Monday, February 28, 2011

Bob Seger | Official Site | News > Downtown Train

Bob Seger is known for his roots in Detroit and his love for the city shines through often times in his lyrics. He has just released his own rendition of "Downtown Train" and I heard it for the first time today and enjoy it. I remember this song from my childhood and it is nice to hear this new take on it.Bob Seger | Official Site | News > Downtown Train

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Home - Believe in Detroit

Fin out how you can join the "Believe in Detroit" campaign and make a difference for our city!!!Home - Believe in Detroit

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Detroit Photography

I like this collage of photography of Detroit. Just a few of the sites that are included; The Michigan Central Depot, Comerica Park, Renaissance Center, old warehouses.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Historic Boston Edison Association, Detroit Neighborhood History

The City of Detroit is known for the automotive industry and certainly for it's music. Detroit is also rich in history. There has definitely been some history lost with the construction of new stadiums downtown. I think it is sad to see historic buildings that are not cared for or must be torn down. Still, progress is important and keeping the city alive with the construction of new buildings has it's definite rewards. I do enjoy the historic buildings and homes throughout the city and the Boston Edison District is one of my favorite historical sites. I have driven through the streets there on occasion just visualizing what those streets may have looked like as that neighborhood began to grow in it's early days. These stately mansions each have their own personality which makes me think that each original owner probably took great pride in their home and it's uniqueness. The Boston Edison District boasts over 100 years very rich in history and it permeates through the streets. You can read about the history of this neighborhood and much more here.Historic Boston Edison Association, Detroit Neighborhood History

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Marcus Belgrave - Detroit's Master Trumpeter and Mentor

A master trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, recording
artist and producer, Marcus Belgrave is the co-founder of the Jazz Studies Program at The Detroit Metro Arts Complex and the Jazz Development Workshop in Detroit. He is a very seasoned performer and an amazing talent! I had the pleasure of seeing him perform on several occasions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. You can find out more about Marcus Belgrave here.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Metro Times - Blowout 2011: Schedule

In Detroit, we take pride in music and local musicians! I have always enjoyed live music in Detroit and lucky for me, there are a lot of venues in Detroit to see great shows. We have venues of all sizes. We have venues that are in historic theaters, great little hole-in-the-wall dives, large capacity venues like The Palace (outside Detroit), concerts are even hosted at Comerica Park, The Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, and a host of other staples hosting musical acts. Some of the old staples are Paychecks, Harpo's, St. Andrews Hall and The Majestic.

An event that is coming up in early march, The Blowout, will showcase both the array of talented musicians in Detroit and a variety of venues that support the local music scene. This is a great event for the city and the area. This event is centered in Hamtramck where the nightlife will flow out onto the streets for several days in celebration of our vibrant music scene. Early March in Detroit would still be a time to find the streets a little quiet since the weather is still unfavorable but this is not the case during Blowout. The streets of Hamtramck will be packed with people milling between shows at different venues.
Check out the schedule and plan to catch some great local music! Metro Times - Blowout 2011: Schedule

Thursday, February 17, 2011

YouTube - Dally in the Alley Detroit 2007

This is a great event for Detroit by Detroit! This is a true display of a community working hard to stay vibrant and revive itself. Arts, Detroit goods, Music, People and helping a great cause, reviving Cass Corridor. Put this event on your calendar! YouTube - Dally in the Alley Detroit 2007

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Music of Brazil and the World

Music of Brazil and the WorldI had the pleasure of seeing this Detroit based group perform live in Royal Oak a few years back. I thoroughly enjoyed their performance and was quite taken with their very original flavor. They have a style all their own and they are passionate about their music! Check them out and see what you think . . .

