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Patrick Krief @PJ's Lager House

Patrick Krief
w/DaVila, and Grind Scheme
Friday, March 1st, at PJ's Lager House
$6, 9PM

For Patrick Krief the existence of Hundred Thousand Pieces is nothing short of miraculous.

It’s a culmination of a journey that began at the knee of his musically inclined uncle — where a young Patrick scratched at the six strings his older self would master; an expedition that truly took flight when, filtered through the songbooks of Messers McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Hendrix, the 13-year-old guitar prodigy snuck into bars around his native Montreal, jamming with their house bands and one that continues to mature with every face-melting flurry the virtuoso burns into the blown minds of audiences the world over.

Within the album’s songwriting, keen listeners can hear the triumphs and scars accumulated though nearly 8 years spent on the road with orchestral indie-rock innovators The Dears – a duty began as a short 5 week tour and continues to this day – as well as his own ex-musical powerhouse Black Diamond Bay.

Captured in its sparse beautifully heartbreaking, cinematic arrangements, one can hear the anguish of a heart left broken, beating its last tortured beats for the listener, exposing Patrick Krief’s soul, unencumbered.

Produced and performed almost entirely by the man himself (Drums, Piano, Keys, Bass, Guitar, Percussion and Vocals), Hundred Thousand Pieces is an album that demands repeated listens to be understood.

With Hundred Thousand Pieces, Patrick Krief presents the listener with his life up to the point of completion; a miraculous gift not to be denied.


A new art exhibition at the Ferndale Public Library celebrates literature’s ability to inspire with dazzling depictions and vivid visions of spellbound readers, and book covers real or re-imagined. “For the Love of Reading,” running from Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, April 21, is held in concurrence with “Ferndale Reads” and “The Day of Books and Roses.”

An Artists’ Reception will be held at the library on Friday, March 8, 7 - 9pm (live music by local singer/songwriter and signed author Josh Malerman).

Books elevate our ideas, they spark the imagination and they can transport us to other worlds. “For The Love of Reading,” the third proper exhibition curated by Ferndale Library’s Arts & Exhibitions Committee, explores the rewarding relationship of reader to tome and the timeless stories carried in their pages, from centuries’ old epics like Beowulf to recent bestsellers like Little Bee.

In a special nod to how formative a good book can be upon a young, inquiring mind: A special display of works by Ferndale High School Students will be in the Corridor Gallery and works by Ferndale Middle School students will be displayed in the Kids Corner.

Artwork will be in a variety of mediums (oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings), also featuring photographs and even an elaborately altered book. Contributors range from first time exhibitors to award winning artists: Nicole Burroughs, Kia Ix-chel Arriaga, Barbara Campagna, Julie Craigo, Ben DeFever, Paul Erlandson, Diane Irby, Rachel Joanisse, B.P. LeGault, Peggy Kerwin, Rick Lieder, Marco Mancinelli, Marija Makeska, Zachary McInchak, Juana Moore, Sarah Previch, Jerry Shirts, Justin Tumey and Jayde Williams.

”Ferndale Reads” is the library’s annual community reading event propping group-reading’s valuable impact of elevating the experience of a book. Copies of this year’s selection, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, are given away free to participants, with a schedule of special literary-themed events hosted around town.

“The Day of Books and Roses” is a library-hosted fundraising celebration inspired by “La Diada de Sant Jordi” (Saint George’s Day) on April 21st. The event features Spanish inspired foods, wine, and other treats. Michigan Authors will be reading from their work and selling their books. Friends of the Ferndale Library will use the funds raised to support FPL’s programming and events.

The Committee will not be involved in the sale of any artwork in the exhibition beyond providing interested buyers with the artist's provided contact information.

"Mounting an exhibition of art inspired by books, and linked to a series of city-wide literary events is a perfect example of how the library can contribute to the cultural life of the Ferndale community," says Patrick Dengate President, Ferndale Public Library Board of Trustees and Chaiman of the Arts and Exhibitions Committee.

Tickets for RODRIGUEZ at the Masonic Temple Go On Sale Tomorrow

Detroit Legend Rodriguez to play at Masonic Temple Theater. 
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 (Same day as a derby bout).
8pm Doors. Tickets $35/ $45
Presented by the Crofoot Ballroom. 

