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Detroit Free Press: Beloved Seger album gets musical translation in live Detroit tribute

 

 

Don Was at Concert of Colors 2014

Originally Published in the Detroit Free Press

By Brian McCollum
Detroit Free Press Pop Music Critic
July 13, 2014

It was the kind of fun, freewheeling night where history shook hands with 2014 and both came out better for it.

Before a mostly packed house Saturday night at 2,000-capacity Orchestra Hall, native son Don Was hosted a diverse collection of Detroit-related performers to take on Bob Seger’s beloved 1976 concert album, “Live Bullet.” Was’ latest Detroit All-Star Revue capped the day for Concert of Colors, the free fest that will wrap up today in Midtown Detroit.

“Bullet” holds a cherished spot in local rock lore, and for artists ranging from teen rocker Blaire Alise to 67-year-old Spyder Turner, Saturday brought a sense of hometown duty to go with a wide-open musical mandate: Play it how you want.

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Metro Times: Meet guitarist and bassist Nadir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

METRO TIMES: HEY! I’M IN THREE BANDS

This guy plays with his own eponymous funk band, Steffanie Christi’an, Michael Turner, and more

By NADIR
PUBLISHED: JUNE 24, 2014

For the first time in a very long time, I’m in multiple bands, and I’m actually performing with five different groups at the moment. Besides my own funk band (billed as Nadir), which has been my main gig for the past decade or so, I’m the rhythm guitarist and musical director for rock phenomenon Steffanie Christi’an, MD and bassist for rock-R&B singer Michael Turner, and bassist for blues Americana singer-songwriter Joe Jaber.

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Nadir Omowale: ‘Detroit Can Teach The World How To Succeed As An Independent Artist’

 

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It’s difficult to pigeonhole Detroit musician and producer Nadir Omowale into a specific genre. Jazz, funk, soul, rock and many other genres influence in his music. Out of that eclectic mix, Nadir has successfully crafted full-time career in the industry.

You’re originally from Elizabethton, Tennessee, went to Nashville for college and moved to Detroit in 1999. How has it been different living and working in the Detroit scene?

I was in Nashville playing my original music, which is funk-rock-soul based. Unfortunately at that particular time, it was really difficult to gain any traction in Nashville with that kind of music. I happened to meet a young lady who worked at the Nashville Ford plant. We took a liking to each other and she became my wife, Akanke. Before we made that decision she said, “You know, at some point I’m going to have to move to Detroit,” and I said, “Well I can make music in Detroit.” Moving here actually has turned out to be fantastic for my music career. I was raised on that Detroit sound, and it really was an opportunity to come home musically. As people in Detroit heard me play, they really embraced me and my music.

Read the full article HERE

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BLACK FRIDAY FUNK Friday, November 29 at Campus Martius Park in Detroit

Dance off that holiday meal and exorcise those retail demons with a Black Friday Funk affair at Campus Martius Park’s Holiday Marketplace Beer Garden.
HEATED TENT – FREE ADMISSION – BEER – FUNK

What more could you ask for? Leftover turkey?

BLACK FRIDAY FUNK
featuring Nadir wsg Steffanie Christi’an
SEASON OF WINTER MAGIC
Holiday Marketplace Beer Garden
Cadillac Square @ Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Showtime: 9pm
21 and up
#BlackFridayFunk

Black Friday Funk Flyer

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Urban Innovation Exchange Detroit: Nadir Omowale Profile

Nadir Omowale

Nadir Omowale’s recording studio and rehearsal space is nestled in a nondescript building on Grand Boulevard west of New Center. You wouldn’t know it from looking at it, but inside houses some of the most important techno artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Rare record pressings hang on the same wall as the original machines Detroit’s architects of techno used to create a whole new genre of music. There’s a by-appointment-only record store underground, too.

The fact that Nadir’s musical operation is based here may strike some as odd, seeing as Nadir - a songwriter, bassist, and bandleader among other things - describes his own music as a fusion of soul, funk, and rock. After all, what does electronic music and live music have in common?

Read More On Urban Innovation Exchange

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