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Noggin
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 11:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One thing that seemed to get the crowd going in Ford field were the performances of the old motown sound. Why not have a week long review with just old time motown acts? It can happen in the summer when it is more pleasant and more venues.
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Sharmaal
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 11:51 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kind of like the Shakespeare festival in Stratford?
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Dang
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If they couldn't even pull off a pre-game performance without lip-synching and over-production... what makes you think they can actually pull off a concert?

Stevie Wonder might be the ONLY one able to play a full set these days.

Call it impossible.
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Southwestmap
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 12:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Motown is like Jimmy Dorsey: a historical artifact. The people who promote Detroit need to stop dragging the Four Tops and the Temptations to their bids. The inference is that Detroit hasn't done much in pop culture since 1966!

Please, let's get past Motown - its old, tubby, gray and repitive at this point, except (I agree) Stevie. Aretha transcends it all, I guess. But people, ask ourselves what image we are projecting when we constantly drag out something so old and static.
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1953
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 12:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Motown is not something to get past, but to repackage. The original artists are mainly toast, but the legacy can be used in fresh promotions. If we get Beyonce singing for Martha Reeves, we've got a nationally recognized event with music that crosses demographic lines.
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Leob
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 12:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Forget Motown Acts?- Sure, as we all know, the Baby Boomers (who would pay for tickets) are not a very large demographic anyway.... ;)
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Supersport
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 2:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


quote:

Kind of like the Shakespeare festival in Stratford?




Uh...yeah. That sounds like the hot ticket.
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Jjaba
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 2:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Funk Brothers act is taking the country by storm. Diana Ross and some back-up Supremes, Little Stevie, Aretha, Lionel Ritchie, Martha and the Young Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Nuevo Pips, and on and on. You don't like the Four Tops, try for the NEW Four Tops. What about the Young Temptations? The announcer can be Al Sharpton for all we care. He'd draw them in.

Look, take the lead from Preservation Hall Jazz Band. They are popular and they are all old.

In "Standing in the Shadows of Motown", the artists sing Motown and they are young.

This is a wonderful idea.

Hey, they run the Woodward Cruise circus for a week. It attracts millions to Woodward Avenue. The same can be said of a Motown Festival.

jjaba, singing "Where did All the Love go?" on Dexter bus.
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Ndavies
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Actually sport, it is a hot ticket. Just because it doesn't appeal to you, doesn't mean it's not popular. The tiny town of Stratford draws hundreds of thousands of people during the summer for it's festival.
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Jjaba
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 2:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And nobody understands what the fuck they are saying. jjaba is with Ndavies on that one.

jjaba, Tells it like it Tis.
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Supersport
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quote:

Actually sport, it is a hot ticket. Just because it doesn't appeal to you, doesn't mean it's not popular. The tiny town of Stratford draws hundreds of thousands of people during the summer for it's festival.




I know, my comment was meant to draw RSA outta the woodwork. He hits up that event every year, along with the Star Trek convention down in Ohio somewhere.
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Upinottawa
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The Shakespeare festival in Stratford is top-notch entertainment (even for those without English Lit degrees). Not everything they do is Shakespeare and the productions are always excellent.

http://www.stratford-festival. on.ca/

A Motown-inspired festival could work -- but it would have to be more than just bringing back the oldies. Some of the ideas above are quite good. If it were to take off, then the festival could expand beyond Motown offerings (just as Stratford does more than just Shakespeare). Better start the renos on the Michigan Theatre and the UA!
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Matt_the_deuce
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 3:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How about a Motown Festival where invited artists just play motown songs - not just Motown artists themselves. You could get some big names in here and it would be a lot of fun.

They do it in Liverpool - the International Beatles Festival. It's off the hook and would be great for detroit.

http://visitliverpool.com/displayproduct.asp?productkey=16220


(Message edited by Matt the Deuce on February 10, 2006)

(Message edited by Matt the Deuce on February 10, 2006)
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Itsjeff
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 4:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'd give my left one for a Star Trek convention in town.
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Ilovedetroit
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 4:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am with you on that itsjeff-we are such nerds!

Or a new Battlestar Galactica convention - we could be the first - dibs on Apollo!
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Erikd
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Live long and prosper, Jeff.

LOL
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Upinottawa
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Post Number: 189
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 6:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Matt: that idea is pretty good. As long as I have been alive, Metro Detroit has never been a tourist magnet -- if the City (and the region) want to draw people in then Detroit needs to market itself using the positive things for that it is known. Motown is certainly one.

Also, when I was in Paris last summer I couldn't miss the Peugeot store on the Champs Elysees. The store had cars in it (including a race car), but it sold all kinds of Peugeot memorabilia. Even if Peugeots suck -- the store was bright, busy, and interesting. Imagine if GM, Ford, Chrysler, etc. all had stores (not dealerships) with cars and merchandise downtown on Woodward just blocks from each other.

Detroit's comeback should reflect its heritage, especially if its heritage can bring tourists into the city (and the region).
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Arab_guyumich
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 6:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I can die peacefully...I attended the X-Files convention at COBO Hall in 1999.
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Jjaba
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 6:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You can get plenty of car stuff at Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village Gift shop. jjaba got his vintage yellow Vernor's sign there, knome and all.

jjaba, Bar Mitzvah bukkor wearing his Cadillac cap on the Dexter bus over his yarmulka.
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Machoken
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Funny, I could see the Liverpool Beatles festival drawing in thousands, hundreds of thousands, each year. I would like to be one of those thousands one day. But a motown festival? It wouldn't, it couldn't come even close to that.
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Lmichigan
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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 11:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A Motown review would be a great part of a greater Detroit Music Festival, which would have would have to take a few years of planning.
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Damon
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Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2006 - 4:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We need to build the MOTOWN CENTRE now! Theres no question about it!
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East_detroit
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Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2006 - 10:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How about something like SXSW, except in Detroit....

MXMW? Ummm...

Or.... http://www.motorcitymusic.com/
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Jjaba
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Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2006 - 11:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We could start with a tent on the Donovan Bldg. site during a music festival. That would be simple.
jjaba,
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Jams
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Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 2:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey, I need that Parking space.
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623kraw
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Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 7:24 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Too bad the MOTOWN CENTRE was foolishly torn down for a one week SB event. Sorry, but that takes the wind out of the sails. In other words, I wouldn't go. A tent for the parking site sounds real charming...yeah right.

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