Summer, summer, summer-time…

So sad, yet another year passed and our favorite Detroit summer festival with it… It really never fails, the goodness that CityFest brings – how can you go wrong with 5 sunny days of FREE music in the streets of Motown? VIEW PHOTOS

And the weather was perfect… well, except for a rainy start the morning of opening day, Independence Day. DJs Gamall & Carl Craig warmed up the Pure Detroit Stage with their Demon Days fervor only for DJs Santiago & Recloose to spin Second Avenue into a frenzy. Over to the Main Stage, DJ Ron Trent’s classic AfroBeat set infused with a little James Brown funk flavor, seemed to have brought the sun out of hiding and beat us good while Femi Kuti & Positive Force taught us yet another lesson in true roots music (and those colorful dancers!) and blessed us with another soul-altering experience.

Back over to the Pure Detroit Stage for Craig’s “Detroit Live” set with legendary Tribe Records musicians, Marcus Belgrave & Wendell Harrison & Sholar, and quite possibly the most perfect way to end a Detroit summer evening in the city… with a raw set from DJ Moodymann aka Kenny Dixon Jr. Let’s just say this 4th on Second Ave in the D gave new meaning to “dancin’ in the streets.” Aaahhhhh….

Thursday saw us back at the CityFest again for an amazing show from The Wailers on the Main Stage, and a truly inspirational sundown Detroit Hip-Hop-Soul Jam on the Pure Detroit Stage hosted by local Hip Hop authority, DJ K-Fresh RenSoul.com , and sponsored & co-created by your truly , Fusicology. The “Luck Be A Lady” set featured cameos from the best in Detroit’s Hip Hop & Soul-stresses including Monica Blaire, Neco Redd, Angelique Brown, L’Renee, Patrice Williams, Invincible, and Miz Korona… with DJ Sicari behind the decks and Finale as host with the most. Oh yeah… and surprise set from rising Cincinnati/Brooklyn-based Hip Hop trio, Tanya Morgan , as our guest “lady.” (ha,ha)

Yet again we bounced right from the CityFest Thursday night on over to ROUND 2 for MA DUKES… the second installment in the official series to benefit Mrs. Yancey, mother of J Dilla aka Jay Dee, to raise funds for costs incurred by the Yancey family since Dilla’s death. Hosted by Sparrow, Round 2 found us gettin’ hype to performances from Tanya Morgan, 5 ELA, Phat Kat – with surprise guest DJ House Shoes… an all-out, no-holds-barred, solo by Monica Blaire, and of course a swooning croon from sexy Soul staple, Dwele, DJ Sicari behind the wheels.

Day 3 of our Fusicology showcase at CityFest had us up a little early to jam to Malik Alston’s new project, “This Music is Life” on the Jazz & Blues Stage. All warmed-up, we cruised with our brews on over to our Pure Detroit Stage to support our boys, Ayro & Arnold, otherwise known as Jeremy Ellis & John Arnold… you know, those crazy MPC-pokin’ dudes.

Next we really had to jet to the Main Stage to bounce with Lupe Fiasco, where we were nearly accosted by his enormous entourage (jeez, Lupe… is it really like THAT?), before we got into our jam side-stage, and skated out Batman-style back to the Pure D Stage for, in our humble opinion, the most not-to-be-missed set of the CityFest – the debut of the emerging new live-dance-funk band outta the D, Exchange Bureau. Do NOT , repeat : do not, sleep on these guys! EXB mos def got Second Ave’s groove on Friday night with mad props to DJ Seoul for rockin’ possibly the fullest crowd Second Ave. saw all week. Phew!

Detroit, we love you 😉

Whenever our souls are runnin’ dry, you always fill us right back up!

Written by Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology.com

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