Tag: Arts/Entertainment/Nightlife

DJ Fixed (Single release party) wsg/ DJ Disc Detroit and ‘The Don’ Jeffrey Woodward

Friday, March 30 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
DJ Fixed (Modern Tribe)
DJ Disc Detroit (Detroit Deep Sessions)
‘The Don’ Jeffrey Woodward (Detroit Deep Sessions)

DJ Fixed is an accomplished underground DJ & Producer. Performing Techno, Minimal and Tech-House, he has performed continually at the annual Flint Drop Fest, and with a variety of shows for promoters Strange Luv Productions, Modern Tribe & Deep Sessions. Including, but not limited to Meltdown 6.5, Detroit Wave City, Beats & BBQ, Bass Market and many more.

Currently finishing his debut single for the Modern Tribe Label, DJ Fixed is poised to become an international superstar.

DJ Disc Detroit: Detroit Deep Sessions is a project by Dj Disc…Detroit with the help of a group of DJs in Detroit. It aims to set a stage & give exposure and promote electronic music our Guys & Dolls spin (Deep House &Techno) in the city, and play a role in sparking Detroit’s renaissance and all over the world.

“The Don” Jeffrey Woodward: Coming up from the north side of Flint, Mr. Jeffrey Woodward got his musical education from an early age. Growing up he listened to Rock &Roll until the age of 12, when he crossed over to R&B. By the age of 16 he was visiting Disco clubs on a regular basis. In the process, he got hooked on the Detroit R&B DJ’s of that era, such as Tiger Dan, Marvelous Marv, and The Electrifying Mojo. Working his way up from shop bars and roller rinks, the 80’s turned into a pivotal point in his career. Disco had faded into the newest craze, House Music. Listening to DJ’s like Duane Bradley, Barry Michaelton Grant, Ken Collier, and Jeff “The Wizard” Mills. In 1986, Mr. Woodward was the first DJ north of Detroit to play House Music at the old Blackstone’s. 1988 he worked at Buy-Rite Music where he was immersed into Detroit’s House and Techno scene. By 1992 Jeffrey made the move to Detroit and continued his passion for House and Techno. In 1996 he started The Detroit Housing Commission and became a co-resident at the legendary Club 246 when he first started playing U.K. Garage. By ’98 he brought UKG to Lush Lounge in Hamtramck, pulling massive crowds and packing the dance floor with this new sound, and started working at Melodies and Memories in Eastpointe. While hustling records there, he met DJ CDX who introduced him to Detroit’s underground rave scene with the DubTech Crew. For the next 3 years, his skills and passion for his art, led him to gigs playing with the likes of DJ Pierre, Roy Davis Jr.,Terrence Parker, Paul Johnson and Frankie Bones and has cemented his reputation as a true Detroit legend and the status of The Don of UKG. With the changing laws of the early years of the 2000’s brought on many changes. In 2001 DubTech broke apart and sent Jeff on a new path. He continued doing gigs under the DHC banner. By 2006 he became involved with newdetroitradio.com, which eventually turned into burstradio.com, where he is a featured DJ and co-host. He is currently a member of the Deep Sessions crew and the Convergent Sound Family. In the new decade, Mr. Woodward is bringing his classic Detroit style UKG to new generation of electronic music fans. UK Garage. Imported from Detroit. [Blend-FM]

Detroit Anarchy Punk Rock Festival

Saturday, March 24 / 7pm doors / $10

We’ve united bands of different styles of punk rock from the far corners of the scene to bring you Detroit Anarchy…

This Lineup is 100% Made-In-Detroit Punk Rock!

The in your face raw power rock of Screw

Featuring two members of seminal Detroit punk band Feisty Cadavers: The Goddamnits

The 90s Van’s Warped-style Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus

New kids on the block quickly climbing the ranks, Lily Livers

With their energetic chops making for a very powerful kickoff, opening the show with a bang, Grommet

In addition to the all out musical assault happening all night at PJ’s Lager House, there will be vendors and artists present to show and sell their wares ranging from guitar string/pick jewelry to henna tattoos to music memorabilia! We’ll even have a punk rock tarot reader in the house!

LINK FOR DISCOUNT PRESALE TICKETS: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1618258

Sarah Borges / The Britemores / DeSoto Drive

Friday, March 23 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $8
Sarah Borges (Rock and roll)

Sarah Borges: To watch Sarah Borges strut and howl onstage is to participate in rock n roll communion, all glistening sweat and high kicks, soul-shaking and sassy antics. She’s a modern-day retro spitfire, red lipstick curled in a smirk as she summons her six-string to conjure a host of fiery spirits, leaving a stunned and ecstatic audience in her wake.

This same raucous energy shoots through her fourth studio album, Radio Sweetheart, which is a statement of Borges future as much as it is a reflection of her past. Funded entirely by fans, the new album is a sea change marking a split from both Sugar Hill Records (the label that released her two most recent albums) and her longtime band the Broken Singles, all set in motion by a road weariness bred from six years of constant touring and the home-is-where-the-heart-is lure of brand new motherhood.

Nesting in with her husband and infant son, Borges wrote from a fresh perspective, composing in relative solitude in contrast to those years spent on the road. Alone with guitar and pen, Borges unearthed demos written in her teens and fell back under the sonic spell of the Boston-bred indie rock luminariesMorphine, Juliana Hatfieldthat marked her musical coming-of-age in the 90s.

