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4/24/15

Back Alley Bikes Open House & The Hub's Swap and Garage Sale

Back Alley Bikes Open House
Saturday (Tomorrow)
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Come by their open house for food, fun, and a very bikey time.
They'll be hosting a live screen printing with unique-to-the-day designs. Bring some stuff to get printed!


The Hub's Swap and Garage Sale
Saturday (Tomorrow)
10:00am - 5:00pm
They'll be selling cool stuff from Back Alley Bikes that didn't go out through programming.
 

Detroit Gallery Crawl

Art Detroit Now invites you to explore art galleries in Detroit and Hamtramck on The Detroit Gallery Stroll, the first Saturday afternoon gallery stroll in decades. Wander leisurely from gallery to gallery and witness Detroit’s world-renowned art community first hand. The Detroit Gallery Stroll is a multi-gallery celebration of contemporary art in Detroit, showcasing Detroit’s thriving visual arts market by presenting boundary-defying work, special exhibitions, and artist talks. Plan out your route for an afternoon of visual art viewing with our interactive, digital map: http://artdetroitnow.com/gallery-crawl-map/

Free Vinyl Friday- Stray Animals by Valentiger

email motorcityblog@gmail.com for your shot at winning a copy of "Stray Animals" by Valentiger on vinyl 

You have a few opportunities to catch the Grand Rapids based rock trio around the Detroit area. One of them being TONIGHT! 
Go now to the Majestic Cafe in Detroit and help them load in,  eat yourself a sandwich and prime yourself with drinks while warming up your vocal cords. I find myself harmonizing along to these songs with the enthusiasm of most kids echoing the Frozen soundtrack. 



check out some show dates
4.25 - Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL
5.2 - Metro Times Blowout - Detroit, MI
5.21 - Founders Brewing Co. - Grand Rapids, MI
5.22 - Shorts Brewing Co. - Bellaire, MI
5.23 - Workshop Brewing Co. - Traverse City, MI

SWEET SPIRIT FROM AUSTIN MAKE THEIR DETROIT DEBUT


Join us for an evening of indie pop rock music featuring Sweet Spirit from Austin, Texas. The band are on a spring tour in support of their self-titled debut EP released in February. The EP was produced by Mike McCarthy who is known for his work with the Canadian power pop band Spoon.

Boy/girl alternate vocals and a horn section make this band stand out among the pack. This attracted the singer of Spoon who invited them on their tour and hooked them up with their producer, McCarthy. A full album is also in the works for release this summer on indie label Nine Mile Records.

The band has been receiving numerous accolades in their hometown and after three shows at this year's SXSW music festival, the rest of the country is catching on as well.

"Fun and catchy with a flawless blending of countless genres they’re just that good."  - OVRLD

"Sweet Spirit is a spectacular band that can let your imagination go wild. The best thing we've seen at SXSW" - I Heart Music

Also performing this night will be:

Sweet Spirit - The band developed their sound with a diversity and balance of influences. Delivered in sultry harmonies with as many guitars as possible, Sweet Spirit gives exuberant voice to the struggles of loving and living. www.sweetspiritatx.com

White Shag - This power trio has been storming the streets of the motor city and taking no prisoners! Citing influences such as the MC5 and The Stooges, White Shag is Detroit rock in its purest form, ripping up every stage as if it were the last one they will ever play on! www.whiteshag.com

Eleanora - Eleanora is an eclectic mix of various musical styles and flavors. It is the result of a collaboration between classically trained and self-taught musicians. They call their music Chamber Pop! www.facebook.com/EleanoraLive
The show is on SUNDAY, APRIL 26 at 8 pm. The venue is New Dodge Lounge located at 8850 Jos. Campau in Hamtramck. Please call 313-874-5963. 21 & over are welcome. Admission is $5.
For more information on this event please check out the website: www.sweetspiritatx.com or www.whiteshag.com

NEXT SAT: Sound + Vision @ Tangent


Interdimensional Transmissions & Blank Code present…
Sound + Vision
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
10PM - 4AM // 21 +

Interdimensional Transmissions + Blank Code combine like Voltron to bring Detroit a full production night of finely curated international deep Techno with Neel (from Voices from the Lake, Rome), Cassegrain (from Prologue, Berlin) and the return of Orphx (Sonic Groove, Hamilton). 

