The Detroit Folk Workshop stage at the Porous Borders Festival will feature live musical performances by multiple local ethnicities that make up some of the cultural fabric of Detroit and Hamtramck.
Saturday, May 16:
DETROIT FOLK WORKSHOP MUSIC STAGE – SCHEDULE
12:30pm – 1:00pm Bangla School of Music
1:15pm – 2:00pm – Victor Ghannam
2:15pm – 3:00pm – Lac La Belle
3:15pm – 4:00pm – Mariachi Juvenil Detroit
4:15pm – 5:00pm – Detroit Pleasure Society
Detroit Folk Workshop was founded by local musicians and business owners Nick Schillace and Jennie Knaggs in 2015. With the goal of advocating acoustic music in our region, Detroit Folk Workshop hopes to highlight the multifaceted musical roots of our diverse community, including ethnic musical traditions as well as contemporary acoustic music.
BANGLA SCHOOL OF MUSIC – 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Bangla School of Music (BSM) was established in 1996 by Akram Hossain to promote
Bangla Music in the USA, especially in Michigan. With a very special curriculum
for young people, BSM take pride in teaching Bengali culture to our next
generation in abroad. Performing music with tabla, harmonium and vocals, this
performance features students as well as Akram Hossian, who has had over 45
years of experience as a vocal artist, instrumentalist, music composer and
teacher in Bengali music.
VICTOR GHANNAM – 1:15pm – 2:00pm
Victor Ghannam is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who has performed throughout
North, Central and South America, primarily on oud and qanun. A 30-year veteran
of the stage, he has toured with many of the leading recording artists of the
Arab World and is most recognized for his dazzling improvisations combining
passion, technical brilliance, creative adventure and intensity.
LAC LA BELLE — 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Influenced by early Americana, multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Jennie Knaggs &
Nick Schillace create music that blend history with the present via accordion,
mandolin, banjo, ukulele, harmonizing vocals, and fingerpicking resonator
guitar. What sets this acoustic group apart is their utilization of their
varied experiences; Schillace has a separate career performing his instrumental
guitar pieces, and he wrote the first academic work on the recordings of John
Fahey; Knaggs has history with New Music compositions and improvisations,
including her vocal work in Matthew Barney’s film “River of Fundament”. This
with their separate experiences learning folk and blues in Appalachia, American
roots bind Lac La Belle’s compositions with a heavy thread.
MARIACHI JUVENIL DETROIT – 3:15pm – 4:00pm
This youth mariachi group has been training for many years youth in the area with many
names such as Mariachi Juvenil De Mexico, and Mariachi Fiesta Alegre. They
boast that they are the original and first youth mariachi ensemble to have ever
been formed in Detroit. Under the leadership of Maestro Denis Newhouse, MJD
share their talent performing quality mariachi music for the surrounding
DETROIT PLEASURE SOCIETY – 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Before Bebop, before Swing, there was traditional New Orleans jazz. The music of Detroit
Pleasure Societyeasily transports you to this era. With horns, drums, and tenor banjo, this
six-piece group performs tunes of times past, from Bix Beiderbecke to Wild Bill
Davison, while offering its own modern, high-energy, Midwest interpretation.