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”

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”

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”

Power2Give campaign helps Oakland arts groups raise needed funds

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Oakland County arts organizations are seeking funding help with the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign through Power2Give. Arts and culture organization CultureSource will launch the 17th market of national Kickstarter site Power2Give Thursday, June 27. The site matches prospective donors with arts organizations seeking financial assistance. “We’ve gotContinue reading “Power2Give campaign helps Oakland arts groups raise needed funds”

Highland Games bring Celtic music, more to Canterbury Village

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Take a journey to Scotland by heading out to Orion Township for the 20th annual Highland Games at Canterbury Olde World Village June 29-30. The family-friendly two-day Scottish celebration, presented by Ultimate Fun Productions and The Scottish American Society of Michigan, will be five times larger this year, saidContinue reading “Highland Games bring Celtic music, more to Canterbury Village”

Under the Streetlamp doo-wop show benefits Meadow Brook Theatre

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Under the Streetlamp is bringing doo-wop tunes to Meadow Brook Theatre for two benefit shows July 20. At this show, a traveling group of young singers will perform a variety of classic doo-wop, Motown and old rock ’n’ roll hits to entertain while bringing in funds for the theater.Continue reading “Under the Streetlamp doo-wop show benefits Meadow Brook Theatre”

St. Nick’s Opa! Fest celebrates church’s 77th anniversary

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press The members of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Troy enjoy sharing and celebrating their Greek culture each year at a lively festival, the Opa! Fest. This year’s will be the 20th annual Opa! Fest, June 21-23, also celebrating St. Nicholas’ 77th anniversary. “(Opa! Fest is) for everybody, a veryContinue reading “St. Nick’s Opa! Fest celebrates church’s 77th anniversary”

Bloomfield natives bring “Les Mis” to Meadow Brook

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press A dreamlike interpretation of “Les Miserables” will be at Meadow Brook Theatre June 30 through July 3. Director Katherine Carter is an alumna of Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills. She now lives in New York City, and through her theater company, The Other Mirror, she adapts stories for theContinue reading “Bloomfield natives bring “Les Mis” to Meadow Brook”

Concert Review: Lumineers enchant crowd at DTE Energy Music Theatre

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press INDEPENDENCE TWP. — With friendly conversation and folksy music, The Lumineers brought a fun, upbeat show to the DTE Energy Music Theatre on Thursday, June 6. The group’s 14-song, hour-and-20-minute show focused on tracks from their hit  2012 self-titled debut album, plus  a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean HomesickContinue reading “Concert Review: Lumineers enchant crowd at DTE Energy Music Theatre”