MGM Grand Detroit celebrates Detroit’s 313th Birthday with specials at TAP

July 22, 2014 by  
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TAP at MGM Grand Detroit Celebrates Detroit's 313th birthday
TAP offers specials for $3.13 on Thursday July 24


MGM Grand Detroit will celebrate Detroit's 313 birthday with special pricing on several of their most popular food items and all domestic pints. 


TAP's 313, $3.13 specials:

·      Coney Dog with Coney Chili, onions and mustard with a side of fries.

·      Small Detroit House Nachos

·      Two beef sliders with your choice of American or Swiss cheese with a side of fries.

·      All domestic pints


Food specials from 11am-11pm and pints all day.


Additionally, the MGM Grand Detroit/ NHRA dragster will also be on site for the celebration.


MGM Grand Detroit 1777 Third Street Detroit, MI 48226




Rockers White Shag perform Unplugged Shows this Summer!

July 22, 2014 by  
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There are two chances to hear the hard rock band White Shag in a way you haven't heard them before! They will be performing two unplugged acoustic shows this summer! 

White Shag will be the special guests and will perform an acoustic set on Tuesday, July 29 as part of songwriter/host Audra Kubat's open mic night at Union Street restaurant in Detroit

Guitarist Jorge Cortez and singer Laura Mendoza will serenade you with the acoustic versions of their songs and select covers for the occasion. The Tuesday night series hosted by folk songbird Kubat has brought a variety of local talent to the stage that includes first-timers, up and comers like Michelle Held, and some of Detroit's finest rockers including Eddie Baranek of The Sights and Troy Gregory.

The night starts at 9 pm and goes until midnight and is FREE to attend! $2 Michigan pints on tap. Union Street is located at 4145 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. 313-831-3965

The second performance will be on Sunday, August 17 as part of the Tequila Cabresto Summer Heat Wave at The Old Miami located at 3930 Cass Ave. in Detroit 313-831-3830. This all-day party starts at 1 pm until 9 pm and features musical performers, games and prizes,other attractions include: A Taco Truck featuring authentic Mexican food and a chance to drop the Cabresto Girls in our Dunk Tank! This event is also FREE! 

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Album Review: The Infatuations – "Detroit Block Party" out now on AcidGroove Records

July 21, 2014 by  
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Summer. Party. Record.  That's really all you need to know about The Infatuations new album Detroit Block Party (Acid Groove Records).  With a familiar Detroit flavor thrown in as an added bonus, the band has a familiar sound that references Motown, The MC5 and P-Funk all in the same song. And the new full-length showcases the fun, versatile style in grand fashion.

In case you've been hiding under a rock, you might not know that Mayor Duggan might as well declare 2014 as the summer of The Infatuations.  Since the record release show with Ty Stone back in May, The Infatuations have been everywhere.  Festivals, block parties, even Tigers games at the CoPa. This summer has been one big coming out party for the band, and this record has been the soundtrack.

At its core, The Infatuation are the brainchild of founding members Marco Lowe and Christian Draheim, and Detroit Block Party is the culmination of that dream.  The duo make up the songwriting/production team Dra/Lo, and their unique, funky flavor is all over this record.  But the band as a whole is what brings the music to life, both on tape and live.  The Infatuations have a retro-soul vibe in the same vein as Vintage Trouble or Fitz and the Tantrums, but with a distinct Detroit rock edge. You can dance to and just as easily play air guitar to any song on the record.  

"Tonight We Celebrate" kicks off the record as a perfect radio-ready dance party anthem.  With a slinky-funky disco groove, and an infectious refrain, it's nearly impossible to resist singing  "Don't stop the mu-sic!"  As with "Dancin on My Knees" and "Diamond Disco", the band sometimes rides the line of cliched disco, but pulls it back in with Draheim's edgy rock guitar work.  Add to the mix the storng, soulful voice of Caleb Gutierrez and The Infatuations are a four star restaurant.  Gutierrez really carries the record and keeps listeners engaged as he easily shifts dynamics between sweet and soft  on "Yesterday Morning" and sharp and assertive on "Box of Shells."  And even though the band switches up the vibe here and there, it has a cohesive feel that makes you want to listen to the whole record without having to skip around.

