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Dirt Fest is another must attend festival. Here's you chance to go as a VIP. Share, tag @DIRTFEST, hashtag #DIRTFEST2015 this photo. Winner will be announced Wednesday August 5.


Musician/Storyteller Jill Tracy to appear at the 5th annual Corpus Illuminata Exposition of Anatomic Interpretation

DETROIT, MI - The Corpus Illuminata Exposition of Anatomic Interpretation is proud to announce and welcome a special honored guest to it's 5th annual event...composer, musician, storyteller, and sonic archaeologist JILL TRACY (San Francisco).  Since 1995, Jill Tracy has garnered multiple awards and a passionate following for her eerie and beautiful cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales.  She has been hailed by the LA Weekly as the "cult darling of the Underworld," and San Francisco Chronicle has named her the "femme fatale for the thinking man."  With six albums to her credit, her dark seductive music has appeared on CBS, NBC, PBS, and numerous independent and feature films.
Within Corpus Illuminata on Friday August 14th, Jill Tracy will share her intimate experiences with the renowned Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, the nation's foremost collection of medical oddities, to which she became the first musician in history to receive a grant to compose within the museum itself.  Then on Saturday August 15th, she will close the exposition with a rare solo performance within the gallery amidst the anatomic/medical-inspired artwork.
This will mark Jill Tracy's second visit to Detroit since her well-received performance at the DAMNED Exhibition's Masquerade Ball in 2009.  The full lecture outline of presenters and topics will be available August 1st.
Visit Jill Tracy's official website:
Corpus Illuminata is held on August 14th and 15th 2015 at Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom  in Detroit and consists of one part exhibition of anatomic-inspired artwork, one part academia of accredited presentations and one part bazaar of medical antiquities and oddities.
For further information and updates, please visit any of the links below to the Corpus WebsiteFacebook newsgroup or Facebook event page.
We look forward to your attendance.
Corpus Illuminata V ~ An Anatomic Interpretation
Artwork / Antiquities / Lectures / Bazaar
August 14 & 15 2015 - Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom
715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, MI 48202
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Jill Tracy is also available for interviews.

Jill Tracy - YouTube
"the elegant side of the netherworld."-- composer, pianist, singer, storyteller, musical evocateur, woman of mystery... Jill Tracy will transport you into a seductive and magical realm far beyond the Everyday. The place where we wished we lived. A dark, elegant netherworld full of hidden passageways, wonder cabinets, and opium dens.

Mailing address: Corpus Media, 2679 E Grand Blvd‎, Suite 304, Detroit, MI, 48211, USA

Call For Art - The 8th Annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness

damned -adj. 1. condemned to eternal punishment.
2. detestable; loathsome. 3. complete; absolute
Within the word, it is easy to envision devils and hellfire. However, it also reflects the eternal condemnation of self and the subtle mind against itself. It may reflect the emotional trappings within the haunting ghosts of the past. Perhaps the binding tendrils of our deepest longings or deprivations.
DAMNED is an exhibition of those extraordinary artists who know that without darkness, there is no light, that beauty does reside within the repulsive and enlightenment within our darkest hours. This art may be the one true reflection of self that make us balanced within our personal damnations...or possibly it is an expressive visual therapy...or simply a sign that there is amazingly inexplicable inside without comparison.
Artists of all mediums from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit their work for DAMNED. There are no restrictions on genre or content but the more deeply personal and powerfully introspective, the better. There are no fees to submit and the deadline is September 13 2015.
For further information and to submit, please visit: 
For further details on the DAMNED Exhibition, please visit "" or email us at "".
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DAMNED VIII - An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
Fine Art + Performance + Fine Dining + Masquerade Ball
October 29/30/31 2015 - Tangent Gallery - Detroit
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MCB INTERVIEW with MICKEY AVALON on his 2015 summer tour

MOTORCITYBLOG had the opportunity to interview rapper Mickey Avalon this past Sunday after his performance at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


We shot questions through the smoke and libations backstage to discuss his brand new EP, his most recent collaboration with Dirty Nasty, the story behind his infamous I Get Even album cover, and what he enjoys in Detroit Music.


Australian rock band The Church play the Royal Oak Music Theatre as part of their U.S. Summer tour. The concert is on Saturday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m. on a dual tour with the U.K. band The Psychedelic Furs.

The band started making music in the early '80s and first gained attention in the U.S. for the song "Unguarded Moment" from their debut album. The 1983 album "Seance" had our own Creem magazine singing their praises and hailed the band as "one of the best in the world". The band may be best known here for their late '80s hit songs "Under The Milky Way," or the song "Reptile," both off the 1988 album "Starfish". But The Church is not just on a "retro tour" as the band has continued to produce music over the past decades and this year celebrates their 35th anniversary! 

