“Sean Blackman presents Mexico in Transit” on September 27
Grand Rapids — “Sean Blackman presents Mexico in Transit” has been announced as the second event in the
Latin Entertainment Series, celebrating Latin culture in Michigan. The series is presented by SMG-managed
DeVos Performance Hall and the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority’s Community Inclusion
Group’s (CIG). “Mexico in Transit” is a journey of sounds from Mexico featuring Banda, Cumbia and Mariachi with a
fusion of Detroit Soul. The second series event will take place at DeVos Performance Hall on Thursday,
September 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM. A third Latin Entertainment Series event will be announced soon!
Tickets go on sale Friday, August 31 at 12 PM. Tickets will be available at the DeVos Place® and Van Andel
Arena® box offices, online at Ticketmaster.com, and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. VIP tickets include a
reserved seat in the first few rows and two (2) complimentary drinks.
About Sean Blackman
Blackman has been honored with many Detroit Music Awards, has launched and directed World Music Festivals
and worked as creative director of entertainment for corporate events for Red Bull, Chrysler and the grand opening
of the McNamara Terminal at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport – one of the nation’s most state-of-the-art terminals.
As an established world-music musician, Blackman continues to compose and produce new material that links
different genres of music with dance and theatrical performance. Whether on the streets, in front of thousands at a
theater concert, or inside a smoldering hidden nightclub, Blackman's music is disciplined from a lifetime of training,
yet his raw passion makes every note seemingly intimate.
The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority’s Community Inclusion Group (CIG) is a task force comprised
of local community leaders that strive to make DeVos Place, Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall West
Michigan’s premier multicultural entertainment venues. Established in 2005, the Community Inclusion Group actively
guides the venues in increasing community access and awareness, attracting top level events and talent, and fostering
inclusive staff and supplier development and engagement. As a result of these ongoing efforts, the West Michigan
community has enjoyed visits from a number of diverse artists, including Gerardo Ortiz, Pepe Aguilar, Kevin Hart, Shen
Yun, Snoop Dogg and more, and several community events such as the annual Spectrum Health Jump Jam and Grand
Rapids Community College Giants Awards. The support of the Community Inclusion Group continues to ensure that
DeVos Place, Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall remain “Three Premier Venues: Welcoming All.”
DeVos Performance Hall is managed by SMG. SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly
facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, amphitheaters,
equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more
than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the
recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming;
construction and design consulting; and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier
Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz
Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering
companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.