May 3, 2014
Rock Mill Records and the HRC Present the Northern Soul Experience
Featuring Legendary Northern Soul Recording Artists
Melvin Davis and Tradition, Pat Lewis, Spyder Turner
with special guest Maruga and the Cosmic Hoedown Band

Plus DJ's Chris Butterfield and Mike Hurt spinning 45's
6 pm; $20 door/ $15 in advance (children 10 and under get in free). Tickets available at Trinosophes and Found Sound

Melvin Davis:
"Few artists on Detroit's soul music scene had a more impressive resume than Davis, a singer, songwriter, drummer, and bandleader who worked with everyone from Smokey Robinson and David Ruffin to Wayne Kramer and Dennis Coffey. Davis was born on August 29, 1942, and as a child, his family moved back and forth between Detroit and Milledgeville, Georgia, where his grandparents had a farm. As a boy, he developed a passion for music, seeing Little Richard perform at a juke joint near the family farm and hearing Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers at a church potluck dinner. At the age of 17, Davis joined the Navy and in his spare time began teaching himself to play the piano and guitar and started writing songs" -All Music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s78bcQ5opHo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrV58qUZjTw
http://michigancitizen.com/melvin-davis-music-life-politics-all-about-participation/

Pat Lewis:
In the early 60s, Pat, her sister Dianne, and two friends (Betty and Jackie Winston) formed the group, The Adorables, who recorded a record and began singing backing vocals for Golden World Records. Pat herself debuted as a solo artist in 1966 with Can't Shake It Loose while also beginning to do outside backing vocals sessions. She met Motown Records' in-house backing group The Andantes, and one day when one of the girls couldn't make the session for Stevie Wonder's Up-Tight, Pat stepped in and did it as well as several other Motown sessions. She signed to Solid Hit Bound Records and released a string of singles, including "Look At What I Almost Missed", "Warning", "No One to Love", "No Baby No", and "The Loser". From the late 60s on, she became a permanent backing singer for Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes and later on George Clinton too. She wrote several songs for Isaac Hayes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKYBoWGN0W8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKYBoWGN0W8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0Fzz1H4gXI

Spyder Turner:
Spyder Turner was raised in Detroit, and sang in doo wop groups and high school choirs while young. He first began recording after winning a contest at the Apollo Theater in New York, recording some solo sides and singing backup for groups called The Stereophonics and The Fabulous Counts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtpP_tW2tCM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIWyH1FbBH8

Muruga and the Cosmic Hoedown Band:
Muruga Booker & the Cosmic HoeDown Band is the latest project by Detroit-based legendary drummer and percussionist Muruga Booker. After 54 years of his music career, Muruga wanted to fuse his many styles of music into one that would resonate with his spiritual and musical interests, and communicate his musical roots; a Music that would have the Cosmic freedom of jazz and the rhythmical heart-beat of Funk, and combine his Serbian heritage, African, Eastern Nada Yoga, and shamanic influences with country blues, rock, funk and his world music roots. He wanted to maintain his cosmic approach and still get down and boogie. He wanted a party music of the American hoedown that brought people together to jam, trance and dance. Muruga is also an Aka priest, an Orthodox priest spreading the word that Spirit and uncreated light source energy is the life force in us all no matter what you call it.

https://www.facebook.com/cosmic.hoedown.band