Where In The World Is Olin Ezra?

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In a bizarre twist of events over the past week or so, The Olin Ezra Show has apparently been forced off the air in what looks to be the biggest conspiracy to hit Detroit since Kwame Kilpatrick got caught with his text hanging out. Over the past 2 years, The Olin Ezra Show has worked like clock work, taping shows on Sunday afternoons at their headquarters inside Detroit's Russell Industrial Center for release on the following Wednesday. Dr2 has been actively seeking answers since this past week as the OE Show was scheduled to release their heavily touted 100th Episode, only to find that the Host himself, Olin Ezra, along with his entire cast, have mysteriously fallen quite. The strangest part and maybe the most disturbing is that the "100th Episode" never reached the podcast waves this week, an indication that something may have gone terribly wrong. A stalwart of the local social networking sites, Ezra and his entire crew seemed to have vanished in thin air, which only fuels Dr2's fire to find out exactly what has happened to this burgeoning show that has been climbing in popularity since the very first episode aired back in the summer of 2008. Making things that more difficult, if not the least bit strange, Dr2 has been unable to reach Olin, or any of his crew, since last Sunday, when we were invited into the studio for, what was to be, a milestone for the show. (un)Fortunately Dr2 was unavailable that day as we were busy ourselves wreaking Havoc on The River while a number of mysterious events unfolded before our eyes. First off, the outspoken host was hanging with Dr2 during the Lies Unknown EP Release Party in Mt Clemens, when we were abruptly confronted by 2 peculiar looking men that looked to have whispered something to Olin as they brushed into our group. Not really understanding what they said, Olin just shrugged and quipped, "fuckin' feds", quickly turning our attention back to the stage before we noticed that OE was gone. Fearing something bad was happening, the Dr2 Crew quickly took off in search of Olin where we found him at the bar slamming a shot of Patron, strangely, all by himself. As beads of sweat rolled from his brow, OE began quivering as we poked for information as to who those 2 guys were, responding only to subsequent shots of Patron, OE claimed he had no idea........

The following morning, Dr2 learned that when Olin left the venue, he discovered his vehicle was broken into. Surprisingly, the only reported item missing was OE's backpack containing his train wreck laptop, which held every single episode of the Olin Ezra Show, his entire collection of contacts, as well as a number of his censored off air rants that to the uninformed, could possibly be mistaken as "Anti-American". There has been an unconfirmed report that witnesses place Ryan B. Noveltsky's missing blow-up doll near the scene, quite possibly riding Ryan,....ahh shotgun with the two arcane men that had confronted OE earlier that night, but we stress, this is still unconfirmed as of yet.

Growing exceedingly concerned after the purported 100th episode failed to appear this week, Dr2 was finally able to contact a good friend of the OE Show, Les Zaldor, who has also been stymied by the disappearance of cast & crew of the OE Show. It turns out that Les was at the Russell Industrial Center during the early portion of this 100th Episode, but due to a prior commitment left half way through the taping. Interesting that Les should mention a strange encounter on his way out of the building in which, while he was exiting the elevator, 2 ambiguous looking men, wearing jackets stitched with the words, "Home Land Security" across the chest, were entering the same elevator and quietly asked which floor housed The Olin Ezra Show. Fearing the worst, we had Les return to the RIC to look around to see if Olin was bingeing in the control room, which was not out of the ordinary for the eccentric talk host. An hour or so later, we found Les, looking like a desperate housewife, frantically typing away on his "net book" inside the confines of The OE Studios, trying to recover data from a beat up thumb drive, with the numbers 1-0-0 scratched in the casing, that he had found in the rubble outside the Studio door. Being the hacks that we are, Dr2 was able to pull out some sketchy audio that, at first listen, appears to be the remnants of the now infamous 100th Episode. Clearly at some point during the show, we could make out someone busting through doors yelling "Homeland Security, everyone on the floor, now!", followed by what appears to be chairs being knocked over, then what sounds to be someone making a break for it. "Stop him, he's the one we want" was clearly shouted before the audio went, inexplicably dead before a faint voice could be heard through the static, announcing there has been "some technical difficulties", when,out of nowhere, the audio returned, clear as could be, but to our surprise it was Jay Hudson of 89X, and not Olin Ezra. The show continues on with Jay Hud at the controls while, one by one, cast members return to the air, noticeably shaken, and without a word spoken of what had just occurred, only to excuse themselves from the show, giving us the impression that they had just been arrested or something. Now, this is strictly our take on the sound byte, and we have not been able to confirm any of this.

