By Bree Houlihan Tuesday started at 8am with continental breakfast and coffee. I spent most of the morning fine-tuning my schedule along side maps and looking up more information for all the artists. The schedules were every changing which left me to messaging artists Facebook’s in hopes of getting some direction back. Tuesday’s agenda: trade show, Black Milk boat party, Mohawk Outdoor stage, and Peelander Z. Again, the wait came for a cab. This time estimates ranged anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours as I should have expected. My cab driver arrived about an hour after my call. I got in the mini-van and the driver introduced himself as QT and that he was so happy to meet me. Showing his southern hospitality he gave me a nice tour as we headed downtown avoiding the traffic. QT showed me the little neighborhood of Hyde Park while shuffling around the narrow streets. We approached the University of Texas campus and he pointed out the $300,000 practice football stadium, track field, then the Longhorn’s Stadium. “We love our football in case you couldn’t tell,” said QT as we passed the stadium spanning a few city blocks. QT dropped me off at […]
It seemed astounding to us that this show, originally scheduled to take place at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, was in danger of being cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Thankfully, the good people at Small’s swooped in and saved the show at the last minute, but it’s still odd just how few people came out for a gig featuring key members of two of the most iconic punk rock bands. Plus, Sylvain is one of the most charming men in rock. It’s especially odd considering the fact that Brian McCarty and Rick Rat of local heroes the Trash Brats opened up the show with an acoustic set fittingly dedicated to Scott Asheton. A closing cover of the Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died” spoke volumes, and they also slotted in a cover of a Cranford Nix tune, another fallen local hero. Of course, the duo played a lot of Brats oldies too, and they sounded great all night, at their best when McCarty took the lead vocals and Rat added the harmonies and “ooo’s.” Syl Sylvain had been playing solo shows like this for years, way before the New York Dolls reunion, and so he’s particularly comfortable standing along […]
Iggy Pop has announced that Stooges drummer Scott Asheton has passed away. The announcement read: My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night. Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Asheton’s have always been and continue to be a second family to me. My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life. Iggy Pop Everyone at the Metro Times would like to add our sincerest condolences, love and best wishes to all of Scott’s friends and family. Rock was a special talent.
Detroit’s ’80s punk scene owes much to Bookie’s Club 870, a gay bar that handed over booking to punk band The Sillies, who set up shows with some of the era’s best punk acts, like Iggy Pop, The Damned, The Dead Boys, The Romantics and many more. The building burned down in the ’90s, but The Sillies have set up anniversary reunions every year. This year’s reunion will be held at The Perfect Pitcher in Taylor, and features nine bands for just $5. The MOD, The Porcelain Doll Collection, Pick Axe Preacher, Christy & The Professors, Dirty Mind In Detroit, Faster Taxi, Bloodline, Saturnine Hello, and naturally, The Sillies are all on the bill. Read the Perfect Pitcher’s Facebook more info, or check out this slideshow gallery of 20 photos from Detroit’s late-’70s punk scene by photographer Sue Rynski.
If you haven’t yet read our recent cover story on the ice breaking operations of the U.S. Coast Guard, we recommend you do so now, but also take a peek at this wild time-lapse video of the Great Lakes freezing over. At one point this winter, the Great Lakes — which make up 1/5 of the world’s freshwater supply — were 88 percent covered in ice. Brr.
Have you noticed the “Man in the City” sculpture installations around Detroit? The colorful silhouettes can be found lurking on rooftops all around town. They started popping up in 2008, and a part of the campaign are “Man in the City”-themed fundraisers to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a program that integrates art activities into the hospital. Wayne State students will host the “Heart of Art” fundraiser to support the Sauve Art Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Michigan Healing Arts Program at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 28 at Harry’s Bar in Detroit. “Man in the City”-inspired posters designed by iconic artists Gary Grimshaw and Carl Lundgren will be auctioned off, as well as other local business merchandise. Check out a video explaining the project, and learn more on the Foundation’s website.