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12/20/14

Dance into 2105 at TV Lounge, Detroit


Great lineup of some of the most fun and respected DJs from the streets of Detroit!  Come dance into 2015 at TV Lounge. 

12/19/14

Crobot Pumps out the Jams at The Fillmore


Last night while sipping on whiskey and lurking in the dark corners of The Fillmore, I witnessed an underrated band from Pennsylvania take myself and the audience back into a time of sex and excess. Warming the crowd up with Rick James' "Mary Jane", Crobot strolled on stage and said, "Detroit, ya'll ready to get down tonight?" From the first note from lead singer Brandon Yeagley, I fell.


Brandon Yeagley's voice was congered from another dimension. His powerful falsetto voice grabbed hold of each an every individual in The Fillmore. Headbanging while raising one arm to the heavens or waving it all over the audience as if casting a spell on us onlookers, it's obvious that the men of Crobot gained a few hundred new fans last night. The pit swelled with more and more people as their set continued, some even raising their lighters in the air. Yeagley is the male equivalent of what I think I look like singing Heart songs after too much whiskey.


"Detroit likes it dirty, right?" I do. I mean, we do. Yes, we do. In between belting out "Necromancer" and telling us "I don't think ya'll mind, but we're gonna play a devil song" and easing into "Le Mano De Lucifer", I booked the venue where Yeagley and myself are to be married.

Jake Figueroa on bass is a dream come true. Bobbing up and down through each jam, his curly ringlets shook with each note...each insanely delectably heavy note. His playing style easily reminded me of the unapologetic bass heavy riffs from Rage Against the Machine.



You know when your jam comes on on the radio and your fingers twist the knob like you twisted the nipple of that Tinder date from last weekend? Performing each song, it was as if Crobot was listening to their jam, jamming along, but for lack of a better word just killing it, murdering it. It was almost as if they wrote and perfected each song the night before and were eager to show it off to everyone.


 There is only one date left for Crobot on the Chevelle tour. But there are a couple more booked before 2014 comes to an end. Honestly, it's a mystery as to why they are not already on their own headlining tour.


12/18/14

This Saturday: FREE SHOW from The Mike Hard Show,HafLife,Plush Deathly at PJ's Lager House in Detroit for Santarchy


 
 
This Saturday (December 20) the annual Detroit Santarchy is taking part.
 
One of the stops will be a free show at PJ's Lager House featuring: 
 
The Mike Hard Show
http://www.reverbnation.com/mikehardshow
 
Plush Deathly
 
 
Plush Deathly opens the show at 10 PM.
The Mike Hard Show will reunite ex-THRALL members Cliff Carinci (drums), Johnnie Johnson (bass), and Scott Kodrik(guitar) to make the evening even that more special.
 
This show is open to those not taking part in the Detroit Santarchy as well.
 
PJ's Lager House is Located at 1254 Michigan Avenue, Detroit MI 48226
(three blocks East of old Tiger Stadium and two blocks West of MGM Grand )
 
 

 

12/17/14

FREE TICKETS: Giulio Gallarotti & Ricky Velez stand-up comedy show @ Magic Bag Ferndale - this Friday December 12th

Its midweek before the holiday and if you are anything like us you probably haven't even made a dent in your holiday shopping right?  No worries.  You still have plenty of time and you should go ahead and treat yourself to a good laugh this coming Friday night over at The Magic Bag

for your chance to win a pair of tickets

Get tickets here

The Magic Bag
22920 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 544-3030

Giulio Gallarotti is a standup comedian and actor from Brooklyn, NY.  Giulio has appeared on MTV shows such as Girl Code and Totally Clueless where he was a recurring cast member.  As a standup comedian he won backstages 360 comedy festival and has been featured in the New York Comedy Festival three years in a row.  He studied acting at the Stella Adler studio.   


Ricky Velez is a stand up comic and comedic actor who has performed stand up comedy in New York and L.A. as well as doing numerous college performances around the U.S. He started his career in New York and can be seen nightly at The Broadway Comedy, Comic Strip Live, Stand Up New York, Eastville Comedy Club, and Carolines on Broadway He has appeared in L.A. at the Hollywood Improv, Irvine Improv and The Comedy Store.




12/16/14

ONE NIGHT ONLY(Wed. Dec. 17): THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG screening with Director Andrew Leavold Q&A at Cinema Detroit



For one night only on Wednesday, December 17 Cinema Detroit is screening THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG. It's an incredible, fascinating true story that ultimately draws profound conclusions about the influence of popular culture and the nature of fame. Director Andrew Leavold will be at the screening in person for a Q & A after the screening.

