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Tomorrow Night: Free Show!!!!

It's been quite sometime since the Electric Lion Soundwave Experiment put something out. Should be a good time for sure!!!

-jr is a musician/dj/blogger/writer from Detroit, MI. He performs in the bands The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre and Sheefy Mcfly & The Delorean. He also writes a cultural blog covering the ins and outs of the Detroit Music Scence as well as pop culture. When Dj'ing he uses the handle DJ JCM. He has been an integral part of the Detroit Music mechanation for the past 10 years. He knows just about everything about music on both a local and national level. His opinon is gold and is infallible. This is what's been in my ear lately.

MORE FREE TICKETS: Luis Resto - Majestic Cafe Detroit - Wed Sept 1st

"you guys giveaway to many free tickets...."
is how the email started and it went on and on
We like to giveaway the freebies
In this economy who doesn't need a little extra cash in the pocket
and some free fun to help turn that frown upside down
1st emailer at gets a pair of guest list spots
for the infamous pre-party show at Majestic Cafe tomorrow night

Local Oscar & Grammy Award winning songwriter and keyboardist Luis Resto (background below) is currently touring as part of Eminem's band. The European leg's been completed and they've now returned to the States with stadium dates set for Detroit and New York.

On the eve of the two Detroit concerts, this Wednesday, September 1, Luis and his band will be performing a special pre-Comerica set at the Majestic Cafe, 4120 Woodward in Detroit. Doors open at 9 PM, tickets are $7.

This show will commemorate the CD release of his solo debut, Combo De Momento, previously available only on vinyl and from online services. Discs will be available at the show and there will be special surprise guests.

This will be one of the last Detroit performances of the year as Luis moves decidedly into the national arena.



• Luis was an original member of the groundbreaking avante-funk Was (Not Was) band and has played keyboards on virtually every one of their albums (reference tracks: "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming", "Out Come The Freaks", "Somewhere In America", "Anything Can Happen", "You! You! You!")

• has performed, written & recorded with Patti Smith (reference: "Don't Smoke In Bed", "My Madrigal" and "Pastime Paradise"); backed Ms. Smith in her American Songbook performance at Lincoln Center (March 2008) and the Bowery Ballroom concerts in New York (April 2007) commemorating the release of Smith’s Twelve album.

• won an Oscar and a Grammy as co-writer of "Lose Yourself", Eminem's smash worldwide hit and the most successful single of his career, spending 12 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 & is now widely regarded as one of the most important songs of the decade.

• co-wrote the title track and six other songs on the 8 Mile soundtrack album (released on October 29 in advance of the film) which quickly became the fifth best-selling album of 2002 with US sales of 3.2 million in it’s first two months of release.

• a veteran and in-demand musician, Luis has recorded with Stevie Nicks, Iggy Pop, Jay Z, Mel Torme, Anita Baker, the Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson) and many others.

• one of the most creative and diversely accomplished musicians currently working in Detroit, Luis has amassed a voluminous list of credits with relatively little fanfare; as part of Eminem's Shady camp, he played/produced/written songs for some twenty-five Top 5 album releases in the first decade of this new century, some fifteen of which reached the coveted Number 1 position.

• most recently Luis has been credited for co-writing Eminem's smash "Not Afraid" and Lil' Wayne's platinum single "Drop the World".

FREE TICKETS: Jonny Rumble - Crofoot Pontiac - Friday Sept 3rd

Heading up to to the Crofoot this weekend to check out Bear Lake?
make sure to get there early to catch the openers Jonny Rumble
Jonny Rumble asked us to give away a pair of guest list spots
so check them out at the links below

FREE TICKETS: Brendan Benson - Majestic Theatre Detroit - Nov 9th 2010

You may have heard that Brendan Benson is returning to detroit to play a show at The Majestic Theatre with The Posies on November 9th

MCB has a pair of tickets to offer up and you can enter to win by emailing

this show will sell out so we are running this contest now rather than later

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting up with Brendan out in Ann Arbor for a video interview before his show ...we chatted about growing up in Royal Oak, moving to west coast and moving back to the motorcity over some wine and a smoke. I hope to get a chance to talk more with him this time around but check the video interview here and get your tickets to see our old familiar friend who is making waves around the world with his awesome brand of music and style

Michigan Arts & Apples Festival - Sept 10 & 12

Just as you wiped the sweat from your brow and kicked on the A/C for another record temp weekend - you may have realized that it is already the end of August.. Where has summer gone? Luckily, Fall = FUN in the Motor City and there is a ton planned, especially in September. One of my favorites is the Annual Art & Apples Festival.

The Art & Apples Festival is held annually on the weekend following Labor Day in the scenic 30-acre Rochester Park, located in Downtown Rochester. The festival is Michigan’s second largest juried fine arts festival and is part of Sunshine Artist Magazine’s TOP 35 festivals in the nation and includes over 250 fine art exhibitors, a variety of food, live entertainment and free kids art activities. For more information call (248) 651-4110.


-jr-MusicRevue 08/31/2010

read more -jr MUSICREVUE here

When I checked my inbox this morning there was a link to a Starship cover by local band Gardens. I rolled my eyes at first (to the fact that it was a cover of Starship) and then figured why not while clicking through. It was not what I was dreading at all. Here's a soundcloud of the song:
Nothing Gon Stop Us by Gardens Detroit

I purchased their first 45 that was put out via the UFO Factory and Italy Records.

The songs on "In Novelty Land" are quite contrasted to the above Starship cover. They are more straight ahead lo-fi garage rock with a bit of a pop swagger. "Nothing Gon Stop Us" rings back to the old Genders sound and reminds me of alot of the Bam/Little Claw/Mountains & Rainbows stuff that was being churned out by the now defunct Muddy Mitten Label. The 45 is good and I'm looking forward to see what direction they take with the new EP they are getting together. If you get a chance pick up a copy of "In Novelty Land" and check Gardens Myspace for updated shows and tour information.

