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Wesley ReynosoSalsa Dance Party feat. Wesley Reynoso Afro-Latin Ensemble

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 9 PM

Arrive early for a dance lesson with Award-winning Latin dancer/instructor Mambo Marci and stay for the open dance floor, a live music set featuring the Wesley Reynoso Afro-Latin Ensemble, plus food and drink specials!

Salsa Dance Lesson - 9 PM
Live DJ + Live Music - 10 PM - 12:30 AM

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Om @ The MaxOm @ The Max

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Practice yoga to live music by French composers. Certified yoga instructor and DSO Librarian Ethan Allen leads a group yoga session open to all skill levels—accompanied with music performed live by a DSO percussion ensemble. Namaste.

Pricing: General Admission $25; Child General Admission $18

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Red BaraatRed Baraat

Friday, August 17, 2018 at 8 PM

Famously dubbed "The best party band in years" by NPR, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound: a merging of hard driving North Indian Bhangra with elements of go-go, rock and jazz—fueled by 3 master rhythm makers, the muscle of horns, a raucous guitar and a booming sousaphone.

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Past Events

Quiana LynellQuiana Lynell

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10 PM

Join us after the Music of Miles Davis concert for "The Hang"—a post-concert late night jam session in The Cube featuring live music by Quiana Lynell. 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition winner, Quiana Lynell infuses her classical training with her gospel upbringing and approaches jazz as a storyteller.


Fabian AlmazanFabian Almazan

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 8 PM

Recently nominated for a Grammy for his work on Terence Blanchard's "Breathless", Cuban-born (New York-based) pianist Fabian Almazan returns to Detroit to perform Alcanza, his exciting multi-movement suite, featuring his ensemble and a DSO String Quartet.


Lionel LouekeLionel Loueke

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7 PM

Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as "a musical painter," West African guitarist Lionel Loueke combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk forms, and guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own.

The event is presented in collaboration with Drinks x Design, Detroit Design Core and DSO NextGen.


yMusicyMusic

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:30 PM

Hailed by Performance Today’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators—from Paul Simon to Ben Folds to Jose Gonzalez—and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman.


Storm LargeStorm Large & Le Bonheur

Friday, April 6, 2018 at 8:30 PM

Back by popular demand, Storm Large delivers American songbook classics, Broadway tear-jerkers and rock goddess anthems. She may appear to be a six foot tattooed Vargas pin up girl, but with a voice that goes from a velvety purr to a mighty Valkyrie in a single phrase, Ms. Large is a vocalist whose iconoclastic talent defies the laws of nature.


Les NubiansLes Nubians + DJ Cambeaux

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 9:30 PM

Vocal Duo Les Nubians, comprised of sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Paris France, brings their distinctive Afropean, Urban, R&B sound to The Cube for an evening not to be missed.

 


A Wine & Music 'Tour de France'A Wine & Music "Tour de France"

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7 PM

Sommelier and music expert Ron Merlino leads an unparalleled wine tasting experience featuring rare French wines paired with live music performed by DSO musicians. Sip, savor, listen and learn about composers—Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Debussy, and Ravel—their wine tastes, histories, music and more! Ticket includes wine tasting, live classical music, mini crepe bites and light fare, and a commemorative wine glass.


Round MidnightLe Ciné Cube
Screening of "Round Midnight" + Q&A

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Bertrand Tavernier’s 1986 American-French musical drama film Round Midnight stars legendary jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet,and Herbie Hancock and captures the Paris jazz scene of the1950s. Martin Scorsese, Philippe Noiret, and Wayne Shorter appear in cameos. Following the film screening, jazz archivist and Dexter Gordon's widow Maxine Gordon will host a discussion and Q&A about the film.


Le Ciné CubeLe Ciné Cube
Film Shorts + Live Music
by the Andrew Alden Ensemble

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:30 PM

Silent French films come to life with live music performed by the Andrew Alden Ensemble. From 1920's Avant-Garde horror to famous shorts by French Filmmaker Georges Méliès, AAE’s textual scores will transform your film experience with original music and fresh new sounds!


