Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I'm not going to embarass myself again like I did in January by jumping to conclusions about the Blowout. Nope, not this time. I've waited, and now the schedule is out.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights are all happening simultaneously in Hamtramck, Detroit, and Ferndale. This is not a huge clusterfuck contrived by a cokehead that will be impossible to enjoy. You'll be able to enjoy all three cities within the same night thanks to a unique fleet of shuttle vehicles.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
They've announced the dates, but not the place. With only one weekend, the bulk of the blowout can only be held in one city. Should we start taking bets on whether the blowout will be held in downtown Birmingham this year?
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
"A structure called the “Clock House” burned Sunday night at the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, the latest blaze in a series of fires in recent weeks at the world-renowned art installation."(From the Detroit Free Press)
"Earlier this month, the ATF announced it is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the fires."
Tyree Guyton won't come out and say it publicly, but it's clear what's going on. Someone who lives in that neighborhood is sick and tired of all the hipster tourists rolling through.
Even though the Heidelberg Project took in over $600,000 in revenue in 2011, they want the public to donate $50,000 to add some security to the neighborhood.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
It's a shame that Timmy had a bad night. Did anyone else from that show agree?
According to my hand-scrawled notes, it was just after a fine cover of the Stones' Paint it Black that the trouble started. A large and seemingly very drunk audience member decided to grab Cyril's mic and pull it down toward himself to make a request of the group. Instead, he bonked himself on his bald head with the mic before he finally replaced it clumsily on the stage.
This did not sit well (understandably!) with Groovies' lead singer / guitarist Chris Wilson, who warned the man not to do that kind of thing again. It seemed a fair warning, and I expected the music to get right back on track, but it didn't quite happen that way. Apparently this patron and several of his friends were under the mistaken impression that the rest of the audience had come to see them -- that, indeed, they were the show. Some of them made obscene gestures at Wilson and at least one suggested that Wilson come down and fight him.
Chris opined that this audience member had rather better wait until after the conclusion of the concert to have his butt kicked (or words to that effect). At some point, beer bottles were thrown. One shattered somewhere near me, and I felt a rain of glass shards come down around my head and shoulders.
What Security people were there seemed slow to respond. Even once they got there, it was difficult for them to wrestle the fat balding man out of the hall. And then, even after that, it was not over. Others who remained jeered or shot the bird at Chris and, to his credit, he played the man and would not countenance this type of behavior. He asked for the troublemakers to be ejected from the music hall. Security eventually removed one or two other patrons, and the crowd where we were near the stage had thinned out quite a bit. I thought at that point: "That's it, that's our concert."
That guy couldn't have been talking about Timmy? After all, Timmy only yelled into a mic.
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