Congratulations to Detroit Music Weekend's 2017 Juried Showcase Artist Winners! These artists were 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.
Saturday, June 10th
DMW Open Concerts
Lear and Ford Showcase Stages
Ford Showcase Stage @ 12:00pm
Hardcore Detroit was established in 2001, a product of the Detroit subculture cultivated through the experiences and vision of designer/dancer Haleem "Stringz" Rasul. They present urban dance to the Detroit community & abroad, performing a wide range of urban street forms such as b-boy, popping, locking, house dance, and the Detroit style dance known as The Jit.
Lear Showcase Stage @ 12:15pm
Ballet Detroit is a development program for serious students of classical dance. Students are selected via audition and enter into year-long training program at the Detroit Opera House, under the direction of Sergey Rayevskiy.
Ford Showcase Stage @ 12:30pm
PuppetART has been delighting audiences in Downtown Detroit’s Entertainment District for 19 years, producing and performing puppet shows based on folktales from around the world. Their repertoire includes fan favorites like Snow Queen, Crane Maiden, Sleeping Beauty, and Oh, Ananse. In addition to their public performances, PuppetART also offers school field trip and workshops for participants of all ages.
Randal V Wilson & The ChoZen Few
Lear Showcase Stage @12:45pm
RANDAL “VELVET” WILSON & "The ChoZen Few" is a Detroit based, Progressive Jazz Quartet that features Original Music, and some cleverly arranged Jazz Standards. Randal was voted “Best Jazz Guitarist” by The Metro Times Readers Poll. This act has been labeled as “Far From Ordinary” and will indeed put a smile on your face.
FORD Showcase Stage @ 1:00pm
KING THOMAS MOORE is a 10-year-old performance poet and founder of the 12 & Under Super Cool Poetry Open Mic that gives kids the opportunity to express themselves through poetry and oratory skills.
Lear Showcase Stage @ 1:15pm
DeSEAN JONES / KNOMADIK – has evolved his original jazz sound to fuse a multitude of influences including funk, hip hop, bebop, and soul. He’s toured the world with numerous artists including Stevie Wonder, the Clark Sisters, Yolanda Adams, Underground Resistance, and Faith Evans.
Detroit Children's Choir
Ford Showcase Stage @ 1:30pm
Detroit Children's Choir is comprised of over 300 Southeast Michigan children, ages 8-18, who have a passion and love for singing. They receive training in music literacy, sight reading and vocal technique and perform works ranging from American heritage, classic children’s choral works, and texts in foreign languages.
Lear Showcase Stage @ 1:45pm
Jade Reynolds has been making music since she could reach the keys on the piano. She loves to write music, began composing her own songs when she was thirteen, and is currently working on an album of all original material. Jade will be pursuing a degree in the arts at Grand Valley State University in the fall.
Ford Showcase Stage @ 2:00pm
Jennifer Harge is a performer, art maker, and educator, currently holding lecturer appointments at Oakland University and the University of Michigan. Trained as a modern dancer, Harge’s work lies at the intersection of movement, performance art, African American culture, and choreographies of protest. Her creative work has been made for both site specific and proscenium stage performances and she holds an MFA from University of Iowa as a Dean’s Graduate Fellow and a BFA from University of Michigan.
Argentine Tango Detroit
Lear Showcase Stage @ 2:15pm
Argentine Tango/United States Tango Champions- Daniel y Amanda both come from dancing families, and have joined to form a dynamic dream team. Together they are the essence of tango: romance, connection, and passion.
Ford Showcase Stage @ 2:45pm
SUMKALI Blending Indian classical music with jazz, funk and folk music, Sumkali has found a way to do world fusion that works. For more than a decade, Sumkali has brought their unique blend of music to a wide array of audiences across the U.S. Drawing on influences from India to Mowtown, Sumkali is working on their 4th album and have been nominated for multiple Detroit Music Awards.
Detroit Windsor Dance
Lear Showcase Stage @ 3:00pm
Detroit Windsor Dance Academy is located in Detroit’s New Center One and is celebrating 33 seasons of dance. Founded by Executive Director Bruce Hunt and Artistic Director Debra White-Hunt BA, M.Ed, this premier Detroit gem has performed around the world and taught over 15,000 students, many who are dancing professionally throughout the world.
Ford Showcase Stage @ 3:15pm
Sphinx Organization is the Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Founded at the University of Michigan in 2016, the Ivalas Quartet is comprised of violinists Anita Dumar and Reuben Kebede, violist Caleb Georges, and cellist Pedro Sánchez. The quartet is deeply committed to sharing impassioned performances of repertoire both new and old as well as advocating for diversity in classical music.
Torch with a Twist
Lear Showcase Stage @ 3:30pm
"Torch With Twist" is Detroit's quintessential Olde-Timey Vaudevillian Variety Extravaganza. They combine Classic Jazz Standards with a variety of Circus & Sideshow acts & depending on circumstances & availability we produce the show to suit each gig & particular venue.
Lear Showcase Stage @ 4:30pm
DAN TILLERY has a personal mantra of ‘live, laugh, love, and rhyme’. A radiant and unpredictable character, fans never know what to expect when he jumps onstage and his newest EP release, ‘We Like To Have Fun!’, exemplifies this musical spontaneity.
Joel Fluent Greene
Lear Showcase Stage @ 4:15pm
JOEL FLUENT GREENE, acclaimed poet, presents a special performance with his father, veteran musician and composer, Charles Greene. A unique blend of spoken word, hip hop and jazz that you won't want to miss!
Detroit Public Theatre
Lear Showcase Stage @ 5:00pm
Detroit Public Theatre produces world-class plays and programs in the heart of Midtown’s thriving cultural district. We invite audiences to experience bold plays that illuminate the thrills, joys, and challenges of our shared human experience.
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
Lear Showcase Stage @ 4:45pm
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is one of Southeast Michigan’s most highly regarded cultural treasures. Founded by Rick Sperling in 1992 to address gaps in Metro Detroit arts education, Mosaic served 25 young artists in its inaugural year. Today, hundreds of youth from more than 50 Metro Detroit schools participate in Mosaic’s First, Second and Main Stage programs every year.
Sheakespeare in Detroit
Q-Line and DMW Festival Grounds
Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) aims to enhance and support the literacy, cultural, educational and financial growth of Detroit through outreach and site-specific performances. As pioneers of open-air Shakespeare in Detroit, the company produces exciting, live productions of Shakespeare’s works throughout the city to give access to both new and conventional theatre audiences.