MotorCity Casino Hotel - Archived "In the News" excerpts

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"On Sunday afternoon, [Theresa Caputo] will appear at the Motor City Casino Hotel's Sound Board for a live audience reading, similar to what's seen on her television show but on a bigger scale."

Melody Baetens, The Detroit News, February 28, 2013.

"Coming to Motor City Casino's Sound Board on 3/3, Caputo will be giving readings and speaking about her gift in front of a live audience. And what you'll be getting is a lot more than what you've been watching on TV."

Alysa Zavala, Real Detroit Weekly, February 25, 2013.

"Jewel's life is the best kind of It Gets Better story. Even though the famed music-maker recorded a video to offer hope to struggling teens, she didn't need to; to be inspired, one only has to look at how she went from living out of her car - and almost dying - to being a Grammy-nominated, chart-topping singer-songwriter. Jewel became so unbelievably successful, in fact, that she recently released a "Greatest Hits," a collection of songs going back to her first mega 1996 single "Who Will Save Your Soul" and spanning her entire multi-genre career. The singer-songwriter will perform on March 24 at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel."

Chris Azzopardi, Between The Lines, February 14, 2013.

"Deborah Moffatt recently joined MotorCity Casino Hotel as the new vice president of human resources. In her new role, Moffatt will be responsible for all aspects of HR management including strategic planning and labor relations initiatives on behalf of the company."

Casino Journal, February 11, 2013

"You may know this man from the many days he spent crooning his hit single "It's Been Awhile" over and over again. While he still takes time to tour with his '90s-style rock band, Staind, you can also count on seeing him hitting the road solo every once in a while. Having mastered the art of the southern twang and the country tune, his solo work is to be admired as much as that of his band. No matter the medium, Lewis' gritty vocals are sure to pull at your heartstrings [when he performs at Sound Board on February 7]."

Real Detroit Weekly, February 4, 2013.

"If your tastes run more contemporary, Iridescence at the top of the hotel tower at MotorCity Casino Hotel has a sleek and sophisticated appeal, and the 40-foot windows looking over Detroit provide one of the best views of the city. The two-tiered dining room at Iridescence is also a popular place for proposals, and the staff will help out with the old ring-in-cake trick if you ask."

Visit Detroit, January 30, 2013.

"MotorCity Casino Hotel has announced its Sunday Brunch & Jamsmusic series at Sound Board. Sunday Brunch & Jams will take place one Sunday each month from 11:00am - 2:00pm and will feature great food and entertainment that changes monthly."

Broadway World, January 24, 2013.

"At Iridescence, the beautiful fine-dining restaurant at MotorCity Casino Hotel, executive chef Benjamin Meyer first simmers the cleaned octopuses in a flavorful bouillon of aromatics, herbs, wine and cinnamon sticks -- along with three wine corks, which Mediterranean folklore says ensures a tender result."

Sylvia Rector, The Detroit Free Press, January 27, 2013.

"Deborah Moffatt recently joined MotorCity Casino Hotel as the new vice president of Human Resources. In her new role, Moffatt will be responsible for all aspects of HR management including strategic planning and labor relations initiatives on behalf of the company."

Casino Enterprise Management, January 14, 2013.

"Shimmell last fought at [Sound Board inside] Motor City Casino for his fourth fight last September in his second round knockout of opponent Joseph Stofle. "It was a great venue and a nice turnout and the promoters and venue treat me well and it's a great time," Shimmell said. "We're looking forward to going back and having a good time again."

Cory Olsen, MLive, January 14, 2013.

"The MotorCity Casino doesn't know who he was and it wouldn't tell you if it did, but if you're curious, just look for the mug with the most mournful expression. He's the guy who truly couldn't win for losing when somebody finally claimed the bad beat jackpot in the poker room on New Year's Day."

Neil Rubin, The Detroit News, January 7, 2013

"Chef, restaurateur, and cooking show personality Paula Deen will appear at MotorCity Casino Hotel's Sound Board on April 25."

Melody Baetens, The Detroit News, December 27, 2012

"She never met a stick of butter she didn't like, but restaurant owner and TV personality Paula Deen is taking time to chat with metro Detroit fans— courtesy of St. John Providence Health System. Healthier fare than usual is expected as she promotes her books, performs a cooking demonstration and chats up the audience [at Sound Board inside MotorCity Casino Hotel]."

CBS Detroit, December 27, 2012

"Tracy Morgan claims he no longer burns the candle at both ends. This may be true in his private life, but career-wise, the actor, nominated for an Emmy for his weekly stint on NBC's "30 Rock," makes his presence known in a variety of entertainment genres, including stand-up comedy. Tonight, he hits the stage at the Sound Board, MotorCity Casino Hotel."

