Committed to our community in Northwest Detroit, and our artistic, cultural, and intellectual awareness and growth as African-American people, Clarence Harris began Soul Day 44 years ago at the field of Northwestern H.S. Mr. Harris is at it again, as he has organized and prepared another year of community enlightenment with the 44th Annual Soul Day Celebration for 2012, at the Sam Bishop Playfield, at Grand River and Lawton. The theme for this years festival is "Always Protect What You Have, Just Add To It!".
This years Soul Day festival will feature the scholarship of Akinjide Bonotchi Montgomery from Detroit, Dr. W. Richard Campbell, and Brother Otim Larib, both from Atlanta, GA. Musical highlights will be drummer Michael Brown & Even Exchange Band, and yours truly. Soul Day will have many other educational workshops, presentors, bands, and vocal artist.
I will be performing under my name; Keith Gamble (although listed as Keith Gamble Quartet). We are scheduled to perform at 9:30pm, on Sunday, August 14, 2011. Joining me on stage at Soul Day will be pianist Mike Evans, Donnie Wilson on bass, and Michael Brown on drums. Both Mike Evans and Donnie Wilson appear on my CD recording - Meaning, Truth, and Understanding. From Meaning, Truth, and Understanding, Side Effects, Right Hemisphere, and Cycle of Life are on our set-list. If you are a fan of the performance poetry group Creative Tradition, you will hear music form the Creative Tradition repertoire on this set-list. It is going to be an exciting set of post-bop and avant garde jazz music.
The 44th Annual Soul Day Celebration runs from Friday, August 12, through Sunday, August 14 from 9am to midnight. All activities are FREE to the public, and all ages are welcome. Say hello and thanks to Mr. Harris, and I look forward to seeing you at SOUL DAY.