-jr is a musician/dj/blogger/writer from Detroit, MI. He performs in the bands The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre and Sheefy Mcfly & The Delorean. He also writes a cultural blog covering the ins and outs of the Detroit Music Scence as well as pop culture. When Dj'ing he uses the handle DJ JCM. He has been an integral part of the Detroit Music mechanation for the past 10 years. He knows just about everything about music on both a local and national level. His opinon is gold and is infallible. This is what's been in my ear lately.


MCB Pick of the Week: SIX GALLERY at Vernors Room Crofoot Pontiac - Sat Sept 7th

SIX GALLERY has been running across these United States from August and on through October. With new singer, Daniel Erb, the band hit the road and ran into some familiar (and new) faces since their last headline tour in April.

Their debut album, Breakthroughs In Modern Art, was released in March on Superball Music (home to Trail Of Dead & Oceansize) and has received great accolades from magazines such as Alternative Press who call it "Tasteful, incredibly fine-spun post-rock"

Check them in Pontiac at the Crofoot this weekend Saturday night

1st - Louisville, KY - TBA
2nd - Columbus, OH, The Basement (all ages)
3rd - Indianapolis, IN - Tibb's House
7th - Pontiac, MI - The Vernors Room at the Crofoot
8th - Bloomington, IN - SPAZM House
9th - Muncie, IN - Doc's Music Hall
10th - Dayton, OH - Blind Bob's
11th - Athens, OH - 84 N. Lancaster St

Wild At Heart

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

Wild At Heart

As everyone now knows, I will be leaving Detroit on October 2nd to go back to Rochester, NY to help take care of my parents. It’s not my overwhelming desire to do this but it is the right thing to do considering the circumstances. I have been trying to get out and do some fun stuff before I leave which includes going out to new restaurants. Last week, I found myself at the Tokyo Buffet Lounge ( located next to the AMC Theatre on 12 Mile Rd in Southfield which has a really nice buffet set up with a nice variety of sushi (second only to the Fuji Buffet), soups, various shrimp dishes, salad bar and ice cream bar. This might be the second best Chinese themed buffet in the area and it’s too bad I found it now before I am leaving town. For pizza buffets lovers, I tried American Pie in Warren which has a cool atmosphere for the pop culture fan. While the pizza is no better than Cici’s, I did like their salad bar better and they put out some baked potatoes with all the fixings which were very good. I also liked their bedsticks quite a bit which made the overall buffet better than most of the area competition. I only wish the actual pizza was better but it is just average. For something more upscale, you can try the Sunday Brunch at Lelli’s in Auburn Hills. At $20, it is a bit pricey, but they got some nice salads, plenty of fruit (which is always nice for digestion) and good chocolate chip cookies. They had some breakfast items like bacon, sausage and scrambled eggs but they had a very good stuffed salmon, a decent chicken dish, average scalloped potatoes and a perfectly cooked prime rib which melted in my mouth. Maybe it’s not something you’ll do every weekend, but should hit the spot every once in awhile. I’m told there dinners are very good. I hope this made you at least a bit hungry and I’m looking to try out a few more places in which I’ll talk about the best here.

There are not many stand out concerts for me this week expect for Saturday though we do have 2 big festivals with some great local and regional bands.

Tuesday 3/31 – Aerosmith and Sammy Hagar @ Palace Of Auburn Hills

Wednesday 9/01 – Luis Resto (keyboardist for was (Not Was)) @ Majestic Cafe

Friday 9/03 – Heart @ Pine Knob

Saturday 9/04 – Semi Precious Weapons opens for Lady Gaga @ Palace Of Auburn Hills, local favs Amino Acids and 10 other local bands play Hell City Records event @ Magic Stick, Zoos Of Berlin @ Pike Room, Billy Idol and Slash @ Soaring Eagle Casino, Rare Earth @ Smackwater Block at Lexington Music Theatre Company

Sunday 9/05 – Ted Nugent @ Pine Knob

Monday 9/06 – Mitch Ryder and Detroit Wheels @ Downtown Hamtramck

Along with the concerts listed above, there are two major festivals going on in the area that have some wonderful music this weekend. The recently relocated Arts, Beats and Eats which will be sorely missed in Pontiac is now in Royal Oak which means I am praying that parking in the area is going to be not too much of a problem. They have a lot of events and amusement for the little kids as well as free “Ride and Drives” of the new Ford’s for the bigger ones. Of course, there is all the art and food vendors, but I go for the music and they have a lot of good bands over the 4 days. Friday sees headliners Saving Abel, Candlebox and Sponge along with local bands Prussia, Silverghost, Howling Diablos, Annie Capp, Mydols, Robin Horlock Band, Laith Al-Saadi, Thornetta Davis, Broken Arrow Blues Band and the Swamp Sisters. Saturday continues with the Rhythm Corps and Mayer Hawthorne with local support by the Hard Lessons, Twistin’ Tarantulas, Duende!, Jessica Hernandez, October Babies (my favorite local band), the Muggs and Nadir Distorted Soul. Sunday has Stewart Francke, War and Macy Gray with local bands like the Blueflowers, Roots Vibration Band and Dirty Americans. Things end Monday with Kansas and Clint Black with back-ups Misty Lyn and the Big Beautiful, Orbitsuns, Amp Fiddler and the Jill Jack Band. Of course, there are many other bands on the line ups but these are my personal favorites and highlight the wonderful musical diversity we have in Detroit. I’m going to miss this when I move to New York because the scene there is nowhere near as diverse and exciting as it is here.

