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Diana Bonner
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 4:29 am:   

Would be interested in reminiscing with others about some of the cool bands who played the corridor. I'll throw a few names out:Retro, the John Brio show, Rockabilly Cats, Sleep, Destroy All Monsters,L-7, Godbullies, our bands, Fresh Hell and Blame Mother,the Ghost Band, Cathouse, the Stooges...jar my memory;I know there were many others...Spanking Bozo,Vertical Pillows, Detroit Cobras(I just talked to Maribel-what a cool chick!)
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
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Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 7:33 pm:   

Hi Diane,

Bill Hodgson, Tom Karsiotis and David Opatik
at Alvins - 1981
Cats
Cindy Laverty
Blame Mother
Cathouse
Destroy All Monsters
Fresh Hell
Griot Galaxy
Godbullies
The Ghost Band
The John Brio Show
L-7
The Layabouts 1981 -
The Luddites
The MonsterSlayers
Retro
Rockabilly Cats
Shadowfax
Sleep
The Stooges

If you - or anyone else has pictures, links, info or dare I wish - MP3 files, please let me have them!
gkerby
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 9:33 am:   

Can't forget Ted Lucas and The Horny Toads,
Savage Grace (not really Corridor, but they played all the anti-war rallies at The Mall),
Alice Cooper (rehearsed at the 1st UU before they were famous),
Joni & Chuck Mitchell (at The Alcove),
Bobby McDonald Trio,
Prismatic Band (formerly Old Buck),
Skip VanWinkle (regular at The New Miami),
and 3 bands with which I played:
The Lords,
Okefenokee Swamp Band,
The Inside Outside Band.

I have lots of Lords photos as well as some Okefenokee MP3s on my website ... feel free to Hyper-Link to them.
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
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Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 9:45 am:   

It amazes me just how many bands there were! Thanks for the heads-up, gkerby. I have added them on the site.
I will also link the MP3 files as well - once again, Thanks!
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
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Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 9:53 am:   

Oh, yes - forgot the updated list:
Any more?

Artists & Bands

Alice Cooper
Bill Hodgson, Tom Karsiotis and David Opatik
at Alvins - 1981
Cats
Cindy Laverty
Blame Mother
Bobby McDonald Trio
Cathouse
Destroy All Monsters
Fresh Hell
Griot Galaxy
Godbullies
The Ghost Band
The Inside Outside Band
The John Brio Show
L-7
The Layabouts
The Lords
The Luddites
Joni & Chuck Mitchell
The MonsterSlayers
Okefenokee Swamp Band
Prismatic Band
Retro
Rockabilly Cats
Savage Grace
Shadowfax
Skip VanWinkle
Sleep
Ted Lucas and The Horny Toads
The Stooges
Kris Peterson
Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 12:13 am:   

Careless Love
Lyman Woodard Organization
Frank Isola Trio
Stratanova

What the heck happened to The Rockabilly Cats? I was thinking about them the other day.

Kris
Kris Peterson
Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 12:17 am:   

....and Dennis Pruss....Hi Dennis....I just asked Suzy Wahl about him today. I still have "Dick Head" on my wall. Dennis is one of my favorite artists....next to Stephen and Lowell of course. When is that Bluegrass band going to play again, Dennis?

Kris
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
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Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 8:24 pm:   

Kris - I'll give you just ten minutes to stop that :-)
G.Kerby
Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 - 3:18 am:   

Kris, I referenced Dennis indirectly as he was the founder of The Lords and "that bluegrass band" The Okefenokee Swamp Band.
G.Kerby
Posted on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 7:14 pm:   

Another Corridor standout that I somehow overlooked on my list is Conrad Carlock. I ran into him a few months back, and he gave me a CD of some of his live performances from "back in the day". It was AWESOME. He was light years ahead of what many of us were trying to do back in the 70s and 80s.
Tom Karsiotis
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 - 9:48 am:   

Michael Knight & Darlin' played the Song Shop for a spell
Mick Vranich & Plankton at Alvin's.
Billy C and His Killer Blues Band (1st Unitarian Church).