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Michigan Central Depot

Detroit is rich with history. Some of the fascinating architectural history in Detroit lives in buildings that have been cared for and some lives in buildings that are only skeletons of what they once were. One such building is, The Michigan Central Depot. This is one of my favorite buildings in the city. When I look at it, I can just imagine all the people milling about and visualize what it looked like in it's prime. It is sad to see what has happened to the Depot over the years but I see it as not only a reminder of what once was but also a symbol of the potential that our city has for growth. Detroit was once a throbbing heart of activity and it was so vibrant. This building stands as a testament to where we have been as a city and a great reminder of what greatness lies just beneath the surface of this city. The Michigan Central Depot

Monday, February 14, 2011

Detroit Eastern Market - Detroit Eastern Market

Detroit Eastern Market - Detroit Eastern Market Whether you are in search of plants or flowers, fruits or veggies or you want to choose from a selection of locally made specialty food products, Eastern Market is the experience you are seeking! People have been flocking to this public market for over 100 years and with good reason. Saturdays at the market have become a tradition for many and a passion for others. In addition to the rich character of this open air market, is the selection of great restaurants nearby that include a wide variety of cuisines. Plan your Saturday at the Market and maybe it will even become a tradition for you.

Dutch Girl Donuts - Detroit, MI

Definitely the best donuts that I have ever had in the Detroit area!!! If you like donuts and you have not tried a Dutch Girl donut, it is time! Conveniently located at 7 Mile and Woodward . . . no time like the present. Share your reactions here after you try them.Dutch Girl Donuts - Detroit, MI

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Welcome to Lou's Deli

An amazing deli!!! I am not even a fan of Reuben sandwiches but they are out of this world at Lou's! If you are in Metro Detroit, don't miss out on the chance to eat at Lou's.

I am thinking about food a lot while writing this blog, I think it might be time to create my own top ten list of restaurants in Detroit. Wait, only 10?!? Okay, maybe 20, we will see. There are far too many to choose from. Welcome to Lou's Deli

First Annual Motor City Bike Blessing

This year will be the First Annual Motor City Bike Blessing and you don't want to miss it! Only $10 per bike which will include 1 raffle entry and the proceeds benefit, in part, The Friends of the Dearborn Animal Shelter and Kirk of Our Savior. The blessing will be at 1pm. Come on out and be a part of the first year for this great event in Detroit!

Events: Detroit Film Theatre — The Detroit Institute of Arts Auxiliary

A great venue for viewing Indie films. The theatre is beautiful, comfortable and historic with reasonable ticket prices. Plus, there are lots of great restaurants nearby for dining before or after the movie. Make a date! Events: Detroit Film Theatre — The Detroit Institute of Arts Auxiliary

Armandos Mexican Restaurant & catering | an authentic mexican food in the heart of detroit mexicantown

My absolute favorite Mexican restaurant in Detroit is hands down, ARMANDO'S!!! The food is so fresh tasting and the service is so fast at any time of day you will be amazed! There are certainly a ton of other good Mexican restaurants in Detroit's Mexicantown community but Armando's stands out amongst the rest. Armandos Mexican Restaurant & catering | an authentic mexican food in the heart of detroit mexicantown

Vicente's Cuban Cuisine

Talk about fresh, unique and memorable cuisine! At Vicente's in Detroit, you will find the best Cuban Sandwich EVER!!! Try it for yourself and see! Vincente's Cuban Cuisine

Detroit International Jazz Festival

The sights, sounds and flavors that fill the riverfront and the streets of Downtown Detroit attract thousands of music fans. It is one of the most amazing annual festivals in Detroit. The brilliant vibes of Jazz and Blues musicians echo through the heart of the city. Put this event on your calendar because you will not want to miss it! Detroit International Jazz Festival


Okay, this is definitely on my top 10 list of favorite restaurants in Detroit! Slows offers the most extensive selection of on-tap brews that I have seen plus a generous variety of wines. The menu offers are equally as tempting for your taste buds with ribs that fall right off the bone and melt in your mouth. Slows is located near the site of the now vacant lot that once housed the old Tiger Stadium. Check this place out! You will not be disappointed. SLOWS BAR BQ

Baker's Keyboard Lounge - Welcome to Baker's Keyboard Lounge, The World's Oldest Jazz Club

A legendary establishment in Detroit! A true gem in Detroit, having hosted performances by some of the most amazing jazz acts, such as; John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Pepper Adams, Earl Klugh and the list goes on. If you are from Detroit and have not experienced Baker's yet, check it out!! If you are planning to visit the area, put it on your itinerary. Baker's is rich with musical history! Baker's Keyboard Lounge - Welcome to Baker's Keyboard Lounge, The World's Oldest Jazz Club