To realize this musical shift, Borges turned to Steve Berlin, an admirer and longtime member of Los Lobos, to produce the new album. Recorded in a week at Bostons Woolly Mammoth studio, Radio Sweetheart is nine originals (plus a cover of Lloyd Prices Heavy Dreams) all imbued with lessons learned from a decade of rock and roll, countless miles spent on the road, and the range of emotions surrounding the dissolution of a band and the growth of a family.

In essence, the new album is just another step in the continual evolution of Sarah Borges. Like most kids, she grew up surrounded by her parents record collection, a mix of Bob Dylan and classic rock, Joni Mitchell and Gene Autry, which she supplemented with her self-proclaimed drama geek affectation for Rodgers and Hammerstein and the guitar- and fuzz-driven spoils of 90s alt rock.

Borges played in her own fledgling indie rock bands in her teens and early 20s before taking a detour into the newly emerging genre of Americana. I felt like I had spent all of this time trying to couch everything in metaphor, and when I started writing Americana songs I could finally say it plain.

Those years spent playing in black box rock clubs and rented VFW halls informed Borges’s style, and she soon found a believer in producer Paul Q. Kolderie (Hole, Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo), who offered to record some demos, which in turn drew the attention of Texas’s Blue Corn Music at the annual South by Southwest music festival. The label released her debut full-length Silver City in 2005, which launched her onto the Americana world’s radar, kicking off a whirlwind of touring where Borges and her band opened for greats like Dave Alvin and Alejandro Escovedo.

Borges’ second outing, Diamonds in the Dark, was released on indie label Sugar Hill in 2007, yet another deal garnered on the merits of a South by Southwest performance. With Kolderie once again at the production helm and her touring bandthe Broken Singlesjumping back into the fray, the resulting album again earned Borges a wide array of critical acclaim.

It was around this time that Borges began to resurrect those rock n roll roots you hear on Radio Sweetheartfirst in her live show, which more often than not found her straddling her guitar atop a table or surrounded by half the audience on stage, and then on her following album, The Stars Are Out, which was released in 2009 on Sugar Hill. While retaining the honesty of songwriting and sense of tradition that permeated her earlier releases, Borges bid adieu to the confines of Americana with free-spirited abandon and an almost punk-influenced grit and growl, a six-string salute from a woman who continues to defy classification and push musical boundaries at every turn.

Nina Sofia Presents: Songwriters in the Round

Monday, March 19 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Nina Sofia (of Nina & the Buffalo Riders — Psych/Blues/Rock)

Nina Sofia of Nina & the Buffalo Riders: “Catch them now before they go supernova. The band’s sound is bluesy and psychedelic while Nina Sofia’s powerhouse vocals are soon to be classified one of the seven wonders of the Midwestern world” (Metro Times).

“The passionate vocals of Nina Sofia which when accompanied…gave the crowd a musical stew that hinted at influences by The Grateful Dead, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and Janis Joplin” (Chuck Marshall -National Rock Review).

Since their formation in early 2013, “Nina and the Buffalo Riders have been steadily building a following in Detroit with music that aches with soul and burns with the heart of rock” (Chuck Marshall – National Rock Review), playing prime time slots at Detroit Winter Blast 2016 & 2017; Showcase D’Holidays 2015; Arts Beats and Eats Royal Oak 2015 & 2016; opening for Detroit’s own Sponge at the Allen Park City Art and Music Festival in 2013, 2014, and 2015; the Metro Times Blowout 2015, Hamtramck Music Festival 2016 & 2017; and the Ferndale City Pride Festival in 2014; headlining venues such as the Magic Stick Detroit; Short’s Brewing Company Bellaire; PJ’s Lager House Corktown; Blind Pig Ann Arbor; Hopcat Detroit; as well as direct support for national acts such as The Steepwater Band Chicago, Mike Leslie of Candelbox, and Detroit Classic Rock royalty Frijid Pink.

“In the sixties, they would have been referenced as a ‘tribal’ band because of their ‘hippie’ tendency. Nowadays, they just play good music and don’t have to worry about labels” (PhilMaq- Radio Personality at 89.3 WHFR).

Black Women Rock! presents Jackie Venson

Sunday, March 18 / 8pm doors, 9pm music $10
Jackie Venson (Indie/Blues)

Jackie Venson: It is legend that a blistering Jackie Venson guitar solo knocked Pluto straight out of planetary existence.

Venson’s “…astonishing mix of raw soul, superb musicianship and laid back grace…” (Austin American Statesman, June 2014) has been compared to the likes of Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and fellow Austin native Gary Clark, Jr. Originally a classical pianist, Jackie picked up the guitar, shortly after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and made the giant leap from the tradition of classical music to the raw and gritty blues.

Enthralled with music since the age of 8, this young singer/songwriter/musician instantly captures your attention with a vibrant musical soul and passionate control of her instruments, that reach far beyond her tender age. As she mindfully blends Blues, Rock, R&B, Soul and more, with her introspective lyrics, the message is clear. When you’re listening to Jackie you hear the “Truth in Music”.

In recognition of her dedication to her craft, Bestfan.com said “Venson is no dilettante, wannabe performer, however a real staple of what a musician can achieve when they put in their 10,000 hours for both musical schooling, and late night pub sessions for practical honing.”

Her live performances revisits what makes music so powerful: emotion and passion. She thrives without the flash, instead favoring a clean sound, genuine soul, and meaningful connection with her audience. Music is not only what Venson does – but also defines who she is and reminds her where she wants to be: performing.
Having finished her second tour of Europe and the recent declaration of “Jackie Venson Day” (May 21st) in the “Live Music Capital of the World” Austin, TX, there’s no doubt she has every reason to lead the way with the trademark smile that accompanies her magnificent musicianship.