REUNION FEVER

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Black Market -- often praised over the years as Detroit's best reggae band -- will reunite for the first time in three years on Saturday, July 26th, at Mario's in Troy (1477 John R Rd., Troy; 588-6000). All of the band's original members will be on hand to celebrate the release of two new products -- In Concert (a collection of live roots reggae, including Detroit guitar legend Jim McCarty, who was a member of the group for almost two years) and Nuclear Reaction, a new CD featuring 12 original tunes. The show is being filmed for inclusion on a new DVD, Black Market: The Movie, a collection of performances and videos filmed as close as Detroit and as far away as Jamaica. The band has received at least 15 awards over the years at both the old Metro Times Music Awards and the newfangled Detroit Music Awards...In other reunion news, Detroit’s legendary hip hop collective D12 (sans the late Proof, of course) reunited last Saturday night, July 12th, at St. Andrews Hall. Royce da 5’9’’ was also on hand (despite his well-publicized falling-out with the group and Eminem some time ago). Among the participants stepping up to the mic to join the crew were Elzhi and Slum Village’s T3

Finally, during Ted Nugent’s recent much-publicized 6000th show at Pine Knob on July 4th, the Madman was joined onstage by original Ted Nugent Band member Derek St. Holmes, as well as Detroit drum superstar Johnny Bee" Badanjek (of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels). The latter wasn’t as much a reunion as a celebration, since Nugent has always pointed at the Detroit Wheels as the local unit that inspired him the most.

The original D12...with their old boss...

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