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FREE TICKETS: THE GO TEAM! - Wild At Heart Concours Special Edition @ Ticket Giveaway

Bill Kettelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog
He has a radio program on WXOU out of Oakland University

Wild At Heart

The Go! Team are an English six piece band whose songs are a mixture of action theme songs, cheerleader chants, guitars and early hip hop, with a hint of '70s funk.
They are playing at the Magic Stick on Aug 2nd,

so if you would like to go, send an email to
first received wins a pair of tickets to the show

(nice work Bill! - kirk)

And now, on to the Concours d’Elegance which is going on this Sunday, Aug 3rd at Meadow Brook Hall.

This is my favorite event in the area, mainly because of the quality of the cars that are invited to the event. That’s right, the cars are invited! The Concours people send out teams of people that look for the best cars on the circuit and invite them to the show. In the past few years, they have had everything from the only existing Ann Arbor to one of the only remaining Futureliners (giant buslike vehicles that traveled between cities before TV to promote the current line of vehicles for GM). This is looking to be a great year and don’t forget to look for me at this weekend’s show.

Starting off, if you are in the Meadowbrook/Rochester area on Friday morning starting at 8:30AM, your truly will be riding in one of the classic cars during the Concours d’Elegance Motoring Tour. It starts at Meadowbrook and goes north to Scripp’s Estate and then at 12:15PM the tour goes to Rochester and then departs Rochester at 2:30PM back to Meadowbrook Hall. This will be a fun time to see these beautiful cars in action.

On Saturday at Meadowbrook, they will be having an open grounds event and you can attend various seminars dedicated to collecting classic Ferrari’s, wine tasting and a cooking demonstration with renowned chef Michelle Bommarito (you will have to get reservations for the seminars, so go to There will be some cars out you can look at for a taste of the main event Sunday and you can test-drive the new 2009 Hyundai Genesis. They will also be having half price tours of Meadowbrook Hall which is a beautiful building with some very nice architecture. I esp like the children’s playhouse in the gardens that is bigger than
my apartment. Basically it is an undersized house for the kids to play “house” in. Ah, to have $!

The main event is on Sunday and runs from 10AM-4PM (college students with ID get in free). Among the special cars is the new BAT 11 which looks like something out of Blade Runner. Designer by local Michigan man Dr. Gary Kaberle, the car is a tribute to the uniquely designed BAT’s and his wife, Debbie, who passed away due to cancer. Dr Kaberle sold his BAT 9 to help pay off her medical bills and give her a few more good years. He later designed this car in her memory and the story is currently be optioned as a book and a possible movie (currently being looked at by Disney).

You can also see the Mitchell concept cars which were designed by the legendary Bill out of his secret basement "Studio X”. Among the cars you can see at the Concours this year are his 1959 Corvette Sting Ray Racer, the 1961 Mako Shark and the 1969 Corvette Manta Ray. You will also see some flying cars including the 1932 Helicron and Ed Sweeney’s 1956 Aerocar (the only one of six that still flies) which is the only airplane in history certified for highway driving. It is easily converted from airplane to car, in minutes, by folding and detaching the wings. Meet the Jetson’s future! Well, almost.

The Concours will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of both GM and the Model T which will have many representatives. You can also see vintage motorcycles (specializing this year with sidecars), a celebration of the cars of 1933, significant Ferraris, 8 litre Bentleys (6 of the 100 built) and a 1935 Duesenberg that was given as a gift to Clark Gable from Carol Lombard. I hope to see some of you out there. I’ll be wandering around the ground and taking some pictures for the blog with my new digital camera which I am learning to use. Take care and listen to Wild Bill Monday and Thursday mornings from 8-10AM on

Take care and see you around!
I'm on my way to see Neil Diamond @ the Palace tonight and Rancid @ Clutch Cargo's tomorrow.

Objects DʼArt -Illuminated Pleasures - Lawrence Street Gallery - Sat Aug 2nd 2008

Objects DʼArt -Illuminated Pleasures
Larry Zdeb and Gene Smith

Show Dates :
July 30 - August 30

Reception: Saturday, August 2m 6:00-9:00 p.m. (public invited)

Larry Zdeb and Gene Smith say that "Objects d'art”, is an exploration into the past. Influenced by Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell and Robert Rauschenberg, the artists use vintage found objects as a major component in their constructions along with elements of Dada, randomness and chance. Layer after layer, the surfaces of these constructions reveal a variety of stimulating possibilities to the viewer.

Included in this show is a collection of box constructions, many of which feature battery-powered lighting. With the windows of the gallery blacked out and interior lights off, gallery visitors can turn on each box beginning with the smallest. In the dark, the normal
parameters of the boxes are lost, provoking imaginative associations. The beauty of these assemblages is in pushing the envelope beyond the boundary of the conventional. Expect the unexpected!

Larry Zdeb is from Troy.
Gene Smith is a former Michigan resident, now living in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Gallery hours:
Wed, Thurs & Sat, Noon - 5.
Fri, Noon - 9

Lawrence Street Gallery is at 22620 Woodward, Ferndale
(East side of Woodward, two blocks south of 9 Mile).
Telephone 248-544-0394, or visit us at

Friday Night Live - The DIA - Every Friday Night 6pm-10pm

This guy never made it to The DIA Friday Night Live events but you can and check out some of Detroit's best local music kicking it out at the museum...

Tomorrow and next week's line ups are listed below

Friday, August 01, 2008
Friday Nights Live @ The DIA
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Zebula Avenue - 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Detroit-based world beat ensemble Zebula Avenue plays an infectious variety of multi-ethnic, danceable music. Female vocals and rhythm section provide a wall of sound, driven by multi-layered percussion. Rooted in American rhythm and blues and rock, they are influenced by world-beat legends Buena Vista Social Club, King Sunny Ade, and Bob Marley.

Friday, August 08, 2008
Friday Nights Live @ The DIA
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

American Mars - 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Since its inception in the late 1990s, American Mars has been a musical anomaly in their hometown of Detroit. The band has persevered for nearly a decade with its unique brand of atmospheric roots-influenced rock. American Mars has embraced a more direct approach to both songwriting and its sense of theme and place in one of its latest records, Western Sides.

DRUMOFF 2008 - your local Guitar Center - Starts Fri Aug 1st 2008

Following the regional finals on December 6, finalists will be headed for Los Angeles in January, where they will perform before a panel of celebrity judges (past judges include, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Travis Barker , ?uestlove (The Roots), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Josh Freese (NIN), Kenny Aronoff, Joey Castillio (Queens of the Stoneage) Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath), Steve Smith (Journey) and Alan White (Yes) in the final Guitar Center Drum-Off competition to see who will become Drum-Off ‘08 Champion.

