Happy December 1st. There is so much beautiful music and energy coming up in The City of Detroit, and Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, and all through Michigan, Canada and the world. Time to think about the strength and hope of the cold winter resilience as a theme with creating this winter. Just an update or two on what I just did and am doing 🙂 A couple of Friday nights ago, November 22nd in Detroit, I performed at Detroit’s Tree Lighting at Campus Martius Park. Attended by nearly 50,000 people and broadcast on WXYZ Detroit Channel 7, we were thrilled to be on the main stage! We performed with Mayer Hawthorne and Beth Griffith Manley, and there were beautiful choirs and skaters, families and friends…with many thanks to my amazing musicians, Scott Dailey, Dave Dion and Dominica Lamarra, and the fantastic Downtown Detroit Partnership! https://www.facebook.com/events/488208235243032/
The holidays are coming and please don’t forget to check my new book “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” as a holiday gift. You can find it locally at Book Beat, Mayflower Bookstore and Dearborn Music – soon to be added to stores in Ann Arbor and Traverse City, and Toronto, Canada – or on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Aquarius/Auxmedia’s website. Thanks again to the Metro Times for the November feature! I’ll be heading up to northern Michigan for Book Events/Signings/Readings and also over to Canada in the New Year. https://www.amazon.com/Detroit-Maiden-Energy-Carolyn-Striho/dp/1733089837
We’re on a new Michigan CD Benefit album with many Michigan bands This compilation features Carolyn Striho’s “East of Eden” written by Striho and Scott Dailey. We’re grateful for the Michigan music community coming together for Ralston Bowles, and we’re happy to be included on this special “Michigan Music” compilation album, featuring over 30 songs from artists across Michigan. BUY ALBUM: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/michganmusic DETAILS & INFO: https://localspins.com/the-unprecedented-michigan-music-co…/
I’m grateful for writing today on December 1st and gratitude is a theme…Thank you again to Jim McFarlin/Detroit Metro Times for the nice 2 page feature on my new book earlier this month. Also so many gracious thanks to everyone who came out to the shows and book events, and bought my book from me or online – or at a store! Also, thanks to NPR Detroit’s WDET-FM’s Ann Delisi for the great interview and airplay. Thanks to WHFR-FM Henry Ford College and Scott Boatright. And thanks to Gary Graff, Ann Delisi, ML Liebler, Brian Jabas Smith, Brian Gilmore, John Jeffire, Heather Buchanan and kind words about the book from many… I’m amazed, and it’s deeply super stuff to have so many care about my music, and writing. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa – more shortly xo
Great holiday gifts news: The “Detroit Maiden Energy” Book Openings were great at River’s Edge Gallery and Book Beat here in town. The Cadieux Café show in Detroit with our band and The Orbitsuns was a full house and packed. We’ll be back in the Spring 2020! You can order “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” from me in my website. Or you can order it from Book Beat in Oak Park, Michigan, 2 miles from Detroit. “Detroit “Maiden Energy” is also available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble’s website and at my publisher Auxmedia’s website. Detroit “Maiden Energy” is soon to be in more Detroit, Ann Arbor and northern Michigan book and music stores, too.
On Friday night, November 22nd in Detroit, The Carolyn Striho Group will be performing in downtown Detroit at Detroit’s Tree Lighting at Campus Martius Park. Attended by over 50,000 people and broadcast on ABC Detroit Channel 7, we’re thrilled to be onstage at 7 pm November 22nd – stay tuned! https://www.facebook.com/events/488208235243032/
Also, thanks to Jim McFarlin and the Metro Times for the nice article on the book, and check the December issue of Metro Parent for a new feature, too. With thanks to NPR Detroit’s WDET-FM’s Ann Delisi for the great interview and airplay. And to WHFR-FM Henry Ford College.
