2018 FEATURED ARTISTS
Madison Central Stage
More information on featured artists and performance schedule coming soon!
Signed to Motown Records in 1969, The Jackson 5 recorded their first number one hit at Hitsville, U.S.A. on West Grand Boulevard, forever linking the Jackson family and the City of Detroit. Under the guidance of Motown CEO Berry Gordy, the Jacksons were among the first groups of African American performers to attain a crossover following, and went on to release hit after hit - essentially transforming the musical landscape and bringing the world’s attention to Detroit.
Their infectious brand of funky pop-soul was a definite departure from the typically smooth, elegant Motown sound, as befitting the group's youth and the dawn of a new decade. That youth, coupled with the merchandising juggernaut that sprang up behind them, led to global acclaim. To this day, their music still holds up extremely well as some of the most vibrant mainstream pop/R&B of its era.
Ben Daniels Band
A natural poet, this young songwriter went to school on Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, and Jack White, among others. His lyrics speak directly to a younger generation that hears, sees, and thinks about the very things he’s writing. From their opening song to the finale of their set, the Ben Daniels Band cuts through with their originality, musicianship, and a sound that spans Americana, blues, jazz, and rock.
Actor, writer, and musician, Emmy Award-winning Jeff Daniels has authored approximately 400 songs, played 300 gigs, and tours with his son’s band, the Ben Daniels Band. Perhaps best known for his roles as Will McAvoy on HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ and Harry Dunne on ‘Dumb and Dumber’, Daniels’ performance career spans the big screen, television, stage, and more . Also the founder of The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan, Daniels has currently written 15 plays and has worked with a multitude of actors eager for his artistic wisdom and experience.
Mark Farner's American band
Legendary all-American frontman and guitarist Mark Farner was the engine that pulled one of the most beloved bands of the 70s, hailing from Flint, MI to the top of the charts. Today he is a platinum recording artist 30 times over. At age 67, Farner commands the stage with the same intensity and outpouring of love as he did at 20 during the summer of ’69, and his fans are still flocking to their captain. Farner's synergy and open heart come through in epic hits that defined a generation—“I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home),” “We’re An American Band,” a recut of “The Loco-Motion,” and “Some Kind of Wonderful.”
Will Sessions and his band have established themselves as one of Detroit’s must-see live bands, with a work ethic and a varied musical output that reflects their city’s roots. After cutting their teeth as the house band is at the infamous Motor City Funk Night parties, the band went on to release a series of singles on the FNR label, as well as LPs like the instant-classic Elmatic, Kindred, and Mixtakes video/album series. In 2016, Will Sessions started their own record label, Sessions Sounds. The group is also known for high-profile collaborations with the likes of Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village, Elzhi, Black Milk, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Eminem, DJ Dez/Andrez, Jeremy Ellis, Wendell Harrison, and Griz.
Stevie Wonder's "Innervisions" - Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Complexions was founded in 1994 by Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary Desmond Richardson with a singular approach to reinventing dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures. Today, Complexions represents one of the most recognized and respected performing arts brands in the World. Having presented an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement, Complexions is poised to continue its mission of bring unity to the world one dance at a time.
One of Detroit’s most beloved and powerful musicians has branched out and put a dynamite musical act together, and it’s called the Craig Brown Band. Their debut full-length album, ‘The Lucky Ones Forget’ is now available on Third Man Records. It’s a long-player filled with songs about heartbreak, fishing and vans—built upon the work of those daring punks of yore who embraced country music. Whatever the band and whatever the avenue, Craig brings effortless musicianship and his damaged honkey-tonk howl to the mix.
DMW FEATURED ARTIST ARCHIVE
2017 FEATURED ARTISTS GALLERY
Aretha Franklin - TUXEDO feat. Mayer Hawthorn and Jake One - DJ DNICE - Larry Callahan& Selected of God Choir - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels - Laith Al-Saadi - Josh Gracin - Obed Succarri PanaMO - Sean Blackman IN TRANSIT