All in all, Detroit Block Party is exactly what it says it is. A funky, rockin' dance record with a little something for everyone. Make sure you grab a copy and catch the band at one of the many live appearances this summer.

But, you don't have to take my word for it. Take a listen right here and give it a spin.

Interview with Matt Fink of The World’s Greatest Prince Tribute: THE PURPLE XPERIENCE

July 21, 2014 by  
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The Purple Xperience, a five-piece Prince tribute band who have been zig-zagging  the country since February of 2011 will play the Magic Bag this Friday. Led by Matt Fink (a/k/a Doctor Fink), a member of Prince and The Revolution from 1978 to 1991, The Purple Xperience is a band that leaves no one disappointed. You might remember Dr. Fink from many of Prince’s videos as the keyboardist in scrubs. His notable work with Prince includes co-writing credits on the songs “Dirty Mind”, “Computer Blue”, “17 Days”, “America”, and “It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night,” as well as performing credits on the albums “Dirty Mind”, “Controversy”, “1999″, “Purple Rain”, “Around the World in a Day”, “Parade”, “Sign ‘O’ the Times”, “The Black Album”, and “Lovesexy .” During a phone call last week with dogs barking and TV interruptions, I spoke to Matt Fink about the band and the tour that will take him far away from his seemingly normal family life.

MCB: How long the Prince Tribute been around?
Matt: About 3 years,  our first shows were late November 2011. A couple of friends of mine and I were doing an event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 and they approached me about doing a Prince Tribute band. I wasn’t looking to do something like this but after I thought about it more and more, it sounded like a good thing. Prince can’t be everywhere so I thought it would be cool for me to go out and play some of the material as well.
MCB: What’s the story behind how you found your front man?
Matt: Marshall Charloff  introduced himself to me back in the early 1990s. He was a big Prince fan and an inspiring songwriter as well. He’s younger than me but coincidentally we went to the same high school growing up. He brought me his music and I thought he was real talented. We stayed in touch over the years and he was one of the people that approached me at the Hall of Fame Gig.
MCB: Did you perform with Prince in Detroit during the 1999 or Purple Rain tours?
Matt: Yes, I was in the Revolution and in the band before we had that name. This was late ’78 to ’90. I thought Detroit was great. A great audience with one of the more vocal, fanatical fan bases in the US. They were and boisterous and loved Prince. 
MCB: What’s a typical set for your band?
Matt: We play all the hits from Prince and a few deep cuts that are album favorites. Primarily we do songs from the Purple Rain era but you will hear all the classic hit songs.
MCB: What’s rewarding for you to perform live these days? 
Matt: I really enjoy reconnecting with the fans and they like to come out and see that I’m playing. 
MCB: In the early days with Prince in Minneapolis, did you have a hard time getting acceptance at shows?
Matt: It took about 3 years of a building process of playing out. He had full support or the record label and they worked to bring him to the general public. Prince also worked real hard to create music that appealed to the mainstream which he did with Purple Rain. It was inclusive to all the ethnic groups in America. Michael Jackson kind of kicked it off and then MTV picked up on it, so there wasn’t the segregation that was prevalent in the industry at this time.
MCB: On his early records Prince always made a big deal about writing and playing all the instruments, but the band seemed pretty tight, so how true was this claim?
Matt: There was quite a bit of influence from the band on that material. We were used as session players but the Revolution was very instrumental to the chemistry that surrounded him in that era. I brought my own influences into the band at the time and we learned from each other and fed off each other. 
MCB: You’ve been around the music business to see the formats move from vinyl to cassette to CD to digital. What do you think of each? 
Matt: Things have changed because of all the digital selling markets and most of them are singles driven with the MP3, AAC and MP4 formats. A lot of engineers from the past complain a lot about the audio quality not being as good as vinyl or even CDs. I tend to agree. When you compare playing Purple Rain on vinyl then listen to it on MP3 you miss some of the things in the music and things don’t pop out in the mix like they should.
MCB: Where are the most surprising Prince-crazed places you play? 
Matt: Well, how about parts of Ireland that were absolutely insane when we came out. The audience was amazingly loud.
MCB: What’s your opinion on pop music of today?
Matt: I really like a lot of what I’m hearing. I like a lot of the new styles of electronic music. I get a kick out of dubstep because it is so heavily influenced by synthesizer music and I really enjoy the high energy aspect of it. My son who is a keyboard player as well has written some dubstep music. I’m just sort of an eclectic person.  I even enjoy some good country music once in a while.
MCB: As far as diversity of talent do you think there will be another Prince? 
Matt: Yes, I do, in fact there is a new artist signed to RCA that I just met last week for the first time that is already being touted as the next Prince. Her name is Gabi Wilson. She joined us on stage in San Francisco and did Purple Rain. She played the solo and sang, just nailed it.

