|By babs cabs (220.127.116.11) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 03:55 pm:|
going to ontario next month on holiday, so i am going to see if i can pop across the river to detroit. this will be a day trip, any ideas on must see's?
and a good place to sample 'soul food'??!?!
|By Ralph (18.104.22.168) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 04:06 pm:|
Seeings that it is a day trip Babs you may as well see Hitsville.
|By STUBASS (22.214.171.124) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 04:15 pm:|
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE SOUL FOOD BABS (YOU CAN FIND THAT IN JUST ABOUT ANY LARGE CITY)...BUT A TRIP TO THE ORIGINAL LAFAYETTE CONEY ISLAND (DOWNTOWN) IS A MUST (OR SHOULD I SAY MUSTARD)!!!...STUBASS
|By KevGo (126.96.36.199) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 04:23 pm:|
Check out the Hitsville Museum. Another place would be Bomac(?) where many Motor City music vets can be found jamming. The Roostertail is still up and running with it's wonderful view of the lake. If you feel like gambling there's the Motor City Casino (formerly the Wonder Bread plant) - don't let the looks fool you, inside it's like Las Vegas.
Kevin Goins - KevGo
|By Sue (188.8.131.52) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 04:35 pm:|
Bomac's is closed, they were booted from their building last spring and the owner hasn't found a new place yet. I just called to see if they had the new one yet and I got an actual Detroit operator who said "Bomacs? Didn't that close? I used to LOVE that place."
The Roostertail does private parties; they do special ticketed shows from time to time but it's not every week, so you can't just go there.
If you want to see some great jazz from some players with Motown roots, try Baker's Keyboard Lounge on Livernois. The Motor City casino books the fake Marvelettes so I can't recommend 'em.
|By SisDetroit (184.108.40.206) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 04:49 pm:|
Babs Cabs - The Motorcity, while quilty of booking fake groups, they also book: "Straight Ahead" an all female jazz group: "The Sun Messengers" "RJ Spangler's Blues Revue", "The Contours", "Norma Jean Bell" "BB Queen", and others which you can see without a cover charge.
On August 30, Marcus Belgrave and Chaka Khan will appear in a free concert at Hart Plaza. On August 31, Roberta Flack, and on September 2, Natalie Cole.
Come on over and enjoy yourself.
|By Sue (220.127.116.11) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 05:06 pm:|
I know Motor City books some good acts, but the faux Marvelettes are a deal-killer for me. No excuse for that in the Marvelettes' own home town.
When I asked the guy booking acts there about it, he said "But they're the only Marvelettes I can book." So that tells you how the originals are kept from making a living.
|By KevGo (18.104.22.168) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 05:37 pm:|
Looks like you & me are gonna have to go up to the Motor City Casino and raise some hell up in there until they beg us for Gladys Horton's & Wanda Rogers' phone numbers.
Whatcha' say to that? I'll be in Detroit soon, I'll bring my holster!
Kevin Goins - KevGo
(PS - I can't hate the place too much. The food is actually pretty good.)
|By Jim G (22.214.171.124) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 06:14 pm:|
Babs, I suggest you also post your question on the "Discuss Detroit" website (look left under TO MAIN FORUM on this Forum).
What type of activities do you enjoy?
|By Sue (126.96.36.199) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 06:19 pm:|
Jim's right Babs, there are more Detroiters over there.
Have to pass on Motor City. I'd rather have Baker's mac and cheese and greens.
|By KevGo (188.8.131.52) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 06:56 pm:|
Then it's Baker's mac & cheese and greens!
Do they serve chicken & ribs, too?
Kevin "working up an appetite" Goins - KevGo
|By SisDetroit (184.108.40.206) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 06:58 pm:|
On Fridays MGM also serve all you can eat crab legs. They are bigger than the crab legs at the MotorCity. The entertainment is not as great at MGM, but you can see Ralph Armstrong stroke his great bass lines there.
|By Sue (220.127.116.11) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 07:22 pm:|
I don't like any of the casinos for entertainment, Sis, mostly because it's so smoky in there, I practically have to be carried out by the end of a set -- and I'm used to nightclubs! Somehow casinos are even smokier than any nightclub I've been in.