Audiophile sound, Space Transformation by Amber, Visuals by Nick

NEEL 


Orphx LIVE
Sonic Groove, Hands | Hamilton

Ectomorph, Eye Teeth, IT | Detroit

erika.net, Ectomorph, IT | Detroit

TETZZIE LIVE 

NEXT FRI: VISQUEEN plastic fashion @ Tangent


Friday, May 1, 2015


From the makers of the Merkin Show, here comes the next big woah! In fashion. Watch our finest Detroit models walk the runway in this springs most creative rainwear. 

MC: Satori Circus VS. Konrad Lee, Lounge singer Extraordinaire
Entertainment: Bride Stripped Bare 
AND the beautiful voice and talent, Grace Detroit!!

Groovy Noise: DJ Holographic
and last but not least, 
Designs by Stein Van Bael

15$ at the door!

TOMORROW: Impromptu Saturday pop-up show @ Tangent


Saturday April 25

Welcome to join Tangent Gallery's very first Impromptu show! We were unfortunate to have a last minute cancellation on April 25th, so we put the word out and a handful of very talented artists are throwing down to POP up a full blown group show!

Fine artists include the new works of:
Paula Schubatis
Andrew Petrov
Nai Sammon

Live Painting by:
Moosey Moose

Soundz:
8-9 Mosum Tribeca [psy]
9-10 David Russell [live pa acid]
10-12 Isaac Prieto [techno/minimal]
12-1 Drusha - [techno]
1-2 Kira-P - [techno/bass]

3DVisuals:
Jacob Martin

THIS WKEND: Motor City Nightmares horror expo & film fest, feat. our buddies the Amino Acids and way way more

Horror Expo & Film Festival
April 24-26, 2015

Hey, are you going to Motor City Nightmares? Did you know you can buy a one-day ticket for just Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?

Did you further know that the Amino Acids and Forbidden Outcome are going to be playing in the ballroom on Friday night? And The Gutter Ghouls, Pick-Axe Preacher, and The Worst Of are playing Saturday night? That's worth the price of admission right there.

Historic Fort Wayne Flea Market returns April 25-26

ANNUAL HISTORIC FORT WAYNE FLEA MARKET RETURNS

WITH GREAT SHOPPING AND TOURS APRIL 25-26

 

Antique and bargain hunters will find collectibles, contemporary treasures and a variety of arts and crafts at the annual Historic Fort Wayne Flea Market, taking place Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26 at 6325 W. Jefferson (at the foot of Livernois).

The hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The flea market is presented by the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition.As always, tours priced at $5 per person of the Historic Fort Wayne complex will be offered each day. 

The guided tours will include the Star Fort built in the 1840s and the Spanish-American War Guard House.

Secured parking is $5 per vehicle, and admission is free for the flea market. Refreshments will also be for sale.

The Historic Fort Wayne Coalition is dedicated to preserving the history of Michigan men and women who served their country between 1845 and 1973 who either sent material to or personally passed through Historic Fort Wayne as a place of induction to United States military service.  We are busy helping the Fort's caretakers, the City of Detroit Recreation Department with this effort in two major ways.  First, we present high quality events that provide ways for the public to enjoy Historic Fort Wayne and see glimpses of how it would have looked when it was garrisoned.  We are also very busy preserving and restoring as much of the structures and facilities as possible on the Fort grounds.

 

THIS WEEKEND: Upcoming progressive rock show (Detroit bands) at Berkley Front

WIN FREE TICKETS: Barrence Whitfield & The Savages on tour with the Sonics! Detroit 4/25 - Majestic Theatre Detroit

The weekend is finally here and we strongly suggest you check out this show tomorrow over at the Majestic Theatre.
Of course the Sonics headlining is well worth it but be sure to get there straight from the get go
as local superstars The Hentchmen kick off the night followed by Barrence Whitfield and the Savages
 
email motorcityblog@earthlink.net for you chance to win a golden pair of tickets
happy weekend!
MCB
 

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages on Tour with the Sonics!


LISTEN: 
"Corner Man" https://soundcloud.com/bshq/the-corner-man-by-barrence

WATCH:
Live on Later with Jools Holland
http://vimeo.com/79825202

Supporting the Sonics
The Majestic Theatre

Date: 04/25/15 | Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 | Ages: ALL

 

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages are finishing their follow-up to 2013's Dig Thy Savage Soul, their first US release in 20 years. In April they will be joining the Sonics who are hitting the road in support of their first album in nearly 40 years.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 









 

TONIGHT: Cycle 10 Opening Night @ Red Bull House of Art


DC is a longtime contributor to the MCB.
She can be reached at DC.in.Detroit [at] gmail.com


23 April, 2015

The view from inside.

