John Freeman plays with The Codgers and writes poetry. He joined the Dispatch and we discussed what ‘arrogate’ means, the natural wisdom of Doop, and Dillaha’s probable protest against what we think ‘arrogate’ means.
Bunky Hunt of Whistlepig Records invited the Dispatch to his studio to chat about all things Whistlepig! Joining Bunky and Scott are songwriters Lonnie Stump and Ryan Dillaha.
Bunky Hunt is a songwriter, recording engineer, and producer from Detroit, Michigan.
“Raised during the 70’s, and inspired by bands such as the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois, and Tom Petty. Today, Americana music is his passion. Driven by a love for tube amplifiers, outboard recording gear, and vintage microphones. Doing it the right way.”
Ryan Dillaha is a songwriter of literary talent and clear delivery, known for his solo work and work with Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men. His next release is produced by Bunky Hunt at Whistlepig Records.
Lonnie Stump is an experienced musician with a natural command of song form working with Bunky Hunt and Whistlepig Records.
Tuesday July 16Songwriter Open Mic with Dave Toennies Ghost Light at 9pmm Signup at 8
Wednesday July 17New Way Open Mic with Ryan Dillaha, signup 830
Friday July 19Michigan Rattlers, Winnow, & Nick Juno at Mac’s Bar in Lansing, MI$15/$18 at the door in Lansing, MI
VAZUM album release w/ Gold Crayon, VSTRS$5 – PJ’s Lager House in CorktownVAZUM post-punk / goth – 12 amHaving released two albums last year, VAZUM is now releasing it’s third, entitled ‘Variant’ on July, 19th. ‘Variant’ leans more towards the post-punk and goth sensibilities of the band, featuring two Bauhaus covers, ‘She’s in Parties’ and ‘The Passion of Lovers’.
Gold Crayon indie / alternative – 11 pmA shimmering indie-pop with trippy vocal incantations and charging guitars, somewhere between the swagger of the Strokes and the strut of T. Rex. Scrappy as it is smooth and cerebral as it is soulful, Gold Crayon’s channels the cruder furies of rock into aurate art-pop.
Vstrs psych / alternative – 10 pmVSTRS are an LSD experience. I could have listened to this band play for hours. The music resonated with a droning, dreamy quality that would ebb & flow between soft space to crunchy guitar & drum. Ethereal vocals added the cherry on top of this psychedelic adventure.
Saturday July 20PJ’s ‘We Ain’t Dead Yet’ Rock ‘N’ Roll BBQ Bash at PJ’s Lager House$12/$15 at the door in CorktownFeaturing
- Ryan Dillaha and The Miracle Men
- All-Seeing Eyes (Cincinnati, OH)
- Deal Breakers
- John Salvage
- Jennifer Westwood And The Handsome Devils
- The Codgers
- Babe Miller
Apollo 69 : Trip to the Moon at Tangent Gallery$10, 1969 fashion encouragedLive Music covering the Hits of 1969, including:Kubat, Finlay, and Rose, Anthony Retka Music, George Montrelle, Jack Oats and Grace Detroit!
Songwriter Brunch w/ Tracy Kash & Mike WardNo cover 12-2 Rain or Shine
The first weekly Billboard Show! The Dispatch will have a Billboard Show seperate from the interviews that is exclusively what’s what in Detroit Songwriting this week.
Tonight, July 8
Tuesday July 9
- Songwriter night with Dave
- Dessert Oasis with Brion
Wednesday July 10
- New Way Bar open mic Ryan Dillaha
- Concert of Colors
- Nine days long: The 27th Annual Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity music festival located in Midtown Detroit.
- July 10-18, 2019
Thursday July 11
- Concert of Colors (DIA)
- Ashe Coffee Open Mic
- The Firewalkers at the Whitney Garden Party 7-9pm 5 cover
Frideay July 12
Saturday July 13
- Concert of Colors
- Songwriter Brunch w/ The Whiskey Charmers & Mike Galbraith
- Jake Riley and The Social Workers (Album Release) wsg. The Gashounds & Old Empire
- Live Jazz In The Parlor // Marbrisa Trio
Sunday July 14
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That’s it for this week! Stay tuned for next week when we’ll have another billboard pod plus an interview pod with Bunky Hunt, recorded at Whistlepig Studios
Paco Higdon and Tom Phillips join the Dispatch and talk about their time playing music on a cruise ship, pet pigs, arranging music for stage and studio. Paco and Tom are currently working on opening a recording studio in Roseville.
TALENTED MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, PRODUCER, ARRANGER, AND ARTIST BORN AND RAISED IN THE DETROIT MUSIC SCENE. HE CULTIVATED HIS CREATIVE SKILLS WHILE LIVING IN BOSTON AND GRADUATED FROM BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC WITH A DEGREE IN PROFESSIONAL MUSIC, BEFORE COMING BACK HOME TO MICHIGAN. HE IS KNOWN FOR HIS ECCENTRIC SONGWRITING AND TECHNICAL PROWESS, SHOWCASED IN PERFORMANCES WITH HIS GROUP THE PACO HIGDON BAND. HE HAS PRODUCED MANY DETROIT SONGWRITERS, IS A SEASONED SESSION MUSICIAN, PERFORMED IN NUMEROUS THEATER PRODUCTIONS, AND IS A FIRM SUPPORTER OF ALL FORMS OF ART, AMATEUR OR PROFESSIONAL. PACO’S GOAL IS TO CULTIVATE UP-AND-COMING MUSICIANS AND BANDS, HELPING THEM TO SHINE ON A NATIONAL LEVEL.
A BASSIST, PERFORMER, ARRANGER, AND SONGWRITER BASED OUT OF ROYAL OAK, MI. ORIGINALLY FROM NEW JERSEY, HE GRADUATED WITH A DEGREE IN ELECTRIC BASS PERFORMANCE FROM BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC IN 2014, AND RELOCATED TO THE DETROIT AREA IN 2017 TO HELP GET TUXEDO AVE OFF THE GROUND. OVER THE YEARS, HE HAS PERFORMED INTERNATIONALLY, RECORDED ON HUNDREDS OF SONGS IN A VARIETY OF GENRES, AND RECENTLY RELEASED HIS DEBUT ALBUM WITH HIS BAND WHITE FLASH. HE IS CURRENTLY GIGGING AND TOURING NATIONALLY WITH A VARIETY OF DETROIT ARTISTS, AS WELL AS TEACHING LOCALLY. WHEN IT COMES TO CREATING AND RECORDING MUSIC, HE PREFERS WORKING WITH INDIE AND ALTERNATIVE ROCK GROUPS. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO DELIVER TIGHT, NUANCED GROOVES, TASTEFUL ARRANGEMENTS, AND THOUGHTFUL PRODUCTION TO HELP BRING YOUR SONGS TO LIFE, TOM PHILLIPS IS YOUR MAN.
Darren Shelton is the proprietor of the Dispatch-Famous Ghost Light and Executive Director of Planet Ant. He joins us this week to talk about the talent in Detroit and how to manage a chaotic lifestyle when you love certainty.
An incredible night at Doop’s table in River Rouge. We talked music, but mostly the value of being good to each other. The night ends with passing a guitar around.
Kelly ‘The Assassin’ Corrigan
Anthony Retka joins us for an interview covering everything from being a good person to The Twilight Zone
Mike Ward joins the Dispatch and brings a story concerning two twins and a couple kevlar vests. A song ensues, written by Dave and Mike.
Continuing on Dave and Scott’s epic songwriting quest, our heroes push through the second verse and have a crazy idea to bring Aliens into the mix.