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  • Final members selected for Red Wings arena Neighborhood Advisory Council

    Unfortunately, we were unable to attend last night’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, which, in case you were unaware, is a 16-member board established to weigh in on the new Red Wings arena near downtown. About three dozen residents and property owners cast ballots by the 8 p.m. deadline on Wednesday inside the Block at Cass Park, The Detroit News reports. It’s the culmination of a handful of community meetings which began weeks ago. Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda Lopez facilitated the meetings, but emphasized at previous meetings that it’s up to the community to conduct business. According to the News, the 12 candidates selected include: Michael Boettcher, Richard Etue, Jason Gapa, Francis Grunow, Steve Guether, Paul Hughes, Ray Litt, Warner Doyle McBryde, Karen McLeod, Delphia Simmons, Melissa Thomas and Anthony Zander. Joel Landy, a land owner in the area, lost his bid. The City Council appointed four candidates last month. As we reported in this week’s issue, the Neighborhood Advisory Committee was negotiated after Olympia Development of Michigan, Detroit Red Wing’s owner Mike Ilitch’s real estate arm, balked on a proposed community benefits agreement.  The committee is charged with the task of offering input on the arena’s design, parking security and more.

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  • James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets coming to the Magic Bag

    The Magic Bag in Ferndale will host James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets on Thursday, May 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. A press release reads, “James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working on his first album in six years. “I’ve got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years,” he says. “Francois Moret at Complicated Game seems to like these songs and (producer) C.C. Adcock thinks he can turn them into a record. Good times fixing to roll.” Label head Moret agrees. “In March 2013, when C.C. Adcock told me we were going to see James McMurtry at the Continental Club in Austin, I expected to see a good show,” he says, “but what I saw left me mesmerized! I immediately knew I wanted to sign him. As a European, it is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most talented American singer-songwriters.” Evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched […]

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  • City Slang: Dead Kennedys to have a holiday in Detroit

    The Dead Kennedys, still with local boy Klaus Flouride in the ranks, will play St. Andrew’s Hall on Tuesday, June 24. Alongside Flouride and fellow original members East Bay Ray and DH Peligro, the current lineup includes singer Ron “Skip” Greer, taking the place of Jello Biafra. Downtown Brown will open that show, which starts at 7 p.m., with tickets priced $20-$25. Give Klaus a hero’s hometown welcome. Just over a week before that, strangely enough, Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine will play at the Magic Stick. It’s a weird coincidence, but one that DK fans should be happy to embrace. That show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $17-$19. Local hardcore vets Negative Approach play before Jello, with the Crashdollz opening the show. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Planet Ant presents A Steady Rain

    The Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck will present a police drama called A Steady Rain May 2 through 24. Planet Ant veterans Ryan Carlson and York Griffith will star in the play, written by House of Cards and Mad Men co-writer Keith Huff. Tickets ($10-$20) are on sale now at According to the press release, “A Steady Rain by Keith Huff focuses on Joey and Denny, best friends since kindergarten and partners on the police force whose loyalty to each other is tested by domestic affairs, violence and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey helps Denny with his family and Denny helps Joey stay off the bottle. But when a routine disturbance call takes a turn for the worse their loyalty is put to the ultimate test.First produced at Chicago Dramatists, A Steady Rain appeared on Broadway featuring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. The Planet Ant production of A Steady Rain is directed by York Griffith featuring Ryan Carlson and Andy Huff. This marks the return of two of Planet Ant’s founding members. Carlson and Griffith. Griffith has served as the theatre’s Artistic Director where he directed the critically-acclaimed productions The Adding Machine and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? […]

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  • You can wear Detroit’s blight on your face

    There is no easy answer to the question regarding what should be done with Detroit’s abandoned homes. However, an Eastern Market company has a solution that could reflect Detroit’s possibly bright future. Homes Eyewear has set out to make the city a little more stylish, and do their part in cleaning it up by repurposing select woods from neglected homes for sunglasses. All of the wood that Homes uses is harvested from vacant houses with the assistance of Reclaim Detroit. A lot of work goes into prepping the wood to be cut and shaped into frames. Homes goes through each piece to remove nails, paint or anything else detrimental to their production (it’s a bit strange to think that your wooden sunglasses could have had family portraits nailed to them). In order to produce more durable eyewear, they salvage only hardwoods like maple or beech, which are difficult to come by as most of the blighted homes were built with softer woods like Douglas fir and pine. If you’re worried about looking goofy, or shudder at the thought of salvaged wood resting on your nose, you can rest easy. Homes currently offers frames in the popular wayfarer style and are developing their unique spin on the classic aviators. For as […]

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Labor Day Festivals Guide

As Labor Day weekend approaches, MT has compiled a definitive list for a memorable last hurrah.

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Hamtramck Labor Day Festival


8.31; North Stage

The Ill Itches (4:30 p.m.)

Stooges riffs and MC5 evangelical vocals are given a deft contemporary spit n’ polish before being re-unleashed by a set of rowdy youths with dirty mouths.


