“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. CBS 62 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.
Started back in 1993, Concert of Colors was a modest, single day event with the simple goal of bringing the diversity of metro-Detroiters together through music from around the world. Today, it has become a part of the summertime traditions here in Detroit, with 2013 marking its 21st year. This year the concert series with travel to multiple venues in Midtown Detroit over 4 days, still with the same goal of celebrating the wealth of global diversity that fills metro-Detroit through music.
Inspired from the sounds of Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana to The Smiths to Radiohead, Almost Free is the Detroit trio band that can be hard to pin into any one category of music. Formed here in Metro Detroit, the band has been together for 10 years and consists of members Andy Bird (guitar, vocals, and lyrics), Bob Impemba (bass, synthesizer, and noise), and Garren Stevens (drums).
Between fronting the successful Detroit rock band The Sights and serving as one of the music directors at School of Rock, Eddie Baranek has his bases covered when it comes to contributing to Detroit’s rock ‘n’ roll past, present, and future. If you’ve seen Eddie perform live, his energy is contagious, and it’s no wonder he’s working to inspire young musicians to embrace their musical talents. When we told Eddie about our effort to put a spotlight on local film and music, he jumped on board without batting an eye…
Metallica’s Orion Music Festival will call Belle Isle home this Saturday and Sunday, but organizers are hoping for a more permanent arrangement.
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.)
Detroit musicians Flint Eastwood recently challenged Andrew WK to come “party” with them, and with the help of fans (and social media), Andrew WK got the message – and accepted!