Accidental MusicianThe Accidental Magician: Music, Magic & Film

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7 PM

A washed-up magician fails to make his stage entrance, and the unwitting stagehand must now take his place on stage. This family-friendly show morphs between film, a musical performance and live magic!

 


Julien LabroThe Chanson Experiment Feat. Julien Labro

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7 PM

French-born accordion wizard Julien Labro delivers fresh modern jazz inspired takes on French songs by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour plus original compositions.

 


Cyrille AiméeValentine’s Day With Cyrille Aimée

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7 PM

"A massively talented international chanteuse," exclaims the New York Observer. Spend this Valentine’s Day with your special someone and French cabaret vocalist Cyrille Aimée.

 


Om @ Le MaxOm @ Le Max

Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Practice yoga to live music by French composers. Certified yoga instructor and DSO Librarian Ethan Allen leads a group yoga session open to all skill levels—accompanied with music performed live by violinist Will Haapaniemi, violinist Jiamin Wang, violist Jim VanValkenburg, and cellist Peter McCaffrey of the DSO. Namaste.


Swing Dance PartySwing Dance Party

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 9 PM

Dust off those dancing shoes and come decked out in your best vintage attire for the ultimate swing dance party at The Cube in Midtown Detroit. Arrive early for a dance lesson and your favorite classic cocktail and stay for the open dance floor and live music performed by Civic Jazz Orchestra with special guest clarinetist Dave Bennett.

Cocktails & Live DJ – 9 PM
Dance Lesson – 9:30 PM
Live Music & Open Dance Floor – 10 PM-12 AM


Salsa Dance PartySalsa Dance Party

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 9 PM

Arrive early for a dance lesson with Award-winning Latin dancer/instructor Mambo Marci and stay for the open dance floor, a live music set from Los Gatos, plus food and drink specials!

Salsa Dance Lesson – 9 PM
Live DJ + Live Music – 10 PM – 12:30 AM


Kenneth ThompkinsKenneth Thompkins: Sonatas, Songs and Spirituals

CD Release Concert

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7 PM

Celebrate the release of DSO Principal Trombone Kenneth Thompkins’s new album Sonatas, Songs and Spirituals. The evening will feature a diverse collection of music featuring the lyric qualities of the trombone with a live performance by Thompkins and special guests, plus a Q&A on the making of his solo debut album.


Marsha MusicArt @ The Max III: Live Performance

An Evening With Marsha Music: A One Woman Show — Live From Black Bottom!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7 PM

Celebrated writer and Detroit cultural icon Marsha Music presents her multimedia one-woman show, based off Nicole Macdonald’s The Detroit Portrait Series presents Black Bottom and Paradise Valley – currently featured in the Art @ The Max III exhibition. Music’s collaborator, DJ Adam Stanfel will be on hand to spin vinyl, recreating the sounds that emerged from pioneering record-seller, Marsha’s father, and producer Joe Von Battle’s record shop and mid-century Detroit.


Kaki KingKaki King

The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast. King’s groundbreaking new multi-media performance uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other. Luminous visions of genesis and death, textures and skins, are cast onto an Ovation Adamas 1581-KK Kaki King Signature 6-String Acoustic guitar customized specifically for this production. The Guitar gradually evolves, taking on a living, breathing existence of its own.


45th Annual Noel Night feat. Sidewalk Chalk45th Annual Noel Night Feat. Sidewalk Chalk

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7 PM

Presented by Midtown Detroit Inc. and the DSO, Chicago-based ensemble Sidewalk Chalk will treat event attendees to back-to-back performances (7:00 & 8:15pm) featuring original music plus a few holiday favorites. Comprised of an MC, vocalist, drummer, bassist, keys player, trombonist and trumpeter, Sidewalk Chalk transcends genre with a wholly original sound that blends elements of funk, hip-hop, jazz, and R&B. The Cube, located in the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, will create a casual yet intimate atmosphere in which audience members are encouraged to come-and-go as they please. Arrive early for food and drink specials, holiday shopping, family activities, photos opportunities and a visit from Santa Claus.


