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Detroit Hosts Soul Celebration Weekend

Of the Oakland Press

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Anyone who's caught two notes of a Motown knows that Detroit has soul -- in abundance. This weekend, the city will prove it with two major events.

Soultracks, the popular web site dedicated to independent soul music, hunkers down in the D with Friday's (Oct. 3) Reader's Choice Awards at the Max M. Fisher Music Center and Saturday's (Oct. 4) All-Star Detroit Tribute Concert at the Charles H, Wright Museum of African American History. Proceeds from both events will go to Detroit's Cornerstone Schools program.

The awards show features prizes for six different categories -- including four nominations for Detroit singer Dwele and one for electronic/soul artist Amp Fiddler -- and a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Detroit vocal group the Dramatics. Performers at the show include Algebra, Heston, Phil Perry, Sy Smith and others. The Max is located at 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $25. Call (313) 576-5111.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, meanwhile, more than a dozen performers -- including Spyder Turner, Kloud 9, LaShell Griffin, Russell Taylor and Dain Harris -- will gather for the concert at the Wright museum, 315 E. Warren Ave. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 494-5808 or visit www.maah-detroit.org

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