Spirit of the Suffragettes Feat. OSHUN and Mourning [A] BLKstar
Aug
13
5:00 PM17:00

Spirit of the Suffragettes Feat. OSHUN and Mourning [A] BLKstar

OSHUN and Mourning [A] BLKstar perform as part of "Spirit of the Suffragettes," an 8-part music series and community resource fair showcasing women and gender non-conforming musicians, from international to local, featuring free music, arts activities and food!

5-8 PM Tue 8/13 OSHUN (www.oshuniverse.com)

FREE

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Mourning [A] BLKstar / Talie / Shepherds at PhilaMOCA
Aug
11
8:30 PM20:30

Mourning [A] BLKstar / Talie / Shepherds at PhilaMOCA

Mourning [A] BLKstar wants to communicate their vision and love for the community while collectively creating greater opportunities to create and share.
https://mourningablkstar.com/ https://mourningablkstar.bandcamp.com/ Talie
philly based haitian girl who be singing sometimes
https://taliemusic.bandcamp.com/releases https://soundcloud.com/taliemusic Shepherds
The healing hand and surgeon’s scalpel are intertwined on Shepherds’ new album ​Insignificant Whip​. The art-rock masterpiece encases the band’s vulnerable wisdom in flighty melodies that burn with intimacy and fragility as singer/lyricists Jonathan Merenivitch and Adrian Benedykt Świtoń address everything from toxic masculinity and Catholic guilt to Youtube comments and Tupac Shakur. Since their 2011 EP ​Holy Stain,​ the band have received accolades for their taut analyses of social ills and the resulting strain on body and mind, but even the skeletal no-wave that defined their early sound was bound with, in the broadest sense of the word, soul. The band’s ability to confront their deepest insecurities and doubts is more than simple catharsis, it serves to illuminate deeper questions of existence and identity, and frame them in context of systemic oppression, discrimination, and isolation. The band's expansive new LP "Insignificant Whip" will be released on Arrowhawk Records in 2019 - Russell Rockwell
https://shepherds.bandcamp.com/

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6th Annual Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival
Aug
10
to Aug 11

6th Annual Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

  • Court Square Avenue Springfield, MA, 01103 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2019 marks the sixth season of Springfield Jazz & Roots, an annual celebration that brings roughly ten thousand people together in the heart of downtown Springfield. Presented by Blues to Green, this internationally heralded festival draws visitors from throughout the Northeast and has become a powerful expression of civic pride, uniting our region’s diverse cultural communities through music, arts, education, and revelry.

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Mourning A BLKstar at Race Street Brew Works
Aug
9
8:00 PM20:00

Mourning A BLKstar at Race Street Brew Works

Mourning [A] BLKstar is a multi-generational, gender and genre non-conforming amalgam of Black Culture dedicated to servicing the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora. Creating songs of both eulogy and revolution, the expansion of 21st century Black consciousness is felt in waves through Ohio’s Mourning [A] BLKstar. A force that has deep conviction, purpose, and weight, songs are voiced through a lens of chopped up drum grooves, stark melodies, washed-out synth tones, and historic sample pulls.


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Earthquaker Day 2019 - Mourning [A] BLKstar / Pleasure Leftists / The Beyonderers
Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Earthquaker Day 2019 - Mourning [A] BLKstar / Pleasure Leftists / The Beyonderers

EarthQuaker Day is two parts music festival, three parts customer appreciation day, one-part effects pedal factory open house, one-part guitar show, one-part art installation, and one-part street fair; with a pinch of carnival fun & games, and a side of bazaar - a collection of like-minded, enthusiastic, and talented individuals coming together for one day on August 3, 2019 in celebration of the quirkiness, innovation, and “anything goes” attitude that makes Akron, Ohio the-heart-of-it-all in The Heart of It All - a wonderful place to live and work.

https://www.earthquakerday.com/

Don't forget that there are FREE concerts all weekend! We have brought you a wide range of sonic pleasures folks, make sure you attend all the shows!

