DSO returns to Meadow Brook, with Joshua Bell

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Joshua Bell will perform with the DSO at Meadow Brook Music Festival on Thursday, July 24. Photo/Wikimedia After a four year hiatus from performing at Meadow Brook, the DSO returns to the venue this Thursday for a concert with violinist Joshua Bell. The DSO last performed at Meadow Brook asContinue reading “DSO returns to Meadow Brook, with Joshua Bell”

A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost bring fun to the Crofoot

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The audience at The Crofoot in Pontiac came together Thursday night, with the meaningfully happy music of A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost. While the bands clearly had a different sound, their message was the same— live for today and enjoy life. A brief opening from Greg Holden startedContinue reading “A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost bring fun to the Crofoot”

Indie pick of the week: Petals of Spain

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The vocal harmonies and music of the Denver-based band Petals of Spain is eerily similar to the Bohemian Rhapsody-rock group Queen, with a hint more brass background instrumentals reminiscent of Sublime. Nic Hammerberg, Hunter Hall, Mason Shelmire, Dylan Johnson and Taylor Imbrogno of Colorado are the five “petals” that makeContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Petals of Spain”

Whitecaps defeat Snappers 2-1, completing three game sweep

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Joint efforts from West Michigan Whitecaps right-hander Austin Kubitza and new shortstop Will Adames helped the team defeat the Beloit Snappers 2-1 Sunday afternoon, a game that allowed them to complete a three game sweep. Nothing got past the 6-foot-5 Kubitza, who struck out eight runs, and Adames provided himContinue reading “Whitecaps defeat Snappers 2-1, completing three game sweep”

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: The Black Atlantic

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit With acoustic guitars and a floating feel, listening to The Black Atlantic is an escape. But behind the seemingly light sound are strong lyrics, with very emotional themes. The stage name belongs to Geert van der Velde, a folksy alternative rock singer-songwriter from the Netherlands. “For as long as I can remember,Continue reading “Indie pick of the week: The Black Atlantic”

Indie pick of the week: AfterMidnight

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit An emotional and reflective sound is what Oklahoma band AfterMidnight delivers to listeners’ ears. Lyrics filled with hopeful depth about life and love layer over strong instrumentals to produce music reminiscent of John Mayer, Neon Trees, The Lumineers and One Republic. “Our music has a lot of passion, energy, and meaning,” KarimiContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: AfterMidnight”

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”

TRANSITION INTO THE NEXT SEASON WITH A FEW FALL ESSENTIALS

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 upContinue reading “TRANSITION INTO THE NEXT SEASON WITH A FEW FALL ESSENTIALS”