3rd Annual VFA Summer Celebration
Thursday, June 5th, 7-11pm
IAC: 555 West 18th Street
Keynote speaker: Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans
Performers: Stevie Soul & Omar Aragones
This past weekend the fourth installment of Detroit X Detroit took over the Magic Stick in Detroit. Hits from fifteen Detroit bands or singers were performed by some of the leaders and some of the new comers in Detroit’s current music scene. The night included music by legendary musicians including Madonna and The Supremes and also some local favorites such as Phantasmagoria. This year’s DETXDET was the biggest year yet, with probably the most diverse lineup yet as well. That goes for both the actual performers and the music being covered. There was music from Detroit Punk Rockers The Suicide …Read More
Detroit music has always been broken up into eras, and each era has brought us some amazing music. DETROIT by DETROIT is an annual event that lets current Detroit bands cover other Detroit bands…bands that are current – or from some of these past eras.
This year’s DETROIT by DETROIT showcase will take place at the Magic Stick on Saturday, February 22nd, at 8pm. What can you expect? Fifteen local bands will be alternating between two different stages and performing 3-song sets…by other Detroit acts.
This will be my second year participating in this event, and I couldn’t be happier. Last year, I teamed up with my good …Read More
For the 4th year in a row, Detroit by Detroit is heading to the Magic Stick to honor Detroit artists of the past and present. Local acts will be covering their favorite Detroit musicians including Aretha Franklin, Madonna, and the Temptations.
The event started in 2011, as an April Fool’s show, but has now turned into an annual showcase.
“I’m so happy that its caught on,” event organizer Melissa Rowe told us. “Detroit artists playing music by other Detroit artists – a true celebration of Detroit music, and the immense talent that we have here. I’m still in shock that 2014 marks …Read More
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) What started as an “April Fools” show has become an annual tradition celebrating Detroit music — Welcome to the fourth annual DETROIT by DETROIT showcase.
The musical showcase will take over the Magic Stick Feb. 22, showcasing the talent right here in metro Detroit, and proving ‐ once again ‐ why the local music scene is unlike any other.
It started in 2011 with 12 Detroit bands covering 12 other Detroit acts. This year, with the same concept, it will feature more bands than you can count on two hands, switching between two stages.
“It’s a musical thrill ride, with each year bringing new surprises,” promoters …Read More
There are a lot of revitalization efforts happening in downtown Detroit to restore the city to its former glory…and I’m loving every bit of it.
Amidst Detroit’s historic landmarks, new construction is occurring, allowing for creative contributions by global artists as we work towards the expansion of the city.
Lately, “The Z” has captured all the buzz – a massive, ten-story, “Z”-shaped parking structure, retail center, and art gallery which recently opened its doors to the public last week. Personally, I believe the most impressive features of this structure are the paint-covered interior walls, showcasing the work of twenty-seven international artists who …Read More
In an effort to spotlight the unique beauty of Detroit, Bedrock and Library Street Collective teamed up to invite 27 artists from around the world to come here and, with fresh eyes, respond creatively to the city.
The positive experiences that these artists share here are part of a new narrative and conversation that is beginning. Artists, with their ability to share their work through social media and with a global population of friends and peers, have become modern versions of artistic town criers, telling new and different tales of our city.
Throughout history, all peoples have proudly celebrated the creative and …Read More
DETROIT (WXYZ) – Just a few more days until Christmas prompts shoppers to kick it into full gear. The holiday atmosphere is in full swing in downtown Detroit.
On the 1200 block of Woodward Avenue between Gratiot and Grand River, organizers hope to activate the streets of Detroit.
Retailers are playing host to shoppers, as the evening features live local bands, free food and drinks, as well as holiday deals from local vendors.
Visitors are asked to bring gently used jeans, coats, and other warm clothing to donate to Heart-2-Heart Detroit to help the homeless.
The block party lasts Friday from 6:00 pm to …Read More
Stevie Soul, local musician and Rock Ventures employee, was the first to perform Friday, but said that he enjoyed calling upon all of the musicians he knew to “jam out.”
“People have been trickling in,” Soul said. “The rain made it a little tough, but D:hive is great, they had no problems letting us ransack their space. A lot of this just has to do with activating this space, revitalizing it and bringing in retail.”
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DETROIT, MI – Rock Ventures, the umbrella company of Quicken Loans founder and serial Detroit investor Dan Gilbert, is hosting a block party and fundraiser Friday night on the 1200 block of Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. The soiree, called Holiday DLight @night, will feature live music, free food, street performers and shopping deals, among other attractions, the company said in a release Thursday.