The other major event this weekend is the Detroit International Jazzfest which once again has some major talent coming through. My recommendations start with the talented Tower Of Power on Friday night. On Saturday, I’m looking at the Hot Club Of Detroit, the rockin’ Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Yellowjackets. I’m not familiar with Sunday’s line-up but Monday has the wonderful Allen Toussaint, Branford Marsalis, Manhattan Transfer, Nadir and Brubeck Institute Jazz Quartet. Always one of the best festivals in Detroit year-in, year-out and one that shouldn’t be missed.

Enjoy the weekend and make sure to get out and enjoy this nearly perfect weather we are having.

MCB Lounge Ticket Winners

Here is the list of ticket winners from the MCB Lounge
this weekend at Peoples Arts Festival- Congrats !!!

Basia Bulat - 145882
B-52s - 145859
Primus - 145932
Band of Horses - 145892
Jamey Johnson - 145897
Disturbed - 145847
Jesus "Chuy" Negrete - 145928
KLAXONS - 145831
Russian National Ballet - 145901
Darwin - 145840
DSO - 145974
DIA - 145989
Built To Spill - 145935
The Temper Trap - 145916
Hot Hot Heat - 145834

Marco Polio was just one of the bands who ripped it up at the MCB Lounge this weekend...
huge thanks to all who contributed to make this another successful year!
More photos and stuff to follow soon

PHOTOS & REVIEW: Xavier Rudd & Izintaba - ROMT by Andrew Bender

Last Saturday night, Australian multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Xavier Rudd made his debut performance at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, and MCB’s Andrew Bender was on the scene. Read on for Drew’s take on the evening, photos, and videos from the show.

I rolled into Royal Oak shortly after 9pm, hoping to get there in time to catch the last few songs by opening act Good Old War – a band I’d neither seen nor heard of before. After collecting photo and video credentials from the box office for myself and my assistant/videographer/wife, we made our way into the theater where the opener was over halfway through their 45 minute set. Although I was only able to take in their last three songs, the Pennsylvania trio managed to impress both me and the crowd pressing against the rail. GOW combines indie-rock overtones with folk arrangements and three-part vocal harmonies, reminiscent of some early Avett Brothers numbers. I’ll definitely be making an effort to see these guys again the next time they roll through town.

Following a short break, headliner Xavier Rudd took the stage, accompanied by his new rhythm section, dubbed Izintaba. From the Zulu word for mountain, Izintaba comprises South Africans Tio Moloantoa on bass and percussionist Andile Nqubezelo. Opening with his song Mother off the 2005 album Food In The Belly, Rudd and company brought driving rhythms and the Australian’s masterfully haunting didgeridoo playing once again to the welcoming ears of the Michiganders on hand that night. I’d seen Xavier Rudd play around town on two previous occasions, both at St. Andrew’s Hall in downtown Detroit. The first time, XR was all solo – just him surrounded by a circle of didgeridoos, pedals for kick drum and effects, high hat, hand drums, and an Australian-made, hollow-necked Weissenborn slide-guitar. Seeing all of that sound come from one man – without even a looper – was mind boggling. The second time Rudd was occasionally accompanied by a kit drummer, although the effect was no less impressive.


This time, however, was something of a different beast altogether. It was my first time seeing XR in a band and not just as a solo musician who is occasionally accompanied. Touring in support of their album Koonyum Sun, released last April, Xavier Rudd and Izintaba managed to transform Rudd’s earlier work into a newer spirit, more in line with the arrangements off the new album. Although this meant that some songs had more intense, complicated percussion and rhythm arrangements, others had a simpler, folk music quality that incorporated aboriginal vocal and percussion elements . Although there were plenty of numbers that had the few hundred folks in the room dancin and shakin, others were far more gentle, almost contemplative numbers. This was hardly surprising given the ever-growing emphasis that Xavier Rudd seems to place on his spirituality in his song writing. However, in comparison to the insanely coordinated, intense, and more hard-driving songs and performances of prior years, Saturday night left me wanting just a bit less of the folk songs and more infectious grooves accompanied by jaw-dropping musicianship. Which is not to say that Rudd, Moloantoa or Nqubezelo gave anything but stellar performances – just that I was hoping to have more danceable tunes than were on the set. Simply put, all three musicians were great to watch as Moloantoa alternated between 4- and 6-string electric bass guitars and Nqubezelo moved from drum kit to various hand drums. Althoguh Rudd’s vocals were as strong as ever, his increasing popularity was apparent from the amount of sing-along vocals he inspired in the crowd. Although the ROMT was a bigger room than St. Andrews and the concentration of crowd energy was diluted in the room at less-than-half capacity, the mix of young-to-middle-aged suburbanites seemed to only appreciate more space to dance and enjoy the show.

FREE TICKETS: B-52s - Sound Board Motorcity Casino Detroit - Sept 23rd

MCB has a pair of guest list spots up for grabs for B-52s

who play a rare show at Sound Board Motorcity Casino

on Thursday September 23rd 2010

email to enter to win -

Get tickets here



Here is the list of ticket giveaways we will be offering at the MCB Lounge tomorrow and Sunday at Peoples Arts Festival so buy a raffle ticket and good luck!

