Showing posts with label Tosha Owens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tosha Owens. Show all posts

5.03.2017

DSC CELEBRATES IT'S 5TH ANNIVERSARY



The Detroit Sound Conservancy’s 5 year anniversary 
 Ferndale’s newest restaurant and performance venue Otus Supply.
Story by Tosha Owens

The Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) is an organization headed by Executive Director Carleton S. Gholz, PhD and made up of about 30 musicians that strives to preserve the music history of Detroit. 


They were established in 2012 and have since rallied to save the historic United Sound Recording Studio by making it a historical marker in 2015 and they are also responsible for rebuilding Veridian Sound Stage of the historical jazz club The Blue Bird Inn.


The stage has been shipped to France for this year’s Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne festival. As far as I know, this is the only organization of its kind here in the D.

One member of the DSC is local musician James Wailin (The Reefermen) who also, preserves, repairs and sells old music equipment such as Turntables, Victrola’s, Jukeboxes, and Stereo HiFis just to name a few and many of which he had on display and demonstrated each item.


The event was well attended by many musicians and supporters and I got to catch up with friends. The Otus Supply is a great venue for dining or entertaining. They did it right with four different rooms in the ‘hollow rooms’ to dine in and a separate room, The Parliament Room, for live entertainment. Tosha Owens

Great work thank you so much Tosha and Jane!!


4.20.2017

KEEPING UP WITH TOSHA OWENS: THE HARDEST WORKING SINGER IN DETROIT!


Every Tuesday night Tosha hosts the Pub Froggy open jam with Tosha Owens &The Stable Dudes

4-22-17 Mark Pasman's Super session at Boo's in Royal Oak 9pm

5-15-17 Private Party at Cobo Playing the network & drinks portion of the Plastipak 50th Anniversary Celebration. Ron Carter to perform after dinner.

5-16-17 Private Party at Cobo. Plastipak day 2 50th anniversary. Playing the after party of the Smokey Robinson performance.

6-01-17 Motor City Casino Chromatics Lounge with Tosha Owens &The Essentials 7-11pm

6-03-17 Clio Blues Fest with Erich Goebel & The Flying Crowbars time tba

6-04-17 Hosting the Blue Goose jam with The Stable Dudes 8-12


6-18-17 Ferndale Brews, BBQ & bourbon Fest 4:30-6pm main stage

7-01-17 Stars & Stripes with Joey Farner & The Tribe 3:45-5:00

7-09-17 Red, White & BBQ Fest in Livonia 1:30-3pm

7-14-17 Windsor Blues Fest with the Bobby Murray Etta Tribute 6:15pm

7-08-17 Blues show in Sarnia with the Bobby Murray Band time tba

7-30-17 Hosting the Blue Goose jam 8-12 with the Stable Dudes

8-30-17 Hug Detroit Fest time TBA


The following song and video was written and directed by a gentleman named Keith Lauren. Tosha was asked to sing the song and be a representative for it and it's campaign. The song 'Detroit Strong', is a wonderfully written song about Detroit that highlights what we represent now and always have, including the people and vibe of Detroit.

Buy Detroit Strong Below with Link or Click the Photo



The song is also on sale on ITunes, CD Baby. Not only they striving to make this a solid Detroit anthem, they are donating all online sales to the charity called CATCH (Caring Athletes Team & Children) & Henry Ford Hospitals



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6.28.2015

DETROIT LEGEND:TERRY "THUNDER" HUGHLEY HAS DIED


We are so sorry to hear of Detroit's great Drummer Terry Thunder Hughley's passing from a terrible Asthma attack...Thnnder was a wonderful man and musician extraordinaire....RIP TTH.... our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Deborah Hughley, family, friends and legions of fans....Retro Kimmer

Terry "Thunder" Hughley had been a professional drummer since receiving a Drum set on his 16th birthday. He has had the pleasure of working with some of the best names in the music business.

