African American Arts and Music Festival scheduled for downtown Grand Rapids on September 25

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids African American Arts and Music Festival will celebrate the city’s diversity this weekend.

The full-day event will bring live music, art, dancing and food to Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids, 123 Ionia Ave. SW, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 25.

“This is an opportunity for us to share our culture and the black culture that is expressed through art, music, dance and literature,” said Festival Board Chair Lisa Knight . “It is our hope for opportunities for expression and unity.”

The lineup of local musicians and artists includes: Isaac Norris Band, Stephen Smith of MUSEGR, Dyvas R Us Dance Squad / Nell McIntosh, New City Kids, Maurice Townsend 45, Laasah Marshall Dance, Bunny DeBarge, Kyd Kane Spoken Word, Asamu Johnson Blues Band and Entyce.

“Grand Rapids is full of very talented musicians and artists, and we hope to give them the opportunity to show what they do,” said Knight.

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The festival has been held in Grand Rapids for over four decades, historically at Calder Plaza or Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Knight said this year’s event will be held at Studio Park to enable COVID-19 security protocols. It is strongly recommended that all festival-goers distance themselves socially and wear a face mask regardless of their vaccination status.

“We’re coming back,” Knight said. “As a community we can build together, support each other and share all the wonderful aspects of an individual culture. “

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