Sixto Rodriguez, acclaimed singer/songwriter and subject of the Oscar winning “Searching for Sugarman” returns to Detroit with his first post-Oscar show. He will take the stage at Detroit's famed Masonic Temple Theater, which has hosted Jimi Hendrix, the Who, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Neil Young, the White Stripes, and more. 

With the Oscar for “Searching for Sugar Man” as Best Documentary film, Rodriguez has experienced an explosion of interest. It's not surprising that he's now being booked at the Masonic Temple Theater. It's a big upgrade from when he played he Crofoot Ballroom just this last November (even though it sold out), and an astronomical difference from when he was playing a VFW Hall back in 2009. An appearance at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, and several high profile TV appearances, including 60 Minutes, Late Show with David Letterman, a CNN feature story, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, have reinforced Rodriguez status as cult icon.

Sixto's story is a fairy tale come true, his album is one of the lost classics of the '60s, a psychedelic masterpiece drenched in color and inspired by life, love, poverty, rebellion. The album is Cold Fact, and what's more intriguing is that its maker - a shadowy figure known as Rodriguez - was, for many years, lost too. A decade ago, he was rediscovered working as a day laborer in Detroit, Michigan. He was unaware that his defining album had become not only a cult classic, but for the people of South Africa, a beacon of revolution.

Tickets are $45 for Main Floor; $35 for Balcony, and go on sale Friday at 10 am at TicketMaster outlets.

Mae West is Back Boys, and Detroit has got her!! DIRTY BLONDE A Play by Claudia Shear Monday, March 4 at The Century Theatre located inside The Historic Gem Theatre

Mae West is Back Boys, and Detroit has got her!!

A Play by Claudia Shear
Featuring Cast Members of Disney’s THE LION KING

Company members of DISNEY’S THE LION KING


To benefit AIDS Partnership Michigan


Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

DETROIT (February 22, 2013) –    This very special one-time event will be held on Monday, March 4 at The Century Theatre located inside The Historic Gem Theatre at 333 Madison Street Detroit; MI. Tickets are currently on sale for $75.00 including dinner at the Century Grille beginning at 6:00PM

A bawdy, funny drama, DIRTY BLONDE is no evening of mere impersonation. With Vaudeville and her rise to Hollywood stardom as a backdrop, Mae West becomes a symbol for two adoring fans to discover their nature, their identities, and ultimately themselves.

In conjunction with the retirement reception for Barbara Murray from AIDS Partnership Michigan, this evening’s entertainment serves as reminder to celebrate ourselves and the impact we have on those around us.

DIRTY BLONDE will feature from Disney’s THE LION KING, Mark David Kaplan (Zazu) as Frank Wallace, Joe Frisco and others; and Ben Lipitz (Pumbaa) as Charlie. From Jackson, Michigan PRISON CITY PLAYERS, Colleen Flynn will star as Jo and Mae West.

All proceeds will benefit AIDS Partnership Michigan and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). 

AIDS Partnership Michigan is the state’s central resource for information and referral about HIV/AIDS and the largest service provider in Michigan. The agency provides total, wrap around HIV/AIDS services serving over 8,500 people each year. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation’s leading industry based HIV/AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization.

Tickets for DIRTY BLONDE are currently on sale for $75 each (including pre-show dinner at the Historic Century Grille beginning at 6:00PM) and may be purchased in advance by calling AIDS Partnership Michigan at 800-872-2437 or at .Tickets may also be purchased at the door, pending availability. All seating is general admission. This one night only performance will be held at The Century Theatre located at The Historic Gem and Century Theatres located at 333 Madison Street, Detroit.

A company of local writers, actors, musicians and directors, performing original sketch comedy, LIVE at ART 634, for the benefit of The Jackson School of the Arts.

Disney’s THE LION KING is now playing a limited engagement at the Detroit Opera House through Sunday, March 10. In Detroit, THE LION KING will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m., Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m. There will also be a 1:00 p.m. matinee on Thursday, March 7. Tickets to THE LION KING are available at the Fisher Theatre box office, the Detroit Opera House box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-866-870-2717 and online at, or

NICO VEGA opening for Imagine Dragons on Fri., March 1 at The Fillmore in Detroit


MCB fav's NICO VEGA return this Friday, March 1 opening up for Imagine Dragons !

This time around it's taking place at The Fillmore in Detroit to a SOLD OUT crowd.