Guitar Center Announces Launch of World’s Largest Drum Competition
Guitar Center Drum-Off ‘08 - Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Offering Grand Prize Worth Over $45,000
For 20 years, Guitar Center has been committed to providing drummers across the country the opportunity to pursue their musical aspirations and achieve their dreams by way of the world’s largest drum competition: Guitar Center Drum-Off.
Starting August 1st, drummers can sign up for their chance to win over $45,000 in cash and prizes, joining over 5,000 drummers from across the country to compete for the title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion ‘08. Like all Guitar Center music programs, Drum-Off is designed to provide developing artists with support-based opportunities that vastly improve the potential for their success as professional musicians. Drum-Off inspires up-and-coming drummers to further their musical aspirations, while at the same time encouraging the local music community and providing a platform for local musicians to network and be discovered.
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off ‘08 champion will win an impressive package of prizes, including $25,000 cash, a Roland TD-20 kit, and a custom designed drum kit by DW, Pearl, Gretsch, Tama, or Orange Country Drums as well as a drum, stick, cymbal, and drum head endorsement deals, be featured in Modern Drummer magazine, and in a Guitar Center ad campaign, along with a VIP appearance @ NAMM 2009 and shopping sprees with Levi’s, Converse and Guitar Center. A Monster Energy Drink endorsement deal is also part of the prize package, making the total prize package worth over $45,000.
In addition, Sabian, Zildjian, Remo, Pro-Mark, Vic Firth, Evans and Rhythm Tech are all proud sponsors of Drum-Off 08. Several winning alumni from Guitar Center’s previous Drum-Off competitions have gone on to have incredible drumming careers, including Cora “CC” Dunham (Prince; Drum-Off ’02 Champ), Eric Moore (Bobby Brown, Sly and The Family Stone, Infectious Grooves; Drum-Off ‘03 Champ), Tony Royster Jr. (Jay Z; Drum-Off ’95 Champ) and Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta), who became the Guitar Center Drum-Off champion in 1993 when he was just 9 years old!
How It Works:
Sign-ups for the preliminary rounds of the Drum-Off competition begin August 1, and run on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, with a maximum of 30 registrants per store.
Contestants must sign up with a Guitar Center drum department associate at their local store -- no phone or Internet sign-ups are available.
Local competitions start September 23rd in all 214 Guitar Center locations from nationwide.
One winner from each store will be chosen to move up to district competitions (24 locations), followed by regionally hosted semi-finals (6 locations) and culminating in the final championship Drum-Off in Los Angeles in January of 2009 (exact date and venue TBD).
STORE PRELIMS: September 23rd, September 30th, and October 7th.
STORE FINALS: October 14th
GRAND FINALS: January 2009
Following the regional finals on December 6, finalists will be headed for Los Angeles in January, where they will perform before a panel of celebrity judges (past judges include, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Travis Barker , ?uestlove (The Roots), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Josh Freese (NIN), Kenny Aronoff, Joey Castillio (Queens of the Stoneage) Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath), Steve Smith (Journey) and Alan White (Yes) in the final Guitar Center Drum-Off competition to see who will become Drum-Off ‘08 CHAMPION.

5th Annual Detroit Blues Cruise 2008 - Detroit River - Sat Aug 2nd

5th Annual Detroit Blues Cruise on the Diamond Jack's River Tours
Sponsored by the Detroit Blues Society
Root Doctor and Mike Espy Band with Yakity Yak.
The ship boards at 7:45pm sharp.
Ticket price of $35 per person includes cruise, food and music.
A cash bar will be available.


POP MONTREAL 7 - October 1st-5th 2008

We know this is a ways out and not in the motorcity but MCB is planning to send 2 of our reps over to this one....stay tuned for more info and possible freebies. - kirk

Burt Bacharach, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Hot Chip, The Persuasions, Dan Deacon, Ratatat, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Cori Bishop (aka Elyse Weinberg), United Steel Workers of Montreal, The Dodos, Liam Finn, Wintersleep, Dark Meat, Headlights, Playdoe, Dabaaz, Kim, Eric Bélanger, The Veils, WIRE, Black Kids, St Catherines, Vetiver, Silver Apples, Thomas Function, Julie Doiron, Chad Van Gaalen, Dominique Grange & Jacques Tardi, Great Lake Swimmers, Katie Moore, Socalled, Woodhands, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Sam Shalabi, Gatineau, Jason Collett, Chocolat, Irma Thomas, Wedding Present, Evangelicals, Beach House, Jana Hunter, Cex, Teeth Mountain, Teki Latex, D’Urbervilles, Michie Mee, and so much more...

Passes on sale now and tickets for individual shows also available.
For details and updates, please visit:

October 1-5, 2008

2008 is sure to be a year like no other for POP Montreal. This year's fest will feature artists like the legendary Burt Bacharach and New Orleans Soul Queen Irma Thomas, alongside poetic-punk troubadour Nick Cave, the seminal and brilliant WIRE, and the godfathers of experimental electronic psych Silver Apples.

Also appearing will be the single most important benchmark for a cappella music, Brooklyn's The Persuasions, and other stand-outs including Canadian rap legend, Michie Mee, upstarts like Black Kids, Ratatat, Dan Deacon and The Dodos, as well as Hot Chip, Dark Meat, Great Lake Swimmers, Beach House, Vetiver, T. Raumschmiere, Teki Latex, Ste Catherines, Liam Finn, and reclusive Neil Young collaborator Elyse Weinberg (she's awesome, Google her, or check her out on eMusic.)

In addition to all the amazing music, there will be a specially commissioned composers series with, among others, original pieces by Socalled, performed at porn theatre Cinéma L'Amour. This year, POP introduces its very first gear exchange and record shop, the enigmatic art of Mingering Mike and also...Kids POP!

This year, kids and youth can explore Montreal’s innovative cultural scene at Kids Pop. A variety of shows, demonstrations and workshops will be offered that connect artists with young folks in order to share skills, encourage artistic expression and enjoy Montreal’s cultural offerings.

In its 4th year, Puces Pop is a DIY festival that celebrates independent creation. It features a marketplace of handmade goods, a record sale and gear swap, a series of free arts & crafts workshops and a mini-seminar on business skills for self-employed artists. And it's all kicked off by a fashion show with a $2000 prize!

The Visual Arts component of Pop Montreal, Art Pop's purpose is to showcase fun and exciting artists that resonate with the youthful energy of its musical counterpart. Look out for some wild technologies, superheroes, Japanese copycats, French activists, teenage passion, digital vandalism and crazy good times in general. And cute cats, too.

SYMPOSIUM - Talk Music to Me!
A music conference like no other: all programming is artist-driven, interdisciplinary, and reflective of Montreal's diverse and lively culture. They will be bringing together a discerning and savvy force of thinkers and artists to present panel discussions, keynote interviews, listening sessions, as well as hands-on workshops and round-tables.

More musically inclined than ever before, with Paris' Vincent Moon's views on All Tomorrow's Parties, workshops on writing music for film, rockabilly the 514 way, NFB 3-D reveries, and some headlining surprises, you'll definitely want to be watching more attentively during this 5th edition of Pop's cinematic offspring.

Save the 4th Street Fair - Video by Paul Unger

Thanks to Paul Unger for hitting us to post this important piece.