Opening Night: Friday, 24 April, 7p-11p
Normal Viewing Hours: Saturday 10a-3p


Although celebrating their 3rd year, this was my first time at the RBHofA, and I have to say, I really like the space. (And I love the incubator program, but I’ll get to that in a minute.) The building itself is tucked away in Eastern Market with minimal signage/parking, so know where you’re going. It’s a renovated brewery, and once inside, that’s evident, with all the nooks and crannies you could ever want. Ambiance!

Cozy!
Forget about your cell phone!
The first area upstairs is the artists’ workspace. This is where a selection of Detroit artists are given space, time, and unlimited funds (!!) to create their exhibitions. How much more could an up and comer want? It’s the freedom to create in a big way.

Part of the artists' workspace.
Downstairs, through brick archways and dank passages, is the gallery itself, a bright white space. This cycle is giving us James "Jimbo" Braddock, Elmer, Brent Forrest, Parisa Ghaderi, K. GuillorySheefy, and Niki Urban, representing a range of styles.

Although I was genuinely impressed with all the artists (no, seriously, really enjoyed the exhibit), there were two stand-outs for me. First of all, Brent Forrest. There’s no other way to put it other than I am just mad for his work, every one of them. They are impossible to photograph, which is part of what makes them so freakin amazing. He creates layered, lighted scifi worlds that I could have crawled into for hours… especially with the house lights off (which sadly I didn’t get a chance to see).
Brent Forrest. I tried SO hard to get reasonable photos of his work. It's not doable. Just go and see for yourself. And buy one for me while you're there.
The second was the juicy colorful paintings of K. Guillory, whose “This Is So Important” was so important, I had to buy it for myself. So when you go and see the show, that little red pin is me, and DON’T TOUCH IT IT’S MINE.


K. Guillory
The prices on all the pieces are extremely agreeable, ranging from $100 (I suspect that’s the gallery-set minimum) to $1,000 (for one massive, gorgeous painting). I don’t expect there will be much left unsold by the end of the show’s run.

And oh yeah, there’s all the Red Bull in the world. I learned there are two new sugar-free flavors, including an orange, and I may never sleep again.

4/23/15

ALBUM REVIEW: Slight Return "WELCOME TO THE D"




Slight Return may be Detroit's biggest musical secret at the moment. They may not be trying to get on the Blowout schedule or looking to flash their mugs in front of cameras at the Detroit music awards, but they do embody what the Detroit music scene should be about- love for the music and the city of Detroit. On their new album entitled "Welcome To The D" they show both right off the bat with the title track. "Welcome To The D" can easily be the city's new rock anthem.  

The album has a very impressive all star guest lineup that includes George Clinton (of Parliament and Funkadelic fame) on vocals, Tony “T Money” Green (The Dramatics, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tupac) on bass,  Pat Lewis (Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, George Clinton) on backing vocals, Billy Cox (of Jimi Hendrix’s Band Of Gypsy's) on bass guitar and vocals, Davey Pattison (Robin Trower) on vocals, and Dennis Coffey (The Funk Brothers, Rodriguez) on guitar.



The bands also has a lot of heavy hitters on the production side. Those involved with the album include Jim Diamond (White Stripes, The Dirtbombs), Jack Endino and Chris Hanzsek (Nirvana, Soundgarden), Alan Sanderson (Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson) and “Cornbread” (Marvin Gaye, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Miles Davis).

Guitar and Vocalist Mark Kassa is a big Jimi Hendrix fan and his music often represents the band’s musical direction. You can hear the influence of Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine on several tracks as well. And let's not forget about the funk. Several tracks have the booty shakin' recipe with a nice mix of The Red Hot Chili Peppers early material and P-Funk.

The current lineup for the band includes Mark Kassa on guitar and vocals, Ronnie Karmo on drums, Tony Mitchell on percussion and occasional vocals, and  Mike Schneider on bass. The whole band is made up of  seasoned musicians and have opened up for national acts such as Grand Funk Railroad, Rare Earth, and Robin Trower. They don't over saturate the scene with live shows so be sure to catch them when you do have a chance.


