I get to Detroit Threads for a wristband, and see that the organizers printed a handy schedule and map for everyone to take. The Metro Times has never put together one that's this useful and concise, and they're supposed to be the professionals.
Even with the groundwork laid right, the entertainment started out bad. Through either indifference, bad time management, or just general disdain for the audience, the opening act at three different venues that I tried started half an hour late. If someone is the first on the bill, finishes setting up twenty minutes late, and then just stands around and dawdles for another ten, I can't take that as anything other than disdain.
After the third opening dud, I get to Seven Brothers to see YUM. Hard charging two piece rock band that had this small bar packed should to shoulder. After the 3 duds, I expected everything to be dragging behind schedule, so since YUM started at or close to when they were supposed to, I only caught the last half of an act that might have been the best of the night.
The theme of half ridiculously late, and half perfectly on time would bite me again within the following hour. Rogue Satellites started twenty minutes late, thus causing me to miss all of Duane the New Dog, who started on time. I would also only catch the last 30 seconds of Old Empire. Trying so hard to catch as much as possible was becoming futile.
The girl working the door at Lo & Behold must have gotten sick of seeing me constantly coming and going, but it finally paid off for me with their last band, Mother Whale.
Pewter Cub was the last act of the night for me as I tried to decompress from all of the chronologically based disappointments. The "sloppy dog" didn't hurt either.
Bands I saw that I'm putting in the whatever category:
Jon From The Moon, Shells, Moon Walks, Gang Stalked, Pony Drags, King Eddie, Seritas, and Superbomb.
Recomendations for Saturday:
Lo & Behold has several good names on their bill, but it seems like they're being purposeful vague as to who starts when. Lac La Belle announced through facebook that they will play there at 9. The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre is sure to put on an amusing spectacle, accompanied by music, at Baker's Streetcar Bar at 10:30. Amino Acids will melt your face off at Small's at 12:30.
Okay, I was off by one house in predicting which one would be next to go. Friday morning it was the Rotten Plushie houses turn to go up in flames. Known as the “Doll House”, this property had been foreclosed on due to non payment of taxes, and was owned by the City of Detroit.
What is left at Heidelberg to burn down ? Oh, plenty – there are still two original houses left on Heidelberg Street, the dotted house and the one next to it. There are also a lot of outlying structures to go yet – a few on the next street over, a few down Heidelberg, and the Tax house on Mt. Elliot next to the burned up Penny house. Basically anything in that region with a slop dot painted on it, is a candidate for the arsonist.
Anybody wondering how this person is hitting the same city block 9 times without anyone having a clue as to how to capture them ? Me too. That is not what a typical arsonist does either – fire starters move around and dont tend to reburn things. Some people suspect that a rouge element within the City is doing it, or perhaps even Tyree Guyton himself – maybe bitter about losing properties to the tax man for non payment. The new city arson inspector says he is going to crack down on arson in the city, and catch these people in the act. That was the day before this burned down.
Scott Stapp of Creed interview, plus Meet and Greet tickets for 3/29 at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI.
With Proof Of Life, Grammy-Award winning artist Scott Stapp has proven that he is undeniably among the great rockers. Although, Stapp’s previous solo effort, The Great Divide, seemed to lack direction, Proof Of Life is proof that this time Stapp got it right. Stapp is preparing to hit the road on his Proof Of Life tour and plans on spending the bulk of 2014 playing across the globe. I recently had a chance to speak with Stapp about the upcoming tour and his stop at the Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan
Head over to our friends at www.NationalRockReview.com to read the interview and get the details on how to enter to win! Four Meet and Greet ticket packages will be given away over the next two weeks.
The Pack A.D.
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The female outfit, whose music has been described by hometown alt-weekly The Georgia Straight as “frenzied freak pop, unvarnished punk, and desert-shimmer shoegaze,” reunited with Detroit-based producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Electric Six, The Mooney Suzuki) for the 11-song release. Diamond, a friend-turned-collaborator, also produced the band’s 2011 album, Unpersons, which earned The Pack A.D. a Juno nomination for “Breakthrough Group Of The Year.”
