A legendary performer and Michigan musical resource
Josh White Jr. describes himself as a secular, folk/blues, pop, jazz vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor, adult and children's concert performer and recording artist, teacher, and social activist. He carries forward the musical legacy of his father, who brought a taste of the blues to New York's folk scene and then to the whole world in the 1930s and 1940s. Josh Jr. grew up performing on stage with his father, and he can take you back to personal encounters with the likes of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson, Bojangles, Leadbelly, Joe Louis, Woody Guthrie, Billie Holiday, Pete Seeger, Dorothy Gish, Burl Ives, Odetta, Miriam Makeba, and Nina Simone. He has continued to record music ranging from folk to country to kids' music, and he comes to The Ark with a new album, "Spiritual Side," recorded with Richard Smerin.