have an interview with Haywood posted next week, discussing his approach to reinventing the realms of folk music, as well as the launch
Boom for real was a catchphrase Basquiat said when something really wowed him. It’s impossible to believe that anyone seeing this film won’t walk away feeling inspired; the film is a boom, for real.