Possibly one of the most unlikely leading men to emerge from the late '70s/early '80s Filipino film industry was Weng Weng, the 2' 9" action star usually cast as a James-Bond-style assassin in low-budget, but nonetheless very successful, films. In the mid-'90s, guerrilla filmmaker Andrew Leavold began to wonder what had become of the diminutive star. Seven years in the making, SEARCH FOR WENG WENG is the result. Along the way, the film introduces us to a wide variety of colorful characters, from Weng Weng's sole surviving relative, to Filipino directors, actors, and producers, and in a truly surreal sequence, former first lady Imelda Marcos.

Cinema Detroit is located at:
3420 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201
Phone: 313.281.8301
 
Screening starts at 7:30 PM
Admission is $10.00 
Doors open 30 minutes before the first showtime.


For tickets and info visit the Cinema Detroit website.


This Thursday at the Scarab Club...The 2014 Emerging Artist Group Holiday Show

 

​HECK THE MALLS
It's Holiday season and what better way to avoid the long holiday retail lines than to come to our 2014 Emerging Artist Group Showcase on Thursday, December 18th.

The Scarab Club honored 11 artists of all mediums a monthly solo show in 2014, and now many will be together at once to provide a large array of affordable art, making this the most IDEAL HOLIDAY SHOPPING experience for those last minute shoppers who want something special to gift their friends and family.

Our 2014 Emerging Artists Participating Include:
Matt Paw
Luke MacGilvray
Monkey Teeth
Mariuca Rofick
Jayde Williams

Sanda Cook


This one-night event is being held Thursday, December 18th from 6-10pm.
FREE ADMISSION

This exhibit will be in conjunction with the Dr. Sketchy Art Class hosted by Dizzy Dames burlesque maven Lushes Lamoan, located on the first floor.

EVENT PAGE ON FACEBOOK:
2014 Group Show on Facebook

12/15/14

UPCOMING IN MEMPHIS: Easter means Atheists, right? YES RIGHT!

I made the AACon in Austin two years ago, and it was a great weekend of talks, entertainment, more talks, conversation, and talks. If that's your thing, you'll want to be in on this Spring's AACon (if it's Easter, it's Atheists!) in Memphis, TN. That's a half-day's drive, with time to see Graceland built in. And AND Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff, aka Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank!


April 2-5, 2015

This convention is shaping up to be a showstopper. With Keynote Speaker Ayaan Hirsi Ali, HowStuffWorks founder Marshall Brain, and favorites like Matt Dillahunty and Keith Lowell Jensen, our slate of speakers really has something for everyone.

But now we've got even more. This week, we announced that Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff, Mystery Science Theater 3000's Dr. Clayton Forrester and TV's Frank, will be joining us to speak and perform a live edition of MST3K at our National Convention

All in all, we have nearly 40 speakers, panelists, and comedians coming to our National Convention.

With comedy, live music, panels, workshops, a film screening, Dinner with the Stars, an art exhibition, games, and much more, our national convention has earned the distinction of being the largest (and most fun) atheist convention each year.

For our 41st Annual National Convention, we are thrilled to welcome keynote speaker: author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Ms. Hirsi Ali is the author of Infidel and Nomad: From Islam to America. She is currently a Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs where she is researching the relationship between the West and Islam.

In addition to Ms. Hirsi Ali, American Atheists will welcome dozens of speakers from throughout the atheist community. More speakers will be announced as we approach the convention date.

STILL TIME: Women of Vision @ Cranbrook Science



Cranbrook Institute of Science
presents
September 14 - December 30, 2014

Phone: 248.645.3200

For 125 years, National Geographic has documented the world and all that is in it with stunning photography and images that capture the soul of a story. Some of the most powerful and impactful stories of the past decade have been produced by a new generation of female photojournalists. They are as different as the subjects they cover but all share the same passion and commitment to storytelling.

Women of Vision features the work of eleven photographers. From the elegant landscapes of the Mongolian steppes and American West to war torn battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan; from the last great wildernesses of Africa to the lives of people from the Arctic to the Jersey Shore, their stories explore modern realities and what it means to be human in the 21st Century.

With more than 100 images and multimedia, this exhibition profiles the lives and work of these important photojournalists. Visitors experience the personalities and get behind the lens for the individual stories that make these projects so memorable.

