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February 25, 2011

Strike spurs Bobby McFerrin to cancel concert

The Detroit News:

The ongoing Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike has caused Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin to put off his planned 7:30 p.m. March 3 concert at Orchestra Hall.

Taking McFerrin's place in the Paradise Jazz Series concert is the a cappella jazz/gospel group Take 6.

"It's so sad that I must postpone my show at Orchestra Hall in Detroit," McFerrin said in a statement on his website.

"I was hoping a settlement between the musicians of the Symphony and their management would have been achieved by now. In Detroit and all over the world, people are hurting in this economy, and things are no different in the arts. We're all struggling to find new ways to make everything work. We all need beauty and inspiration to enrich our lives and it's really important that we figure out how to make it happen. It matters," he wrote.

"My heart goes out to all the good people affected by the musicians' strike — above all, the audiences. Detroit is such a great music city. I pray this will be resolved soon, so I can come back to Detroit and we can all sing together."

Well some people might consider Take 6 to be scabs. Can't say I think its cool for a fellow musician to cross a picket line just for a gig..

Posted by acapnews at February 25, 2011 12:00 AM

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