"Hi...I saw your posting about the 4th street fair being cancelled, so I decided go and document (i guess you could call it that) the fair and got some good responses on camera about just why the festival almost came to an end, I inner combined it with past footage and it seemed to blend well. If you would like to post it be my guest. Here is the link...thanks, Paul"

X BALL 3 - Clutch Cargos - Sat Aug 2nd

Reminder: Opening at CPOP this Friday - Please God Save Us

Make sure to save some time on Friday early evening to check out the opening at CPOP Gallery on Woodward Ave. in Detroit

Its the book release from Derek Hess (detroiter) who will be in town for the meet and greet from 6pm-9pm

(couple samples of some old school above swiped from )

check all the details here

this is a do not miss for sure -
Hess's artwork kicks some serious ass and then some...





FREE CD: Monte Negro's CICATRIX due out Aug 5th

1st emailer to gone WITH A MAILING ADDRESS gets this golden nugget

"MTV Tr3s has joined forces with Monte Negro and two other California-based alternative rock bands (Astra Heights, The May Fire) to bring their diverse takes on the burgeoning Latin alternative scene to the West and Midwest for six weeks in August and September. With a new records coming out on August 5th from Monte Negro (Cicatrix / Epic Records), the tour kicks off on August 6th in San Diego.

The music of Monte Negro, defies a simple description. Most say melodic rock, which is true, yet there are distinct undertones and layers making it eclectic and bohemian, American yet definitely worldly. Their music has landed them in magazines such as Spin, La Banda Elástica, and Billboard, they have worked with famed producer Tone (Green Day, Carlos Santana) and played alongside a diverse line up of bands like Todos Tus Muertos, Matisyahu, 311, Coldplay, NIN, Incubus, At The Drive In, and Molotov. Monte Negro most recently performed with the Mexican alternative band Zoe and L.A.’s multiethnic band, Ozomatli. Monte Negro was also MTV Tr3s’s “Descubre & Download” artist (January through March of 2008). The band’s new release Cicatrix will be featured on The LEAK July 29th – August 5th (

Monte Negro is a bilingual band that has devoured enough music genres over the years to do justice to the bilingual and bicultural musicians that constitute the group. Digesting healthy portions of Jane's Addiction, The Cure, The Clash, and the Sex Pistols, Monte Negro has also piled onto its proverbial plate Latin-alternative rockers such as Caifanes, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Maldita Vecindad, Mano Negra, Soda Stereo, and Spinetta. "


Looking for a great show this weekend to check out????
Head on over to CAID for a great lineup including the CD release from Oscillating Fan Club - Beekeepers - Zoos of Berlin - Kindle

Don't know where CAID is located??
Its over on the mid-west side of detroit off rosa parks and merrick


FREE CD: Pop Project - Fifth Ave Billiards RO - Thur July 31st

MCB has a copy of the latest from The Pop Project for giveaway if you email us GONE 1st email gets it and must include a mailing address (US ONLY)

The Pop Project
Thursday, July 31st 2008
(Royal Oak, Michigan)
5 Dollars
Doors at 9PM

DJMATTA - La Dolce Vita - Every Tuesday - NO COVER

The Cannibals - Zeitgeist Theatre

The Abreact proudly presents Hungarian playwright George Tabori's masterpiece
"The Cannibals"
running August 1st through the 16th at The Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue.

George Tabori, who died in 2007 at the age of 93, is a Hungarian-bornplaywright and director, and is regarded as a very significant figure in 20th century theater, especially as a translator of Bertolt Brecht. This dark, disturbing, and yet warmly human play, was the first play after World War Two to occur wholly in Auschwitz, where Tabori's father died in 1944.

The story of two Auschwitz survivors who reunite 25 years later, they are joined by the children of those who perished to re-enact the dinner partythat determined all of their fates. This epic story of history and memory,described by Tabori as a "horror farce", uses a unique mix of psycho-drama,revue, and tragi-comedy to examine the terrible choices these men wereforced to make, and brings the death camp's slogan, "One man's death isanother man's bread", horribly and viscerally to the stage.

The play is directed by the winner of Boxfest 2007, Alison Christy, and features a powerful lineup of familiar faces, along with some new ones,including- Dax Anderson, Keith Kalinowski, Katie Galazka, Linda RabinHammel, Josh Campos, Lisa Melinn, David Legato, Sandy Menzel, SeanPavarenti, Rob Rose, Frannie Shepard-Bates, Carolin Hayes, and LaurenSchafer.

Show times and dates are:
Fri. and Sat. August 1 - 2 at 8pm
Sunday August 3 at 4pm

Fri. and Sat. August 8 - 9 at 8pm
Fri. and Sat. August 15 - 16 at 8pm

Admission is $10.00 at the door.
Reservations can be made by phone at 313.485.0217 or
For additional info visit and

FREE TICKETS: The Chopper Show 2008 - Corktown Tavern - Sat Aug 9th

MCB has a free pair of passes for this show next weekend..totally gone

Chopper Show Detroit/Art Show
Corktown Tavern
1716 Michigan Ave. Detroit
3 PM August 9th, 2008 $12

This year’s Chopper Show Detroit focusing on motorcycle design and fabrication expands its art show. 30 feet from historic Michigan Ave and next to the ruble of Tiger Stadium.

Explore the metal work of artist/chopper builder of Ron Finch from his metal creatures and plant life, to his legendary choppers custom painted in the Finch fashion. Chopper and Rat Rod builder Keith Coleman will show his metal sculptures which have included a life size bull on Biddle Ave in downtown Wyandotte.

Jimbo Easters psychedelic nightmares, BrickWall bio echinoid photos, Lynne Spanke’s 11’ by 11’ chopper rider mural along with hide and metal sculpture Leather Man is some of the art on display.

Special guest artist Mark Arminski known for his collectible rock art posters will be displaying a new 2008 Chopper Show Detroit poster along with his posters and original paintings.

There are 24 artists in this outdoor day long event along side Detroit’s various chopper and custom bike builders. As in years past, Garage Built, Voodoo Choppers and the Detroit Brothers will be bringing their rolling sculptures to admire.

Jack Oblivian will be headlining this year’s show with four other rock-n-roll bands, Apostle TK, The Meltdowns, Dale Beavers with Virginia North and Operative A. Special performances by Foxy Fearless and the Motor City Dolls. A saucy fashion show by Mother Fletchers Detroit area’s ultimate destination for vintage clothes.

A day of choppers, art, music and fashion make for Detroit’s most unique summer event.
For info go to:

After Luna Lounge head back to the Main Art for FIGHT CLUB Fri/Sat @ 12MN

find your way there
find your way out

FREE TICKETS: Premiere of "New Directions" - Main Art Theatre - Sat Aug 2nd

email us at GONE for a free pair of passes - yeah!

You are invited to the World Premiere of "New Directions"! The Pilot
episode of the series, filmed right here in Metro Detroit. It's a show
based on one basic concept, change.

"New Directions" is the story of a clandestine life makeover program
that uses divining methods such as tarot cards to determine where a
person's life needs to go. Good or bad, the New Directions
organization effects this change by whatever means necessary, filming
these "interventions" and their often disturbing results. The pilot
episode focuses on Nolan Stokes, an average individual whose path in
life is altered due to an intervention by those who make up the main
elements of the New Directions organization.

Please join us for a great night out in Royal Oak!

Saturday August 2nd – Doors at 3PM, screening starts at 4PM
Main Art Theater
118 N Main St
Royal Oak, MI

Tickets are $10 and available at the door, ticket price includes
screening and afterglow party at Luna.