Black and Miller were recently profiled on Last Call with Carson Daly, who caught up with the band when they played Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival. Footage, which includes both an interview and performance clips, can be viewed here: http://www.nbc.com/last-call-with-carson-daly/video/the-pack-ad/n42195/
January 31 Seattle, WA Barboza
February 1 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
February 5 San Francisco, CA Brick & Mortar Music Hall
February 7 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite
February 8 San Diego, CA The Loft at UCSD
February 11 Austin, TX The Mohawk
February 12 Dallas, TX Dan’s Silverleaf
February 14 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
February 15 Boise, ID Neurolux
February 16 Spokane, WA The Bartlett
February 21 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
February 28 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
March 1 Calgary, AB The Republik
March 2 Saskatoon, SK Amigo’s
March 4 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre
March 5 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
March 6 Chicago, IL The Empty Bottle
March 7 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room at The Crofoot
March 8 Toronto, ON The Horseshoe Tavern
A beautiful new exhibit, "Samurai: Beyond the Sword," has arrived at the DIA, and will open to the public this Sunday, 9 March. This morning, I enjoyed a sneak peek at the show, which was a year in the making.
There are two audio tours available, one intended for adults and one for children (8+). In his opening remarks, museum director Graham Beal mentioned that while complimenting the adult audio commentary, many previewers admitted that they also listened to the children's track — and really enjoyed that. I did listen to both, and if you're the type of person who enjoys a comment track, grab the audio gadget on your way in. It's worth it.
Although Samurai are most known for being fierce warriors, this exhibit was built to explore the dual priorities of the Samurai life: the bun and the bu, or "arms and art" (or "war and peace," "learning and fighting"…). Famously master swordsmen, Samurai were also educated men of high social rank, trained in various art forms. The exhibit is softly divided between the impressive swords and full suits of armor, and the gentler arts of calligraphy, painting, theater, and even high tea, to display these connected practices. Painted books and large room screens showing detailed battle and life scenes were not just created to honor the Samurai, but, in many cases, created by the Samurai themselves.
As they are not encased, I had an opportunity to get as close to the armor sets as the ropes would allow. I'm a handcrafter, and so of course want to take in all of the knotwork, the weaving, the iridescent flecks of crushed shell, every little detail. After a couple of centuries, the armor still holds the scent of bamboo and lacquer, creating a layer of intimacy and authenticity. I love the scale of the exhibition rooms, with a large space often being punctuated by a singular suit of armor. It suggests a sort of quiet and focus, themes repeated throughout the exhibit.
Samurai: Beyond the Sword
runs from 9 March 2014 to 1 June 2014.
Tuesdays–Thursdays: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
$16 for adults, $8 for ages 6–17, free for DIA members
Groups (15+): $12 per ticket
Tickets are timed and advance purchase is recommended. Tickets are available at the DIA Box Office, www.dia.org or 313-833-4005.
MCB will be in the house adding to the "FREE" fun with ticket giveaways from the Majestic for Warpaint, St. Vincent, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and The Black Lips
Loving Touch is located 22634 Woodward Ave in Ferndale
March 6-8th 2014
The Hamtramck Music Fest Committee, AM1610 The Station & Ben's Encore present...
The Hamtramck Music Festival 2014 "All Tomorrow's Paczki".
The primary sponsor, Ben's Encore, is a charitable organization, established in the name of Benjamin Borowiak, that helps provide opportunities for aspiring musicians and expand music education in the metro-Detroit area.
Pre-party on Thursday, March 6, at Smalls Hamtramck.
Detroit Area Dork: What was the impetus for creating this festival?
Eugene Strobe: I think a lot of people in the city really felt like they wanted a music festival at the beginning of March, and to keep it around the perimeter of Hamtramck, and the bars of Hamtramck. I think the cool thing about previous festivals is the proximity; being able to walk from bar to bar. Have be very centralized, and localized. It's been talked about for the past year, doing something pertaining to that. Packzi Day is a big celebration here in Hamtramck, and it's been talked about amongst the bars that they wanted to extend Packzi Day somehow. Turning it into Packi week. We thought putting this festival at the end of Packzi week really helps that continue, and helps that grow in terms of something to do in Hamtramck that first week of March.
D: Would this festival still be happening if the Blowout was still the way it used to be?
