For the second year, downtown Jackson will be having immensely talented artists from all over the globe! Please scroll down to read the entire lineup. Please let everyone you know about these world class acts coming to Jackson. Our thanks to the sponsors that helped underwrite this adventure:

Experience Jackson, CP Federal Credit Unoin, County National Bank, Flagstar Bank, Anchor Initiative, Rotary of Jackson, JTV, 106.9, K105.3

All ticket links offer an opportunity to purchase tickets for the entire festival for only $19.
HUDOST “Of Water + Mercy Album Release Tour”
With special guest CHRISTIE LENEE
Admission is $9.00
The music of HuDost , the Neo-Folk-World-Rock Ensemble from Montreal and KY, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invoking total celebration. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines.In 2013 their amazing son was brought into the world.

Special Guest Christie Lenee
Christie is the 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion. She is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer/songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language of music.
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 8:00 PM
Don Was All Star Revue Tribute to Motown Featuring: Martha Reeves, Mitch Ryder, and Many More! Admission is FREE for this show!
The performance will feature: Revue Band: Sweet Pea Atkinson, Donald Ray Mitchell, Sir Harry Bowen, Brian "Roscoe" White, Luis Resto, Dave McMurray, Rayse Biggs, Ron Pangborn, Ron Otis & Don Was.

Special Guest: Ann Delisi of WDET.

Guest Performers: Martha Reeves, Mitch Ryder, The Velvelettes, Dennis Coffey, Melvin Davis, Nadir Omowale, Carolyn Crawford, Kenny Watson, Ty Stone,Jill Jack, Carolyn Striho, Kathy Kosins, and the Drinkard Sisters!
Third World Reggae
Admission is $9.00 for this show

Celebrating 45 years, 10-time Grammy nominated THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock and, later on, dancehall and rap, Third World’s style has been described as “reggae-fusion”.

Third World is more than just one of the top Reggae bands of all time, it is an institution that stands for producing and performing music that, while holding firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members, still pushes forward the cutting edge of music worldwide. It is an institution whose themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant. We invite you to the sites and sounds of the legendary THIRD WORLD!
Sunday, July 14, 7:00PM
Ramy Essam
Admission is $9.00

Egypt's Ramy Essam is an incredible person. He exploded into international fame as the real voice of the Egyptian revolution in 2011, when his songs spread like wildfire among the demonstrators. During the height of the uprising, he performed in front of millions of people in Tahrir Square, and his music became the soundtrack of a whole generation of his countrymen and women struggling for a better life and a more just society.

His song Irhal,  in which he demands the resignation of then-ruler Hosni Mubarak, is referred to as the real anthem of the revolution.
But fame came with a heavy price. Ramy experienced brutal torture and arrests that were meant to silence his voice. His songs were banned and he was forbidden to perform publicly.

He is considered to be one of the loudest voices for the young generation in Egypt and its struggle for a progressive and modern society, and has become an international symbol of social activism and a beacon of uncommon bravery in the Middle East and the rest of the world. His music video, Bel Segn Alwan (Colorful Prisons) , is about incarcerated women and gender equality. The video has over 5.1 million YouTube views.
He resolved to come out even stronger against oppression, saying “In the revolution I was born again. The struggle became the purpose of my life.”
Ramy is an artist of and for the people, with songs built on the words of the streets. Or as Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave etc) puts it: Ramy is like a ”Rock Bob Dylan of the Middle East”.

Awards and Accolades:
  • 2011 he received the Freemuse Award
  • 2016 he was titled ”IMC Music Rights Champion” by IMC (Unesco´s advisory body on matters of music)
  • 2017 he received the prestigious ”Spirit of Folk Award” at Folk Alliance International Conference.
Where should I park?
Parking is available in the public parking lot on Michigan Avenue adjacent to the U.S. Post Office. Also, parking is permitted on the street after 5:00 pm.
Where can I get some food before or after the show?
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson is located within walking distance of many great restaurants. Here are only a few:
The Chase Sports Bar
The Junkyard Dog
The Dirty Bird
Grand River Brewery
Bella Notte
The Crazy Cowboy
Chilango's Chop House and Burrito Bar
Where can I stay the night in Jackson?
Our friends at Experience Jackson have a great list of Accommodations for the Jackson Area. Visit
What does The Michigan Theatre of Jackson serve?
Here at The Michigan Theatre of Jackson, we have concessions and a bar. Our concession stand has the BEST popcorn in the U.S.A. (we may be biased), Pepsi products, and a large selection of candy for the sweet tooth. Our bar is stocked with beer, wine, and spirits that will keep you boogyin' all night.

Please remember that if you are not a member of The Michigan Theatre of Jackson, you will need to purchase a one day membership to drink alcohol. These are available for only $1.00. Identification is required.