After the screening an after glow is planned at club Luna! They have
generously opened their doors early for our exclusive use. The Old
Fashion Hot Dog Company will be there serving all you can eat hot
dogs, polish sausages, chips and pop with a 1930's flare! (Veggie dog
options also available)".

We hope you will be able to join the cast and crew for the world
premiere of this great show. This will be the ONLY public screening
before the producers go before the networks, so don't miss out!

Also showing will be three great short films!

"The Bob's 2" – World Premiere
Directed by: Mike Madigan
Running Time: 4:00 Minutes
Synopsis: Picking up where the comedic hit "If You Search Woman aka
The Bobs" left off, our two down-on-their- luck Bob's find themselves
staked out at the zoo in front of the monkey exhibit, hoping for their
Mary's to come by and give them at least a passing glance. They've
got the do's, they've got the clothes, but do they have the sweet
moves needed to win over the girls' hearts?

Directed by: Mike Madigan
Running Time: 15 Minutes
http://www.myspace. com/cadence2008
Synopsis: In a reality where human contact has become devalued, Andrea
finds herself caught within a never-ending cycle of helping others
reawaken long-forgotten feelings for each other. Yet the ritual has
grown repetitive for her, as she questions whether or not it's too
late to make an actual difference.

Directed by: Matthew Peach
Running Time: 30 Minutes
http://www.myspace. com/laughcry2007
Synopsis: "LaughcrY" explores our desires and our reluctance to test
those desires. Yasamin and Lena were college lovers who never put
their relationship to the test. Meeting again eight long years later,
they remember the laughter, but it's the tears that are hardest to forget.

Wild Sweet Orange - Crofoot Ballroom - Fri Aug 1st

Wild Sweet Orange plays the Crofoot this friday night with detroit's own Manna and Quail - this is the 1st show of the tour and just before they play Lollapalooza.

Here is some footage from the last time WSO played the crofoot and MCB's Amy Palomar caught up with the guys for a few questions...

FREE TICKETS: DIRTFEST 2008 - Birch Run Expo Center - Sat Aug 2nd 12noon-8pm

MOTORCITYBLOG will be out at DIRTFEST 2008 this coming saturday as a media sponser
We have 1 pair of tickets for freebies (will call at gate) to the 1st reader who asks for them
email us at

The 12th annual Dirt Fest is upon us and yes, reentry is allowed. Dirt Fest '08 will feature more than 60 artists performing on five bigger and better stages. Catch dozens of national acts as well as tons of the best local and regional talent. Special attractions this year include: Team Young BMX, Rockstar Energy Drink Party Crew, CLASH Wrestling, 100+ vendors, vegan & vegitarian food, hidden alliteration, turntable battle, beard competition, contests, giveaways, free crap and much, much more!"

Visit for more info and tickets

FREE 12" VINYL from Witch Hats - The Belmont - Fri Aug 1st

If you are planning on hitting up this show (you should) and you would like a copy of the latest 12" vinyl from Witch Hats out of Australia email us (1st reader only) and we can hook it up

This freebie must be picked up AT THE SHOW !!!

Lee Marvin Computer Arm
The Belmont Bar
Hamtramck MI
9 p.m.


WILD AT HEART - Monday July 28th 2008

Here is today's blog - Bill
Bill Kettelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blogHe has a radio program on WXOU out of Oakland University

Wild At Heart

Wild At Heart
The time is fast approaching for my favorite car show of the year (though saying car show doesn’t really seem to do it justice). The 2008 Concours D’Elegance ( will be this Aug 3rd at Meadowbrook Hall and I cannot wait. The Concours is special among car shows because the vehicles are hand-picked to appear in the show and is recognized as one of the most prestigious annual auto events. This means that you won’t see Bob’s ’64 Chevy, but will instead be presented with some of the most beautiful and unique cars to grace Meadowbrook Hall’s lawn (a 1920's Tudor-revival mansion built by the widow of John Dodge which you can also tour). One the highlights for this year’s show will be the North American debut of the BAT 11, the newest member in the family of Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica concept cars (previous BAT’s were designed by the legendary Nuccio Bertone and Franco Scaglione in the mid-1950s, built on the Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint chassis and are highly regarded for their futuristic but functional curves).

This BAT was designed by Michigander Dr. Gary Kaberle. Also included in this year’s show is Ed Sweeney’s 1956 Aerocar, the only airplane in history certified for highway driving. It is easily converted from airplane to car, in minutes, by folding and detaching the wings. Among the other cars that grace the lawns, expect to see cars which fall into the following categories: significant Ferraris, 8 Litre Bentleys, 16-cylinder cars, vintage motorcycles with sidecars, the class of 1933 (a landmark year in automotive history), Voisin cars and cars which celebrate the 100th anniversary of both General Motors and the Model T. It should be a great show and will be my fifth annual appearance at the festival. I will have someone from the Concours on my show on Thursday (tune in between 8-10AM on

I had the pleasure of talking to Brandon T Jackson this past week. He is a local actor who plays in his first big summer film with Tropic Thunder. He plays a young rapper, Alpo Chino, in the film whose best moments come when he plays against Robert Downey Jr (who plays Kirk Lazarus, an Australian actor who gets skin pigmentation so he can play a black army hero). Jackson stated that most of the dialogue was improved on the set (such as a Jefferson’s monologue) and it is one of the reasons to see the movie when it premieres on Aug 13th. Brandon was pretty down to earth and seems to really appreciate what he has. He grew up in the Detroit suburbs and has had some limited success appearing on his own TV show with Wayne Brady, a part in the movie ‘Roll Bounce’ and a comedy tour ‘Teens of Comedy’ which he hopes to continue.

His one piece of advice for young actors growing up in Detroit is to make sure to get a good education because knowledge is power. I will be doing a preview of the film when it gets closer to its release date.Dan McGowan stopped by the studio this week and we talked about his movie premiere of “The Tower” which happened last Thursday at the Main Art Theatre. This locally made horror film (filmed in downtown Detroit and Pontiac, MI) is not bad for a first time low budget effort. Inspired by Raimi and low budget horror films like ‘Rock N Roll Nightmare’, the film focus’s around an abandoned tower which has a mysterious light despite having no power (the film was based a real Detroit urban myth). Doug is driven by a desire to uncover the reason for the light and disappears into the tower. His sister Lucy has a dream that her brother is trapped inside and embarks on a journey to rescue him. Along the way she comes across flesh-eating demons and mysterious otherworldly creatures.

Having filmed most of the movie in a recently fire damaged building, this leads to a nice atmosphere for the film that makes it better than a lot of its current competitors. The story suffers from the typical low budget pains of back-lighting, some stilted dialogue and overlong scenes, but these are minor and there is plenty here for the low budget fans. The film will be making the festival rounds (Dan is hopeful for Sundance) and will be having other local screening so keep a look out for this film when it next rears it head. I give the film a C+ for it’s wonderfully played bad guy and it’s nice use of local talent and locations.