E: Uhm...that's a good question. I think it depends if the Packzi people want to have a festival separate from the Blowout. I think that because there was a little bit of a vacuum when the fest moved dates, and altered locations, I think there was a vacuum that was created. There was nothing there to take the place of it. It really spurred people on to do something this time of year, and around Packzi Day, and Packzi week. But yeah, if the Blowout were still here in Hamtramck, the first of second week of March, then the energies put into this festival might have been put into something else, some other time. There was definitely a vacuum that was created, and this is the result of that.
D: Do you think that the Blowout belongs to Hamtramck, or the Metro Times?
E: Well, I think legally these days, it belongs to Metro Times. You'd have to check with other folks, but I think they own the name "Blowout" now, I believe. So they can pretty do whatever they want with it. I don't know if it started out that way. From what I gather, the festival became what it was because of Hamtramck, because there are so many artists, musicians, bars, and clubs in Hamtramck. That was the one centralized location where something like that could happen. I think the Metro Times was one of the main sponsors early on, then they became the main sponsor, then became the owner. As far as I know, that was the progression that happened. Again you might want to check some of those facts to be certain, but I think the reason the Blowout became Blowout was because of Hamtramck; the bars, and clubs, and close proximity, and the artists, musicians living and doing their thing here.
D: Did you have any involvement in prior Blowout festivals?
E: I've played in prior Blowout festivals. I've worked at bars during prior Blowout festivals, but not in terms of organizing or arranging. I've organized concerts before, productions before. I've done that kind of work. Nothing with Blowout in terms of the organization or production of it.
D: Tell me about the Hamtramck Music Festival Committee.
E: The Hamtramck Music Festival Committee, the genesis of it was our first organizational meeting, which was January 28th. We invited people who were interested in coming down and giving ideas, and being part of this festival. It was open invite. There wasn't closed doors or anything like that. Whoever showed up was officially on the planning committee. If you were in attendance, you were one of the initial planners. Of course from that initial group of people just coming down and giving ideas, a number of people took on responsibilities. The folks that took on the responsibilities to actually make the fest happen are probably now the committee members in terms of organizing, planning next year, who's playing next year, and recruiting other people to help out. In essence there are about two dozen people in the overall committee, but there's probably a dozen, or half dozen doing the brunt of the work in organizing the festival.
D: How many venues do you have?
E: We currently have 17 venues. Waiting on confirmation for one more. 17 or 18 venues if terms of actual music for the festival weekend. On top of that we have vendors helping us out in terms of selling presale wristbands. A number of record shops in town, as well as other locations here in Hamtramck like Cafe 1923 coffee shop, Detroit Threads, Rock City Eatery, Lo and Behold, and Record Graveyard. Places like that are helping us sell wristbands presale. There's vendors, and there's actual venues where we're having live entertainment.
D: Looking at your list of venues online, it looks like you have several venues that haven't participated in the Blowout in several years. Did you make it easier for venues to participate, or add some new kind of enticement?
E: Really the only enticement is wanting to be part of a really fun and great festival. Our original organizational plan was to take venues that already have shows, and ask them if they want to be a part of it. If they were, their existing bookers would book two nights, and be under the umbrella of the festival. We're leaving it up to the venue to book the entertainment and then get back to us. So we're not telling the venue what to do anything different from what they already do. Every venue knows what's best for them, what works for them. On top of that, venues that normally aren't housing music or entertainment, we assign someone to go talk to their ownership and management, ask if they want to be a part of it. If they said yes, then the person who went over there would in essence be the booker for that venue for the festival. They would pool in the equipment, pool in the bands to make that venue a viable place to go for the festival. I don't know what previous music festivals have done, but we thought that be easiest. Keep it very grassroots. Just ask them if they want to be a part of it, and if yes, then we'll help you produce your nights, help make it part of the festival, and make it great.
D: So there's no one central person booking all of these venues?
E: Correct. Each venue has a separate booker. Whether it's Cafe 1923, or Rock City Eatery, or Small's, or Painted Lady, they all have their own booker. Either it's someone that's preexisting, or someone we've assigned, or sometimes volunteers to become the booker for that venue for that weekend. So every venue is pretty much their own thing.