The national tour of the exhibition is presented by PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and locally presented by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., WDIV-TV, and WJR-AM 760. Supported in the community by Inforum.

Back By Popular Demand! The Return of "...poems we tell ourselves..." by SATORI CIRCUS




SATORI CIRCUS is easily the Best Performance Art Group Detroit has produced. It should be seen if only to witness a New Direction in Art.” - Detroit Free Press

On Friday and Saturday, January 9th and 10th, 2015, SATORI CIRCUS will present an encore performance of his latest performance art piece titled, ..”…poems we tell ourselves…”.. in front of two audiences, in two different spaces at the Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom. After its audacious debut this past summer, the eclectic show is back by popular demand for a second run in the new year.

..”…poems we tell ourselves…”.. is a new performance piece, with all original words, music and visuals. Different from other SATORI CIRCUS’ performances, this performance delves into the dream world of a single person whose life is black and white, much like their dreams.

In our dreams we can escape; we can maneuver freely; we can become something else; we can live out our fantasies; we can become the super hero…or the anti-hero; we can defy all time and logic.

This is where up is down and down is up and that constant question lingers…”is this real or a dream?”

Satori Circus is the Theatre of the Absurd - on Mars.” – Real Detroit Weekly
New York City has the Blue Man Group, Detroit has SATORI CIRCUS.” - Chris Jaszczak

A collaboration with dear friends Brian Dambacher (Funy As Hell63mins), Tim Suliman (MOSES:39Child-Proof), Sean Redenz (63minsDAMNED), and Antonio Cosenza, has culminated into a time morphing performance, where situations occur on two separate stages. While a live performance is unfolding before one audience, the other audience is being fed a video stream of that particular piece. Then, before the other audience knows what is happening, the live performance comes to them and the previous audience witnesses the event as a video stream. This performance is continuously changing form, changing space and keeping the audience on both sides of the wall, on their toes.

January 9th and 10th at the Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom,
715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, MI 48202 / 313.873.2955 / www.tangentgallery.com

Two Performances each night – In two different spaces – No two shows alike – No one audience sees the same thing.

First performance at 8P with doors at 7:30P…Second performance at 10P with doors at 9:30P

$10 at the door…Limited Seating…$5 more if staying for second performance in a different space.

Be prepared for the unknown and come with an open heart and head to witness a hybrid of performance art rarely seen in this Detroit Metro Area. We guarantee that you have never seen anything like this and you may never again. Sometimes, journeys end where they begin and begin where they end.

A love for the absurd, SATORI CIRCUS is a singularly uncanny theatre-going experience that’s a little bit Performance Art and a little bit Rock Opera.” - Metro Times

12/12/14

FREE VINYL FRIDAY- LILY & MADELEINE

email motorcityblog@earthlink.net for your shot at some free vinyl


 Lily & Madeleine played The Ark in Ann Arbor yesterday and we snagged a vinyl copy of Fumes out on Asthmatic Kitty Records.

LILY & MADELEINE U.S. TOUR DATES 
*supporting Over the Rhine 
(additional dates to be announced)

November 18 /// Cologne, Germany /// Blue Shell
November 19 /// Berlin, Germany /// Magnet
November 20 /// Hamburg, Germany /// Kleiner Donner
November 21 /// Paris, France /// Pop Up Du Label
November 22 /// Holland, Amsterdam /// Paradiso KZ
November 23 /// Birmingham, England /// Hare & Hound
November 24 /// Glasgow, Scotland /// Broadcast
November 25 /// Leeds, England /// Brudenell Games Room
November 26 /// London, England /// Bush Hall
November 28 /// Manchester, England /// Soup Kitchen
November 29 /// Bristol, Engalnd /// The Folk House
December 1 /// Dublin, Ireland /// Sugar Club
December 2 /// Belfast, Ireland /// McHugh’s 
December 3 /// Oslo, Norway /// Internasjonalen
December 4 /// Stockholm, Sweden /// Stacken
December 10 /// Cleveland, OH /// Music Box Supper Club*
December 11 /// Ann Arbor, MI /// The Ark*
December 12 /// Columbus, OH /// Lincoln Theatre*
December 13 /// Grand Rapids, MI /// Calvin College*
December 20 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Taft Theatre*
February 3 /// Nashville, TN /// Cause A Scene House Concert
February 5 /// Dallas, TX /// All Good Café
Febraury 6 /// Houston, TX /// McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
February 7 /// Austin, TX /// Cactus Café
February 10 /// Phoenix, AZ /// Valley Bar
February 11 /// San Diego, CA /// The Loft @ UCSD
February 13 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Troubadour
February 14 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Chapel
February 17 /// Seattle, WA /// Triple Door
February 18 /// Portland, OR /// Doug Fir Lounge
February 20 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// Kilby Court
February 21 /// Denver, CO /// Daniels Hall @ Swallow Hill Music
February 23 /// Colombia, MO /// Mojo’s
March 3 /// Elmhurst, IL /// York High School
March 6 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
March 7 /// Madison, WI /// The Frequency