For more info, go to would also like to give kudos out to a young singer Hana Pestle who opened the Blues Traveler/Live/Collective Soul show last Thursday. This cool, attractive 19 year old singer came on my show that morning and played a few tunes, including a nice cover of Radiohead’s “Creep”. This is her first big tour and she is traveling with her father whose job as a teacher has allowed him to act as her tour manager as she learns the ropes. She loves this tour and esp times when the guys from Collective Soul invited her onstage with them or Popper played harmonica with her during her set. For more info, check her out on

Last Friday was a great day for free music in Detroit with concerts at both Campus Martius and the RenCenter. Guitar legend Rick Derringer put on a great show by the waterfront playing his hits, such as “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo”, “Real American” (used by Hulk Hogan as his intro music) and the song he made famous with his first band the McCoys, “Hang On Sloopy” (which is the official rock song of Ohio). Upcoming free shows will include The Guess Who – August 1, Kansas – August 8, Blue Oyster Cult – August 15 and from my hometown of Rochester, NY, Foreigner – August 22. This Friday was also a 4th Friday which included performances by the Bacon Brothers (yes, Footloose fans unite) who weren’t bad in a folk indie sort of way (I really liked their song “Artie” about a giant squid) and Carlene Carter (the daughter of June Carter and Johnny Cash) who played a lot of Carter family favorites along with a nice version of her father’s “Ring Of Fire”. The fourth Friday in August will feature local favorite Nomo and reggae star Julian Marley. It is nice that there are some nice free events that people can go to and have a good time. Afterwards, on my way back I let a street performer by Greektown Casino juggle knives over my head fulfilling a life long dream of show biz aspirations.

I hope everyone has a good week and look for me at the following events – 7/31 Neil Diamond @ Palace Of Auburn Hills, 8/1 Rancid @ Clutch Cargos, 8/2 Hippifest @ Pine KnobJand the wonderful Sunday show at Freedom Hill featuring Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell (last weeks Doo Wop show with the Tokens and Lou Christie, got me excited about this one). Later.Wild Bill does a radio show on Mon & Thurs mornings 8-10AM on WXOU 88.3FM or and he can be seen on

WILD AT HEART - July 21st 2008

Bill Kettelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blogHe has a radio program on WXOU out of Oakland University

Wild At Heart

This post was meant be dropped by Blogger's autopost that doesnt work - SAGINAWSOME!

Wild At Heart
What a wonderfully busy weekend, esp for folk music fans in Detroit this past weekend. Besides Crosby, Stills & Nash at Meadowbrook, we had Buffy Saint-Marie, Ricki Lee Jones and Michelle Shocked at the Concert Of Colors. CSN actually sounded wonderful despite my being worried about Crosby's voice. I have heard too many people say they have been disappointed in their shows due to his dependency on drugs (esp in the 80's when Crosby got busted and sent to jail). One of my buddies saw them years ago and told me Crosby kept disappearing backstage leaving Stills and Nash wondering if he would come back out. However, I must say they sounded good and the rain in the air couldn't keep the crowd from getting excited for songs such as "Teach Your Children" and "Southern Cross".

Speaking of sounding good, Thursday and the Max E Fisher for the opening day was highlighted by a performance of the Detroit Symphony and native american folksinger/educator Buffy Saint-Marie, who is looking very spry for her age. Her biggest hit was actually sung by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes ("Up Where We Belong" from the film 'An Officer And A Gentleman'), but I loved the version which she played at the concert which will forever make the Cocker/Warnes version pale in comparison. I really enjoyed the way she incorporates Native American chants and instrumentation into her songs which make for a very special show. Along with her very controversal song "Universial Soldier", she also did songs like "He's An Indian Cowboy in the Rodeo" and "The Big Ones Get Away" and in my opinion, was the highlight of the festival.My radio station, WXOU 88.3FM ( was present on Sat and Sun and I would like to thank everyone for showing up and giving support to the mavericks of college radio. I would also like to thank the staff of the Concert of Colors (esp the second floor crew which watched my booth when I would walk around) and my new friends at the other cool Detroit area station - WHFR 89.7 - which even had me on for a few minutes prior to the Terrance Simien set. Simien is a grammy award winning zydeco musician who has been an ambassador for zydeco music. He has worked to get zydeco it's own Grammy category (which he won in it's first year) as well as working numerous education programs letting kids learn about the zydeco heritage. He also was the first zydeco musician to play in Cuba and Mauritius (which has the biggest native Creole population) as part of cultural exchange programs.I also got to meet Don Was (esp after our hour and fifteen minute interview on last Thurs), Mitch Ryder, Wayne Krammer, John Sinclair, Michelle Shocked (again) and got some drops from Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals.

That really made it a great experience and all the performers were great though Toots had some microphone issues for the first 20 minutes of his set but they ended strong. One of the strengths of the festival is musical diversity and next to Buffy, I was really impressed by Sudan United For Peace which was a jam session of numerous African musicians such as singer Abdel Gadir Salim, vocalist Abu Araki and the Al Balabil Sisters. It is just special to hear quality international music in a great venue with a crowd that just gets it.Also, I met my nemesis Bam who was stationed at the table across from me. Besides trying to set the building on fire, he kept giving me the evil eye the whole time I was there. However, by the last day we did make peace and get our picture taken together at the photo booth.

For those who were there, Bam was the squirrel at the nuts vendor. I'm hoping my photographer friend is going to put the picture on the site to see us.

Besides the serenity of the Concert of Colors, I also spent Friday morning at the Warped Tour. I wasn't overly excited by the line up this year but heck, I was getting in for free. The one band I will recommend was Oreskaband, an all female Japanese ska band which rocked the Hurley stage early in the morning and if I had paid to get in, they would have made it all worth it by themselves (I willbe playing the on my Thursday show - 8-10AM on

I also enjoyed the Horrorpops and the Aggrolites which both had ska backgrounds. The odd girl out was Katy Perry which despite being indie, just seemed out of place surrounded by bands like Chiodos and Pennywise. I was only able to catch a couple of songs because I had to work the Boris show afterwards. After warped, I really wasn't ready for the opening bands (which included Torche) since my head was pounding, but Boris' experimental Japanese rock (started in the hardcore punk scene) was excellent.

They are more similar to bands like current Blue Cheer or old Motorhead, so if you like that, try out Boris. Like the Watson Twins, Boris also records their albums on analog.I will be having Dan McCowan on my show Thursday morning talking about his new movie "The Tower" which will be showing at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak on July 23rd at 8PM. The cost is only $5 and you can read more about it on

Part of the film was shot at the Eagle Theatre in downtown Pontiac. Come out and support the local film scene before the movie hits the festival circuit.I hope to see some of you at the Cavalera Conspiracy show at Clutch Cargo's tomorrow and I will be seeing 2 movie previews tomorrow afternoon - Tropic Thunder & Henry Poole Is Here - which I will be talking about in my next column. I will be interviewing Brandon T Jackson, a local Detroiter who appeared in Tropic Thunder which I will be airing that on my July 28th show.

Check out my myspace page for more stuff coming up.

