Nancy Whiskey Featured in Long John Silver’s TV Commercial

My Nancy Whiskey billboard design made a cameo in the new Long John Silver’s TV commercial airing around the country. The spot, shot in the bar, describes the Nancy Whiskey “famous” fish fry as “nothing fancy, just a tasty good time”.

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Detroit Dish & Design

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Fisher Building
3011 W. Grand Blvd Detroit, MI

VIP Taste: 6:00pm / $75 ($30 Tax Deductible)
Main Taste: 7:00pm-10:00pm / ($45 ($16 Tax Deductible)

Detroit is a city known for innovation. It’s a city that has been home to brilliant innovators throughout history, and continues to breathe creativity through countless disciplines, stemming from a mosaic of cultural influence.

We would like for you to join us as we introduce and celebrate the innovators of those occupying Detroit, and getting our beloved city back on the map as a food, arts and design Mecca unlike any other.

You are invited to join the …

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CBS: ‘Man In The City’ Film Series Will Debut Local Films at Detroit’s YMCA

In the past five years, Detroit’s local film scene has blown up with hundreds of filmmakers working on short films, music videos, and documentaries exploring the changing landscape of the city. With a storied past and bright future, Detroit is the perfect place for storytellers and filmmakers to create and share their day-to-day experiences living and working in Detroit. The Man in the City Film Series gives these filmmakers an outlet to showcase their work. This ongoing event highlights locally-produced films that raise much-needed program dollars for Y Arts of the YMCA. At each event, the filmmakers will be in …

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CBS: British Music Entrepreneurs Bring Music Education to Detroit: Behind the Scenes at DIME

As a Detroit artist, I’ve always looked for a place to call home: a place to develop my skills, create, rehearse, and perform. There was no single place in the city that offered all of these things until Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) opened its doors this spring.

DIME immediately attracted the attention of the local music community. Founded by British music entrepreneurs Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman, and Bruce Dickinson, it’s currently situated at a pop-up location at 1520 Woodward and will soon move into its permanent building this fall at 1265 Griswold in downtown’s Capitol Park neighborhood.

Kevin, Sarah, and …

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World Cup Viewing Party

Thousands of metro-Detroiters made their way to Cadillac Square for the FIFA World Cup LIVE broadcast viewing party and food truck rally in Detroit! This event was a partnership between Opportunity Detroit, Campus Martius Park, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Fathead and the Detroit City Football Club.

For more information on Opportunity Detroit, visit: www.opportunitydetroit.com

 

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Just in time for allergy season…

When Bedrock set out to create a brand new half-million square foot mixed-use development on one of Detroit’s most visible sites, the team agreed to cast aside conventional thinking and assumptions. Instead, Bedrock brought to life an architecturally stunning parking structure with 1,300 spaces that rests  on 34,000 square feet of retail space.

The Z isn’t just limited to cool shops, restaurant, and convenient parking — it provides visitors with the opportunity to experience one of Detroit’s largest and most intriguing collections of street art in a completely unexpected “gallery.” These Limited edition collage design tissue boxes replicate just a few …

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NYC: 3rd Annual VFA Summer Celebration

3rd Annual VFA Summer Celebration

Thursday, June 5th, 7-11pm

IAC: 555 West 18th Street

Keynote speaker: Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans

Performers: Stevie Soul & Omar Aragones

 

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Hiop in Detroit: Detroit X Detroit 4 – Bigger and Better than Before!

This past weekend the fourth installment of Detroit X Detroit took over the Magic Stick in Detroit. Hits from fifteen Detroit bands or singers were performed by some of the leaders and some of the new comers in Detroit’s current music scene. The night included music by legendary musicians including Madonna and The Supremes and also some local favorites such as Phantasmagoria. This year’s DETXDET was the biggest year yet, with probably the most diverse lineup yet as well. That goes for both the actual performers and the music being covered. There was music from Detroit Punk Rockers The Suicide …

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CBS: Keeping Rodriguez’s Legacy Alive at DETROIT by DETROIT IV

Detroit music has always been broken up into eras, and each era has brought us some amazing music. DETROIT by DETROIT is an annual event that lets current Detroit bands cover other Detroit bands…bands that are current – or from some of these past eras.