The Cast has been strangely silent this week, while Olin Ezra himself seems to have vanished? Cell phone seems to be dead, no answer to emails, and in the direst development, not one post this week from the host himself, which is extremely weird, not to mention completely out of character for the ever present Facebooker. No word yet on his whereabouts, condition, or if he's been detained, and we have no idea whether or not Episode 100 will ever be aired due to the condition of the thumb drive we found. Wish we could give more details as to what actually occurred last Sunday, but as of right now, this is being treated as a Breaking News Story, and will be updated as more info flows into the Dr2 News Room......stayed tuned, in the meantime, follow this developing story as it happens at The Olin Ezra Show website.

Vote For Detroit's "Victorious Secrets"

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Detroit’s own, The Victorious Secrets, are days away from a potential slot on the MTV VMA Tour, walking the red carpet at the VMA’s, becoming the face of a $30 million dollar national ad campaign (and becoming a household name)…and bringing the win back to their hometown. “We cannot express how grateful we are to Detroit for putting us in this position” says Bryon Rossi (bass and bgv’s.) “And we need our community to support us now more than ever during this last stretch of the competition.” The Victorious Secrets, and Detroit, are competing against bands representing L.A., NYC, and Chicago to become the new FreeCreditScore.com band. People of Detroit can bring the win back to the Motor City by going to this link and voting ONCE PER DAY FROM NOW THRU AUGUST 9th. Voters are also encouraged to share this link with as many people as possible to garner as many votes as possible. To vote, simply click the link below.....

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Tribute to Meatcannon @ The Token Lounge

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Rockers Unite for Tribute to Roadie Joe Scharf aka Meatcannon

Tribute and Benefit Show at the Token Lounge on Saturday August 7, 2010

 

One of Detroit's most beloved rock'n roll roadies, Joe Scharf aka Meatcannon died unexpectedly this past June, leaving an enormous hole in the hearts of Michigan's music community.  On Saturday, August 7, many of the bands Joe worked with will gather to pay tribute to him with a benefit show at the Token Lounge in Westland.  The all-star line up includes performances by 60 Second Crush, Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge/Crud/Orbitsuns), Send More Cops, Eliza Neals (from Bravo's Tim Gunn's Guide to Style), Troubleman (who are reuniting for the show), The Voltramps and Meridith Lorde.  Former Adlers Appetite lead singer, Colby Veil (also of Hollywood Roses and Dopesnake) is flying in from Hollywood for a special guest appearance.  

 

Doors are at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.   Ages 18 and over are welcome to attend. Admission is $10 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Joseph Scharf Memorial Fund, administered by Citizens Bank.

 

In addition to the great live music, there will be a 50/50 raffle, and silent auction with items from Lucky Monkey Tattoo, Zodiac Vodka, Rock N Roll Gangstar Apparel, concert tickets, music memorabilia and more! Friends and family will also be on hand, sharing and celebrating Meatcannon's life with rock and roll road trip stories and other humorous tales! 

 

Joe Scharf aka Meatcannon began roading for some of Detroit's most notorious rock bands in the early 80's. Known for his unshakeable dedication, strong work ethic, and raucous sense of humor, Meatcannon led band tours to SXSW (Austin, Texas), the legendary CBGB's (New York), Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Hollywood's Viper Room, in addition to festivals all over the country.   Joe even served on a music industry panel discussing his roadie work at the 2005 Motor City Music Conference.

 

Tragically passing away at the age of 42, Joe left behind wife Alyssa, and young son Gavin. The Joseph Scharf Memorial Fund benefits Gavin's college education.

