The Historic-Boston Edison neighborhood presents the 11th year of music concerts in the homes of our neighborhood!
We are happy to welcome you to our community for the 2021 edition of our house concert series featuring world-class musicians across multiple genres. The concert series is presented by the Historic Boston-Edison Association and Michelle May, Music Director of the Sounds of Music House Concerts™ organization. Tickets are $25. The address for the concerts will be given following ticket purchase.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2021 7 PM - 8 PM
Blues Concert with Thornetta Davis.
(RAIN DATE SUNDAY AUGUST 15, 7 PM - 8 PM)
Crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015, Thornetta Davis a multi-talented International Singer and Songwriter from Detroit MI, USA is the Winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards, including sweeping the 2017 and 2018 DMA’S and a six-time BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE including two 2021 nominations for Soul/Blues Female Artist and Instrumentalist Vocals. Thornetta is a 2018 recipient of the prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship, administered by the Kresge Foundation.
She first gained attention in 1987 when she became backup singer for the Detroit soul band “Lamont Zodiac and The Love Signs”. Shortly after, the lead singer left the band and the name changed to “The Chisel Brothers featuring Thornetta Davis”. In 1996 Thornetta recorded her first solo album “Sunday Morning Music” on the Seattle based label “Sub Pop” which received a rave revue in the national Entertainment Weekly magazine. Her song “Cry” from that album was featured on the HBO hit “The Sopranos”.
Thornetta has opened for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson and many more…her history is extensive and her performances are memorable…like the time she opened for Bonnie Raitt at Michigan’s Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz festival in 1992. Bonnie asked Thornetta to join her and Katie Webster (queen of the swamp boogie) for an encore song that received a standing ovation.
In 1999 Thornetta brought down the house with her astounding performance at the “Lillith Fair” at Michigan’s Pine Knob Music Theatre hosted by Sarah Mclachlan…that same evening she attended the “Detroit Music Awards” where she proudly accepted 2 of the over 30 Music Awards that she has won over the last 20 years for “Best R&B/ Blues vocalist” and “Best R&B Group”.
In 2000 Thornetta opened the VH1 Vogue fashion awards at Madison Square Garden with Detroit phenomenon Kid Rock. In 2001 Thornetta Davis is inducted into the Detroit Music Hall of Fame! Thornetta performed on Wednesday nights for 7 years at one of Detroit’s favorite live music venues “The Music Menu” located in Greektown in downtown Detroit until it’s closing in 2003. Three years before that final Wednesday, Thornetta recorded a live performance on one magical night at the “Menu” and called it “Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu”. This CD is a collection of Thornetta’s most requested cover tunes. “Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu” won “Best R&B/ Blues Recording” at the Detroit Music Awards 2002.
In 2006 Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues” appeared again with Kid Rock during the Super Bowl week on “Jimmie Kimmel Live”. In 2007 Thornetta performed with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and took a bit out of the “Big Apple” on “The View” and “The David Letterman Show”.
Thornetta has electrified audiences worldwide with tours to Italy, Blues festivals in Tunisia North Africa, Lucerne Switzerland, Sweden, Paris France, Norway, Germany, Holland, England and Canada.
This will be a one-hour concert event. You will be allowed to enter the backyard beginning 45 minutes before start time. In order to comply with the current health and safety guidelines, the following measures will be used for these concerts:
- There will be VERY limited tickets available.
- Tickets are only available in advance; no ticket sales "at the door".
- NO food or drink will be provided, although you can bring your own, picnic-style. You must clean up and take your trash with you (don't forget trash bags).
- NO entering the homes (not even for the bathroom, so please plan accordingly--there will be no outdoor bathroom facilities).
- PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 guidelines have been updated for the State of Michigan and as such, masks are no longer required for outdoor activity. You may still wear your mask at your own discretion. We have limited seating; if you have your own chairs, please feel free to bring them.
- Concerts will have a rain date; there will be no "under-the-tent" seating.