MotorCity Casino Hotel - "In the News" excerpts

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“Wendy Williams knows how to bring the heat! And after 23 years in radio, multiple New York Times bestselling books and a nationally-syndicated (and recently Emmy-nominated) talk show (The Wendy Williams Show), she's still on fire.…….. She's still "just Wendy from Jersey." And on April 24 at Sound Board at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, Williams delves deeper into her persona in a humorously honest "lay down" comedy show, she calls "therapy."

Emell Derra Adolphus, BLAC Detroit Magazine, April 24, 2015.

“Loni Love discovered her calling for comedy in 1972 when she was crowned the winner of a Little Miss Detroit pageant and her tiara fell off….. Today, Love is spreading happiness on a national, multi-platform level. …On June 20, she'll bring her stand-up tour to Detroit's Sound Board stage at MotorCity Casino. Love credits her hometown with giving her the strength and tenacity to maintain such a schedule.

The thing is, it's that Detroiters are hard workers," she says during a phone interview that is punctuated by her infectious laugh. "We've always been hard workers, even when times are down. I've been able to take that with me, that work ethic, to help me build my career."

Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, April 11, 2015.

“As the lights dimmed and the din of the crowd rose, the music started and soon a spotlight graced center stage and there was Ledisi in all her glory, waiting to rock Detroit with a show only she can deliver. Interjecting songs from her latest album, 2014’s The Truth, along with other tracks from previous efforts, the setlist was bound to fulfill everybody’s wish list for the evening. Ledisi worked the MotorCity crowd and stage like a woman on a mission. Between songs, and sometimes even during them, the chanteuse added personal touches that drew the audience in and kept them hooked from opening note of the show until the last note was played and the lights came up. Picking prime moments of the show are difficult, as the show was full of perfect moments that pleased everybody in attendance."

Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur, 100% Rock Magazine, March 13, 2015.

“To say that the MotorCity Soundboard inside the MotorCity Casino in Detroit was packed would be a complete understatement. If this show was not a complete sell out, it was extremely close. I arrived at the venue three hours prior to show time and there were already people lined up ready to rock out with the “Jessie’s Girl” icon. The show began with Detroit based band, The Hamiltons, led by singer Robert Dancer, known for his stylish Fedora hats, who played in front of the packed crowd and got the energy levels up to an extreme high. They played some songs from their recently released Angels In Love CD and you could tell by the crowd reaction as well as the smiles on the band members faces how much fun they were having….It was then time for the main event. Introduced by Channel 7’s Stephen Clark, Rick took the stage in his signature t-shirt, blazer, and black pants and I don’t think that the screams from the fans died down even once. For a performer who will be celebrating his 66th birthday this August, he jumped and danced around the stage as if he is turning 26."

Korynne Hatcher, Detroit Examiner, February 17, 2015.

“…Parry’s Annerin Productions delivered “Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles,” which plays Sunday, Feb. 22, at Sound Board in Detroit’s MotorCity Casino. The show has been seen by more than a million people worldwide — including dates on Broadway and in London’s West End — and won rave reviews, including a New York Times declaration that it’s “by far the best Beatles show yet."

Gary Graff, The Oakland Press, February 9, 2015.

“(Kathy) Griffin lives for celebrity gossip, and the dishy comedian has long made a career out of sharing up-to-the-minute stories about celebs and her interactions with them. She performs at the Sound Board at MotorCity Casino on Thursday, and her loose routine is like a conversation that unfolds in real time…."I don't know what I'm going to say," says Griffin, 54, who grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Los Angeles when she was 18. "I've never been someone that does a three-month tour, then they go write a monologue for a year, then they make it perfect, then they go hit the road on a bus. No! I guarantee you when I do my show at MotorCity, I'm going to open with something that happened that day."

Adam Graham, The Detroit News, January 21, 2015.

“The British born singer-songwriter-keyboardist-guitarist made his first appearance in Detroit since the mid-80s on Thursday night, Nov. 6, at SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel -- and made up for last time with a uncannily clean-sounding show that packed 18 songs into its nearly two hours….. He promised the crowd that “Detroit is gonna come back. It may take a little time, but it’ll come back stronger than ever,” and when he said “See you again soon, I hope” during the final bows, Hodgson left behind a room full of smitten fans who clearly felt that even “soon” would not be soon enough."

Gary Graff, The Daily Tribune, November 6, 2014.

“This concert is indeed a trip back in time when music and lyrics touched the heart and moved the soul. Those in attendance at MotorCity Casino's Sound Board were not disappointed. It was an awesome night of performances all around. I give 70's Soul Jam 5 Stars out of a 5 Star Rating. I hope the tour comes back to Detroit in the near future so that it can be enjoyed by other concert goers."

Britt Tanya,, September 27, 2014.

“On Sept. 27, clothing designers, runway models and fashionistas will gather at the MotorCity Casino for Fashion In Detroit. The annual event went missing in action last year but has sashayed back in 2014 with “Project Runway” alumnus Joe Faris and the Dodge Motor Company at the helm. More than 20 locally and nationally known fashion designers — who have carefully sewn and stitched every seam of garment fabric — will showcase their back-to-school fall looks to an appreciative audience looking to strike a pose."

