Promote your event / Contact MCB

email us anytime


TONIGHT: Inner State Gallery Presents: Derek Hess & Ron Zakrin

Opening Friday, April 28th Derek Hess returns to Inner State Gallery to showcase an entirely new body of work titled EDP. With a collection of new paintings, drawings, mixed media 8-tracks and three-dimensional works on cardboard, the Cleveland-based artist continues to create emotion and depth through bold lines and form with new works that epitomizes his unique and recognizable style known the world over.

Joining Hess at Inner State will be Detroit’s own Ron Zakrin, whose new body of work Exiles continues to evolve Zakrin’s massive body of work with an ever growing cast of mythical beings and social pariahs reimagined in a modern context. 

Both shows are free and open to the public with an artist reception from
7-10pm on Friday, April 28th, 2017

Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot

Executed primarily with pen and ink, much of Hess’ work for EDP depicts dynamic figures and angelic characters in adverse situations. Showcasing Hess’ strong technical skills and compassionate feel of his craft, these new works allow the artist to give fans a glimpse into his own personal struggles. 

“EDP is a term used by law enforcement when referring to an ‘emotionally disturbed person.’ As someone who deals with the dual diagnosis of bipolar and alcoholism these issues tend to be subjects of my work, or more precisely the feelings they create,” Hess said from his Cleveland studio. 

For Hess’ second solo exhibition at Inner State casual fans and longtime collectors alike are both sure to be surprised by this entirely new collection which features Hess’ first fully refined works created with three-dimensional cardboard assemblage. These new layered works bring viewers one step closer into Hess’ unique world. 

“I was drawing on cardboard one day, but I didn’t like the background of a piece, so the idea came to me, why don’t I just cut the foreground figure out, redraw the background on another piece of board, and adhere the figure on top of it? There it was. A figure coming out of the piece and creating nice cast shadows at the same time. I then began pushing the layer numbers creating all sorts of backgrounds, middle grounds and foregrounds,” Hess added. 

Bringing new work of his own, Detroit artist Ron Zakrin captures the outcasts, loners and beings that do not fit in with society with new paintings created in the heart of the city. Although a sense of isolation permeates the series, Zakrin’s portrayals are filled with undertones of beauty, motion and humor. 

“For this exhibition I will not only be showing new figurative works -- an angel hitchhiking, Satyrs burning cities to the ground, fauns in lingerie, you get the idea -- but there will be a few of my new paintings on tar paper which, unlike my previous works on tarpaper, undergo a surface preparation resulting in a surface quality unlike anything else,” Ron Zakrin said from his studio in Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market District. “I have also been revisiting techniques that have not been exhibited in quite some time so there will definitely be a surprise or two,” Zakrin added. 


Josie Pace | Smalls Hamtramck | 04/19/17

New Industrial Goddess
Ever since seeing a short expose on of Josie Pace, I was not going to pass up an opportunity to catch her live at a local venue.  Whatever it took, wherever it was, I was going to be stealing pixels!  Thanks to Small’s Hamtramck, I didn’t have to wait very long.  (This was only their second live show…ever…)  Bonus points for opening act Ghost|Synthesis, another artist I have been jonesin’ to catch locally.  One night… two new artists (to me, that is)… an intimate venue… a few PBRs… perfect.
If you are up for a phenominal voice reaching out from a stellar industrial-vibe provided by Ken Roberts (keyboards/synth) and Mark Damian (drums), mixed with a stage presence that says “…this is what I have to say…“, then catch a show if you can or find them on the web.  With top-notch videos already under their belts, a serious eye for fashion and visuals, Josie Pace is Detroit industrial punk eye-candy with a stainless steel ice pick heading for your ears!
While I wanted to steal Jeff Rebrovich/Ghost|Synthesis pixels as well, photos would do absolutely no justice what-so-ever.  He is a visually-overloading, aurally-captivating presence that deserves your full attention… or at least a really hi-end video camera.  Next time.  Definitely next time.
Thank you, Josie/Ken/Mark.  Thank you, Jeff/G|S.
For all the images, click HERE


COMING UP (4/27): Solace Sessions #4: Rebecca Goldberg and Vnesswolfchild at Spread Art


at Spread Art: 5141 Rosa Parks, Detroit

On this troubled earth, the mind needs some time and space to decompress. What can art offer us? Can we obtain peace through a performance? Is there meaning in witnessing something beautiful? Can music offer us solace?

Bring what troubles you and leave it here.

