Taste of Soul Sunday


Karisa Wilson

1:00 – 1:30 pm | Level 1

Karisa Wilson is an award-winning songwriter and a classically trained violinist, guitarist and singer who performs a soulful blend of folk, pop and jazz. Her debut album “Little Girl” won the WYCE’s Album of the Year Jammie, one of Michigan’s most prestigious indie music awards. She has shared the stage with national artists Ziggy Marley, Pat Benatar, Sam Phillips, Billy Bob Thornton, and has performed for Barack Obama. She has performed and recorded with national artist Brian VanderArk (The Verve Pipe), and has often been a featured artist in the Meijer Garden’s Tuesday Summer Concert series.

Zion Lion

1:30 – 2:15 pm | Level 3 | Ryerson Auditorium

Zion Lion is the “baddest band to hit the Kalamazoo music scene.” The members, a combination of several bands from the area, perform the right mix of reggae: African zouk, musoca, zoukous and some Afro-Latin influences. Some members have shared the stage with reggae artists such as Freddie McGreggor, Pato Batun, Winston Jarrett, Beenie Man, and Lucky Dube. Zion Lion has played small clubs to large cultural festivals. You can’t help but get up and dance and have an ‘IRIE FEELIN’ when you hear them play.

Noel Webley and Jazzy Friends Quintet

2:30 – 3:15 pm | Level 3 | Ryerson Auditorium

Noel A. Webley II has been a band leader and playing bass since the early 1970s. He is well known in the Grand Rapids community for his work on the bass as well as his photography for The Grand Rapids Press and his many years as an art teacher in the Grand Rapids Public School system. Noel will take the stage playing bass and will be joined by keyboardist Blois “JR” Simmons, guitarist Rick Hicks, saxman John Gist, and drummer Paul E. Smith.

Julius Hight featuring Bedrock

3:30 – 4:15 pm | Level 3 | Ryerson Auditorium

Julius Hight has been a praise and worship leader in the greater Grand Rapids area for over 17 years. Born and raised in historic Bethel Church, he was inspired by the music of praise leader Marvin Sapp. He has teamed up with Bedrock, a band composed of three talented vocalists and musicians for a powerful experience in worship.