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Bluesbreaker (Grande book excerpt)

Bluesbreaker The “Godfather of British Blues,” John Mayall, and his Bluesbreakers had been booked for a three-day run at the Grande starting on October 11, 1968. Mayall had been mentor and bandleader to a number of young British guitar upstarts. … Continue reading

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Grande Ballroom Aerial Survey 2017

It was a bright sunny morning in Detroit to go flying! Thanks to our generous GoFundMe donors The Friends of the Grande were able to engage our professionals for the first phase of the Grande Ballroom analysis and inspection, the … Continue reading

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Grande Ballroom Analysis / Fund Kicks Off!

The Friends of the Grande are very pleased to announce the first crowdfunding campaign for the Grande Ballroom. This initiative will fund a due diligence inspection and initial building safety projects that will benefit the building and its owners Chapel … Continue reading

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Save the Grande! Friends of the Grande meeting July 6

Thursday evening July 6 from 7-9 P.M. we are calling to order the July meeting of the Friends of the Grande. This is a public meeting that is open to anyone interested in contributing to the cause of preserving and restoring the … Continue reading

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Friends of the Grande volunteer meeting June 5

Monday evening June 5 from 7-9 P.M. we are calling to order the first Friends of the Grande meeting in over ten years. This is a public meeting that is open to anyone interested in contributing to the cause of preserving … Continue reading

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Grande Ballroom green lit for National Register of Historic Places process / restoration

Grande Ballroom green lit for National Register of Historic Places process / restoration. I am pleased to announce that this week I met with the owners of the Grande Ballroom, Chapel Missionary Baptist Church represented by Pastor Dr. R. Lamont … Continue reading

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Leo Early @ B&N Book Fair Saturday March 4

Although it’s technically in Northville, I’ll be appearing at the Livonia Barnes and Noble Local Author Book Fair on Saturday March 4 @ 7 P.M. I am one of ten local authors invited to participate based upon the success of … Continue reading

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Leo Early book signing Oakland Mall Feb.18

After a short break to recover from the whirlwind of book events since our October launch, I am back on the road! I’ll be signing copies of The Grande Ballroom Detroit’s Rock n Roll Palace at Oakland Mall Saturday February … Continue reading

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The Alabama Theater – cousin of the Grande – Video

In researching the Grande Ballroom Detroit’s Rock n Roll Palace I learned of the Architects Graven and Mayger and their involvement in Detroit architecture and two significant Southern movie palaces. Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit the … Continue reading

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Author Leo Early – Drew and Mike Podcast

I had a blast talking about the Grande with Drew Lane and Marc Fellhauer from the Drew and Mike podcast Wednesday. These guys are Detroit broadcasting stalwarts and real pros! You’ll be able to catch me at the 24:00 minute … Continue reading

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