 "Welcome To The D" tracklist:
 1.  Welcome To The D
 2.  Shake Your Detroit Right (with George Clinton, Pat Lewis, and Tony "T Money" Green)
 3.  Hail The Heroes
 4.  Stone Free/Third Stone From The Sun (with Billy Cox)
 5.  Horse Left The Stable (with Davy Pattison)
 6.  Funky People (with George Clinton)
 7.  Tale Of Two Bands (with Dennis Coffey)
 8.  Move ’em On Out
 9.  Resistance
10.  Big K
11.  Ignorance
12.  Subscribe Now


You can purchase it via download at iTunes

Or visit their sites at:
http://slightreturn.com/
http://www.facebook.com/slightreturnusa


NEXT MONTH: Nerd Nite, 21 May @ Tangent Gallery


Reboot, Renew, and Relaunch

Thursday, May 21, 2015
 @ 7:00 PM
Nerd Nite's Back ... All Right! After a brief hiatus, Nerd Nite returns with events that are nerdier and quirkier than ever before. Join us on Thursday, May 21 for an epic Reboot, Renew, and Relaunch! Nick Yribar, Curtis Sullivan, and Marcus Schwimmer of the SuperSkull podcast will be discussing rebooted universes in comic books; Chris Casteel, founder of Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics, will teach us about current technologies that help amputees relaunch their lives; and Rebecca Frank, a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information, will share her knowledge on disaster planning, response, and recovery for cultural heritage institutions.


Come learn with us, and you'll have a chance to meet the new bosses, too! Seriously ... be there and be square.

OPENING TOMORROW: Red Bull House of Art CYCLE 10 through April 2015


Red Bull House of Art celebrates 3-year anniversary
Cycle 10
Opening Night Friday April 24
07:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Regular showings are held every Saturday between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Red Bull House of Art will celebrate three years in Detroit with its most significant gallery opening yet on Friday, April 24. Hosted at 1551 Winder in Eastern Market, the gallery is set to unveil the exclusive works of seven local artists including Elmer, Parisa Ghaderi, Brent Forrest, SHEEFY, Niki Urban, K. Guillory & James ‘Jimbo’ Braddock. This marks the first time these works have been open to the public.

Elmer is a Detroit street artist using his time at Red Bull House of Art experimenting with laser-cut wood assemblage and retro-futuristic styling for the first time. Parisa Ghaderi is a multidisciplinary new media artist exploring the concept of nostalgia through her Iranian heritage. Brent Forrest is borrowing from the world of animation to create custom light boxes with digitally painted cells depicting a blend of sci-fi-soaked landscapes. Using music as a guiding force, SHEEFY has crafted a vivid body of work all its own. Niki Urban’s obsessively detailed charcoal and pen drawings depict nightmarish fantasy scenes influence from a young spent in Poland. K. Guillory’s work explores how women are viewed in today’s Internet-saturated society. James ‘Jimbo’ Braddock has turned a young of growing up on Saturday morning cartoons into a style all his own.

Since 2013, Red Bull House of Art has called the E&B Brewery Lofts in Eastern Market home. In three years, over 80 local artists have held residencies there. With an average attendance of 2,500+ per opening, there are few galleries around the country that rival the influence and presence of this Detroit arts incubator.

Following the April 24 opening, the gallery is open each Saturday and hosts a variety of events in between cycles. For up-to-date information about Red Bull House of Art, visit redbullhouseofart.com or find the gallery on Facebook.





THIS SATURDAY: Lewis Black @ the Fox and FRIDAY in GR


The magnificent Lewis Black returns to Detroit for a second dip into his rant of a lifetime.

"the Rant is Due: Part Deux"
Saturday, April 25, 2015

TIX HERE

And for our west side friends:

DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW — Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, April 24, 2015

TIX HERE


4/21/15

Kaki King at The Music Box Wednesday May 6


The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body

For the past few months Kaki King has been touring her landmark new work, The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body, which was released on March 3.


This masterpiece, funded by Kickstarter, lays bare The Guitar’s inner life and raw power. Her music is supported by a compelling lightshow and projections created by Glowing Pictures which are synchronized to all of her songs. You can watch two excerpts of the show here and here.

On Wednesday May 6 she will be in Detroit  and performing at The Music Box

Tickets just $15 and available here

6 PM - Mix. Mingle. Eat. Drink.
7 PM – Listen.

$11 tickets available for 37eleven members. $49 VIP tickets also available including reserved seating at tables of our patrons, plus complimentary drink.