Join us on sample date
Lighthouse is excited to hosting the 6th Annual
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Arden Park, Detroit
6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Our 6th Annual event will be an exciting block party held in the Arden Park-East Boston Edison Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The event will feature tours of historic Arden Park homes, stage and backyard performances throughout the neighborhood, strolling dinner, and music from some of the best local jazz performers.
Please refrain from wearing heels to this event, as the majority of the event will take place on grass.
Don't miss out on this one of a kind experience!
Planet D Nonet (featuring RJ Spangler)
Planet D Nonet (featuring RJ Spangler) is Detroit's Down and Dirty Swing Band and was the Detroit Music Award 2019 Winner for Outstanding Traditional Jazz Artist/Group. The PD9 performs Harlem Jive by Fats Waller, swing era tunes by Duke Ellington, Benny Moten, Count Basie and Fletcher Henderson as well as the jumpin' jive of Louis Jordan. Cofounded by RJ Spangler & James O'Donnell in 2007, this band is about to celebrate 15 years of bringing swing music to SE Michigan listeners and swing dancers. In that time the band has performed in 10 states including some memorable gigs in New Orleans. In addition to the vocals of trumpeter James O'Donnell, the band also features the vocals of trombonist John "Tbone" Paxton and often featured artist Camille Price.
International singer, songwriter, recording artist, was awarded by the Detroit Blues Society “Living Lifetime Achievement Award” and awarded a star on the Canada South Blues Museum “Walk of Fame”. In 2015 Thornetta was crowned “DETROIT’S QUEEN OF THE BLUES” in a ceremony by the Detroit Blues Society, with proclamations from the City of Detroit, County of Wayne and the State of Michigan. Thornetta has opened for Blues Legends such as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Etta James, KoKo Taylor, Johnny Johnson, Bonnie Raitt and more. Thornetta is a 7 time Blues Foundation BLUES MUSIC AWARDS nominee including two 2022 BMA nominations for Contemporary Blues artist female and Best instrumentalist Vocals. As a winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards. Thornetta received six 2018 DMA’s and has also won eight 2017 Detroit Music Awards for her latest album Honest Woman which include Outstanding Record Producer, Outstanding Blues Recording, Outstanding Blues Vocalist and Outstanding Live Performance. As winner of the 2017 Blues Blast Magazine Music Awards for “Best Soul/Blues Album, Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine “Coolest Blues Song” Thornetta has garnered international attention by winning 2017 1st place in the INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) for “Best Blues Song” (I BELIEVE EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT) and also receiving the prestigious French 2018 La Academie du Jazz Award for “Best Blues Album” for HONEST WOMAN.
Laura Rain & The Caesars
Detroit’s Laura Rain and the Caesars transform funky soul and r&b into their own unique vision. Inspired by the spirit of classic recordings of a bygone era, Laura Rain creates her own environment of expression with a powerful and soulful voice. Formed in the Motor City in 2012 with her husband George Friend, the pair set off on a creative journey writing and recording their own music. The two garnered many accolades within the music press and radio with their debut release “Electrified” in 2013. Performing with a stripped down lineup of organ, guitar and drums the band developed it’s signature sound, and cultivated a vintage toned energetic foundation. The second release “Closer” (2014) expanded the sound exposing the bands’ love for Memphis soul, juke-joint blues and tough Detroit funk and r&b. In 2018, with the release of her fourth album “Walk with Me”, Laura Rain once again pushed the envelope of her unique soul music. Touring in support of the latest single “Pleasure Zone”, and channeling inspiration from Detroit’s incredible musical history, Laura Rain gives modern music a raw, yet sophisticated shot of much needed authenticity and heart.
This Detroit-based trio’s fresh sound of experimental global groove or ‘Now-Music’ combines elements of world, groove, funk, jam & jazz. Their influences range from Parliament/Funkadelic, Paco de Lucia and The Police to Fela Kuti, Pat Metheny, Antonio Carlos Jobim and lots in-between. Instrumentalists; Sean Blackman-guitar, James Simonson-bass & Larry Fratangelo-percussion.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Noah Jackson is a bassist, cellist, and composer specializing in black American music and classical music. Aimed with a curiosity to where sound could touch audiences from within, he has both written and performed music for large international audiences since 2010. A graduate of Michigan State University (B.M.), and Manhattan School of Music (M.M.), Noah has performed with world renowned artists such as NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim, Branford Marsails, Jason Marsalis, The Marsalis Family, Hugh Masekela, Nnenna Freelon, Kenny Garrett, Wizard Harper, George Burton, Jazzmeia Horn, and Christian Sands.
He also recorded bass and cello on The Balance with Abdullah Ibrahim which reached #3 on the Billboard Jazz Charts (June 2019). As a band leader, Noah had put on performances of original creative work with his band Full Circle. In 2011, he made his self-produced debut album, Contemplations- A Suite to critical acclaim and led Full Circle in the Detroit Jazz Festival in 2012. As of March 2021, Noah has joined Cliff Bell’s in Detroit as Curator and Artist-in-Residence where he will perform with his group Full Circle and host sessions as well as bring in world-class talent to perform on it’s stage.
Thank you to our 2022 Event Committee Members: Howard Hertz, Paddy Lynch, and Matt Lee.