REBECCA GOLDBERG, live electronics (special performance of "Activity of Sound II")

VNESSWOLFCHILD, ritual sonic healing performance

Suggested donations, 
they go a long way ;)
Made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts

COMING UP (4/22): Undercover Boss at Reyes Projects Inaugural Opening

Reyes Projects is proud to announce its first exhibition, Undercover Boss, opening 
April 21, 2017 with a public reception (6-8pm) and remaining on view until May 26, 2017.
The exhibition features the work of Tony CoxGreg FadellSadie LaskaJane MoseleyJonathan RajewskiScott Reeder, Tyson Reeder, and Joe Roberts.
Developed in concert by Founder Terese Reyes with artist Scott Reeder, themes to be explored in Undercover Boss: surveillance, labor, privacy, oversharing on social media, the unobtainable balance between work and life, mistaken identity.
Opening Friday, April 21, 2017
100 South Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI


Established by Terese Reyes in 2017, Reyes Projects is a contemporary art gallery in  Birmingham, Michigan. The gallery occupies a 4,600 square foot space in the newly-renovated landmark Wachler Jewelry building on Old Woodward Avenue. 
Reyes Projects will reveal five exhibitions a year dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists. It is with such presentations that the gallery seeks to reveal a profile both internationally renowned and regional in dialogue. Collaborating with local patrons and institutions alike, the gallery hopes to continue to diversify and strengthen Detroit’s burgeoning arts community.

Reyes Projects will participate in its first art fair, the Dallas Art Fair, opening April 6, 2017. The gallery will present a solo exhibition featuring the work of Jonathan Rajewski, also featured in its inaugural exhibition.

Terese Reyes is an arts professional living and working in Birmingham, Michigan. She graduated with BA from Georgetown University and masters in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Reyes previously held positions at Andrew Edlin Fine Arts (New York), and Marlborough Chelsea (New York, now Marlborough Contemporary). 


(4/22) EARTH DAY 2017: Belle Isle Spring Cleanup

Now that the season has officially arrived, consider putting Spring Cleanup on your calendar.

Belle Isle's annual event, scheduled for Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd, prepares the park for the season while also celebrating its beautiful community.
It truly is perfect for individuals, couples, families, small and large groups.

Registration and site-assignment: 8:00am at the Flynn Pavilion
Clean up: 9:00am-1:00pm (Island-Wide)
Hotdog lunch: 1:00pm at the Flynn Pavilion 

Recreation passport requirement is waived for Spring Clean-up volunteers.

Individuals, families and small groups register on-site the morning of the event.

Groups of 15 more more, register via email with Genevieve Nowak 

Dress for the predicted weather conditions; boots suggested

We ask that you bring your own rake and work gloves; there will be some onsite for use while supplies last. If you have other cleanup supplies (such as a leaf blower) please feel free to bring them as well!

Leaf bags provided by the MDNR.

COMING UP (4/20): The Progressive Underground Next 200 Celebration: Afro Cosmic Music Cabaret

Join us as we celebrate WDET's The Progressive Underground w/Chris Campbell reaching its 200th episode and beyond with the AFRO COSMIC MUSIC CABARET taking place Thursday, Apil 20, 7 pm - 12 midnight. 

The event is hosted by writer/DJ/media personality/tastemaker and Progressive Underground host CHRIS CAMPBELL and will feature this amazing lineup of talent. 

Headliner: Les Nubians
Opening act: Video7
Special Guests: Jessica Care MooreAmp FiddlerMahogany JonesSean BlackmanMalik Alston and many other surprise guest appearances.

The house band for the evening is dubbed the Afro Cosmic Music Orchestra featuring the following all-star musicians:

Maurice Pirahnahead Herd: Music Director/Guitars
Tony Gordon: Keyboard
Aisha Ellis: Drums/Percussion
Greg 'Greco' Freeman: Drums/Percussion
Leslie DeShazor: Viola/Strings

There will also be live-painting by a visual artist and fashion showcase by one of the area's hottest designers. 

(1) General Admission - $15.00
(2) VIP - $25.00 (priority seating, meet-and-greet with photo-op with Les Nubians, AND entry to the DIME Master Class lecture/Q & A with Les Nubians the following day, Friday, April 21, 1 - 3 pm at DIME Institute)

TICKETS WILL GO FAST!!!! Click the Ticket Bud link to purchase tickets --->


COMING UP (4/22): Record Store Day Happy Hour at New Way Bar!

Oh man! Last year on Record Store Day, DUENDE! unleashed their monster hit, HEAD (and how to get it), as a 7" single on deep purple and classic black vinyl, stacked, and, backed up with MOTOR-PSYCHO, at the New Way Bar, in Ferndale, to great merriment, and (h)ope, and, f*cking in the streets. Even Charlie Leduff was on hand looking for a microphone stand. 

