Friday, June 12, 2015

Electrifying Mojo subject of Don Was' next All Star Revue

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 1:09 PM

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The elusive and incredibly influential Detroit DJ Electrifying Mojo will serve as the inspiration for Detroiter Don Was' upcoming All Star Revue show, which is part of the eclectic Concert of Colors series, which itself features juju, jazz, Ukrainian music, techno, and more. The Don Was All Star Revue is itself a local institution at this point; this is the eighth iteration, and features a killer lineup, as you can see below. We'll get you more information on the event as we get details ourselves.




Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ Max M. Fisher Music Center; 3711 Woodward Ave.

MEIJER MAIN STAGE (ORCHESTRA HALL)
8 p.m. 8th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue: A Tribute to the Electrifying Mojo (rock/eclectronica)

Multiple Grammy-Award winning producer Don Was is well-known to Detroit music fans as a founder of the hit-making rock band Was (Not Was) and as president of Blue Note Records. The Detroit-born Was maintains at powerful connection to Detroit music of all kinds through hosting this annual All-Star Revue at the Concert of Colors

This year’s theme, A Tribute to the Electrifying Mojo, honors the legendary radio disc jockey who in the late 1970s and early 1980s shaped a generation of music lovers in southeast Michigan. His freeform, wide-ranging format brought together funk, rock, and electronic music in a manner that greatly influenced the development of techno. Listeners would be glued to their radios for the landing of the Mother Ship and the invocation of the Midnight Funk Association. The Revue acts will perform music inspired by and associated with the Electrifying Mojo.

Members of the Don Was All-Star band, which perform with several of the Revue acts, are:
Keyboardist Luis Resto, who won an Oscar for co-writing Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” featured in the film 8 Mile. Resto has produced numerous Eminem tracks.

Drummer Terry Thunder Hughley is a long time member of the sun Messengers who has also backed artists such as Sir Mack Rice, Earl King, David Ruffin, the Dramatics and more.

Saxophonist David McMurray was a member of Was (Not Was) and the avant garde jazz group Griot Galaxy. He has also recorded and toured with the B52s as well as Kem and Kid Rock.

Guitarist Brian Roscoe White was a member of Was (Not Was) and has won numerous Detroit Music Awards. His incisive guitar work has backed Sponge, Jill Jack and Liz Larin. 

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