I guess if you have an amazing event, you must do it again! That’s what the organizers of the Jazz Spectacular are thinking. On June 18th – Father’s Day – the stars will align once again at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. There will be a nice mix of vocal prowess, guitars and horns.
Well who do we have?
For all of you who are into creative vocal stylings, Eric Roberson and Avery Sunshine will take the stage. Eric’s popularity has been gaining steam since the release of the Earth EP. This is the first of the Earth, Wind & Fire trilogy that everyone is talking about. Avery Sunshine just released her latest album, and we actually just posted about that, along with a live performance video.
Do you like guitars? Well, Marc Antoine is on the bill. As of this writing, he has the number one Smooth Jazz track – Why Not. Since he hails from France, you can definitely hear and feel those influences, making him a unique artist. Since we are talking about International flavor, Jonathan Butler will also take the stage. I do not like to play favorites here, but the Jonathan Butler album is a classic. You know the one; One More Dance, Take Good Care Of Me, Lies. It just may be the best vocal jazz album…..
If the sax is your thing, they also have you covered. Michael Lington, Marion Meadows, and Paul Taylor will take care of you. Although he is originally from Denmark, Lington is the master of the old school Stax sound. Listen to any of his albums and you will hear those influences. Marion Meadows is a veteran, as he had been on the scene since 1990, and his tracks are equivalent to ear candy. Paul Taylor is an artist that is not afraid to take some chances when it comes to his music. He was one of the first jazz artists that incorporated EDM sounds, and the results are spectacular. This is in addition to the Reggae, Pop, and R&B styles that he is known for.
Oh, and I forgot to mention. The fusion stylings of Pieces of A Dream will round out the lineup. They have been recording since 1981, and their music has always been relevant.
This sounds like a great lineup, and if you have a dad that loves the smooth sounds of jazz and R&B, this is the show to attend.
The show starts at 6pm sharp. Doors open at 5:00.
Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights, MI