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Macy's American Music Fridays
Now that the stunning photographs of Annie Leibovitz: American Music are in the galleries of the DIA, it only makes sense that the sounds of American music join the mix. Thanks to Macy's that's just what will happen every Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. during the exhibition, with live performances from some our greatest roots musicians, and up-comers. These concerts are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

The performers are:
Shahida Nurullah Sings the American Songbook
September 22

Shahida Nurullah presents the classics of great American composers from many genres. Her performance includes jazz, sixties and seventies pop, country and western and film. Joining Nurullah is an ensemble of some of the finest musicians working in the Detroit music scene. Listen to Shahida Nurullah: I Was Doing Alright (mp3)

Tish Hinojosa
September 29

Tish Hinojosa has enchanted, enlightened and entertained countless listeners with her distinctive cross-cultural music. In the process, she has become one of the most acclaimed and beloved artists in the contemporary Latin and folk scene. With a purity of voice and a vision that also embraces pop, rock, tejano and international styles into her music, she reflects modern America's multicultural richness with sincerity, heart and a winning musicality. Listen to Tish Hinojosa: Derechos De El Corazon (mp3)

October 6

Gaining recognition as one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles, Cantus enjoys a vigorous schedule of national tours and recording. Cantus' repertoire spans many periods and genres including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, contemporary works, folk music, spirituals and pop. The Washington Post called the singers' sound “beaming and elastic” and referred to their music-making as “spontaneous grace.” Listen to Cantus: Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (mp3)

Photo credits: Hubert Sumlin © 2003 Annie Leibovitz, courtesy of the artist. All Rights Reserved.
Hubert Sumlin
October 13

Hubert Sumlin was Howlin' Wolf's guitarist for twenty years and his imaginative playing influenced Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards, among others. When Hubert Sumlin plays guitar he takes you to his “world of Blues feeling”—from despair to ecstasy, from delicate grace to raw power, from lost to found. His style is original, personal and instantly recognizable. Make sure to see Sumlin's photograph, as featured in the Annie Leibovitz: American Music exhibition, while you're here.

Sarah Vaughan Tribute
October 20

Vocalist Naima Shambourger and the Detroit Jazz Masters celebrate the artistry of jazz great Sarah Vaughan. Vaughan's demonstration of control of timbre, articulation and dynamics was matched by infallible pitch, the rare ability to improvise harmonically, melodically, and rhythmically. Come hear the Detroit Jazz Masters recreate the music by the singer with the voice that comes along once in a lifetime.

It Came From Detroit: Live Music and Film
October 27

Listen to Detroit's own Dirtbombs in Rivera Court at 6:30 p.m. (free with museum admission) Then, at 7:30 p.m., see the premiere of It Came from Detroit, a feature length documentary exploring the raw energy of the Detroit garage band scene. The film follows bands such as the Henchmen, the Von Bondies and the Dirtbombs, and chronicles the evolution from underground obscurity to rock and roll renaissance. After the movie, the Witches and Outrageous Cherry perform live in the Detroit Film Theatre auditorium ($10 for film and performance). Tickets are available at the DFT Box Office, 313.833.3237.

November 3

The horns are hot and the percussion is heavy, but the aural magic of NOMO is found in minimalist-inspired keyboard loops, fuzzed-out bass, soulful group vocals and rolling blasts from the electric mbira. Listeners are led on a full color, intoxicating journey through the human soul, articulated through a global prism.

Terry Allen
November 10

Texas native Terry Allen is a singer, songwriter, musician and visual artist whose music is difficult to categorize strictly as “country.” Over the course of 11 albums, he has worked with many stars of the Austin and Lubbock music scenes, among them Lucinda Williams and David Byrne. Of his versatility, The Los Angeles Times said: “Those talents are eminently apparent in the Texan's exquisitely crafted, image-rich songs, in which he applies words and instrumental textures with the skill of a master painter—dabbing, brushing or smearing for the most powerful effect. There's not a wasted word or extraneous musical lick.” Listen to Terry Allen: Pedal Steal (mp3)

Dan Zanes and Friends - *An Evening of Social Music
November 17

Founding member of the Del Fuegos, Dan Zanes has, in recent years, started a record company and formed a band, performing music for children and their families. Zanes has released two CDs of folk music: Sea Music, “a collection of maritime songs including drinking, drowning, homesickness, and talking fish,” and Parades and Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected by Carl Sandburg for the American Songbag. Zanes and his usual scruffy troupe of singers and musicians drag these old time songs kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Zanes's photograph is also featured in the Annie Leibovitz: American Music exhibition.
*While this is not Zanes's typical family program, it is appropriate for all ages.

River Raisin Rag Revue
November 24

The River Raisin Ragtime Revue (R4) is a professional ragtime theater orchestra dedicated to educating and entertaining via the presentation of significant American music. R4 highlights the development of ragtime, our country's original musical style and transports the audience to the cultural and social conditions of turn-of-the-century America. Special emphasis is given to the contributions of African American composers and the obstacles they overcame in trying to gain acceptance in this unique, original art form. Listen to Joplin's: Make Believe Rag (mp3)
The Chrysanthemum: An Afro-American Intermezzo (mp3)

Flaco Jimenez
December 1

Flaco Jimenez' music is derived from many cultural backgrounds: from its original tex-mex style to honky-tonk country and rock-and-roll to the ever-present tejano music. His unique style has earned him five Grammy Awards, and he is just getting better. Jimenez conceived the idea of amending traditional tex-mex and tejano music by adding saxophone to rock-and-roll guitar with country flair. This, together with his talking accordion, creates a new sound of music. While you're here check out Jimenez's photograph in the Annie Leibovitz: American Music exhibition. Listen to Flaco Jimenez': Ojitos Negros (mp3)

El Vez
December 8

This Christmas since you have been good boys and girls, your favorite Mexican Elvis Santa brings his Merry MeX-mas 2006 show to the DIA. Get your MeX-mas shopping done so you see the best Mexican Elvis Christmas Show on Earth! “El Vez is more than an Elvis Impersonator...he is an Elvis translator, a goodwill ambassador for Latin culture.” - Rolling Stone. Listen to El Vez: I Was Doing Alright (mp3)

Whitfield Company
December 15

Detroit's own Whitfield Company shares inspirational gospel music, live in Rivera Court!

December 22

Here is your chance to show off your skill as a vocalist with your favorite popular tunes. Come join in the fun and compete for prizes and other surprises!

Seeley & Baldori
December 29

Bob Seeley and Bob Baldori combine their talents for an evening of extraordinary jazz, blues, boogie, stride and rock.

January 7

Continuum's name embodies the philosophy that new and old music form an unbroken tradition. They have performed throughout the United States, including appearances at the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress. The New York Times wrote, "Simply put, there is no musical organization in New York that produces more intellectually enticing or more viscerally satisfying programs than Continuum..."

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PHOTO: Lucinda Williams, Austin, Texas, 2001. Copyright © 2001 by Annie Leibovitz.