The band is returning to Detroit as four piece due to the addition of bassist Jamila Weaver.
They are touring in support of their amazing new EP called ‘Fury Oh Fury’

Here are some MCB blasts from the past with Nico Vega:

Nico Vega " Lucky One " live at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit 5/27/11..  

MCB: Nico Vega Live video interview and footage Toledo, OH 2009

UPCOMING: "Ernie" by Mitch Albom PLUS Tigers Tix Bonus

A Play by Mitch Albom
June 6 - July 7, 2013
Tix Go On Sale Friday, March 1 at 10 A.M. 

Mitch Albom announced that Ernie will once again return to the City Theatre, located inside of Hockeytown Café and just one block from Comerica Park, to offer fans a third season to remember "The Voice of Summer" starting Thursday, June 6. Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network, the two-man play, dedicated to the late and beloved Hall of Fame Detroit Tiger announcer, Ernie Harwell, will also welcome back local stage favorites Will Young, as the iconic Harwell, and TJ Corbett in the role of "The Boy."

Ernie’s third season will again feature the doubleheader experience with convenient showtimes to provide fans the ability to watch the play and catch a Tigers game in the same day. To take advantage of the "doubleheader," patrons can purchase their Ernie show tickets online at, or the Fox Theatre Box Office. At that time, a redemption code will be given for use on or at the Comerica Park Box Office to receive a $5 savings on select seating and at select regular season home games. Game tickets will only be available for pick-up at the Comerica Park Box Office and patrons must present their Ernie show ticket stub.

Albom, who was asked by Harwell if he'd consider a play about the announcer's life, began writing the script after Ernie’s passing in May of 2010. The two-actor play debuted in April 2011 to coincide with the Tigers baseball season and has since become the highest-attended show in the history of the City Theatre; with more than 35,000 patrons in two seasons.

Ernie is set on Harwell’s last night at Comerica Park in September of 2009, prior to his moving thank you speech to his adopted and beloved city of Detroit. Just before he walks onto the grassy field, he encounters an unusual boy who is eager to know all about him, coaxing Harwell into giving one final broadcast – the "broadcast of his life."

The play features classic footage from historic baseball moments, supplied courtesy of Major League Baseball, and boasts many unmistakable Harwell calls. Tigers fans will get a glimpse of the time that Ernie met the Great Bambino and Ty Cobb. They’ll witness how he "recreated" games in his early days, and what was behind his broadcasts of the Tigers’ 1968 and 1984 World Series.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Flint Horror Con this Fall

Flint Horror Convention 2013
October 19, 2013
For information on how to become a sponsor for the 2013 Flint Horror Convention please send us an email and we can get you more info.

Film submissions and vending will open on
April 1st.

For more information, check the website:

Kill Taupe Returns! NOW Exclusively On 1xRUN

Kill Taupe is one of my favorite local comic-y artists...and conjoinedness is one of my favorite mutations! Two great tastes that taste great together.

Conjoined by Kill Taupe
 Conjoined Original Paintings by Kill Taupe
6 x 6 //  12 x 12 // 24 x 24 Inches Original Acrylic & Ink Paintings On Wood

"I'm intrigued by conjoined twins. What would it be like to never truly be alone? Would you share the same likes/dislikes? What if you're good, but your other half is evil? Is there a way to form separate identities? If you became a zombie, would you eat all your friends first before turning on your other half? I wanted to show all that, but - you know, with rabbits."  - Kill Taupe

Conjoined by Kill Taupe

 (6) 6 x 6 Inches Acrylic & Ink Original Paintings On Maple - $100 - Click Below To Purchase
Movies & Popcorn Chicken & BroccoliFries & Soda by Kill Taupe
 Weed & Video GamesCupcakes & Murder by Kill TaupePeanut Butter & Jelly by Kill Taupe

(3) 12 x 12 Inch Acrylic & Ink Original Paintings On Cradled Birch - $200 - Click Below To Purchase
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Poppies & A Bunny by Kill TaupeSkulls & A Full Tummy
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The Redford Theatre Presents-Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory w/ Guest Stars

     Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory March 8 & 9th
Guest Appearances by Stars of the Movie Peter Ostrum "Charlie Bucket" & Paris Themmen "Mike Teevee"

All Seats  General Admission  $5.00

Friday          March 8th  at 8pm doors open at 6:45pm
Saturday     March 9th  at 1pm doors open at 11:45am (special start time)
Saturday     March 9th  at 8pm doors open at 6:45pm     

Free Supervised Parking
Warner Brothers/ 1971 / 1 hr, 40 minutes / Technicolor
Gene Wilder/ Jack Albertson/ Peter Ostrum / Paris Themmen

Poor Charlie Bucket (Ostrum) wins a golden ticket to visit the mysterious Willy Wonka (Wilder) and his magical chocolate factory.  This first and best version of the Roald Dahl classic remains one of the most beloved family movies ever.

