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Spring is Sprung, people are starting to come out into the open again, and there's getting to be so much music a round liere that we're harder pressed than ever to be able to cover it all. In the last three weeks since your correspondent returned from a trip to Mardi Gras n New Orleans (and yes, you'U get a special report in our next issue) and started making "the rounds" once again, personal witness has been given to an incredible array of local and visiting talent, including Richard "Groove" Holmes and Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers at Baker's Keyboard, the Lyman Woodard Organization at the Boogie Down, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Masonic, the Spinners and Natalie Cole at EMU, Count Basie and his Orchestra at the Northwest Activities Center, Duke Ellington Orchestra and Ella Fitzgerald at Masonic, Keith Jarrett at Music Hall, Little Sonny and the great Jimmy Scott at Ethel's, Kim Weston and Andre Moore's band at Lowman's, New Detroit Jazz Orchestra at the Langston Hughes Theatre, Johnny Winter and Little Richard at Cobo, Patti Smith and Bebop Deluxe at Ford, Honey Boy at the Roadhouse in Ann Arbor, and JourneyStarcastleDr. Feelgood at Ford . . . We're sorry to say we missed a lot besides, like Sam Sanders & Visions at the Langston Hughes, the "Save Georgetown" Benefit at WSU with Griot Galaxy, cellist Joanna de Keyser, the Barbara Wolf Dance Group, Highland Park String Quartet, Jenny ley, Marta Lagos & La Palamia Theatre Group, and the Red Label Strugglers, the House Rockers with Jody Blair (guitar), Rusty Day (vocals), and John Sauter (bass) at tlie Red Carpet, Dallas Hodge's new band at J.C. 's Rock Saloon, Phil Ranelin's Jazz Heritage concert at the Langston Hughes with Kim Weston, Griot Galaxy, and Tribe, Oliver Sain and the Latimore revue at Henry's Lounge, and Laura Lee with Gariand Green at Ethel's . . . Now that's what this seasoned observer woiild cali a scène] . . . COMING UP: At the Showcase Theatre, Probity Productions promises a gala month of April, warming up with blues masier Albert King and the debut of Norma Bell and Necessity (her new band). March 27th . . . The grcat Sonny Rolling' returns to Detroit for the first time sinee his Mr. Kelly 's appearance (with painter Richard et" Jennings) in 1962. With the colossal tenor ' ophonist at the Showcase April 1 lth (and in Hast Lansing April 9-10, for Showcase Jazz) will be Mike Wolfe (keyboards). James Benjamin (bass), Eddie Moore (drums), and Robert Kenyatta (pereussion). " Please don't miss tliis important musico-cultural event . . . April 16 (Good Friday) brings the parable Kavi Shunkar. with Alia Kakha on tabla, to the Showcase, followed on Easter Sunday by the Los es entertainer Torn Waits (April 18)... People's tennial Commission Director Jeremy Rifkin will present Probity's second Rolling Stone Lecture Series installment on April 21 , and Jean-Luc Ponty and his band will be in April 24th. Keep it up, bros! . . . At Ethel's Lounge the presence of new manager Allen White, recently of Orlando, Florida, promises some hot new action at the Mack Avenue blues spot, exposing Detroiters to söme acts heretofore unheard here-including maniac guitaristChick ("Stoop Down, Baby") Willis April 1-4, and vocalist Ernie ("You're Gonna Miss Me") Johnson, shortly thereafter . . . White has also been very active since he hit town in puiling together a number of potent blues and soul forces (including Uttle Junior Cannady , Jesse Williams, Mac Collins Mister Bo and Nelson Sanders) to form a motion agency called Star-Town Productions. Based at Ethel's Lounge, 7341 Mack, Star-Town will be packaging and promoting personal appearances and records by Detroit blues stars for national and international exposure. We'll have a feature on this fast-breaking combine in the near future, but in the meantime be sure to check out the new Blue Monday Disco series at Ethel's every Monday night, presented by Star-Town Productions in conjunction with the Sun, and featuring your favorite Motor City blues masters . . . The turn-outs for the Time Is Now and Sam SandersVisions productions at the Langston Hughes were out of sight, according to all reports, and you ve still got a chance to caten Tnbe (March 29-30-3 1 ) and Airtight (April 5-6-7) before the series ends . . . Gerald Lemmons' play "The Natural Trial" is at the Langston Hughes this weekend (25-28), and Ron Müner says he's bringing his great "Season's Reasons" back into the theatre later this spring. Meanwhile, Ed Vaughn can use a lot of help in keeping the Langston Hughes open, including volunteer maintenance, production, advertising. promotion, publicity, and general assistance on a or full-time basis. Stop by and get inlo something! . . . Weather Report, vvith Dave Leibman and Lookout Farm, appear in Ann Arbor April lst at Hill Auditorium, another excellent Eclipse JazzUAC presentation which should be a perfect capper for the 5th Annual Hash Bash festivities that afternoon on the Diag . . . Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul & Co. will swing back through Detroit on the 25th of April, sharing the bilí with John McLaughlin at Masonic-a Bamboo Producción . . . Bamboo will try another black-oriented show April 1 lth at Masonic with Grover Washington and the Brecker Brothers . . . The Four Tops are back in town for a benefit concert at Mason c April 4th . . . Harold Meivin, Sharon X, Paige & the new Blue Notes do Sss three days at the Fisher """k Theatre this weeks"1'inn continued on o, page 14 IrpOH continuad from page I o end (26-27-28) . . . Hard-hitting LaVcrna Masón mm at I.ittle David's over on Livernnis on the weekends . . . Paul Stanley, the Lansing promoter responsible tor the sound system fiasco ai the Billy CobhamGeorgc Duke show at tbc Showcase last inonth. is now spreading nto the suburbs wiih .1 series of concert s at the Royal Oak Theatre. starting April 2nd with Maria Muldaur and Martin Muil, and George Carlin April 9lh . . . Dick "Niglit Train" Lane and the Pólice Athletie League (PAL), which he heads, are staging the Mldwest premier ol "Sparkle," a neu flick about three soul singers ("Sister & the Sisters") who rose frorn the ghetto to stardom niusie by Curtís Mayfield. sung by Aretha Franklin at the Norwest Theatre (Grand River near Southlïcld) April 6th. (all 224-4080 for detaiK . . . Detröitei Bobby Franklin, fornierly ol Bobby Iranklin's lnsanity, looks like a hit with hiv t'irst CBS single "Mutha's Love" . . . The Beale Street Blues Boy, Mr. B.B. King, breezes into King's Row oul on W. Chicago lor si big nights. April 1-6, bnt it ukev a sawbuck to get vou thiough the dooi . . . Joe Sinion at Henry's this weekend. and he'll probablj be held over . . . The Dramaticsat manager Ben Crosby's Hi-Chapparal March 26th . . . Ure Peddy Players take their producuon of "Great White Hope" back into the Northwest Activities Center April 1-2-3 cali 224-7595 lor details . . . Joe Cocker will be sporting an all-star soul band, including guitarists F.ric Gale and Cornell Dupreeand drummer Pretty Purdie, when he pops into Coro April 1 1 th with Hot Chocolate ("You Sexy Thing") and KGB, a midrange rock "supergroup" formed by Ray Kennedy, Barry Goldberg, Mike Bloomfield, Riek Grecli and Carmine Appice. Bloomfield has alceady left the band. thóugh he confessed to an interviewer tliat KGB "sucks" and u as immediately relieved of all and Detroifs own James McCarty (Detroit Wheels, Cactus, the Rockets) got the cali to replace the prominent Jewish guitarist. McCarty decided to stay with liis pais Johnny Bee, John Fraga, and new guitarist Dennis Rollins in their latest incarnation, Honey Boy . . . The Honeyboys tore down the walls at the Grand Opening of the new Roadhouse nightspoi outside ol Ann Arbor (US-23 and N. Territorial Raad) March 19th, charging the joint with the correct vibes to uisurc its success. Prienda Roadshow this weekend. Dallas Hodge's new band (April 2-3), and the Mojo Boogie Band (April 9-10) prömise to keep the place iuinpin', and the Lyman Woodard Organiation is set foi soon atter that . . . Detroiteis Jerry Brooks, Clarcnce Douglas and Leroy Moore of 14th Floor Produetions have sold their recording of "America Here It Comes-Freedom Train" to the American Freedom Train Foundation, who will use it to promote appearances of the Train all over the country . . . WDKT-FM raised some $47.000 in itsTransmitter Marathon, nsuring thal the new equipmeni will be install■. ed soon. Congratulations to the station's listeneis tor displaying such exquisite taste . . . Steve Palid and his pais at the Trinity Methodist Church in llijililand Park are unveiling a new l-'riday night coffeehousé series April 2nd with a benefit concert featuring Ron English & Bud Spangier (jazz), the Sunnysiders (bluegrass). Bobo Jenkins and his band (blues), and the AgingChildien, a folk-song combo. Sam Sanders & Visions are featured Aprol 9th, with Saton set lor April 23 and Dede Palazolla plus the Oakland Mime Troupe April 3Oth. Cali Steye ït 893-094 2 lor details . . . Guitanst harl Klugh luis a new LP due out April 5th-look lor