GRiZMAS Brings Holiday Magic To Detroit With Brasstracks, SunSquabi & More [Review/Photos]

first_imgOn December 16th and 17th, Future Funk mastermind GRiZ graced his hometown of Detroit with the 3rd annual GRiZMAS. The sold out event returned to the Masonic Temple with the addition of an extra day, making it a two-night run full of holiday cheer and celebration.Heavy excitement was brewing for GRiZ on the second night, with Freddy Todd, SunSquabi, and Louis the Child serving as supporting acts, keeping the crowd energy high before GRiZ took the stage of the Temple around midnight.The commencement of the main act was mystical and alluring. GRiZ and Brasstracks took center stage with saxophone and trumpet in hand, respectively, battling their beautiful sounds to “The Anthem”. Performing both old favorites from Rebel Era and new styles from Good Will Prevail, GRiZ was able to encompass both die hard fans and those new to the family affair. Grant’s diversity of genre enticed a wide range of music lovers, ranging from classic funk to heavy dubstep, with a little bit of everything in between.It is clear that GRiZ’s love for the music leads and the event reflected his hard work, though the night at the Masonic Temple would not have been possible without the aid of other artists in All Good Records and beyond. Throughout the night, Muzzy Bear, Brasstracks, and IDA Hawk graced the vivid stage to perform alongside their friend and fellow talent. The crowd begged for more as the evening concluded with an encore featuring their take on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, with Muzzy Bear on guitar, GRiZ on saxophone, and IDA Hawk providing vocals. The production of the event was top notch, each move executed flawlessly, and the passion kept the crowd in complete awe until the very last minute.Though the weekend has come to a close, the presence of GRiZMAS lingers on in the streets of Detroit and around the world. The 12 days leading up to the event were dedicated to a variety of fundraising activities, 100% of proceeds going to the free instrumental music program Little Kids Rock. The team’s dedication did not stop at the music and production, but served a greater good for society as a whole in the process and created great memories doing so.All in all, you don’t want to miss Grant’s next installment of GRiZMAS in 2017.Words by Andrea Hnatievych, photos by Sage Thomas. Full gallery: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Darren Criss Set for Orlando Concert & More

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 Related Shows Star Files P.S. #2 Broadway alum Brian Justin Crum (Next to Normal) has been wowing America’s Got Talent audiences; check out his performance of Radiohead’s “Creep”. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today. Darren Criss Set for Orlando ConcertDarren Criss, Lilla Crawford, Wilson Cruz and Priscilla Lopez have boarded the lineup for From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando. Scheduled to take place on July 25 at Florida’s Dr. Phillips Center, they will join the previously reported Tony winners Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara and more at the event. Auction items include a solo seat onstage while Criss performs his show-stopping number from Hedwig, “Sugar Daddy” and a Hamilton package. You can bid here.Tony Danza Tapped for RabbitTony Danza, who was last seen on Broadway in Honeymoon in Vegas, is the latest big name enlisted for White Rabbit Red Rabbit off-Broadway. The Who’s The Boss star will headline the production on August 8. The New York premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s solo show, which involves a different actor every performance seeing the script for the first time just before they go on stage, is playing Monday nights at the Westside Theatre.Pretty Woman’s Garry Marshall Dead at 81Garry Marshall, the director of Pretty Woman and creator of Happy Days, died aged 81 on July 19. According to Variety, the cause of death was complications from pneumonia following a stroke. Along with his numerous screen achievements, Marshall was behind a touring production of Happy Days and had been working on a stage musical adaptation of Pretty Woman. The show has been aiming to bow next year, produced by Paula Wagner, who has secured the rights from Disney Studios. “I know he would have wanted us to continue on and therefore we will bring this story to Broadway,” Wagner told the Hollywood Reporter. “Pretty Woman the musical will be a reminder of his humanity, his heart and his sense of humor.”Jonathan Groff Talks Looking MusicalAfter a Tony-nominated turn in Hamilton, when will Jonathan Groff, who is next set to be seen on our screens in HBO’s Looking on July 23, return to the Main Stem? “A Looking musical would completely bring me back to Broadway,” Groff told the New York Times. “I would come back in a second. Some people have the gift where they can just sing. I don’t have the fail-safe voice, so it has to be something that I need to sing about.” You’ll be back!P.S. #1 At today’s #Ham4Ham, an adorably confused Rory O’Malley (Groff’s successor in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit) introduced Chicago’s Alexander Hamilton, Miguel Cervantes. Watch below! White Rabbit Red Rabbit Darren Criss View Comments Darren Criss(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more