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He had a CNN internship on his resume, a journalism degree from Central Michigan University and even a job in his field but Gary Cannon was miserable. “I worked for about a week at the newspaper, I hated it and I quit,” he said.

23rd December, 2010 | 0 Comments

Unplugged, Storytellers or just plain acoustic.  No matter how you put it, when you take the loud, electric aspects out of a band’s sound, it creates a whole different dimension.  The Heritage Theater in the Dow Event Center hosted the modern rock band Shinedown in just this format.

09th December, 2010 | 0 Comments

With hundreds of festivals popping up in the summer every year, music fans get a chance to see a number of new bands that they may have never thought possible.  You have your usuals, like Ozzfest, Warped Tour, and Lollapalooza but every year new ones pop up as well.

12th August, 2010 | 0 Comments

Since its inceptions six years ago, the annual Parkapalooza Music Festival at Sanford Lake Park has turned into the perfect synthesis of talent, sunshine, and community, bringing together elements of music, natural splendor, and civic-mindedness into one of the finest ‘end-of-summer’ celebrations to be found in Michigan.

12th August, 2010 | 0 Comments

While record temperatures were sweeping the east coast, heat and humidity soared in Michigan too. However, the unrelenting sun was not enough to keep people away from the Unity Tour, an annual amphitheatre tour headlined by 311.

15th June, 2010 | 0 Comments

100,000 People, 97 Degree Temps and 3 Shade Trees

OK, OK so I’m exaggerating. There were five shade trees. But I gotta tell you I’ve never experienced anything as grueling as four days in Bonnaroo except for maybe high school band camp – excruciating chart readings, incessant practice, lip injuries and plenty of unprotected sex.

15th June, 2010 | 0 Comments

New Years Eve with Aretha

Chapter 1: Aretha Arrives! I made it to my seat at 10:15pm, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Queen of Soul. The hall filled up to two-thirds capacity by the 11 0' clock showtime but it did not sell out – not even close.

15th January, 2009 | 0 Comments

Saturday August 2nd, 2008

I didn't quite know what to expect with this "Hippiefest" concert when I plunked down close to $100 for two pavilion seats. It seemed a bit of a sham, as several of the performers were never quite identified with the Summer of Love in 1967.

21st August, 2008 | 0 Comments

A Santana concert is a musical celebration of all things past, present, and future. Uniquely playing to a three-quarters version of the Palace of Auburn Hills (upper balcony closed all around), Carlos and company traveled far and wide Friday, April 18, once again to spread the positive world-music love that only he can dish out four decades onward.

08th May, 2008 | 0 Comments

"Is there anybody alive out there?" Before the stage lights go up on his November 5th show at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Bruce Springsteen began yet another Michigan rock and roll revival and celebration show.

15th November, 2007 | 0 Comments

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