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DETROIT the Album

“DETROIT the Album” – 40 Detroit Musicians, 10 Original Songs

Forty musicians, broken into ten groups…tasked with writing ten original songs…in three months. Crazy? Maybe a little. Awesome? YES. CBS 62 had the chance to catch up with Derek John – a local gallery owner, familiar face in the Detroit music scene, and oh yeah…the mastermind behind DETROIT the Album. Check it out!

CBS 62–04/02/2014

Stevie Soul & Omar Aragones

Keeping Rodriguez’s Legacy Alive at DETROIT by DETROIT IV

This will be my second year participating in DETROIT by DETROIT, and I couldn’t be happier. Last year, I teamed up with my good friend Omar Aragones to cover Mayer Hawthorne. Omar and I decided to do something a bit different this year; we plan on covering Detroit artist Sixto Rodriguez.

CBS 62–02/20/2014

Folk The Police

Local Bands Put A Unique Twist On Cover Songs In 4th Annual ‘Folk The Police’ Event

Imagine Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’,” Lil Jon’s “Get Low,” and “Root Down” by the Beastie Boys…played in the style of folk music. Awesome, right?

CBS 62–01/24/2014

St. Jerome's Laneway Festival

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Makes its U.S. Debut in Detroit

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is scheduled to make its U.S. debut – could you take a guess at which city it might be headed to? No, it’s not the “typical” cities, New York City or Los Angeles – they’ve chosen Detroit. St. Jerome’s annual Laneway Festival – that grew out of Australia and became one of the biggest musical festivals in the world – will celebrate this year here in Metro Detroit at the Meadow Brook Music Theater on Saturday, September 14th.

CBS 62–09/11/2013

"Josh Draws Himself"

DETROIT PROUD: Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman – you probably know the name from the band The High Strung – he provides the lead vocals and guitar for the Detroit adventure-rock band. Maybe you’ve heard their song “The Luck You Got” as the theme song for the Showtime show, Shameless?

CBS 62–08/14/2013

Melina Marie

DETROIT PROUD: Melina Marie

CBS 62 got the chance to speak with Melina Marie to find out what moves her, why she writes music, and what she’s up to now!

CBS 62–08/13/2013

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr

DETROIT PROUD: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Deciding to shine a Detroit Proud spotlight on Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. was a no-brainer. The duo, comprised of Metro Detroit natives Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott, have achieved national acclaim, yet still stay true to their roots right here in the D. In fact, a recent viral video features Josh and Daniel listing “Reasons Why Detroit Is Awesome” – which WE think is pretty…well…awesome.

CBS 62–08/07/2013

Scott Allen

DETROIT PROUD: Scott Allen

“We all have real jobs now and do the ‘grown-up’ thing, but this is my way to break free from that – we just love music.” You may remember the name Scott Allen from the band Thunderbirds Are Now! – the Metro Detroit band that made a name for themselves in the early 2000s, signing with French Kiss Records and touring throughout Europe, America, and parts of Australia at a very young age.

CBS 62–07/24/2013

(credit: mittenfest.org)

21 bands, 3 stages, and 1 great cause: S’Mittenfest – Detroit’s Newest Summer Tradition

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.

CBS 62–07/18/2013

Left to right: Bryan Squires, Cameron Navetta, Daniel Bowron, Mike Daniele (credit: Brittany Haney)

DETROIT PROUD: Jet Rodriguez

“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.

CBS 62–07/09/2013