In addition to the film, we are pleased to host the live appearance by two of the stars, Peter Ostrum "Charlie Bucket" and Paris Themmen " Mike Teevee" at all three performances.

The stars will be available one hour before each show and at intermission to sign autographs.  Please visit the website for autograph pricing.
 313 537-2560


Last Chance to get Tickets for Detroit Derby Girls

Detroit Derby Girls 2013 Season
Saturday, March 2nd at The Masonic Temple (500 Temple St. Detroit)
Double Header featuring:
Grand Prix Madonnas vs. the Pistolwhippers
Detroit Pistoffs vs. the Devil's Night Dames
Doors open at 5 p.m. First bout starts at 6 p.m., second bout starts at 8.

This event is nearly sold out. Just a few tickets remaining at Woodward Avenue Brewers.

SHOW REVIEW & PHOTOS: Electric Six in Houston TX by MCB old schooler Riaz Khan

So if you have paid much attention to MCB over the years there is no doubt you came across many a photo set from our old time buddy Riaz Khan who moved from Detroit to Houston a few years ago

Riaz covered hundreds of shows for MCB and has been popping back in from time to time with photo sets of  Detroit based bands touring through Houston including this little gem of  Electric Six
who played Fitzgerald's on 2/22

Electric Six @ Fitzgerald’s, Houston – 2/22
I first got into concert photography in 2008 as a photographer for the MOTORCITYBLOG. 

I got to see Electric Six in 2009 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on assignment.  That was an awesome night. The band was incredible and place was packed with a hardcore following, both the young and the slightly less young.

A few short years later, I left Detroit and started freelancing as a photographer in Houston, Texas. I found out a couple of months ago that Electric Six were about to go on tour and they were going to make a pit stop in Houston.  I figured this was a great opportunity to see the band again and give a little back to MCB, where I got my first few breaks as a photographer.

The band played to a really diverse crowd at the Fitzgerald’s last Friday.  Their sets were slick and the fans chimed in with the chorus lines.  The audience was totally hooked and the lack of space wasn’t a deterrent to crowd surfers and mosh-pitters at all.

The Fitzgerald’s has a rich history. Like the Blind Pig, this venue became a live music hotspot in the seventies and has stood the test of time as a local favorite over the several decades that have followed.  Right now, Fitzgerald’s is partially owned and run by the Houston Free Press.  From a performers’ point of view, local acts like Brandon West and The Suffers really like the acoustics and the crowd-factor of this space.

There are a couple of subtle differences between the two venues though.  The Blind Pig has had wider appeal with out-of-state bands and audiences. Allegedly it was Kurt Cobain’s favorite venue to play at. Critics often claim that Detroit has a handful of venues that have been important to the careers of many international acts and that The Blind Pig has always been one of them. This has had a lot to do with the fact that Detroit has been creating and maintaining a cultural niche for itself with punk, rock, funk and electronic genres since forever. Despite the persistently crumbling economy, Detroit still has that going for itself in spades.

Houston on the other hand is kind of different. Its economy has been booming courtesy of the Oil & Gas and Health industries but it hasn’t been a major player on the cultural map. This is about to change though. The disposable income in this town is visible by the truckloads and there is a lot of local talent that is diverse and young. Also it’s only a matter of time that the trickle-down effect from Austin’s now-thriving indie scene manifests itself in Houston.  

More Detroit bands need to come down to Houston! 

Check out his work at this link to his tumblr set and here is link to his flickr set.

Get on over to Jazz Cafe for a cool show this weekend....

Get on over to the Jazz Cafe inside The Music Hall for the Performing Arts Detroit starting tonight for a handful of unique  events that are sure to knock your socks off

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TwaT - Torch With A Twist

Fri, Mar 1, 9pm $10

"Torch With Twist" is Detroit's quintessential Olde-Timey Vaudevillian Variety Extravaganza We combine Classic Jazz Standards with a variety of Circus & Sideshow acts & depending on circumstances & availability we produce the show to suit each gig & particular venue.