Basia Bulat - September 28 - Crofoot Pike Room
B-52s - September 23 - Sound Board Motor City Casino
Primus, October 3 - Fillmore Detroit
Band of Horses, October 22 - Fillmore Detroit
Jamey Johnson, September 17 - Fillmore Detroit
Disturbed, October 15 - Fillmore Detroit
Jesus "Chuy" Negrete, the "Hispanic Woody Guthrie - September 9 - Arab
American National Museum Dearborn
KLAXONS October 29 Magic Stick Detroit
Russian National Ballet - January 11th Music Hall Detroit
Darwin (kids puppet theatre)- November /7 Music Hall Detroit
DSO - Pick your concert vouchers from Detroit Symphony Orchestra
DIA - 10 admission passes to Detroit Institute of Arts
Jamey Johnson - September 17 Fillmore Detroit
Built To Spill - September 25 St Andrews Detroit
The Temper Trap - October 11 St Andrews Detroit
Hot Hot Heat with 22-20s - October 11 - Crofoot Pontiac

UPCOMING: Outragous Cherry / Mondo Drag - PJs Lager House DiEtroit - Sept 11th

September 11th 2010

Outrageous Cherry
-Detroit psych pop masters on Alive Records

Mondo Drag
-Hard psych from IA on Alive Records

The Main Street Gospel
-Psych rock from Columbus, OH on Tee Pee Records

PJs Lager House
1254 Michigan Avenue

Spitting Nickels - New Way Bar Ferndale - Sat 8/28

Are you looking for that supremely satisfying,
supremely easy way to spend your Saturday night?

Head on over to Ferndale around 9:00 and catch Spitting Nickels
and stay for wunderkinds The Crooks
and the fantastic new offering headed up by Katie Grace.
Her new band is called KGB and the songs are fantastic.
The carefree nights of summer are coming to a close.
Spend them wisely...with Spitting Nickels
The New Way Bar
23130 Woodward
Fabulous Ferndale

UPCOMING: Ron Zakrin's A Cluster Fuck - 323East Sept 10th

A Cluster F*ck

Detroit’s ever present creative force, artist Ron Zakrin, will present his solo exhibition entitled Cluster " F*ck" at the 323East Gallery in Royal Oak on Friday, September 10. Free and open to the general public, the artist exhibition starts at 6 p.m. and runs through 11 p.m. that evening. Free refreshments will be available.

To commemorate the exhibition opening, 323East will give away free Giclèe prints of “The Last Stand” that have been signed and numbered by Zakrin to the first 30 people that attend the show and request one. A Giclée is a fancy art word for archival limited edition print (Picture of Giclée print attached along with picture of art that will be on display)

Zakrin said the name of the exhibition alludes to the focal point of the show. “It’s a cluster of work that spreads away from a central focal point in concentric waves,” he said. “Each piece of work is both a stand alone, self contained unit with its own story, while simultaneously belonging to a much larger orchestration of paintings, drawings, and assemblages.”

Prominent themes gallery visitors will experience in his works of art include:
• The demise of wholesome goodness, in general,
• Ethics in genetic art,
• Heartache and other pass times, and
• Mythology in the 21st century.

“We are extremely excited to have Ron back at 323East for his second solo exhibition,” said Cory. “His shows have a strong group of followers, and have become very popular with those that visit the gallery regularly. Detroit art enthusiast and collectors are always interested to see Ron’s latest work. It’s going to be a great exhibition.”

Zakrin’s Cluster " F*
To learn more about him and his work visit

Visit the MCB Lounge @ PAF2010 this weekend
and you can check out a few Zakrin originals for sale.


THIS SATURDAY: Hamtramck Hustle Car Show

Pre-1968 Cars Only!

Saturday 28 August
Veterans Memorial Park
(1 block south of Holbrook on Jos.Campau)

Car entries $10
Spectators $5
Both include admission to the official afterparty at the Painted Lady
The Phantom Shakers
Bone Maki and the Treble Aires
The Streamliners


MCB Lounge @ People's Arts Festival RIC 2010 - Sat/Sun 8/28-29

MCB Lounge at PAF2010 is going to be a good time
The weather is going to nice so come on out

and lounge around in our massive space
where you can be entertained
and aroused by art music and fun

MCB Lounge will be located in the Northeast Corner of North Corridor
CPOP Detroit
Motorcity Special
Product of Detroit
Navdo Presents
Something Like A War (MCB Comic)
Detroit Dizzy Dames (burlesque show Sat night)
Dr Sketchy Motorcity Division (live sketch session 1pm on Sunday)
The Station 1610AM (broadcasting live all day Saturday)

Contributing Artists:
MCB's Marianne has curated 30 pieces by 10 Detroit artists
Rebecca Goldberg
Josh Ball
Amy Palomar
Riaz Khan
Derek Ecker
Gwen Joy
Sarah Barthlow
Brett Lawrence
John Kalogerakos
Andrew Bender
William Ketelhut
Tony Roko

Saturday 8/28:
DJ CA$H FOR GOLD / DJ Blon.Dtroit 11:30pm - MN
Sisters Of Your Sunshine Vapor 11pm
Detroit Dizzy Dames Burlesque 10:30pm
Marco Polio & The New Vaccines 10pm
Fashion Show 9:30pm
The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre 9pm
Le Ren 8pm
DJ Nardo & Jenxerri 6pm-7:45pm
DJ JCM 4pm-6pm
DJ MILO 2pm-4pm
DJ Jay Carroll JeRC 12pm-2pm
DJ JCM 11am-12pm
MCB Lounge Opens for Business 11am

Sunday 8/29:
Darling Imperial 5pm
Forget 4pm
The Blue Squares 3pm
Dr Sketchy Live Sketch Session 1pm
DJ JCM 11-1

Here is the schedule for the rest of the stages for PAF2010
The People’s Arts Festival Celebrates Fourth Anniversary at Russell Industrial Center
Detroit’s Largest FREE Festival to Feature Over 150 Artists and 35 Bands Plus Fashion and Film
on August 28 & 29, 2010
The People’s Arts Festival (PAF), the largest free arts and music festival in the City of Detroit, will celebrate its Fourth Anniversary this year with an expanded roster of artists, performers, filmmakers and musicians on Saturday August 28 and Sunday August 29, 2010. Held at the Russell Industrial Center (1600 Clay Avenue in Detroit – off the I-75 Clay exit) from 11 a.m. to Midnight on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. This event is family friendly, and all ages are encouraged to attend.