 

Don't miss this celebration of Joe Scharf's life. "His heart was into the work and we can thank Meatcannon for all he did for rock and roll by participating in this tribute", explains Sponge's Vinnie Dombroski.

 

The Token Lounge is located at 28949 Joy Rd. in Westland, Michigan, ph: 734-513-5030.

Sizzlin' Summer In The D

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Pop/Rock Songwriter Celebrates New CD with All Ages Show Thursday August 5

The "SizzlinSummer in the D" Series showcases some of Detroit's hottest emerging and veteran artists at the Hard Rock Cafe.  This original music series kicks off on Thursday August 5 with a live performance by Michael Bermudez and special guest Jimmy Atto.  Doors are at 7:00 p.m., the show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m. and all ages are welcome to attend. Admission is just $5.

Michael Bermudez is currently celebrating the release of his sophomore CD "Scattered, Hopeless Hearts", a confessional of raw emotion and grit, addressing themes of life, love and loss.  The full-length rock disc, infused with pop and jazz undertones, was produced by Al Sutton (Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow) and Paul Randolph (Jazzonova), and recorded over a five-month stretch at three Metro Detroit studios including Rustbelt Studios, Solid Sound Studios and Tempermill Studios.

Supporting Michael Bermudez is grass roots balladeer Jimmy Atto.  Performing over 200 shows a year, Atto is a touring powerhouse attracting a large and loyal following from coast to coast.  Atto's Hard Rock show will commemorate the release of his new single "Belong", available for sale at the show and on his web site jimmyatto.com.

The Hard Rock Cafe also validates parking receipts for FREE Parking for those who park at the Farmer Garage (adjacent to the Compuware Building). This is a great way for music fans of all ages to support local music while enjoying dinner and drinks at the Hard Rock.

Mining the best musical talent in Metro Detroit, promoters On the Rocks Detroit are pleased to announce the following line up for the weekly "Sizzlin' Summer in the D" music series:

 

8/5/10 - Michael Bermudez with special guest Jimmy Atto

8/12/10 - Motown legend Barrett Strong and Eliza Neals with special guest Black Hat Trio

8/19/10- Fifth Way with special guest Odayin.

         

The Hard Rock Cafe is located at 45 Monroe St in downtown Detroit.

For additional information, please contact the Hard Rock Cafe at 313-964-7625.

ABK's Summer Killa Cookout

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Saturday July 17th make sure you're at the Hayloft Liquor Stand in Mt. Clemens, MI for the first ever Killa Summer Cookout. This show will feature live performances by ABK, AMB, & many others. Tickets are only $10. We will have the bbq going and will be enjoying the summer time. Come out, drink some brew, slam some jager bombs, and kick it with ABK and his homies.

Tickets available thru Ticketmaster or Rock of Ages in Garden City, MI. Scoop yours today!

ABK's Summer Killa Cookout
July 17, 2010
Hayloft Liquor Stand
140 N. Main St.
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Doors: 6PM
Tickets: $10
All Ages Welcome
Tickets: Buy them here

Doop Returns To The Lager House

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Doop & The Inside Outlaws Live at PJ's  Lager House on July 31

Doop and the Inside Outlaws bring their Americana-fueled rock to PJ's Lager House on Saturday July 31, 2010.  Doors are at 9 p.m., admission is $5 and ages 18+ are welcome to attend.  Grizzled roots rockers Battling Siki and KTG open the show.

Since the 2009 release of his critically acclaimed sophomore CD, "Everett Belcher", Don "Doop" Duprie and the Inside Outlaws have been busy touring - including stops in Texas and Louisiana - spreading their distinctively Detroit brand of working man's roots music to festivals and honky tonks across the land.

In addition to hitting the road, an instrumental version of Doop's track "Blood River", from his debut CD of the same name, was recently licensed by newspaper and web destination annarbor.com for a TV commercial.

