Thursday, April 18, 2013

Detroit Music Awards are Friday

The 22nd annual Detroit Music Awards will be held on Friday, April 19, at the Fillmore Detroit.
The event will feature live performances by Suzi Quatro, KEM, Katie Grace, Passalacqua, Cybertrybe and HafLife, Sweet Crystal with David Winans, Ife Mora, the Blackbyrd Revue, and Mike Ridley.
Among the numerous awards will be several for blues music.
Nominated as Outstanding Blues Artist Group are Barbara Payton & the Instigators, Erich Goebel and the Flying Crowbars, Howard Glazer, Jim McCarty & Mystery Train, Motor City Josh, and Paul Miles.

Nominated as Outstanding Blues/R&B Instrumentalist are Bobby Murray (guitar), bugs Beddow (trombone/flute), Emily Rogers (bass), Howard Glazer (guitar), Jim McCarty (guitar), Motor City Josh (guitar), Nolan Mendenhall (bass) and Pete Peltier (guitar).
Nominees for Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording include “Angry City” by Brian “Roscoe” White and Lamont Zodiac, “Eat, Drink, Boogie, Repeat” by Carl Henry, “Messin’ With a Fool” by Eliza Neals, and “Spirit of Humanity Show Part II” by Paul Miles.
Nominated as Outstanding Blues/R&B Songwriter are Eliza Neals, Howard Glazer, Motor City Josh, Paul Miles, Stacia Petrie Ford, and Martin “Tino” Gross.
Nominated as Outstanding Blues/R&B Vocalist are Barbara Payton, Eliza Neals, Kathleen Murray, Motor City Josh, Paul Miles, and Tosha Owens.
Guitarist/banjo player Jeff Grand received a nomination as Outstanding Country Instrumentalist and Janiva Magness’ “Stronger For It” (Alligator Records) received a nomination as Outstanding National Major Label Distribution Album.

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Motown House Party
The Howling Diablos -- Martin "Tino" Gross, Eric Gustafson, Johnny Evans, Mo Hollis and Johnny "Bee" Badanjek -- are hosting another Motown House Party on Saturday, April 20 at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills. The evening will include performances by the Diablos and special guests Mike Leslie Band and the Royal Blackbirds.
Advance tickets for the "Spring Fling" are $10-$15 and are available at

Tickets are also on sale now for blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout's performance on June 19 at Callahan's.  It will be a CD release party for
Trout's new album, "Luther's Blues" (a tribute to Luther Allison).
Attic Dwellers rescheduled
Traditionally, the Attic Dwellers acoustic blues group holds its circle jam session on the second Sunday of the month. But, the group has moved its May event to Sunday, May 19 due to Mother's Day. Join the Attic Dwellers from 1-5 p.m. May 19 at Paycheck's Lounge in Hamtramck. The group welcomes beginner and advanced musicians, as well as listeners.
Blues Society addresses postponed event
There were high hopes for the Temple Blues and Gospel Explosion planned for April 12-14 at Masonic Temple in Detroit, with an ambitious schedule of live performances and blues history seminars. But, the event was postponed days before it was set to open.
In an April 9 release, Temple Entertainment Company stated that "the three day event scheduled for April 12-14, is being moved to the fall to accommodate additional artists, non-profits and sponsors."  

" ...In addition to moving to the fall date we will continue to participate and co-sponsor Blues Showcases through-out the city and continue our strong support for the Detroit Blues Society (DBS) and their efforts to promote Detroit’s Blues musicians. We appreciate the efforts of the DBS to get the word about this event out to the Blues Community. DBS was in no way involved in the postponement.
"To accommodate the additional sponsors, to allow for additional time for our participating non-profits to reach out to their constituents, to add additional staging and artists, and accommodate our additional new sponsor promotion and support plans we have chosen to reschedule the three day Blues and Gospel Explosion to the fall."

Shorty afterward, the Detroit Blues Society, which assisted Temple Entertainment Company with promotion and in identifying potential blues acts for the festival, issued a statement on its Facebook page regarding the postponed event.
The statement reads, in part:
"We were stunned when TEC, citing poor advance ticket sales, abruptly decided to cancel an event of this magnitude. We had no advance warning and were not consulted in the decision.
"We apologize to all who were as disappointed as we were with this decision, particularly many of the blues acts that had signed contracts and arranged their performing schedules to be part of the festival.
"For that reason, DBS has advised TEC that it should find some level of compensation for all of the artists who were booked for the event. Furthermore, DBS will have no role in promoting or partnering with TEC in the future without a major effort that repairs the broken relationships and ensuing disappointment of the local blues community."
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