Om @ The MaxOm @ The Max

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Practice yoga to live music. Certified yoga instructor and DSO Librarian Ethan Allen leads a group yoga session open to all skill levels—accompanied with music performed live by flautist Jeff Zook and harpist Rachel Miller of the DSO. Namaste.


Art @ The Max IIIArt @ The Max III: Open Gallery

Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10 AM - 10 PM

Join us for the Art @ The Max III exhibition featuring the works of Detroit artists Matt Corbin, Scott Hocking, Sydney G. James, Nicole Macdonald, Jo Powers, Maya Stovall, and Andrew Thompson.

 


Art @ The Max IIIArt @ The Max III: Gallery Tours

Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join gallery curator Steve Panton for a guided tour of the Art @ The Max III exhibition featuring the works of Detroit artists Matt Corbin, Scott Hocking, Sydney G. James, Nicole Macdonald, Jo Powers, Maya Stovall, and Andrew Thompson. Tours begin at 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm, and will convene at the 1st floor Atrium.

 

 


Kris Johnson GroupThe Kris Johnson Group With Lulu Fall

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 10 PM

Award-winning trumpeter Kris Johnson returns to the Cube for an evening of vibrant music that combines unique textures of sound fused with jazz, classical, hip-hop, and neo-soul elements.

 


Om @ The MaxOm @ The Max

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Practice yoga to live music. Certified yoga instructor and DSO Librarian Ethan Allen leads a group yoga session open to all skill levels—accompanied with music performed live by DSO pianist Robert Conway, violinist Sheryl Hwangbo, and cellist David LeDoux. Join us for the season kick-off of Om @ The Max series, featuring an eclectic selection of local pop-up vendors.
Namaste.

OM. – 10:30am
EAT. SHOP. DRINK. MINGLE. – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Pricing:
General Admission $25
Student General Admission $20
VIP Experience $39 (Includes Food Voucher + 1 Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or Smoothie)


Jamison RossJamison Ross

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10 PM

Refreshing and invigorating, Jamison Ross is the epitome of soul. Ross will take listeners on a musical journey that unifies his drumming abilities and vocal gifting.


Art @ The Max IIIArt @ The Max III

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6 PM

Join us for the opening reception of Art @ The Max III featuring the works of Detroit artists Matt Corbin, Scott Hocking, Sydney G. James, Nicole Macdonald, Jo Powers, Maya Stovall, and Andrew Thompson.

 


Strange Beautiful MusicStrange Beautiful Music 10 Feat. New Music Detroit

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2 PM

New Music Detroit brings their 10th annual marathon music festival to The Cube! The avant-garde production features experimental and far-reaching sounds ranging from contemporary chamber music and European folk to experimental electronics and noise improvisation. View the schedule here.


Ben SolleeMix @The Max Feat. Ben Sollee

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 7 PM

Known for his thrilling cello playing that incorporates innovative techniques to create a distinctive mix of folk, pop and bluegrass, Ben Sollee possesses rough, smooth, smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements. Sollee presents a unique evening of raw live music like you’ve never experienced.


Big SamBig Sam’s Funky Nation

Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 6 PM

Noladelic PowerFunk. That’s the sound BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION have been whipping up for more than a decade. It’s high-energy music that mixes funk, rock & roll, hip-hop, and jazz into the same pot, gluing everything together with the brassy influence—and heavy grooves—of New Orleans. Big Sam refuses to let an audience sit still so bring your best moves! Tickets just $15!


Unpaved Road coverThe Kris Johnson Group With Lulu Fall

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Award-winning trumpeter Kris Johnson and singer-songwriter Lulu Fall make their long-awaited return to Detroit to celebrate the release of their new project, "The Unpaved Road". Spearheading social stigma and stereotypes combined with unique textures of sound fused with jazz, classical, hip-hop, and neo-soul elements, The Kris Johnson Group and Lulu Fall join forces for an evening of vibrant music.


Terence BlanchardMix @ The Max: Terence Blanchard

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM

With his new quintet, The E-Collective, DSO Erb Jazz Chair and trumpeter Terence Blanchard journeys into an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues colors. Blanchard brings the E-Collective to The Cube for an extraordinary evening of socially conscious and forward thinking music!


