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Fresh Air Friday Performances At The DIA

Monday, May 24, 2004

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is giving visitors the best of both worlds, watching fantastic Friday night performances outside … and enjoying workshops, tours and other activities inside. Bring your chairs and blankets beginning June 11, when the DIA’s Friday evening acts entertain on the north lawn of the museum. In addition, hot dogs, ice cream and refreshments, including beer and wine will be available on the circle drive of the museum, at the Woodward Plaza Café. Before and after the performance, visitors can take advantage of the many activities inside the museum.

The outdoor Friday performances will kick off during the Detroit Festival of the Arts on June 11 and run through the Marshall Field’s First Friday on September 5. Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, performances will be moved indoors. Below is the line-up for June.

June 11 - Fine Arts Friday
Motor City Brass Band
Motor City Brass Band is a modern American brass band in the British tradition. It is composed of 27 skilled brass and percussion players who perform a wide variety of musical styles on authentic instruments.

June 18 - Jazz Friday
The Music of Louis Jordan
Wendell Harrison, accompanied by great Detroit musicians, relives the music of Louis Jordan, a legendary saxophonist. The band performs famous songs such as Let the Good Times Roll, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Beans and Cornbread and Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens.

June 25 - Family Friday
Benny Cruz y La Buena Vida
Award winning Latin band Benny Cruz y la Buena Vida will present a fun family-oriented program, which includes interaction on stage for both young and old. Learn basic Latin rhythms and dance steps and then show your talent alongside this wonderful band. Families can also enjoy sing along as the band plays some Latin standards along with their own award-winning original compositions.