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!!!
Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars Returns to Detroit…and Royal Oak?
"...Tilted Axes? It's the brainchild of Detroit native and New York experimental composer Patrick Grant, a procession of electric guitars playing compositions in public places. Grant has brought the performance, which he's staged in Germany and New York, to Detroit's Cultural Center, and returned last year for the city's 313th birthday.
This year he's back, and his choices are even more interesting, in that he's chosen to participate in larger events that perhaps match the creative spirit of his endeavor. The axes will be rocking in the Detroit area for three days this March, including March 22, at the Marche du la Nain Rouge (this iteration of Tilted Axes will become the decidedly Francophone "Haches Incliné"), adding to the insurrectionary spirit of the event. His schedule also includes the (4th Annual) Bestest Concert Ever, on March 21, at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, and something called the Equinox Procession in downtown Royal Oak on March 20..." - The Metro Times, Feb. 19, 2015
Saturday, March 21 - The 4th Annual Bestest Concert Ever
5:00-8:00 PM - Royal Oak Farmers Market
316 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI
w/Horse Cave Trio, Motor Honey, Candy Band, Evenin' Gentlemen
Activities Include: Rockin the Red Carpet photos, Crazy Hair Salon, Zany Face Painting and a haute couture dress-up station. You can also get your hand immortalized in wax with Creative Arts Studios or play all the instruments you can imagine at the Mccourts Musical Petting Zoo. New this year is Gem Mining with the Miners Den!!
Also play games with the Royal Oak High School Drama Club and Band Boosters!! Hungry and thirsty? There will also be some super yummy food available for purchase including Detroit BBQ, Treat Dreams and The Market Cafe. Milking It Productions will also be on hand with their famous AXL Pale Ale and BRIK Red Ale for the over 21 set. $5 admission - kids welcome
FB event page:
Sunday, March 22 - Marche du Nain Rouge
1:00-3:00 PM - Midtown Detroit
Beginning at Traffic Jam & Snug (Canfield & 2nd Ave.)
Ending at the Detroit Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St.
Procession route map: http://tinyurl.com/k4ecvlg
Supposedly, for 300 years, on the Sunday after the Vernal Equinox, Detroiters have celebrated liberation from the Nain Rouge, the fiendish embodiment of all that holds us back. Revelers dressed in costume converge at or near Cass Park and hope for better things for Detroit’s future, celebrating whatever is good and working in the city: happiness, success and freedom from the antagonism of the Nain in the new year. Unfortunately, on occasion, the Nain Rouge is able to manifest, and reveals himself to the revelers, taunting them with tales of his evil machinations and plans meant to bring the city down. Just in case, revelers are advised to come in disguise, so the Nain can’t exact revenge.
More info at: http://marchedunainrouge.com/
Performers include: Patrick Grant (NYC), Paula Messner, Skeeto Valdez, Howard Glazer, Rick Matle, Jeff Adams, Bob Kaufman, Chris McGorey, Dean Western, Eric Iverson, Gael Grant, James McGlinnen, John Halo (NYC), John Lovaas (Chicago), Jude Closson, Rob Knevels, Sarah Metevier (Chicago), Erik Grant, Sean Biggs, and others TBA
TILTED AXES: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
Combining the energy of rock, the creative discipline of theater, and the experimental spirit of the downtown NYC arts scene, Tilted Axes is both a processional event, and an ensemble of mobile electric guitarists created by composer/performer Patrick Grant.
Inspired by his background in gamelan music and vanguard theater work, classically-trained post-rocker Grant conceived of Tilted Axes in 2011 as part of Make Music Winter, an event which transforms New York’s cityscape with participatory musical parades in honor of the winter solstice. Tilted Axes was a way of untethering the electric guitar from both heavy stage amps and traditional band structures, as well as bringing live music directly to its audience.
The guitarists of Tilted Axes perform original compositions written specifically for the event by Grant as well as those from the Tilted repertoire, using portable amplifiers strapped to their sides as they walk through the city streets. The outdoor procession of musicians moves along predetermined routes in selected areas, in honor of an event, landmark, or organization unique to that community.