ShigetoMix @ The Max: Shigeto

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 9:30 PM

Shigeto returns to The Cube with a live ensemble of musicians! Cool shades of ambient music, stuttering early IDM, dubstep sub-bass, and jazz melodicism color Shigeto's palette. Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design, rhythmically fractured but melodically sumptuous, Shigeto's music is a bridge between the past and present, bringing the artist face to face with a creative legacy that spans decades.


Art @ The MaxArt @ The Max II

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6 PM

Join us for an opportunity to hear directly from curator Steve Panton and artists Lynn Bennett-Carpenter, Andy Malone, Billy Mark, David Philpot, and Graem Whyte speak about their featured work in the Art@TheMax II exhibition. The evening will conclude with a guided tour. No prior knowledge of art is necessary. Light refreshments will be served.


Detroit Bureau of SoundDetroit Bureau of Sound

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10 PM

Detroit Bureau of Sound presents "Tour d' Techno"—an exploration into the electronica of Detroit. The evening will feature music by the masters of techno, including Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson, and Octave One performed live by DSO Principal Tuba Dennis Nulty, DSO cellist David Ledoux, violinist Yuri Popowycz and percussionist Zac Brunell.


Latitude 49Latitude 49

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Chicago based mixed-chamber group Latitude 49 presents their fresh and innovative program "A SENSE OF WHO," which reflects on ideas of identity through the lens of new music. L49 blends the finesse of a classical ensemble with the drive and precision of a finely-tuned rock band. With members coming together from across the United States and Canada, L49 epitomizes a diverse, unconventional family of sounds, instruments, and human experiences.


Strange Beautiful MusicNew Music Detroit

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM

New Music Detroit (NMD), founded in 2006, is a collective of musicians dedicated to performing groundbreaking musical works from the late-20th century to the present day. A highly flexible ensemble with a cast of core members and prominent guest artists, NMD performs new and adventurous classical music in a wide variety of settings, for a wide variety of people.

Core Members: Vicky Chow, piano | Gina Dibello, violin | Ian Ding, percussion
Una O’Riordan, cello | Shannon Orme, clarinets | Erik Rönmark, saxophones


Freedom Winds Woodwind QuintetFreedom Winds Woodwind Quintet

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7 PM

Composed of six virtuoso Airman Musicians, Freedom Winds will take you on a tour of some of the most beautiful and exciting music from various cultures around the world. This family-friendly concert will showcase the band’s diverse repertoire, from jazz and ragtime classics to popular themes from Broadway’s hit shows and Hollywood’s greatest films.


Anthony Stanco"The Hang"
Feat. The Anthony Stanco Quintet

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9:30 PM

Join us after the Symphonic Jazz with the DSO and Michel Camilo concert for “The Hang”—a post-concert late night jam session in The Cube featuring live music by The Anthony Stanco Quintet. Trumpeter, composer and educator, Anthony Stanco is a rising talent in today’s music scene. Anthony’s brilliant trumpet style is exciting and demonstrates his understanding of the jazz tradition.


ChargauxMix @ The Max feat: CHARGAUX

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7 PM

WSG HARDCORE DETROIT BREAK-DANCE COLLECTIVE
Brooklyn based string duo, Chargaux blends the acoustic elements of violin and viola with modern sounds and beats. Utilizing elements of visual art and creative fashion, they truly are a singular entity. The Chargaux sound has been featured on several major works including two Grammy-nominated projects – Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid m.a.a.d City and J Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive – and the DIVERGENT film.

This performance will also feature Haleem “Stringz” Rasul and the Hardcore Detroit break-dance collective.


Aoife O'DonovanAoife O'Donovan

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7 PM

"Aoife O'Donovan's singing is almost too gorgeous for its own good," exclaims the Washington Post.

For a decade, O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. She was a featured vocalist on "The Goat Rodeo Sessions," the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. She has made regular appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and collaborated with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas. Now, O'Donovan returns for an unforgettable evening of genre-bending music!


