Nadir at Concert of Colors – Saturday July 6 @ 6:30pm at The Diversity Stage

The Diversity Stage in the Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center will be jumping as Nadir and the crew return to the Concert of Colors on Saturday, July 6. Like every year this 21st edition of the nation’s largest world music festival celebrates the flavors, cultures, people and music of this planet. Come out and enjoy the fun. It’s FREE all weekend!

Nadir
Concert of Colors Diversity Stage
In the Music Box

Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Showtime: 6:30p – 8p
FREE ADMISSION

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Nadir’s Electric Lounge: A Multimedia Funk Experience at NextWave Media Lab on February 2

Eleven-time Detroit Music Award winner Nadir Omowale presents Nadir’s Electric Lounge: A Multimedia Funk Experience and live concert recording on Saturday, February 2 at NextWave Media Lab, 950 Stephenson Highway in Troy. Showtime is at 8:00pm featuring an incendiary live set by Nadir’s seven-piece band –and energizing party rhythms from DJ Ray 7 of Underground Resistance. Tickets for the 21 and older event are $10 in advance at Nadir-Music.com and $15 at the door.

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The Story Behind The Song: Rockets and Dreams (for Jeff Turk)

“We can deal with rockets and dreams, but reality? What does it mean?” – Curtis Mayfield

Track number 9 on The Book of Jonah is the instrumental “Rockets and Dreams”. Like the album’s opening track, “A Hustler (In Spite of Myself)“, this song was originally part of the score I composed for Detroit native Lee Martin’s independent film, Top Ten Things I Love/Hate About The Hood. And like “A Hustler”, the title is adapted from one of my favorite Curtis Mayfield Superfly lyrics.

The recording always reminds me of my cousin, Jeff Turk, who passed away in 2006, so I dedicate it to his memory. I imagine Jeff leaned back in his wheelchair, vibing to the music. He exhales through his nostrils to clear the smoke from his lungs, and nods in agreement… “Yeah.”

Jeff’s birthday would have been on November 8th.  The blog I wrote five days after his funeral (reposted below with the poem my brother James K. McFarland, wrote and read at the service) tells some of Jeff’s story, but fails to capture his humor, his charisma, his intelligent, and complex nature. “Rockets and Dreams” does that a little better.

Happy Birthday, man. I miss you a lot.

~ ~ Nadir

My cousin John Frederick (Jeff) Turk passed away on Good Friday, April 14, 2006. He was 37 years old.

Jeff was 12 hours younger than me. I was born November 7 at 8:27pm and he followed at about 8:20 the morning of the 8th. Our mothers are sisters, and the family called us “the twins”.

Losing a loved one so close to you is always a difficult thing, but Jeff was a very special person, and those of us who knew him are all deeply affected by his transition.

When we were 19 years old Jeff had a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. For the past 18 years, he suffered from bed sores, kidney problems and several other maladies. He had no control over his bladder functions and could not walk or feel his legs. [Read more...]

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