Aaaaaand Action (Bronson)! There's not many rappers out there who can claim to rap about the streets and prosciutto in the same breath. Action Bronson combines the culinary sensibilities (and maybe the looks) of Mario Batali with a flow undoubtedly influenced by Ghostface Killah. When he hit the stage amidst a cloud of smoke, he didn't pass out Manchego or morels; rather, he passed around a couple bottles of booze. Needless to say, booze tops food in most concert settings. The Pike Room was near capacity for the show, which saw Bronson spending plenty of time amongst the crowd.
The Bar Has Been Raised for Movement 2013 It's pretty safe (and easy) to say that Movement Electronic Music Festival 2012 outdid years past. Not just because of the record-shattering attendance number of over 107,000 people, or because Ice-T made a surprise appearance Sunday night as MC, or because we had beautiful weather almost all weekend. What really stood out was the incredible energy and positive vibes radiating from the crowd. Three days of nonstop music and partying truly put the city in excellent spirits. Some of the best sets D-Days caught during Memorial Day weekend included Claude VonStroke, Public Enemy, Joris Voorn b2b with Nic Fanciulli, Major Lazer, SBTRKT, DJ Psycho, Maceo Plex, Gold Panda, AraabMuzik, Loco Dice, Kevin Saunderson and Jeff Mills. Oh, and we loved seeing Techno Granny around Hart Plaza again!
Shaking Detroit Up at the After Parties The CLR Official After Party at Elysium Lounge kept the beats going long after the festival gates closed at Hart Plaza on Saturday. Chris Liebing and company completely sold out the joint. And we can see why – the German techno king seriously shook Elysium up. You could feel the bass from the dark, deep techno through the floor, through the walls and through your body. There was literally no escaping the bass (not like we minded) – we're pretty sure CLR shook Elysium up enough to potentially show numbers on a Richter scale. Furthermore, getting Juan Atkins (the originator), Kevin Saunderson (the elevator) and Derrick May (the innovator) together in one room is extremely rare nowadays, and we were lucky enough to capture that moment on Sunday night at the KMS 25 Party may have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity... and luckily, D-Days got to experience it. With the support of Carl Craig, Inner City, Eddie Fowlkes and others, it was as though someone collected the complete story of Detroit techno and placed it all in Saint Andrew's.
Good Night, Sweet Prince We here at D-Days would just like to thank Nicklas Lidstrom for a stellar two decades as one of the most classy and talented Red Wings of all time. His retirement was announced last Thursday (with one hell of a tribute at Friday's Red Hot Chili Peppers show at the Joe). The team's brass agreed that he's undoubtedly one of the best defensemen of all time, and has truly been appreciated for all of his efforts and exemplary citizenship in metro Detroit.
The Other Smiths The formal reception for Camera Solo at the DIA turned (not surprisingly) into a Detroit declaration of unconditional love for Patti Smith. The rock chanteuse installed her photographic works (a must-see exhibit) and then installed herself into the Rivera Court for a sweet session of music with son Jackson and daughter Jesse. We managed to grab a seat ourselves before things turned into SRO and threw a pre-concert wave at Freddie Brooks, Kim Silarski, Martin Bandyke, Liz Hill, Christine Schefman and Haley Roberts.
Did Anyone Else Have a Bacon Hangover? Baconfest: Michigan is now history and we are still feeling the residual effects of four hours of devouring some of the most delectable bacon-laced goodies we've ever eaten. Close to 1,500 people filled the Royal Oak Farmer's Market and enjoyed the sweet harmony of bacon, beer, booze and music. Even the folks who waited nearly an hour in line were overjoyed to walk into the market towards bacon nirvana. Charcuterie wizard Brian Polcyn's bacon sausage wrapped in a warm pretzel and served with cheery maple mustard might well be one of the greatest food items ever to touch our lips. Taking nothing away from the other amazing dishes like Detroit BBQ Company's FRANKENBACON, Cork's absolutely luscious pork belly sandwich, and the fantastic molasses bacon cookies from Lily's Seafood. We also might add the exquisitely pork-flavored spirits from our friends over at Bakon Vodka helped settle all the sodium our bodies were revolting against.
Something From Nothing Rapper/actor/reality TV star Ice-T recently added directing to his resumé with Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, which premiered in Detroit on Memorial Day. D-Days stopped by to meet Ice-T and view the film. An authentic look inside the world of rap and hip-hop, the film reveals the genre's influences and even features Detroit. "I try to show the B-side," Ice-T says. "If there's no hardship or hustle, you're not in it." In depicting the less glamorous side of rap in the film, Ice-T talks to just about every relevant rapper in the industry, including Eminem and Kanye West, who also do some impressive freestyling. And when he says, "none of the people in this movie aren't in my phonebook," he means it – the film's astoundingly candid. "It's important on a lot of different levels," he says. "After seeing it, you'll never listen to rap the same way." | RDW