The Oakland Press

I interned with The Oakland Press from April to September of 2013, contributing more than 40 pieces to the publication. Writing in this section provided me with more experience with event previews, features, local news and concert reviews, for a professional publication. Below are some of my favorite clips. Click here for a complete list of my clips.

Concert Reviews

Concert Review: The Backstreet Boys still have a place “In a World Like This,” August 9, 2013

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 This” album.

Black Sabbath blasts into the past and future at DTEAugust 7, 2013

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…

Concert Review: Of Monsters and Men open Meadow Brook summer season,May 29, 2013

This was my first concert review, an experience totally new to me. As the storms cleared on Tuesday night, May 28, above the Meadow Brook Music Festival, Of Monsters and Men celebrated with warmth and excitement during it’s 14-song, hour-and-45-minute set.


Auburn Hills playwright’s “Bronzeville Gold” takes audience back in time, August 23, 2013

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 neighborhood…

Musician Stewart Francke tells the world “What Makes me Strong,” July 29, 2013

Music makes a difference in people’s lives. For musician and Saginaw native Stewart Francke, it saved his…

“The Kings of Summer” Q & A with Jordan Vogt-RobertsJune 3, 2013

“The Kings of Summer” follows three teenage boys, who are fed up with adolescence and their parents. They decide to  run away from home and try to make it on their own by building a house in the woods and living off the land.

West Bloomfield artist exhibit at Lawrence Street Gallery in FerndaleApril 29, 2013

Folk art will be displayed at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale, as West Bloomfield artist Alice Frank presents her exhibit “Artful,” beginning Wednesday, May 1.


Audio expert Vintage King hosts 20th anniversary partyJuly 30, 2013

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 Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise…

Destination: Oakland County, July 21, 2013

Animal exhibits, historic landmarks, nature areas and farms-when venturing through Oakland County, a variety of recreation and entertainment is available…

Highland Games bring Celtic Music, more, to Canterbury VillageJune 25, 2013

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…

Under the Streetlamp doo-wop show benefits Meadow Brook TheatreJune 24, 2013

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…

Children “get harmony” at Sweet Adelines Day Camp and Benefit ShowJune 10, 2013

With schools cutting music programs, Got Harmony Day Camp and Benefit show provides an opportunity for young people ages 11 to 25 to explore music through a day of training and performance, said program marketing coordinator Carole Essenmacher of Vassar.

“Prelude” fundraiser ‘AMPS’ up Milford CommunityMay 27, 2013

Milford’s Central Park will see an orchestra of proceeds this week, with the presentation of “Prelude,” the first movement in a series of fundraising events for the city’s new AMP performance stage.

Frame Your Face for charityMay 19, 2013

John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor, David Letterman and James Dean are just some of the subjects of Birmingham Artist Tom Maniaci’s pop art works for charity.

Art Birmingham was my first story in print for The Oakland Press.
Art Birmingham was my first story in print for The Oakland Press.

Art Birmingham to brim with color on Mother’s Day weekendMay 6, 2013

With more than 150 juried artists, the annual Art Birmingham Fine Art Fair will happen during Mother’s Day weekend in downtown Birmingham’s Shain Park.

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