They have just released their 21st studio album "Further/Deeper" in the fall of 2014. They are touring throughout Europe and the U.S. in 2015 to promote the twelve new songs as well as old favorites. They promise to include some "surprising choices from their 35 year catalog" on this tour which will surely please longtime fans of the band.

This is the first time the two post-punk, neo-psychedelic bands have shared a bill after an attempt at a dual tour in 1988 fell thru. But while The Psychedelic Furs have continued to tour playing their hits, they have not released any new material since the 1991 album "The World Outside." Not content to rest on their laurels, The Church have not only produced a current album but a video for the song "Laurel Canyon."

For the first time ever, The Church will be offering VIP tickets to their fans for almost all of their upcoming shows:

All VIP tickets will include:
·      One premium reserved or general admission ticket
·      Early entry into the venue
·      Meet & Greet and photo with The Church
·      Pre-Show Soundcheck Event
·      Exclusive Tour Shirt, lithograph, laminate and more 

Visit: to purchase these very limited packages.

For more info on The Church visit their website at

Royal Oak Music Theatre is located at 318 West 4th St. in Royal Oak, MI 248-399-2980. 7:30 p.m. doors and all ages are welcome. Tickets are available at


Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men - New Video and Record Release Show

Check out the hilarious new music video for "Passing Strange" by Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men and be sure to catch their record release show at The Loving Touch Saturday Aug. 8th. 


SHOW REVIEW- Mickey Avalon at Meadow Brook Music Festival on July 25 (with photos and video)

Rapper Mickey Avalon was back in town for some local shows and Motorcityblog was there to soak up all the activity.

Mickey kicked off his Michigan ride on Saturday, July 25 at the 7,700-capacity Meadow Brook Music Festival outdoor amphitheater in Rochester opening for Sublime with Rome. It was a sweltering 88 degree summer day in Michigan, and the crowd got the party started early in the parking lot with tailgating quite prevalent. Libations were in full effect and everyone seemed to be ready for a night of music and fun.

Mickey was first up on a four band bill. He hit the stage only a half hour after the gates opened so many spectators were still coming in as The Ave belted out songs from his short 20 minute set. This is all the time that is allotted for him on this summer tour package, but Mickey made the most of it. Mickey was without any stage dancers this time around and was joined only by his DJ on stage. His set was filled with hits such as Mr Right, Jane Fonda, and Stroke Me. Mickey also found time to perform one new song during his set and closed out with his most recognizable song for even the most lukewarm fan- My Dick. 

After his set Mickey stopped by the merch booth to sign autographs and pose for photos. It was hard to find Mickey's fans spread sporadically around such a large venue, but the post show meet and greet brought them together and a few dozen were their to show their love.

At the merch booth, Mickey had his new 5 song EP on a plastic download card comple with a lanyard.The artwork was designed by his own daughter. Very cool merch item for only $5.00.         

Snippet of Mickey Avalon performing Jane Fonda live from the show...


Snippet of Mickey Avalon performing Stroke Me live from the show...


Snippet of Mickey Avalon performing My Dick live from the show...


Mickey Avalon has two headlining dates lined up including a stop Sunday, July 26 at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI and on Monday, July 27 at Frankies in Toledo, OH. His summer tour with Sublime With Rome continues on and concludes on August 30


UPCOMING- A Trio of MICKEY AVALON shows from Sat. July 25 - Mon. July 27

                                                                  *Photo by Matt O'Callaghan*

MCB'S favorite Cali rapper MICKEY AVALON is in the area the next three days.

Mickey kicks off his Michigan ride on Saturday, July 25 at Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester, MI. At this show he will be opening for Sublime with Rome. Mickey is first on the bill and will be hitting the stage at 6:30 PM, so get there early to catch his set.
For show info and tickets for this show, stop by HERE

His next Michigan stop on his tour is a headlining gig on Sunday, July 26 at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI. Ajax Stacks and Nate Paulson will be opening for Mickey at this show.
For show info and tickets for this show, stop by HERE

Mickey then finishes his three day run of local shows on Monday, July 27 at Frankies in Toledo, OH. This is another headlining show with Harry and The Hood opening up.
For show info and tickets for this show, stop by HERE.

Want to know what a live Mickey Avalon experience is like?
Be sure to check out these past Motorcityblog show reviews....
His 2012 stop at the Crofoot in Pontiac, MI is reviewed HERE. 
His 2015 stop at the Magic Stick in Detroit, MI is reviewed HERE.