Mr. B's Joybox Express Concert/Fundraiser
Writes Michigan boogie master Mark Braun, better known as Mr. B: "Mr. B’s Joybox Express ... is the realization of an ambition I have had my whole adult life—combining two passions of musical expression and athletic endeavor. My life’s work has been as a pianist, performing throughout the world as a soloist, with big bands, and occasionally with some of the giants of the blues/jazz piano world. I have spent much of my free time in an array of sports from baseball leagues to extreme winter camping, and long-distance open water swimming, among others. Recognizing that uniting these seemingly divergent interests required a unique platform, I dreamed of putting a real piano on a bicycle and riding it across the USA. As I approached 50, the dream reemerged, with a twist: Could that whimsical notion be a tool to help others in a tangible way?" Thus was born Mr. B's Joybox Express, a fundraising marvel of a piano-hauling tricycle with three cyclists, hydraulic disc brakes, and a rear differential. This year, Mr. B and his crew are riding the entire length of the Mississippi River, raising funds for arts and athletics, and at today's concert you can help put them on the road! You'll hear an array of Michigan jazz and blues giants, including Mr. B himself, Madcat, George Bedard, Paul Keller, San Slomovitz, Ellen Rowe, Pete Siers, and more surprise guests. Mr. B's Joybox Express is a 501(c)(3) that raises funds for organizations that provide arts and athletics programming for kids.