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Let's hear it for the boy! Dear Boy that is. The pop band from Los Angeles made their Detroit
debut as the opening act for the Psychedelic Furs and James show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre this past Saturday night. For those of you who missed it, you missed a great performance! 
I was glad to see that there were plenty people who did arrive early and enjoyed the band's show. It seems the band already has quite a few fans here in the city and are sure to have gained more judging by the enthusiastic response to their set.
 Dear Boy set the stage for the night with their brand of Brit pop meets post punk and dreamy guitar driven songs. They played songs off their three E.P.s they released on their own indie label. They mixed older songs like “Hesitation Waltz” from their first self-titled release with a newer tune “Semester” off their 2019 Strawberry E.P. throughout the opening set. The band was named one of the best bands in LA by music critics in 2018. 
 They have supported artists such as Peter Murphy, The xx and Dear or Die and also embarked on a national tour with fellow indie band Rogue Wave.This was their first tour opening for these major acts and the band held their own with a remarkable performance. Lead vocalist Ben Grey announced
during their set “It was a dream come true” as he humbly thanked the fans in the crowd for helping them get to that point and for getting there early to see them perform. They also joined the audience after their set to watch the rest of the concert along with them.
 So next time they return to our city, make sure you make a point to go see Dear Boy and
check out their music in the meantime.
 Words: Sue Static;  Photos: Kim Ski



There's a hot new band in town and they will set the stage afire at the Whitney Garden Party on Thursday, July 11! The Firewalkers are a new r&b/blues quartet featuring some of the city's finest musicians set off by the fiery vocals of Laura Mendoza.

The Firewalkers are comprised of singer Laura Mendoza, (White Shag, The Ricky Rat Pack, Mark Farner’s American Band) featuring David James (Jon Rice Band, David James) on guitar, Rudy Varner  (Jack Scott, Chris Casello Trio, JC and the Royal Keys) on upright bass and Loney Charles (Jack Scott, Chris Casello Trio, JC and the Royal Keys) on drums.

In 2017, during a residency at Otus Supply where Rudy and Loney were playing with JC and the Royal Keys, Laura was invited to sit in as a guest singer for one of the dates. That day the band started off with the unmistakable classic “Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton and the audience was blown away. Afterward, the three decided to start their own band and made their debut performance at the annual Erotic Poetry & Music Festival in 2019 to a rapturous crowd and began playing shows around town.  The band performs an original set of songs that includes some select r&b and rock classics like “Fever.”

They will be performing two sets starting at 7pm to 9pm at the infamous Whitney Garden Party. The party opens at 4:30 and is $5 cover. The Whitney is located at 4421 Woodward in Detroit, 313-832-5700. The parties are held in the fabulous garden of the historic restaurant.

Another upcoming show will be August 9 at The Willis Show Bar located at 4156 Third Avenue in Detroit, 313-788-7469.

For more information on The Firewalkers check out their webpage at

For more info on The Whitney:



Dear Boy (Photo by Casey Curry)
How many times have you purposely arrived to a concert late to skip the opening band? It seems these days everyone has short attention spans and don't want to sit thru opening acts while waiting for the headliners. In the case of the upcoming dual headlining show of The Psychedelic Furs and James coming to the Royal Oak Music Theatre on July 27, it would be a shame if you missed the opening band Dear Boy!

Dear Boy will be setting the stage for the night with their brand of Brit pop meets post punk and dreamy guitar driven songs that are reminiscent of bands from the eighties and nineties. They are a perfect match to this retro bill! The band may have Brit influences, but they hail from Los Angeles. With two E.P.s of music on their own label under their belt, the band has been making waves in their hometown and abroad. They were named one of the best bands in Los Angeles by music critics there in 2018. They have supported artists such as Peter Murphy, The xx and Dear or Die and also embarked on a national tour with fellow indie band Rogue Wave.

The band are also fans of the two bands they are currently touring with as they have released a cover of The Psychedelic Furs tune “The Ghost In You.” They are also actively keeping the medium of music videos alive and have released a dozen for their songs since they started in 2012.

So make a plan to get to the show early and don't miss Dear Boy. You don't want to hear from your friends how you missed a good band the next day.

Here is a short Q&A from lead vocalist/guitarist Ben Grey of Dear Boy by Sue Static:

Is this your first time playing in Michigan?

It is! And I can’t think of a better first date with Michigan.

Obviously the band are Psychedelic Furs fans, whose choice was it to cover the song “Ghost In You”? Were there any songs in the running for a cover?

Haha totally… We wear our Furs fanaticism on our sleeves.

We do love to cover other music... "In The City" by The Jam, "Girlfriend in a Coma" by The Smiths, "Only The Lonely" by The Motels, "Only You" by Yaz, "Never Let Me Down Again" by Depeche Mode... we even do a fuzzy rendition of "Sister Golden Hair" by America... But "The Ghost in You" was the only cover we've ever done that was truly different than the original but still felt like an actual marriage of two sounds and two bands. Also, whenever we play it live, it's so fun to pretend that we wrote it... Even if it's just for a few minutes ;)

It's good to see a band who still takes the time to release creative videos. Do you have any additional videos in the works?