A quick pet peeve. I noticed at Warped Tour and the Concert of Colors that some people working the booths looking half dead when they are at these events promoting their station, newspaper or whatever. At the Concert of Colors, I was constantly talking to people while some other tables saw their people leave early because no one was talking to them. If you are working a table at an event, you need to be willing to be a little animated so people think you are worth talking to and learning about what you have to promote. Such a simple concept. I had one girl at the Warped Tour sitting me for a whole hour without smiling once. WOW. Lighten up girlfriend!

RED BULL BIG TUNE - Majestic Theatre - Thur July 31st 9pm

MCB will be onsite for this one for sure....

Thursday, July 31, 2008 – Doors at 9:00 PM/Event at 10:00 PM


Battle-ready producers, beatsmiths, and sound-architects from the Detroit area who have original music, talent and desire to take their passion to the next level will compete for the Red Bull Big Tune title.

Special guest performance by rapper Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw) who is said to be the late great producer J Dilla’s favorite emcee. Producer Mr. Porter, aka Kon Artis of D 12 fame, will also hit the Red Bull Big Tune stage

A beatsmith battle royale in the Motor City will be bouncing to fresh beats when the premiere music producer battle, known as Red Bull Big Tune, hits Detroit this month. Detroit marks the fourth stop in a series of eight regional beat competitions designed to find the most talented U.S. producer with the next big tune. Twelve beatsmiths will be called to battle at each regional qualifier. Other regional battles will be hosted in Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. The top 2 producers from each city will square off in December 2008, at the Red Bull Big Tune National Championships in New York City.

The winner of the finals receives custom studio equipment and an opportunity to collaborate with a recording artist of his/her choice in the prestigious Red Bull Studios/ Santa Monica. Last year’s Red Bull Big Tune winner opted to work with Young Buck. Other artists available for collaboration were Redman and Talib Kweli.

Red Bull Big Tune is open to emerging and established music producers regardless of genre. Interested producers can apply online at Check website for deadlines, updates and videos from last year.

WHEN: Thursday, July 31 2008
Doors at 9:00 PM
Event at 10:00 PM

The Majestic Theater
4120 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

In 2004, Big Tune began as the brainchild of DJ/producer/emcee—Vitamin D and Hip Hop visionary/event producer –Jonathan Moore, with the purpose of bringing emerging and established talent to the forefront. After three years of hosting thriving local battles in Seattle, they forged a creative partnership with Red Bull and the event evolved beyond a beat battle into a dynamic national producer program.

The Red Bull Big Tune team will be conducting a musical education outreach program to educate future beat makers on the business and creation of music. Location and more information will be announced soon.

Free All Day Pirate Extravaganza - Old Miami - Sat Aug 2nd

Yarrr! PR is putting on a FREE show at The Old Miami on Saturday, August 2.
100% donations go to fill the gas tanks of the bands playing this show!

Wally Jaczkowski and the Consequences of His Stupid Actions
Rachel and Junk
Bay Area songster Warren Teagarden
Matt Focht of Chicago's Head of Femur
Heligoats (Chris Otepka from Troubled Hubble)
Milwaukee's IfIHadAHiFi
Indianapolis' Harley Poe
The Amino Acids

Show up between 6-9 PM for free food!

Enjoy killer music and great outdoor BBQ fun at The Free All Day Pirate Extravaganza 2008

PHOTOS: Don Was recording session at Rustbelt Studios by Amy Palomar

I was fortunate enough to be at Rustbelt Studios this past Thursday (7/17/08) and meet Don Was, David Was and the musicians who make up Sudan United for Peace. The Sudanese artists joined native Detroiter and Grammy Award winner Don Was, another Concert of Colors artist, to collaborate on a song calling for peace in Sudan.

I was struck by how powerful the session was. I knew it was an honor to meet Don Was, David Was and the most talented musicians from Sudan, I didn't realize how moving it would be. At a time when the President of Sudan is being charged with war crimes by The Hague I was being sung to about peace and one love. We have so much to learn for one another.

Sudan United for Peace performs from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, on the Chrysler Main Stage at Orchestra Hall. I urge you to come down to the Concert of Colors and find some peace.

The recording session was conceived and planned by Concert of Colors founder Ismael Ahmed; Ralph Valdez, curator of cultural programming at the Arab American National Museum, a festival presenter; Don Was; and Dawn Elder, who is managing the Sudanese tour. It is being underwritten in part by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. All are available for interview, as is a spokesman for the Sudanese performers.

Don Was hosts a Detroit Super Session from 7:15-8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, also on the Chrysler Main Stage at Orchestra Hall, featuring David Was, Luis Resto, Randy Jacobs, Terry Thunder, Mitch Ryder, the MC5's Wayne Kramer, John Sinclair and members of Detroit bands including the Dirtbombs, Black Bottom Collective, Sisters Lucas, Lola Morales and Detroit Cobras.

More from Amy Palomar @

PAF 2008 - People's Art Festival

A bit early of a post never hurt anyone....Detroit's coolest festival is on the way!!

After last years kick ass debut PAF 2008 is going to be even better than last year!

MCB will be exhibiting and covering the fest with our photographers and are a few detail on where to find info and how to get involved....

Get the word out that the The People's Arts Festival has announced a new deadline for submissions to the festival: August 1st, 2008

They are STILL taking applications.

The PAF will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. - midnight at the Russell Industrial Center at 1600 Clay Avenue off I-75. Admission to the festival is free to the public, and other than a $25 community fee that covers good things like security, publicity, etc., artists get to keep their sales profits- no commissions or other fees are involved! Information and applications can be found at

All interested participants should respond by e-mail to one of these specific addresses:

Exhibitors/Visual Artists -

Performance Artists/Music -

Volunteers -

Galleries -

Film -

Media -

Web -

"At the Russell" September 13, 2008

The People's Arts Festival (PAF), sponsored by The Russell Center for Creative Arts (, has announced a new deadline for submissions to the festival, August 1st, 2008, and is still taking applications for participants.

All interested participants should respond by e-mail to the specific addresses listed below. The PAF will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. - midnight at the Russell Industrial Center at 1600 Clay Avenue off I-75.

Admission to the festival is free to the public. Now in it's second year, the Annual People's Arts Festival (PAF) is the largest assembly of artists, performance artists, musicians and filmmakers in the city of Detroit. Last year, the free-to-artists festival drew over 4,000 people who visited more than 200 exhibitors and musicians to celebrate the inaugural launch of the festival. This year Festival planners expect that crowd to double - once again securing its claim to being the largest arts festival in the City of Detroit

The People's Arts Festival is unique in several ways. A music merchandising area will once again be set up for all participating bands with all sales being retained by the performers. Exhibit space, public lighting, sound systems, stages and security are all being provided at no cost to participants by the Russell Center for Creative Arts, a not-for-profit group established this year to administer the PAF and other artistic projects at the Russell Industrial Center ("We hope to accomplish several things through our sponsorship of the Festival," said Dennis Kefallinos, the owner of Russell Industrial Center and an RCCA board member. "Once again, it's part of our way of saying, 'Thank You' to the artists and other creative people who have chosen to locate their studios and businesses with us. Last year's festival brought the Russell family even more closely together and has resulted in the launch of dozens of creative projects - some involving individual tenants, groups of tenants or the community as a whole.Supporting the festival is also a way of giving something back to Detroit and proving that there's still a lot of positive energy in this city.

