2009 Blowout Band Selections Going Out Today: Read This Blog!

January 21, 2009
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If your band has been selected to play the 2009 Metro Times Blowout Music Festival, you will be contacted within the next few days. If you have not heard from us yet, and you are hearing that other bands have already been contacted, DON’T WORRY, it’s a long process. And please, DO NOT CONTACT...
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Calling Local Musicians

January 21, 2009
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Calling Local Musicians

Two things y’all may be interesting in knowing — the first for jazzbos (although it’s certainly not totally limited to that genre); the second for the more rock ‘n’ roll-inclined among you: The Detroit International Jazz Festival — frequently hailed as one of the top five jazz festivals in the U.S. — is now...
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It’s A Great Day…

January 20, 2009
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It’s A Great Day…

…in America! Out with the old; in with the new… And does Aretha know how to wear a hat or what? Ladies and gentlemen, Dee-troit was in the house…!
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Local Tidbits…

January 19, 2009
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Local Tidbits…

So the Gories reunion — which was rumored to take place at the Ron Asheton tribute at the Music Hall Saturday night — didn’t take place after all. Seemed like a pretty far-fetched rumor to begin with (one wonders how these things get started)…but then former Dead Boy/Rocket From The Tomb guitarist Cheetah Chrome...
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Hotel Blowout

January 16, 2009
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Hotel Blowout

Best news I’ve received all day: Maria Stella’s hard work getting hotel deals for the Blowout has paid off. The lowdown is as follows (per Maria Stella): Holiday Inn Express on Michigan and Washington (Detroit) are going to block off rooms for anyone who wants to stay there for Blowout AND they are going...
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Mike Watt’s Ronnie Photos…& “secret” News

January 16, 2009
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Mike Watt’s Ronnie Photos…& “secret” News

Got these via e-mail last night from Stooges‘ bassist Mike Watt. Thought they’re definitely worth sharing with our readers. No captions or photo descriptions necessary, at least not in Detroit: Also, it didn’t run in the paper version of this week’s Ron Asheton tribute cover story… but since Tommy Ramone mentioned it in the...
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To Hell With The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!

January 14, 2009
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To Hell With The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!

Despite what we wrote in this week’s cover story — and despite what nearly everyone with taste and a brain belived — the Stooges did not get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. We repeat, just in case you missed it: THE STOOGES WERE FUCKED BY THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL...
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Ron Asheton Tribute In Detroit

January 11, 2009
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Ron Asheton Tribute In Detroit

The Music Hall in downtown Detroit is hosting a tribute/memorial to late Stooges guitar hero Ron Asheton this Saturday, Jan. 17. All the info from the press release is posted below: Niagara and The Colonel invite friends to pay tribute to the late Stooges guitarist, Ron Asheton as they host, “Ronnie…Thanks A Million,” on...
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Ron Asheton, R.i.p.

January 6, 2009
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Ron Asheton, R.i.p.

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of founding Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, whose body was discovered this morning in his Ann Arbor home. Police received a phone call last night from Asheton’s personal assistant who asked officials to check on the 60-year-old guitarist, as the caller had not recently heard...
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Remembering Kenn Cox, Cultural Warrior

December 30, 2008
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Remembering Kenn Cox, Cultural Warrior

Kenn Cox at Baker’s during the summer of 2007. (Photo: W. Kim Heron) Detroit’s jazz community mourned the loss of pianist and musical activist Kenn Cox on Saturday — even as folks celebrated his life. Years ago, percussionist-composer Francisco Mora Catlett dedicated a piece titled “The Cultural Warrior” to Cox. It was more than...
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