MozartIn Search of Mozart

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM & Friday, January 27 at 1 PM

@ THE MAX – Film Screening:

"Outstanding...a must-see film," hails the Chicago Sun Times. In Search of Mozart traces the composer’s life through his music and extensive correspondence. The music takes center stage with over 80 works featured, revealing striking parallels between the music and Mozart's own experiences.

General Admission: $7


Karriem RigginsKarriem Riggins' Blend

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9 PM

BLEND is a brand-new DJ experience presented by acclaimed hip-hop producer/drummer DJ Karriem Riggins spinning some of his favorite music. He calls it a kaleidoscope of music – soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, rock, and more! It's a blend that keeps the head nodding and the people dancing.


Sonny Knight and the Lakers44th Annual Noel Night
Sonny Knight and the Lakers

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7 PM

Presented by the DSO and Midtown Detroit Inc., Minneapolis based retro-soul band Sonny Knight and the Lakers will treat event attendees to back-to-back performances (7:00 & 8:15pm) featuring original music plus holiday favorites. Sonny Knight and the Lakers exist in the afterglow that soul luminaries like James Brown created with his raucous, kinetic, and supreme live performances. Released in mid-2015, Sonny Knight and the Lakers Do It Live, from the eponymous group, is a loving return to the height of live Rhythm and Blues, with Knight and his band perfectly capturing the uproarious vibe and rebellious musicianship of an era long gone.


Sean Dobbins"THE HANG" FEAT.
Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet

Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10 PM

Looking for a place to hang after the Dianne Reeves concert? Join us for the "The Hang"—a post-concert late night jam session in The Cube featuring live music, plus drink and food specials.

Southeastern Michigan jazz drummer Sean Dobbins has been the most active sideman on the local scene during the first decade of the new millennium for good reason. A facile, limber, inventive, and playful musician who adds extreme value to any band, his happy persona and zest for life easily translate into every performance.


Storm LargeStormy Love: Songs of Seduction and Obsession
Feat. Storm Large & Le Bonheur

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7 PM

Storm Large may appear to be a six foot tattooed Vargas pin up girl, but with a voice that goes from a velvety purr to a mighty Valkyrie in a single phrase, Ms. Large is a vocalist whose iconoclastic talent defies the laws of nature. She returns with her fearless 4-piece band Le Bonheur to deliver American songbook classics, Broadway tear-jerkers and rock goddess anthems.


Marcus Elliott"The Hang"
feat. The Marcus Elliott Quartet

• Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10 PM
• Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10 PM

Saxophonist/composer/educator Marcus Elliot is quickly gaining recognition for his imaginative improvising, and fervently thoughtful voice on the saxophone. Elliot will be joined by pianist Michael Malis, bassist Ben Rolston, and drummer Steven Boegehold.


Strange Beautiful MusicStrange Beautiful Music IX

Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2 PM
Wasserman Projects Gallery, Eastern Market – 3434 Russell St., Detroit

New Music Detroit brings their 9th annual marathon music festival, Strange Beautiful Music to Wasserman Projects Gallery – a unique warehouse-style arts space in Eastern Market! The avant-garde production features experimental and far-reaching sounds ranging from contemporary chamber music and European folk to experimental electronics and noise improvisation.


Red BaraatThe DSO and WDET Present: Red Baraat

Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7 PM

Famously dubbed "The best party band in years" by NPR, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound: a merging of hard driving North Indian Bhangra with elements of go-go, rock and jazz—fueled by 3 master rhythm makers, the muscle of horns, a raucous guitar and a booming sousaphone.
6 PM – Mix. Mingle. Eat. Drink. Shop.
7 PM – Listen. Dance.

ANY QUESTIONS?

WHAT TO WEAR?
There is NO dress code for Mix @ The Max. Be casual, rock those skinny jeans, or come straight from work in your chic business attire - its up to you!

NETWORKING?
Doors open an hour before the event so come early, grab a cocktail, and meet someone new!

FOOD/DRINK?
Not only does each Mix have a full bar, Chef Mike will have a menu of quick bites ready to snack on during the performance. Yeah, you read that right, you can eat and drink during the concert!