Category Archives: Art and Culture

The Disinformants, Crime Victims and Nick Zomparelli usher in Totally Awesome Fest 2016 …on episode 45 of the Saturday Six Pack

Every year, in late April, a free, all-ages, multi-venue festival of weirdness called Totally Awesome Fest descends upon the sleepy little midwestern hamlet of Ypsilanti. There’s no escape from it. No one is immune. Like it or not, you will experience beauty and magic. It permeates every element of village life. Walking through town, one […]

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George Harrison’s estate, saying it was “offensive” to play “Here Comes the Sun” at the RNC, suggests they should have played “Beware of Darkness”

I’d rather not get into specifics, but I had kind of a difficult day yesterday. And, knowing this, Clementine and Linette made me a nice dinner that started with a big gin and tonic, some time alone on the couch with George Harrison, and a big bowl of homemade artichoke dip. [During times of stress, […]

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Austin’s Dead Music Capital Band performs “Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)” in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park

This past Sunday afternoon, after wrapping things up at the Crash Detroit street band festival, my friend Dan Gillotte’s undead marching band from Austin, Texas, the Dead Music Capital Band, swung by Ypsilanti to perform a set in Riverside Park. Here they are performing their song “Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)”. I’m […]

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Help us welcome Austin’s Dead Music Capital Band to Ypsilanti this Sunday

This Sunday afternoon, if you’re in the vicinity of Ypsilanti, drop by Riverside Park at about 3:30. That’s when, according to what I’ve heard, members of Austin’s premier un-dead brass band, the Dead Music Capital Band, fresh from their performance at the Crash Detroit street band festival, will be dropping by to serenade us with […]

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Bruce Conforth on the real life of Robert Johnson, the real hell of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and what it was like coming of age inside Izzy’s Young’s Folklore Center as the young Bobby Zimmerman hammered out songs on the typewriter in the back room… on episode 44 of the Saturday Six Pack

When I first started talking with ethnomusicologist Bruce Conforth about the possibility of his being on the show, I wasn’t exactly sure what we’d be talking about. He didn’t seem terribly enthusiastic about the prospect of discussing his time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, where he was the founding curator, […]

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