Suzi Quatro, the Pleasure Seekers, Saint Andrew's Hall and Detroit Dog Rescue will join metro area musicians in being honored at the 21st Annual Detroit Music Awards, taking place Friday, April 27 at the Fillmore Detroit (2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201). Doors are at 6pm, and ages 18+ are welcome to attend.
Suzi Quatro and the Pleasure Seekers/Cradle will perform at the event, along with Black Milk, Amy Gore & Her Valentines with Gorvette, Ben Sharkey, Planet D Nonet, and Paulina Jayne. Tom Daldin, host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS program “Under the Radar Michigan”, will emcee.
Since 1992, The Detroit Music Awards Foundation (DMAF) has supported and recognized Detroit’s musical community across a variety of genres and styles. In keeping with their long-standing tradition of celebrating all genres of Detroit music, the DMAs will present over 70 awards across ten musical categories ranging from rock to rap, country to classical, folk to electronic.
Grosse Pointe-born sisters Suzi, Patti, Nanci and Arlene Quatro formed Detroit’s first and most famous all-girl garage-rock group the Pleasure Seekers in 1964. After just a few weeks practice, the band dared Dave Leone to give them a slot at his popular teen nightclub, The Hideout, in Detroit. He put them on stage two weeks later, and they never looked back, gaining momentum in the burgeoning and exploding Detroit music community and playing concerts and clubs with Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, and Iggy Pop.
One of the most important female rock figures ever, Suzi Quatro started performing with her sisters in the Pleasure Seekers when she was just 15. From there, Quatro basically invented the leather-clad rocker chick persona Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde rode to fame, albeit overseas, where she achieved a string of number one hits in Europe throughout the 1970's and early 80's. Her American fortunes changed in the late '70s, when she had a short-lived, semi-regular stint on the sitcom Happy Days as the guitar-playing, sassy Leather Tuscadero.
Black Milk has distinguished himself from other young hip-hop leaders-to-be by remaining focused on creating music that endures. He’s achieved worldwide recognition from fans, critics, and his peers as one of the best producers around, and couples that talent with his sharp lyricism and stylish delivery as an emcee in his electrifying live performances. Kicking off a nationwide tour with his live band (vocalist/keyboardist AB and drummer Daru Jones) on Feb. 25th, Black Milk is currently working on a instrumental album and a joint album with vocalist Melanie Rutherford.
Amy Gore & Her Valentines features front woman Amy Gore, formerly of Gore Gore Girls and Gorvette (who toured nationally with music legends Blondie and The Cramps), along with a who’s who of Detroit rock royalty, including Jackson Smith on guitar (punk-rock icon Patti Smith’s son and member of her Patti Smith Group), former Von Bondie’s bassist Leann Banks, and Joe Leone (Fletcher Pratt, Grayling) on drums. The super group is a departure from Gore’s punk rock roots. Amy Gore and Her Valentines mine alternative country terrain while still showcasing a pop sensibility with nods to The Supremes and early Motown.
Rounding out the evening’s performers are the Motor City’s own jazz/R&B crooner Ben Sharkey, 15 year-old country pop crossover songwriter/singer Paulina Jayne, and local space-age swing band Planet D Nonet. Other show highlights will include performance speed painter Dave Santia, and an autographed Kid Rock guitar raffle courtesy of Made In Detroit.
The DMAs are similar to the Grammy Awards. Award winners are determined by local musicians and music industry professionals in southeast Michigan, and presented in ten music genres; Folk/Acoustic, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Country, Classical, Rock/Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Electronic and World. The DMAs are the only local music awards in the nation to be presented by a not-for -profit organization. Voting is accomplished entirely via the Internet. For a list of 2012 nominees and past winners, please visit www.detroitmusicawards.net .
All fans of Detroit Music can visit the DMA website to vote for the vitaminwater People’s Choice Award, where you can vote for your favorite artist and download their song for free as well. The winner will be announced at the awards show.
This year's sponsors include: vitaminwater, Made In Detroit, Badass Beer, High Liquors, North Star Media, Showtime Clothing, Monster Energy Drink, Schoolcraft College, Guitar Center, and Zumba Mexican Grille.
General public tickets are $20 and available at the Fillmore Box office or at LiveNation.com. VIP tickets and tables are limited and available by contacting Terri Koggenhop: 248.360.2455.
About the Detroit Music Awards
Presented by the Detroit Music Awards Foundation (DMAF), the Detroit Music Awards were established as the Motor City Music Awards in 1988 and first presented in 1992. Their mission is to support and nurture the music community in the Detroit metro area and throughout southeastern Michigan, and to create a network for musicians and music industry professionals that transcends genres and styles. www.detroitmusicawards.net
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