THE PURPLE XPERIENCE featuring Doctor Fink (of The Revolution)Friday, July 25 – at the Magic Bag, Doors 8 p.m. - $17 

REVIEW: "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" Exhibit at the Henry Ford (Part 5 of 5)

July 21, 2014 by  
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In 2012 I found myself on at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland on assignment from Motorcityblog. The museum was massive and contained 6 floors of exhibits. A music lovers dream come true.

A music lover trough and through, I jumped at the chance to cover the "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" touring exhibit brought to you by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and having it's final U.S. touring stop at the Henry Ford in Dearborn. A large collection of over 250 pieces of memorabilia from 70 women in rock and roll history.

There was so much to cover in regards to the exhibit that I released my "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" review in five parts over the last few weeks. This is the conclusion.

Alongside all the instruments, outfits, and lyric sheets, the exhibit has some truly unique pieces on display. Enjoy this sampling of them.

On display is Queen Latifah's 1987 Morrellian High School Yearbook. See her as "Dana Owens" on the bottom row.  

A few Aretha Franklin artifacts includes this demo cassette for “Rhythm of the Freeway" and a tape box for “When the Light” with Paul McCartney...

Here is a 1985 dressing room door note Aretha Franklin used prior to performances...

Amongst all the Yoko Ono artifacts in display are her porsche glasses from 1980...

On display are two faxes sent from Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones to Marianne Faithfull in 2006 and 2008. "Keith doesn't do e-mail" Faithfull says.   

Here is Kate Pierson's wig from the 1989/1990 B-52's Cosmic Thing world tour....

Fan of Blondie? Then your sure to dig Debbie Harry's blonde wig along with her blue mini‐dress outfit with built in tights/boots..

See the large collection of over 250 pieces of memorabilia  from 70 women in rock and roll history for yourself. The "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit runs till August 17, 2014 so be sure to stop by before it's engagement ends. You will not be disappointed.


                                               **All photos by Adrianne Johnston**

The "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit is FREE to view with regular Henry Ford admission ticket.

Admission Ticket prices are as follows:
MEMBERS- free of charge
NON-MEMBER SENIORS age 62 & up- $15
NON-MEMBER ADULTS age 13-61- $17
NON-MEMBER YOUTH age 5-12- $12.50
CHILDREN 4 & under- Free

Details: 313-982-6001 or The Henry Ford Website

A Review of "Ernie" by Brett J Lawrence

July 21, 2014 by  
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 A Review of "Ernie"
by Brett J Lawrence

I have been looking forward to seeing "Ernie", by Mitch Albom, for some time now.  It was always in the back of my mind to see, but as soon as I wanted to go, the fundage just wasn't there. At one point in time, my two teenage sons were planning on getting together, pooling their savings and buying me a ticket for Father's Day.  While that never happened, the mere thought of it still warms my heart everytime I think of it.  They truly understand how important this guy was in my upbringing with Detroit baseball.  Anyways, once I was approached to review this for MOTORCIYBLOG, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Anyone who was raised in Detroit knew The Voice of Tiger baseball.  It was, and always will be, Ernie Harwell.  There is no denying it.  While I am a true fan of Dan Dickerson and Jim Price, whose voices remind me of Summer days and nights on the radio, Ernie had something different.  Whether it was his southern drawl, his stories, or the signature calls he made, he will always be Tiger baseball to me.  And, for anyone who feels the same way, I suggest getting down to The City Theater in Detroit, attached to the Hockeytown Cafe, and spending some time with Peter Carey...the closest thing we still have to Ernie Harwell.

