African American Arts & Music Festival planned for downtown Grand Rapids Sept. 25

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids African American Arts & Music Festival celebrates the diversity of the city this weekend.

The one-day event will bring live music, art, dance, and food to Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids at 123 Ionia Ave. from 12pm to 10pm on Saturday, September 25th. SW.

“It is an opportunity for us to be part of our culture and the black culture that is expressed in art, music, dance and literature,” said Festival Director Lisa Knight. “This is our hope for possibilities of expression and unity.”

Entertainment by local musicians and artists includes: Isaac Norris Band, Stephen Smith from 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 Bluesband and Entyce.

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

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

Knight said this year’s event is being held at Studio Park to enable COVID-19 security protocols. It is strongly recommended that all festival visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, maintain social distance and wear a face mask.

“We’re coming back,” said Knight. “We can build together as a community, support one another and participate in all the wonderful aspects of an individual culture.”

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