Mayer Hawthorne, Michael Ostaski to Entertain at 'Return to Crisler'
Mayer Hawthorne

Jan. 30, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced today (Wednesday, Jan. 30) that singer Mayer Hawthorne and speed painter Michael Ostaski will entertain the crowd at the "Return to Crisler" event held Friday, Feb. 15, at Crisler Center. This exclusive event kicks off the Crisler Center Dedication Weekend presented by the U-M Credit Union.

"Return to Crisler" is a free event open to special invited guests, former men's and women's basketball players, U-M Hall of Honor members and men's and women's basketball season-ticket holders. The doors at Crisler Center open at 6:30 p.m., with the evening's festivities starting at 7:30 p.m.

The event features a conversation between emcee Desmond Howard and Michigan basketball greats Cazzie Russell, Glen Rice and Diane Dietz. The trio will discuss with Howard their time at Michigan and what being a Wolverine has meant to their success. In addition, the group will take questions from the crowd.

A speed painter named Michael Ostaski will "WOW" the crowd with his amazing painting abilities. Ostaski throws paint on the canvas to produce a stunning final product.

Ann Arbor native Mayer Hawthorne will entertain the crowd by playing two sets for guests at the event.

"As a kid growing up in Ann Arbor, I would wait outside Crisler Arena after basketball games hoping to get an autograph from one of the Fab Five," said Mayer Hawthorne. "This will be a great homecoming, and I'm really looking forward to performing at Crisler."

As a youth in southeast Michigan, Hawthorne remembers driving with his father and tuning the car radio into the rich soul and jazz history the region provided.

"Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit," claims the singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, that counts Smokey Robinson and famed songwriting trio Holland, Dozier, Holland among his influences. He also draws inspiration from Michael McDonald, Juan Atkins and J Dilla.

Hawthorne has produced and played instruments for much of his life but never intended to become a singer. What he became, however, was a new school soul sensation, touring globally and earning accolades from NPR and Entertainment Weekly.

"He's an able singer, an arranger of astonishing precision," wrote the New York Times when Hawthorne first hit the scene.

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