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Michigan World War I Centennial Event

Aug 04, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The River Raisin Ragtime Revue will perform at this centennial event on Saturday, August 4 at 3 pm, at the Michigan Military Heritage Museum in Grass Lake.


Michigan Military Heritage Museum, Grass Lake Michigan

CD RELEASE PARTY!

Aug 11, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Get tickets on the Ark website here.

Features bass-baritone Daniel Washington and special guest Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton.

R4 celebrates the orchestra’s latest recording featuring the glorious voice of bass-baritone Daniel Washington. This recording features orchestral arrangements of classic spirituals and turn-of-the-20th-century African American popular songs. Classics like “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Deep River” and “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child” are partnered alongside the music of Bert Williams, James P. Johnson and other important African American writers.

Joining the party is the upcoming blues star, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton. Although still in his 20s, Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920’s and making them wish they could stay there for good. Blind Boy Paxton may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of. Yet. And time is getting short, fast.

Jerron performed to a sold out audience at the Lead Belly Tribute at Carnegie Hall on February 4, 2016 along with Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, Edgar Winter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and other stars. It is no exaggeration to say that Paxton made a huge impression. In the two years since his incredible performance at that star-studded show in one of the world’s great concert houses, Paxton’s own star has been rising fast. He opened for Buddy Guy at B.B. Kings in NYC; for Robert Cray at the Reading PA Blues Festival, and performed at numerous other festivals including: Woodford Folk Festival & Byron Bay Blues Festival in Australia; Calgary Folk Festival in Canada; Jewel City Jam in Huntington WV; Freihofers Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs FL; Clearwater Festival in Croton-on-The Hudson NY; Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville AR: Cambridge Folk Festival in the UK., Harvest Time Rhythm & Blues Festival in Ireland; and headlined the 2017 Brooklyn Folk Festival.

Jerron Paxton is a two-time participant in the Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise and is the new Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival & Workshop at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA.
Paxton was featured on CNN’s Great Big Story and appeared in the multi award winning music documentary AMERICAN EPIC produced by Robert Redford, Jack White & T-Bone Burnett. In October and November 2018 Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton will be touring the U.S. with the musicians from this groundbreaking AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS music documentary.
This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling. He’s a world-class talent and a uniquely colorful character that has been on the cover of Living Blues Magazine and the Village Voice, and has been interviewed on FOX News. Paxton’s sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson. According to Will Friedwald in the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation—playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ‘30s.”


The Ark, Ann Arbor MI

The Old Car Festival

Sep 08, 2018 - Sep 09, 2018 @ All Day

Come to the longest-running antique car show in America, held at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan on September 8 and 9, 2018. R4 will perform with vintage dancers on Saturday evening from 7 to 9 pm, and on Sunday afternoon at a time to be announced. For more information on the festival: Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village


Greenfield Village, Dearborn MI

Sinsinawa Mound Center

Nov 04, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinewa Wisconsin