This year’s DETROIT by DETROIT showcase will take place at the Magic Stick on Saturday, February 22nd, at 8pm. What can you expect? Fifteen local bands will be alternating between two different stages and performing 3-song sets…by other Detroit acts.

This will be my second year participating in this event, and I couldn’t be happier. Last year, I teamed up with my good …

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WDIV: Detroit bands cover Detroit music at Detroit by Detroit

For the 4th year in a row, Detroit by Detroit is heading to the Magic Stick to honor Detroit artists of the past and present. Local acts will be covering their favorite Detroit musicians including Aretha Franklin, Madonna, and the Temptations.

The event started in 2011, as an April Fool’s show, but has now turned into an annual showcase.

“I’m so happy that its caught on,” event organizer Melissa Rowe told us. “Detroit artists playing music by other Detroit artists – a true celebration of Detroit music, and the immense talent that we have here. I’m still in shock that 2014 marks …

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CBS: DETROIT By DETROIT Showcases The Best Of Detroit Music

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) What started as an “April Fools” show has become an annual tradition celebrating Detroit music — Welcome to the fourth annual DETROIT by DETROIT showcase.

The musical showcase will take over the Magic Stick Feb. 22, showcasing the talent right here in metro Detroit, and proving ‐ once again ‐ why the local music scene is unlike any other.

It started in 2011 with 12 Detroit bands covering 12 other Detroit acts. This year, with the same concept, it will feature more bands than you can count on two hands, switching between two stages.

“It’s a musical thrill ride, with each year bringing new surprises,” promoters …

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CBS: Parking Structure With A Twist – Local Filmmakers To Make Documentary about “The Z”

There are a lot of revitalization efforts happening in downtown Detroit to restore the city to its former glory…and I’m loving every bit of it.

Amidst Detroit’s historic landmarks, new construction is occurring, allowing for creative contributions by global artists as we work towards the expansion of the city.

Lately, “The Z” has captured all the buzz – a massive, ten-story, “Z”-shaped parking structure, retail center, and art gallery which recently opened its doors to the public last week. Personally, I believe the most impressive features of this structure are the paint-covered interior walls, showcasing the work of twenty-seven international artists who …

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The Z Artist Teaser

In an effort to spotlight the unique beauty of Detroit, Bedrock and Library Street Collective teamed up to invite 27 artists from around the world to come here and, with fresh eyes, respond creatively to the city.

The positive experiences that these artists share here are part of a new narrative and conversation that is beginning. Artists, with their ability to share their work through social media and with a global population of friends and peers, have become modern versions of artistic town criers, telling new and different tales of our city.

Throughout history, all peoples have proudly celebrated the creative and …

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Shoppers Converge on Woodward for Holiday D-Light Block Party!

DETROIT (WXYZ) – Just a few more days until Christmas prompts shoppers to kick it into full gear. The holiday atmosphere is in full swing in downtown Detroit.

On the 1200 block of Woodward Avenue between Gratiot and Grand River, organizers hope to activate the streets of Detroit.

Retailers are playing host to shoppers, as the evening features live local bands, free food and drinks, as well as holiday deals from local vendors.

Visitors are asked to bring gently used jeans, coats, and other warm clothing to donate to Heart-2-Heart Detroit to help the homeless.

The block party lasts Friday from 6:00 pm to …

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Holiday Dlight@nite Rocks Downtown Detroit

Stevie Soul, local musician and Rock Ventures employee, was the first to perform Friday, but said that he enjoyed calling upon all of the musicians he knew to “jam out.”

“People have been trickling in,” Soul said. “The rain made it a little tough, but D:hive is great, they had no problems letting us ransack their space. A lot of this just has to do with activating this space, revitalizing it and bringing in retail.”

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Holiday DLight @Night on MLive!

DETROIT, MI – Rock Ventures, the umbrella company of Quicken Loans founder and serial Detroit investor Dan Gilbert, is hosting a block party and fundraiser Friday night on the 1200 block of Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. The soiree, called Holiday DLight @night, will feature live music, free food, street performers and shopping deals, among other attractions, the company said in a release Thursday.

