Jon Witz, the producer of Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends, talks about what’s new with the event in 2019, including expanding the festival to four free weekends in downtown Detroit.
The D Brief Podcast: Past Episodes
The D Brief is Detroit's premiere arts and entertainment podcast. Each week, we publish three episodes: Two that discuss what's happening in the metro Detroit area, and one that is an in-depth interview with a notable Detroiter.
Detroit magician Jasen Magic joins Seth and Becky as they record the podcast in front of a live audience at B. Nektar Meadery in Ferndale.
Guests: Jasen Magic, Mary Stallworth, Miranda Johnson
Organizations: B. Nektar, Geisha Girls Pop Up Sushi
Stephen Roginson, co-owner of Batch Brewing in Corktown, joins Seth and Becky on the podcast to talk about Detroit craft beer.
Guests: Stephen Roginson
Organizations: Batch Brewing Company
Stand-up comedian Mike Geeter returns to the podcast to talk about what’s going on in the Detroit arts and entertainment scene with Seth and Becky.
Guests: Leah Smith, Mike Geeter
Organizations: Detroit Repertory Theatre
Rifino Valentine, President and Founder of Valentine Distilling Company in Ferndale, drops by the podcast to talk spirits with Becky and Seth.
Guests: Rifino Valentine
Organizations: Valentine Distilling Company
Stand-up comedian Sam Rager joins Becky and Seth on the podcast to talk about what’s happening in Detroit this week, including Disney’s Aladdin, Michigan bands nominated for the Grammys, and Lyft’s most popular Detroit dropoff destinations.
Guests: Greg Russell, Sam Rager
Joel Fragomeni, who teaches the Advanced Stand-Up Comedy Class at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, joins Seth and Becky on the podcast.
Guests: Joel Fragomeni
Organizations: Mark Ridleys Comedy Castle
Dan Merritt, the co-owner of Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, joins Seth and Becky on the podcast to talk about what’s happening in Detroit this week.
Guests: Amer Zahr, Dan Merritt
Organizations: 1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival, Green Brain Comics
Detroit Trombonist Matt Martinez joins Seth and Becky on the podcast to talk about what’s happening in Detroit this week. Also, Suzanne Mallare Acton of the Rackham Choir on Too Hot To Handel.
Guests: Matt Martinez, Suzanne Mallare Acton
Organizations: Detroit Opera House, Rackham Choir, Will Sessions
To celebrate the holiday season, we’ve asked several of our regular podcast contributors for gift recommendations. Here’s how you can support Detroit businesses and artisans as you shop for your friends and family.
Lance Kawas, the Michigan-based director and producer of Revenge of the Mask, a new short film based on the Dark Horse comic, joins us on the podcast to talk about what’s happening around Detroit.
Guests: Gary Graff, Lance Kawas
Organizations: Oakland Press, Revenge of the Mask
David Kiley, the Publisher and Editor of Encore Michigan, drops by the podcast to talk about the metro Detroit theatre scene.
Guests: David Kiley
Organizations: Encore Michigan, Michigan Celtic Repertory Company
Mark Kurlyandchik, restaurant critic for the Detroit Free Press, and Robert Allen, the Freep beer columnist, join us for our first live show at Eastern Market Brewing Company.
Guests: Dayne Bartscht, Mark Kurlyandchik, Mike Geeter, Robert Allen
Organizations: Detroit Free Press, Eastern Market Brewing
Detroit rapper Champtown, the founder of Straight Jacket Records, talks about his new documentary film, The Untold Story of Detroit Hip Hop, narrated by Chuck D of Public Enemy.
Organizations: Untold Story of Detroit Hip Hop
Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Saxappeal joins the podcast to talk about what’s happening in Detroit this week. Also, Steve Johnson of Motor City Brew Tours recommends Michigan winter beers, and the Michigan Science Center tells us about their upcoming free days.
Guests: Lisa Reynolds, Saxappeal, Steve Johnson
Organizations: Michigan Science Center, Motor City Brew Tours
Tommy LeRoy, the Technical Director and one of the four co-founders of the Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale joins Seth and Becky for a live show.
Guests: Tommy LeRoy
Organizations: Go Comedy! Improv Theater
TV and film costumer Renee Allen has dressed some of the biggest names to come to Detroit, including Jack White. She also owns Retro Girls, featuring usherettes wearing fashions from the 1940s. She joins the podcast to talk about what’s happening in Detroit this week.
Guests: Bailey Sisoy Isgro, Renee Allen
Organizations: Detroit History Club, Detroit History Tours, Retro Girls
Drummer and percussionist Juuni is one of the organizers of D.Cipher, a “music mastermind collective” that aims to grow Detroit’s music economy by helping musicians networks, learn, and perform.
Organizations: D.Cipher, Gabriel Brass Band, ONEFREQ
Musician Travis Reiff joins the podcast to talk about everything that’s happening in Detroit this week, including Snoop Dogg’s musical, a Detroit-area actress in Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, and a street named for Bob Seger.
Guests: Meltdown, Stonechella, Travis Reiff
Organizations: Evil Dead: The Musical, Mighty Ded Woods, University Live, WRIF
Brandon Zarb left his role as the chef behind Imperial and Public House in Ferndale to become a paraprofessional educator at Rising Stars Academy in Centerline, where he teaches students with mental disabilities to work with food.