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Inspirational open mic brings ‘jazzy’ to Detroit’s Café Sonshine

Gerald "Pacman" Dixon COURTESY PHOTO

Gerald “Pacman” Dixon COURTESY PHOTO

By Steve Furay

Special to the Michigan Citizen

Café Sonshine will be shining brightly on August 14, as poet Ben Will hosts the Poetic Celebration, an evening of inspirational open mic poetry and music. This month’s theme is “Something Jazzy,” with Gerald “Pacman” Dixon II featured on saxophone.

The Poetic Celebration is a monthly poetry series for ages 10 and up. General admission tickets are $7, open mic sign-ups and student tickets are $5, and veterans $2. August will be the tenth consecutive month of the event at Café Sonshine, located at 8902 Second Avenue, Detroit. 

“That’s my home, I feel like I’m doing this in my backyard, my home community,” says Ben Will. “It shows that I’m providing an opportunity for artistic expression and a professional showcase of established artists in my backyard, that’s open to my neighbors and community, we don’t have to go far.”

The goal of the Poetic Celebration is to be a part of Detroit’s revitalization with a home-grown showcase for artists in a residential neighborhood, an event where people of faith can feel comfortable knowing artists have left their explicit material at home.

“I feel like it helps build the artistic social capital of our neighborhood,” he says. “There’s a lot of arts popping up, and artists go to the city and claim vacant space, and I think this is important for artists in a neighborhood doing something.”

Vendor tables are available; call 313.915.0292 for more information.

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