Farmington Hills sixth-grade guitar and vocal artist Benicio Martinez Bassett won a juried performance and will play on the Lear Showcase stage at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in Downtown Detroit in the same Detroit Music Weekend one-day festival that features The Jacksons in a free public concert tribute to their brother Michael Jackson.
Benicio is a student at Farmington STEAM Academy. He also plays trumpet in the school band. He is a summer regular at Jewish Community Center camps. Benicio is a rocker who is passionately mastering the guitar and stage under the instruction and coaching of national rock band front man Eddie Baranek.
He grew up at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, nurturing the love and respect he has for all the performing arts. His grandparents are Leland and Tina Bassett, longtime Music Hall supporters.
Benicio is a disciplined performance pro who commands a room and lives by the motto of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock: “The audience gives us their energy and we give them back even more.”
Detroit Music Weekend, in its second year, features five stages in closed festival streets in the Detroit Entertainment District running from Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts [near Ford Field] across Woodward Avenue to Capital Park.