With a focus on Detroit talent, over 150 artists will display and sell their original works of photography, jewelry, illustration, sculpture, painting, mixed media and more on the Russell Industrial Center grounds. This non-curated, bohemian-style art exhibit willshowcase established and emerging artists, many whom demonstrate a uniquely Detroit perspective in their work.

This year’s PAF also includes an expanded film area in the “Screening Room (located on the first floor of Building One in the Russell Industrial Center)” sponsored by Michigan Movie Magazine and Above the Line Detroit. With almost-hourly film screenings throughout the weekend, in addition to a host of film-related vendors, this will be an opportunity for auteurs and audiences to interact, network and gain honest feedback about their work. Also adding to the festivities is Ann Arbor’s Shei Magazine, who will host a homegrown designer fashion show on Saturday.

With a diverse lineup of over 35 local musical acts on two stages throughout the weekend, festival-goers will be treated to everything from the eclectic to the electric. Some of audio highlights include Blockhead - a Devo tribute band, award-winning hip-hop artists Street Justice, electro fetish rockers Crud, experimental percussionist Juice, rockabilly swingers The Twistin’ Tarantulas, and indie angster Troy Gregory.

Avant-garde performing artist Satori Circus, punk puppeteers The Gepetto Files, and Detroit Flyhouse aerialists will also provide thrilling live entertainment during this fun- filled weekend.

The PAF will also feature a wide variety of food & drink vendors, including Bluewater BBQ, Locos (Mexican), slider burgers from Dino’s Lounge, as well as vegan and Polish cuisine. Drink specials include offerings from Cuatro Cirios Tequila, Zumba Margarita Mix, Barefoot Wine, Absolut Vodka, Bud Light, Jagermeister and Red Bull.

The People’s Arts Festival is sponsored by 89x, 93.9 The River, Real Detroit Weekly, Comcast, Michigan Movie Magazine, Above the Line, Cuatro Cirios Tequila, Zumba, Barefoot Wine, On the Rocks Detroit, Absolut Vodka, Red Bull, Bud Light, Nikki’s Pizza and Locos.

For more information about the People’s Arts Festival please visit

Saturday August 28, 2010



12 - 12:40Ken KollerJazz- Rock

1 - 1:40Ghost City SearchlightIndie/Folk

2 - 2:40Shock WaveKids Metal

3 - 3:40The Night ManagerExperimental Rock

4 - 4:40Sugar PeoplePop

5 - 5:40Chris Cana BluesBlues

6 - 6:40Bear LakeIndie Rock

7 - 7:40Satin PeachesIndie Rock

8 - 8:40OdayinAlt Rock

9 - 9:40Fifth WayRock

10 - 10:40The RuinersPunk/Garage Rock

11 - CloseCRUDElectro fetish rock


12:20 - 1 pmTBDTBD

1:20 - 2 pmNeon EscapeAlt Rock

2:20 - 3 pmFrankie D'AngeloIndie

3:20 - 4 pmCapt'n Jerry & The MermaidsShowtunes!

4:20 - 5 pmBill Grogans GoatWorld

5:20 - 6 pmMound Road EngineMetal

6:20 - 7 pmSlamming ZerosPunk

7:20 - 8 pmBlockheadNew Wave

8:20 - 9 pmSatori CircusPerformance

9:20 - 10 pmHaf/LifeIndustrial

10:20 - 11 pmStreet JusticeHip Hop

11:20 pm - CloseOf Mice & MusiciansFunk/Soul

SUNDAY August 29, 2010

Russell Stage

12 - 12:40Zydeco HepcatsZydeco

1 - 1:40AvienneRock

2 - 2:40Freedom UndergroundJazz/Funk

3 - 3:40Dutch PinkIndie Rock

4 - 4:40Troy GregoryIndie Punk

5- 6 pmTwistin TarantulasRockabilly


12:20 - 1 pmJuiceExperimental Percussion

1:20 - 2 pmTwo O'Clock HighHip Hop Folk

2:20 - 3 pmPewter CibIndie

3:20 - 4 pmMichael BermudezWorld/Pop

4:20 - 5 pmJai FearsPop

5:20 - 6 pmTilesProg Rock

UPCOMING: Xavier Rudd 8/28 @ Royal Oak Music Theater

Now touring with South African percussion duo Izintaba, Xavier Rudd is tearing it up across the world!

The phrase "one-man-band" doesn't even begin to describe Australian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and champion surfer Xavier Rudd whose prior Detroit performances have captivated many Michiganders. Simultaneously playing slide guitar, kick drum, and the didgeridoo, Rudd's spiritually enlightened lyrics blend with driving rhythms to lift up the audience.

MCB photographer and writer Andrew Bender
will be covering the show - will you be there?

Click here to buy tickets for Xavier Rudd
$18 in advance or $20 day of show (All Ages).


UPCOMING: Wolfman Mac Chiller Drive-In LIVE, 2 Sept

Detroiters have waited long enough! Join Wolfman Mac and the cast and crew of Chiller Drive-In Thursday September 2 at the Main Art Theater in Royal Oak for a special advance screening of the season 3 episode, "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" - weeks before it airs on RTV!

