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Join the Friends of the Grande and author-historian-musician-preservationist Leo Early for a tour of historically significant Grande sites. Friday October 7 the tour will start at our rallying point, the Lincoln Park Historical Museum where plenty of municipal parking will be available. The museum will be open two hours prior to our 3:30 P.M. boarding call so that attendees may check in and view the marvelous exhibits featuring the MC5 and famed artist Gary Grimshaw.
At 4 P.M. sharp our tour begins by “bombing the hood”, cruising through the neighborhoods the MC5 called home. A handful of haunts, homes and schools will be acknowledged from the comfort of our 40 passenger air-conditioned Blue Lakes charter bus. The next leg of the three hour excursion will take us up Fort Street in the direction of Dearborn, hometown of Henry Ford and Grande Ballroom impresario Russ Gibb.
This segment of our adventure will roll us past a handful of locations significant to Uncle Russ’ life and career. Departing Dearborn our charter will transport us up Livernois, “The Avenue of Fashion” to the University District. There we will take note of buildings significant to the 60’s music scene and to students of the University of Detroit. Next we will head south to Grand River and Beverly for our stop curbside at the Grande Ballroom, 50 years on from the rock n’ roll re-opening weekend! Light refreshments will be provided with plenty of opportunity for photos and conversation. Please note that the interior of the building is not safely accessible and off-limits to the general public. We will NOT be entering the building. Once we’ve had an opportunity to pay our homage, we will depart the Grande at approximately 6:30 PM for our return trip to Lincoln Park. An afterglow location will be announced at the conclusion of the tour offering food and cocktails at attendees’ expense.
Thursday October 30th the Detroit Historical Museum will launch a magnificent year long exhibit of Gary Grimshaw’s work. I will be present representing the Friends of the Grande and talking about my Grande book to be released in 2015. F.O.G T-shirts Event posters will be available for sale. Get there early as it will be packed !
Friends of the Grande Shirt (Grimshaw)
Wow! Our site is back online after several weeks of concerted effort to recover the hacked content. We are still working to revise and tune the site with some really cool new stuff. Please stay tuned as we announce some great new projects coming this fall. Cheers, Leo Early Webmaster www.thegrandeballroom.com
FOG T-shirts! I have worked with Laura Grimshaw and family to arrive at an appropriate version of Gary Grimshaw’s original FOG Letterhead logo for use on apparel. It now appears as our new Facebook group header and shirts can be ordered here. Dependent upon interest, other shirt types may be forthcoming. – Leo Early
Fog T-shirts at the Grande Store
“A Night of Grande Love” at NEW YORK NEW YORK INSIDE THE PREMIERE CENTER ON 23 MILE IN CHESTERFIELD. Hosted By 94.7 WCSX, Doug Podell & John Sinclair! Showing Tony D’Annunzio’s award winning film “Louder Then Love – The Grande Ballroom Story” and Live performances by Gary Quackenbush from SRC , Scott Morgan from The Rationals, and Dick Wagner and Friends from The Frost…all to Benefit Gary Grimshaw Family and Wife Laura Grimshaw…legendary artist for The Grande Ballroom Posters. The Family has insurmountable bills to pay so the Detroit & Michigan Rock community is stepping up to help. There will also be a Rock Auction of classic memorabilia some from Gary’s Personal collection. Many special guests and friends are expected to be there and play. Tickets can be purchased the night of Event. Movie and concert $15.00 Concert from 7 to end of night $10.00
- 5:00 Announcements, introduction – Doug Podell
- 5:30 to 7:00 Movie showing “Louder than Love”.
- 8 to 8:30 SRC Band
- 9 to 9:30 Scott Morgan
- 10 to 11:00 Dick Wagner
In between bands Doug Podell will be doing short raffles, prize give a ways) etc.
House/Doors at 4:30 Donation of $15 for Movie and Concert or $10 for just concert.
Grande guitar legend Dick Wagner will be recording live at Callahan’s Music Hall Auburn Hills, Michigan June 28.
Th original Grande Counter-Culture Svengali, John Sinclair is appearing at UM-Dearborn’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL) is sponsoring “Kick Out the Jams” on Thursday April 4.
We’ve begun adding “stub pages” that will act as Home pages for each act that we document as having appeared at the Grande. There are literally hundreds of acts, some famous, some less so.
Using our search function you will be able to find any act and comment on them, thus contributing to the experience of our site.
Here are a some of the first to be published: