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My Detroit Story: 2008 Tastefest

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In 2008 the Detroit Tastefest featured five of my favorite performers. Nadir Omowale and his Distorted Soul Band, Khary Kimani Turner (brother in name and mentor in game), Ortheia Barnes (my Godmother), Monica Blaire (another Godchild of Mama Barnes), and Carolyn Striho were all headline performers. It was one of the first times in life I knew enough performers at a big event to get a backstage pass, without a backstage pass. All the performances were special. The most memorable was Carolyn Striho’s. It was the second time we performed together, and a day to remember.

Summer of 2008 was a three month party. My friends Brandon Jessup, Kasey Sherman, Mike Willingham, and Dawon Wooden stayed out and about throughout Detroit. Kasey’s from Detroit, and has spent his adult life in Washington DC. In 2008 he managed a hotel. That Summer he spent in Detroit. Though I was home in Detroit, Kasey was on vacation, and sought out no dull moment. When I mentioned I was performing at the Tastefest, Kasey jumped at the opportunity to finally see me perform live. Kasey invited his younger brother Ian Sherman, and our mutual best friend Loren Braxton. Ian is the co-executive producer of my soon to be released “If Detroit were Heaven” album. Ian also is the best producer I work with. We challenge one another to create better music. In 2008 at the Tastefest we met for the first time.

Carolyn Striho, Ian & Kasey Sherman, Lo Braxton
Carolyn Striho, Ian & Kasey Sherman, Lo Braxton

I always enjoyed the feel of the Detroit Tastefest. It was my favorite Detroit festival. It was held in the New Center Area. New Center is relatively close to my home, and down the street from Northwestern HS where I graduated. I appreciated the mix of culture at the Detroit Tastefest. Foods, music, and people filled the streets of West Grand Blvd, Second, and Third Ave. This in memory is an inspirational sight for me. It was the only festival I’d see many people from my neighborhood and high school as an adult.

Carolyn Striho enjoyed and appreciated the chemistry we sparked on stage before. So leading up to the 2008 Tastfest she invited me to perform with her as well. I gladly accepted. I’ve always felt Carolyn’s performance is remarkable. When I share a stage with Carolyn I only look to keep the energy and passion at the height of which she performs. So for the 2008 Tastefest before a full audience cheering her own, I delivered one of my best performances. At the time Scott Dailey and Carolyn (now married) had just begun playing together. Brandon (Carolyn’s bass player at the time, now residing in Boston) and Ron (Carolyn’s drummer) kept a hip-hop rhythm that I could freestyle to (freestyle is the improvisational style of giving a rap performance while creating rap lyrics simultaneously). Carolyn joined in on the freestyle as well. On stage we went verse for verse in eight bar stanzas four times over. I believe the joy of freestyling on stage keeps my presence of mind. I also think freestyling on stage allows me the opportunity to be more responsive and cognizant to the audience. Tastefest 2008 was the culmination of both advantages I find in freestyling. Adding to my performance was the wit and showmanship of Carolyn Striho. Kasey, Ian, and Loren loved the performance. Soon after Carolyn closed out her set and introduced us to Howard Glazer.

Howard Glazer, Sherman Brothers at Mardi Gras, and Kasey, Ann, and I
Howard Glazer, Sherman Brothers at Mardi Gras, and Kasey, Ann, and I

Howard’s an old school rock and roller in spirit, energy, and action. When Brandon saw Carolyn introduce us to Howard he immediately began laughing and telling us ‘that guy’s going to keep you at it.’ The ‘it’ Brandon was referring to was Jagerbombs (Jagerbombs are shots of Jagermeister liquor and Red Bull energy drink). Howard insisted on sharing shots, and Kasey accepted. Loren, Ian, and I had two or three. Kasey and Howard finished off a fifth. As they continued drinking Howard told us stories about classic Detroit rock, and the best ways to get sound from speakers. Backstage between shots Kasey was dancing, inviting over women from the crowd to backstage, and turning backstage into a party. Eventually we filled the backstage area up to the point security kicked us out. Kasey, Howard, Loren, Ian, six or seven women Kasey just met, and I were collectively escorted out the backstage area during the next performance. We parted ways with Howard, bought tickets, and hung out with women.

Tastefest 2008 was pure Rock and Roll.

Detroit is Different Podcast with Carolyn Stiriho

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Detroit is Different featured Music for May of 2014. My podcast guest was Carolyn Striho. Carolyn is a musician, vocalist, song writer, and passionate performer from Detroit. Her work has won many Detroit Music Awards and traveled the world.

Me and Scott Dailey, Me and Carolyn Striho
Me and Scott Dailey, Me and Carolyn Striho
On the Podcast we discuss her passion for music. In the conversation Carolyn Striho shares about traveling the world playing music, writing the song ‘Enchante’ inspired by Eastern European music, and surviving cancer. Carolyn also thanks her band featuring her husband Scott Dailey (guitar). This is a fun and inspirational conversation. Join in and listen. Click Play below

The Podcast features three songs from Carolyn Striho: ‘Enchante’ and ‘Word Attack’ from her 2013 album release of ‘Word Attack’; and ‘Honesty’ from her 2009 album release of ‘Honesty.’ Carolyn will be performing next at Callahans in Aurburn Hills MI at 7PM.
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7 O’Clock Saturday Stories: Carolyn Striho

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Music is a universal language. As a hip-hop artist I’ve performed with many acts. Carolyn Striho is one of the best! Her stage presence, and feel on stage is pure passion. Her music, show, and energy are AMAZING.

We originally met recording Paul Mile’s “Motown is Our Town.” The song featured Detroit Music Award winners, nominees, and legends. After the performance Paul Miles suggested Carolyn and I work together. Soon after she invited me to feature with her at Northern Lights Lounge, and Taste Fest (back when it happened in Detroit, and it was Taste Fest). I invited her to perform at the “Hot Summer Nights Music Festival” I hosted at Focus:HOPE in 2009. She wowed the stage. This relationship of trading stages has carried on for years. Two years ago I think we performed our best set at “Arts, Beats, and Eats” in Royal Oak.

Being that I’m featuring Music this month on Detroit is Different Carolyn Striho is a perfect guest for 7 O’Clock Saturday Stories. Her journey in life and music are intriguing. I welcome you to join us as we talk about her passions.

Carolyn Striho, Detroit Energy Asylum (Dave McMurray and Randy Jacobs)
Carolyn Striho, Detroit Energy Asylum (Dave McMurray and Randy Jacobs)

7 O’Clock Saturday Stories hosted by Khary WAE Frazier featuring Carolyn Striho
Saturday, May, 24 2014 7PM at Le Petit Zinc Restaurant 1055 Trumbull Detroit MI
FREE EVENT ALL AGES WELCOME, Come Join Us for this Podcast Live recording

Here’s more about Carolyn Striho from here biography on :

Once a 16 year-old playing in punk bands in the seediest venues of Detroit’s musical underbelly, including fronting the well-known and celebrated art/punks The Cubes, this classically-trained pianist and self-taught guitarist has since played Lollapalooza, Italy, the UK and Japan. Being both a friend and musical colleague of Patti Smith, Carolyn has the distinction of being one of the few invited to perform at the prestigious Meltdown UK Festival (2005), curated by Smith. There, Carolyn opened for Steve Earle and shared the stage with the likes of Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono and others of such celebrated musical calibre.

Yet with all of the musicians Carolyn has collaborated with in the past, even when fronting bands whose music she composed, and even when close to signing record deals — something, somehow, always seemed to elude her from properly claiming the spotlight … until recently.

Carolyn Striho and husband Scott Dailey
Carolyn Striho and husband Scott Dailey

Perhaps it was keeping a sort of level head while her bandmates chased their rockstar dreams … some of which have succeeded, others, tragically fallen … but three college degrees later, a helluva lot of perseverance and that unique blend of Detroit heart, soul and elbow grease have earned Carolyn recent accolades of Detroit Music Award nominations and awards, an honorable mention in the Billboard Magazine’s Songs of the Year (2009) for the cabaret-style crowd favorite, “Enchante,” and the 2010 Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Rock/Pop Album of the Year” for “Honesty.” In 2012, Carolyn and band were honored with the Outstanding National Indie Artist of the Year in Detroit. She has been featured on National Public Radio, garnered regular airplay on radio stations on the East Coast and Europe, and continues to be invited to some of the most prestigious festivals throughout the Midwest and overseas. Carolyn was a DJ and is a proponent of all music, always. Now Carolyn’s work with guitarist Scott Dailey and her full band continue to attract even more attention.

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“Beats to the Rhyme, the Rhyme I just made (RIP Jam Master Jay)”

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Joey Spina, Djallo Djakate, Scott Dailey, Bonnie Kay, Carolyn Striho, and Ron Wolf
Joey Spina, Djallo Djakate, Scott Dailey, Bonnie Kay, Carolyn Striho, and Ron Wolf

Detroit is Different is a success. One month in, and I’ve received calls, emails, and comments of appreciation. It’s been so much fun sharing my perspective of Detroit. This is a love I’m eager to develop.

This month’s theme is ‘I Love Music.’ Often I feel like my life is a movie, and a mix of popular music genres are the score (Carlos Santana, Ice T, Carly Simon, Team Eastside, Nas, and a host of others. As I’m typing this, I’m playing DOC’s ‘Blow Your Mind,’ thinking his 2nd verse has a classic rhyme pattern).

As a hip-hop artist I’ve learned many lessons. I attribute some of my attitude to the nature in which I hear, create, and perform hip-hop. In my journey I’ve connected with a host of musicians, producers, promoters, and enthusiasts in Detroit. This month I share some of what I’ve learned from them all along the way.

MAY 2014 Detroit is Different ‘I Love Music’

Detroit is Different content is released weekly on Tuesdays & Thursdays



TUES MAY 6, 2014/ MY DETROIT STORY: Detroit Music Awards Nominations

THUR MAY 8, 2014/WAE MUSIC: “Use to Be”


THUR MAY 15, 2014/AROUND DETROIT: Motown Museum

TUES MAY 20, 2014/AROUND DETROIT: United Sound Studios


SAT MAY 24, 2014/7 O’CLOCK SATURDAY STORIES: Carolyn Striho


THUR MAY 29, 2014/WHAT IF …: Motown stayed in Detroit

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