Ursula Watson, The Detroit News, December 26, 2012

"Few serve up a purer shot of Motown than Duke Fakir and company, who will perform classics from the Tops' voluminous hit catalog while sprinkling in a few Christmas tunes [at Sound Board inside MotorCity Casino Hotel]."

Brian McCollum, The Detroit Free Press, December 13, 2012

"The Four Tops who bring their "Hits and the Holidays" show to Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel tonight, are like ambassadors for the legacy of the original group and the city in which it was created."

Ben Edmonds, The Detroit Free Press, December 13, 2012

"While [Chaka] Khan clearly has many passions, singing and performing is still number one and her show [at Sound Board] in Detroit will be nothing more than a showcase of that."

Alysa Zavala, Real Detroit Weekly, November 2012

At the Sound Board, Khan will have a lot of ground to cover, with so many of her own iconic songs to perform (from 22 albums and 10 No. 1 singles). There are the early Rufus numbers, then a stunning run of '80s mega-hits including "I'm Every Woman."

Susan Whitall, The Detroit News, November 2012

"Grammy-nominated and legendary R&B singer Peabo Bryson continues to prove why he still ignites music lovers to 'FEEL THE FIRE'. He will release the passion you've come to experience when he takes the stage at Sound Board inside MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 8:00 p.m."

Leslie Griffin, FrontPage Detroit, November 2012

"To call the food at Iridescence amazing is a pretty drastic understatement. Chef de Cuisine Benjamin Meyer has recently revamped the menu to feature American food with French flair while being both high-end and approachable."

Joe Hakim, Real Detroit Weekly, November 2012

"MotorCity Casino Hotel Assembly Line is a must for any meal."

Adam O'Connor, Real Detroit Weekly, November 2012

"Built and born just four years ago, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel is a venue somewhat unrivaled in the city itself. Constructed with a state of the art sound system that is owned by the casino and operated by their full-time staff, a trip to the venue is an experience in and of itself. And seeing one of your favorite acts there, well, mind-blowing is probably the best word for it."

Alysa Zavala, Real Detroit Weekly, November 2012

"Iridescence Chef de Cuisine Benjamin Meyer and Executive Chef Don Yamauchi were featured on The Nine to elaborate on several key dishes currently being showcased at Iridescence. The Chef's not only demonstrate and share their prime strip steak recipe, but also give the Fox 2 staff a special presentation of the restaurant's current intriguing mystery: the 'miracle' berry."

WJBK Fox 2, November 2012

"There are three words that describe sultry and soulful diva Marsha Ambrosius: Real open and honest. You hear her music and become hooked. Marsha talked exclusively with FrontPage Detroit about her journey and het latest album Friends and Lovers at her recent concert at Sound Board inside MotorCity Casino Hotel."

Leslie Griffin, FrontPage Detroit, October 2012

"In the '80s, the Go-Go's broke down the barrier for all-female groups. Today, the pop-rock band – Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schroch and Kathy Valentine – remains iconic. Its classic debut album, 1981's "Beauty and the Beat," was a new-music radio staple."

David J. Criblez, Detroit News, October 2012

"The ladies decided that in lieu of saying goodbye to their fans, they'd celebrate the 30th anniversary of their second album, Vacation. And in August, they set out on a 19-city tour – the final date of which falls right here [at Sound Board] in Detroit."

Alysa Zavala, Real Detroit Weekly, October 2012

"With cult-favorite hair care brand black 15in1, miracles really do happen. This weekend Detroiters can experience a miracle first hand when Beauty Buzz 2012 comes to MotorCity Casino Hotel."

Rebecca Voigt, Hour Magazine, October 2012

"Randall Villareal was recently appointed vice president of non-gaming operations at MotorCity Casino Hotel. In his new role, Villareal will be responsible for the leadership and day-to-day operations of the hotel, as well as all food and beverage operations."

DBusiness, September 2012

MotorCity Casino Hotel's Director of Interactive Marketing John Policicchio was featured on the FOX 2 morning show to discuss the third annual MotorCity Scavenger Hunt.

WJBK Fox 2, September 2012

Iridescence Chef de Cusine Benjamin Meyer was featured on the channel 7 morning show to discuss Detroit Restaurant Week, where he performed a cooking segment, showcasing a meal option from the fine-dining establishment, to get viewers excited about the upcoming week-long event.

WXYZ Channel 7, September 2012

"Imagine trying to write a menu for 200 nightly guests when their expectations are through the roof. To chefs like Benjamin Meyer, though, it's second nature -- and fun. Meyer, chef de cuisine of Iridescence at MotorCity Casino Hotel, has just introduced his first new menu since taking over at the stunning, fine-dining destination this summer."

Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press, September 2012

"The third annual MotorCity Scavenger Hunt begins at Sound Board, inside the MotorCity Casino Hotel on Grand River Boulevard at the Lodge Freeway in Detroit, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Participants ages 21 and older will compete by collecting photos and memorabilia from more than 40 businesses and attractions in Corktown, Midtown, Eastern Market, New Center and the RiverWalk."

Alicia Cooper, Detroit News, September 2012

"If anyone needed proof that rock 'n' roll has no age limits, they only had to go to the Motor City Casino Hotel's SoundBoard on Thursday night. That's where Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, aged 62 and 73 respectively, snorted fire and performed with the ferocious energy and passion of those half or even a third of their years."

Gary Graff, The Oakland Press, August 2012

"Sound Board's new Web site features exclusive bonus content including backstage videos, high resolutions images, and post-performance artist feedback; quick and easy fan interaction and sharing through various social networks; VIP Packages including hotel, dining, and back stage meet-and-greet opportunities; an event calendar preview of upcoming performances and events; and a Roadies Club for fans"

Matt Roush, CBS Detroit, August, 2012

"MotorCity Casino was recently granted the coveted Pinnacle Award in 2012 for the third consecutive year. The prominent award is presented to hospitality industry leaders for their ability to deliver unparalleled service to their guests."

DBusiness, August 2012

"A singer's voice is an instrument. And while some singers have instruments of OK quality, a few are bestowed with top-of-the-line gifts. Grammy-winner k.d. lang is among those few. Simply put, this woman can sing. Effortless control, power, range, richness, an expert understanding of phrasing — you get the picture. But tonight, you can do more than get the picture, you can experience lang live with her band, the Siss Boom Bang, at the Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel."

Ursula Watson, Detroit News, August 2012

"The third annual event (Social Media Day Detroit), which was held at Motor City Casino's Sound Board venue, drew a very eager and enthusiastic crowd of young patrons who are dedicated to all things Web 2.0."

Chris Laine, Oakland Press, July 2012

"He's an award-winning actor, comedian and writer. But these days Steve Martin is wild and crazy about another pursuit -- music and, specifically, bluegrass, with a pair of chart-topping albums and a Grammy Award to show for it."

Gary Graff, Oakland Press, June 2012

"Although profanity and sex humor are almost prerequisites for a successful standup comedy act these days, John Pinette's built a 26-year career in the business while almost completely avoiding those elements. Where other comics would go for expletives and tales of sexual mishaps, Pinette's particular pleasure is good clean comedy about food."

Patrick Dunn, Real Detroit Weekly, June 2012

"When Barbra Streisand's friends and family wanted a singer to perform for her 70th birthday in April, there was no doubt who they'd call — Streisand's professed favorite, Johnny Mathis. It was a surprise, and a success."

Susan Whitall, Detroit news, June 2012

It's been 30 years since R&B singer Jeffrey Osborne released his first solo album after a tenure in the band L.T.D. "It's gone by awfully quick," he notes, but it's also validated a decision that's seen him score 15 R&B chart singles — hitting No. 1 with "She's On the Left" in 1988.

Gary Graff, Oakland Press, May 2012

While he can't wait to unveil his jazz standards on a live audience, that's for next year. This time around at the Sound Board, he'll be doing a classic Jeffrey Osborne show, with all the R&B hits, including many from his LTD years. "I give people a good dose of LTD; it's probably 70 percent of my set," he said.

Susan Whitall, Detroit News, May 2012

"Motor City Casino is promoting a new $300-$2,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha game with $5-$10 blinds. It starts at noon on Thursdays and for a limited time a reduced $5 rake is being collected every 30 minutes. Be sure to call ahead to check on these details."

Chris, Ante Up, April 2012

"Nancy Ajram and Ayman Zbib at MotorCity Casino Hotel: World-renowned Arabic pop star Nancy Ajram is not only a best-selling singer with seven studio albums and more than 20 million YouTube views, the Lebanon native is also considered to be one of the most influential Arabs in the world."

8 p.m. Sun. $55-$250. 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

Melody Baetens, Detroit News, April 2012

"The Detroit Regional Chamber's first Detroit Business Conference on Tuesday at the Motor City Casino was a thought-provoking and inspiring gathering of leaders committed to a prosperous city."

Dustin Block,, April 2012

On Billy Gardell, Mike & Molly Star

"I think the two cross over very nicely," he explains. "I come from a blue collar town, and most of my sarcasm was learned at the corner bars, so any towns where they take pride in their work, and work ethic and common sense, like Detroit, I tend to do well.