It was hard at first.  We know every inch of Ernie's face, every nuance of his speech patterns, and every single signature call he would make.  We all have tried to do a poor imitation of them for our kids, who might never have heard him before, and that's acceptable.  He was our Friend, and impersonation is the best form of flattery, right?  Ernie would probably laugh at them all.  But, to be honest, it's hard to see an actor trying to pull it off.  The first thing you notice are the errors in his drawl, the not-so-many wrinkles on his face, or the brief moments when he would slip out of voice.  It saddened me.  I had such high hopes.  But before I knew it, as soon as I stopped being so critical and analytical for a moment, and allowed myself to listen to the stories coming from his mouth, and see the minute details of the stage set-up, I found myself hearing The Voice...I would up seeing him...I wound up Believing it was Ernie.  It took time, almost into the 2nd inning, but it happened.  And, for the remainder of those 7 innings, I was in a room, alone, with Ernie, as if he were telling his stories to me.

I'd love to tell you all the great parts of the play, the revelations that appeared, and the lines that brought outbursts of laughter from the crowd.  (I scribbled notes on my program...)  The problem is, that would completely ruin the play for you.  It would soften the impact should you decide to go see it with your Dad, or your Uncle, or even you Son(s)...and I don't want to do that.  You deserve to find out the details of what I feel inspired William Earnest "Ernie" Harwell, a small kid with a speech impediment from Georgia, to become one of the all-time most popular sports announcers in baseball.  You deserve to find out what motivated him.  I think it's best for you to hear from Ernie how he truly felt about Lulu, and what his philosophy on Love was, or rather, is.  I will give you one moment of philosophy from Ernie, though, that i will always carry with me:

"Given the chance to be right or kind, it was always best to be kind." -Ernie Harwell

YOU deserve to spend some time with Ernie.  And when you do decide to go, make sure you bring some tissues.  You'll need 'em.

Last thing, a big heartfelt "Thank You" to Peter Carey for making me believe Ernie is still with us, if even for only a brief moment in time.  Your talent is truly appreciated and your performance will never go forgotten.


A Downtown Chat with Garry Peterson of The Guess Who Band by MCB’s Sandy Hopkins

July 21, 2014 by  
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A Downtown Chat with Garry Peterson of The Guess Who Band.
Interview and photos by Sandy Hopkins
Photo: Sandy Hopkins
The Chevrolet Rockin' on the Riverfront's free concert series is bringing classic rock bands to Detroit's Riverfront all summer long.  I will be covering some of these fantastic and legendary bands for MOTORCITYBLOG.

The first show was July 11, and featured the legendary Guess Who Band. I met with Gary Peterson the original cofounder of the legendary rock band. Being a huge fan of Rock and Roll all through my childhood I once again jumped at the chance to meet the legendary drummer.
I thought back to my silly antics
when I first found out that I would grow up and play music.

I worked on my angry rocker faces in the mirror to Guess Who's American Woman.