For this years festivities, DUENDE!, will have HEAD, and, their new 7" single for DANCE PARTY b/w KEEP IT COOL available with extra live content with the download. You can pick up both for the low brow price of $10.00 

NO COVER. Same as it ever was. 2PM - 6PM. 
New Way Bar also has the honor of debuting POOKIE'S TACOS, yes, the same Pookie who plays in the Detroit's Nice Boys of Rock 'n' Roll, the BEGGARS. 

DUENDE! did two sets last year, but wanted to Rock 'n' Roll with some pals this time around, so we asked Kommander, and, Dear Darkness to play a set each. 

New Way Bar
23130 Woodward

NEXT WKEND: Penguicon 2017 Nerdery Con in Southfield

A Non-Profit, Open Source – Science Fiction Convention Held April 28-30, 2017 In Southfield, MI.
Friday April 28 through Sunday April 30, 2017

In addition to the market of retro arts, crafts, and electronic projects, the Penguin 2017 schedule is out and it is PACKED with a wide variety of nerdy interests. Check out the tracks:
• Action Adventure
• After Dark
• Anime
• Cosplay
• Food
• Gaming
• Life
• Literature
• Mayhem
• Media
• Penguicon
• Science
• Tech

Everything from writing to programming to cooking to hubba-hubba. I’ve already double- and triple-booked myself from hour to hour. It’s a great deal for a full weekend of entertainment, and after 15 years, these folks know what they’re doing.



React Detroit presents

:: FKJ ::

Support by:

El Club
4114 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 436-1793
All Ages


COMING UP (4/15): Mau5trap After Party - Deadmau5 at TV Lounge!

React Detroitmau5trap, & Paxahau present...

:: Mau5trap After Party - deadmau5 ::
Feed Me
Check out Deadmau5 in a club setting before his headlining spot at
Movement 2017 under his techno alias, "Testpilot"


TV Lounge
2548 Grand River Ave.



NEXT SUNDAY: Marche du Nain Rouge in Cass Corridor

Sunday, March 26, 2017
March 26, 2017 in the Cass Corridor! Meet at the corner of Cass and Canfield. Entertainment at noon. Parade at 1 p.m.

Mardi Gras-style krewes, bike groups, cosplayers and art cars to join 8th annual parade of city pride

It's the time of year when the city swells with pride and hits Cass Avenue to meet its oldest nemesis, the legendary harbinger of doom, the Nain Rouge.

The annual Marche du Nain Rouge returns for its 8th year, with festivities and entertainment starting at noon March 26, 2017, at the corner of Cass and Canfield in Midtown. The parade will depart at 1 p.m. down Cass Avenue to the Masonic Temple.

At the Masonic Temple, marchers will meet the Nain, if he once again decides to show his face. In past years he’s ridden on a giant cockroach, tamed a fire-breathing dragon, run for mayor, among other shenanigans. The Nain has been met by young Detroiters in love, Ghostbusters, and spirits of Detroit’s past and future. What will he try this year? And more importantly, how will you face the Nain?

This year, Mardi-Gras-style Krewes du Rouge are forming to show the Nain their neighborhood pride. Two krewe parties are planned: March 16 for East Siders at 8 p.m. at Cadieux Cafe, and March 23 for Midtowners at 8 p.m. at Traffic Jam & Snug. The parties feature live music, food, drinks, and fun appearances -- perhaps the Nain will even attempt to crash. It’s a weakly constructed mystery!

Several bike groups are planning to decorate their wheels and roll down Cass together, featuring the wonderful animal creations of Detroit-based metalsmith, Juan Martinez. A recent workshop of the Wire Auto Workers Association of Detroit (WAWAD) will bring out hand-crafted, human-powered wire cars.

Also this year, the cockroach from 2016 will be joined by several other Art Cars, including a new “Bubblemobile” out of Southwest Detroit, and Scrubby Bubble, which has represented Detroit at the Annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada. Plus, Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions will return with feathery floats and giant sparkly costumes ready to accompany their Pans of Joy steel drum band. And our friends at Gabriel Brass Band will return to lead the Marche with their authentic New Orleans second-line sound.

Adding to the spectacle, the Marche du Nain Rouge is inviting all cosplayers and costume-lovers to put on their best capes and wigs and join the fun. Prizes will be offered at the after-party festivities inside the Masonic for the best cosplayer/costume and neighborhood float. There will also be entertainment from DJs, dancing food, drink, official merchandise, a kids zone, and more.

To get Detroiters in the right spirit to meet the Nain, businesses are taking part in Fete du Nain with a full week of merriment and good city vibes. Check and our Facebook page for  participating businesses.

