The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that it will continue its new Mix @ The Max series with “Sin Hielo” on Thursday, August 9 at 7 p.m. Sin Hielo, a pairing of metro Detroit electric and acoustic guitarists Wayne Gerard and Sean Blackman, combines Detroit's grit and modern jazz with the heaviness of Flamenco and rock to form a Detroit jazz world music hybrid. Rick Beamon will accompany on percussion as well as other special guest performers.

Hosted in the intimate Music Box space within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, the performance features cabaret-style seating, a cash bar, and complimentary snacks provided by local food and beverage vendors. Mix @ The Max, premiered in April to a full house, is composed of concerts targeting a new generation of patrons. Acts could include music of any genre, including classical, contemporary, jazz and more.

Tickets to Sin Hielo are $25 in advance and $28 at the door, and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at Seating is general admission.

About Sin Hielo

Detroit-based musical greats Sean Blackman and Wayne Gerard are individually wildly successful.

But just last year, the two talents joined together to create a unique, powerful Latin/rock/jazz project titled Sin Hielo (pronounced "Sin Yellow”) - and the name represents both the hot sound they have created and the sexy clientele that has jumped on the band's massive touring party vardo. Sin Hielo is joined by world music percussionist Rick Beamon, known as the best in the business.

Blackman is the household name among music lovers in Detroit. In fact, he's so popular that when he played his sold-out show at Orchestra Hall, he received a standing ovation before even playing a single note. He's an award-winning, world music acoustic guitarist who has made his Latin sounds so popular that his concerts sell out based on his name alone.

Blackman has attracted international headlines - from Belgium to Colorado and in-between - as the visionary, composer and leader for the stunning 18-piece theatrical world music production In Transit, Travel the World Through Music & Dance that mixes traditional Brazilian, Armenian and Senegalese sounds with Detroit jazz and funk.

He is known for jaw-dropping, sultry, mesmerizing stage performances, National Geographic documentary compositions, and recently was invited for an exclusive private concert at the US embassy in Berlin.

Electric guitarist Gerard, whose extensive resume includes composing the full score for the motion pictures 'Waiting On Alphie', 'Dream House', 'Flowers for Norma' and 'The Verdict', is now writing for the new motion pictures 'Warsaw', which is in post-production and 'Audition', a comedy for director Juan Reinoso.

Gerard is an accomplished, respected, in-demand recording artist – with his ear to the ground in all new musical sounds, the top names in jazz are constantly seeking his musical expertise, as they together pioneer new sounds. He has recorded dozens of projects and tours regularly nationwide. His solo performances are so strong that he grabs standing ovations from audiences even when legends such as Stevie Wonder and Bob James share the stage with him. Also, an Internet musical pioneer, Gerard was one of the first artists to ever gain more than one million downloads on His solo performances stun even the hardest-to-please jazz and rock fans.

Blackman & Gerard's Sin Hielo is unveiling glimpses of their new album during their summer tour - original pieces of Latin jazz, a unique version of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" and a few other interesting inventions and reinventions. These shows are where the crowd is on their feet dancing to the sexy, summer sounds.


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