Fumes is now available at iTunesAmazon and Asthmatic Kitty Records 

FREE VINYL FRIDAY- Pink Lightning


Email motorcityblog@earthlink.net for your shot at Pink Lightning's new album



check them out at tomorrow night! 
RECORD RELEASE SHOW DEC 13 at PJs LAGER HOUSE (1254 Michigan Ave)
w/ The Potions, Beekeepers, DJ Bill Spencer and visual art by State Bird
9PM / $8 (18+)


12/11/14

FRIDAY NIGHT 12/12: LAC LA BELLE live at Trinity House Theatre wsg Rollie Tussing


Lac La Belle is an acoustic duo from Detroit, Michigan, made up of multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Jennie Knaggs & Nick Schillace. Influenced by early Americana, the music of Lac La Belle seamlessly blends history with the present, to create stories that capture the human experience.  Lac La Belle offer it with expertise, via accordion, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, harmonizing vocals, and fingerpicking resonator guitar.

What sets this acoustic duo apart is their utilization of their varied experiences;  Schillace has a separate career performing his instrumental guitar pieces, and he wrote the first academic work on the recordings of John Fahey; Knaggs has history with New Music compositions  and improvisations, including her vocal work in Matthew Barney’s film “River of Fundament”.  This with their separate experiences learning folk and blues in Appalachia, American roots binds the duo’s compositions with a heavy thread. 

The release of their third album, "A Friend Too Long", (October 2014), has drawn critical acclaim, as Lac La Belle elaborate upon their cohesive duo, with the addition of upright bass, pump organ, piano, percussion and strings. Written in a secluded cabin in Michigan's upper peninsula, and recorded in their Detroit home during the snowiest winter on record, "A Friend Too Long" animates the lives of fictional characters grappling with the tensions between the urban and the rural, the individual and the community, economic decay and the land of plenty.

The group has completed six tours of the mid-west, south and east, and has completed two European tours in 2012, 2013, with a third slated for 2015.
This performance will be with upright bassist Serge van der Voo, and they will play the bulk of their new album, "A Friend Too Long". 

Friday, December 12, 2014
Lac La Bellewith special guest Rollie Tussing
at
Trinity House Theatre
38840 W Six Mile Rd
Livonia, Michigan 48152

8:00 p.m. All ages.
Tickets $15, $12 subscribers
www.trinityhousetheatre.org

George Clinton book signing at United Sound Systems Studio 12.20


United Sounds Systems Recording Studios Presents 

An evening with George Clinton

Dr. Funkenstein returns to the P-Funk lab where he created many of his great hits such as "Atomic Dog", "Flashlight" and "One Nation Under A Groove” for an official book signing/meet & greet. 
 
Saturday, December 20, 2014
The event is from 7pm - 10pm
Guest will receive an opportunity to meet wtih George Clinton and get their book signed!
$40.00 (Cost includes George Clinton's new book "Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir", admission to the event, and light refreshments)
click HERE for tickets

The Historical United Sound Systems Recording Studios
5840 Second Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
313.833.1833



Saturday, Dec. 13: Nashville Pussy with Valient Thorr and more! at Small's in Hamtamck



Southern Rock hit's Hamtramck this Saturday with Nashville Pussy.
Also on the bill are the bands Valient Thorr, Against the Grain, and Dear john tractor
 

It all goes down on Saturday Dec. 13, 2014
At Small's Bar on 10339 Conant St in Hamtramck, MI 48212
Doors at 8pm 
$15 at the door
 

12/10/14

Hatch Art presents: The Monsters I've Been Talking About

Killmonkies solo show at Cafe 1923 Coffeehouse. Hosted by Hatch Art

Exhibits December 14 thru January 24

Opening Reception 
Thursday December 18 
6-9pm



MCB PICK OF THE WEEK: Blues Guitarist Eric Gales to Play at Callahan's on December 12/ new CD just released

Renowned blues guitarist Eric Gales (www.ericgalesband.com ), known for his incendiary style of playing a right-handed guitar upside down and invoking comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, has just released his 14th CD, GOOD FOR SUMTHIN' from independent Cleopatra Records.  It was produced by Raphael Saddiq in Los Angeles and features guest appearances by Eric Johnson and Zakk Wylde (of Black Label Society) with whom Gales has shared stages on the Experience Hendrix tour. 
 