PJ's Lager House is located at 1254 Michigan Avenue in Detroit. For more information about the show please call the venue at 313-961-4668 or visit the web site at:  Pjslagerhouse.com

For a complete list of upcoming Doop and the Inside Outlaws concerts visit these insideoutlaws.com and myspace.com/doopandtheinsideoutlaws.

Dr2's Stars & Stripes Preview

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Starting this Friday, Downtown Mt. Clemens will play host to the 4th Annual Stars & Stripes Festival, which has quickly become the Premier Music Festival, and the only major festival to remain free in the Detroit Area. A family friendly event, the festival encompasses the entire downtown district with fireworks, food, shopping, carnival rides and even a petting zoo for the kids. But the main attraction has got to be the music that takes place on 4 stages located through out the
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festival, featuring national, regional, & local acts, this festival has become thee fest to play. With the recent announcement that Detroit's "Comerica Taste Fest" will no longer be held over the holiday weekend, Stars & Stripes jumped at the opportunity to move the festival from its familiar last weekend in June, to the July 4th weekend, while expanding to 4 days. Headlining Friday Nights National Music Stage will be the Rockets, reuniting to bring us their hits from the late ‘70's that include Turn Up The Radio, Oh Well, & Lucille. Opening up for them will be Michigan's own Send More Cops, Stellar Drive, and Dirty Americans to give the night a definitive local flare before newcomers Love & Theft and the Legendary John Waite hit the stage before the Fireworks show that will finish as The Rockets take the stage. The Real Detroit Rock Stage plays host to local upstarts Shockwave, while the Made In Detroit Country Stage (?) welcomes a slew of Detroit Country Artists that includes Stephen Clarke (yes, Channel 7 News Anchor). Julianne, The Wrenfields, and David Shelby, all "made in Detroit" while the lone Nashville resident Ashley Allyson hits the stage around 6:15 pm. Look for local former Motown player, Melvin Davis to drop his blend of Motown over at the intimate Fountain Stage at around 10pm.

Saturday the action continues in overdrive as local

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heroes, Critical Bill, riding a huge wave of recent success, including winning the 2010  Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Hard Rock Group, open up a great night of music on the National Stage that will see the recently reunited Fuel and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil rockin the Clem in front of what will undoubtedly be a huge crowd. The Real Detroit Rock Stage will step it up a notch as it brings in Local MC & Hip Hop Artist HUSH to headline a strong line up that will feature the return of Lies Unknown, the rockin blues of Black Irish, and the sweet pop sounds of Bear Lake during the day. Local Country acts, Red Hill and Austin Scott play the Real Detroit Country Stage on Saturday.

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Uncle Kracker Performed at the 2009 Festival
Sunday will bring a bit of that country twang to the National Stage with local country artists JoCaine & Annabelle Road tuning the crowd for John Michael Montgomery, but as an added twist, the rock band Warrant will finish out the night. Be sure to catch the local rock blues group, The Muggs, who you may remember from Fox TV's Great American Band, and who have just recently returned from a sold out headlining tour across Spain, always a monumental performance from these guys opening up in the afternoon! Mike Lombardi of the hit TV series, Rescue Me, headlines the Real Detroit Rock Stage with his New York based band, Apache Stone, along with a couple of other Dr2 Favorites, Us Minus Them and Electric Playground. The Made In Detroit Country Stage also has a few of Dr2's Favorites with the likes of Yankeville, a real foot stomping time, as well as Karen "Red Winged" Neuman, before Longneck Strangler finishes out the night.

Monday it's a free for all, as Jason Derulo headlines that National Stage and will conclude this year's Stars & Stripes Fest. Be sure to hit up the official Stars & Stripes Festival site for the exact times and locations to all the attractions within the fair grounds. Remember too that all the local eateries, pubs, and shops will be open during the festival, so not only can you grab a bite of your favorite festival food, you'll be able to drop in and take a load off the feet at number of our favorite spots in the Clem, and believe me, there is a lot of them! Beside, with the temp's expected to be in the upper ‘80's all weekend long, a nice refreshing stop in the a/c will keep you going through the night! Get Out and Live Mt Clemens, Macomb Counties best kept secret! See ya around!

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