What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (7/21/14): Innovation, Billy Brandt, Luddites, Swing, and More Family Fun

Check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Tuesday, July 22nd, at 6:30 pm: Innovate Farmington, a chance to explore the WHAT iF! of newer technologies, apps and businesses for those intrigued by what is coming next. This group will hear presentations by local entrepreneurs and inventors deploying newer technologies. At Metro Work Space (33316 Grand River Ave.)

Wednesday, July 23rd, at 7:00 pm: Family Fun in Riley Park with Jason Kollum, juggler, stilt-walker, and balloon artist.

Billy Brandt

(C) Michael Hacala

Thursday, July 24th, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with multiple-award-winning musician, Billy Brandt and his group The Sugarees and their eclectic, jamming style that features a variety of musical genres from folk, rock, country, Celtic, and Americana.

Thursday, July 24th, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Friday, July 25th, at 7:00 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor The Ludditesconcert series with The Luddites, an 11-piece acoustic band, equipped with guitars, lots of voices, and a sassy horn section. Winners of seven Detroit Music Awards, their sound is warm: a mix of rock, swing, and gypsy-like folk. Due to construction in Riley Park the concert will be held at the gazebo in front of Farmington Place on Grand River Ave.

 

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Don’t Miss Pitch Perfect on Saturday Night!

Pitch Perfect

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What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (7/14/14): It’s all about Founders Festival

It’s Founders Festival time so check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Thursday, July 17th, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with Atlas Jazz, featuring vocalist Anna Givens, performing a wide variety of jazz, R & B, and rock.

Thursday, July 17th, through Sunday, July 20th: Greater Farmington Founders Festival, featuring the following events and activities:

  • Great music at several venues and stages, including at Riley Park and the Governor Warner Mansion.
  • Beer tent
  • Alley Regalley, featuring fine wine and great music
  • The Botsford parade on Saturday morning
  • Movies Under the Stars in Shiawassee Park on Friday night (Mary Poppins) and Saturday night (Pitch Perfect).
  • Meijer Kids Zone

Alley RegalleyCheck out the full schedule at the Founders Festival web site.

And be sure to say hi, kickstART farmington will be around the entire weekend at various events.

Now through July 19th: Exhibition of work by sculptor Bernadette Marcos at the City Gallery in the Costick Center at 28600 W. Eleven Mile Rd.

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kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: Celebrating Public Art, Holistic City Agendas, and the Creative Economy

Our Friday update here at kickstART farmington highlights some communitygreat articles we’ve read this week dealing with art, creative placemaking, and building great communities. You’re sure to find some inspiration to make your life and our community even better!

1. Celebrating Public Art: A recent trip to Chicago on the first weekend of summer reinforced the importance of great public art. After a particularly harsh winter, the welcoming parks, squares, and plazas of the city were burgeoning with people soaking in the sunshine.

2. Moving to a Holistic City Agenda: Smart growth and smart transportation … are certainly not enough if we reach beyond mere sustainability, as we should, to social equity and justice, to places that not only do less damage but actually repair and restore where damage has been done, to places of nourishment, healing, and resilience.

3. How a Record Label Jump-Started a Local Arts Economy: One thing music brings to a city are these creative small businesses that have a huge impact on the creative economy of the city. It is really important for our city to think about how we can get more of these businesses into our ecosystem.

 

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Voices From Around Town: Laura Mendoza and White Shag

Photo by Steve Sexton

Photo by Steve Sexton

Farmington/Farmington Hills is home to many talented musicians, writers, craftspeople, and artists. Each week we will examine their work, process, and creations.

Laura Mendoza, former music director at School of Rock Farmington, talks about her band White Shag.

Tell me about your band? Who are you performing with, how long have you been working together?

We are a 3-piece hard rock band from the Detroit area. People say we sound like a mix of the MC5 meets Queens of the Stone Age meets Motorhead and we’re known for our live show. This past March we went on tour to play at SXSW in Austin, Texas and last year we won a Detroit Music Award for best hard rock band. We were also on Music Connection Magazine’s hot 100 unsigned artists. Right now we’re working on putting out an EP in September and then heading to the east coast for another tour.

The band consists of Laura Mendoza on lead vocals and bass, Jorge Cortez on lead guitar and vocals and Joe Leone on drums and vocals. We’ve been playing together for about two years now.

If I were to follow you around to hear music in the Detroit area, where would we go? Who would we see? 

Well, we would probably head out to Hamtramck, Corktown or Ferndale. Just a few of the venues we hang out at are Lager House, the Loving Touch, the New Way, the Magic Stick, the New Dodge or Small’s.  One of the better recent shows that we saw not too long ago was Fu Manchu with Electric Citizen (a band from Cincinnati) and Bison Machine, who are a local band. A few weeks ago we caught our friends the ILL Itches at the New Dodge. There’s a lot of music that goes down in Detroit. It’s a shame we don’t have more people in the city to be part of the audience.

What was your first instrument or musical training? 

Laura: I’ve always been singing since I was 4 years old, but I’d have to say it was when I picked up the trumpet in 5th grade and started choir that year too.

Jorge: I started playing piano when I was 4 and hated it. Later on I picked up the guitar and stuck with that.

Joe: I started on piano and then took on the drums. A few years later i started singing.

What advice do you have for young or aspiring musicians?

Being a musician requires a lot of work and dedication. Chances, luck and “being discovered” really don’t happen anymore. You have to make your own opportunities and the only way to do it is with hard work. The band is a full time job. There are so many aspects involved that you have to almost be a jack of all trades in order to cover everything that needs to be done and even then it isn’t always enough. Deciding to be a musician is a big choice.

You can find more information, including music, blog, videos, photos and upcoming gigs at the White Shag web site.

 

 

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We’ll Be at Alley Regalley … Will You?

We hope to see you at Alley Regalley during the Greater Farmington Founders Festival: two great evenings of fine wine, AlleyRegallygreat food, and live music on July 18th and 19th!

And did you know that some of the proceeds benefit kickstART farmington?

So bring your friends out for a fun evening, while helping to support the arts in our community.

See you there!

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What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (7/7/14): Rock, Soul, Swing, Funk, and More Family Fun

Check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Wednesday, July 9th, at 7:00 pm: Family Fun in Riley Park with Randy Kaplan, “the current king of the story song.”

Thursday, July 10th, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with Rock and Soul.

Thursday, July 10th, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Third Coast KingsFriday, July 11th, at 7:00 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor concert series with Third Coast Kings, an eight-element outfit from Ann Arbor. They remain true to the style and technique of proper deep funk & soul. Due to construction in Riley Park the concert will be held at the gazebo in front of Farmington Place on Grand River Ave.

Now through July 19th: Exhibition of work by sculptor Bernadette Marcos at the City Gallery in the Costick Center at 28600 W. Eleven Mile Rd.

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