Aretha. With the most magnificent voice and the songs and power of inspiration and hope wrapped into your beautiful presence. As a child growing up in Detroit, you were here and still are. Respect and love forever. At the time I was writing and update to this original blog post, Aretha Franklin has passed away here in Detroit, While I think of those who have left the physical earth, including my own mom and dad, it can bring a sadness with the good memories. Life seems easier in the summer somehow. However, while it’s only noon, the light gives way to clouds and darkness. Aretha’s son, Teddy Richards, and I wrote and recorded a song “Lost in a Dream” several years ago together…”my tears are gone, the sun is here”..prayers.
Walking near poets who have passed before us this summer on our England tour and getting a moment on the Isle of Wight Colwell Beach, it was time to celebrate! The message continues to never give up. Life is scary and this is just reminder to love and keep on loving. And vote in November – these elections are more important than ever. Remember, people have the power.
Although it’s been a fast summer with brilliant shows here and over in England, we’re now in Michigan festivals in August and September. This weekend, the full band is back together at a new festival, Motor City Muscle Music USA near the Detroit River in downtown Detroit. Our set is Sunday, August 19 3:30 pm on the Spirit of Detroit Stage. All the shows are free and feature many local bands and national acts such as Reverend Horton Heat, Belinda Carlisle and Death, Ace Frehley (Kiss) and so much more – if you’re in Detroit, come on downtown to the heart of the city. Details at https://motorcitymuscle.us/
We also are returning Labor Day weekend to Arts Beats & Eats, Saturday night, September 1 at 6:45 pm on the Cultural/Acoustic Stage. It’s going to be a big weekend in Royal Oak, Michigan with a full band set coming up – new songs and guest violinist, Leslie DeShazor, who is also playing with Chick Corea and one of my favorites, Esperanza Spalding, at the Detroit Jazz Festival. I’ve super memories when I played at the Jazz Festival in 2009~! At Arts Beats this year, there are many great musicians, bands, arts and food, and national acts such as Ben Folds and The Spinners. http://artsbeatseats.com/
We’re bringing in music with heartfelt Detroit connections on Labor Day Monday, September 4 where we salute unions, workers and those who have fought for our rights for many years. Musically, I’ll be over at the Michigan State Fair Mega Jam with Nadir Omowale, The Brothers Groove, Laura Rain, Miz Korona and more- 1 pm https://www.michiganstatefairllc.com/
Also, a quick note: we released our latest CD in October 2016 – “Afterthought” – which was on the Grammy Awards First Ballot this year for Best Rock Album and nominated for Outstanding Rock CD of the Year in the Detroit Music Awards. We just restocked the new CD here online and in physical form, and our next recording may be on vinyl (surprises coming..)
In September, I’m back at teaching and recording. Thanks for listening to the music, downloading our songs, enjoying the videos and going to shows. Support the arts if you can. And hope you have a great Autumn of love and good dreams.
Happy Anniversary, Scott Dailey xxo Carolyn https://www.reverbnation.com/carolynstriho
My Soul is in a Hurry – I want to surround myself with people who know how to touch the hearts of others. People who learned through the hard blows of life to grow through gentle touches of the soul. Yes, I’m in a hurry, I’m in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give…” Poem by Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945) Poet, writer, essayist and musicologist. One of the founders of Brazilian Modernism. x
Back from England! We had a great U.K. tour performing at Isle of Wight, Rhythmtree Festival, in London and at Hope and Anchor. Everybody was great and the shows were awesome – it was an honor to be invited back overseas. With several photos here from the shows here 🙂 – Special thanks to Pete Holden at Rhythmtree, and the entire staff, Andy Barding, Ian Jay, Ian Anderson, Steve Lennon, DopeSickFly, DigiCafe, The Isle of Wight, LOUD WOMEN, Cassie Fox, Anna Z, Tokyo Taboo, Concrete Bones, Helen McCookerybook, Hope and Anchor club and London’s Islington (Angel).
