OK, can anyone help me out? I've got all these memories of growing up in the east suburbs and wanted to know if anyone else remembers these things...Does my memory serve me well? Some of it I can find on the Net and some I can't.
Lived in St. Clair Shores, 9 and Harper, 1980s... went sledding at Balduck Park near St. John's... was there a big old hospital on Windmill Point?...a basement section of about 4-5 shops at Eastland Mall (a restaurant and Hallmark shop down there?)...statues at Eastland and maybe Macomb Mall (Lion and mouse?)...Punch and Judy theater...Woods theater next to St. John's...Arthur Treachers...restaurant that turned into Red Lobster on Mack next to Parcells Middle School (what was it called originally?)...Friar Tucks on Mack near SCS border?...a drive-in at 9 and Harper (maybe where Kmart is?)...A & P at 9 1/2 Mile...Shorecrest Lanes burning down and then being rebuilt (I was in Kindergarten right across the street, freaked me out, biggest fire I ever saw)...tornado in about 1985...flood around that same time- I swam in the street...Milkmen from Twin Pines delivering to our house...
Whaler....you are the man!! Thanks for walking point on this. I'm planning/hoping to hit D-town on June 11...maybe find a couple guitar players and a conga guy to spend some time with....show 'em some new songs and stuff...just sayin'....
Gazhekwe, I can't help but think that you would be the DY Member Most Likely, for answering this question.
I seem to recall that one of the tribe names, among Native Americans, translates to "The Human Beings."
Do you know if that is true? If so, which one?
I must retire, for the night, but I will check back, tomorrow, and I thank you, in advance, for any elucidation you may be able to provide.
OK, I'm going to try to do this right...I'm never good at advanced planning and promotion, but feel the strong need to do so for this community, since I've gotten too good at reporting an event after it happened.
Five years ago, we were surprised by a last-minute addition to Audra Kubat's fourth or fifth monthly Dinner & a Show home concerts in Woodbridge. She got a call from bandmates of Colorado-based avant garde cellist Ian Cooke, who was booked to play the Toronto Pride Festival and was catching small gigs along his drive across the country.
In Detroit, we had the extra advantage of meeting a few of his bandmates with corporate day jobs, since they planned to fly into Metro then continue into Canada with the rest of the group.
Every one of these Denverites were just wonderful people, having the advantage of the extra oxygen nearer sea level certainly helped. I've kept in touch with Ian O'Dougherty, Cooke's guitarist, video producer, and occasional booking agent, ever since. I've always intended on finding a way to bring his musical genius back to town, and showcase his art properly. I've finally found my home to do such things.
We've undertaken a grand effort at the Detroit Contemporary division of CAID (the Contemporary Arts Institute of Detroit) to revamp the music room. Using the existing equipment...all rescued from various states of disrepair, but still state-of-the-art enough for a venue of this size and intent...and through the volunteer energy of two student groups from Ann Arbor...we are ready to finally stage some serious music events.
Over the summer, we will dedicate the room in memory of a very special person who used to play here often.
But for now, please consider joining us for either the Wednesday night or Sunday afternoon performance from Ian Cooke. These are May 8th and 12th, repectively. The Sunday show will co-incide with the closing of the current art exhibits, as well.
Since meeting him, he has earned awards from the local Denver music press and an independent music webzine. You can read about them, and catch a hint of his music style on his site: http://www.iancookemusic.com/