The explosive energy and silky soul of American Idol finalist Quiana Parler blended with blues, jazz, and R&B will bring you to your knees, and then to your feet! Celebrate the rich diversity of our country through the Gullah people of coastal Georgia and South Carolina whose music is rooted in West and Central Africa. Ranky Tanky is lively, soulful honey to the ears. The four core members of the band started as a jazz combo in college, drawing on everything from African-American spirituals, funk, soul and dance music. This is Bay View at its best...bringing you an experience you cannot experience anywhere else.
Blues Traveler emerged in the late '80's and are best known for their improvisational live shows and tireless touring, and their breakthrough, multi-platinum selling album four, which earned them a Grammy for Best Rock Performance and features hit singles "Run-Around" and "Hook." Throughout their career the band has released 20 full-length albums with their most recent, Blow Up the Moon, being a collaborative effort featuring a range of artists across the musical spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop. Throughout their extensive career, Blues Traveler has earned a massive fan base of dedicated and loyal followers and continues to do so with each performance.
Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He's created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, to William Shatner. His most recent album is a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts. For over a decade he's performed with some of the world's greatest symphony orchestras, and was recently named as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.
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This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council on Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Crane Group.