2018 JCC Ethan & Gretchen Davidson Music Festival

MAY 24 – 26, 2018

Four days of music, culture, food and local artisans!

The JCC Ethan & Gretchen Davidson Music Festival is a fresh new take on arts and music festivals. We are hosting artists that are local, national and international who perform amazing music in a range of styles, including folk, rock, punk, klezmer, jazz and a family friendly performance. 


Thursday, May 24

Go Comedy! Improv Theatre
261 E Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220

7:30 pm | Project Trio

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ProjectProject Trio is a passionate, high-energy chamber music ensemble composed of three virtuosic composers/performers from Brooklyn.


Blending classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio burst onto the scene with their landmark videos! Using social media to broaden their reach beyond the concert stage and classroom, the Trio has its own YouTube channel, which has more than 80 million views and 96,000 subscribers, making PROJECT Trio one of the most viewed instrumental ensembles on the internet.

Saturday, May 26

The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
6600 W Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

6:00 pm | Marketplace Opens 

8:00 pm | Marc Cohn

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Join GRAMMY®-award winning singer/songwriter Marc Cohn for a special evening with his Trio! Cohn recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his landmark, self-titled release, featuring his signature hit song, Walking in Memphis. Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. Marc recently released Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities and Evolution of a Record, featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut album.

9:30 pm | Patron Night Reception

Our festivals can only be made stronger with the support of our community. Patrons of the JCC Ethan & Gretchen Davidson Music Festival not only donate to the success of a new, exciting event buy they receive complimentary tickets to Marc Cohn & Uprooted and access to the patron night reception.
To find out more about becoming a patron, please call Elaine (Hendriks) Smith at 248.432.5673.

Sunday, May 27

The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
6600 W Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

5:00 pm | Marketplace Opens 

7:00 pm | Uprooted featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root

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UprootedIt was 29 years ago that Michael Glabicki left college to start a band. He spent two years creating his vision and learning the craft of songwriting. That vision soon became Rusted Root, the multiplatinum band out of Pittsburgh, and Michael became one of the world’s most unique voices.

In many ways he is starting this process again by creating an entirely new sound landscape! This process has led to Glabicki’s new solo project, Uprooted! This band is bringing back parts of Rusted Root of old, including more percussion and more female vocals, as well as bringing it into a new place with new material. He will carry on playing Rusted Root’s entire catalog of music on tour with re-inspired versions, as well as continuing to bring new and exciting music under the new name of Uprooted.

Members from the most recent touring band for Rusted Root (Dirk Miller- electric guitar, Zil Fessler- drums, Bobby Schneck Jr.-bass) as well as a new female singer, Daisie Ghost Flower will be joining as the backing band on this new adventure.

The festival will include an artist market, food vendors and a VIP Lounge for those who purchase our VIP package. There will also be a special performance of the nostalgic music of Simon & Garfunkel to close the festival. Visit theberman.org/musicfest to view the complete Music Festival schedule, find out about the performers, learn about sponsorship opportunities, and purchase tickets.


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