it where yon copyour records . . . "Michigan Survey" at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum sets out 49 works by 28 Michigan artists, including Robert Sites, Patricia Quinlan, Gerard Huber, Lester Johnson, Brenda Goodman, Lucille Nawara, Glen Davis, Torn Fitzgerald, and Nancy Bonior, trom March 30 to April 18 ... The Michigan Chamber Orchestra, directed by Virginia Catanese, has two concerts set tor April, the tïisi 143) featuring conductor Eve Queler (Musie Director of the Opera Orchestra of New York) and soprano Pauline Domanski in woiks by Mozart, Betlioz, Rossini, and Yardumian, and the second (49) bringing the greal Sarah Caldwell in to conduct the MCO and tlie Kenneth Jewell Chórale in Bach's "St. John's Passion" at St. PauI's Cathedral (4800 Woodward). The April 9 show sold out immediately with the mention of Ms. Caldwell's hallowed name, and two more dates (April 10-1 1) were added to accomodate the crowds. The Eve Queler evening will grace the Rackham Memorial Building on Woodward just south ot' the Institute of Art, and you can cali 832-7400 for more information ... A George Wein production called the Kool "Jazz" Festival is set for the Ponmet Stadium August 6-7, but there's no "jazz" scheduled at all. Wein's R&B Festival will offer Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Harold Meivin & the Blue Notes, the Staple Singers, Donald Byrd, the Stylistics, Al Green, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the Crusaders, and some others . . .Point Blank Records reports that its Ron Shaull Shakedown LP, Makin' Ya Feel Good, is now available all over Detroit via the Motor City's Inter-Soul Distributors -check it out . . . l'ormer Ann Arborites Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen have finally thrown in the towel, missing a scheduled Sun "After Midnight" concert at Ann Arbor's Michigan Theatre by just two weeks . . . The Detroit Repertory Theatre, on Woodrow Wilson near Davison, opens its new comedy The Adding Machine, by Elmer Rice, on March 18. Running Thursdays thru Sundays until May 9th, The Adding Machine stars Charles Roseborough, Robert Williams, Yolanda Williams, Barbara Busby, and veteran DRT mainstay William Boswell. Cali 868-1347 for ticket information . . . Strutter's Ball (Lorna Richards, Peter Ostle, Damon Hyde, Brian Golden, and Steve Hillebrand) copped a steady gig at the new Hyatt Regency in Dearborn and will open for Lou Rawls, among others, at d.b.'s Lounge thcre . . . The Music Hall proudly presents the second concert in its "Music of the Black Church" series, produced by Perry Moore and Woody Miller, with Odetta and the Brazeal Denard Chórale focusing on "The Spiritual" on April 1 lth, 6:30 p.m. . . . Woody Miller, who served Music Hall as its Director of Audience Development for two years, has opened his own agency, Midtown Associates, with offices in the popular Belcrest Hotel on the WSU campus. Word has it there may be a hookup between Midtown and the people at Probity Productions for some tasty shows at the Showcase soon. Let's hope so! . . . Ex-Detroiter and Ann Arborite Lisa Gottlieb, the force behind the hip music policies at the Savoy Room ifi the Shelby Hotel and the late, lamented King Pleasure's in AA, was back in the area to cover the Ann Arbor Film Festival last weekend, and will file her report with the Sun from her current home in Chicago. Righteous Bob Rudnick. anothei present Chicagoan, followed her into Michigan for a rare visit-his new radio show "Howlin' at the Moon," heard on Chicago's WNIB-FM weekly. keeps his nose to the turntable these days-but his "Howlin' " partner John Petrie (another former Detroiter) had to remain in the Windy City, where he's doubling as regional promotion man for Chicago-based Mercury Records . . . And speaking of the radio, it seems that the latest ratings have shaken a few people up locally, starting with Paul Christy, who was canned as WWWW's Program Director when the numbers revealed that WABX has begun to regain the audience John Detz deserted. Christy found a home at WNIC, where his tight-format approach should fit in nicely, and W4 now has the golden opportunity lo promote Jerry Lubin or Danny Cartisle to the PD spot, a move which is long overdue . . . WJZZ lost some ground. and may we suggest once again that elimina ting the MOR-"jazzy" approach might bring in some dramatic results? . . . Finally, Jim Dulzo got his break at WIQB-FM in Ann Arbor, where his "Night Train" show can be heard throughout the week starting at midnight on 102.9 FM. Isn't it great to have a happy ending?