Plus, all these people losing money they don't have, you don't see rich people in there gambling ...I don't like to see it ...
|By SisDetroit (18.104.22.168) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 07:51 pm:|
Sue - You are right about the smoke. Chain smoking while losing money is not what is found in a night club. (LOL) As far as the rich people gambling, they have separate rooms for them. They don't want to be disturbed while they lose tens of thousands of dollars. You may see a couple high roller areas, but just like Vegas, there are private rooms for the rich to lose their money. The casino was built for people to gamble and lose, not to be musically entertained.
Do you remember the friend we saw at Baker's who is an executive host at MGM? You should hear some of his stories about the high rollers. One guy lost $50,000, then borrowed $50,000 from the casino to continue playing. The guy had to have been financially stable in order to borrow that much money from the casino.
|By Sue (22.214.171.124) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 08:06 pm:|
Yeah and notice where the MGM executive host was partying -- at Baker's.
The casinos came to Detroit to get some of that UAW pension money so many have. And they're getting it ....
|By SisDetroit (126.96.36.199) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 08:15 pm:|
LOL - You know I don't hang with squares.
|By SisDetroit (188.8.131.52) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 08:31 pm:|
August 16th, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, featuring Sharon Paige, Billy Paul, The Floaters, McFadden & Whitehead at the Millennium Center. A benefit concert for Horace L. Sheffield, Jr. Center 313-491-0003.
|By medusa9e2003 (184.108.40.206) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 10:41 pm:|
I've been 2 all 3 of the Casinos, and I like MGM the best...Greektown is 2 bunched up and the Parking sucks, the slots R not N any order. Motor City is 2 dark & smokey and they have a lot of broken machines & chairs and it just look dirty or something. MGM is clean, they have some kind of order, the security is great, the customers are more respectful & clean, and they let me win (most of the time)hahaha, and I just like BN there...and I love Greektown.
|By medusa9e2003 (220.127.116.11) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 10:42 pm:|
...Fish Bones is alright with me 2...
|By SisDetroit (18.104.22.168) on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 11:22 pm:|
Medusa - You must have connections in MGM. I know a couple of the hosts, a dealer, a slot attendant, a restaurant host, my cousin sings there, and I still can't win. :o)
|By KevGo (22.214.171.124) on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 11:13 am:|
Looks like I'll be hanging with Medusa when I hit the Motor City - I gotta stick with the winners!
Kevin Goins - KevGo
|By STUBASS (126.96.36.199) on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 12:47 pm:|
A REAL "MUGGING" BABS!!!...SORRY ALL...JUST FEELING A BIT "PERSNIPITY" TODAY!!!...STU(HEY...IT GIVES THE TOWN CHARACTER)BASS
|By douglasm (188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 01:42 pm:|
While we're at it.....
.....if any of you ex-pats like me want to visit the city from the comfort of your home or office, try www.glmi.org and click on the web cam for live shots of the Detroit River and Belle Isle from the Dossins Great Lakes Museum.
|By Babs Cabs (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 02:53 pm:|
No problem all,
Some good tips there though, I have been to hitsville once before but got there 5 mins before closing, so they just let us in the gift shop. So this time we are going to do it properly, and we are hoping to see some more of Detriot while we are there.
I have taken this to the 'Discuss Detriot' forum anyway.
|By srobin (220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - 02:00 am:|
KevGo and/or SisDetroit- since you are both residents, can you recommend any clubs with Soul or Funk music. I'll be in town to see the Funk Bros. the week of Aug. 18th. Also looking for record stores that sell vintage vinyl from the old Detroit studios as well as posters and sheet music, if possible. Finally, any old drive in restaurants still in business in the area? Thanks! Sam
|By janebse (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - 03:58 am:|
Just out of curiosity, why "any old drive-in restaurants still in business."?
Still in business? Since what year?
There are new drive-in restaurants. What particular fascination do old ones have? Are you looking for the old A & W rootbeer drive-ins?