Friday 8/2
Musica
Doors: 8:00pm / Show: 9:00pm
The Beyonderers / Pleasure Leftists / Mourning [A] BLKstar

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Mourning [A] BLKstar with Combo Chimbita at Beachland Tavern
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar with Combo Chimbita at Beachland Tavern


Through her folkloric mystique, otherworldly psychedelia, and a dash of enigmatic punk, Ahomale by Combo Chimbita catapults the sacred knowledge of our forebears into the future. Their second studio album and Anti- Records debut sees the visionary quartet drawing from ancestral mythologies and musical enlightenment to unearth the awareness of Ahomale, the album’s cosmic muse. Comprised of Carolina Oliveros’ mesmeric contralto, illuminating storytelling and fierce guacharaca rhythms, Prince of Queens’ hypnotic synth stabs and grooving bass lines, Niño Lento’s imaginative guitar licks, and Dilemastronauta’s powerful drumming, the lure and lore of Combo Chimbita comes into existence.

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Mourning [A] BLKstar at Nelsonville Music Festival
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar at Nelsonville Music Festival

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! The 15th annual Nelsonville Music Festival takes place June 6-9, 2019 in Nelsonville, Ohio featuring many musical acts in four days on multiple stages along with on-site camping, artisan vendors, kids activities, food, a beer garden, and more. The lineup includes Death Cab for Cutie, Mavis Staples, Tyler Childers, The Breeders, Mandolin Orange, Thee Oh Sees, The Wood Brothers, Todd Snider, Allah-Las, Bully, The War and Treaty, Darlingside, Julia Jacklin, Molly Burch, Town Mountain, Michael Hurley, Mattson 2, JJUUJJUU, The Brother Brothers, Death Valley Girls, Steve Poltz, Laura Gibson, The Huntress and Holder of Hands, Orkesta Mendoza, Campdogzz, The National Reserve, Skyway Man, Hubby Jenkins, Radattack, and Streetlamps for Spotlights, with many more to be announced! Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon.
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Mourning [A] BLKstar with U.S. Girls
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar with U.S. Girls

This year marks a significant anniversary for U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi-disciplinary artist, Meg Remy. 10 years ago Remy first used a 4-track recorder and a microphone to self-produce a series of spontaneous, starkly musical, ‘instant expressions’. These collisions of static, clang and sung melody seem in retrospect like a uniquely American display of minimalism, an unmistakably feminine counterbalance to Nebraska or Rev & Vega’s early sonic confrontations. In contrast, her latest work for 4AD, In A Poem Unlimited, Remy’s 6th album and 2nd LP for the label, was painstakingly crafted in multiple studios by a creative cast of 20+ collaborators. Remy traverses an immediate and increasingly politicized vision over the course of this decade of work. And while U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.

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Mourning [A] BLKstar with U.S. Girls
Jun
6
8:00 PM20:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar with U.S. Girls

This year marks a significant anniversary for U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi-disciplinary artist, Meg Remy. 10 years ago Remy first used a 4-track recorder and a microphone to self-produce a series of spontaneous, starkly musical, ‘instant expressions’. These collisions of static, clang and sung melody seem in retrospect like a uniquely American display of minimalism, an unmistakably feminine counterbalance to Nebraska or Rev & Vega’s early sonic confrontations. In contrast, her latest work for 4AD, In A Poem Unlimited, Remy’s 6th album and 2nd LP for the label, was painstakingly crafted in multiple studios by a creative cast of 20+ collaborators. Remy traverses an immediate and increasingly politicized vision over the course of this decade of work. And while U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.

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Mourning [A] BLKstar + Brittany Campbell at BaB
Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

Mourning [A] BLKstar + Brittany Campbell at BaB

Swinging by on their tour with U.S. Girls, we're somehow gonna squeeze all 8 of the members of Mourning [A] BLKstar in our humble space!

M[A]B is a multi-generational, gender and genre non-conforming amalgam of Black Culture dedicated to servicing the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora. Creating songs of both eulogy and revolution, the expansion of 21st century black consciousness is felt in waves through Ohio’s Mourning A BLKstar. A force that has deep conviction, purpose, and weight, songs are voiced through a lens of chopped up drum grooves, stark melodies, washed-out synth tones, and historic sample pulls.

Plus local Brittany Campbell!