Names like; David Ruffin, 5 Special, Enchantment,The Dramatics, The Platters, L. J. Reynolds of
The Dramatics (Key To The World Tour), New Birth,Little Carl Carlton, Don Was, Mitch Ryder, Black Merda, Bobby Franklin's Insanity, The Drifters, The Coasters,Kim Weston, Ali Ollie Woodson of the Temptations,and even Pro Boxer Larry Holmes just to name a few.

Currently played with The Sun Messengers, playing for The Detroit Pistons & backing such artists as Sir Mack Rice,The Original Falcons Reunion with Eddie Floyd at the Chicago Blues Festival, Earl King, James Thunderbird" Davis, Johnnie Adams, Martha Reeves and many more.

The Sun Messengers also had the pleasure of opening up for Jay Leno for 2 nights at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

For the past 4 years Terry had been the Host drummer for“The Don Was Super Sessions” at the Concert of Colors.

Terry is also was an aspiring Blues singer performing overseas at The Prestigious Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland, The Utrecht Blues Festival in The Netherlands &The Lionel Hampton Club in Paris, France.

Terry’s voice also can be heard on TV & Radio commercials for Toyota Trucks, James Martin Chevrolet-Buick, Mr. Allen's Shoes, & Betty Crocker Cakes.

How do you say goodbye to one your best friends?...You don't. You say 'I'll see you later buddy'. That is what I'm saying to my beloved Terry Thunder Hughley. I'm gonna miss our talks, your shoulder to cry on, the wonderful hugs we shared and of course your simply amazing talent on the drums. You are gone in the flesh my friend but alive in many hearts every day including mine so....I'll see you later buddy. I love you so much. Debra, I hold you close in my heart. Tosha Owens

So devastating to hear of the passing of Terry Thunder Hughley! No better man has ever played drums or sang from the heart in the City of Detroit, the place he loved most. Terry's passing coming right on the heels of Garfield and has to teach us to love these great musicians! I found this video of 'Having A Christmas Party' which features both Terry Thunder and Garfield, along with Thornetta, RJ, Johnny Evans, Paul Carey, and more. RIP Terry Thunder you will always be loved...Tino Gross





4.16.2015

TOSHA OWENS WINS ANOTHER DMA!


What does it mean to be a Detroit Music Award Winner? Having won my 3rd award in the last 2 years I believe I am now qualified to give an answer.

 Anyone with a pulse on the planet knows that Detroit is now and has always been a mecca breeding ground for outstanding world class musicians.  If you don't agree just research any major band of yesteryear and today including all genres and you will find at least one band member that is from the Detroit area. Don't forget to include individual artists (didn't think I needed to mention that but okay) Some 25+ years ago (I don't have exact specifics) someone decided that these musicians deserved to be recognized and celebrated in their home town and thus the Detroit Music Awards was born.  I only learned of these awards about 5 years ago and was surprised to find out that the event had been around for so long.


Not only is it an event that awards musicians for doing great things in music, it is also one of the biggest networking parties of the year for musicians. I have certainly benefitted from each experience since the first time I was nominated in 2012. Since then, I have had the pleasure of working with so many wonderfully talented musicians from the area who are local and national artists.  The experiences, opportunities, and education that I have received and still going through is something you could never find in a book or classroom (although I heavily support proper education).  The greatest feeling I get from it is the amazing respect that most of us have for each other and the musical families that have been created. 


I don't really say much but I wanted to share these thoughts with you.  And, on that note I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to my city, my wonderful musical relationships and to the endless support given to me by all which has allowed me to be a recipient of such an honor and  to be successful doing what I love best....spreading joy through song. I wish all of my fellow musicians here and abroad all the success in your journeys and many blessings along the way.  I only ask that you give thanks and pay it forward.  Blessings to all.

P.S. If you are in the Hamtramck area tonight, you can catch me with one of my bands 'Constant Velocity' at the Fowling Warehouse located at 3901 Christopher st from 9 to 1!  Ciao!!

