Mittenfest fans, listen up: this year, the annual tradition that celebrates music, culture, and generates money for good cause has a new edition to the festivities: S’Mittenfest. The kickoff for the newest Detroit summer tradition will be headlined with 21 bands – 20 of which are from Michigan and 1 from Ohio – and all proceeds will go to help fund the non-profit organization 826 Michigan. Mittenfest, 826 Michigan’s winter festival, has been a successful 7-year running tradition in Detroit and has managed to raise over $75,000 in support of its free programs for school aged children.
Welcome back to our second playlist in the new DETROIT PROUD running tradition. This week we have quite an eclectic set. We’ve combined our local talented bands and artists, and we’ve thrown in a few of the big names too.
John Mayer used the concert stage to proclaim his love for on-again girlfriend Katy Perry. Mayer kicked off his first tour since having throat surgery last year, and he wasted no time in singing Perry’s [...]
“The fact that it’s got such a great history makes me want to be a part of it, in some small way. It may never ever work out that way, but when it’s all said and done, I would like to have in some way made a fingerprint on the culture of this city, and the attitude toward it. It also holds us to a certain standard musically.” Those are the words of Cameron Navetta, acoustic guitar and vocals for the Detroit band Jet Rodriguez, speaking of Detroit’s renowned music scene.
Welcome to the first of many Detroit-inspired playlists. Each week, we are digging through all of the talent in local and well-known Detroit musicians to put together a mix of Detroit style, Detroit groove, and Detroit rock – with everything from the beloved classic hits to the local numbers you hear at our own Metro Detroit venues.
Frank Woodman was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut – but today, he calls himself “Detroit Proud.” Frank moved to Metro Detroit in 1976 with his mother. He remembers getting off the train at the glorious Michigan Central train station in Corktown waiting for his grandmother to pick them up. “I always try to imagine the hustle and bustle of travelers back in the day,” says Frank.
Metro Detroit has a long list of history-rich, legendary record stores. With all of the choices to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to visit each one. CW50 has put together the ultimate list of where to find that 1956 jazz vinyl you’ve been searching for, or that 1987 cassette tape that you absolutely need to complete your collection.
Don’t let the name fool you, ladies and gentlemen, The Pathetic Sounds of Detroit is anything but, well…pathetic. Instead, The Pathetic Sounds of Detroit, created by Joshua Woodcock and Lee Majors, is intended to be a follow-up to Jack White’s The Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit, the 2001 compilation album that achieved great acclaim and featured many of the biggest up and coming bands of Detroit at the time, including The White Stripes, The Von Bondies, and The Detroit Cobras.
You walk into a room. You hear a trumpet. You hear drums. Naturally, you think you’re about to look over and see a stage full of instruments. Instead, you see Stevie Soul – Detroit beat boxer, armed with nothing but a microphone…and his incredible talent.
Feeling a bit drowsy by lunch time? Need a pick-me-up other than that over-priced, three-shot espresso you’re holding? What would you say to a summer concert series in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, featuring a new band each week, from an impressive list of artists? Oh, did we mention it was free?! (Yeah, that’s one of our favorite parts too.)