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Tyler, The Creator Makes Big Splash

On the evening Saturday September 7th at twilight, there were exactly two types of people in Cass Corridor: those who were attending the Jonas Brothers concert, and those who were attending the Tyler, The Creator concert. Despite our unwavering passion for Kevin Jonas in 2008, we are adults now. We put on our hippest clothes and headed to the world’s largest Masonic Temple where it just so happens that Tyler, the Creator was also playing. While few showed up for Tyler’s first opener, GoldLink, those who were seemed invested in his performance. Between him and the second opener, Jaden Smith, GoldLink was the more talented performer. While there is more to be said of GoldLink’s talent, we have much to say about Jaden Smith. Our excitement to see Smith rooted in childhood nostalgia, soon wore off after his set began. To be fair, we had not listened to much of his music since 2012. Nearly every one of his songs were indistinguishable from each other with the exception of “Summertime in Paris” off his most recent album, Erys. The song is catchy, light-hearted, and fun: a necessary break from the monotony. All in all, Smith’s performance was tolerable with the exception of the poorly executed ballad about the struggles of growing up in Calabasas, California. Jaden Smith played the guitar like he watched three Youtube guitar tutorials before the show and felt he was ready to play in front of a crowd of 4,000. 

While having to endure a less-than-satisfactory 45 minute set from Mr. Smith, we now know that it was just 45 minutes before our minds were blown. The show began with Tyler, in full IGOR attire, motionless, surrounded by the synth-y bass of “IGOR’S THEME.” Once the still and silent Tyler built up enough anticipation from the crowd, he broke out into “I THINK”. He followed with an instrumental version of “EARFQUAKE”, where the crowd filled in the lyrics alongside Tyler’s piano. Both Tyler and Smith asserted that Detroit was the best crowd on their tour so far. It should be noted that there have only been five shows so far. During the hour-long performance, Tyler played a set roughly equal in new music and old. We, along with the crowd, were pleasantly surprised by his inclusion of songs from Flower Boy and Goblin. He covered many fan-favorites such as “911/Mr. Lonely” and “She,” notably two of his most energetic performances. His electric stage presence never faltered and held the attention and enthusiasm of even casual fans. Tyler’s performance that night was near flawless with the exception of one tasteless comment at the beginning of the show. He joked that he was surprised that so many showed up to the show as he thought the city of Detroit was “just crackheads and empty buildings.” Regardless of this ignorant remark, we can confidently say this was a show we will never forget. 

 

Nevertheless Film Festival 2019 - July 11-14 at The Michigan Theater!

A new film festival is coming to Ann Arbor to elevate the work of female-identifying filmakers! Among the films are two documentaries with musical subjects which we think our listeners will enjoy:

Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl is a high-energy, female-centered rock odyssey revealing the treacherous line that today‚ artists must walk to survive while making art on their own terms in the digital economy. And it asks the audience: how much longer will the true artists survive? Whether you're familiar with Nash or not, you'll be a fan by the end of this thrilling documentary. Screening July 13 at 6:30pm.

Pipe Dreams is a music competition like you've never seen before -- move over piano and vocal competitions, this is all about... pipe organs! Follow five young organists as they compete in Canada’s International Organ Competition. The screening on July 12 at 8:30pm will be the film's U.S. premiere, and director Stacey Tenenbaum will be in person for a Q&A!

Tickets and more information can be found at neverthelessfilmfestival.com.

Dexter Community Players Presents Gypsy

Touted as one of the greatest musicals of all time, this show features a lush score by Jule Styne, the inventive lyrics of a young Stephen Sondheim, with the funny- and ultimately heartbreaking- book by Arthur Laurents. DCP’s production is directed by Connor Rhodes and assisted by Keshia Oliver, with musical direction by Brian Rose and choreography by Matilda Seagraves.

 

Gypsy tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry, powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, entitled Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper. The memoir and the musical focus on the story of Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother, Rose, and earned Rose a place in the theatrical and literary canon as the quintessential, archetypal “Stage Mother.” 

Gypsy  features songs that have become standards of the musical theatre canon, including “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn,” and the show-stopping “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”.

 

Performances run July 12-14, 19 & 20 at Copeland Auditorium located at 7714 Ann Arbor Street in Dexter, MI. Tickets can be purchased through the link at dexterplayers.com and at the door.

 

Dexter Community Players has been successfully producing theater since 1981 and has brought more than 50 productions to the Dexter community since. DCP is strictly a volunteer organization; it is a non-profit, community-based theater group that

strives to present an authentic theater experience to actors, production staff, members, and audiences. Our membership hosts a wide variety of ages, skills sets, levels of experience, and areas of interest. While our talented cast is highlighted on stage, our entire membership includes those interested in building, painting, sewing, advertising, and much more. For further information visit http://dextercommunityplayers.com/.

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Michigan Jazz Festival turns 25! - Sunday, July 21, 2019

Held on the grounds of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, the very best jazz musicians in Metro Detroit and Southeastern Michigan converge for this legendary one-day event to showcase their wares, and prove once again why they collectively are some of the very best performers in the world!

The legislators of the State of Michigan and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have authored a declaration celebrating the history of Michigan Jazz, to be presented at the festival! MC's will inclue WCBN's very own Michael G. and The Original Zoltan!

A complete lineup of scheduld performers on each individual stage is listed at the newly-updated michiganjazzfestival.org. Call 734-462-4403 for more information!

8 Ball Short Attention Span Theater Film Festival

A night showcasing Michigan short subject movies, video mixtapes, animation, and experimental works from across the state!
This will be a great opportunity to have a fun night that focuses on up-and-coming filmmakers, who could very well be making the next generation of weird and wild cult classics we'll all know and love!

June 11, 7pm at 8 Ball Saloon (the downstairs of The Blind Pig; 21+), no cover!

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WhateverFest at The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard

WhateverFest Detroit is an annual local music festival that features some of the best up and coming talent in the Detroit Music Scene along with some amazing talent from outside the city. This year the festival will once again be a completely outdoor festival. From 12-10pm on June 1st, there will be vendors and live artists throughout the day as well as food trucks and a bar on site to keep those tummies from rumbling.

Come out to see numerous exciting acts including WCBN's Gilad Granot and his band Alluvial Fans!

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WCBN Presents: Girlpool

WCBN Presents: Girlpool at the Bling Pig on April 19th.

The music Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad release as Girlpool occupies a transient space. Their constant evolution makes it perfectly impossible to articulate exactly where their project falls within the contemporary musical canon; this is one of the many reasons Girlpool’s music is so captivating. -- ANTI Records

WCBN and Ann Arbor Film Fest Screening of Two AM

We are partnering again with the Ann Arbor Film Fest for a screening of Two AM on March 29th at 9:00pm in the Michigan Theater's screening room. Here is a description of the film: Two A.M. (Loretta Fahrenholz) is a hallucinogenic fairy tale about peer-to-peer surveillance. Based on Irmgard Keun’s 1937 novel After Midnight, which narrates the rise of the Nazis from a young woman’s perspective, Two A.M. fever-dreams its way through a world of shifting desires, telepathic voyeurism, and ritualistic mind control, while exploring new ideas of post-cinema. Make sure to come out and use our discount code AAFF57_WCBN for this particular screening. See you there!

 

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