WDET is turning 70 and we want to celebrate with you. Join us Wednesday, July 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Sosnick Courtyard — a beautiful secluded outdoor venue behind the DSO at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. This event is free and open to the public.
There will be live local music, as well as food and beverages available. Bring your lawn chair and blanket. Enjoy community, food trucks, beverages and, most importantly, local music. The eclectic musical lineup features:
Johnyce — Voted Fan Favorite, WDET’s 2019 Tiny Desk Contest
Johnyce, who will perform at 6 p.m., was born and raised on the Westside of Detroit. Johnyce has performed on many stages and opened for many great names such as The Jackson’s, Dru Hill, Eric Benet, Morris Day, Avery Sunshine, Vivian Green, and Maimouna Youssef (MuMu Fresh).
Ismael Ahmed & The Earth Island Drummers with special guest Lana Mini’s Oriental Dancers
At 7 p.m., the host of WDET’s This Island Earth, Ismael Ahmed, will spin dance music from across the globe accompanied by several of Detroit's most legendary percussionists. Special guest Lana Mini and her troupe are considered one of the region’s finest Oriental dance ensembles.
Will Sessions with Dames Brown
To round out the night, Detroit funk outfit Will Sessions is joining forces at 8:30 p.m. with Dames Brown, a vocal ensemble from Detroit who puts on an electrifying performance.
Together, the eleven-piece group performs music from their latest collaborative LP, “The One.” Since their inception in 2007, Will Sessions have established themselves as one of Detroit’s must-see live bands, with a work ethic and varied musical output that reflects their city’s roots.
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