Month: August 2013

  • Concert Review: Shinedown lets Carnival of Madness crowd be the boss

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Shinedown lead vocalist Brent Smith was a commanding presence Tuesday night, Aug. 27, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, uniting the crowd through both song and story during the fourth annual Carnival of Madness tour. The group headlined this year’s lineup, which also included Papa Roach, Skillet, We As […]

  • Auburn Hills playwright’s “Bronzeville Gold” takes audience back in time

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press With the economy in a slump, playwright and Auburn Hills resident Anetria Cole wanted to look back to the Great Depression, and study how people lived during that time. Her upcoming play, “Bronzeville Gold” shows how a community of African-Americans survived the 1930s by running illegal numbers in the […]


    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit After sampling it a few dozen times as I walked by the store, I finally broke down and invested in Teavana’s most popular tea combination, Youthberry White Tea and Wild Orange Blossom Herbal Tea. And I have to say, I am happy with my purchase. I was pleasantly surprised to find out the store’s exchange […]


    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The weather is getting cooler, the wind is picking up and the days are getting shorter. Summer is on its way out—which means it is time for fall fashion. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Sweater weather is amazing – really, who doesn’t enjoy cuddling up […]

  • History of the Woodward Dream Cruise

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press What started as a small fundraiser for a soccer field has grown into the world’s largest automotive event, bringing more than one million people to Oakland County. This year marks the 19th annual Woodward Dream Cruise. In August of 1995, retired plumber Nelson House was setting up fundraising to […]

  • Detroit native Porcelain Black teases album with live video series

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Fans of Detroit native and musician Porcelain Black should know who is behind the music they listen to. Alaina Marie Beaton, known more commonly by her stage name, began releasing a series of five live performance videos with personal narrative intros on her Youtube channel “PorcelainBlackMusic” last week. “Coming […]

  • Motor City Tap Fest hopes to have crowds moving their feet in Detroit this week

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Dancers of all levels can shuffle over to Wayne State University’s campus for the sixth annual Motor City Tap Fest, hosted by Clarkston native Denise Caston, Aug. 15-17. “We have classes for just about anybody,” Caston said. “The saying is, ‘if you can walk, you can tap dance’ — […]

  • Concert Review: The Backstreet Boys still have a place “In a World Like This”

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press INDEPENDENCE TWP. — Though the world is changing, there’s still a place for The Backstreet Boys. The quintet proved that on Thursday night, Aug. 8, at DTE Energy Music Theatre, with performances of their most popular songs as well as new tracks from the just-released “In a World Like […]

  • Clarkston musician travels with National Youth Orchestra to Europe

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Clarkston French horn player Caelan Stewart made history this month as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, during its inaugural tour to Russia and England. “The highlight was getting to work with the amazing musicians,” said Caelan, 16. “I never played with […]

  • Black Sabbath blasts into the past and future at DTE

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press INDEPENDENCE TWP. — Ozzy Osbourne wanted to see our hands during Black Sabbath’s concert Thursday night, Aug. 6, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. Our f—— hands, that is. As often as possible. And he certainly got what he asked for, from a legion of headbangers thrilled to join […]

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