And practiced my moves by jumping off the bed with my hairbrush in hand while my mom was pounding on my door for me to stop.  Oh rock and roll the most innocent yet guiltiest of pleasures. I was so excited and nervous about the interview I stayed up all night brainstorming questions to ask this rock and roll lifer.  To my surprise when we met up, I barely had to look at my notes. He made me very comfortable, a real pro. He was honest, jovial and full of information about his band, career, views on life, and what it's like being Garry Peterson, one of the most famous drummers in the world.
Photo: Sandy Hopkins-Garry signing the American Woman LP for persistent fan
Garry Peterson started playing drums at the age of two, he was taught by his father and was a pro by the age of 4. In 1949, when he was 6 years old he played drums for Peggy Lee at the Chicago Theatre. By 9 he was a member of the American Federation of Musicians. Garry says that he has no memory of actually learning how to play the drums, it was like being taught to walk.  It is who he was, who he is, and will always be.
So we Begin
Garry: Is Harpo's still open? I saw someone get shot there when we toured through here in the 1980's. It was a bouncer and he got shot in the ass.
 I asked if he deserved it, and he laughed.
So far so good, I made myself comfortable on a low concrete wall a few feet away from the stage, he and his band of 40 years would be playing it later that night.
Photos: Sandy Hopkins
I asked him about the Guess Who band, and how long it took for them to hit the big time.
Gary: We never really counted down the days, we kept working at it and working at it and then one day we came up with These Eyes, and the rest is history. It's funny because These Eyes did not happen over night; we had many singles by then, that is  the one that blew up in the United States.
We worked very hard and I can remember all of us hocking (pawning) our amps so that we could pay to record one of our albums. Back then it was so much different than it is now. We didn't have the power to push our music via the Internet. We had to be out there and play and hope that we would be discovered by a record label. The upside however, was that there wasn't as much competition back then like there is now. So eventually you would be heard by the right people. The real cincher happened when we were recording an album for Coca Cola and met a producer by the name of Jack Richardson, he dug our sound so much that he became our producer and mortgaged his house so that we could afford to recorded with Septor records. Sceptor records was a mostly black label at the time owned by Florence Greenburg who was Jewish, I always thought that was interesting. It was an honor to a part of that label. They, represented The Shirelles, Dionne Warwick, Chuck Jackson, The Kingsmen, B.J. Thomas, Joey Dee, Maxine Brown, The Esquires, Tommy Hunt, The Guess Who, Tammi Terrell,  and The Independents. This all took place from 1965-1969.
Photos: Sandy Hopkins original bass player and song writer of the Guess Who, Jim Kale
I asked him what it was like hearing a song of theirs on the radio for the first time.
Gary: (smiling) It was a very strange and surreal feeling. The song was "Shaking all Over" and it was in 1965. I still love that song.
Where were you?
We were on tour with the Crystals at the time, they were an all black woman band with an amazing  guitarist. Initially they were kind of cold towards us, and we didn't understand why. We didn't realize the racial tensions that existed here in the Unites States, where we lived in Winnipeg, Canada there was no such thing as racism. We didn't understand it all. It just didn't make sense to us. By the end of the show we had a great big party and they told all of us that we were all really cool. That made me very happy.
How would you describe your music to new Fans?
Garry: I would tell them to go to Itunes, they have all of our records there. Seriously though, they should. One cannot truly put a finger on the overall sound of the Guess Who Band. I even study our music when I am tour; I enjoy listening to how we have grown and changed, and how that it is a constant thing. If you listen, you will soon realize that the material is completely different and indescribable, we have albums where you would never even know it is us. Every musician old and new brings a sound and soul to the table. And we love it. And if you want to hear even more, listen to my old band Bachman Turner Overdrive.
Photo: Sandy Hopkins-Lead singer and guitarist Derek Sharp, this guy tears it up: also pictured: Leonard Shaw on the Sax
I didn't really ask him about the line up because I was a bit nervous to do so. Luckily, Garry volunteered information without me even having to ask. Whew.
Garry: People think that us switching up line-ups is a new thing. No way, we are called the Guess Who band for a reason. Guess Who's in the line up this time? (he snickers) It doesn't matter who is on that stage, it is about the songs and the fans of those songs. A band is about teamwork. We cannot survive without one another. One person should never take away glory from his band mates. It's like football. The center throws the football between his legs to the quarter back. The quarter back gets all the glory. If the center hadn't have thrown that ball to him between his legs, he would never have had it in his hands to throw to get the touchdown. Even painters and poets, when they make art, are inspired by those around them. Essentially we all need one another to be inspired and to exist. We are inspired by all the musicians we work with.