I can be heard occasionally at The Music Suite in Toledo with the Eric Brazier Trio most Thursdays. It's mostly Jazz and a little bit of Blues. David Opatik has moved up north.
Dick Ceyzyk
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 - 11:30 am:   

I still remember Sixto Rodriguez...used to play frequently at the Decanter. Was very Dylanesque,
liked to turn his back on the audience, was usually well toasted, had big problems in that area. I was working at Detroit General Hospital next to Greektown as a an emergency dept. psych social worker and we would often talk about his various problems. He had a woman manager with whom I think he lived or had some sort of domestic arrangement.
Oh yeah, and he never used his first name, just went by Rodriguez. My friends and I loved his stuff. He did put out one LP. I still have a copy and it still sounds good today.
Anybody else remember him? This would have been during the sixties...
G.Kerby
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 1:39 am:   

Rodriguez has been mentioned in a few threads here. I used to see him around well into the 90s, but I haven't lately. But then I don't spend much time in The Corridor these days, either.
G.Kerby
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 1:45 am:   

Going into the Wayback machine, does anyone remember when Debbie Duncan or Pam Smith performed around The Corridor? Both sang frequently at the original Circa. Both had a gospel background, but Debbie got into jazz and blues too. She worked for MANY yrs in L.A. doing sessions, clubs, concerts. She's based in Minnesota now and sounds better than ever. (She has some clips on Youtube)

Last I heard, Pam stuck with the traditional gospel and had moved to NYC. I hear that she does session work too.

And does anyone remember a gal blues-harp player --- I think she called herself "Clear Light" ??

Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
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Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 9:48 am:   

Wow! Some in-depth knowledge there!
Thanks everyone, I have added these names to the list of musicians of the Corridor (Click "Music" on the front of the site.)

The next step would be to start fleshing out each artist and/or band, getting as mush content as possible. A long assignment, but we have time and I am confident this aspect of the site will get fleshed out. Please send any info, pics and MP3 files that can be gleaned. Permissions to use would also be nice.
Kris Peterson
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 8:28 pm:   

Excuse me for being a burn-out. Let's put a new band together and play Alvins.

Kris
Kris Peterson
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 3:31 am:   

Well, that ended that. Here we are again. Nice pictures, Dennis Pruss. I still haven't communicated with you. What a multi-talent and all around regular guy you are, Dennis. I'm not hitting on you....just thinking about you. The weather has been so awful. I've had bronchitis since November. How is Suzy Wahl? She's mad at me about something and won't return my calls. Like, I can afford to lose friends at my age. Oh, by the way, I will be 64 in August. No, somebody else is. It can't be me. It's somebody else's mother or something. My God. We're almost 80.

Kris Peterson
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
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Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 8:50 pm:   

Corridor Artists & Bands 1.01 beta

Updated -

Alice Cooper
Bill Hodgson, Tom Karsiotis and David Opatik
Billy C and His Killer Blues Band
at Alvins - 1981
Cats
Cindy Laverty
Blame Mother
Bobby McDonald Trio
Careless Love
Cathouse
Conrad Carlock
Debbie Duncan
Destroy All Monsters
Frank Isola Trio
Fresh Hell
Griot Galaxy
Godbullies
The Ghost Band
The Inside Outside Band
The John Brio Show
L-7
The Layabouts
The Lords
The Luddites
Michael Knight & Darlin
Joni & Chuck Mitchell
The MonsterSlayers
Okefenokee Swamp Band
Pam Smith
Prismatic Band
Retro
Rockabilly Cats
Savage Grace
Shadowfax
Sixto Rodriguez
Skip VanWinkle
Sleep
Stratanova
Ted Lucas and The Horny Toads
The Stooges
Lyman Woodard Organization

Please list, if there are more...
Bob L
Posted on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 7:59 am:   

How about David and Rosalin? They go way back. Think they live in New Orleans now. Please correct my spelling, if needed.
Bob
Posted on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 8:06 am:   

Just checked...it's David and Rosalyn. They played and lived in the Corridor in the late sixties/early seventies. Performed for years at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and on the streets of New Orleans.
corridornotmidtown
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 4:31 am:   

if we are allowed to add new bands

tyvek
darkred
human eye
velveteen rabbit
the detroit cobras
the demolition dollrods
blair
audra kulbat
i could add more if you like
i am sure there are links for all these bands at myspace.
:-)

so glad i found this site, its nice to read about the history of our neighborhood
i have been here almost 15 years

Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
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Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 9:01 pm:   

Thanks! I Have updated the "Bands of the Corridor" on the main site with your info, and have recently added a slew of "The Lords" pictures, sent by Dennis Pruss
susan watkins
Posted on Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 6:49 pm:   

Thank you for the pictures, fantastic. I couldn't resist putting that great photo of Mike Knight with Jimmy Dean in the background, on my computer desktop. I had the HUGEST crush on him, and the shot is perfect. It would be nice to return for a day...
Bob Fleck
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2008 - 8:24 am:   

Bill Webster, Bob Fleck, Jane Allison Fleck as the New American Swinette Orchestra played Alvin's once or twice in 1980, then did a "Brunch with Bach" at the Art Institute in June of '81 the day before Bob & Jane moved to LA, never to return. Bill's then-fiance, Cecelia Hrodko (sp?) was at the DIA gig on piano, harp and dulcimer.