In late July, we’re also joining up again with the incredible Barbara Payton and Mary McGuire, with Scott Dailey and Ron Wolf, at 20 Front Street, Saturday evening, July 28th for a Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is a special, dreamy rock and roll performance with several new songs! Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm – check out the fantastic posters, and come on up, summer’s short x Tickets here at http://20frontstreet.com/event/a-midsummer-nights-dream-concert-barbara-payton-carolyn-striho-mary-mcguire/
August brings adventure at Third Man Records on the Punk Rock Retrospective Panel with Cranbrook Art Academy herein Detroit for a special 2 pm show – and we’re back with our full band at several festivals; details shortly. xx love, carolyn
A big July month ahead back to Europe for shows and a great show back in Michigan, too! First, we’re honored to be playing at the U.K.’s Isle of Wight, and The Rhythmtree Festival Friday July 13, 2018, and at Hope and Anchor in London on Saturday night July 14th ! If you’re in the U.K., please join us at one of these legendary festivals and venues! With amazing bands Morcheeba, Brand New Heavies, Space and more, Rhythmtree will be out of this world! And with Loud Women in London, it’s a treat of a night! We’ll also be returning to 20 Front Street in Lake Orion, Michigan with the great lineup of Barbara Payton and Mary McGuire, Scott Dailey and Ron Wolf, Saturday night, July 28 xx More at https://www.rhythmtree.co.uk/artists-a-z, https://www.rhythmtree.co.uk/carolyn-striho https://www.facebook.com/hopeandanchorlive/ http://www.punk77.co.uk/punkhistory/hope_and_anchor_history.htm and http://20frontstreet.com/
And on Saturday August 4th at Third Man Records Detroit, I’m on the panel for the Punk Rock Detroit Panel Discussion/Film Clips presented with Cranbrook Art Museum – https://cranbrookartmuseum.org/events/detroit-punk/ The Carolyn Striho Group’s August and September festival appearances are on the way, too, with new recording work. A hot time in the town tonight, keep your candles burning bright…never give up.
It’s June in Detroit already! A time for new shows and recording – we’ll be performing at Detroit Music Weekend Saturday, June 16th in Detroit’s Entertainment District/Harmonie Park near Music Hall Detroit. We’ll be playing on the Ford Stage at 7:50 pm. with such acts as The Jacksons (!), Craig Brown, Ben Daniels, actor Jeff Daniels and more, it’s an honor to be invited to perform at Detroit Music Weekend. Info here at https://www.detroitmusicweekend.org/ford-stage/ and https://www.detroitmusicweekend.org/
June also brings the premiere of the film Tough Luck: Detroit Stories at Cinema Detroit Tuesday evening, June 26 at 5:30 to 8:30 pm at 3420 Cass Avenue, Detroit by Chicago filmmaker and former Detroiter Mary Sommers. Tough Luck tells adventures of Detroiters who grew up in the City, including myself, and also highlights playwright Dominique Morriseau, writer Larry Gabriel, activist and teacher Ka Fields, poets and more – featuring our song, “East of Eden,” too! https://www.cinemadetroit.org/
Next, we’re on our way to the U.K. again in July for performances at The Rhythmtree Festival at Isle of Wight (Morcheeba and Brand New Heavies!) and in London at Hope and Anchor with Loud Women,and more! Then we’re back in town for a very special show in July with Midsummer’s Night Dream – Detroit Unplugged!- before recording in Detroit and up north.
Thinking of the late Anthony Bourdain’s quote: “ I love Detroit. I think it’s beautiful. I think it’s one of the most beautiful cities in America—still. The same incompetence and neglect that led to its current state of affairs has, at least, left us with a cityscape that even now, taunts us with the memories of our once outsized dreams… … Detroit looks like nowhere else. Detroit looks like motherfuckin’ Detroit. As it should. I’ll say it again. And again. I love Detroit. I love Detroiters. You’ve got to have a sense of humor to live in a city so relentlessly fucked. You’ve got to be tough—and occasionally even devious. And Detroiters are funny, tough—and supreme improvisers.” RIP, Sir, a treasure.
Thanks for the support for downloading and buying much of my music, and your support of musicians, painters, poets, writers, dancers, chefs, artists, everywhere.
Love, Carolyn www.reverbnation.com/carolynstriho