A Celebration of Detroit Sound

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) made for an amazing venue. Special thanks to Café 78 for providing the delicious eats and drinks. Below you can check out details from the event including the performances, music playlist and all the sites from the night.

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Inside Out (iO) Detroit Poets

iO is a nationally recognized hub of creativity for K-12 students in Detroit who are curious about exploring their worlds through the power of poetry. Since 1995, iO has helped to amplify the voices of thousands of students by dispatching established and emerging poets and writers into classrooms. The writers conduct creative workshops work side-by-side with students over the course of the year, helping them to create poems, stories, artwork and stage-ready performance pieces. Students contribute to their school’s literary journal, which is published and presented by iO at the end of each year during in-school galas.


Zander Michigan

Zander Michigan is a folk/blues singer/songwriter from Detroit, MI. He plays the guitar, the harmonica, and sometimes even plays the fool. His Bob Dylan style vocals, heavy strum, and cheeky lyrics make him a classic sounding musician in an age of futuristic banter. His debut album has just been released in March 2015. Titled Zander The Great, this album has all the power of the Greek Gods behind it. Zander has gone full production with this record, using, not only his harmonica and acoustic guitar, but drums, piano, and electric guitar, along with his characteristic howling vocals. With track names like “The Great” and “Bathtub Gin” the album sets the tone for an in-your-face, no cares given experience that everyone can get excited about. He decided to go full band to add some depth to his music. He felt that the stripped versions of songs didn’t have the same bite that he wanted.


Collective Peace

Collective Peace was originated by saxophonist, LaDarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson and LaKeisha “Ideeyah” Johnson. When asked to perform at “Dilla Day”, a day in honor of the great James “J-Dilla” Yancey, (Producer & founding member of Slum Village), Saxappeal put together a band. After performing an amazing set of music, the audience exploded! Then a few people shouted out, “What’s the name of the band?” Sax responded, “We haven’t really come up with one.. We’re just a collective piece.” Pepper Holton (Mother of Detroit LEGEND emcee, Big Proof) was in the audience at the time. She shouted out, “That IS your name! You ARE Collective PEACE!” A wave of excitement hit the audience as the movement began on that day.

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Music Sets

Rewind and get the scoop on who was on Jon Moshier’s loal mix playlist from the WDET member party with songs from Tunde Olaniran, Lac La Belle & other Detroit artists.

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StoryCorps Detroit Podcast: House, Techno, Raves and Voguing

Sam's Jams: Je Ne Bois Pas Beaucoup - Les Ya Toupas du Zaire

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Sam's Jams: The Jackson Sisters - I Believe In Miracles

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Sam’s Jams 005: Words and music with Detroit artist Xavier Jack

Sam's Jams: Mary Clark - Take Me I'm Yours

Jazz Guitarists Peter Bernstein And Randy Napoleon Perform Live In WDET's Studio A

Sam's Jams: Connie Laverne, "Can't Live Without You"

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Keeping the Funk Alive: Iconic Motown Guitarist Eddie Willis Dead at 82

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Milo Minute: Black Shampoo, The Go Rounds, WhateverFest, Habibi

Live From Studio A: Detroit psych-rock band 3FT perform "Hey Love"

Sam's Jams: Phyllis Hyman - Living Inside Your Love

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Ian Finkelstein's Duality/Detroit Celebrates Black History Month at MotorCity Wine

Sam's Jams: Brainstorm - Journey To The Light

Stream Live: "Detroit Performs Live" wsg Jessica Hernandez, Bettye LaVette & Alexander Zonjic

Sam's Jams: Charles Trees, "Acja" featuring Marcus Elliot

Ian Finkelstein's Duality/Detroit Celebrates Black History Month at MotorCity Wine

Sam's Jams: Little Beaver - Concrete Jungle

"Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" Explores Final Words of Black Men

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Sam’s Jams: Eddie Kendricks - Body Talk

Sam's Jams: Alice Clark, "Don't You Care"

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Sam's Jams: Fruko, "A la Memoria del Muerto"

Ann Delisi's Essential Conversations: Barrett Strong

Sam's Jams: Karin Krog, "The Meaning Of Love"

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