Concerts In The Cabin: Grand Opening Of Palmer Park Log Cabin

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People For Palmer Park says
People for Palmer Park presents two Jazz-Blues & Motown concerts at our Grand Opening Celebration Fundraiser in the historic 1880's Palmer Park Log Cabin — a late afternoon event from 4-6 pm and a twilight event from 7-9 pm. The concerts commemorate the unveiling of extensive restorations of Senator and Mrs. Palmer's Log Cabin and its newly restored stained glass windows, and include tours of the cabin and reception with wine and refreshments.

The concerts feature widely-recorded, world-renown musicians, who arecwell versed in Jazz, Blues, R & B and other genres: Kresge Arts Fellow guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, vocalist Shahida Nurullah, and bassist Ibrahim Jones.

This Grand Opening Celebration will showcase the extensive restoration of the historic Log Cabin, which until recently had been padlocked,decaying and forlorn for most of the past 40 years. People for Palmer Park (PFPP) and the City of Detroit have been busy restoring this unique landmark, the only Log Cabin in Detroit!

The event will raise funds for Log Cabin Day, and for the continued revitalization of the Park and restoration of the Cabin.

Built for Senator Thomas and Lizzie Merrill Palmer in 1885 by famed architects George DeWitt Mason and Zachariah Rice, it is a rustic cabin on the exterior, but a Victorian home inside with stained glass windows, carved wooden stairway, pocket doors, high ceilings, two huge fireplaces, and even an indoor bathroom! All the stained-leaded glass windows are now being restored by Andrea Sevonty/Sevonty Restoration, and the city has replaced the cedar roof, rebuilt the foundation and other major infrastructure work to preserve this valuable treasure. Guests will be the first to view the restored and rebuilt windows.

The concerts will reflect the history of African-American music from the late 19th century (when the Log Cabin was built) to the present. It will be a vibrant musical portrait of the struggles against slavery, segregation, and oppression, leading toward civil and equal rights. This history is reflected in the music of Blues, Jazz, Soul, R&B, and Motown — and also will include narratives from those musicians who, as children, experienced the 1967 civil unrest in Detroit, 50 years ago.

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By: People For Palmer Park

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