More than 6,000 people attended last year’s parade, compared with 300 who came to the first parade!

Revelers are encouraged to come in costume. The event is free and open to the public.

Parking will be available on the street, and for $7.50 at nearby Wayne State University lots and structures (Lots 60 and 72 and Structure 8). Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Some history

In 1701, legendary founder of Detroit Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac met a fortune-teller, who warned him to beware of the Nain Rouge, the “Red Dwarf” who appeared to Cadillac in a dream. She warned Cadillac that the the little red imp is the embodiment of his ambition, anger, pride, envy — everything that held him back. The Nain Rouge, she told him, is the harbinger of doom. However, when Cadillac first saw the fiend in person, the Nain taunted him mercilessly and Cadillac chased the Nain away with a stick.

Unfortunately, the fortune turned out to be true and Cadillac died penniless after he left Detroit for France. The city he founded, however, fared better, endured and prospered (mostly), against the fiendish efforts of the Nain Rouge.

For 300 years, Detroiters memorialized Cadillac’s actions and willingness to persevere and hope for better things, combined with the determination to rise from the ashes. At Detroit’s worst moments, the Nain has been there, cackling or taunting the city’s residents. And so every year, Detroiters celebrate liberation from the Nain, a new beginning, and whatever is good and working in the city in a spring festival for the good and betterment of the city of Detroit.
# # #


The jury may still be out on the little guy. A small but growing movement has arisen to play Nain's Advocate on the red side.

A band of contrarians — an attitude dear to the heart of any Detroiter — are leading the charge to reclaim the Nain and STOP NAIN SHAME.

They will be holding their own pre-Marche meetup at Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company (3965 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201) starting around 10:30am!


Hamtramck Music Festival 2017

The 4th Annual Hamtramck Music Festival took place on March 2-4, 2017.
(I wasn't at the opening night for its limited offerings on Thursday)

Friday Night
I'm grateful for the early evening offerings at places like Cafe 1923, Bank Suey, and the Hamtramck Public Library. Even though there wasn't much else to choose from at the time, I would've made it to see Lac La Belle no matter where they fell on the schedule. Their American folk sound at the library didn't need a lot of amplification, and it sounded great. I stuck around for Panch Villa Skull afterwards.
Cabin 7 exhibitied their big band ska sound at New Dodge Lounge, adding some variety to the night.
Vespre was the first band scheduled to play PLAV Post 10, and they still hadn't started twelve minutes after they were scheduled to, thus causing me to lose interest and go elsewhere.
At Polka Dot, the former Atlas Bar, Remnose made a better impression. Their softer sound made it easier to focus on their lyrics. It's clear they put a lot of thought into them, as they don't fall back on using the word "like" every other line.
The corner of Yeman and Joseph Campua must be a tough spot to keep a bar open at. Mars Bar became Temptation Louge, which has now become Hamtramck Korner Bar. What's different now is that they've annexed the adjoining space and knocked a few holes in the wall to double their floor space. Sidewatcher was having some troubles with the sound system, but I think they're worth seeing again.
I couldn't pass up seeing Prude Boys at Planet Ant Hall. After seeing them for the first time two years at this festival, I try to see them whenever they're on a festival schedule.

The Planet Ant Hall is a great addition to the lineup of venues for the festival. If the small stage at the adjourning Ghost Light Bar was thrown in, it could fill the role played by the Knights of Columbus Hall for the Blowout.
After circling a few other places and not being impressed by what I saw, I came back to Planet Ant Hall for Mexican Knives to close out the night.

Saturday Night
It's hard to get into Kelly's Bar to see bands, because they play so close to the door. It was worth the sacrifice of personal space to try out Dear Darkness. They play with a lot of heart, and make you forget that they're formed from only two musicians.
Coming back to PLAV Post 10 on Saturday felt like an awful choice. Twenty minutes after The Sugar Bombs were supposed to start, and they still hadn't begun. I don't know if it was the venue's fault, or they just had the bad luck to book acts that don't respect the festival goers and the festival's tight schedule. I just crossed the whole lineup at that place off my list.
The Detroit Party Marching Band caused the crowd to spill out of the front door at Jean's last year, so having them at Planet Ant Hall was a wise choice.
Tart at New Dodge Lounge delivered with their hard sound, and made me glad I wasn't at the PLAV.
Despite Lo & Behold backing out of the festival officially, they still had live music going there. I'm not interested in adding my opinion on the related controversy, but you can read about it at the Metrotimes if you care to. What's lacking from the piece is that the HMF was started to fill the vacuum left by the Metrotimes Blowout trying to expand out of Hamtramck and shifting to the month of May, before that festival had its last installment in 2015 and quietly went away.
I haven't made an effort to to see Qween Kwong before, as it seems like they've been getting a lot of coverage stemming from their story, and not their sound, which tends to discourage me. I won't make the choice to miss them again, even if they get covered for the wrong reasons.