Spend an intimate evening  with the Torch Twisters in one of Downtown Detroit's swankiest lil' joints ...& still have plenty of time for other late-night debaucheries.

 Join Grace Detroit, Phil Lesky, Ryan Paul Gates, Ibrahim Jones, Leilani, Joshua Wilde, Polly Glamorus & Satori Circus for a some good olde-timey decadence.

 $10 Love Offering (please feed the gypsies) ♥
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Juke Joint 13

Sat, Mar 2 $5

Juke joint: derived from the gullah term ''joog'' meaning rowdy and disorderly. Juke joints served as a social resolve to the daily ebb and flow of those seeking entertainment and activity after a long week. Juke joint 13: A lively excursion into the raw and soulful world of the juke joint. A world filled with excitement, unparalled fantastic music and imagery.

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Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival coming Saturday, March 2 to Ann Arbor






The Ford Seahorses Scuba Diving Club, in conjunction with the Detroit Historical Society's Dossin Maritime Group and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, presents the 32nd Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival on Saturday, March 2nd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College's Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, in Ann Arbor. 


This year's program features presentations about the formerly-unsolved mysteries of shipwrecks, including David Trotter with the story of the New York lost in Lake Huron in 1910 and Tony Gramer sharing the loss of the tug Anna Dobbins in Saginaw Bay in 1886. Ross Richardson is presenting the history of a number of Lake Michigan shipwrecks. In addition to shipwrecks, there will be programs featuring a variety international dives, including the visually breathtaking Philippines and the unmatched saltwater diversity and beauty of south-central Indonesia, featuring stunning video and still images of colorful and unusual marine life, including Komodo dragons.


Other programs include Robert McGreevy's fascinating story of the Keystone State, a large wooden steamer that disappeared with its entire crew in 1861. Jim and Pat Stayer present the story of the Great Storm of 1913 -- with its hurricane force winds, it has been called the most destructive storm ever to strike the Great Lakes. In Lake Huron alone, eight large steel ships were lost with all hands during a 16-hour period.


The event also includes a variety of book signings and exhibits from local maritime artists, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, local dive shops, travel companies and other dive-related companies.

Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m.


For ticket information or program details, visit, call (734) 459-8476, or e-mail   


The Ford Seahorses Scuba Diving Club, established in 1957 as a member of the Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA), is one of the most active dive clubs in Michigan.  The club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment and advancement of the sport of scuba diving.

The Book of Mormon Announces Lottery Ticket Policy

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the First National Tour, which begins March 12 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit and plays a limited two week engagement March 12-24, 2013.  In Detroit, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making 20 tickets per performance available at $29 apiece. 

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances.  The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.  

Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $29 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus. 

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

Performance times for THE BOOK OF MORMON, appearing March 12 – 24, 2013 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., in Detroit, are:

-          Tuesday through Saturday performances at 8:00 p.m.
-          Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
-          Saturday and Sunday matinee performances at 2:00 p.m.
The Detroit engagement of THE BOOK OF MORMON is sponsored by Chrysler.

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Show Preview/Ticket Giveaway: Drowning Pool w/Flyleaf @ Saint Andrews Hall March 9th, 2013

Send an email to for your chance to win a pair of tickets to this show! Enter by March 6th for your chance to win!

Drowning Pool returns to Detroit in support of their new album Resilience, with Flyleaf and Los Angeles-based rockers Stars In Stereo. Tickets are available at We also recently did an interview with C.J. Pierce where he discusses the new album and his excitement to get back on the road touring.

Tour Dates:
Feb. 28 – New York City, N.Y., Irving Plaza Powered By Klipsch
March 1 – Asbury Park, N.J., Asbury Park Train Station
March 2 – Silver Spring, Md., The Fillmore Silver Spring
March 5 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Bogart's
March 6 – Cleveland, Ohio, House Of Blues
March 8 – Grand Rapids, Mich., The Intersection
March 9 – Detroit, Mich., St. Andrews Hall
March 10 – Chicago, Ill., House Of Blues
March 14 – Denver, Colo., Summit Music Hall
March 15 – Salt Lake City, Utah, In The Venue
March 16 – Boise, Idaho, Knitting Factory Concert House
March 17 – Spokane, Wash., Knitting Factory Concert House
March 19 – Reno, Nev., Knitting Factory Concert House
March 21 – Anaheim, Calif., House Of Blues
March 23 – Tempe, Ariz., The Marquee

March 24 – Tucson, Ariz., The Rock

Drowning Pool:


Stars In Stereo:

AMBIENT BATTLE - Northend Studios Detroit - March 2nd 2013

Join us at North End Studios March 2nd, 2013 from 9pm to 2am and experience the soothing sounds of ambient beats while immersed in a natural interactive art installation. 

