Your favorite online news and culture magazine is trying its hand at live entertainment this weekend, and you’re invited. We’re turning The Huss Project into an outside concert venue to feature local artists, and raise money for Watershed Voice, so we can continue to provide local news and culture to the fine folks of St. Joseph County.
The Watershed Voice Artist Showcase will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 28 at The Huss Project (1008 8th St. in Three Rivers), and will include performances from local artists Courtney Moore, Sherridan Harris, Torrey Brown, Sabrina Banks, Debbie Allen, Bryce Reed and more.
Join us and support local journalism in our community, whether online or in person. The price of in-person admission is a freewill contribution to Watershed Voice, but you can also watch the event from home for $3.99 on Facebook. For those attending this outdoor event in person, some seating will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
Saturday’s showcase will feature music and poetry that contains explicit language. So while all ages are welcome, we leave it up to the discretion of parents as to whether the concert is appropriate for their children.
But without further ado, here is a little background information about Saturday’s primetime players.
Courtney Moore (Three Rivers)
Courtney is a 26-year-old Three Rivers native, a mother, teacher, student and singer. Her first album “Senful” was released in the summer of 2019, and amid the pandemic she finished her sophomore album “25.” Courtney’s sound is inspired by artists Jhene Aiko, Khelani, Queen Naija and Alicia Keys.
Her music can be found on all streaming sites, and her music videos can be found on YouTube and Facebook. Be sure to check out Moore’s merchandise and follow her on social media for updates.
Sherridan Harris (Kalamazoo)
Rapper, singer-songwriter, producer & creative Sherridan Harris aka Sherdizzil has been quite active in recent years. In 2019, he was the lead writer of Courtney Moore’s debut album “Senful,” as well as the award-winning album “Seen Not Heard” by Last Gasp Collective. Sherdizzil’s debut album “Day In The Life” dropped on March 9, 2021.
Dubbed as the “Smokey Robinson” of the LGC by Jay Jackson, Sherdizzil sets himself apart as a solo artist with catchy hooks, meaningful messages, relatable topics, smooth melodies, outstanding features, and his lyrical prowess on full display. Serving as lead writer and executive producer of Courtney Moore’s recently released Sophomore Album, “25,” along with multiple collaborations in the works, Sherridan and his own collective “Gene-E-Us” are geared for a very fruitful year.
Debbie Allen (Three Rivers)
Debbie M. Allen is an impassioned writer and poet. She is a native to Pennsylvania but currently resides in Three Rivers. She is the author of three poetry books; A Poet Never Dies, The Spiral of a Pisces: In Manic Flow, and Classified Unrest: The Flow Away Files.
Torrey Brown (Three Rivers)
Poet, community activist, and city commission candidate Torrey Brown lives in Three Rivers’ first district with his wife and two kids. He was born and raised in South Side Chicago before moving to Three Rivers at the age of 13.
Torrey attended Three Rivers High School where he played football, basketball, and track all four years, before playing Division II college football at Saginaw Valley State University. He considers himself a poetic activist who speaks on injustices through rhyme.
Sabrina Banks (Three Rivers)
Sabrina Banks is a 48-year-old Three Rivers native who was raised by her grandmother Zola. Banks attended Bethel Baptist Church “everyday” with her grandmother under Dr. Rev. Bobby Joe Tolbert. Banks fell in love with music through her church choir, which she says was “everything.” Sabrina has sang at several conventions, concerts, weddings and way too many funerals, and while her dream is to sing professionally, her future is to cook.
Bryce Reed (Three Rivers)
Bryce Reed is a wry and thoughtful songwriter, sailing many seas of musical influence. He is unafraid to explore the uncharted mythos of deep love that is hidden in the realm of dreams, sentient whirlpools fated to drown the careless sailor, and the insignificance of human ego in light of an unknowable universe. He has released two independent, limited run albums.
Alek Haak-Frost is executive editor of Watershed Voice