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Jackson Unity Festival

July 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm


M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

This powerhouse group has been built over years of rehearsals and gigs, crisscrossing America from Lincoln Center Outdoors in their adopted hometown of New York, to Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto, and around the globe to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark and the Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde. Everywhere, they’ve won over friends: a storming appearance at globalFEST saw the band awarded a touring fund. Afropop Worldwide praised the “frantic terrain” the band explores. NPR raved about the “driving and gritty energy…this raw-edged, punk-tinged band explodes with the propulsive force of traditional rhythms and urban restlessness.” M.A.K.U’s music derives from their immigrant experience, which is an opportunity to create, to find a voice that speaks loud and proud, to connect past and future. A chance to make history.

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.




RAM is a drum and roots-driven Haitian powerhouse that delivers ancient folkloric polyrhythms intertwined harmoniously with punk-rock guitar riffs and swinging Caribbean keyboard melodies. Prominent in the mizik rasin movement, RAM is famous for its regular Thursday night performances at the Hotel Oloffson in downtown Port-au-Prince, attended by hotel guests and a wide spectrum of the country’s political and racial groups. The band’s music incorporates traditional Vodou lyrics and instruments, such as rara horns and petro drums, into modern rock and roll, with song lyrics in Haitian Creole, French and English.

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.



Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue: Detroit Rocks!

Songs by Detroit rockers + songs that celebrate Detroit rock music, curated by the highly sought-after, award-winning producer from Detroit. Feat. Laith Al-Saadi; Bob Schultz; Mike Ellison; Mick Collins; Wayne Kramer; Susan Calloway; Laura Rain; Jessica Hernandez; Kenny Watson; Steffanie Christi’an, cohost Ann Delisi + Revue House Band: Sweet Pea Atkinson, Donald Ray, Sir Harry Bowens, Brian Roscoe White, Randy Jacobs, Luis Resto, Dave McMurray, Rayse Biggs, Ron Pangborn, Ron Otis + Don Was.

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

This event is free and open to the public.




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July 15, 2018
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Jackson Unity Festival


Michigan Theatre of Jackson
124 N. Mechanic st
Jackson, MI 49201 United States
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