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Mourning [A] BLKstar with U.S. Girls
Jun
4
8:00 PM20:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar with U.S. Girls

This year marks a significant anniversary for U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi-disciplinary artist, Meg Remy. 10 years ago Remy first used a 4-track recorder and a microphone to self-produce a series of spontaneous, starkly musical, ‘instant expressions’. These collisions of static, clang and sung melody seem in retrospect like a uniquely American display of minimalism, an unmistakably feminine counterbalance to Nebraska or Rev & Vega’s early sonic confrontations. In contrast, her latest work for 4AD, In A Poem Unlimited, Remy’s 6th album and 2nd LP for the label, was painstakingly crafted in multiple studios by a creative cast of 20+ collaborators. Remy traverses an immediate and increasingly politicized vision over the course of this decade of work. And while U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.

SOLD OUT

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Mourning [A] BLKstar/Talie/Shepards at PhilaMOCA
Jun
4
12:00 PM12:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar/Talie/Shepards at PhilaMOCA

We want to communicate their vision and love for the community while collectively creating greater opportunities to create and share.
https://mourningablkstar.com/
https://mourningablkstar.bandcamp.com/

Talie
philly based haitian girl who be singing sometimes
https://taliemusic.bandcamp.com/releases
https://soundcloud.com/taliemusic

Shepherds
The healing hand and surgeon’s scalpel are intertwined on Shepherds’ new album ​Insignificant Whip​. The art-rock masterpiece encases the band’s vulnerable wisdom in flighty melodies that burn with intimacy and fragility as singer/lyricists Jonathan Merenivitch and Adrian Benedykt Świtoń address everything from toxic masculinity and Catholic guilt to Youtube comments and Tupac Shakur. Since their 2011 EP ​Holy Stain,​ the band have received accolades for their taut analyses of social ills and the resulting strain on body and mind, but even the skeletal no-wave that defined their early sound was bound with, in the broadest sense of the word, soul. The band’s ability to confront their deepest insecurities and doubts is more than simple catharsis, it serves to illuminate deeper questions of existence and identity, and frame them in context of systemic oppression, discrimination, and isolation. The band's expansive new LP "Insignificant Whip" will be released on Arrowhawk Records in 2019 - Russell Rockwell
https://shepherds.bandcamp.com/

PhilaMOCA
531 N. 12th Street
http://www.philamoca.org

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Mourning [A] BLKstar with U.S. Girls
Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar with U.S. Girls

This year marks a significant anniversary for U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi-disciplinary artist, Meg Remy. 10 years ago Remy first used a 4-track recorder and a microphone to self-produce a series of spontaneous, starkly musical, ‘instant expressions’. These collisions of static, clang and sung melody seem in retrospect like a uniquely American display of minimalism, an unmistakably feminine counterbalance to Nebraska or Rev & Vega’s early sonic confrontations. In contrast, her latest work for 4AD, In A Poem Unlimited, Remy’s 6th album and 2nd LP for the label, was painstakingly crafted in multiple studios by a creative cast of 20+ collaborators. Remy traverses an immediate and increasingly politicized vision over the course of this decade of work. And while U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.
Click here for tickets

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Stoop Fest
Apr
19
8:30 PM20:30

Stoop Fest

StoopFest is returning for its fourth year!

With the goal of inclusivity in mind, Lansing's own DIY arts, music, and comedy festival is back this Spring -- and for the first time ever will include a second night! Join us for the first ever StoopFest pre-show on the evening of Friday, April 19. The following day StoopFest kicks off its traditional day long showcase of creative potential and community.

See you at Stoop!

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Mourning [A] BLKstar w/ Ben LaMar Gay, DJ King Hippo
Apr
10
9:00 PM21:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar w/ Ben LaMar Gay, DJ King Hippo

9PM DOORS | 9:30PM SHOW

Mourning [a] BLKstar (Cleveland, OH)
https://mourningablkstar.com/
Ben LaMar Gay Quartet
https://intlanthem.bandcamp.com/album/downtown-castles-can-never-block-the-sun
DJ King Hippo
https://www.mixcloud.com/KingHippo/stream/

Creating songs of both eulogy and revolution, the expansion of 21st century black consciousness is felt in waves through Ohio’s Mourning [A] BLKstar. A force that has deep conviction, purpose, and weight, songs are voiced through the a lens of chopped up drum grooves, stark melodies, washed-out synth tones, and historic sample pulls. On “The Garner Poems” the group traffics their signature gritty strain of DIY Afrofuturist soul music, balancing hip-hop production techniques with lo-fi experimentation to create a sonic suite that eulogizes victims of police brutality, including Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, as well as bringing forth a conversation that aligns with the political and emotional state of this world. “The Garner Poems” are modern day spirituals of reverence and despair that serve as both a force of light and a schematic for hope, survival, and independence.

