Niki Haris to Headline 20th Anniversary of the Annual Coming Home Coming Together Concert

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

513 Ship St., St. Joseph, MI


Niki Haris to Headline 20th Anniversary of the Annual Coming Home Coming Together Concert #CHCT2018, with “Local Flavor” Theme


Offering a not to be missed FREE concert for the community, Benton Harbor Tigers alumnus Niki Haris will headline the 20th Anniversary of the Coming Home, Coming Together concert on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Festivities will take place at the Dwight “Pete” Mitchell City Center Park in downtown Benton Harbor, with gates open at 4:00pm and music starting at 5:15pm. The concert celebrates not only local jazz piano legend Gene Harris, father of Niki Haris, but also several local musicians, including Bonita Mitchell with theI’m Saving Myself Children’s Chorus, Ethan Hawkins, Ron Evans (Director of the Benton Harbor Drumline), Andrew Fisher and Tim Grant. 


Playing on the growing popularity of food trucks in the area, the 20th Anniversary theme of #CHCT2018 will be “Local Flavor.” Local licensed food vendors are invited to apply for space at the concert by visiting the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra website event page completing the application form available there.


Founded in 1998 to create a vital Benton Harbor Arts District through community outreach and advocacy of the arts, the CHCT concert is dedicated to the revitalization of the Benton Harbor Arts District with a firm belief that “Art Builds Community.” Last year marked the first year of collaboration between the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the Coming Home Coming Together committee. Both organizations felt it was a smashing success and are eager to continue the partnership. Proceeds from the event support educational and cultural outreach to the Benton Harbor community.


Beth Haire-Lewis, daughter of Gene Harris’ and sister to headliner Niki Haris, says, “I can’t believe we’ve been bringing this concert to Benton Harbor for 20years! We’re excited about the addition of a food truck court this year, and we’re just so thankful for Sue and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s support. Putting on this concert is a huge undertaking for our committee and the SMSO’s help has been tremendous.”


SMSO Executive Director, Sue Kellogg, states, “The Coming Home Coming Together concert embodies our mission statement of Transforming Lives Through Music. We can’t think of a better way to highlight music’s impact than to have a free concert featuring the great talent found right here in Benton Harbor.”


Donations, table reservations and sponsorships support further community outreach. For additional information, contact the SMSO office at 269-982- 4030 or Sue Kellogg, at Additional details about the event are available online at


This concert would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the #CHCT2018 committee: co-chairs Sue Kellogg (SMSO) and Patricia Muellen (executive director, Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce), Beth Haire-Lewis (talent chair, emcee and long-time committee member), Mamie Yarborough (Berrien County Commissioner and long-time committee member), Minnie Sims (City of Benton Harbor liaison and long-time committee member), Leslie Pickell (logistics chair and long-time committee member), Barbara Finch (long-time committee member), Kim Jorgensen Gane (social media/vendor chair), and emeritus committee member Ann Haire.



Headliner, Niki Haris, biography:

Niki Haris, daughter of Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Gene Harris, grew up in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She was college educated in southern California. Niki then pursued her singing career in the usual amusement parks and clubs in the California area. This dynamic woman has since gone on to work with a multitude of recording artists ranging from pop, R&B, to jazz. Her live performances and recording experiences read like a who's who of the music world with names such as Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Patrice Rushen, Michael Sembello, LeAnn Rimes, Michelle Branch, Santana, Kylie Minogue, Luther Vandross, All Saints, Wilton Felder of the Jazz Crusaders, Stanley Turrentine, the Righteous Bros., Julian Lennon, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston and Madonna.

Her vocal film work is also featured on the soundtracks of Whoopi Goldberg's "Corrina Corrina," DreamWorks' "The Big Green," "Coyote Ugly" with Leann Rimes, and Disney's "Anastasia." She has also recorded multiple television themes as well as co-writing and performing two new songs for the Fox series "Dark Angel." 

Niki continues to share her gifts throughout the years by performing at a multitude of benefits for AIDS, cancer research, as well as Camp Harmony for inner city children. Niki continues to be called upon to lend her inspirational voice by notable speakers such as Mark Victor Hansen "Chicken Soup for the Soul"& Reverend Michael Beckwith (The Secret). She is also a strong supporter for the Music in the Classroom program and RADD, Rockers Against Drunk Driving. She diligently lends her time in serving and is an annual participant in the Season for Non Violence.

With all this, Niki has concentrated on her songwriting as well as pursuing acting and singing and continues to be a focused and dedicated, multi- talented artist.

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