This post by:
 With a face for radio, a voice for print, and the prose of a new immigrant, I'll stick to amateur blogging



Powered by the People!

The Hamtramck Music Festival’s musicians and organizers are volunteering their time and talents for the betterment of our extended community.  Hundreds of bands and dozens of venues are featured during the “largest local music festival in the world” taking place the first weekend in March annually.

All festival proceeds go to Ben’s Encore, a non-profit 501(c)3 that provides instruments, music lessons and scholarships to inspired young musicians and underserved school music programs in and around Hamtramck and Detroit.  The festival includes family friendly events during the day, as well as nighttime performances at local bars & clubs.

Through pro-active citizenry, music, and culture, the HMF is determined to celebrate and enrich our community in Hamtramck and the surrounding Metropolitan Detroit Area. 



CALL FOR ART: Detroit International Festival of Animation

On April 07 and 08 2017 at Detroit's Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom, the 2nd annual Detroit International Festival of Animation (DIFA) will celebrate and showcase a wild diversity of animations from animators and filmmakers local and international. Also during the event, there will be a showcase gallery of animation/anime/comic inspired art, as well as a mini expo of local artists, animators, zine publishers and comic creators.


Submission are now being accepted for artwork that comprises of or is inspired by comics, anime and animations. There are no restrictions on content, style, medium or context, but your entry should be fit this theme, either traditionally or digitally, in some way. There are no fees to submit, but accepted artists will be asked to pay a one-time $10 registration fee.

For further submission information and to submit, please visit:

The deadline is March 1st 2017.

Detroit International Festival of Animation 
April 07 & 08 2017 – Tangent Gallery - Detroit



 "An eclectic celebration of the erotic arts!"

The infamous  “Erotic Poetry & Music Festival” is Detroit's oldest community arts festival. This year it celebrates 30 years of fun. “An eclectic celebration of the erotic arts!” it features provocative poetry, dirty spoken word, erotic art, music, and dance performances by some of the city's top performers and local vendors. It is an evening you won’t forget!

The show is on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 8:00 p.m. doors, 8:30 showtime and 18 & over are welcome. Admission is $15 and partial proceeds benefit the Michigan non-profit organization "Paws with a," who train and provide leader dogs for the disabled. Raffle ticket sales will benefit a local dog and cat rescue group.

The event will be held at THE TANGENT GALLERY/ HASTINGS ST. BALLROOM located at 715 E. Milwaukee in Detroit. (313-873-2955) The 2017 show is sponsored by the Detroit event website and local entertainment supporter, Detroit Can Kick Your Ass, Noir Leather, B'z Ink Tattoo and Cabresto Tequila.

Highlights of the anniversary show are the return of Queen Bee to the stage! The queen is back for a debut solo performance of three new songs of her own “Erotictronica” music!  Detroit’s favorite performance artist, Satori Circus returns to the show along with spoken word raconteur Jimmy Doom and crooner Konrad Lee. The visual arts portion of the show features six artists exhibiting their work and a variety of local vendors will be displaying their wares.

Satori Circus
Featuring performances by:
Queen Bee
Satori Circus
Laura Mendoza
Konrad Lee
Queen Bee

Burlesque starring: 
  • Lushes LaMoan
  • Magenta DeMure
  • Sophia Stardust
  • Hermione Stranger
  • Maxwell Demon
  • Bootsie La Fontaine

Poetry & Spoken Word by:
  • Jimmy Doom
  • Dena Luckett
  • Lady of Pain
  • Lianna T.
  • Michele Lundgren
  • Scott Boman
  • Glenn Novak
  • Zo Duncan
  • Lacluster

Art by:
  • Jeff Hocking
  • Julie Fournier
  • Brian Lewandowski
  • Pauly Everett
  • Sandra Coe
  • Louisa Spina

Hosted by: The Impaler & Peter Schorn 

Sexy Wares by Keeping Secrets
Erotic Edibles by Menage a Trois
Food by Dee's Hot Dogs
Fun items by  Flaming Jewels & Novelties, Pure Romance by Stephanie, Armoured Hearts Chainmaille, The Horse's Banana, Crafty Darling, Shanta Ambady Ceramics, Crafty Cop, Native Creations, Creature Creations, Wix & Wax.  

Raffle with prizes from Noir Leather and many more!