Well, nothing like having to post an entire entry all over again because some stupid jackass hacked the site. Bastards! Anyway...
*Local heroes the Dirtbombs are playing a last minute show in the cozy confines of the Majestic Cafe tonight (Wed., Nov. 28th). The show is being filmed by VICE magazine -- hey, you might end up a star! -- and admission is only $5. Doors are at 9 p.m. Be there or be square.
*And local cult hero Rodriguez is playing a FREE gig next Monday! As our good friend Eve Doster Knepp let us know earlier today (before we were hacked...grrrrrr.....) "even the local watering holes are feeling the pinch from the chaos created by the Matty Maroun bridge brawl in southwest Detroit. Shannon Lowell of Donovan's Pub -- a family-owned business that rests in the middle of the Gate Way Project -- has seen his business all but disappear since construction around his small bar commenced in August of 2007. Parking and driving in the neighborhood has gotten so bad that Lowell is simply trying to raise enough funds to pay his taxes and keep his doors open. Having tried an array of marketing campaigns to no avail, Lowell's musician friends have jumped in to save the day. One of his good friends, legendary folk-rock singer Rodriguez has generously donated a free show to help Lowell atleast recoup enough money to pay his city taxes. This event will take place on Monday, Nov. 2, at Donovan's Pub, 3003 W. Vernor, Detroit; 313-964-2267. Set time is 9:30 p.m., so get there early! And can you believe...NO COVER!" Sounds excellent, no?
*Live Nation is hosting one of its "No Service Fee" days all day today. Until midnight, concertgoers can purchase tickets for dozens of paricipating shows -- including numerous ones here in Detroit -- sans those pesky service charges at LiveNation.com. Also, anyone who purchases tickets today will automatically be entered in a contest to win an Ultimate Access Pass that's good for free admission into many shows at the venue for which they purchase tickets -- either St. Andrew's Hall or the Fillmore -- throughout 2010. Sounds like a deal. The eligible shows include:
Papa Roach /Jet 11/1, The Fillmore Detroit
Cartel 11/3, St. Andrew's Hall
The Cult 11/6, The Fillmore Detroit
AFI - 11/9, The Fillmore Detroit
Kevin Hart - 11/13, The Fillmore Detroit
Saving Abel 11/14, show MOVED from Fillmore to St. Andrew's Hall
Saosin 11/21, St. Andrew's Hall
Hank III 11/20, St. Andrew's Hall
Deadmau5 11/21, The Fillmore Detroit
Less Than Jake 11/23, St. Andrew's Hall
The Cranberries 11/24, The Fillmore Detroit
Electric Six 11/27, St. Andrew's Hall
Pelican 11/28, Shelter
Matisyahu 12/7, St. Andrew's Hall
Dashboard Confessional / New Found Glory 12/12, The Fillmore Detroit
Chris Isaak 12/18, The Fillmore Detroit
*The San Francisco-based freeform electronic experimental group known as Bassnectar will be doing a very special show on Saturday, Nov. 7th, at St. Andrew's Hall. Not only will "the rumble be provided by the Wobble Factory’s PK sound system and the room will flash with Videolicious’ visual flair," as the group -- which killed at last summer's Movement festival -- promises on its Website but they also have "an extraaaa special somethun’ brewin’ for our beloved city of Detroit. This event will be the kickoff to a new facet of the social experiment that is Bassnectar!!!!!" Translating that into English, Bassnectar is working with four Detroit charitable organizations in an attempt to bring awareness to fans. Lorin Ashton, who is the brains behind Bassnectar, is donating $1000 from the show to these groups. And each concertgoer gets a token they can give in support of one of the organizations. The point is not so much the monetary amount,but more to raise awareness of these groups and to get people involved with them, volunteering their time and such. The four organizations involved are Alternatives For Girls, Focus Hope, The Heidelberg Project and Youthville Detroit. Sounds like a worthy cause. Click here for even more info...
*Finally, we are getting more and more stoked for the legendary Roky Erickson's performance at the Magic Stick this Friday night -- Devil's Night in Detroit(how perfect!), to be exact. It'll be his first Michigan performance ever. And if you haven't already, check out our story on one of rock's greatest cult heroes in this week's issue. Despite any problems the sweet man has encountered over the years, his live show are still reportedly incredible. The next three Friday nights promise to be especially rockin' in the D. First, Roky. The following Friday (Nov. 6th) finds Bob Dylan (who has guitar wizzard and Roky's fellow Austin, Texas hometown hero Charlie Sexton, back in his band -- a move that's said to have reinvigorated the bard)...and then Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at the Palace of Auburn Hills on lucky Friday, Nov. 13th. This is the first and only area stop for the Boss's "Working on A Dream" tour. I caught the show in Chicago last spring and it was awesome -- the best I've seen him since he reunited with the E Street Band earlier this decade. Who says living in the Motor City can't be grand? (And go ahead and hack again, mofos. This time, I'm saving a copy of this 'cause I sure as hell ain't typing it again...!)
Mick Collins and crew gets down at the Majestic tonight...
Rodriguez. On Monday. For free!!
Rodriguez photo by Doug Coombe