The company is asking that attendees bring gently worn clothes such as jeans and coats, or new bath or hygiene products, which will be donated to Heart 2 Hart Detroit, a non-profit that aids the local homeless …Read More
With all these attractions (and more!), there’s no reason to not support local and enjoy downtown Detroit this season while it’s at its best! In this era of cookie-cutter…well, everything…these festive attractions are sure to provide you with a unique and authentic holiday experience.
So? What are you waiting for?
See you downtown!
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Stephen Q. Soul, or Stevie Soul as he is known on Rapt.fm, used to love to beatbox. That is no longer the case.
According to the nation’s top Neurologist, Dr. Kenneth Atwater, Stevie’s brain can process thoughts in English but can only express these thoughts via beatbox.
“There seems to be a failure of the frontal lobe in the cerebrum to articulate the appropriate words necessary for Mr. Soul to express his thoughts to others,” Dr. Atwater explained. “I don’t understand it, but his beats are sick.”
Stevie Soul has had an extremely difficult time communicating with others due to his condition. He …Read More
Honored to have our “Victor” video featured on the CTF website. NF Hero Victor Chukwueke Receives the Strength and Honor Award at The BeNeFit: A Celebration to Beat NF.
Victor Chukwueke, Wayne State University’s 2011 commencement speaker and a University of Toledo Medical School student, was presented with the Strength and Honor Award at The BeNeFit: A Celebration to Beat NF in Detroit, MI on October 26, 2013. Please click below to view a video about this inspirational NF Hero.
This past Friday at Quicken Loans ISM’s in Action Day at the Detroit Renaissance Center, Dan Gilbert called on Stevie for a impromptu performance as he used Stevie Soul as an example of how the Quicken Loans family of Companies eat’s their own dog food. Discover more about these ISM’: (QL ISM’s)Read More
4 Insights From Techonomy Detroit (By: Josh Linker)
Earlier this week, I had the honor of speaking at Techonomy Detroit, a major conference in its second annual occurrence here in the Motor City. While the conference content ranged from education to city planning, from public/private realms intersecting, from jobs to technology, there were a few common themes of the day overall. While it’s encouraging to see these traits from any number of people, these attributes are that much more powerful when exhibited by the sold-out, at-capacity crowd that attended. For those of us in Detroit, this message is loud and clear …Read More
Battle Rap for the Masses: Detroit startup allows users to rap with people across the world.
On Rapt.fm, people of all skill levels can rap with anyone around the world, either collaboratively or in battle, in real time, through a Skype-like video feed that allows users to see each other. A session lasts three rounds; with each rapper getting 45 seconds to lay down a verse accompanied by a random beat. (READ MORE)Read More
Inspired by the original shopping event that began in the 1950s, Downtown Detroit Days, in partnership with The Somerset Collection, Quicken Loans and Bedrock Real Estate, will transform the corner of Woodward Ave. & W. Congress St. into the ultimate marketplace highlighting some of Detroit’s best brands, artisans and food vendors. Detroit’s premier pop-up biergarten, Tashmoo, will also be there to help create a one-of-a-kind experience.
Join us for an event like no other and get excited about shopping downtown again!
Yesterday at Oakaloosa, Detroit hip-hop group Clear Soul Forces performed on stage with Stevie Soul and the Rapt Collective!
Also sharing the stage with Them: The Palmer Squares, Alex Wiley, Kembe X, Deshawn Supreme & CrackKillz Da G.O.D
Oakaloosa is the region’s first fully philanthropic music festival. Featured acts include Girl Talk & Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Buy tix: www.oakaloosa.comRead More
DETROIT (WJBK) - If words can create momentum, then a group of local rappers say business tech companies in Detroit are on a roll. And one young CEO is betting on its success.
“We need to get user growth up. We need to seek more capital and we need to launch our product,” says 23-year-old Eric Torenberg, the creator and CEO of rapt.fm.
The Web site and social media experience is all about rhyming to the beat. “People go on for all sorts of reasons,” says Torenberg. “They want someone to rap with; they want to compete; they want to get noticed.”
The site is backed by Dan …Read More
Five Three Dial Tone Records proudly presents the release of George Morris’ Organ Solo 7″. Four tracks meticulously selected to be pressed which will include a download of a full 10 track Organ Solo album… fifty extremely limited white vinyl versions will be available with an alternate cover, alongside our very first black vinyl record. Weirdo inserts and lyrics and possibly even a free hug coupon come standard. Sharing the stage on this night is James Linck, Stevie Soul & Omar Aragones, and Illy Mack. It’s free, it’s 18+, and it wants to be your best friend.Read More
You walk into a room. You hear a trumpet. You hear drums. Naturally, you think you’re about to look over and see a stage full of instruments. Instead, you see Stevie Soul – Detroit beat boxer, armed with nothing but a microphone…and his incredible talent.
CBS 62 caught up with Stevie, and we got the lowdown on his latest projects – plus his feedback on Detroit music…
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