Bill's harps, dulcimers and occasional banjo necks are still among the world's finest, check websterstrings on the 'web.

I think that Bill, Jane and I also did an appearance or two at a bar that Robin Sommers (sp?) was managing around that time.

Going way back, I played violin with the Spike Drivers in concert at DeRoy in the fall of '66, Dave Levine played cello and Irving Kirsch (sp?) played flute. Was one of their better concerts.

After a long layoff from fiddle from that concert until spring, 1970 when Hostetter ragged on me to start fiddling again, I didn't play.

I've run across Joe Fineman out here a few times in the course of the picture biz, he sez he doesn't pick mandolin any more. Every time I pass by the Lenny Somberg clinic, I grieve. I had hired him as a music reviewer in the fall of '67 when Art Johnston tapped me as entertainment editor of the newly minted "South End." He was a good writer, not to mention a member of the seminal Detroit folk rock band, "The Southbound Freeway."




gkerby
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2008 - 9:36 am:   

Stephen, if you don't mind correcting it on The Lords photo at the 1st UU, my name is spelled George Kerby, not Kirby.

Also, did you get the photos with Mike Knight, Bobby McDonald, Frank Isola, and me at The Song Shop? I emailed them to you some time last week.
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
Username: Admin

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2008 - 7:16 pm:   

Hi George,

I've corrected your name on the front page - sorry, I copied and pasted
directly from Dennis' email and the mistake eluded me.
I have added the additional band you mentioned on the "Sounds of the Cass Corridor" page.

For some reason, I did not get your email with the pictures. Would you be so kind as to send them again to this address?
zapped_REMOVE_THIS_pyramid@gmail.com
Joe Dabbs
Posted on Friday, May 30, 2008 - 11:20 pm:   

I played with David (of David and Rosalynn) for awhile at Alvin's Finer Delicatessen in '73 or so. Dave and Ro did move to New Orleans way back when. I believe they still own a house up behind the Fisher Building. We played all over Detroit from '69 to about '74. Dave and Ro won the kissing contest (to promote the new group "Kiss")which, I believe, was held locally or in Chicago. We also did a few gigs at the Open City coffeehouse at the Unitarian Church along about '69 or '70 when it operated under that name. I used to have a gig at Russel's Steak House at Michigan and Cass. There's a People Mover column right where I used to sit. I'm in Virginia Beach, now. I'm lucky to play with my wife, Laurie, and a cool couple from Memphis, Jack and Amy Adcock. They were very active in the Memphis Blues scene and have backed bands at Chicago Blues festival. He on percussion, she on bass. I told them to be on the watch for David and Rosalynn when they visited New Orleans. Sure enough, they ran into them and gave regards to all. I do remember playing with a young musician/artist named Stephen Goodfellow before his fame with the Layabouts (Hi, Stephen!). That gig we played in Wyandotte was supposed to have included Bill Hodgson, but he was a bit shy about playing accoustically at the time - he was used to the electric thing with drums and all. We'd sit in my studio and he just loved my old '58 Martin 00-17. Remember, Keith Aoki played with us along with Joe Lucido. Great artists and musicians, all! Those were good times.
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
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Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 12:49 am:   

Hi Joe, I sure do remember that gig! I was so impressed by your fortitude. Despite a group of nasty hecklers, you played through like a trooper, and that was a good lesson for a young musician. I so enjoyed your comradeship. Great to hear from you.
mclarren
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 7:03 am:   

greetings & thanks,

i am looking to contact conrad carlock for the upcoming gustafson reading. any hints?

thanks again.
G.Kerby
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2008 - 2:54 am:   

I know Dennis Pruss stays in touch with Conrad. I'll forward your request to him in case he isn't lurking.
Conrad Carlock
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 8:41 am:   

I hope I'm not too late for the Gustafson reading, I would love to participate. My e-mail is <conradcarlock@comcast.net>my computer has been down for the last couple of months and I just now got back on, I would like the thank G.Kerby for his kind remarks.
The Southbound Freeway featuring the Sondberg bros. and Mark Chover, Ted Lucas's first group was the 'Spikedrivers'. I was on the bill with Chuck & Joni at the Alcove.
G.Kerby
Posted on Saturday, August 09, 2008 - 1:03 am:   

Great to see you here Conrad!
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
Username: Admin

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 10:27 am:   

Thanks Conrad,
I have added your information on the "Sounds of the Cass Corridor" page.
KAT-Robert Katkowsky
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 - 8:42 pm:   

I haven't any bands to add ....just some memories.
Ralph Korsiarski and Mary Roberts Inside Outside Band payed at my wedding in 1982 at the Roostertail. They were great and Ralph was so nice.