Sixteen local musicians will be throwing down their most mellowed out beats as they compete to win the world's largest bean-bag and a 50 tape release deal with Checkers Record Collective. Hosted by Jade Lathan.

Hand crafted masks will be provided! $5 at the door. North End Studios is located at 5101 Loraine St, Detroit MI 48208. NORTHENDSTUDIOSDETROIT.COM

Battle Lineup 


Radio Brovold

U.S. Drones

Wasabi Dream



Rudy Underglass

North Lake

Lo Lo Lo Lo Hanz



Grass Canyon

Mr. Speakeasy Foxtrots Practical Problem Solving Band


Sheefy Mcfly


Here is the Bracket

North End Studios
Detroit MI 


Saturday Night at the Magic Stick

Photo credit: Peter Ellenby


With Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster

Visiting Detroit's Magic Stick this Saturday having just played a SOLD OUT show in Toronto the night before.
I heard this band for the first time on Feel The Spin, a radio show that airs on Sirius XM radio, and is hosted by Larry Flick, and fell in love with their sound. They make music that rocks with energy, melody and great musicianship.  
Bob is known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s. Their new album that is getting well deserved air play is Silver Age.
Also, recommend the Magic Stick in Midtown Detroit for dinner and drinks before the show at the wonderful Majestic Cafe ( in the same building as the Magic Stick ) . Food and staff are great. Tickets for the show are $25.

Show Review: Willy Moon @ The Shelter wsg/The Infatuations

Walking in to The Shelter this past Monday night, I really had no idea what to expect from the show I was about to cover. I honestly hadn't heard of Willy Moon until a few days before the show and had scant time to scope out the history behind this cool cat. Descending in to the catacombic basement of Saint Andrews Hall and checking out the ample crowd that had congregated for the evening's performance, I quickly came to realize that this was going to be something unique to capture if all these people had brought themselves down here on a Monday night to see this show. Willy Moon and his entourage arrived shortly before stage time, fresh off a few strings of bowling at the Garden Bowl, yet still looking cool as a cat in the shade on a hot summer day without a care in the world, espousing a cool demeanor that would have put him right at home in the Rat Pack of yesterday. Taking the stage shortly after 9pm, this dapper, distinguishably dressed gentleman proceeded to ignite the crowd while channeling the likes of Elvis and Sinatra, Iggy Pop and The Ramones, and every other sort of cool kitchen sink you could toss in there. Watching this fellow explode on stage, transformed from the quiet and well spoken young man I had just interviewed a half hour before was an experience that truly captivated me. With the crowd fully engaged, Willy and his band held court through their hour long set with a relentless, throttle set to 11, balls to the wall in your face rock and roll that left everyone in the venue chanting for more.

To fire up the crowd for the evening was Detroit's very own The Infatuations, a hard working band that prides itself on it's Motown roots, funky hooks, danceable beats, and featuring one of the best undiscovered singers in the Detroit area, Caleb Gutierrez. The Infatuations have steadily been working and wowing crowds all around the Midwest with their fresh take on a rejuvenated Motown sound. Christian Draheim and Marco Lowe started the band as an acoustic cover duo but soon realized that they had something special going on with the original material they had been working on and began recruiting other local musicians to help flesh out the sound. The current line up consists of Christian Draheim, Caleb Gutierrez, Chris Polite, The Wolf, Robert Myers and Nick Behnan. You may have seen them captivate the crowds at Detroit River Days or Arts, Beats and Eats in 2012 where they stopped people in their tracks lost in the moment of sound that poured forth from the stage they occupied. You can catch them at a few gigs this month including a free gig at the Motor City Casino Soundboard. Check 'em out, dig 'em, they are a band to watch grow in our fine city.