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Brite Winter Fest 2019
Feb
23
12:00 PM12:00

Brite Winter Fest 2019

There might be snow… there might be sun, but this is Cleveland and we’ve come out to play in the middle of winter! As a community funded and organized event, all of our official programing is free and open to the public, and is made possible largely by support of our attendees. Want to know what you can expect? Check out last year's event guide and check back for regular updates on Brite 2019.

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Jah Division Reunion and Record Release featuring Mourning [A] BLKstar
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Jah Division Reunion and Record Release featuring Mourning [A] BLKstar

So honored to join our friends Jah Division at our favorite venue in New York (Secret Project Robot) in their celebration of their record release.

Jah Division

A supergroup born of Brooklyn’s early 21st century DIY scene, Jäh Division’s sole 2004 12-inch Dub Will Tear Us Apart earned them an instant infamy for their psychedelic dub interpretations of Joy Division classics. Featuring members of Home and Oneida and recorded in the literal shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge, Jäh Division grew from a joke between roommates Brad Truax and Barry London into a rolling improv collective that included members of Animal Collective and Oneida, among others. 

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Mourning [A] BLKstar & Black Folks Don't Swim? & Lightmare
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar & Black Folks Don't Swim? & Lightmare

An eclectic, genre non-conforming and gender nonconforming Cleveland band that uses music to confront issues of racism, oppression and police violence Mourning A BLKstar are celebrating the release of their second album "The Garner Poems" on Electric Cowbell Records at Rhizome. The collective incorporates hip-hop production with lo-fi, washed-out synth, jazz instrumentation and audio samples from significant moments in history.

Lightmare is an up-and-coming six-person soulpunk arrangement out of Washington, D.C. making songs about love, death, and revolution, in any order and definitely overlapping. Smooth and sharp, warm and galvanizing, punchy, political and personal. Their set is guaranteed to get your body moving and your feelings flowing. 

Black Folks Don't Swim? are gender diverse purveyors of funkified soul shake down sounds. DMV Based. Founded by Queer Black Womxn.

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Mourning [A] BLKstar at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Creating songs of both eulogy and revolution, the expansion of 21st century black consciousness is felt in waves through Ohio’s Mourning A BLKstar. A force that has deep conviction, purpose, and weight, songs are voiced through a lens of chopped up drum grooves, stark melodies, washed-out synth tones, and historic sample pulls.

On their sophomore album, The Garner Poems (out October 26th on Electric Cowbell), the group traffics their signature gritty strain of DIY Afrofuturist soul music, balancing hip-hop production techniques with lo-fi experimentation to create a sonic suite that eulogizes victims of police brutality, including Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, as well as bringing forth a conversation that aligns with the political and emotional state of this world. The Garner Poems are modern day spirituals of reverence and despair that serve as both a force of light and a schematic for hope, survival, and independence.

Bandleader, producer, and keyboardist, RA Washington expresses what makes this new album special, “For us this record is a reflection of our growth as a group and the permanent addition of instrumentalists Theresa May (trumpet), William Washington (trombone). While the first record was really an experiment, this record represents a deep concern with us. Can we be of service to our celebration and our mourning? Can we be authentic in our collective response to oppression? In many ways I began many of the pieces thinking of Duke Ellington’s concept of the ‘78 suite (78 RPM) and how could we within the confines of a pop lexicon extend the conversation to be interconnected song after song without seeming forced. I think we achieved that and it’s an exciting time to be creating even in the midst of so much uncertainty.”

The Garner Poems is ten tracks strong, which RA elaborates, “For many compositions for “Garner” I wanted to explore the dirge both as an extension of our genetic memory but also to implore the ancestors to visit in celebration and affirmation of our time making this country now called America. “These Stars Collide” “The Box” and the title song “Garner Poem” has some element of the funeral dirge that goes back to field chants and the talking drum.”

Mourning [A] BLKstar describes themselves as “a multi-generational, gender and genre non-conforming amalgam of Black Culture dedicated to servicing the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora.” The name of the group finds a shared passageway to multiple worlds and reflects the importance of the music, showing honor and acknowledgement to the lives that’ve died at the hands of police, along with the beauty and expressive legacy of African-American artistry.

