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FORD STAGE - SHOWCASE ARTISTS

Artists have been selected by a special showcase committee to pick the best of the best in Detroit talent. Artists spanning dance, theatre, music, and more will be located on two adjacent stages, and these are performances you don't want to miss. 

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Joe Jaber and The Last Divide - 2:00pm

Jaber’s deep, resonant voice is perfectly married to the hearty old-school country rock he throws down with ease. He is a classic songwriter, and his shows mix deep insights with beer-swigging good times. There is unmistakable maturity and depth in Joe’s vocals, lyrics and musicianship, evocative of his studio heroes.

 
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Mack Avenue Dance Company - 2:35pm

MADC is a pre-professional student company of dancers age 14 and up. Company members’ work with experienced teachers and guest artists from around the world, exposing them to varied teaching and choreographic styles. MADC cultivates serious-minded dancers and equips them with the technique, strength, consistency, refinement, artistry, knowledge, and professionalism necessary to pursue a college education or career in dance.

 
 
 
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Ballet Detroit - 3:10pm

The Ballet Detroit Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers a select group of exceptional ballet students the opportunity to receive a world-class Vaganova method classical ballet education, in the beautiful setting of the Detroit Opera House. Artistic Director and Ballet Master, Sergey Rayevskiy, brings together the highest quality instructors from around the world to attain the training, exposure and performances required to weave this remarkable ballet opportunity into the fabric of Detroit's rich artistic community. 

 

 
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Eisenhower Dance Detroit - 3:45pm

Eisenhower Dance Detroit has spent the past 26 years giving life to the repertoire of internationally known choreographers, as well as the highly acclaimed work of Founding Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower. This year, Eisenhower Dance begins a new chapter as Stephanie Pizzo assumes the role of Artistic Director of Eisenhower Dance.  Established in metro Detroit by Eisenhower in 1991, the Company presents an annual subscription series and tours internationally.  

 
 
 
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Contexture Dance - 4:20pm

ConteXture Dance Detroit is a non-profit contemporary modern dance company based in Detroit. Its mission, as part of the burgeoning arts explosion in the city, is to explore and expand the urban dance identity of Detroit. Through advanced training and performance opportunities, ConteXture is developing a local corps of professional dancers in an effort to establish Detroit as a nationally recognized center of dance.

 
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JunesFlow - 4:45pm

Upon the release of his newest single "Wake And Bake", emerging rap-artist JuneBug is on the fast track to adding to the major music success that Detroit has been contributing. His latest effort, produced by Mark Cooper, instantly puts the listener in a melodic, pure Hip-Hop zone that every "Head" can respect. As an unsigned, seasoned lyricist and song-writer, the rare elements of combining head-nodding lyrics with smooth, sharp delivery is what June knows best.

 
 
 
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Carl B. Phillips - 5:30pm

Carl B. Phillips is a gospel-recording artist, songwriter and producer from Detroit, MI. Carl has performed live in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, Atlanta and Chicago. His television appearances include, TV-57 Atlanta Live, The Dorinda Show on TCT Network and Dr. Bobby Jones Presents on the Impact Network. Locally, Carl has performed in the Ferndale Front Porch Concert Series and he performed during the 2017 Michigan State Fair. Carl’s goal in life is to spread good news with uplifting music.

 
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Steffanie Christi'an - 6:05pm

Whether in front of an audience of 10 or a crowd of 10,000, singer, songwriter, and performer Steffanie Christi’an commands the stage with an electrifying blend of grit and sensuality. Singing before she could speak, she bares her soul in her lyrics and awes listeners with her soaring vocals. She has performed with a variety of artists including MacArthur award winner Taylor Mac and hip-hop legend Talib Kweli, and has released four independent EP’s, and traveled the world rocking stages from Chicago to Australia. 

 

 
 
 
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MUNDOMETAL - 6:40pm

MundoMeTAL combines classical, world, and free jazz influences in a progressive, improvisational jazz-rock framework. They draw their inspiration from such diverse musical influences as Aaron Copland, Gustav Holst, and Igor Stravinsky of the Classical world, as well as such ethnic influences like "Moroccan Rocker" Hassan Hakmoun. You will hear Brazilian batucada, Free Jazz, Latin, Funk, and more.

 
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Lufuki & Divine Providence - 7:15pm

Lu Fuki is the bandleader of Divine Providence based out of Detroit, MI. As a jazz collective, Divine Providence combines elements of classical, rock, and world music giving a unique sound. The collective focuses on connecting hearts through sound, as a means of facing challenges in an uncertain time, in order to promote solidarity, freedom, and social action.

 
 
 
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Carolyn Striho - 7:50pm

Detroiter Carolyn Striho has a well-deserved reputation as a vibrant, dynamic performer, singer, musician and songwriter whose music makes you think. A frequent Detroit Music Award winner, Carolyn has received 11 Detroit Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award and Grammy 2018 Ballot Best Rock Album for “Afterthought.” Carolyn’s performed and recorded with Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, Iggy Pop, Tori Amos, Sinead O'Connor, The Ramones, Thornetta Davis, Grace Jones and more.

 
 
 

 

FORD STAGE SHOWCASE ARTIST ARCHIVE

2017 SHOWCASE ARTISTS

Hardcore Detroit - PuppetART Detroit - King Moore - Detroit children's Choir - Jennifer Harge - Sumkali - Sphinx - Ted Nagy - Dan Tillery - Detroit Public Theater - Shakespeare in Detroit