Debbie Duncan and I were great friends. She and her pals Demi and Pam and my friend Marie used to go out to Ann Arbor on Sunday afternoons and catch
Larry Nozero, Danny Spencer, Ron Brooks and Eddie Russ "The Mixed Bag"(a group Boz turned me onto). Just before Debbie left town she was playing at a club on Livernois called the Black Orchid.

I had a crush on Pam Smith....she had one of the finest contralto voices I ever heard and we shared the same birthday.
G.Kerby
Posted on Saturday, March 07, 2009 - 1:19 am:   

I had left Inside/Outside by '82 so unfortunately I did not get to play The 'Tail. You knew Demi, Pam and Debbie? We must've crossed paths somewhere. Pam's voice was (and I'm sure still is) amazing !!!
G. Johnson
Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 10:27 am:   

Don't forget Mr. Unique and the Leisure Class (Alvin's, New Miami, Freezer Theater). The band's website is at leisureclass.net
Mark M.
Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 9:48 pm:   

One New Year's Eve in the 80's (?) I flipped on the radio to hear Debbie Duncan performing live at some club in Minneapolis...some of the audience had noisemakers which they used - instead of clapping after the songs.

"That's right. Blow your horns," Debbie said, chuckling.

Hi Kat. Long time.

- Mark from the Circa.
S Glazer
Posted on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - 5:57 am:   

Also...
Gail Baker and Cats Meow
Howard Glazer and Bob Goodwin (who still play together) as 2/3 of the jazz trio, New Center
G.Kerby
Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 3:35 am:   

I heard from former Detroiter Terry Perrin, now in SF, that Rodriguez played at Slim's last week. For those not familiar with contemporary S.F., Slim's is a premiere club, south of Market St, that opened when I still lived there in the mid-80s. IIRC, it's owned by Boz Scaggs.
Suzanne
Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 2:47 pm:   

Hi George,
This isn't about music...you came to a Birthday party or two of mine, years back, and I just want to say "Hello". I thought you were living someplace warm...?
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
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Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 03, 2010 - 11:43 pm:   

Terry Perrin - I remember playing pinball with her at Cobbs Bar, probably around '76. She got overconfident and thought she could beat me, so she put her body up as collateral. Terry lost, but I wuz cheated! :-) Bobby McDonald was playing piano in the background...
G.Kerby
Posted on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 - 2:29 am:   

Suzanne ... I've been back in Michigan for 20yrs now !!!! Where are you now?
B V
Posted on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 - 3:34 am:   

Anyone remember The Blanks? Lots of fun Old Miami and the corridor during the 70 - 80s.
Margo Kempinski
Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 7:02 am:   

I remember seeing Herbie Hancock at a place on Selden in the early 70's. Straight Ahead played at Alvin's in the early 90's.
Kerriann
Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 12:30 pm:   

If time is money you've made me a weailther woman.
Abeer
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012 - 11:14 am:   

Hey, you're the goto expert. Thanks for hanigng out here.
Adi
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012 - 6:08 pm:   

Surprising to think of somteihng like that
Blessing
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012 - 6:33 pm:   

Until I found this I toghuht I'd have to spend the day inside.
Tracen
Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012 - 1:30 pm:   

Walking in the presence of gitans here. Cool thinking all around!
Shane
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 8:05 am:   

be a human,, religion comes next huiamnty is best....If we fell down in any other area or city where we born the other guy may b or may not b from our religion will help us...that is INDIA.... no religion....we are brothers...thats it.!!!
jahra11
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 3:12 am:   

Hi! I just wanted to add Harold McKinney and his various ensembles (trio, quartet, etc.) that played Cobb's Corner in the 1970s. He would be the pianist for the jam sessions. I would sneak in to sing (I was 18; the state legislature hadn't raised the legal drinking age to 21 yet), and I was careful to not drink any alcohol. I had a ball learning jazz standards with Harold, George Davidson, Roy Brooks, Danny Spencer, Marcus Belgrave, saxman George Benson, Donald Walden, Charles Moore, Shams Earl McKinney, Bud Spangler, Rod Hicks, Phil Ranelin -- you know, the cats. Sometime later, after I married Harold McKinney, he played at the Belmont Hotel with all of the above, plus by then Ray McKinney on bass, Wendell Harrison on reeds, and others. What a time that was!
Sean Mooer
Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 7:51 pm:   

In the mid to late 90's, this was a favorite place for CYBERTRYBE to play. Back then we were just a two man band. Many of our most popular songs were played on the Old Miami stage for the very first time. Several of the old school Detroit Industrial bands played here... like Skinhorse, The Impaler, N2 Submission and Mental Landscape. A lot of them got their start here.

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