RA concludes, “Rarely are you given the platform to make conceptual art and place it in a commercial marketplace, so we are humbled and committed to making art that speaks to our political concerns and allows for the human joy that is funky ass drums and great grooves in service and in revolt. Riot music for the last days.” The Garner Poems is a perfect example of art created through resilience, spirit, and community that continues to strengthen in modern times in the face of police brutality, hate rhetoric, and divisive politics.

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Mourning [A] BLKstar w/ Konjur Collective, $100 Girlfriend
Jan
24
7:30 PM19:30

Mourning [A] BLKstar w/ Konjur Collective, $100 Girlfriend

Mourning A BLKstar "The Garner Poems"
Konjur Collective Mission 
$100 Girlfriend

Doors 7:30, Show 8:30, ALL AGES
$12 admission

Purchase Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/servlet/s/38174867

RA Washington was left bewildered after the murder of his close friend. He felt reflective and drifted into in a creative crisis. Disillusioned by the idea of making a living as an artist, he was unsure if his future as a poet and beat maker was sustainable. He knew that he needed a new spark --new voices around him-- and he soon found it as he invited long time friends, LaToya Kent, and James Long to record over new beats, crafted in honor of his lost friend. It was not long before the group began to realize that they had something special. After bringing Jazz singer, Kyle Kidd into the mix, they began to record their first record, “Blk Musak,” which explores a conversation between iconic symbols and concepts that have historically sustained marginalized people-- the heart of black music.

Mourning [A] BLKstar wants to communicate their vision and love for the community while collectively creating greater opportunities to create and share.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Free Admission Day at Rock Hall
Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Free Admission Day at Rock Hall

Music was an integral part to the Civil Rights Movement, and musicians often stood alongside Dr. King during many of his appearances in the name of racial justice. From 2018 Inductees Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the Freedom Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Sam Cooke, musicians have regularly played a role in advocating for social change.

Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy live performances, an art demonstration, education programs, and family activities that highlight how people have used music to find their voice and create a sense of community. The event will be emceed and DJ’d by Jason Walker. The Rock Hall’s many exhibits, including its featured Stay Tuned: Rock on TV, showcase how artists have used popular music to communicate ideas and incite social change.

Service in the spirit of Dr. King, the Rock Hall will also take donations of hats, scarves, gloves and other cold weather clothes to benefit Clevelanders in need.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change)

10:15 a.m. FILM: STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN (Rated PG, 1 hr 56 minutes), Foster Theater

An evocative profile of Motown's studio musicians known as the Funk Brothers, the house band that backed The Temptations, The Supremes, The Miracles, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Mary Wells, among others.

10:30 a.m. PERFORMANCE BY RAINEY INSTITUTE DANCE TEAM, Klipsch Audio Main Stage

11 a.m.-4 p.m. FAMILY ACTIVITIES, Voinovich Atrium (Lower Level)

Enjoy crafts and activities such as creating your own protest signs and adding to the Rock Hall’s dream wall.

12:30 p.m. ALBUM SPOTLIGHT: JANET JACKSON’S CONTROL, Foster Theater

Listen to 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Janet Jackson's classic 1986 album Control like never before! Rock Hall experts introduce the album and audience members are encouraged to share their Janet Jackson memories.

1:00 p.m. PERFORMANCE BY JUL BIG GREEN, Klipsch Audio Main Stage

A soul rock fusion band from Cleveland.

1:30 p.m. CLEVELAND IS THE CITY: A FAMILY EDUCATIONAL SESSION, Foster Theater

Explore the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music. The class explores artists from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to LeVert and venues such as Leo’s Casino that helped to create the city’s culture.

2:30 p.m. ROCK & ROLL AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Learn how a range of artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy at Motown and rock & roll pioneer Fats Domino created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society.

3:00 p.m. PERFORMANCE BY MOURNING [A] BLKSTAR, Klipsch Audio Main Stage

A local self-described DIY Afrofuturist soul group that’s received national attention and acclaim for their music, which communicates their vision and love for the community while collectively creating greater opportunities to create and share.

3:30 p.m. FILM: STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN (Rated PG, 1 hr 56 minutes), Foster Theater

An evocative profile of Motown's studio musicians known as the Funk Brothers, the house band that backed The Temptations, The Supremes, The Miracles, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Mary Wells, among others.

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