D: There doesn't seem to be any large venues, like the Columbus Hall, or anything like that.
E: We looked into doing the Columus Hall. We looked into doing the PNA, and things of that nature. I think the charm of Blowout also is to be in a small club, and to see bands in that setting. I think when you go to the larger halls, specifically if they're not meant to have shows there, the acoustics get kind of crappy and cruddy. We have acoustical type troubles that happen at larger type venues like that. Also I think keeping the venues smaller in terms of capacity, makes it feel more intimate, makes it a lot more personal. We just felt that the existing bars and venues in Hamtramck would be a better setting for that. On top of that, some of the rental halls have actual rental fees. We're keeping our fees really low, and we're keeping our wallets kind of tight, just because any proceeds that come out of the festival are going to a nonprofit called Ben's Encore, which provides opportunities for youth involved in art and music. We want as much extra money as possible to go to that charity.
D: I read that the price of the wristbands will be $10. Do you think that's too low?
E: I think that's a great price, because we have people that complain about beer that's more than $2 a can, and then you have people who are willing to pay $8 for a pint. I think a $10 price for a wristband for 3 nights of music, 140 bands, is a great price. We could make wristbands $15. We could make it $20, but we think that's kind of defeating the purpose. We want to involve all the community. We want to involve people. It shouldn't be a financial thing. It should be a participation thing, an involvement thing. That's why we kept things at $10. I thought that's really fair. If we sell a lot of wristbands, and hopefully we do, we're going to be happy with those sales.
D: At $10 a wristband, will you be able to pay the bands anything?
E: The bands, that's an incentive that we talked about a lot, in regards to what bands get. I've been playing in bands since I was 13 years old, 14 years old. I've been doing it for a long time. I think just being part of the festival is a great perk, because it's a great thing. We don't have a lot of money, and we don't have a lot of sponsors this year, paying bands will be difficult in a monetary way, but we want to pay bands with wristbands, extra wristbands. They can get their friend, and the girlfriend, or their boyfriend in. If they bring equipment, because we're sharing backlines so there's more room in each venue to have people watch you, as opposed to having stacks of amplifiers, and stacks of drums blocking the bathrooms, blocking the bar, and blocking the door to get in. If you bring equipment in, you get a wristband. There's little perks like that. Each booker is responsible for providing perks for their bands. I know a few bookers are trying to get a keg of beer for their bands. There's little things like that, and it's not across the board. Again, this is very grass roots. We're not dealing with mega sponsors here. If it becomes a super successful festival, and if the charity is satisfied with the money that they're getting from the festival, and there's a little bit left over, of course we'd love to give some to bands. That's probably not a conversation for this year, because it's grassroots, and our budget is really low. That could be a possibility for future years.
D: What are the big expenses for the festival?
E: We want people to be safe, and we want people to get around easily, so we're having Detroit Bus Company provide two large school bus shuttles for the festival. That's an expense. They've given us a bit of a deal off of their main rental fee. We have to pay for the shuttles, that's an expense. We have to pay for advertising for the festival. Print ads cost money. We want people to know it. There's no sense having a festival if no one knows about it. You have to promote a little bit. Aside from that, there's a few loose ends. We have a little emergency fund in case equipment breaks, or a P.A. breaks, or if something happens, we can rent a P.A. real quick or what have you. So there's little things like that. Our budget is super small. Once the festival is said and done, we're going to have all the numbers presented publicly if anyone wants to see what we've spent, or what we did, or where the money goes to, where the money went. Our budget, currently, is about $5000. I think the Stooges recorded their first record for $5000, so...whatever.
This turbo charged Detroit tradition is the largest and oldest hot rod-custom car show in North America. It attracts visitors from across the U.S. and the globe. The calling card of this renowned show is the presentation of the Ridler Award, the most coveted award in hot rodding. For 51 years the auspicious award has been presented to the most outstanding new custom car, shown for the first time anywhere. Because of this distinction, the show attracts the finest custom car builders in North America to unveil their amazing vehicles for the first time at the famous show.