The company is asking that attendees bring gently worn clothes such as jeans and coats, or new bath or hygiene products, which will be donated to Heart 2 Hart Detroit, a non-profit that aids the local homeless …

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Festive Attractions Through the Eyes of a Detroit Musician

With all these attractions (and more!), there’s no reason to not support local and enjoy downtown Detroit this season while it’s at its best! In this era of cookie-cutter…well, everything…these festive attractions are sure to provide you with a unique and authentic holiday experience.

So? What are you waiting for?

See you downtown!

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Zupdate & Family Reunion!

Stevie made a cameo performance with Erik Torenberg CEO of RaptFM at the Quicken Loans Zupdate! Stevie was also the voice of Family Reunion 5 at the Horseshoe Casino in Downtown Cincinnati.

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“I Want You I Need You”

Stevie laid down a verse on Stone Kawala & Adamatic new record “I Want You I Need You”. The record pays homage not only to the feel good love songs of the past but also to the Go-Go music roots of Washington, D.C.

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Stevie Soul Stuck in Perpetual State of Beatbox

Stephen Q. Soul, or Stevie Soul as he is known on Rapt.fm, used to love to beatbox. That is no longer the case.

According to the nation’s top Neurologist, Dr. Kenneth Atwater, Stevie’s brain can process thoughts in English but can only express these thoughts via beatbox.

“There seems to be a failure of the frontal lobe in the cerebrum to articulate the appropriate words necessary for Mr. Soul to express his thoughts to others,” Dr. Atwater explained. “I don’t understand it, but his beats are sick.”

Stevie Soul has had an extremely difficult time communicating with others due to his condition. He …

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NF Hero Victor Chukwueke

Honored to have our “Victor” video featured on the CTF website. NF Hero Victor Chukwueke Receives the Strength and Honor Award at The BeNeFit: A Celebration to Beat NF.

Victor Chukwueke, Wayne State University’s 2011 commencement speaker and a University of Toledo Medical School student, was presented with the Strength and Honor Award at The BeNeFit: A Celebration to Beat NF in Detroit, MI on October 26, 2013. Please click below to view a video about this inspirational NF Hero.

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Cameo at QL ISM’s Day!

This past Friday at Quicken Loans ISM’s in Action Day at the Detroit Renaissance Center, Dan Gilbert called on Stevie for a impromptu performance as he used Stevie Soul as an example of how the Quicken Loans family of Companies eat’s their own dog food. Discover more about these ISM’: (QL ISM’s)

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4 Insights From Techonomy Detroit (By: Josh Linker)

Earlier this week, I had the honor of speaking at Techonomy Detroit, a major conference in its second annual occurrence here in the Motor City. While the conference content ranged from education to city planning, from public/private realms intersecting, from jobs to technology, there were a few common themes of the day overall. While it’s encouraging to see these traits from any number of people, these attributes are that much more powerful when exhibited by the sold-out, at-capacity crowd that attended. For those of us in Detroit, this message is loud and clear …

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Rapt 2.0 Beta

Battle Rap for the Masses: Detroit startup allows users to rap with people across the world.

On Rapt.fm, people of all skill levels can rap with anyone around the world, either collaboratively or in battle, in real time, through a Skype-like video feed that allows users to see each other. A session lasts three rounds; with each rapper getting 45 seconds to lay down a verse accompanied by a random beat. (READ MORE)

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Downtown Detroit Days

Inspired by the original shopping event that began in the 1950s, Downtown Detroit Days, in partnership with The Somerset Collection, Quicken Loans and Bedrock Real Estate, will transform the corner of Woodward Ave. & W. Congress St. into the ultimate marketplace highlighting some of Detroit’s best brands, artisans and food vendors. Detroit’s premier pop-up biergarten, Tashmoo, will also be there to help create a one-of-a-kind experience.

Join us for an event like no other and get excited about shopping downtown again!

http://downtowndetroitdays.com/

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