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Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1973

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Day
23
Month
April
Year
1973
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f People who got off on the music and the spirit at last year's Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival can look forward to another threeday blues and jazz jamboree at Otis Spann Memorial Field following the end of the Community Parks Program's free concert series on the same site every Sunday from June through August. This year's festival will be held the weekend of Sept. 7-8-9, the first weekend after the U-M students return to town for the fall, and will feature five major concerts of eontemporary black and black-based music. The Festival will open Friday evening. September 7th with Rooseveit Sykcs, Walter Horton and Carey Bell with the Boogie Brothers and Sister Sarah Brown; The Revolutionary Ensemble ( Leroy Jenkins, Sirone, and Jerome Coooer, representing Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) Hound Dog Taylor & and Hou seroc kers; l.eon Thomas, and the mighty Freddie King. The Saturday afternoon concert, titled MUSIC OF DETROIT.wili feature an extended session of Detroit blues as performed by a specially assembled group of Motor City blues veterans, many of whom are known to music lovers only by one or two cuts on obscure blues collections and who will be receiving their first major exposure via the Festival appearance. The set, which will be produced by Detroit blues entrepeneur L.C. Minor especially for the Festival, will be announced as soon as the line-up is finalized. Also featured on the MUSIC OF DETROIT show subject to his final approval. will be a major bluesman whose greatest recordings were made during his residency in the Motor City; the great Detroit jazz innovator Yusef Lateef zná his group; and the fine avant-garde Detroit unit, the CJQ, whose performance at last year's Festival can be heard in part on the just-released Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972 anthology on Atlantic Records (SD-2-502). Saturday evening's show will bring together on the Festival stage the music of two of the greatest black artists in the history of Afro-American music: "the genius of soul," Ray Charles, fea"tured with his Raelettes in the Ray Charles Show '73; and the genius bassist-composer Charles Mingus and his sextet, featuring the brilliant Don Pullen on piano and Detroit's own Roy Brooks on drums. Mingus was forced to cancel out of his scheduled appearance at last year's Festival due to commitments in Europe, but his presence at this year's event was secured far in advance. Opening the Saturday eveningshow, if negotiations can be successfully competed, will be legendary Chicago-based blues artist whose is distinctly marked by his long years in the foundaries of Gary, Indiana before he "made it" as a recording star. And, preceding the Charles Mingus segment, Chicago's own Lucille Spann, the guest of honor at the 1972 gathering, will return to the stage named for her late husband and partner, backed by Ann Arbor favorites Azgio' Joe Young and his band. Ihe Sunday atternoon concert will feature the dry, soulful, rambling Texas music of Lightnin ' Hopkins and Ornette Coleman and an extended performance by an incredible collection of early rhythm & blues giants assembled and led by Johnny Otis and including Big Joe Turner, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Ivory Joe Hunter, Margie Evans, Roy Milton, Pee Wee Cray ton, Roy Brown, the Three Tons ofJoy The Mighty Flea, the Otisettes and others. Sunday night closes the Festival with two of the genuine "stars" of last year's gathering, the yoüng blues giant Luther Allison and the incomparable Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Discipline Arkestra. J.B. Hutto & the Hawks, one of Chicago' s funkiest blues bands, will opep the show, and there will be a couple of surprises fore the evening's over. Tickets for the festival went on sale in Ann Arbor April 5 at S 1 6 for the series of five concerts(one dollar more than last year due to an increased artists' budget and the minor losses suffered by the Festival's producers, Rainbow Multi-Media see the SUN. issue No 43). Only series tickets will be sold in advance, and the early availabiiity is meanl to Insure UM students who wish to altend the Festival tlut they will be able to do SO when they return in September. People who are definitcly planning on atlending the Ami Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1973 are urged to cop early, or at least to reserve your tickets now so you won'i be lelt without tliem when it's time to gel down at OtisSpann Memorial Field. For prisoners. working people who have to work over the Festival weekend, physically incapacitated people. and those who can't afford to attend or are othcrwise nol able to be there, the 1973 festival will be broadcast live over an Ann Arbor radio station and at least one Detroit station. In addition, plans are being considered for broadcasting the Festival music throughoul the country via a special radio network. Video projections of the stage performance will be featured at the sile, with full videotaping of the event also being planned. As with last year's Festival, plans have been made to contribute a percentage of the net receipts from the event to Project Community, a ttudent-community organization at the University of Michigan which co-sponsors the Festival with Rainbow Multi-Media; the Community Parks Program, which presents free music concerts at Otis Spann Memorial Field every Suiiday through the summer; and the Ann Arbor People's Ballroom, a non-profit. community-controlled music, dance, and cultural center for the local rainbow community. Full details of the arrangement will be released at a later date. Other aspects of the Festival will follow the precedent set last year (free child care, literature stands, medical help, security by the Psychedelic Rangers, etc), with up grading of services and increased and improved facilities promised by the RMM organization. Again, full details will be regularly released through the summer as plans in each area are successfully finalized. People seeking ticket information may 'cali 761-7148 or check at the ticket desk in the Michigan Union daily through the week. Brothers and sisters seeking employment at the Festival can cali 761-3670 and leave your name, phone number or address, and the kind of work you want to do. Workers won't be needed for another couple months, but with unemployment the way it is under Nixon and Milliken there are ;i lot more folks out of work than there arejobs available for the Festival. Stay tuned to the SUN for more Blues & Jazz Festival information from now til September. (Hditor's Vote: Sisters and brothen who don 't have the price of a ticket laying around can raise the money by telling SUNs. which vou can get for free from us and teil on the street for a dime apiet ■ You keep the dime, and 160 papen sold make up the farefor all three days. )