Beginning Friday night, November 7th, with the first appearance in this area of Jamaican reggae artist Jimmy Cliff, The SUN newspaper begins what we hope will be a continuing series of musical events at the Michigan Theatre on Liberty Street in Ann Arbor.
Jimmy Cliff kicks off the series at midnight, followed two weeks later by the legendary Bobby "Blue" Bland with Luther Allison on November 22nd. Further shows in this genre will be announced shortly. Tickets for the first two are currently on sale--see the ad on the back cover for details.
Jimmy Cliff of course is the cult hero and star of the movie "The Harder They Come," an explosive film about a rebel singer who goes underground in Jamaica. A prime exporter of the Jamaican reggae sound, Cliff has rarely appeared in concert in America. Bobby "Blue" Bland and Luther Allison are both Chicago blues giants, catching fame in this area originally at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festivals.
The Michigan Theatre was chosen as the site for the series due to the iron-clad control of all other concert facilities in the Ann Arbor area by the University of Michigan, which owns them all. Trying to book use of Hill Auditorium, Crisler, the Power Center, etc, is a bureaucratic obstacle we found impossible to hurdle, even with the assistance of our Friends of The SUN student organization on campus. Apparently Sue Young, Maury Wrinkle and the other university administrators are determined not to allow other groups to showcase alternative entertainment in their facilities.
The Michigan Theatre is perfect sized--small enough to provide intimacy--in good condition and excellent accoustically. Shows must be held there at midnight due to the usual movie fare presented in the evening.
The SUN newspaper, also a Michigan non-profit corporation, is presenting the series in conjunction with Brass Ring Productions & Daystar.