Jim McFarland, Metrotimes, April 2012

Have you ever been to Detroit?

I've been to Detroit years ago. I played a comedy club (in Royal Oak) called Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle. And now it's a great treat to be coming to the MotorCity Casino. Detroit's a working-class city, and I come from a working-class city, and that's where my humor is based; so I always do really good in those towns.

Mekeisha Madden Toby, Detroit News Television Writer, April 2012

"Mitch Ryder, Ronnie Dunn and the B-52s will rev up the tunes for Grand Prix weekend this summer in Detroit. The three acts top the entertainment lineup booked on the MotorCity Casino Hotel stage, part of the free family zone on Belle Isle the weekend of June 1-3."

Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press Pop Music Writer, March 2012

"It's always a lot of fun coming back home to the Detroit and Flint scene," he says. "We were a little outside of the Detroit scene originally, and we really tried to work our way in. Then Detroit started claiming us as one of their bands, and that really feels good."

Grand Funk Railroad • 3/29, 8 p.m. • MotorCity Casino HOTEL Sound Board • 2901 Grand River, Detroit

Patrick Dunn, Real Detroit Weekly, March 2012

"Detroit's fashion industry blossomed during Saturday's Fashion In Detroit 2012 (FID) event. The sold-out-event drew a crowd of press, local vendors, and fashionistas to MotorCity Casino's Sound Board to celebrate Metro Detroit fashion."

Raquel Parks, CBS Detroit Fashion Blogger, March 2012

"Lights. Cameras. Fashion! Slip on your best attire and reserve your tickets to one of the most-anticipated fashion events in Metro Detroit. Fashion In Detroit (FID) is back for its third year and will be held on Saturday, March 10 at MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Since its creation in 2009, FID has become an annual favorite in motown for promoting local fashion. This year, FID will be co-hosted by co-creator and Project Runway's, Joe Faris and Ambassador Magazine publisher and jewelry designer, Denise Illitch."

Raquel Parks, CBS Detroit Fashion Blogger, March 2012

"The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Grand Prix is proud to announce a partnership with MotorCity Casino Hotel for the return of world-class auto racing to the Motor City.

As part of the new relationship, MotorCity Casino Hotel will become a key partner in two crucial elements of the June 1-3 event – entertainment and premiere hospitality. MotorCity Casino Hotel will host and manage national and local musical acts throughout the Grand Prix weekend at the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage on Belle Isle. In addition, the large, exclusive hospitality chalet located at the beautiful Scott Fountain that will host both individuals and corporate clients at the race, will be named the MotorCity Casino Hotel Club."

Source: CDBIGP, March 2012

"Rachelle Ferrell - This veteran Philly musician seamlessly bridges the worlds of contemporary jazz and smooth R&B. Once a frequent Detroit guest, Ferrell is making her first visit here in half a decade. 8 p.m., Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel…"

Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, February 2012

MotorCity Casino Hotel hosted the 2012 Mobsteel Annual Autorama After Party. Mobsteel starts with fine vintage luxury cars and transforms them into menacing street machines with some of the most state-of-the-art technology currently available. The evening was a night of entertainment that featured Detroit's own Ty Stone and The Truth, and Michigan favorite Taddy Porter.

February 2012

"As you can imagine after a long journey around Detroit, we were desperate for a little rest and relaxation. We found this at the Motor City Casino Spa and it turned out to be the ultimate indulgence for our tired bodies. The D.Tour Spa offered a specialized selection of massage and body treatments and an ultra private two-room Couple's Suite."

Chris Ellison, Canadian Destinations, January 2012

"Megawatt stars and Detroit royalty shined the spotlight on diversity in the auto industry tonight, with Martha Reeves, Mayor Dave Bing, ABC's John Quiñones and everyone's mom from the Cosby Show, Phylicia Rashad, attending the 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards. More than 1,500 celebrities, executives, international media, politicians and others gathered at MotorCity Casino in Detroit to celebrate diversity and inclusion in the automotive industry before the auto show opens Monday."

Tammy Stables Battaglia, Detroit Free Press, January 2012

John Quiñones and Phylicia Rashad host the 2012 Urban Wheel Awards. The 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards was held on Sunday, January 8, 2011 in Sound Board. The event benefits the Emerging Diversity Education Fund. EDEF provides scholarships for students of color pursuing degrees leading to careers in either the automotive, communications, or green industries. The Urban Wheel Awards, was hosted by Decisive Media. It was named the Official Multicultural Event of Detroit's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) by the 2012 NAIAS Executive Committee. ."

Source:, January 2012