Thursday, Sept 2 7:00p
Main Art Theatre
118 Main St., Royal Oak, MI
$9 Adults / $7 Students / $5 Kids

PHOTOS & WORDS: Gov't Mule & Jackie Greene by Andrew Bender

Last Wednesday night MCB's Andrew Bender made it out to the Royal Oak Music Theater for another performance by white boy blues-jam rockers Gov't Mule. Check out his photos and thoughts below:

I wandered in to the Royal Oak Music Theater with a little bit of time to spare before opening act Jackie Greene took the stage. Already I could tell it would be quite the sausage fest as the male to female ratio was easily pushing 5 to 1. As I made my way through the ROMT lobby I was assaulted by queasy odors that could only have had ass as their origin. Dudes, seriously - just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Shooting the first few songs of San Francisco wunderkind Jackie Greene, who had also opened for Gov't Mule in their previous stop at the ROMT last October, I marveled at his talent. Having played lead guitar and taken vocal duties in Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh's band, Greene played several strong originals and a couple of Dead covers including New Speedway Boogie and Mama Tried. Greene's powerful vocals and wide range were matched by his casual charisma and dexterous electric guitar playing. Following the one hour opening set and a brief break, Gov't Mule took the stage for two sets of rockin regulars and bust outs. (continued below photos)

Gov't Mule

Jackie Greene

Gov't Mule lead guitarist and singer Warren Haynes (whose touring wardrobe consists primarily of identical short-sleeved navy button-up shirts), drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson, and keyboard player and multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis rocked the ROMT, opening with Blind Man in the Dark. Inside Outside Woman Blues and Need Your Love So Bad had the audience moving as the occasional smell of farts and weed drifted among the crowd. The set closer of Thorazine Shuffle had the four musicians passing the solo around as Abts beat the hell out of his cowbell while Haynes and Carlsson both adopted tortured 'guitar face' in the intensity of the jam.

Opening their second set with one of my all-time favorite songs - Pink Floyd's 'One of These Days' off of their album Meddle just rocked the shit out of the ROMT and that was a great sign of things to come in the second set. The band transitioned Days into Since I've Been Loving You which morphed into No Quarter before transitioning yet again into Led Zeppelin's Moby Dick with powerful drumming that kept powering through until everyone else broke away leaving the stage for Abts to just go nuts for a while until they regrouped and jammed back into Moby Dick. This was followed by another sandwich of About to Rage > Electric Funeral Jam > About to Rage that had huge swaths of the audience, including me, dancing up a storm. The set closer of Mr. High and Mighty brought the house down. Even though the ROMT was far from sold out for the show, the series of bust outs and covers was a treat for all the die hards in the crowd and a great initiation for the Mule neophytes. The two-song encore of Long as I Can See the Light and After Midnight with Jackie Greene sitting in were just great icing on the cake - particularly when Haynes and Greene took turns on vocals and lead guitar duties. Overall, a night of great musicianship, hot music, and a little bit of (unwelcome) hot air.

Autolux. Fucking Awesome Fest. Magic Stick. 8-22-2010.

Hanson. Royal Oak Music Theater. 8/17/2010.

ROMT was filled with screaming 20-something year old ladies reliving their teenage days all in the name of the brothers Hanson. I was told by a fan that she had seen Hanson with her friends ELEVEN TIMES in the past 10+ years, I was then told by a fan that she was going to knock me down while her friend stole my photo pass and to top it off another fan was talking about vomiting on me because I was obstructing her view of the trio. It was an interesting evening. But, kudos to the Hanson guys for playing real instruments and being able to carry a tune, they've come a long way since the Mmmmm....Bop days.

Wild At Heart – movie review

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

Wild At Heart

In ancient Greece, the Agora was an open "place of assembly" where free-born male land-owners who were citizens would gather for military duty or to hear statements of the ruling king or council. Later, the Agora also served as a marketplace where merchants kept stalls or shops to sell their goods. In 2009, it is the name of a movie by director Alejandro Amenabar (“The Sea Inside” and “Open Your Eyes”) and stars the lovely Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, a female mathematician, philosopher and astronomer in 4th century AD Alexandria. Hypatia, like our image of all pure scientists, investigates the flaws of the geocentric Ptolemaic system (placing Earth at the center of the universe and the stars and planets revolve in circular orbits around us) and the heliocentric model (the sun is the center of the universe and the planets revolve around it) while generally staying away from the deeper issues of religious turmoil and social unrest that are tearing the city apart as the Christians are taking over from the Romans and Jews in brutal fashion. The film is not truly about the evils that Christians perpetuate but seemingly about religious fundamentalism in general. Hypatia is seen as a bright intelligent woman who is seen by the Christians as evil for her beliefs, though more likely for the esteem the prefect of Alexandria holds for her opinions, and they persecute her soon after she breaks the problem of the solar system. The movie does a good job on looking at the relationship between religion and science among the Christianization of the Roman empire though it feels more like a big TV movie. Weisz pulls forth a wonderful performance which truly makes the film though we wish we could see a bit more characterization among the other characters who seem more like ciphers than true characters at times. Still, if you love stuff like “I, Claudius”, this film should fit the bill for a nice night out at the cinema. My grade is a B-. I would also like to apologize for the lateness of this review since the film is ending on the 26th so please hurry if you would like to take in the splendor of the film on the big screen.


Wild At Heart

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

Wild At Heart

Well, I'm officially back in Detroit until the first weekend of October. My mom is starting to feel better but changes in her medication are making her feel a bit under the weather still. I'm starting to put things in order for my move back to NY. I had always hoped my parents health would stay high and that with all the resumes I have put in over the past year and a half would lead to something more than parttime work. I have always wondered which would falter first, my savings or my parents health, and it turns out the later. As much as I would love to stay here with all the wonderful things that this area has to offer, my parents are still my number one priority which I hope you all understand. I am planning a bunch of concerts and one nice road trip up north to Mackinaw Island to see the Grand Hotel (always was a fan of the movie "Somewhere In Time") and the famous bridge I keep hearing about. Over the next month, I am planning on doing some best off type lists. Not sure how they will add up but will encompass the things I have loved about living here in the Detroit area. Still looking for ideas from my readers on restaurants to try out or things to see in the area before I move. You can send any ideas to and I will look into putting them into action.