My book is here! It’s very close to be in Final Form, with a current prototype and will be ready shortly. It’s the first of several books, and it features some of my poetry and lyrics through the years. The working title is named after one of my poems, “Detroit Maiden Energy (“street princess”). And I’m happily surprised and grateful to be receiving such nice early reviews. My publisher, Aquarius Press/Aux Media, and I are excited and I’ll be doing several book signings/readings this Fall into November at River’s Edge Gallery and Book Beat with other dates soon. Details on links to buy the book on my website, Aquarius Press and on Amazon to be announced shortly. It’s been a long time coming, and while we couldn’t fit all of my lyrics and poetry in one book, we’re also doing a digital exhibition of some awesome posters and photos from my many years or lifetime of music…
Also! Coming right up, it’s an honor to be included in PBS’ riveting new film “ Those on the Front Lines of Cancer.” The premiere of the movie is at the Emagine Theatre Royal Oak, Wednesday evening, October 2nd at 6:30 pm. It will also be on PBS WTVS-TV in October. Thanks again for including a bit of my story, Visionalist Entertainment. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/those-on-the-front-lines-of-cancer-tickets-71799108065 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/those-on-the-front-lines-of-cancer-tickets-71799108065
Here are just several of the Book Events, with more dates to be announced in both Ann Arbor, Detroit and in northern Michigan later:
Sunday, October 27th at 12 Noon on WDET-FM 101.9 ‘s NPR in Detroit Ann Delisi will air an interview with Carolyn about her new book – stay tuned to Ann Delisi’s Essential Music! Ann is so gracious and a beautiful Detroit talent – listen in at https://wdet.org/https://wdet.org/
Week of October 28th—WDET-FM 101.9 ‘s NPR in Detroit Ann Delisi will air an interview with Carolyn about her new book – happy to be on this week with Ann, thank you again, and stay tuned to Culture Shift this week!https://wdet.org/https://wdet.org/
Friday, November 1, 2019—A cool, big night at River’s Edge Gallery! Come join the opening kick off of Carolyn’s new book, with a book signing, reading, wine, hors d’oeuvres, posters, photos and surprises with a digital exhibition, all at River’s Edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte, Michigan 48192. From 7-10 PM with free admission https://artattheedge.com/ http:// https://artattheedge.com/
Sunday, November 3, 2019—Another great event, with a Book Opening, Reading, live music and the really cool poster/photos and surprise digital exhibition party at Book Beat, Oak Park , 3-5 PM! Cary Loren has a great store, and if you haven’t been to Book Beat, now is the time – of course, free admission – come check it out https://www.thebookbeat.com/backroom/ https://www.thebookbeat.com/backroom/
Saturday Night, November 9, 2019—Music, great bands, the book and a blast of “Birthday and the Book” with Carolyn Striho Group and The Orbitsuns at The Cadieux Café! From 8:30 pm to midnight – http://www.cadieuxcafe.com/calendar/ http://www.cadieuxcafe.com/calendar/
There are more music dates coming up and we’re back to recording soon. But you know, it’s been a heck of a year, well, a few years, well, a decade, and we’re glad to still be making music, writing, creating and just listening to so many wonderful bands out there. There’s great new and old music, books, art, and always, hope. After being a guest of Patti Smith and her band in Royal Oak, Michigan this month, it’s a reminder to stay alert and informed and register to vote. To our young people, People Have The Power!
Thank you for listening and reading, Love, xoxo Carolyn
It’s finally on its way! The new book, Detroit (Street Princess) will be released in late September with a soft opening, to some really nice book signings coming up in Detroit, Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Grateful for the many great remarks on the book already – wow. Aquarius Press and I will also have a pre-ordering link on Amazon if you’d like to get an advance copy. More details coming, with links and more, and the first signings are here: September 28, 2019 at the Made in Michigan Festival in Allen Park, Michigan, then we’re moving on to other great places! While revising the cover, we’d love to include it here, but…shhh…almost here! There’s a fabulous week-long feature coming on NPR Detroit/WDET-FM 101.9 on Ann Delisi’s Essential Music and Culture Shift, the week of October 21st and weekend of October 28th. Stay tuned to 101.9 in October x https://wdet.org/shows/ann-delisis-essential-music /https://wdet.org/shows/ann-delisis-essential-music/
We’re also performing this month the weekend of September 20th to September 22nd at Earthwork Harvest Gathering in Lake City, Michigan. This is one of the best festivals in northern and southern Michigan – in the region, really – and we’re honored to be back! we’ll be playing with the excellent Erin Zindle this year on several violin numbers on our set, and Carolyn Striho Group hits at 2 pm on the Cedar Stage, Saturday September 21st, 2019. If you’re up north, come on over and catch a spitfire roundup of wildly original bands, friends, food, drink, massage, Water Blessing, yoga, shops for vintage clothes and henna, and campfire energy xo http://earthworkharvestgathering.com/artist?a=184&n=Carolyn+Striho http://earthworkharvestgathering.com/artist?a=184&n=Carolyn+Striho
Stay tuned and check the Gigs/Shows Posting on this website, and on my Facebook Music Page (under carolyn striho) for all the info on the new book, Detroit (Street Princess) and super shows this Fall.
