What connects us with our hometown cities like Detroit, Shanghai, London, Dubai? Is it the local identity shaped by pop-ups and small businesses; the humans that diversify the sidewalks; the history that’s rooted deep in the concrete and soil? For most, it is near impossible not to fall in love due to all three. But even as special as our city is, we sometimes find ourselves in a love affair … or at least this is what happened in the case of our next speaker. Connecticut born, Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Michael Bolton did not mean to fall in love with the City of Detroit, but did. First pulled into the city by its rich musical history, he discovered a much deeper story that revealed itself and was compelled to follow. Join our speaker for a discussion on his 50 years in the music industry and the love letter he was able to compile through his latest project, American Dream: Detroit.
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