This Memphis native, who resides in North Carolina, will tour extensively in support of this new album and will appear at Callahan's in Auburn Hills on Friday, December 12 2014 
 
Get more info here
 
 

See "A History of Hudson's" Sunday, December 14 at the Detroit Historical Museum

 

SEE "A HISTORY OF HUDSON'S" AT THE DETROIT HISTORICAL MUSEUM ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14

 

The Detroit Historical Society continues its free monthly Film Series with "A History of Hudson's" at the Detroit Historical Museum on Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m.

 

"A History of Hudson's" runs 60 minutes, and tells the story of Detroit's historic Hudson's department store. Opening his downtown store to the public in 1881, James Lowthian Hudson's success enabled him to quickly pay back his creditors with interest. This indication of Mr. Hudson's honesty and integrity saved him later in times of trouble. The long history and memorable traditions of this store, which soon became a Detroit destination, are highlighted throughout the film.

 

The Film Series will continue at the Detroit Historical Museum in 2015 with the following films:

·         "Nothing Will Be Alright," a look at Detroit in the 1960s, on January 11;

·         "The Freedom Train," which chronicles Detroit's role in the civil rights movement, on February 8;

·         and "Borderline: The Story of 8 Mile Road," which highlights the road's unique history, on March 8.

 

The Detroit Historical Museum, located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Midtown Detroit, is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for all, all the time. Parking in the Museum's lot is $6 at all times. Group tour pricing and information is available by calling 313.833.7979. Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Kid Rock Music Lab, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The "Arsenal of Democracy," the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America's Motor City, and The Glancy Trains. For more information, call the Museum at 313.833.1805 or check out our website at www.detroithistorical.org

12/9/14

Thee Last Duendesday at The Loving Touch 12.10

 THEE LAST DUENDESDAY

10:00PM The Wrong Numbers 



I moved to Ferndale in 2010 from an east-side suburban Weirdsville that was filled with bars not venues and not much more to walk to than an ACO hardware or Jet's pizza. Ferndale's walkabout was exciting to say the least. Once I regulated my alcohol tolerance to remain stable throughout the entire evenings possibilities I was on a steady stroll place to place. I could grab a few $2 Black Labels at Sneakers, some fancy tacos at Imperial, an extraordinarily high APV brew from One-eyed Betty's and finish the night off with live local music. Once a month was a given. A Wednesday. A Duendesday.

"What is this?" someone asked genuinely on the events promotional page on Facebook. While making me laugh it made me think- what was it? A monthly showcase of four awesome bands to put it simply. It was free but accepted donations if one was willing to donate. It was a chance to see a great band you haven't seen yet. Also a chance for your band to be seen by who hasn't. It was an excuse to go out on a week day. It was drinks pouring inside and an enormous cloud of marijuana smoke outside. It. Was. Awesome.

This Wednesday marks the end of a great run of those Duendesdays. If you were there you knew what it was and felt at home. If you don't know what it was, well, you snooze you lose. OLE!


TOMORROW! Open Casting Call for The Amazing Race!


This Casting Call marks the only currently confirmed remaining open call in the nation for 2014. 

If you and a partner are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, head to CBS 62’s open casting call for The Amazing Race at the MJR Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16!
CBS 62 is holding an open casting call for The Amazing Race, Wednesday, December 10th, from 3-7 p.m. at the MJR Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16.
The MJR Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16 is located at:
100 East Maple Road
Troy, MI 48083
The Amazing Race pits 11 teams, each comprised of two members, against each other on a trek around the world for approximately 25 days. Every destination offers a new challenge for each team to test their mental or physical strength. Only when the challenge is completed will contestants learn their next location! Teams who fall behind are eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million!
Interested competitors, ages 21 and older, are invited to audition at the open call on December 10th. Both team members must be present at registration – and at the time of auditions. Photo ID required upon arrival. Please bring your signed Video Release Form to your audition.  

PLUS – join CBS 62 as we team up with Forgotten Harvest to fight hunger! Bring a non-perishable item with you to the Casting Call and help feed the hungry this holiday season. CLICK HERE for fooddonation guidelines**