KIDS ZONE ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
4pm-7pm | Kid's Drop 6:30pm
Mark Maze - Magician & Kids' Entertainment
Crossroads Family Jazz
Cirque Among Us - Jungle Gym & Activities
DJ Tom T
Cast Iron Cornbread
Ayla Stackhouse Sings Light Up Detroit
Fire Juggles & Acrobats
Heated Tents w/ Non-Alcoholic & Adult Beverages
Emcee: Ashley Elyse: Model/Actress/Media Personality
Ashley has recently returned to Detroit from on-location work with the fashion and entertainment industries in New York, LA, and Mumbai. As an on air personality, Ashley has worked with a myriad of radio and television companies, including CBS 98.7 Amp Radio and Ashley in the AM on Channel 955. Ashley has supported local Detroit community and national talent through media and hosting engagements including work with Detroit By Design, Detroit Opera House, Fotoula Lambros Design, American Institute of Architects, and the International Interior Design Association.
Follow Ashley @ElyseDiamanti
Angela Davis is an accomplished R&B / Soul artist who sings with the grace of Jill Scott and the flair of Jennifer Hudson. Audiences everywhere are inspired by her exceptional vocal skills and her wonderful stage presence. Why does she sing? Simple. "It brings me pure, undeniable happiness".
Angela's story begins with the Renaissance High School Varsity Choir in Detroit where she earned numerous awards, toured across the country and was first recorded. Soon afterwards, she began writing and arranging her own songs. An artist was born. College beckoned next and she spent four years at the prestigious University of Michigan where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education and performed on music and theatrical stages. It would provide her with the experience, focus and work ethic needed for her future music career.
After college, Angela hit the stage performing in an effort to build a first rate reputation as a singer and brand herself among the Best. With this goal in mind, she decided to transform from a Singer to an Artist by working with artist development coach, Keisha Lanae', founder of "Her and Her Music". It all paid off. Since then, Angela has performed at some of the most popular music venues in Detroit - including Baker's Keyboard Lounge, The Jazz Club, The Music Hall Jazz Cafe, Bert's Motown Lounge, Ignite at the MGM Grand Casino, Campus Martius Park, and Chene Park Amphitheatre. She was on her way.
Angela has sung alongside some great vocalists like Alexander O'Neal, Cherrelle, Penny Wells, Misty Love, Howard Hewitt, and SoulSinger J Tait. She has performed with noted musicians like Detroit Hall of Fame saxophonist, Duane Parham, and legendary Detroit keyboardist, Al McKenzie. But when Angela does her own shows, her "Solid Pocket Band" is there to back her up and make her shine.
Angela's debut record album, "Flying High", was released in 2012. It features a splendid mix of R&B, Jazz and Soul musical flavors. The songs are emotional, inspiring and filled with great lyrics.
DJ Tom T
DJ Tom T has been a key player in the Detroit dance music scene for over 15 years. He's headlined at every premiere venue in Detroit, and played alongside some of the best DJs in the world including Bob Sinclair, Kaskade, Jazzy Jeff, and Morgan Page. He's played at a myriad of clubs throughout the U.S., and Tom's international DJ gigs have taken him to many exotic places including Dubai and India.
Tom now turns his attention to music production via his label - Detox Recordings - showcasing some of the best talent the birthplace of techno has to offer. Website
From her trademark fedora hat to her marvelous mix of Blues, Rock, Funk, and R&B, Detroit singer Tosha Owens has the word "performer" written all over her.
While most singers struggle to create a unique Brand Identity for themselves, there's no doubting that Tosha is all about and why audiences are always asking for more.
If you miss the sounds of classic Rock singers like Janis Joplin, Stevie Nix or Pat Benatar, Tosha will bring them back for you. If you want some Funk, her covers of Chaka Khan will thrill you. And if you yearn for the Rhythm and Blues sounds of singers like Gladys Knight or Etta James, she'll give you that, too.
Tosha's distinctive and versatile voice can be heard on the stages of popular Detroit venues like St. Andrew's Hall, Bert's Place, Callahan's Music Hall, The Ribs & Blues Festival, The Concert of Colors, The
Magic Bag, and MGM Grand Detroit.
When Tosha performs, she always packs the house with a longtime following of dedicated fans and new admirers. Why? Becae she delivers a unique sound and performance that no other Detroit singer can provide. She's gritty, she's bluesy. She's funky. She Rocks. Her recent collaboration with Motown producer, Barrett Strong, is even more testimony to her talent and appeal.
Cast Iron Cornbread
Cast Iron Cornbread is Detroit's premiere Top 40, Rock, Pop, 80’s, Country and Motown Party Band!
Cast Iron Cornbread has sets called "PLAYTIME" which gives you the imagination of a club disc jockey going in and out of songs to keep the crowds dancing and enjoying themselves. Songs like Journey's "Don't Stop Believing, Elton John "Benny & The Jets" and Robin Thicke "Blurred Lines". From New to Retro when "Cast Iron Cornbread" plays, the crowds can't seem to stay off the dance floor.
Members of Cast Iron Cornbread carry tons of musical experience through live entertainment such as performances and tours at Greektown Casino, Stars and Stripes festival, opening act for Ruben Studdard and Layla Hathaway, opening act for Kaleido and Witmore Lake annual Pond Hockey Classic Tournament. Cast Iron Cornbread is a powerhouse act! such as musicians consists of Ernest "Cast Iron Cornbread" 32" Burks on guitar, Shawn "Sgt. Major" Mims on drums, Randy "Insp. Gadget" Streicher on bass. The lovely Midnight on lead
Mark Reitenga has been playing his unique brand of Folk Rock in Metro Detroit since 1988. With selections from America to Van Morrison Mark has entertained crowds at local restaurants, clubs, music festivals and private engagements.