Tosha

3.13.2015

TOSHA OWENS: WEEKEND LINE UP


Had a good time last night performing with The Essentials. (Blues & Soul) who's members include:  Ray Goodman, Glenn Giordano, guest bassist Tony Suhy and guest keyboardist Phillip J Hale.  We decided against featherbowling this time due to the fact that we don't know how. But it sure looks like fun.  One day I will actually read the rules and give it a try.  And that's just the beginning...

TOSHA AND KIMMER
 Tonight, March 13th I will be performing for you with The Essentials (Ray Goodman, Glenn Giordano, guest bassist Tony Suhy and guest keyboardist Mike Skory).  at the newest blues spot in Royal Oak....Boos located at 215 S. Main St in Royal Oak inside the Mr. B's Restaurant.  These events are hosted by Detroit blues man Mark Pasman.  You can make reservations by calling (248) 399-0017.  There is a $10 cover tonight And a nice menu.  Time:  8:30pm - 11:30pm.

Saturday night, March 14th I will be performing for you with Constant Velocity (Rock & Blues) who's members include: Mike Smith, J T Monroe, Jeremy Kanouse and Mike Bertrand at The Fowling Warehouse located at 3901 Christopher in Hamtramck.  Fowling is the activity that is sweeping the Detroit area.  The only way I can describe it is that it is like bowling but instead of using a bowling ball, you use a football.  The lanes are wooden and dirt.  It looks like a lot of fun.  You can bring in food and they supply the beverages including a bar.  We will be hitting the stage at 9:00pm and go till 1:00 am. Come and listen to the band and watch or get on the list for an available lane for only $10.

Anyway, have a great weekend everyone and stay blessed.

3.10.2015

OPEN JAM FEATURING TOSHA OWENS!

 

Open jams and open mics and running rampant in the Detroit area. Some are good and some are great. With the insurgence of musicians that are coming out of and to the area, they are great avenues to just do what you do as a musician and a wonderful opportunity to network.  I will periodically be investigating some of these events (there are several you can find any day of the week) and report my findings to you.  The first one I will report on will be happening tonight at Pub Froggy located at 16420 E13 Mile Road in Roseville, MI from 8pm till 12am.

 This open mic is hosted by Detroit Blues and Rock singer Tosha Owens and her Unstable Dudes (David A Watson - drums, John Abraham - bass, Jimmy Alter - guitar, Carlton Washington - guitar). Some of the buzz about this open mic (and the buzz is spreading) is that it is very relaxed, a fun time and very diverse! One person even said its 'big ole party with some of the best musicians I have ever heard'.  I would have to agree.  You can hear everything from blues, rock, rap, spoken word to original, alternative and punk.

All musicians are welcome to bring themselves or their whole band to get a few tunes in and listen to others.  One night 11 drummers showed up and then it got creative.  They put all of them on stage with different percussion pieces and just let them jam for 4 minutes straight. That was great.  Some legends and familiar local musicians have graced the 'Doing it Froggy Style' jam as well.  Artists like Jim McCarty, Cee Cee Collins, Niecy Blues, Chris Brantly, Gabe Gonzalez, Dezi McCullers, R J Spangler and his planet D nonet band, Terry Thunder, Phil Hale and many more. Can't wait to see who they have in store for us tonight!

Many bonds are formed from these jams and also new bands and projects come out of these events.  I will continue to support them as long as I can.  Will you?  I gotta go and get ready for tonight!

Always be grateful for your blessings and they will never stop coming.  Peace Family!!!

ReeRee Rocker

1.12.2014

JIMMY MCCARTY RECEIVES AWARD!

 

On January 11, 2014 at the Cooley Lake Inn in Commerce Township Jim McCarty was honored with the Detroit Blues Society Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by Mike Boulan and Mike Rembor from the Detroit Blues Society.

 
The awards show was hosted by the Tosha Owens Band featuring guest blues musicians Bobby Murray, Ray Goodman, Big Al, 13 year old guitar virtuoso Brandon Lee, Little Arthur and Jimmy's son Dylan on drums. Congratulations Jimmy.

 Dylan McCarty

 Dylan and Jim

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