What a month July was! From 2 nights performing for a third time with Don Was and Don’s All Star Revue at the Michigan Theatre in Jackson, Michigan, and at the DIA Film Theatre in the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) for The Concert of Colors, thank you! All the artists celebrating Motown’s 60th Anniversary together were excellent. We also had a Poets & Pies show with poets from Detroit and San Francisco in St. Clair Shores – nice crowd, pie, words and music.
Next! On Saturday evening, August 24th, we’ll be at The Focus Hope Photography Festival at Focus Hope Detroit. We’ll be performing at 6:00 pm, and the Festival runs from 2 pm to 9 pm with Detroit Photographers and photography, music and food trucks. Free admission! If you’re in Detroit, hope to see you at Cool Cities Park on Woodrow Wilson Street in Detroit – directions and details athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/focus-on-detroit-photography-festival-tickets-63495252008
Labor Day weekend, we’re at The Hamtramck Labor Day Festival Sunday afternoon, September 1, 2019 at 4 pm in the heart of great food, awesome bands and music, carnival rides and more! https://hamtownfest.com/ Hope to see you in Hamtramck, Michigan this holiday weekend – free admission.
Also, we’re returning to Earthwork Harvest Gathering from Friday to Sunday, September 20th to September 22nd in northern Michigan’s Lake City Earthwork Farm with so many great bands. Erin Zindle (The Ragbirds) will be sitting in with us on violin! Erin and I have written a new song together, too this summer, being recorded this Fall. http://earthworkharvestgathering.com/
My book is coming out this Fall. Detroit (Street Princess) features poems & lyrics of the 1st of 2 volumes. I’ll be appearing on WDET-FM 101.9 NPR Detroit and having several book openings, too.
We’re hoping to release new music in 2020 with the summer U.K. Tour
July news! First, we moved the next U.K. tour to next summer, 2020 and are thrilled to be invited back again. Second, the book is coming out this October on Aquarius Press Detroit with several book signings and an opening show exhibit opening planned. Third, we have a big show with Don Was and Don’s All-Star Revue at Concert of Colors in Detroit in July over 2 nights. And, we’ll be doing a cool Poets & Pies show at the Detroit Public Library with marvelous writers in July:
We’re returning for a 3rd time to perform at Concert of Colors Festival 2019 with the The Don Was All-Star Revue Band, with many former bandmates from Detroit Energy Asylum! The show is celebrating Motown’s 60th Anniversary. Also on the bill is the legendary Martha Reeves, Mitch Ryder and more – we’ll be at the DIA Saturday night, July 13th at 8 pm, and at the Jackson Michigan Theatre on Friday night, July 12th at 8 pm. The Concert of Colors is completely free, too. Hope you can make if you’re in the area! https://www.dia.org/events/concert-colors-don-was-detroit-all-star-revue-celebrating-60th-anniversary-motown
Poets & Pies! Scott Dailey and I are doing a poetry/music fest with free delicious pie, coffee, music and poetry in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, at the St. Clair Shores Library. Featuring amazing writers and authors from San Francisco and Detroit on Tuesday evening, July 23rd at 7 pm, this should be very cool. Presented by M.L. Liebler – NOTE: This has just been moved from the Main Detroit Public Library due to air conditioning issues downtown! https://www.scslibrary.org/
There’s much more coming up and it’s a busy summer into Fall with more events being announced, and more on Earthwork Harvest Gathering Festival in September, The Pink Fund performance in October, PBS special and more shows with new songs, too. Thanks!