I asked him about Canada.
Garry: I grew up in Winnipeg and now live in South Carolina. I have dual citizenship between the two for decades. I consider Canada my mother; it is where I learned my morals, and values. I found my musical success and later here in the United States. The United States is like my father. I love them both very much. The United States has always taken really good care of my band mates and I and now my family as well.
Photo: Sandy Hopkins-the band getting their rock on.
What do you want people to walk away with after one of your shows
Garry: Happiness of course.  No two people will ever walk away with the same feeling from art or music. The Same goes for our songs. It is meant to affect people in their own unique ways and never dictate to them how to feel. The Beatles once said, people always think we have some hidden meaning. Very rarely do we. We are just writing songs. We mean what we say.
Have a good time and enjoy yourselves because that is what it's all about.
He then adds
Do you know how to write a good album?
When i was a kid i watched American Bandstand. With Dick Clark. And he would play three songs at a show, and have the kids dance to it. Then he would have a slow number for couples to come out and slow dance. Then afterwards he would ask them to rate the songs from 1-100. Some songs would get a 50, some a 90. When Dick Clark asked why the kids gave the higher scores to one song and not the other they said  it's got a good beat and you can dance to it. That's how you write a good record. And watching people enjoy it, there is nothing better in the world.  
I said, they don't make music like they used to do they.
Garry: Oh I disagree; I love some of the new music out there today. Great catchy tunes you can dance to, bands like Fun. I think it's cool hearing all the new sounds.
Photos: Sandy Hopkins-Garry and Jim rocking for fans of all ages.
One of your biggest fans is Detroit Punk rock drummer Chris Connely. You have been his inspiration since he was a kid and he mentioned to me that you were a child prodigy drummer. He wants to know what kind of music you would be playing if The Guess Who band would never have existed. He also wants to know if you have ever taught drums in your spare time.
Garry: I have always been a fan of Jazz and Big Band; I really don't know what kind of music I would have played. But my influences were people like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
I taught drums for a little while and realized it wasn't for me. Playing drums is not for everyone. A guitarist can be amazing but not know how to play the drums. It takes all four of your limbs. It is not a two handed thing. I wasn't a very good teacher because I would get frustrated easily and tell kids to pick up another instrument. That doesn't always get you asked to come back. I live to play live. That is my life.
Are you still annoyed with American Women?
Gary (laughing) Is that what you think that we were talking about? woman? Noo..I even married an American woman. All you have to do is listen to the words.
American woman, get away from me
American woman, mama, let me be
Don't come a-knockin' around my door
Don't wanna see your shadow no more
Coloured lights can hypnotize
Sparkle someone else's eyes
Now woman, I said get away
American woman, listen what I say, hey!
 The song is a personification of the United States. What do people see when they first come here? The Statue of Liberty in all her glory, majestic and beautiful. On our end, The Guess Who band was touring here during the protests against Vietnam, during the race riots, and later we were even in New York when the towers fell. It was the way we looked at America when were boys and didn't have any other way to describe it. I am 70 years old now, I see things differently than I used to, and the fact of the matter is, people come here from all over the world for freedom, and to escape poverty and persecution, that in it self should tell all of us something. Ooops, looks like I have to go do sound check now. You are coming out to the show tonight yes?
YES! I wouldn't miss it for the world! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me. Many Thanks from MCB and Detroiters everywhere, we love you!
I gave him a big ol bear hug before I left. A man walks up and asks for an autograph. Garry said "I will be doing that later," then says, "yeah ok why not, let me see what you have." They guy pulls out 5 albums for him to sign.  Without hesitation he begins signing them for a very happy fan. Garry Peterson, one heck of a guy.  
Time to Rock
I went to the show that night and got my socks rocked off with thousands of other die-hard fans, the young and seasoned alike. The line up that night included the Original songwriter and bass player Jim Kale, long time multi-instrumentalist and tour manager Leonard Shaw, lead singer/guitarist Derek Sharp, and a go for it all new addition, lead guitarist Will Evankovich. The Guess Who Band was One of the tightest bands I have ever seen perform live. They hold tight the passion and energy that only the timelessness of rock and roll can breed. We were all pumping our fists and singing along to songs that will be ingrained forever in Earth's Discography. Cheers to Garry Peterson and the The Guess Who Band, please don't ever stop making us Shake all Over.
Visit them online at the OFFICIAL "THE GUESS WHO" site.
The Chevrolet Rockin' on the Riverfront is THE free concert series bringing classic rock bands to Detroit's Riverfront every Friday night until the middle of August for updates about upcoming acts visit.

