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we are promoting all the great talent in/around detroit music, art, fun things to do and other motorcity aspects etc... in the most dangerous city in the US
There was a new documentary that was recently filmed over a two year period in the Detroit area called “Street Fighting Man”. It is not about MMA or anything like that but looks at the lives of three Detroit area men, each a generation apart, as they seek to define their lives in post-industrial Detroit. I am working an interview about the documentary but wanted to put a shout out for those you are interested in backing a film. They are raising money to help with the post-production phase of the film which includes paying for an editor, composer, color correction, archival news footage and sound editing and mixing. This could be something fun for those who would like to do something in film but have never had a chance to be part of the business. They have different pledge levels starting at a mere $5 which gets you "sincere thanks" to $4,000+" which will give you an "Associate Producer" credit, 2 tickets to the world premiere and a dinner with the filmmakers. To become a part of the film, the lowest level to be part of it would be the $33 level which gives you a special thanks credit which I always find interesting to see you helps out. Sometimes you see very interesting names pop up in those and imagine what it would be like to see your name (this level also gets a digital download of the movie and a poster of the film). So you can be a part of a film and increase your cool factor with your friends when you fast-forward to those credits for not that much money. Check out the website, www.tinyurl.com/streetfightingman, for all the info you will need about the film and the process so you can decide if and how much you would like to contribute. It definately is a once in a life time experience for the adventurous. Hopefully I will have more later.
Saw a couple of cool up and coming bands at a local music shop in my area, The Bop Shop. Starting off was the Reverlers which was formed by the joining together of the Red Stick Ramblers and Pine Leaf Boys, two bands from Louisiana on the forefront of the Louisiana cultural renaissance. The plays a style which combines cajun, country, blues and zydeco. They are at that stage where they are trying to grow their following, touring in a white van and selling one of the guys father's spices to help pay for gas money and the like. I saw them at a toned down event but these can rock when they break out their full ensemble. Individually, the band members have played behind some superstar talent like natalie Merchant and Linda Rondstant and recently have some music featured in season 3 of the series "Treme" so keep an eye out for them.
The next day they had a street jazz band from New York City called the Baby Soda Jazz Band who are pretty well known in the Big Apple. They hone their musical skills by playing on streets and in the subway which also gives them the opportunity to meet more people to bring their music too. On July 20th, they will be playing Cliff Bell's Jazz Club so get out and support this wonderfully unique band.
Hope you enjoy the above band and here are some choices I recommend for this week and surprisingly Tuesday seems to be the hot day.
Tuesday (6/5) – Feist @ Power Center (Ann Arbor), Jonathan Richman @ Magic Stick, Roger Waters @ Joe Louis Arena
Thursday (6/7) – Sonic Lunch w/Laith Al-Saadi @ Liberty Plaza (Ann Arbor)