Maria Allard, C&G Newspapers, September 17, 2014.

“Americans are great. They’re the best. They’ll shout and holler. I love that. I love when people call out stuff and they become part of the experience. Because we’re not watching a television program, we’re having a conversation!"

Joss Stone as told to Sandra McNeil, ahead of her September 11 show at Sound Board, CBS Detroit, September 4, 2014.

“Reflecting on a “weird week” in world news on Friday night, July 18, Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips noted that, “I’m happy to see a bunch of people listening to music and smiling and being nice to each other.”…..You couldn’t ask for a more apt summation of the evening……Toad and headliner Counting Crows, who each staked their musical claims during the ’90s, ably delivered their respective bodies of earnest and uplifting rock to a packed Sound Board at the MotorCity Casino Hotel."

Gary Graff, The Oakland Press, July 19, 2014.

“With lots of high-profile chefs teaming up in the suburbs for special dinners lately and drawing sellout crowds, Chef Benjamin Meyer of Iridescence at MotorCity Casino Hotel saw a void in the culinary excitement. “It struck me that we have never done anything in the city,” he said, in announcing plans to correct that. One Sunday a month, Meyer is inviting one chef from another restaurant — typically a smaller Detroit one — to join him in the kitchen of the AAA 4-Diamond Iridescence in Detroit in a dinner series called the Culinary Guild of Detroit (CGD)."

Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press Restaurant Critic, July 1, 2014.

“The Chris Robinson Brotherhood brought freedom and love through music to the Sound Board at the MotorCity Casino in Detroit, Michigan June 13th. There was no reason for concern on Friday the 13th as the Brotherhood took our hands and guided us through a sonic wonderland.…..I have to start out by saying the Sound Board is a great venue for live music. The staff working this show was helpful and friendly. Given this is a great band playing in such a splendid venue….."

Chuck Marshall, National Rock Review, June 25, 2014.

“The Jacksons may have been born in Gary, Indiana, but you could say that the Jackson 5 were assembled in Detroit — at the Motown “factory.” The Jacksons — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon — perform tonight at the MotorCity Casino’s Sound Board. Back when they were still five — with brother Michael — they’d already shown incredible talent and had two singles out on Steeltown Records…At the Sound Board, the Jacksons go all the way back to their early sound. They tell the Jacksons story, “beginning, middle and end,” with a tribute to Michael."

Susan Whitall, The Detroit News, June 11, 2014.

“There’s going to be a lot of storytelling in this show, telling stories that you’ve never heard before,” Jackie promises. Like what? “Ah, I can’t let the cat out of the bag,” he says with a laugh. “There’ll be some significant stories about the Jacksons — what Michael used to do, what we all did. That’s all I can say. “But it’s gonna be a lot of fun."

Jackie Jackson as told to Gary Graff, The Oakland Press, June 10, 2014.

“Known for his longtime stint as the host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno is more than just a late-night talking head and stand-up comic. He’s also a car fanatic and an aficionado of Detroit….“There are a lot of nice people around; you just don’t really hear about them, and Detroit has plenty of those people — and that’s what I really like about being there. It didn’t seem like a scary city, it didn’t seem like a dangerous city. Maybe I’m being naïve, but when you have a good experience someplace, that’s what you remember. I think Detroit has a lot of good experiences left in it."

Alysa Offman, MetroTimes, June 2, 2014.

“Yes that Steve Martin! The Father of the Bride, Three Amigos, and Cheaper by the Dozen, Steve Martin is a member of a Bluegrass band. After meeting The Steep Canyon Rangers at a party in 2011 Martin invited the band to record and tour with him. The rest as they say is history. Now, with special guest Edie Brickwell, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will be bringing a little bit of southern charm to Sound Board. This collaboration of 7 musicians has resulted in the creation of Bluegrass music they are passionate about while blending in the humor that only Steve Martin knows how to produce."

MetroTimes Staff, MetroTimes, June 2, 2014.

“When you think of Motown, it's a pyramid; it's something you can't just look at, you have to look up at it."

Jermaine Jackson as told to Eric Lacey, MLive, May 31, 2014.

“McKnight’s voice was sexy and subtle when needed and as powerful as ever when he turned it up a notch. It was a pleasure watching his strum his guitar in the middle of the set while he sang his heart out to everyone that would listen. The acoustics of the venue really allowed the lush and full sound from the front to the back and all the way up top. The stage, while kept simple, flourished with lights allowing every move McKnight to be seen by everyone in the venue. Utilizing only his voice, small band, acoustic guitar, and no elaborate stage show, Brian took over and gave this crowd exactly what they came to see.”

Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur, 100% Rock Magazine, May 28, 2014.

“Some audience members say they go for the Broadway-style entertainment while others assert that they enjoy the choreography. Whatever the reason, it’s common knowledge that the touring dance troupe known as the Chippendales has been making its mostly female audience members feel flush and faint since its beginnings in 1979. These days, its performers are seen by millions of fans in more than 25 countries, and this weekend, clad in their signature bow ties and shirt cuffs — and not much else — the men will bring their exotic and erotic dance moves to the Sound Board.”

Mary Lendzion, The Detroit Free Press, May 8, 2014.