Audio expert Vintage King hosts 20th anniversary party

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Ferndale-based music equipment company Vintage King Audio will celebrate the store’s 20th anniversary at The Loving Touch bar on Thursday, Aug. 1. Founded by Brothers Michael and Andrew Nehra in 1993, Vintage King started in Detroit, where they ran the White Room recording studio and performed in band RobertContinue reading “Audio expert Vintage King hosts 20th anniversary party”

Musician Stewart Francke tells the world “What Makes Me Strong”

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Music makes a difference in people’s lives. For musician and Saginaw native Stewart Francke, it saved his life. In his memoir, “What Don’t Kill Me Just Makes Me Strong,” Francke discusses how music and the Detroit community helped him get through his struggles to come out tougher, dealing withContinue reading “Musician Stewart Francke tells the world “What Makes Me Strong””

Concert Review: OneRepublic helps blast the rain away at Meadow Brook

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press ROCHESTER HILLS — OneRepublic’s brand of upbeat pop-rock cleared the stormy skies over the Meadow Brook Music Festival  on Saturday, July 27, as the group performed following two Michigan-born opening acts. Tony Lucca was the first up, playing a solo acoustic five-song, 25-minute set. The Pontiac native, who now residesContinue reading “Concert Review: OneRepublic helps blast the rain away at Meadow Brook”

Northville hosts 2nd annual Concours d’Elegance Preview rare car exhibit

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Rare vintage cars will fill the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth for the 35th annual Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, July 28. Northville will host a preview event the day before, featuring 30 pre-war rare vintage cars and other entertainment. This is the second year for the preview, saidContinue reading “Northville hosts 2nd annual Concours d’Elegance Preview rare car exhibit”

Concert Review: Under The Sun tour brings ’90s back in force at DTE

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press It was an upbeat evening of ’90s nostalgia Sunday, July 21, at the DTE Energy Music Theater as Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray headlined Under the Sun, a funny four-hour package show of pop and alternative hits from the final decade of the 20th century. Sugar Ray singer andContinue reading “Concert Review: Under The Sun tour brings ’90s back in force at DTE”

Under the Streetlamp a toe tapping joy for summer

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Doo-wop, Motown and old rock ’n’ roll will fill Meadowbrook Theatre on Saturday, July 20, as Under the Streetlamp brings the retro sounds of the four-piece vocal group to the stage for a benefit concert. Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll, Chris Jones and Shonn Wiley were the original “Jersey Boys.”Continue reading “Under the Streetlamp a toe tapping joy for summer”

In Concert: Dave Matthews rocks DTE

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP — The Dave Matthews Band’s laid-back mood helped clear the stormy skies Tuesday night, July 9, at the DTE Energy Music Theater during its two-hour and 40-minute, 21-song set. “It’s turning out to be a lovely evening, and I hope ya’ll are enjoying yourselves,” Matthews said halfwayContinue reading “In Concert: Dave Matthews rocks DTE”

Concert Review: O.A.R. brings out unusual choices at Meadow Brook

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press O.A.R. brought a Jamaican vibe to a sunny Midwestern Sunday night, June 30, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival with a nearly two-and-a-half-hour set of ska and energetic rock. In casual dress, O.A.R. opened the show with “Lay Down,” spending the rest of the 25-song set dancing on theContinue reading “Concert Review: O.A.R. brings out unusual choices at Meadow Brook”

Oakland County Fair Idol brings music contest downhome

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Vocal professionals and amateurs can step on stage and compete for a chance at $500, in the third annual Oakland County Fair Idol competition. “I think a lot of the fairs are struggling to keep up with keeping everything modern. (Fair Idol) is taking something that’s popular on televisionContinue reading “Oakland County Fair Idol brings music contest downhome”