Adding excitement to this year’s Autorama is the thunderous opening, with a live outdoor fire up of Bob Motz’s Flame Throwing Semi Truck, on Friday, March 7, at the corner of Washington Blvd at Jefferson at 11:45 a.m. in front of Cobo Hall. All of downtown Detroit will know that Autorama has arrived when the sound of the flame throwing truck rumbles and reverberates through the streets, sidewalks and skyscrapers of the city.
Detroit Autorama is the annual winter ritual that brings the most devout gear heads and just plain curious folks, up close and personal, with the autos that appear in hot rod and custom car magazines. The cars, brought by backyard car jockeys as well as the top customizers in the country, compete for top awards in numerous classes. These auto gems vie for awards and prizes in the Summit Racing Equipment Show Car Series. The series competition culminates in the awarding of a check for $1,000 each to the Pirelli Great 8. Finally one of the great eight is named winner of the prestigious Ridler Award for the best vehicle first time shown, sponsored by Chevrolet Performance. The winner receives $10,000 in cash plus a custom trophy and jacket.
Did you ever wonder how they actually "chop" an automobile to create a new super sleek custom hot rod? At this year's Autorama, Gene Winfield's Chop Shop will be right on site with the legendary custom car builder, himself, Gene Winfield, in person. He'll supervise the demonstration of a live "chopping" of a car. The Chop Shop is sponsored by Genuine Hot Rod Hardware.
The entire lower level of Cobo Center features the popular Detroit Autorama Extreme featuring more than 200 traditional rods, customs and bobber bikes inspired by the 1950s. This successful addition to Autorama, now in its eighth year, is getting rave reviews. A show within a show, Autorama Extreme fills the entire 100,000 square feet of the lower level of Cobo's Michigan Hall. Autorama Extreme also features continuous entertainment by Rockabilly Bands and the Miss Autorama Retro Pin Up Girl Contest on Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m. presented by Vinsetta Garage.
Additional features of the 62nd Annual Detroit Autorama include the Cavalcade of Customs; a 10 car exhibit of specially invited 50's customs, The Fintastic Fins; a 10 car handpicked collection of beautiful super finned custom cars, the Autorama Preservation Award Winner –the Clarence “Slick” Patterson ’39 Ford Convertible Custom presented by Steele Rubber Products
Returning this year is the extremely popular Autorama Student Career Day, introduced eight years ago. This year more than 3,000 high school and trade school automotive students from nearly 50 Michigan schools will converge on Autorama on Friday, March 8 for morning presentations by key hot rod builders and industry leaders to learn about career opportunities in this growing field. After hearing from industry leaders, students will have the opportunity to visit the show and view the millions of dollars worth of show cars.
In addition to the Autorama Student Career day, Chrysler Group LLC announces the second annual Autorama High School Design Competition 2014, to benefit the United Way of Southeastern Michigan and in cooperation with The College for Creative Studies. This special new program invites all students currently attending Detroit Public Schools to create their own design for a future luxury Chrylser brand vehicle, envisioned for the year 2030. A panel of judges from Chrysler, CCS and Detroit Autorama will select the winning entries from the Freshman-Junior Class and Senior Class and prizes will include a scholarship to The College for Creative Studies, summer design automotive classes at College for Creative Studies, I Pads, tours of the Chrysler Group's Product Design Office and free passes to Autorama.
The Motor City Mavens 2014 Auto Art Panel Jam and Charity Auction benefiting Leader Dogs for the Blind will be presented by WRIF. More than 200 of the most outrageous pinstripers from across the country will be in Detroit during all three days of Autorama to apply their artistry to items of every variety. They will demonstrate for the crowds and auction the items throughout the event with all proceeds going to Leader Dogs for the Blind. Demonstrations are ongoing. The auction times are Friday, March 7 at 5 and 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 8 at noon, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Appearances on the Celebrity Stages:
These special guest will meet and greet visitors and sign autographs:
King of NASCAR, Richard Petty and racing legend, Kyle Petty, Friday, March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Laura Marano, “Ally Dawson” from Disney Channel’s “ Austin and Ally”, Saturday, March 8, from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Spongebob Squarepants will appear Friday, March 7, from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 from noon to 5 p.m.
DISCOUNT TICKETS are available at O'REILLY AUTO PARTS
For more information call 248-373-1700