Before I went home a couple of weeks ago, I was in Ann Arbor for a Natalie Merchant show and made sure I got in town early so I could take in the updated Kelsey Museum on the campus of the University Of Michigan which is known for it's famous collections. From the outside it didn't look like much but once inside, the place was more expansive than it appears as it displays about four times as much than it's previous space. Most of the displays focus on specific past Kelsey fieldwork projects or Museum initiatives from the Universities collections as well as objects borrowed from museums around the world. Among the displays are a colorfully painted Egyptian mummy coffin, magical amulets from the ancient Near East, an array of glass vessels, Greek pottery, Roman sculptures and a unique large-scale watercolor representation of the famous Villa of the Mysteries murals from ancient Pompeii. The multi-level addition is easy to go through with plenty of informational signs along the way. If you are a fan of early civilizations, this is a very nice exhibit heads and tails above any other museum in the area. For more information, go to

This week starts a little slow for concerts but picks up as we hit Thursday, so here are my picks if you are looking for a good show to attend.

Thursday 8/26 = Ray LaMontagne and Serena Ryder @ Meadowbrook Theatre, Stone Temple Pilots and Cage The Elephant @ Fox Theatre

Friday 8/27 = 80's heaven with Blondie and Cheap Trick @ Pine Knob, Mighty Mighty Bosstones @ St Andrews Hall, local rock and roller Jack Scott @ Warren City Square (free show), disoc era flashback with KC and the Sunshine Band @ Motor City Casinio

Saturday 8/28 = Leon Russell @ Magic Bag, Good Old war opens for Xavier Rudd @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

Sunday 8/29 = electronic music with Stereo Total @ Magic Stick (the lead singer sings in 6 languages including Turkish and Japanese)

I am going home now to watch Agora which I'll try to post online tomorrow. Have a good week and look forward to some email suggestions about what to see and do in the area. Have a good week andI'll leave you with a video by Stereo Total.

THIS SATURDAY: Keep it Kinky!

Saturday August 28th
at Small's
10339 Conant, Hamtramck

Noir Leather Presents
"Keep it Kinky!"

Doors 8.30pm
Advanced Tickets available at Noir for $15
or $20 at the door

While you're at Noir, get 15% off any fetish attire with your ticket purchase!
Noir Leather
124 W. 4th Street
Royal Oak 249-541-3979

UPCOMING: King Of The Cage Pro MMA, 11 Sept

MMA (mixed martial arts) is almost ubiquitous on TV these days, but it's an entirely different thing to see in person. Next month, the Royal Oak Music Theatre is hosting Civil War II featuring, well, just a whole bunch of people slapping the shit out of each other. What could be more wholesome fun?

Professional MMA
Saturday, September 11
Doors open at 5.30pm
All Ages Welcome
Tables $800 (seats 8)
Reserved Ringside $65
GA Seating $50
GA Standing $40
Buy Tickets Here

Furious Frank @ Corktown 8/28

Furious Frank, are a Chicago-based band coming to Detroit on August 28th
(Corktown Tavern with guests Hayley Jane and Cowboy Messiah)

Corktown Tavern
1716 Michigan Ave
Detroit, Michigan 48216
(313) 964-5103

FREE TICKETS-signed VINYL & CD & Tshirt AND Meet and Greet: HOT HOT HEAT / 22-20's Crofoot Pontiac 9/11

MCB has a HOT HOT contest for you folks out there that dig the HOT HOT HEAT
enter to win the following:
Pair of tickets to the HHH concert on 9/11 @ Crofoot
Signed limited edition vinyl record
Signed CD
Signed TShirt
Meet & Greet with the band at Sound check before the show
email to enter to win -

Fresh off the release of their bold and exhilarating new album, Future Breeds (Dangerbird), and month-long residencies in New York and Los Angeles, Hot Hot Heat are getting ready to hit the road hard. The guys will tour the US throughout August and September, bringing the addictive melodies and fiery energy of the new material right up in your face. If you haven’t yet checked out the video for dance-floor anthem “21@12,” watch it HERE. You can get also stream/download the romantic and soaring “Goddess on the Prairie” HERE, which happens to be the first positive love song that frontman Steve Bays has ever written.

Opening for HHH will be the 22-20's who introduced their new material to North American audiences on recent tours with Band of Skulls, The Whigs, and Cage The Elephant. They recently released their first album for tbd records, Shake/Shiver/Moan, the first 22-20s album to feature the Trimble/Bartup/Irving/Hare lineup.

Not wanting to be left out of this contest - the 22-20's gave us a copy of the new CD to giveaway to add to the mix for the winner. Get tickets here to the show

FREE TICKETS: Memoryhouse - Majestic Cafe Detroit - Sunday 8/29

Want to check out Memory House this Sunday night at Majestic Cafe?
be the 5th emailer -

Ontario's Memoryhouse will be playing at the Majestic Cafe on August 29.
Watch this beautiful live video of Memoryhouse performing a stripped down set in a church in Belgium here: .
In the past six months, we've seen Memoryhouse go from a bedroom project by Evan Abeele to a internationally known indie rock band with praise from all important publications.

