Latest exhibit at Lawrence Street has ‘Some Strings Attached”

Stephanie Sokol for Digital First Media Alice Frank combined her favorite artistic elements — watercolors, fired enamel on metal and stitching — to create unique pieces in her latest exhibit “Some Strings Attached.” “These works are my own recipe — I have never seen anything like it,” Frank says. “I tried to experiment and see ifContinue reading “Latest exhibit at Lawrence Street has ‘Some Strings Attached””

Detroit contestant competes on ‘The Price is Right’

Stephanie Sokol  for The Pit Detroit resident Dave Mitchell got a pleasant surprise on a recent trip to Los Angeles. He was in the audience of ‘The Price is Right’ with his 83-year-old mother, when he was called onstage to compete. “It was fantastic, something I never would have thought I would be a part of,”Continue reading “Detroit contestant competes on ‘The Price is Right’”

Pixies kick off North American tour after release of 2 EPs

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The Pixies surprised fans with the release of EPs 1 and 2 in September and January, the first new music from the band after a 20-year recording hiatus. “As a magician, I won’t reveal any secrets, but as EP 1 suggested, there might be an EP 2, and EP 2Continue reading “Pixies kick off North American tour after release of 2 EPs”

SOUTHFIELD RESIDENT ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND OF AMERICAN IDOL

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit It may have been her first time competing, but Michigan musician Malaya Watson, who will advance to the next round of American Idol Season XIII after her performance of “Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin on Wednesday night’s episode, said her audition went well. “At the time it was nerve-wrecking, but it wasContinue reading “SOUTHFIELD RESIDENT ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND OF AMERICAN IDOL”

Indie pick of the week: Derek Atkinson

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit With strong vocals and instrumentation, Derek Atkinson’s music is a grungy blend of reggae and alternative rock, a sound he describes as “Sublime meets Johnny Cash.” “It’s usually pretty hard to describe my sound, and I hear the same from a lot of people, because it blends so many differentContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Derek Atkinson”

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. “ComingContinue reading “Detroit native Porcelain Black teases album with live video series”

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’ —Continue reading “Motor City Tap Fest hopes to have crowds moving their feet in Detroit this week”

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 joinContinue reading “Black Sabbath blasts into the past and future at DTE”

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””