FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
5:30 p.m. – NO BS! BRASS BAND
No BS! Brass takes the New Orleans brass band into uncharted territory, fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound. Trained in the conservatory and hardened in the garage, No BS! Brass has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Festival of New Trumpet Music, and on National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concert. Equally at home in the club or on the parade route, in the concert hall or on a festival stage, No BS! Brass creates new believers wherever it goes.
6:45 p.m. – CRIS CAB
Cris Cab is a 20-year-old whose resume reads like this: mentored by Pharrell Williams; recording partner of Wyclef Jean; support act to O.A.R., Matisyahu, T-Pain and Gym Class Heroes; and proud owner of over 7 million YouTube views. Still, Cris’ success is not defined by his age. These accolades would be impressive for any artist. Cris Cab’s musical promise is framed by the sponge-like enthusiasm with which he approaches recording, the texture of his voice echoing through concert halls and headsets, and his fresh fusion of pop, reggae, and soul. He was born to be approachable. “My music,” he says, “is about shared experience.”
8:00 p.m. – MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
Musician, humanitarian, and children’s book author, Michael Franti, is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as his unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead. With the multi-platinum success of his song “Say Hey (I Love You)” and the chart breaking 2010 release of “The Sound Of Sunshine”, Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as a fun dance party! ”Music is sunshine,” says Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. “Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” Franti has a brand new single, “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” hitting radio now leading into his brand new album, “ALL PEOPLE”, available July 30th.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
3:00 p.m. – GRAND TRAVERSE PIPES & DRUMS
Founded in 1974, The Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums have entertained crowds throughout the Northern Michigan region. The haunting sound of the pipes, the crisp thunder of the drums, and the flash of the kilts is an unmistakable delight to the eyes, as well as the ears. Sláinte Mhaith!
3:30 p.m. – DEEP BLUE WATER SAMBA
Deep Blue Water Samba Batucada is a newly forming samba drumming group based out of Traverse City Michigan. Samba Batucada is a parade style of drumming, from Brazil, using snare drums, bass drums, cowbells, shakers, and other percussion instruments.
4:00 p.m. – GRAND TRAVERSE PIPES & DRUMS
4:20 p.m. – NO BS! BRASS BAND march
4:30 p.m. – DELILAH DEWYLDE & THE LOST BOYS
A long time ago, at the dawn of the Atomic Age, a succession of no-good punks and ill-mannered teenagers took the best of American roots music — hard-partying honky tonk country, searing gutbucket blues and lonesome hillbilly twang — and distilled it into a potent moonshine known as rockabilly. This combustible formula, passed down through the generations, forms the heart of the revved-up stylings of Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys.
5:20 p.m. – NO BS! BRASS BAND main stage
6:30 p.m. – LAITH AL-SAADI
Laith Al-Saadi has been a staple of the Detroit music scene for most of his adult life. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, this talented 34 year old began singing at age 4 and began playing guitar at 13. At 15 years old Al- Saadi formed his first blues band, “Blue Vinyl”. By the time he was 18 years old they had opened for Blues greats like Buddy Guy, Luther Allison, Son Seals, and Taj Mahal and toured the Netherlands. After graduating from High School, Al-Saadi attended the University of Michigan where he recieved a degree in Jazz Guitar and Bass. During his college years, Al-Saadi was a member of the Johnny Trudell Orchestra and freelanced with many of Detroit’s greats like Thornetta Davis, Jocelyn B, The Reefermen. In 2004 Al-Saadi was the lead singer/guitarist of the Detroit Lion’s pep band. Since 2000, Laith Al-Saadi has enjoyed growing success as the Detroit area’s premier singer and guitarist. Working relentlessly around town, Al-Saadi generally can be found playing at least 5 nights a week.
7:20 p.m. – DEEP BLUE WATER SAMBA
7:30 p.m. – JUNIOR BROWN
With his unique voice, more unique songwriting craft, and even more unique double necked “Guit-Steel”, there has absolutely never been anyone like Junior Brown. Born l952 in Cottonwood, AZ., Junior showed musical talent at an early age playing little melodies on the family piano before he could talk. Curiosity led him to an old guitar in his grandparents’ attic, thus setting the stage for a lifelong interest in the steel strings. So what more does one say in an attempt to describe a truly one-of-a-kind music legend, who is doing what he does better now than ever before? How does someone describe the indescribable to one who hasn’t seen or heard? What comes to mind for me is the title to one of Junior’s early albums which refers cleverly to his creation, the “Guit—Steel”, the instrument consolidating standard and steel guitars allowing him to switch mid-song between the two while singing. The title of the album simply states the best advice that can be offered: GUIT WITH IT!
8:20 p.m. – NO BS! BRASS BAND march
8:30 p.m. – WAILERS
Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. They have also been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East.
Drummer Carlton “Carlie” Barrett died in 1987, leaving his brother as the main beneficiary of the Wailers’ mantle. Subsequent line-ups have revolved around Family Man, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest bass players. Modest and unassuming, he was present on all of those unforgettable performances by Bob Marley & The Wailers from the seventies. Family Man continues to be the main axis of the current Wailers – a group that’s one of the last, great reggae institutions, yet which refuses to live off past glories. That’s because Family Man represents tried and trusted roots authenticity and, along with the Wailers, injects fresh excitement into a show that continues to attract enthusiastic audiences from around the world.
Their nucleus formed in 1969, when Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh recruited the Barrett brothers – bassist Aston “Family Man” and drummer Carly – from Lee Perry’s Upsetters to play on hits such as Lively Up Yourself, Trenchtown Rock, Duppy Conqueror, and many more besides. Inspired by Rastafari and their ambitions of reaching an international audience, this is the line-up that pioneered roots rock reggae, and signed to Island Records in 1971. Bunny and Peter left two years later. It was at this point that the in-demand Barrett brothers – whose rhythms also underpinned innumerable seventies’ reggae hits by other acts – assumed the title of Wailers, and backed Marley on the group’s international breakthrough album, Natty Dread. Under Family Man’s musical leadership, they then partnered Bob Marley on the succession of hit singles and albums that made him a global icon, winner of several Lifetime Achievement awards, and Jamaica’s best-loved musical superstar.