FREE TICKETS: Casiokids - Magic Stick Detroit - Thur 8/26

MCB has a pair of tickets to giveaway to check out Casiokids who play this thursday night over at The Magic Stick - email to win

Norway's Casiokids will be heading to Magic Stick on August 26th
with Light Pollution in support of their US debut Topp stemning på lokal bar (Polyvinyl).
Recently hitting #29 on the CMJ Top 200 charts, Topp stemning på lokal bar features the incredibly catchy dance-floor single, "Fot i hose" (Fits like a glove), as well as "Finn bikkjen!" (Find the dog!).Discovered by former tour mates (and now labelmates) of Montreal, Casiokids put on a theatrical live show -- incorporating a blend of shadow puppets, video projections and animal costumes -- that is not to be missed.
Whether playing for the truly young (as during a 12-date kindergarten tour in Norway) or the young at heart (at almost all of Europe's largest festivals and on tour with Hot Chip), Casiokids generate the kind of unrestrained party mood that inevitably transforms any audience into a joyous, dancing mass.

Support Belle Isle @ Come Hear Belle Isle August 28th - THIS SATURDAY

Support Belle Isle @ Come Hear Belle Isle August 28th - THIS SATURDAY

Come Hear Belle Isle is this Saturday August 28th from 1-7pm on Belle Isle.

Stop by to hear some great music, check-out great local non-profits & organizations.

at the REMICK MUSIC SHELL -- Saturday, August 28 -- 1:00-7:00 pm
The goal of the event is to get folks to discover or re-discover Detroit.  The event will have live music from The Sights, Champions of Breakfast, The High Strung, Chris Bathgate, Loune, The Maunder Minimum, Doop & The Inside Outlaws and more.  Non-profits from all over Detroit will be onsite showcasing ways to get involved in the community.  All proceeds from the event will go to the restoration and preservation of Belle Isle through our partnership with The Friends of Belle Isle.  
Also tune into the following radio shows this week to hear about the event:
Tuesday from 1-2PM on WHFR 89.3FM Henry Ford Community College Radio Show "Impact"
Thursday around 11:30AM on WDET 101.9FM "Craig Fahle Show"
Thursday from 8-10PM on WDBM 88.9FM Impact MSU Student Radio show "The Basement"


PHOTOS: The Black Crowes live at The Fillmore Detroit by Dan Sultana

The Black Crowes made a stop at the Filmore in Detroit August 21, 2010 They lit insense, draped American flags with Peace signs around the stage and covered the stage floor with tapestry rugs, a fun relaxed Hippy setting. As the patchouli scent wafted through the air Chris Robinson settled in and performed acoustic renditions of 'Cold Boy Smile," "Jealous Again," "Welcome to the goodtimes," and "She talks to Angels" before firing up the rest of the band to the crowds delite ! Chris Robinson mentioned that The Black Crowes plan on taking a long break after this tour finishes up. Let's hope they decide to cut a new record and tour sometime in the near future. Only time will tell......and it may be a very long time.

See more from MCB's Dan Sultana here


PHOTOS: Windsor International Air Show - 8/21/2010

After a soggy Saturday as day one, people came out in droves on Sunday to attend the Windsor International Air Show. With a phenomenal display by the Canadian Snowbirds acrobatic team and many other aerial and ground displays, this is fast becoming one of the premier air shows in the world.



HAFLIFE cd release show was AWESOME.
If you're a fan of industrial you need to add this "BOOTYCORE" cd to your collection. Not only will you be getting great music, you're be supporting our local music.
I feel that we as Detroiter's are spoiled. We've had great music coming out of our area for a loooong time. Motown, Electronic, The resurgence of garage bands, all started here. With all that history, we tend to forget the bands that stay because they want too. They love it here. We should return that love.

HAFLIFE is one of those bands.
Show your love and get their new cd.

PHOTOS: Slayer & Megadeth by Dan Sultana

Slayer had to cancel the Detroit stop earlier this year because of Tom Araya's back surgery. Araya is known for his aggressive style of headbanging and thrashing while performing. The Carnage tour returned to the Motor City on August 19. Bringing their Speed Metal Head banging show to Joe Louis arena. The raucous fans were worked into a frenzy of body slamming Carnage while Slayer belted out "Season's in the Abyss" from start to finish! The Mosh Pit was intense and no one went home dissapointed that Tom Araya couldn't thrash like he used too. They were still on top of their game!

Megadeth brought a huge arsenal of weapons to the Carnage tour in Detroit. Dave Mustaine brought his custom made Jackson ESP DV8 guitar and destroyed the ears of all his followers ! Megadeth rocked the Joe Louis crowd into a Symphony of Destruction while thrashing through "Rust in Peace" from start finish. Chris Broderick totally annihilated "Hangar 18" with his feverishly fast finger work! The fans were saturated with sweat while thrashing in the mosh pit on main floor...only they were only getting warmed up for the Return of Tom Araya and Slayer !! All the heavy Metal head bangers were in Motor City Heaven !


Call for Vendors: DUCF 5.0, December 2010

Detroit Urban Craft Fair 5
Applications now being accepted!

Applications now online for 2010 Detroit Urban Craft Fair

The fifth annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair will take place Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hosted by Handmade Detroit, applications for the juried show are now available on the DUCF web site. The deadline to apply is Sept. 24, 2010.

The fair, Michigan’s largest indie craft fair, is entering its fifth year with the same commitment to DIY community that made it a must-attend event the past four years. More than 60 Michigan and national DIY crafters will be selected to showcase their unique work in the market.

The fair is currently seeking sponsorships of all kinds. For more info on becoming a sponsor, e-mail lish [at] handmadedetroit [dot] com.

When: Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: The Fillmore Detroit (formerly State Theatre) 2115 Woodward Ave, Detroit
Admission: $1
For more info DUCF, check out our web site or e-mail

TONIGHT: Hell's Belles B-Movie BurlyQ at Corktown

Hell's Belles perform B-Movie BurlyQ at Corktown, with Black Actress from Chicago and Luches LaMoan from the Dizzy Dames. DJ Tim Tiki spins.

Friday 20 August
Doors at 9, $8 Cover
Corktown Tavern
1716 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216