13 time Detroit Music Award winning band Sweet Crystal returns to one of their favorite events and venues - the 4th Friday Concert Series held every fourth Friday in Studio A at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (also known as the Michael Guido Theatre).
Located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, join mega-talented host Rufus Harris as the band closes out the 2015 schedule for this prestigious and intimate night of music and message. Also sharing the night will be musician, singer and songwriter bassist Dray Hill.
Doors open at 8pm / Show starts at 8:30. Admission is $10 at the door. Money goes to support all the great ministries of CAMP (http://www.thecamponline.org/).
This is the perfect venue for Sweet Crystal - they'd love to spend the evening with all of you there!
February 20, 1954 - October 18, 2015
Son of Mary Santiago. Father of Ricardo A. Santiago and Brittany L. St. James. Brother of Andre Santiago, Lisa Bryson and Maria Santiago-Powell
Detroit Guitarist/Bass Player Rikki St James died today after suffering a brain aneurysm. Rikki was receiving chemotherapy for cancer as well..he was in good spirits until the end..we received several phone calls and lots of texts from him while he was at U of M hospital and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The funeral service will be a private family affair.
Rikki loved his family especially his two children Brittany and Ricky. Our prayers are with them at this time....
Rikki St James was an old school Detroiter. He grew up not far from Tiger Stadium and his father owned the Security Seal business on Michigan Ave. Rikki worked along side his dad as young boy and worked in the building trades for over 30 years.
In recent years Rikki has resided in Wyandotte, Michigan. He loved that small artist community. He enjoyed living there immensely.
Rikki was a very good chef..cooked authentic Puerto Rican dishes and loved to make Spaghetti Marinara from scratch on Sundays..He loved to eat the best foods. Rikki loved his many sports cars and his Softail Harley. Rode often with his pals in the Highwaymen.
Rikki was full of life, love, and laughter....
Wyandotte Museum (retrokimmer.com)
But his true love in life was making music and meeting talented people. He loved to encourage everyone to follow their dreams and live their best life. He truly enjoyed living his life to the hilt. One of his favorite quotes was from Hunter S. Thompson..
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
His career in music began when Rikki was hired to play Bass guitar in the second version of the band the Motor City Bad Boys. This was the greatest time in Rikki's life.
He talked often about the MCBB crowds that packed CBGB's, Max's Kansas City, and the Great Gildersleeve back in NYC. He loved NYC and the glamour and nightlife.
Mick Stevens, Rikki St James, Sirius Trixon, Glenn Dean and Jim Jam
The Motor City Bad Boys, one of the most fascinating rock bands to ever come out of the Detroit music scene. MCBB played Second Chance, Bookies, Max's Kansas City, CBGBs and Great Gildersleeves many times during the 70's.
The AndersonPonty Band featuring music legends Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty will be performing at the Detroit Music Hall in Detroit on November 6, 2015.
YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento.
International violin superstar Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of his instrument in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music legends have formed a musical synergy that is unparalleled!
AndersonPonty Band Featuring Music Icons Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty To Release New CD/DVD “Better Late Than Never”
Los Angeles - One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015 by the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, is scheduled to hit the streets early Fall 2015! The new CD/DVD titled “Better Late Than Never” features outstanding performances by the band from September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, as well as some innovative production.
The AndersonPonty Band has created some breathtaking new musical compositions.
“Better Late Than Never” also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Roundabout” and “Wonderous Stories”, as well as some of Jean Luc Ponty's beloved compositions, with Jon's lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as “Infinite Mirage” a new song incorporating Jean Luc's classic tune “Mirage”.
The AndersonPonty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars - well known guitarist who has worked with Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Gregg Rolie and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy.
Jean Luc Ponty was originally approached by Jon Anderson with the idea of working together as far back as the 1980's. Now 30 years later the dream has finally come to fruition! In support of the new release, a world tour is currently in the works. Also, a videography documenting the making of the “Better Late Than Never” album will be released along with videos and performances.
AndersonPonty Band tour dates:
10/27 - Philadelphia - Keswick Theater
10/29 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
10/30 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 - Pittsburgh - Carnegie Theater
11/3 - Chicago - Arcata Theatre
11/4 - Milwaukee - Milwaukee PAC 11/6 - Detroit - Detroit Music Hall
11/7 - Toronto - Danforth Music Hall
11/10 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
11/11 - Long Island - Paramount Theater
11/13 - NYC - Ethical Culture
11/14 - Boston - Berklee Performance Center
11/17 - San Francisco - Regency
11/18 - Sacramento - Crest Theater
11/20 - Los Angeles - Saban Theater
11/21 - Scottsdale - Talking Stick
This is going to be a great night of Detroit music! Hush will be headlining a great night with HATCH and the amazing REDD...lots of special guests...This gig is at the DETROIT PUB on Harper in Clinton Township. We love the PUB...gorgeous venue!
