Motor City


Review: “Motown the Musical” is a crowd pleaser at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre

TweetDETROIT — “Motown the Musical” returns to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit for a 13-day run, April 18-30, 2017. It began as one man’s story and one man’s dream.  Berry Gordy (Chester Gregory) shattered barriers and changed America’s music in a pop-music revolution.  The musical pays tribute to the black music explosion called “Motown.”  Gordy went against the odds when WJBK radio refused to play colored music. Gordy’s journey began when he wanted to become a boxer, while watching Joe Louis on television. Eventually he bought a modest house inRead More

2017 Autopalooza Celebrates Metro Detroit’s Automotive Heritage

TweetDETROIT – The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) and the MotorCities National Heritage Area (MCNHA) announced the Autopalooza lineup today during a press conference at Cobo Center. Autopalooza is a series of world-class automotive cruises, races and shows throughout metro Detroit that celebrate southeast Michigan’s automotive heritage. Autopalooza 2017 will kick off with a four-day festival of ideas and innovation – Make the Future Detroit – April 27-30 at Cobo Center. The Shell-eco Marathon will return to Cobo Center as a featured element of the celebration. Students fromRead More

Detroit mayoral race features colorful candidates & early frontrunners

TweetDETROIT — America’s “Comeback City” will hold its first mayoral election since it emerged from bankruptcy and emergency management and while it’s taking shape as a two-man race,  the pool of candidates looks interesting. Detroit’s mayor is elected on a non-partisan basis, where the candidates are not listed by political party—but the last time Detroit had a Republican mayor, Germany was the only country whose imported cars threatened the American auto industry, the moon was not a place where any human beings were expected to set foot any time soon, and African-AmericansRead More

WATCH: “Detroit’s Big Comeback” panel discussion @ Crain’s Newsmakers 2016

PHOTOS: LOCASH feat. Michael Tyler @ St. Andrews Hall in Detroit

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit for the “Ones To Watch Tour feat. LOCASH and Michael Tyler.” LOCASH is an American country pop duo composed of Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, natives of Baltimore, Maryland and Kokomo, Indiana, respectively. Their highest-charting single is “I Know Somebody”, which topped the Billboard US Country Airplay and reached number four in the Billboard US Country chart in 2016. Michael Tyler, a self-taught singer-songwriter/musician from Thayer, MO, has experienced tremendous career growth at a very rapid speed. He hasRead More

PHOTOS: “Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate” @ Detroit Institute of Arts

TweetAmericaJR’s Gloria Rzucidlo was LIVE at the Detroit Institute of Arts for their new exhibit “Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate.” It is the first exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts to engage all five senses. In addition to seeing art, you can touch, hear, smell and even taste coffee- and tea-related beverages. From social revolutions that changed the way we drink our morning blends, to design revolutions that changed the objects that we drink from, step back in time to when gathering over a cup of your favorite hotRead More

Reunion at the University of Detroit Mercy Features Dick Vitale

TweetDETROIT —  Oakland ran off to a 52-34 first-half lead and stopped an end of the game rally by Detroit Mercy to take a 89-80 victory at Calihan Hall.  The Golden Grizzlies got 23 from both Jalen Hayes and Sherron Dorsey-Walker and Martez Walker added 20 in a Horizon League contest. A spirited and large crowd enjoyed ESPN’s Dick Vitale as he addressed the present day Detroit Mercy Titan supporters.  His 1976-77 team was honored in a 40th season reunion celebration.  The pep-band was energetic and kept the iconic fieldhouseRead More

Want Free Beer? Come to Comedy Central’s Tuesday ‘Detroiters’ Premiere

TweetDETROIT — Comedy Central is taking a cue from Plato, who once said, “He’s a wise man who invented beer.” They haven’t invented a new brew, but they have created a hot new 10-episode series, called ‘Detroiters’  set and filmed right here in the Motor City. And, to celebrate, they want to buy you a cold one tomorrow night at select metro Detroit bars during its season premiere Tuesday, February 7 at 10:30 p.m. (ET). ‘Detroiters’ stars Detroit-native, Sam Richardson (of HBO’s ‘Veep’) and Clarkston’s own Tim Robinson as aRead More

PHOTOS: Boston College 36, Maryland 30 Football @ Ford Field

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at Ford Field in downtown Detroit for the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl. The game featured a match up between the Maryland Terrapins and the Boston College Eagles. Keep checking back for more photos throughout the game. This was Boston College’s 25th bowl appearance in school history and the 15th over the last 18 years. It was their second time playing a bowl game at Ford Field in Detroit. Their most recent was the 2002 Motor City Bowl when they beat the University of Toledo 51-25.Read More

Musical Review: “Fun Home” impresses during its Detroit debut at the Fisher Theatre

TweetDETROIT — Five-time Tony award-winning musical “Fun Home” made its Motor City premiere at The Fisher Theatre on November 29.  It will run until December 11. The musical is adapted by Lisa Kron with music by Jeanine Tesori. This is a story about a girl, Alison Bechdel (Kate Shindle), who lives in rural Pennsylvania in the 1970’s.  Her character is played by three different people–in three stages of her life.  The adult Alison also narrates the story as it moves along.  Little girl Alison is played by Alessandra Baldacchino.  Teenage/collegeRead More