4th Installment of SPOTLIGHT: The Quarterly Series

Join us the Jazz Cafe inside the Music Hall at 315 Madison Ave in downtown Detroit on Wednesday, March 18th for the 4th Installment of SPOTLIGHT: The Quarterly Series with a feature performance by Angela Davis.

Doors open at 7:00p and the show begins at 7:30p.  Admission is $7.

Contact detevents@outlook.com for more information.

Detroit's own songbird Angela Davis will be our feature performer on March 18th

Detroit’s own songbird Angela Davis will be our feature performer on March 18th


4th Installment of SPOTLIGHT: The Quarterly Series

We are gearing up for our 4th Installment of SPOTLIGHT: The Quarterly Series on Wednesday, March 18th at the Jazz Cafe inside the Music Hall in downtown Detroit.

SPOTLIGHT is a quarterly performance showcase that highlights Detroit’s most talented up and coming performers.  Detroit songbird Angela Davis will grace the stage at 9:00p as our feature performer.

Doors open at 7:00p and the begins at 7:30p.  All performances are backed by our super talented house band – The Element Band.

Slots fill up fast.

Our next SPOTLIGHT showcase will be in June.

Contact us at deterrents@outlook.com for more information.

The Follow Through…….

Start things and don’t finish?

Forgot to make that call back?

Don’t respond to emails?

Sometimes people don’t recognize the importance of Following Through

A Look Into The Future

As with anything in life your past can either support or haunt you.  Your Personal Brand (check out an earlier post for more info) is built on how you handle your commitments today.   The smallest jobs can turn into the largest blessings when handled correctly.

“…following up and following through on your word, is the single best indication as to what they should expect from you regarding future commitments.” –                     

It is hard to sustain the excitement and energy that comes with a new project. In the middle of completing a project – Life Happens. Understanding the importance of sustaining a good name and reputation should propel you to push through and Follow Through.

Perception is Everything 

Have you ever called someone and then notice they are posting on facebook and haven’t returned your call?

Loaned someone some money and then see them blowing money at a bar before they pay you back?

Without knowing all of the facts people make assumptions about the truth.  What assumptions have you made when a person does not Follow Through with you?

Don’t be that person.

No call back and ignored emails are traits of a person who is perceived to be unreliable or disinterested.

Follow through with your goals and you’ll have some great stories to tell!”


Criticism: Critique vs. Hate

When I was younger I thought that I knew everything. Once I got a little older, I realized that I didn’t know everything and opened my mind enough to learn. Being young and naive, I often felt that I had mastered a task after a short learning curve.

Now I am older and wiser.

In my old age, well not that old lol, I have learned that there are people who know more than me.  Whether or not I agree with everything they say, there is something valuable in every conversation. 

Programming events, booking acts, and consulting I am often asked my opinion on things. Over time I have learned to form my words in a manner that will be better received, so I hope.

When you ask advice try these simple suggestions when listening that should help you accept then information with an open mind.

1. Stop and Breathe: Take a deep breath and stop any negative reactions.

2. There is a benefit in Getting Feedback: Different people have different views. You can benefit from different points of view to help you understand how people are receiving you or your project.

3. Gain an understanding from Listening: Listening is not just hearing. Listening is an active process.  You have to not only hear but also comprehend/receive the information that is being given to you. Active listening promotes a greater understanding.

4. Thank You: Be sure to show appreciation to the information given. Say “Thank You” and be appreciative that someone cared enough to help.

5. Ask Questions.  If there is something that you don’t understand. Ask Questions.  The answers to your questions could provide the keys you need to move forward.


“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” 
― Aristotle 




Why I LOVE the bass…..

Ever heard a song and the rhythm moved you?

People often pay all of their attention to the singer(s) and not the rhythm section, but I love me some bass.  Often times in a performance the singer(s) is the only person with the spotlight on them while the musicians are in the dark, but I love me some bass.

The foundation of a rhythm starts with the bass.  It’s the baritone of the band. It’s the smoothing talker with the deep voice. If you pay attention, you will begin to miss the smooth sounds of the bass when it’s missing.

The bass player has a very important job in a melody, it links the harmony together.

There is something super cool about the bass and the bass player.

What would a Beatles song be without Sir John? The Parliament Funkadelic or James Brown without Bootsy Collins? Red Hot Chilli Peppers without Flea?

“Without the Fender bass, there’d be no rock n’ roll or no Motown. The electric guitar had been waiting ’round since 1939 for a nice partner to come along. It became an electric rhythm section, and that changed everything.”  –  Quincy Jones