June 24, 2018
Dwight “Pete” Mitchell City Center Park (Corner of Main and Pipestone)
Doors open at 4:00pm, Concert Begins at 5:15pm
Rain Location: Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage
Talented local performers will be featured in this year’s opening show!
- HEADLINER -
Niki Haris, daughter of Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Gene Harris, grew up in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She was college educated in southern California. Niki then pursued her singing career in the usual amusement parks and clubs in the California area. This dynamic woman has since gone on to work with a multitude of recording artists ranging from pop, R&B, to jazz. Her live performances and recording experiences read like a who's who of the music world with names such as Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Patrice Rushen, Michael Sembello, LeAnn Rimes, Michelle Branch, Santana, Kylie Minogue, Luther Vandross, All Saints, Wilton Felder of the Jazz Crusaders, Stanley Turrentine, the Righteous Bros., Julian Lennon, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston and Madonna.
Her vocal film work is also featured on the soundtracks of Whoopi Goldberg's "Corrina Corrina," DreamWorks' "The Big Green," "Coyote Ugly" with Leann Rimes, and Disney's "Anastasia." She has also recorded multiple television themes as well as co-writing and performing two new songs for the Fox series "Dark Angel."
Niki continues to share her gifts throughout the years by performing at a multitude of benefits for AIDS, cancer research, as well as Camp Harmony for inner city children. Niki continues to be called upon to lend her inspirational voice by notable speakers such as Mark Victor Hansen "Chicken Soup for the Soul" & Reverend Michael Beckwith (The Secret). She is also a strong supporter for the Music in the Classroom program and RADD, Rockers Against Drunk Driving. She diligently lends her time in serving and is an annual participant in the Season for Non Violence.
With all this, Niki has concentrated on her songwriting as well as pursuing acting and singing and continues to be a focused and dedicated, multi- talented artist.
Donations from generous businesses, foundations and individuals allow for the FREE event to take place each year. If you are interested in supporting the event, please see the options below:
The event is named in honor of Gene Harris, an American jazz pianist, celebrated for his warm sound and blues/gospel infused style known as “soul jazz.” A hometown talent who went on to become a shining star, Gene was pleased and thrilled to return and give back to the community and city he truly loved; a place he was proud to call home.
The goal of the event is to provide an experience that all people can enjoy. In addition, it celebrates the importance of people coming home and coming together to celebrate one of the greatest gifts of all - THE ARTS.