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Friday, November 20, 2009

Fashion in Detroit, A Motor City Year and OCMS show

Joe Faris at Fashion in Detroit at the Detroit Zoo, Thursday, October 1, 2009.   (KATHLEEN GALLIGAN/Detroit Free Press)

Fashion in Detroit has announced that it will hold its spring fashion show at Shed 3 in the Eastern Market on March 19th and 20th from 1-6pm.  The line up of designers has not been mentioned but promises to be a good one according to "Project Runway" alum Joe Faris.  Faris, who resides in Troy, came up with the idea for the shows.  Read the article here.

A Motor City Year

A Motor City Year, a new book by John Sobczak, features 365 images of Detroit from the Woodward Dream Cruise to the Eastern Market.  Sobczak discussed how the images reflect the "fabric" of Detroit on Wednesday evening at the Detroit Historical Museum.  Read the article here.  Sobczak has a similar book titled "Cleveland Classics."

Old Crow Medicine Show, a bluegrass revival/old time acoustic group and one of my personal favorites, is doing a show tonight in Ann Arbor at the Michigan Theatre.  I am sure the concert will feature many of their classic hits like "Wagon Wheel" and "Tell it to Me" as well as new songs from their most recent album (2008) Tennessee Pusher.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dylan at the Fox, Grunge cover bands and Pongtoberfest

Tonight, for one night only, Bob Dylan will be playing at the Fox Theatre in Downtown Detroit.  The show starts at 7:30 and tickets are going for anywhere from 39.50 to 70 bucks.  After researching the set lists from previous concerts on this tour at, it looks like he's doing a lot of older songs, not just the stuff from his latest album "Together Through Life."  Dylan has also released a Christmas album, "Christmas in the Heart."  Proving that he really doesn't care what anyone else thinks.

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Also playing tonight are a pair of Seattle Grunge cover bands, Ten (Pearl Jam covers) and Badmotorfinger (Soundgarden covers), at Ferndale's Magic Bag.  Tickets are $10 in advance and the show starts at 8pm.  This might be a sweet show to see and for only ten bucks it's a steal.  Plus The Magic Bag also serves beer from the WAB across the street so you can drink some quality microbrews while you listen to the sounds of your youth... if you are 27 like me.  I will say that Nirvana was probably my favorite grunge band of the early 90's.  Their tribute band, Nevermind, is currently touring but is playing in North Dakota tonight.  It seems as though all three, plus an Alice in Chains tribute band were touring together as the Sounds of Seattle Tour, but some legal stuff got in the way and Nevermind had to leave the tour.  Bummer, because having all those grunge tribute bands in one night would have been awesome.  It's good to know that some people are still buying flannel shirts and ripped up jeans.

I was recently invited to Pongtoberfest, or Poctoberfest? in Ferndale.  Some really cool people that my wife works with are holding this event at the Ferndale VFW hall tomorrow, Saturday November 7th.  It is a giant beer pong competition and is invite only.  Sadly, I will not be able to take part, but the good news is that events like this take place.  I wish the best of luck to all the team and wish to partake in the future.