Finally, it's another opportunity for us to showcase this unbelievable campus. We have seven buildings here and over 2.2 million square feet, so there's still plenty of room for people who are interested in joining our community.""To me the most exciting thing about this festival is still that it has been planned by artists, it's essentially free to artists and that the guidelines we established … have been honored by The Russell management," said Mark Arminski, a globally-renowned painter and poster maker and one of the three members of the Festival's Artist's Committee. "The whole feel of the festival last year was dramatic. … this year promises to be even more exciting. We've also been fortunate once again to secure the sponsorship of Real Detroit magazine which last year did a spectacular job of moving the festival forward. And, you really can't say enough about the artists and other members of the Russell Family who have generously contributed so much time and talent to the planning and ongoing organization of this event."

The only charge to artists is a $25 community participation fee which covers incidental costs associated with security, general area cleanup, etc. No commissions will be taken; artists keep all sales profits. Applications and information on the festival may be found at

PHOTOS: Concert of Colors 2008 by Paul Hitz

MCB was on the coveted press pass for Concert of Colors 2008
Photos by Paul Hitz
Look for more photos and video later today

PHOTOS: - Immortal Technique by Paul Hitz

MCB was asked to come out and shoot the Immortal Technique show at the magic stick
more killer work from Paul Hitz of Paul Hitz Photography

Back to Jail - Vacation Over for MCB

Without any warning we decided to head out for a vacation last week and headed up to Leland MI for some time away from all this city life - BUT the good news is that MCB is still at work for you even though I am out of town!! The email box is stocked full of all kinds of goodies so check it out as we ease back into reality and post all the events our people were covering.



ALEPH-1 - Heidelberg in Ann Arbor - Sat July 19th

ALEPH-1 wsg/ The Werks
Saturday July 19th 2008
215 N. Main St
Ann Arbor MI
doors at 10pm
These guys are playing all over the place - next up at the crofoot and then later on in Ypsi at TCs

The Jazz Cafe Discovery Series Finals this weekend

The Jazz Cafe Discovery Series is presenting two nights of performances by the six finalists in this year's competition.
First prize is $5,000, and a gig at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, Labor Day weekend. Second prize is a gig that the Jazz on the River Festival, August 2-3, in Trenton.
The Jazz Cafe Discovery Series, an educational outreach project of the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, is a weekly series of live performances of new and emerging Jazz talent hosted and co-produced by Jazz radio personality, Judy Adams.
Ted Nagy is the Director of the series, who has sought out and presented over 100 groups since the series debut in January '07. Adams gives the bands additional exposure by broadcasting each week's performances on WVMV 98.7 at 11pm.
Jazz Cafe at the Music Hall, 350 Madison, Detroit.
Here's the schedule of finalists:
8PM The Bobby Streng Saxomble
10PM The NYCE Band
12PM The Tom Stoepker Quintet
8PM The Anthony Stanco Quintet
10PM The Jonathon Dixon Jazz Wagon
12PM The Chuck Newsome Trio

The Star Devils / Rockabilly Strangers - Berkley Front - Sat July 26th

Another great lineup from Savage Productions over at The Berkley Front

Saturday July 26th!!! The Star Devils, Rockabilly Strangers + More!!!
The Star Devils
The Rockabilly Strangers
DJ Savage Matt & Vinyl Junkie
$7 - 21+ - 9pm

The Berkley Front
3087 W. 12 Mile
Berkley, MI

THE STAR DEVILS Welcome back Cincinnati's own rockabilly combo THE STAR DEVILS!!! These boys have rocked em' all over the world including several of the major festivals including the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender and the Hemsby Rock n' Roll Weekender in the UK. They site their major influences as Charlie Feathers, Wayne Walker, Carl Perkins and a long list of other 50's rockabilly artists. Be sure not to miss their top notch energetic stage show!

THE ROCKABILLY STRANGERSThese guys are no strangers to the Detroit Rockabilly scene! They've rapidly become on of Detroit's best/newest rockabilly acts with both a traditional and modern slant on the genre. Be sure to get there on time as they are a favorite for folks who like to cut a rug!!!

Hosted by DJ Savage Matt and Vinyl Junkie, these guys will be spinning some wild and rare vintage vinyl that's sure to motivate you to get crazy!!!

New MOTORCITYBLOG shirts thanks to Fresh Hot Shirts / Earth 2 Earth

We got a hot new batch of t-shirts from our pals over at Fresh Hot Shirts

check them out for screen printing / embroidery / vinyl singage - they do it all

plus they are super cool and don't treat you like dirt and forget to process your order or screw up the design or forget to deliver your stuff or not return your call after messing something up or forgetting who you are after like 5 orders like some other companies

try them out for quality goods and service - ask for Peter or Brian @ fresh hot shirts

"Take Back Tuesday" - NOIR LEATHER 25th Anniversary Events - Every Tuesday

Noir Leather “Takes Back Tuesday”
Celebrating 25 Years in Business

ROYAL OAK – Noir Leather, an independent clothing, leather and fetish store, located at 124 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak, MI 48067, celebrates its 25th year in business, by welcoming the punks back to Royal Oak and spice up Tuesday nights with“Take Back Tuesdays.”

Each Tuesday night from June 10th through the end of August, entertainers will perform outside of Noir Leather reminiscent of a tradition started by punk kids hanging out on the corners of Fourth and Main in the 90’s.

Upcoming Performances:
7/15 Skin and Bones Band
7/22 Satori Circus
7/29 The Motor City Rah Rah’s (Roller Derby Cheerleaders)

The History of Noir
Owned and operated by Keith Howarth since December of 1981, Noir Leather has had a front row seat and a hand in the birth of this urban-chic suburb.
Beginning as a wholesale leather company, Noir expanded in 1983 to a storefront in downtown Royal Oak at 117 W. Third St. After three years of having to close Noir at 5 p.m. due to a lack of foot traffic, Howarth collaborated with a handful of local businesses to entice people to visit downtown later in the evening.

The night was set - Every Wednesday restaurants and stores would stay open until 11p.m. The campaign was a massive successand has grown with the city over the past 20 years, becoming infamous in the metro Detroit area.

Over Noir’s 25 years in business, Howarth has had his fair share of opposition from citizens, city council, the Royal Oak Police Department and animal rights activists. Howarth contributes his longevity as landmark business, not only Royal Oak but also in the metro Detroit area, to his drive to succeed over opposition.

“I’ve watched [Royal Oak] prosper from a ghost town to the little Chicago it is now and Noir has been a part of that journey. Noir shocked a lot of people at first (because of the scene we are a part of), but we haven’t changed, we haven’t gone anywhere and we haven’t let any road bumps stop us from doing what we love to do,” said Howarth.

Wild at Heart - Friday July 18th 2008

Bill Kettelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog
He has a radio program on WXOU out of Oakland University

Wild At Heart

It has been a star-studded week so far so me as I have had the opportunity
to interview some cool people for my show. I started off the week with Rainn
Wilson on a round table discussion talking about his upcoming film “The
Rocker”. Starting off, he was showing his inner geek by wearing a Star Trek
shirt from the animated series.

