The past few years has seen an appreciation for female Detroit musicians. The Crofoot's annual event, Women!, features comediennes and local folk songstress Audra Kubat, among the roster of impressive females that contribute to the entertainment scene. But another event, right around the corner, is honoring the ladies as well. Detroit Ladies Live is a Motorcity Special concert that will be recorded and available to Detroit audiences. Kevin Pachla and a cast of hardworking creatives at Motorcity Special have been offering vinyl-only editions of live Detroit acts for the past year. I asked Pachla about his earliest live music memories and how it influenced Motorcity.
So what inspired Motorcity Special? A particular live act or song?
The idea of Motorcity Special started about a year ago after talking about recording a live single version of the song Boss Radio by local band and close friends Duende. Jeff Howitt wrote the song about CKLW and the heavy influence the station had on rock 'n' roll. With help from my buddy Kirk (and his behemoth marketing skills) and engineer extraordinaire Nardo, we evolved into a series showcasing bands and DJs at local venues. We were able to record the live shows and press a limited number of 12" colored vinyl records. No CDs or MP3s!
Was there a female musician you wanted to feature?
Honestly, a few bands came to mind when considering the lineup, but after speaking with a few of the groups and finding out there was interest in playing together, it was decided to showcase these bands and call the event Detroit Ladies Live.
What are your live Detroit music memories?
As a kid, my dad was always taking me to shows like J. Geils Band, Ted Nugent and MC5. As I got older, I never stopped going. Me and some buddies would hop on the Jefferson bus and catch the free concerts at Hart Plaza. | RDW