Mark performs in an energetic, acoustic musical style that delivers an intimate vibe. Fans of Mark's music appreciate his "welcome to my living room" atmosphere and his musical storytelling ability.
Ayla is an 18 year old entertainer, whose skills and accomplishments continue to mount. Born in Detroit, Ayla began been taking vocal lessons when she was 8 years old. She is also skilled in dance, theatre, songwriting, and plays 4 instruments.
In 2008, at 12 Ayla flew to California to live with her aunt and pursue her dream. Shortly after, her talents began to get recognized by big names. From age 12 Ayla developed her studio chops under the tutelage of former Motown great Frank "Toddy" Winfrey, then traveling weekly to Southern California to do so. Winfrey said: "Ayla is an incredible talent. Musically, she’s amazing because she can do anything, for any age listening audience. There is no age limit for what she’s got."
While only in middle school, Ayla was invited to sing opera with Italian stars Fracesco Attesti and Annika Kaschenz, an event sponsored by Rotary. She also performed as a guest vocalist for The Drifters, singing in front of thousands. As a freshman in high school, Ayla was flown out to Philadelphia by city officials to perform at the Jazz Journey Institute. Throughout all of this, Ayla was also busy in the recording studio.
In 2012, during her multi-city tour, Ayla traveled across the U.S. from California and Nevada to Texas, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan to perform and promote her hit single "Ear Candy." She was featured on CBS, NBC and ABC news programs. She performed for schools and afterschool programs in Reno, NV, Bakersfield, CA and Detroit, MI, garnering hundreds of new fans.
In August of 2012, Ayla moved to Hollywood so she could be closer to the action. While in Hollywood, Ayla was part of the cast of the Carol Burnett Awards Tribute at the El Capitan Theatre. Later that year she went on to win the Hollywood Rotary Music local contest, and went on to win the Rotary District 5280 contest in March.
In Early 2014, Ayla was featured on the television show American Idol, where she made it to "Hollywood Week." Later in the year, Ayla won a National High School Musical "Jerry Herman" award after performing on the stage of the Pantages Theatre. She was nominated for a Jimmy Award, and flew to New York City where she performed on Broadway.
A caring person who is deeply altruistic, she annually lends her talents to City Of Hope to help raise money for cancer research. She also performs for Relay for Life to raise money and awareness for cancer.
Mark Maze is a full-time professional entertainer, with an electrifying personality. He has performed in nearly half of the United States and 6 countries. With crackling energy and an unbelievable talent for making people laugh. Mark has entertained audiences at resorts, cruise ships, corporate events, fairs, schools, US Armed Forces, and many others. Each of his custom and entertaining shows are designed for maximum audience participation. Shows include; Comedy magic, custom game shows in the style of Jeopardy/Family Feud/Name That Tune/Minute To Win It/Hollywood Squares, Vegas-style karaoke, DJ/VJ, emcee, and live dance/concert band. With each show being distinctly different, Mark can provide a diverse week of entertainment that make it super easy for resorts and cruise ships to provide their guests with many types of entertainment while utilizing only one, multi-talented performer.
"Crossroads" is an all family member band that performs various styles of music, including jazz, blues, funk and contemporary. If desired, they are capable of educating their audiences regarding the music they play and instruments that they use. In the past, they have titled their program, "The Many Faces of Jazz".! Their music can easily be described as exciting, joyful, fun and inspiring. Children will dance and adults will not stop smiling. As a result, they have consistently been asked to return after performing at city events, festivals, libraries, senior apartments, coffee houses, etc.! The combination of positive and upbeat music, as well as a family band consisting of children and adults, will undoubtedly make your event a success!!
Cirque Among Us
Cirque Among Us offers hands-on programs designed to build self-esteem, develop motor skills, and promote teamwork.
Led by our project managers who are professional entertainers and skilled instructors, teachers and volunteers introduce students to the fundamentals of circus arts - juggling, movement and balancing - in a safe, fun-filled, and educational environment. Teachers and volunteers have an unforgettable experience as they are transformed into circus arts instructors, choreographers, stage hands, wardrobe chiefs & make-up artists. website
Gracie the Clown and Balloon Artistry, LLC
Cheryl Woodard also known as Gracie the Clown, owner and operator of Gracie the Clown and Balloon Artistry LLC; widely recognized throughout the Metropolitan Detroit area. Gracie the Clown was birthed over 15 years ago over the years Cheryl has continued to improve her skills as a clown, face painter, balloon decorator and balloon twister by attending conventions and seminars taught by some of the greatest professionals in the industry. Cheryl has combined her training and natural creative abilities to provide entertainment for a vast list of satisfied clients ranging from store grand openings, corporate/community events, i.e. Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade, festivals, children’s fun fests, church/school events, daycare centers, and birthday parties.
King Arthur the Clown
Arthur has worked as a professionally trained balloonist and clown since 1996; cheerfully known as “King Arthur the Clown”. King Arthur the Clown is a widely recognized and respectable artist in the Metropolitan Detroit area; with close to 20 years’ experience in the industry. Arthur’s professional affiliations include the Fellowship of Christian Ministries and the T-Myers organization dedicated to sharing resources, ideas and training for clown and balloon artist to develop and improve their craft. Mr. Council has a vast list of satisfied clients ranging from private parties, company/organization picnics/events, church and family events, conferences, craft shows and a host of other engagements.