Since its inception, Tilted Axes has evolved as a project with multiple incarnations in New York, Detroit, and Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2015 the project will manifest itself in performances in the USA, Europe, and South America.
The musical pieces themselves, with their interlocking sections, make room for many kinds of genres and grooves. A democratic approach to interpretation allows the musicians - soloists, rhythm players, and percussionists - to shine in an ensemble of uncommon textural power. Flexible in number, Tilted Axes adapts itself to the environment or occasion, and feeds on the energy of a constantly shifting audience.
Tilted Axes cuts musical pathways through the urban landscape, turning neighborhoods into sonic narratives. As a form of street theater, the ensemble brings potent, ecstatic riffs, and an element of surprise, to an unsuspecting public. Tilted Axes is always in motion; striding in, rocking out, and moving on. Above all: it rocks.
Tilted Axes: Detroit 2015 is powered by the help and support of VOX amps, KORG/USA, Discover Guitar, Peppergreen Media (ASCAP), Strange Music Inc., Candy Band, The Metro Times, McCourt’s Music Royal Oak, & The Detroit School of Rock and Pop.
The Muggs are getting ready to release our 4th studio album entitled, Straight Up Boogaloo on March 21st 2015. We are having a record release party on the same night at Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI. Would you be interested in reviewing this LP and have it correspond the week of our record release party? Please let me know.
Best, Tony Muggs
Machinegun and Kim Maki aka Retro Kimmer be live in the studio with T Money Green on his 5Xl L Radio Show on February 27...Check out the show by clicking the photo or link....talking about REAL DETROIT MUSIC!
LISTEN TO THE SHOW LIVE HERE
T MONEY is the owner at hyped international records/tmoneygreen productions
T MONEY is the owner at hyped international records/tmoneygreen productions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
“PROPER VILLAINS” CD RELEASE MARCH 7 @ THE CROFOOT BALLROOM
(Pontiac, MI February 21, 2015) Stone Clover, the Motor City’s premier Irish rock band, is the group you've been waiting to party with! Join them to celebrate the release of “Proper Villains”, the band’s highly anticipated, studio CD of all original music. This “St Practice Day” party takes place on Saturday, March 7th at the elegant Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI, and is presented in association with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.
“This project has been a truly collaborative endeavor” says Paul Brady, the band’s lead singer and brew-master, “everyone contributed to the final product, and we owe a considerable debt…to a number of friendly bartenders. It was the “luck of the Irish” that led us to multiple award winning Producer Chuck Alkazian at Pearl Sound Studios. We’re positive that “Proper Villains” will pay homage to his string of Grammy success.”
Stone Clover puts a dizzying spin on everything from traditional Irish songs to their own infectious, high-octane originals, which are presented on ”Proper Villains”. Don't plan on sitting down once they've hit the stage - with swift guitar swirls and a dancing violin, on top of a mandolin or accordion, add the bass and drums and the mix drives the rhythm straight to your drinking hand. The next thing you know your glass is empty and you can't stop bouncing along!
“Stone Clover consistently packs smaller venues” continues Brady, “When the opportunity to throw this party in the ballroom at the Crofoot was offered, it was a no-brainer! They have an awesome stage with million dollar sound and lights, there’s plenty of parking, but most important…multiple bars! Nobody should have to wait for a drink. It’s the proper venue for “Proper Villains!””
The doors swing open at 7pm. Special guests Bill Grogan's Goat and Dragon Wagon get the party started at 8! Advance tickets are only $10 and are on sale now at ticketweb.com or the Crofoot box office. Good luck at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Michigan Humane Society.
For further details, visit www.StoneCloverBand.com, www.TheCrofoot.com, or call 248-858-9333.
Dennis Dunaway's Autobiography
SNAKES! GUILLOTINES! ELECTRIC CHAIRS!
Will Come Out on June 9th!
Spread the news: My official autobiography, SNAKES! GUILLOTINES! ELECTRIC CHAIRS! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group, will come out on June 9th! Preorder your copy today, and keep an eye out on dennisdunaway.com and Facebook for special events and book signings.DD