I am not sure if he was joking, but he did ask me if I would come on “The
Office” and play his cousin. This could work since we are about the same age
and are both inner geeks and proud of it. What do you people think?
Talking about “The Office”, he was tightlipped about the upcoming season but
mentioned that the cast has pictures of their real families on their desks.
He is also proud of his first leading role with “The Rocker” which will now
be out in August. Visit the WXOU at the Concert Of Colors on Sat and we will
have some passes for the movie next Monday at AMC Southfield. I highly
recommend it and have a review on my website at so check it out.

One of his highlights was meeting ex-Beatle drummer Pete Best and related how he thought it was funny that Pete came in one day for a shoot which got cut from the film. No
respect after all these years. Pete expressed to Rainn how lucky he feels to
have his health and kids and likes that he still receives nice checks from
the early Beatle recording which will keep him set for the rest of his life.
Besides the industry, Rainn does have a website which he shares with his father and they sell fine art. He asks to talk to them about art but no autograph requests please. Rainn also does a lot of work supporting education through the Mona Foundation
which he feels is very important though he might have some questions for his
music teacher who got him to take up bassoon for 5 years, though his musical
background (including clarinet and xylophone) did come in handy for his role
in “the Rocker”.

Remember, the Concert Of Colors is this weekend starting Thursday with Buffy
Saint-Marie and continuing through Sunday with such artists as Rickie Lee
Jones, Mavis Staples and Don Was.

I had Don on my show this morning and we talked about the show Sunday which will feature a number of local musicians such as Mitch Ryder, John Sinclair along with members of the Dirtbombs, Black Merde and the Detroit Cobras. Basically it will be a jam session with
every artist doing one song on a rotational basis. This should be a lot of
fun and should not be missed. We talked about 1 hour and 15 minutes which
made him a little late for a recording session for Amnesty International
with the Sudan United For Peace musicians which should be stellar. We
covered his extensive career (producing albums for Bonnie Raitt, Roy
Orbison, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Al Green, B-52’s, etc) where we learned
we share the idea that if you just make a great album, people will
respond to it. Recording artists just need to keep their own inner voice
true to the music and they won’t get off target. He said, he has trouble
producing hit songs (Love Shack being a true surprise due to it being
radically different from anything on the market) but making a good album is
possible as long as the artist has a true vision.

Despite being a big star, he admits he has had moments of being starstruck, esp the first time he
worked with Johnny Cash. It was a great interview, so for those who heard it, I thank you for listening. PS - WXOU will have a table at the event on Sat and Sun from 1-8PM so make sure to stop by.

Lastly, “Weird Al” Yankovic called in for a conversation which we found out
his new album comes out Tuesday (no particular Tuesday, but some Tuesday),
that Harvey the Wonder Hamster doesn’t return his calls anymore and that he
will performing a good selection of older hits along with material from
Straight Out Of Linwood at his show at Meadowbrook tomorrow (for those not
at the Concert of Colors or Warped Tour). I was always a huge “Weird Al” fan
growing up and it was great to be able to do this interview.

I also had a good time at the Missy Higgins show at the Crofoot. Missy has a
beautifully powerful voice, and while I didn’t get the opportunity to
interview her, I was happy to have seen her performance and wish her luck
breaking into the US market since she is a superstar in Australia. I did
however get the chance to talk to Chandra of the Watson Twins and will play
that brief interview on Monday, 21st at 9AM on so you can hear
about how they got their start and if they worried about being over shadowed
by Jenny Lewis on their album together.

Also, if you would like tickets for the Cavalera Conspiracy show at Clutch
Cargo on July 22nd with Bury Your Dead and Dillenger Escape Plan, send me an
email at and we’ll see what we can work out. Just tell me
something cool about the city of Detroit to look into for future blogs.
Also, if you want to be in a short student Zombie film (one or two days
work) with no pay, call Ted at 586-212-3225 or email Kurt with the header
‘Zombie Extra’ at

Enjoy the weekend. And welcome back to Detroit Emily Rose after your trip around the county spreading the music of Detroit.


Benny Stoofy - Trumbullplex Theatre - Thur July 17th

caught some quick video of lenny stoofy over at scrummage university friday january 18th

we were in and out since no beer was available but snagged some footage just the same

This old footage of Blenny Stoofy (is it lenny or benny?? how about BLENNY) that we like so much we keep reposting it...check out the boys of s tonight as they play The Trumbullplex Theatre w/ Bird names, B Squad

Trumbullplex Theater
4210 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48208

Flyer on the way??

MOTORCITYBLOG sponsered event:::Exposure Detroit - Bean & Leaf Cafe in RO - Friday July 18th

Exposure.Detroit July 18th

What: EXPOSURE.Detroit Photography Exhibit Opening Party
When: Friday, July 18th 7pm - 10pm
Where: The Bean & Leaf Cafe in Royal Oak

Featuring: Caterpillers | Urban Picasso | Rob2655 | Kevin Ridge Photo | Copperrein |

Here's the flickr group Exposure.Detroit
Here's a map
Here's the discussion thread
Flyer Design: Ralph Krawczyk Jr


Laura Dyszynski - Caterpillers
caterpillars. Get yours at

David Bogdan - Urban Picasso Studios
urban picasso studios. Get yours at

Rob Terwilliger - Rob2655
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Kevin Ridge - Kevin Ridge Photo
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Stephanie - Copperrein
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Detroit Derby Girl Open Recruitment / Meet The MotorCity Rah Rahs @ NOIR LEATHER

Detroit Derby Girls -- Open Recruitment -- Skaters/Stat Army

The Detroit Derby Girls are hosting an open recruitment for skaters, refs, stats and other volunteers this coming Monday July 21st at Riverside Arena!
Come be a part of the action, as the DDG prepares for its fourth big season this fall, and competes in national WFTDA play throughout the summer!
Email for more info and to RSVP!
We can always use help from skaters and non-skaters alike, so whether or not you're a wiz on eight wheels, with a whistle or even with a clipboard come down and be a part of derby history with the #8 team in the nation!

Royal Oak Garage Sale - This weekend

33rd Annual Royal Oak Antique and Garage Sale this Saturday and Sunday!
Make sure to check the Reware Vintage booth on the first floor of the parking garage and buy vintage goodies from
More info on the Garage Sale here!

Amy Palomar shooting Don Was recording session in Royal Oak today

MCB's Amy Palomar will be attending the recording session today with Don Was and Sudan United over at Rustbelt Studios in Royal Oak.

They are recording a song for the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Amnesty International and Amy will there shooting her usual top notch photos of this important event that "unofficially" kicks off The Concert of Colors 2008.


Video from last friday's Phonotropic BBQ Super Safari party
Interviews with DEEPCUTZ's Jeff Milo and the boys from Millions of Brazilians


The Art of Audrey Pongracz - 323EAST Summer BBQs -

Audrey Pongracz @ 323 East in Royal Oak
Saturday July 26th 2008 6PM

323 East art Boutique
4th street Royal Oak (downtown)

Audrey Pongracz will be one of the Barbequed artist @ 323 East, in Royal Oak.
Saturday July 26th , 6 - 10pm.

There will be a BBQ outside, and inside, music and drinks, and yes ART!