Thank you! That really means a lot. We actually did just finish shooting a video for a new song called "Heaven Moves." It's kinda like "A Hard Day's Night" if The Beatles were Monsters and if it was directed by Eric Rohmer. I think it's going to be cool.

What else is on the horizon for Dear Boy?

We're planning some fun live shows in Southern California and then a Fall tour... but mostly, we're excited to start tracking our first full length record. It's written... It's ready... and we absolutely can't wait to get moving.

For more info and to hear Dear Boy check out their website or their videos on

7th Annual Small Wonders - An Exhibition of Tiny Art

HAMTRAMCK, MI - On Saturday July 20 2019 at Atomic Cafe Gallery in Hamtramck comes the 7th annual grand event of tiny proportions called Small Wonders - An Exhibition of Tiny Art.  This curated exhibition will feature 62 fine works in various mediums from 45 local and national artists created with only one guideline in mind...all artwork must 5 inches and under.
Beginning in 2013 as part of the wedding reception festivities for local artists Dekilah and DVS, this now 7th annual event has grown to include a small festival of film shorts, a gallery of artists creating tiny art live and a tiny selection of tiny fine desserts.  And returning once again, lounge singer extraordinaire Konrad Lee (Satori Circus) will be singing a selection of tiny themed songs.
Admission is $5 and all ages are welcome.  We look forward to seeing you soon!
Small Wonders 7 – An Exhibition of Tiny Art
Saturday July 20 2019 – 7pm until midnight
Atomic Cafe, 10326 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck, MI

The 2019 Big Roster or Tiny Artists
Annissa Pettit (Oak Park)
B.P. LeGault (Royal Oak)
Braden Duncan (Washington)
Camille McCoy (Williamston)
Carl Demeulenaere (Grosse Pte)
Clever9Design (Harper Wds)
Crystal Mielcarek (Hamtramck)
David Prescott (Rochester Hls)
Debbee Lotito (Lathrup Vlg)
Dekilah (Detroit)
DVS (Detroit)
Eve Hyde (Royal Oak)
Fae (Detroit)
Gail Carpenter (St Clair Shr)
Jackie Brooks (Grosse Pte Fms)
Jason Passeno (Redford)
Jen Casper (Lincoln Park)
Jenny Creech (Clinton Twp)
Jim Leach (Ann Arbor)
John Thomason (California)
Joseph Ferraro (Ferndale)
Krysta Logan (Oxford)
Krystal Tibbs (Alabama)
Laurel Shada (Sterling Hts)
Laurie Wechter (Ann Arbor)
Leo James (Canton)
Linda Buck (Berkley)
Linden Eller (Arizona)
Maria Latour (Livonia)
Mary Eldridge (Ann Arbor)
Melissa Porter (Berkley)
mushabear (Warren)
Nicole Filiatrault (California)
Paul Balog (Wyandotte)
Paula Marie Deubel (Sterling Hts)
Rachel Truscon (Ann Arbor)
Renee Robinson (Sterling Hts)
Sanda Cook (Hamtramck)
Shanta Ambady (Detroit)
Shelby & Karl Denton (Detroit)
Sya Reed (Kentucky)
Tina Speece (Alabama)
Vanessa Lipson (Berkley)
Wayne Pace (Pontiac)
Zieg (Walled Lake)

The 2019 Tiny Film Roster

“Chase Your Passion” – Cameon Wade (2018 Michigan 1:40)
An anecdotal, inspirational short about finding and following your passion.
“Corkscrewed” – Massimo Ottoni (2019 Italy 3:51)
A dance, a fight, a solo; the story of a courtship.
“Crossing Over” – Lotti Bauer (2018 Switzerland 4:00)
“Danny’s Super 8” – Colin Russell & Alec Rodriques (2018 California 4:00)
A look into the work of underground filmmaker Danny Plotnick and his love for Super-8 film.
“Game Time” – Paul Hickert (2019 New York 1:10)
Things get out of hand and someone could get hurt, when the big GAME is getting ready to start and the TV goes on the blink.
“Portraitures” – Cosmo Richard John Spada (2019 Oregon 3:35)
An artist interprets the lives of strangers in the form of urban sketches.
“re/cycle” – Rene Smaal (2018 Netherlands 0:54)
A forest. A bicycle. A man. Where did they come from? Where do they go?
“Rendez-vous” – Jimmy Boutry & Thibaud Chaufourier (2017 France 2:10)
In a manor out of time, a man begins to paint a canvas.
“Sophie & the Magic Mirror” – Jeremy Bridges (2019 United States 4:59)
Sophie finds herself face to face with the Magic Mirror of classic fairytales and works through what she should ask.
“The Modelist” – Ben Mottershead (2018 United Kingdom 1:00)
A model enthusiast struggles to speak to a girl he sees in the park, so uses his own unique methods to ask her on a date.
And as a Special Feature
“Being Satori Circus ~ SizzleTrailer” – Mark Finnell (2019 Michigan 3:23)
A ‘sizzle/teaser’ trailer of the Hybrid Documentary in production, ‘Being Satori Circus’.