Cass Corridor Commons | First Unitarian Universalist Church


4605 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

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The Cass Corridor Commons will be activated by a dynamic spectrum of culture & entertainment for the 44th Annual NOEL NIGHT! Family festivities include a headlining performance by Detroit's ”Queen of Soul and R&B” Thornetta Davis, pop-up holiday SWAP! by FreeMarket of Detroit, and eco-friendly arts and crafts workshops!

Join them for live youth performances by Detroit Youth Volume, Duke Ellington Traveling Band & LM Productions Dance Troupe. Also, get ready for an ancestrally-flavored feature concert by Detroit's leading entertainment activists, the 3rd Annual Super Solstice Show! There will be delicious food vendors to satisfy your Noel Night appetite, and vending and local artisans offering custom jewelry and accessories, perfect for this gift-giving season!

Look forward to an evening of family, fun, and festivities at Cass Corridor Commons! The Cass Corridor Commons serves as a multi-use, non-profit cultural institution for cross-sectional movement work in Detroit. The Commons strives to provide a safe and inclusive place for people of all identities and to embody principles of social and environmental justice. 


5:00-5:20 p.m. - Duke Ellington Conservatory for Music & Arts | Brass Ensemble & Jazz Band
6:00-6:10 p.m. - Lisa McCall Dancers
6:30-7:00 p.m. - Deblon Jackson Ensemble
7:30-8:00 p.m. - Jessica Care Moore
9:00-9:45 p.m. - Thornetta Davis performs

About Thornetta Davis

Crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015, Thornetta Davis, a multi-talented international singer/songwriter from Detroit, ia the winner of over 30 Detroit music awards. She first gained attention in 1987 when she became back up 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... and Noel Night would not be the same without her.

About Jessica Care Moore

jessica Care moore is a internationally renowned poet. She is the Executive Producer and Founder of the 12-year old rock & roll concert series  Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven, Jess Care Moore Foundation.  An institution builder, recording artist, educator and activist, she is  a 2016 Kresge Arts Fellow and the 2013 Alain Locke Award Recipient from the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

moore is the author of The Words Don’t Fit in My Mouth, The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto, God is Not an American, Sunlight Through Bullet Holes, and the forthcoming collection of work, We Want Our Bodies Back,  dedicated to Sandra Bland.  Her new large scale theatrical work, Salt City, (a techno choreopoem) premieres at Spelman College in 2017.

She's read her work and leant her powerful voice to many causes all over the world, including, most recently, Shanghai's Iron Mic Emcee Battle and Concrete & Grass Music Festival. She was recently in conversation with City of God Director, Katia Lund in Rio during  Flupp Literary Festival.  Her work has graced the stages of  The Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. Her critically acclaimed music album, Black Tea - The Legend of Jessi James was released by emcee, Talib Kweli's Javotti Media Label.  jessica Care moore first came to national television prominence  in the 90's when she won the the legendary “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” competition a record breaking five times in a row, with a poem.  She is honored that her poetry is prominently featured in large scale video and text on the 4th floor of the  Smithsonian's New National Museum of African American History.

She is the proud mommy of 10- year old King Thomas Moore, a young poet, actor and musician. King made history as the youngest Knight Arts Foundation Award winner for his 12 and Under Super Cool Poetry Open Mic program.

Thornetta Davis. Photo courtesy of Sub Pop Records.

Thornetta Davis. Photo courtesy of Sub Pop Records.

jessica Care moore

jessica Care moore