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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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.

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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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LIVE RADIO PERFORMANCE: Nadir Live on WDET for Ann Delisi’s Essential Music, June 2013

In early June, Nadir and the band converged on the legendary Studio A at WDET radio in Detroit for a live recording and interview on Ann Delisi’s Essential Music. The band fired off smoking versions of “Daddy’s Cane” (from Nadir’s award-winning debut Distorted Soul 2.0) and “Go It Alone” (from 2012′s critically acclaimed disc The Book of Jonah). Click the player below to hear, share or download the performance and interview.

Players:
Nadir – vocals, guitar, interviewee
Tasha Lord – vocals
Steve Caldwell – guitar, vocals
Christopher Spooner – bass, vocals
Jeff Rebrovich – keyboards
Raphael Merriweathers, Jr. – percussion, vocals
Jason Bonaquist – drums

Ann Delisi – host
Alex Trajano – engineer
Nicole Fritz – 2nd engineer, editor

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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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