The Octopus (8:30 p.m.)

The Octopus seems to delight in disappearing for a while, then re-emerging triumphantly. It’s a smart ploy — every show is a reunion. Plus, they’ve got killer stoner rock ’n’ roll tunes and an awesome front-woman.


8.31; South Stage

Tunde Olaniran (7 p.m.)

Flint’s Olaniran describes himself as a cultural warrior with a four-octave range and a penchant for dirty synths. He balances precariously at the dead center of crossroads separating R&B, pop, dance and rap; every now and again he falls off, but never gets hurt.


Dennis Coffey (8 p.m.)

Dennis Coffey was one of the Funk Brothers (meaning, for those of you of tender years, that he was a member of the Motown Records house band). Can you imagine the incredible people he has performed with? And now you get to see him in the street in Hamtramck. Lucky bastards.


9.1; North Stage

Danny Kroha (3:30 p.m.)

Danny Kroha seems to be dividing his time between his solo material and his Danny & the Darleans project. Whichever you get, Kroha is always captivating, spacey and genuinely enthralling. His slight frame moves like a damn cobra. Quitcha hypnotizin’, Kroha!


Joe Mazzola (4:30 p.m.)

With the Sugarcoats or, back in the day, the Detroit Cobras, Mazzola has proven himself a great player and smart songwriter. He’s like an angrier Marshall Crenshaw, or a happier Bob Mould.

Golden Torso (7:30 p.m.)

Golden Torso has a kind of sound that hammers the thesaurus out of your hands before hammering you right in the face; amped-up, chugging hardcore-punk revivalist jams, nuanced with some grimy, alt-rock riffs.


9.1; South Stage

The Codgers (3 p.m.)

It’s Irish folk from a Detroit band that has been around since 2006. Don’t expect the punk stomp of Flogging Molly — these guys believe that playing the songs trad is energetic enough. And they’re right.


Mike Hurtt & the Haunted Heart (5 p.m.)

Former MT scribe Hurtt should really have been playing music in the ’50s; that’s where his haunted heart seemingly belongs. The good news is we get to see the rockabilly rascal and his band right now.


Polish Muslims (7 p.m.)

There shouldn’t be a human alive in Detroit who can say they haven’t seen the Polish Muslims. Who wouldn’t want to hear Beach Boys songs rewritten and re-jigged into a polka style? It’s quite literally the life and soul of the party.


9.2; North Stage

Bill Bondsmen (7:30 p.m.)

Grrrr; these guys are pissed — and they’re going to tell you what’s irking them by way of hardcore punk ditties. Phlegm will fly and they won’t be sorry.


Infatuations (8:30 p.m.)

Funky soul meets rock ’n’ roll, courtesy of the ultimate party band. These guys remember when soul was soulful and add a touch of cheesy disco just for the fun of it.


9.2; South Stage

Pink Lightning (5 p.m.)

You’re going to dance with Pink Lightning — and all five of them will likely step on your toes. They’ll take your hand and dip you, straightening their tuxedo bowties; hair tussled and chins still dripping of champagne from their last dance partner’s splash in the face. Plus, they’ll bring their funky bass, disco-punk drums, wailing guitars, wheezing organs and yowling vocals; all will get down.


George Morris (6 p.m.)

The on again/off again Satin Peaches aren’t going to be keeping lead singer Morris busy in the long term, so he’s gone off and recorded a solo album. And it’s really fucking good.


Outrageous Cherry (7 p.m.)

Matt Smith has been playing with his Outrageous Cherry for a couple of decades now. In that time, he has evolved into one of the best pop-rock songwriters in town. He knows how to perfectly balance the pudding with the arsenic, writing anthems that are both bitter and sweet.


Jeecy & the Jungle (8 p.m.)

These guys call themselves “nu-wave soul,” which pretty much hits the nail on the head. Think Elvis Costello fronting Love — and you’re partway there.


Soul Ambassador

Melvin Davis (8:45 p.m.)

Melvin Davis is a true Detroit soul “legend,” a word that is overused, but absolutely applicable here. The man has done everything and played everywhere, and he still looks and sounds great.


Arts Beats & Eats


8.31; Soaring Eagle Stage

Audra Kubat (12:45 p.m.)

Audra Kubat might be a singer-songwriter, but she’s a completely different beast to any similar female artist in the city; mainly because she seems to feel everything so much more. Kubat’s lyrics suggest she’s deeply affected by everything that’s ever gone wrong anywhere — resulting in a vulnerability that’s entrancing.


American Mars (6:45 p.m.)

Dave Feeny has played with Blanche and Goober & the Peas among others, and he heads up Tempermill Studios in Ferndale. Still, one can’t help but think that he’s most at home when playing with American Mars, this most rootsy of Americana bands.


Candy Band (8:15 p.m.)

It’s kinda weird that the Candy Band is going on stage so late considering the fact that it’s a band aimed at young children. Maybe the kids will be allowed to stay up past 9 p.m. on Labor Day weekend and listen to punky versions of songs like “Spongebob Squarepants.”

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