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Cars & Stars 2014

June 16, 2014 | 6:00 pm

Cars & Stars 2014

starring Michael Bolton

Each year, Music Hall requests your support for performing arts education when we throw the best fundraising party of the year - Cars & Stars .This year is no exception and the need is greater than ever. This 13th annual event raises funds for year-round music, theater and dance education which serve more than 22,000 students each year in Detroit area schools. Wehope that you will participate in this very important evening.

To encourage your support, Music Hall welcomes 2-time Grammy award-winning Michael Bolton in concert on the main stage. This year we will take the event to new heights with a special dinner and after party on the rooftop of Music Hall. Our new 3Fifty Terrace is the talk of the town with a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Detroit’s magnificent architecture.

You’ve heard about it and read about it, now come be a part of it!

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main stageSimon Phillips and Protocol II

April 4, 2014 | 8:00pm and 10:00pm

To celebrate the release of Protocoll II Simon is doing a Solo Tour The band line up is:

Andy Timmons,
Steve Weingart,
Ernest Tibbs.

jazz cafeSimon Phillips-Protocol II

April 4, 2014

Simon Phillips and Protocol II BUY TICKETS HERE!!!

Simon Phillips/Protocol II

Simon Phillips/drums

Simon Phillips is by far one of the world's most renowned and respected drummers, whose style not only reflects his technical gift but also his distinct musical sensibility. Whether it is Rock, Fusion or Jazz, Simon applies the same precision and intensity to his drumming, which is never lacking in emotion and feel.

Phillips found an early prominence as the drummer on the 1976 LP 801 Live with Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno. He went onto play with a wide array of musicians including Big Jim Sullivan, Pete Townshend, Big Country, Toto, Steve Lukather, Jeff Beck, Whitesnake, Jack Bruce, Brian Eno, Mike Oldfield, Jon Anderson, 10cc, Mick Jagger, Joe Satriani,Phil Manzanera, Asia, Stanley Clarke, Jimmy Earl, Nik Kershaw and Gordon Giltrap.

He was the drummer for The Who in their 1989American reunion tour, and appeared on solo recordings by band members RogerDaltrey and Pete Townshend. He has also worked with Tears For Fears, with heavy metal act Judas Priest on Sin After Sin (1977) and Michael Schenker's debut album The Michael Schenker Group.

Among other co-producer credits, he also co-produced and mixed two albums by Mike Oldfield.

In 1992, Phillips was asked to fill in for Jeff. Steve Lukather stated that he would only go on tour so shortly after Porcaro died if Toto could get Phillips to play the tour, so he was the first and only drummer that the band contacted to replace Porcaro. After the 1992/93tour Phillips was asked to join Toto as a permanent member.

In 2009, Phillips joined with keyboardist Philippe Saisse and bassist Pino Palladino in forming an instrumental jazz/funk rock trio: Phillips Saisse Palladino or PSP. As well

as touring with his own Protocol II, Simon also currently tours with Hiromi and Toto.



As guitarist for pop-metal band Danger Danger, Andy Timmons toured the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper, sold over a million records worldwide, and had two #1videos on MTV, plus amassing a discography that includes 7 solo releases that range from blazing guitar instrumentals, to blues, and even a Beatles/Elvis Costello-inspired collection of pop tunes.

As a session player, he's been highly featured on CDs by drumming legend Simon Phillips, a live CD with Olivia Newton-John (Andy has been her music director/guitarist for several, two internationally acclaimed CDs by Kip Winger, recording sessions for Paula Abdul, Paul Stanley, and countless radio and television jingles. He has also played alongside many of his heroes such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani (asa regular guest on their G3 tours in Dallas), Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Mike Stern, Ace Frehley, Ted Nugent, and Pierre Bensusan, as well as some of his fave '60's singing stars such as the Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, and Gordon Waller(of Peter and Gordon fame!)



graduated from the Bass Institute of Technology in 1989 receiving the Bass Student of the YearAward. Since then, he's gone on to develop an impressive list of credits,including work with Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, James Ingram,and Melba Moore. Ernest has also toured and/or performed with Allan Holdsworth,Andy Summers, Jeff Richman, David Benoit, David Garfield, Phil Upchurch, Tom Scott, Eric Marienthal, Brian Auger, Ronnie Laws, Jeff Lorber, Lee Ritenour,John Pisano, Brian Bromberg, Mike Stern as well as symphony orchestras in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.



 is a jazz-funk keyboard player who has recorded and performed internationally with, among others, Chaka Khan, Steve Lukather. Dave Weckl, Robben Ford, Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Eric Marienthal, Kenny Rankin, Ernie Watts, Alain Caron, Jimmy Haslip, Terry Lynn Carrington, John Patitucci and Bunny Brunel.