Show Review: Tom Keifer @ The Magic Bag Sunday 02/24/2013

Photo Credit: Thomas Petillo

Tom Keifer, best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based blues-rock band CINDERELLA, made a stop at The Magic Bag in Ferndale on his first-ever solo tour on Sunday Feb 24, 2013. In between tour dates with CINDERELLA, Keifer is making a series of smaller, intimate club stops, behind his newly released and highly anticipated solo album, “The Way Life Goes”.  The new album is being touted as Country/Bluesy and the first single “The Flower Song” is an intimate Blues kicker that could likely be heard on Country Radio or on Rock Radio Stations. Keifer and his band played tunes from a collection of his 14 new songs on the Solo Album, as well as driving hard rock favorites from Cinderella’s Long Cold Winter Album, and even included an intimate, stripped-down, cover of the Beatles “Get By With A Little Help From My Friends”.

Wayne "The Train" Hancock

Last Tuesday was proof that real country is still alive! It was not that crap you hear on the radio, this was like a flashback to when Elvis and Johnny Cash ruled the airwaves. The show started off with Patrick Sweany  playing more of a bluesy show, it was just a man and his guitar talking about his problems. I loved this guy, with his raspy voice and catchy songs he put on a great show for just one man.

Wayne "The Train" Hancock took the stage with a bass player and a guitar player. Something awesome about this show was the bass player had an up right bass, out of all the shows I have been to that is the only time I have seen that. On top of that he had such an awesome attitude to his playing, you could tell he was loving what he was doing. A highlight of everyone's night was most likely his solos for sure. Wayne was just awesome! He sang about love, sex, drugs, fighting the law. Towards the end of the show Wayne took a break to go in the back to smoke, but the music did not stop there -- his band had to play until he returned. This show was a great time and a must-see if he comes back!

Vintage Trouble interview and show preview

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The wonderfully talented, gritty blues rockers that call themselves Vintage Trouble return to Detroit on March 10th at The Magic Stick as part of their headlining tour before heading over to Europe to continue opening support for The Who on the second leg of the Quadrophenia tour. Having played a highly successful and critically acclaimed opening spot on The Who tour last winter, they continue to amaze and astound audiences everywhere they go. A musical revival of sound that tugs at ones soul, bringing people out of their seats every night, Vintage Trouble is a solid bet for a great night of music, dancing and just plain fun. Currently in Providence, RI. today they gave up some time to speak with me over the phone and catch up on their incredible rise to the forefront of the musical scene around the world.

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Wild At Heart

As much as I love movies, I still cannot get myself to watch the actual awards ceremony. Even Seth couldn’t push me over the edge. However, I am still very interested in the outcomes. t I though they did a good job, though I though either “Wreck-It Ralph” or “Frankenweenie” should have taken best animated film. “Brave” is beautifully animated but the storyline falters at times when the other 2 remain strong all the way through. The other category I thought didn’t go to the correct film was the live short category for “Curfew”. As much as I love the scene with the dancing at the bowling alley, the other 4 films were much stronger films in my opinion.

I was happy that Detroit was represented (esp after being named most depressed city along with Flint and Warren) by the documentary “Searching For Sugarman” which highlights the tremendous musical talent of Rodriquez. His working class folk music is right up there with Ochs or Dylan and better in some cases. I love his story and am glad to see his albums in the Billboard charts despite being many years too late. I saw Rodriquez at Rock-A-Billy’s a number of years ago and was impressed by his songwriting and his humble nature. It is cool talking about the film and being able to say I saw him and see fellow music fans eyes light up with envy. I’m hoping some venue here in Rochester will invite him out to play here. I’m also glad the Ann Arbor Folk Festival had him on the line-up this year. I hope he has success and he really represents what makes Detroit’s music scene the best in the world.

Anyway, here are a few concerts you can unwind with this week:

Wednesday (2/27) – Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang @ Fox Theatre

Thursday (2/28) – Howling Diablos w/Amy Gore and Her Valentines @ Magic Bag

Friday (3/01) – Blueflowers w/Doop and the Inside Outlaws @ Magic Stick Lounge, Imagine Dragins w/Nico Vega @ Fillmore, Commander Cody Band @ Callahans, Eileen Jewell @ the Ark, Peace by Piece Fundraiser feat Emily Rose @ majestic Theatre, Drifters and the Platters @ Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday (3/02) – Ben Harper w/Charlie Musselwhite @ Royal Oak Music Theatre, Bob Mould @ Magic Stick