November 6! With openers Hatch, Redd, and other special invited guests! Plus HUSH is rocking with the band and it's gonna be amazing! Plus...
Go to the EVENT and hit that "Going" button and don't miss out.
More info to come! See you there!
Hush is an American hip hop artist from Livonia, Michigan. Hush is also a fabulous producer and has worked with a variety of talent.
The world lost one of the sweetest men I have had the pleasure to meet....I just met Bruce recently via the phone...he graciously wrote 2 Brownsville Station stories for Detroit Rock n Roll Magazine. I am just shocked...What a charming and wonderful man...My love and prayers to his family and many friends...rip my friend.....xoxoK
I had been a session musician in Detroit for years, but also had a thing for rock and rolL.somewhere along the way I met Al Nalli, the band's manager, and the rest was history...
I joined the band in 1975 - just as they were finishing the Motor City Connection album - that was the first one I played on...
After the band split-up in 1979 I went back to playing sessions for a while, and started a new band call The Automatix, with some session buddies of mine, and Shaun Murphy, a killer singer from Detroit who was our secret weapon. Shaun left just before the band got signed to MCA. in 1980-ish. "Bruce Nazarian"
Bruce was a musician, author, Apple certified computer engineer "digital guy", audio/sound expert, book author and a list of other accomplishment that you can read on his huge WIKI page
Bruce Nazarian (born in Detroit, MI)
In 1975, a chance meeting with band manager Al Nalli would lead to his joining Brownsville Station (of "Smokin' in the Boys' Room" fame). During the next few years, he participated in countless live shows and recorded several albums with Brownsville, including "Brownsville Station" aka 'The Red Album' which included "Martian Boogie" and "Air Special" for Epic. This was to be Brownsville's last recorded work. He remained a member of Brownsville Station until May, 1979.
In 1988, he recorded vocals and produced some demos for Anita Baker's "Giving You The Best That I've Got" album, and provided Anita with her first experience with recording on a Direct-to-Disc digital recording system.
Anita would later call again on Bruce to record her vocals digitally. This would be one of the last projects recorded at the W. 30th Street NYC studio location.
Bruce also had a long involvement with the written word. From 1985 to 1986, he was a contributing editor to MIX magazine, where he created "In Sync", a monthly column devoted to computerized music production, sequencing and MIDI.
In 1988, the textbook he had written for his university class "Recording and Electronic Techniques for Musicians" was published as "Recording Production Techniques for Musicians" by AMSCO Press. The book and all artwork were created on an early Macintosh 128K using MacWrite and MacPaint, making it one of the first books printed from an electronic manuscript. Many of the topics in the book are still relevant to today's digital recording process.
In 2004, he wrote "DVD Studio Pro 2 - The Complete Guide to Authoring with Macintosh", published by McGraw-Hill. In 2006, he wrote "DVD Studio Pro 4 - The Complete Guide to Authoring with Macintosh", published by McGraw-Hill. Both books covered DVD authoring with Apple DVD Studio Pro in great depth.
In 2009, he wrote "Fast Path to Blu-ray for Mac", published by The Digital Guy Press.
The industry truly lost one of it's brightest stars....
Steve Mackay, saxophonist for The Stooges, has died due to complications from sepsis. Steve was 66.
Steve was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the 1960s, he went to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan's art school. This is when he met Iggy (Jim Osterberg) at a Carnal Kitchen gig.
Iggy invited Steve to jam with the Stooges. Steve played on: "Fun House" and "1970".
Following the recording of classic LP Fun House, Steve toured with the Stooges. when Iggy and the Ashetons reunited, he was invited back to perform on the band's 2007 album The Weirdness and 2013's Ready to Die.
Stooges Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame..Steve second from left
Steve toured with the band in recent years. We got to see him in 2011 play with the Stooges at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor...he was fantastic!
Steve also made solo records and worked with so many other groups such as, Violent Femmes, Sonny Vincent, Mike Watt, and R. Stevie Moore
Iggy shared his thoughts on Steve's passing:
"Steve was a classic '60s American guy, full of generosity and love for anyone he met. Every time he put his sax to his lips and honked, he lightened my road and brightened the whole world. He was a credit to his group and his generation. To know him was to love him. - Iggy."
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