Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to film virtual spring season at the Michigan Theater
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will be releasing performances recorded live this season at the Michigan Theater. The performances will feature additional virtual chamber concerts and will be paired with takeout meals from local restaurants. AdA2SO musicians rehearse at the Michigan Theater. (Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra)The symphony also consulted with Washtenaw County Health Department’s medical director Dr. Juan Marquez on how to safely perform during the pandemic. An Ann Arbor native, Joyce, 28, attended Pioneer High School and studied violin with the symphony’s Concertmaster Aaron Berofsky.
Upcoming virtual forum to help local creative entrepreneurs manage their businesses
DETROIT – Creative entrepreneurs including fine artists, authors, poets, comics, storytellers, dancers, production experts, musicians and others across Detroit are struggling because business help that is bailing out many small companies does not always help those who work alone. The Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship is hosting a forum to help creative entrepreneurs become sole proprietors and handle their businesses. This virtual forum is at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 and co-sponsored by The Community Reinvestment Fund with help from the Opportunity Resource Fund, First Independence Bank and the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project. The forum is open to artists in all genres. AdRead more: Detroit headlines
Ann Arbor-based Whip Jams highlights local musicians in carpool karaoke-style episodes
Hosted by Tree Town’s Nadim Azzam, Whip Jams is part jam session, part personal interview. Whip Jams host Nadim Azzam interviews Ann Arbor-based Dani Darling for the season finale. While the series is similar carpool karaoke, which features well-established artists, Whip Jams focuses on music discovery. “A huge part of the whole idea for Whip Jams, aside from just showcasing, is really curation. Watch Whip Jams season one episodes on Facebook and YouTube.
Musicians around the world perform to honor South Lyon musician lost to suicide
SOUTH LYON, Mich. – World-class saxophonist Eric Domanico would have turned 20 years old on Monday, but he unfortunately lost his battle with mental illness over the summer. Musicians across the globe are honoring the South Lyon teen while bringing awareness to depression among the youth. The childhood photos of Eric Domanico are like any other families’ -- birthday parties, playing outside, friends, family and just being a kid. To honor Eric’s memory, 40 saxophonists from around the world came together to perform with Eric in a virtual tribute. “I was with my sister-in-law when we played it,” said Claire Domanico, Eric’s mother.
Musicians Can Win $2,500 - Tune In To Somerset Collection Contest
Here’s your chance to win $2,500! So many local musicians are missing the stage and performing. This holiday season working musicians won’t be entertaining at holiday parties, corporate events, or at their local music venues. Somerset Collection is thrilled to support Detroit musicians by holding the Tune Into Somerset Collection contest. Somerset is looking for piano players, harpists, guitarists and more to perform during the holidays safely for mallgoers.
Teen musicians needed for spooky Neutral Zone virtual event
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Neutral Zone is looking for teen musicians to perform at its pre-Halloween virtual event. Musicians can submit their original music for the opportunity to play during the Who Ate My Spooky Snacks live stream event on Friday, Oct. 30. Applications are open to high school-aged musicians and all genres of music. Performers will play in their own spaces and will need a device and strong internet connection for their performances. Community members with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-545-6869.
Rapper Tory Lanez charged with shooting Megan Thee Stallion
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles prosecutors on Thursday charged rapper Tory Lanez with shooting artist Megan Thee Stallion during an argument earlier this year. Lanez is accused of shooting at Megan Thee Stallion's feet, hitting her, after she left a SUV during a fight in the Hollywood Hills on July 12, according to a release. The complaint states Lanez “inflicted great bodily injury” on Megan Thee Stallion. Lanez, a 27-year-old Canadian rapper and singer whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, is due to be arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles. At the time of the shooting, Megan Thee Stallion was already a major hip-hop star following a triumphant year that saw her nominated for artist of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Detroit’s Majestic Theatre Center listed for sale
DETROIT – As Michigan businesses slowly start to reopen, Detroit’s historic Majestic Theatre has been placed on the market. The Majestic Theatre and Magic Stick are both part of the National Independent Venue Association. In May, the organization estimated 90% of independent venues nationwide could close down permanently due to COVID-19. RELATED: Independent music venues look to Lansing for assistance amid pandemicIn 2018, the Majestic Theatre underwent a $1 million renovation to restore its façade and improve the stage and concert area. The Majestic Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
Independent music venues look to Lansing for assistance amid pandemic
Many stars -- from Motown to Bob Seeger, Big Sean, Madonna, Kid Rock, Jack White and Eminem -- became big names playing big venues, but the smaller venues have fostered an ongoing business and culture that’s in danger of disappearing. In May, the organization estimated 90% of independent venues nationwide could close down permanently due to COVID-19. There are more than 80 Michigan venues that are a part of NIVA, most are in Metro Detroit. These independent venues asked the federal government for assistance and didn’t receive any. NIVA said it needs about $10 million for the more than 80 independent venues across the state to stay afloat.
Musicians develop cover album to benefit Detroit homeless shelter
DETROIT – A group of musicians, including Detroit-based band Sponge, are coming together to help raise money for the Pope Francis Shelter in Detroit. Sponge, which has been performing since the 1990s, usually plays for a benefit concert at St. Andrews Hall every year. In lieu of the usual performance, the band is working with other local musicians to develop a fundraiser record album -- a vinyl record. Sponge lead singer Vin Dombroski, said six Detroit bands and artists are contributing to the album. “We know that the pandemic has affected the music community more than any other industry, so the fact these musicians were committed to coming together and helping the Pope Francis center means the world to us,” said Chris Harthen with Pope Francis Shelter.
Musicians struggling through pandemic get chance to perform at reinvented Arts, Beats & Eats festival
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. The Arts, Beats and Eats Festival in Royal Oak may have been canceled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but organizers are still working to help local artists. A Go Fund Me campaign has launched to support musicians, with Oakland County planning to match every dollar raised. But you cant take t-shirts back, cant take CDs back, so were kind of tied up, said Pauly Brady with Stone Clover Band. The Stone Clover Band will be performing and raising money to help out with costs and bills that have been piling up. Theyre also doing art shows by appointment and sending food trucks into Oakland County neighborhoods.
Watch Detroit Youth Choir perform for the Bill Brown Ford Concert Series
This article is sponsored by Bill Brown FordBill Brown Ford has been hosting concerts on their Facebook page to help support local musicians and now its time for the biggest one yet! Host Tati Amare chatted with Anthony White, the Detroit Youth Choir Artistic Director, and Matt Garchow with Bill Brown Ford about the Detroit Youth Choirs performance in the Bill Brown Ford Concert Series. The Bill Brown Ford Concert Series was created to entertain people at home while supporting musicians. The Detroit Youth Choir hasnt been able to perform because of the pandemic but they are focusing on projects like the Bill Brown Ford Concert Series for performance opportunities. DYC will perform in the Bill Brown Concert Series tonight at 6pm on facebook.com/billbrownfordWatch the video to see what you can expect from the upcoming DYC concert!