Let’s Hear It For The Band

I’ve always been fortunate and humbled to have some of Detroit’s finest musicians in my bands, and my latest ensemble continues that trend.

This versatile and talented group of cats bring a diversity of experience and musical sensibilities to the table.

They deserve a special shout out.

Let’s start with the quarterback. Weighing in on 4-string and 5-string vintage axes, groove monster Chris Spooner plays some mean, pocket heavy bass guitar. Spoon has been laying down the bottom in a number of Motor City soul, funk, blues and rock bands like YOU, Detroit City Council, The Saints of Soul, and Detroit’s Mayor of the Blues, Paul Miles.

Spoon says his favorite bass player is drummer Steve Ferrone (Average White Band, Duran Duran, Chaka Khan), and he is a loving husband and father of two beautiful daughters.

Tate McBroom is best known around these parts as the drummer and leader of The Gorilla Funk Mob, THE go-to backing band for Michigan’s best hip hop artists. The Mob has supported a who’s who of Detroit hip hop and soul artists – Slum Village, Athletic Mic League, Invincible, One Be Lo, Finale, Monica Blaire and jazz great Allan Barnes, just to name a few. [Read more…]

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Elevation Sundays

Originally published at DetroitFashionPages.com

Man! It’s cold! It’s that bone chilling Michigan cold where the wind whips through you like a chainsaw. By most estimates, it’s the icy temperatures on this frigid February evening that have transformed Ann Arbor’s hottest hip hop night from a steamy, sweaty mass of bodies into a warm, intimate family affair.

Elevation Sundays at The Firefly was founded three years ago by two members of Ann Arbor’s Sky Children hip hop family. Martin “DJ Graffiti” Smith and Jackson Perry of hip hop phenoms Now On approached Susan Chastain, owner of the legendary A2 jazz hang out and asked for a Sunday night spot. [Read more…]

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