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Laith Al-Saadi Finished Fourth in The Voice Competition.


Ann Arbor’s guitarist Laith Al-Saadi didn’t win NBC’s “The Voice” on May 24 but he is clearly moving his career moving forward.

The blues-rock guitarist finished fourth for the reality show’s 10th season competition, finishing behind champion Alisan Porter, runner-up Adam Wakefield and third-place finisher Hannah Huston. However Al-Saadi did walk away with a new Nissan car which each of the finalists received, and got plenty of airtime during the finale.

Laith joined Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh for a rendition of Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” and his version of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind.” Al-Saadi was Michigan’s third finalist on “The Voice,” following Joshua Davis a year ago and Tony Lucca in Season 2.

Laith comes from a musical family, with the exception of his father, who only listened to Arabic classical music growing up. When his parents divorced, Laith pursued all types of music and learned how to play several instruments. Laith studied jazz at the University of Michigan and then went on to be the lead singer of the Detroit Lions' pep band.

Since college, he has worked as a full-time musician, opening for big names like B.B. King and Gregg Allman. Al-Saadi,38, is well-known on small Michigan music stages, having played at the 2015 Ann Arbor Folk festival and the Magic Bag in Ferndale. It’s hard to miss him at local venues: he’s played over 300 gigs a year for the last 20 years.

On June 9, Al-Saadi is expected to perform in Ann Arbor for the free Sonic Lunch concert series in Liberty Plaza.

The Lansing City Market is excited to announce the return of our summer concerts on the riverfront. The Grand Concert Series is comprised of Jazz on the Grand on select Wednesdays this summer, with Blues on the Grand following on Thursday. The City Market and LEPFA have been working with local organizations, including the MSU College of Music and MICA, to give back to the community and provide more entertainment options for Greater Lansing residents. The event’s free admission is due to generous sponsorship by various corporations in the area.

Bring a camping chair, but leave the food at home, because you can grab a drink and a burger at the Waterfront Bar & Grill, barbecue from Red's Smokehouse, or coffee and a sweet treat from River Town Cafe. All merchants will be open throughout the event.

The schedule of performers is as follows: l July 27th - Medium Rare, East Lansing High School Jazz Band August 24th - Orrick Ewing, Lansing Community College Jazz Band Lansing School District band group July 28th - Thornetta Davis, DeWitt Jr High jazz band August 25th - David Gerald Sept. 15th - Frog & the Beeftones

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SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 33rd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE – January 31 – February 4, 2017

The Blues Foundation to Induct Performers, Music, Literature, and Individuals at 2016 Blues Hall of Fame Event in May, 2016

The Blues Foundation will be honoring all of their 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees during a special ceremony on May 4th.

The Blues Foundation will induct the following performers, music, literature and individuals into the Blues Hall of Fame at the Halloran Center for Performing Arts.

Congratulations to the 2016 Class of Inductees:

Performers: Elvin Bishop Eddy Clearwater Jimmy Johnson John Mayall Memphis Jug Band Literature Early Downhome Blues, Jeff Todd Titon

Singles "Crazy Blues", Mamie Smith "That's All Right", Jimmie Rogers "I Wish You Would", Billy Boy Arnold "Merry Christmas Baby", Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, featuring Charles Brown "Blues Before Sunrise", Leroy Carr

Album Blues in the Mississippi Night, Various Artists (1959)

Individuals Tommy Couch, Sr. - Malaco Records Wolf Stephenson - Malaco Records

For more information about each of these Hall of Fame selections including their bios, please visit the Blues Foundation web site