Saturday, December 18, 2010

Michigan Party in New York a Big Hit


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By Guest Contributor – Dax De La Monta


Dax de la Monta sent us details about a Michigan party he held in New York.  Sounds like a good time!


I'm an Okemosian writing from the Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. There are a lot of Michiganders here in the Big Apple, as you might imagine. When I moved here about 4 years ago looking for work, I only knew a handful of people from college. Since then, I've reconnected with a bunch of folks from the Mitten and met friends of friends; at this point I know more Michiganders here than I do back home. Last year my housemates and I struck upon the idea of having a Michigan-themed party (I live with a couple other members of the diaspora -- when I first landed I was calling Craigslist sublet ads and randomly hit on someone from high school). It went over pretty well, so this year we ratcheted it up. Highlights included:

  • Decorations -- a wall of celebrities hailing from the Great Lakes State, maps and flags, state symbols (bird, rock, tree, etc.).
  • Euchre.
  • People wore Michigan-related apparel and had their first name and hometown written on nametags.
  • Corporate sponsors -- Meijer, Dart, Carhartt, Whirlpool, Kellogg's, 5 Hour Energy, etc.
  • Coney dogs -- Koegel's Viennas were overnighted from Detroit; we weren't ambitious enough to make pasties, maybe next year.
    - Movies -- Roger & Me, Evil Dead, The Big Chill, 8 Mile, American Pie.
  • A mega-mix of Michigan music spanning multiple genres which included, but was not limited to, post-War blues, rockabilly, rock 'n roll, garage rock, psych, hard rock, hardcore, techno, horror rap, blues punk, hip-hop, indie rock/folk/pop, and outsider.
  • Reading material in the bathroom included the Wikipedia entry on Michigan and Pure Michigan tourist brochures.

Hey Dax – any music suggestions for the podcast?

This was a great idea… maybe the Doctor and I will drive up there next year!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Free NFL Football in Detroit

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First, congratulations to the Lions for the win yesterday against the Packers, 7-3.  It was a tough old school battle, but a big win for the Lions who snapped a 19-game NFC North divisional losing streak. Hopefully the Lions can end their road game losing streak either next week in Florida these next two weeks (Tampa Bay, Miami) before they wrap up the reason at home against Minnesota. 

The Vikings get a surprise visit to Detroit today as they take on the Giants at Ford Field after the roof of the Metrodome collapsed early yesterday under the weight of the heavy snowfall in Minneapolis. 

Tickets to the game are free! You can pick them up at the Ford Field box office beginning at 9:00AM. A ticket stub from yesterday's win over the Packers will also get you in the game. All tickets are general admission and gates open at 5:30PM for the 7:20PM kickoff.

Get tickets, go, wear your Lions, Pistons, Tigers, Red Wings, UofM/MSU, or Michigan Awesome gear with pride, cheer and enjoy the game, and most importantly be welcoming and gracious hosts representing our great state.

It's an incredible public relations opportunity. If Detroit displays that it can fill Ford Field on one day's notice to watch two out of market teams, it helps the city continue to attract other big sporting events (Final Four, All-Star games, Super Bowl, etc.).

Video of the Metrodome roof collapse after the jump

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mr Sig’s 17th Symphony (Episode)


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By Mr. Sig

Another fine production including some of the best songs so far.  Also featured is Mr. Sig attempting to get his new sound setup to work.  All in all, a good listen.

Don’t forget.. this podcast is on iTunes.  Just go to the store and search for MichiganExpats.

Frijid Pink – House of the Rising Sun – Purchase on Amazon

Esham – Stop Selling Me Drugs -  Purchase on Amazon

Freda Payne – Band of Gold – Purchase on Amazon

Smokey Robinson – Crusin’ – Purchase on Amazon

The Rationals – I Need You – Purchase on Amazon

Rare Earth – I Just Want to Celebrate – Purchase on Amazon

Marv Johnson – You’ve Got What it Takes – Purchase on Amazon

Rhythm Corps – Common Ground – Can’t find it???