April 5, 2014 | 2:00pm


Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2pm (Main Stage) 

Based on the 1945 children’s novel by E.B. White, Stuart Little tells the surprising story of a most unusual mouse who happens to be born into an ordinary New York City family. In no time at all, his life becomes a series of adventures and misadventures as he learns to survive in his super-sized world of humans.

You’ll meet Snowball - the malevolent family cat, Margalo - a beautiful bird and best friend of Stuart Little, and a variety of colorful characters with exciting situations that test his spirit. Stuart discovers the true meaning of life, loyalty and friendship.

jazz cafeTorch With A Twist

April 5, 2014

 Est. 2006 - Featuring Detroit's Finest
 & Most Amazing Vaudevillians
 "Torch With Twist" is Detroit's quintessential Olde-Timey Vaudevillian Variety Extravaganza We combine Classic Jazz Standards with a variety of Burlesque, Circus & Sideshow acts & depending on circumstances & availability we produce the show to suit each gig & particular venue.

main stageThe Cross and the Light

April 10, 2014 | 8:00pm

The Cross and the Light

April 10-13, 2014 (Main Stage)

The Cross and the Light is an epic theatrical experience and deeply moving musical journey through Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. This powerful performance will bring you to the foot of the Cross to experience Jesus’s final hours in a way that becomes a personal and profound encounter with our Savior. After Jesus’s death, the Risen Lord appears to His Apostles and prepares them for Pentecost. This joyous experience will leave you uplifted! Don’t miss it.

RENEW  your relationship  with Christ with the power of stage, music, and imagery.

 STRENGTHEN your faith  by reliving the greatest story every told.

 ENERGIZE your prayer life  with the power of music, the soundtrack of your spiritual journey.

DEEPEN your friendship with Christ like 60,000 children,families and seniors have done since 2002.

main stagePerilous Times

April 17, 2014 | 8:00pm

Perilous Times

April 17-20, 2014 (Main Stage)

An extraordinary real-life story of a young man and his strange journey from slick city street life, to the times and life of the greatest man who ever lived. Bobby is a young man disillusioned with his mother’s live-in boyfriend, while being caught up in a world of trouble because he owes a debt to a local drug dealer. Like many families, Bobby’s family is in turmoil -troubled by a man who is afraid to accept the responsibility of marriage and by a mother whose codependency leads her to accept her man’s abusive attitude towards her children.

jazz cafeCrack 'Em Up Wednesdays

April 23, 2014

jazz cafeDetroit Tonight Live w/ML Liebler

April 24, 2014

 April 24, Thursday  7:00pm-9:00pm   M. L. Liebler Presents Detroit Tonight  Live  at The Jazz Cafe  at The Music Hall   Sponsored in part by Springfed Arts  
 John Sinclair  Beat Legend & Poet   
   Not For Sal starring Musician Salvatore Aiello  Metro Detroit Poet and Teacher Mary Jo Firth Gillett  Tag Team Pe rformance  Poets  Mark James Andrews & Tom Brzezina  Laugh Coach and Octogenarian Extraordinaire  MR. SILLY Detroit Working Writer Alexander Morgan

jazz cafeChris Emmerson CD Release Party

April 25, 2014

After working on this album for almost 3 years it's finally done!!! Come out for the CD release for "It's So Easy From Far Away", featuring a full band backing me with Danny Emmerson, Amir Edwards , Jeffrey Gold , Anne Marie Nouhan , Brian Sheehan and Renee Turner . Friday April 25th at the Jazz Cafe in Music Hall, wsg Leah Elizabeth Dunstan . Doors @ 8, $15 includes a copy of the CD.

main stageDeRay Davis

April 26, 2014 | 7:30pm

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, comedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis can most recently be "scene" and heard in the blockbuster mega hit 21 Jump Street, Jumping the Broom and his wildly successful Showtime 1 hour Comedy Special, DeRay Davis: Power Play. He lends his voice and writing talent to countless characters on Kanye Wests Albums the BoonDocks and currently on Adult Swims Black Dynamite!

main stageTribute to Ricky Lawson

April 26, 2014 | 2:00pm

Ricky Lawson, a native of Detroit, Michigan home of Motown and Boxing Great, Joe Louis, was one of the most prolific drummers on planet earth died of a brain aneurysm doing what he loves best, playing his drums at the Spaghetti Jazz Club in Seal Beach, California on December 13, 2013.

Ricky had just made his 59th birthday the previous month before he was called to bring his groovy sounds to add a jazzy dimension to the trumpeters of the archangels in the sky blue heaven above. I'm sure Max Roach, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Luther Vandross, and all the greats in Jazz and Rhythm & Blues rolled out the welcoming carpet. For as fellow musician Mike Portnoy once said, Ricky Lawson was more than a drummer, he was a husband, father, a well-spoken man of integrity & peace, and above all a true professional. Ricky was paid tribute to with a host of other greats on this year's 2014 Grammy Award sitting behind drums as his ever smiling picture flashed on the big screen.

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