Dig a Hole for Jimmy Hoffa Day! Quick’n’Dirty Garage Single #2 release!

July 21, 2014 by  
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"Find Jimmy!  Dig a hole!"
With this brief but stirring rallying cry, organizers are set to mobilize the population of Michigan July 30 to aid the energetic, always-entertaining, but as yet ineffective efforts of federal law-enforcement officials to locate the remains of the late labor leader, Jimmy Hoffa.
The second annual observation of Jimmy Hoffa Day, set to correspond with the actual date of Hoffa's disappearance in 1975, is not only a celebration of the man himself, or of the heroic efforts of law enforcement officials, who have dug up acres of everything from pastureland to asphalt, and at one point dismantled an above-ground swimming pool in hopes of discovering Hoffa's remains. It is also a moving display of can-do spirit and community effort from the Michigan populace.
"We want to find Jimmy Hoffa," an event organizer explains.  "He's been gone for so long.  We're just not wild about spending tax dollars to do it.  We can do this on our own!"
The solution to finding Hoffa's remains, as organizers frame it, is a simple matter of getting enough people involved:  "Last year, we asked every Michigan resident to take a shovel and dig a hole somewhere on your land.  Since we still haven't found him, this year we're opening up to residents from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.  Anywhere will work… you never know!"
This "every little bit counts" attitude has given rise to another of the movement's mottos: "No hole too big, no hole too small!"  On their facebook page, organizers list the huge variety of activities that would fall under the broad scope of a Jimmy Hoffa Day observance: "Use mechanical equipment if you have it.  Rent a bobcat!  Host a Hoffa Day bring-your-own-beer-and-shovel party for your friends.  Feel free to destroy your barn or your driveway.  Just don't come asking us to replace it, (like the FBI would).. we don't have any money!"
Organizers are also aware that, even with the widespread community involvement they expect the new holiday to generate, it may be a some time before Hoffa's remains are found.  But they're in it for the long haul, and
encouraging supporters to take that perspective as well:  "Don't get discouraged if you don't find Jimmy on your first try.  The FBI has spent millions of dollars over almost forty years, and your success record is just as good as theirs."
Flush from their victory over the infamous Ypsilanti Mystery Pooper, the Michigan-based Crabgrass sextet Black Jake & the Carnies has applied their crime-fighting musical skills once again with their new Quick'n'Dirty Garage single "Dig a Hole!" to commemorate the event.
Join in, and become a fan of Jimmy Hoffa Day!
Feel free to post pictures of your best excavations, and together, we can find Jimmy Hoffa!  Dig a Hole!
Black Jake & the Carnies
"The original kings of crabgrass"


July 18, 2014 by  
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Yes  - our editor will surely complain about our flyer dump as he always does but fuck him
we like to post up all the cool local flyers that we can without doing any work writing about these gigs
some of these we didn't even get posted before the shows so yeah...we suck

BT at Elektricity Next Friday 7/25

July 18, 2014 by  
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Almost one year after the release of A Song Across Wires, BT is on the road with lyricist/vocalist Christian Burns to support the release of a new single Paralyzed.  Paralyzed will be released on August 11 via Enhanced Music.  Stream a preview below:

Platinum-selling artist, Grammy-nominated producer, film composer, and technologist, BT has certainly had an illustrious 15+ year career.  We will be sitting down to do a one-year after ASAW follow up with him at Elektricity next Friday.



with support from:

on the patio:

Doors at 9:30pm
18+ Welcome

Elektricity Nightclub
15 S. Saginaw St.
Pontiac, MI 48342

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