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.
The D Brief Podcast
Detroit creatives can learn a lot from each other. The D Brief shares the stories of local artists and entertainers to educate and inspire others in the community.
Hosts Seth Resler and Becky Scarcello interview Detroit actors, authors, brewers, chefs, comedians, curators, dancers, DJs, mixologists, musicians, storytellers, visual artists, and more.
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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.
Guests: Chef Brandon Zarb
Organizations: Rising Stars Academy
Detroit comedian Mike Green joins the podcast to talk about his new comedy club in Waterford, One Night Stan’s, and to preview the week in Detroit arts and entertainment.
Guests: Ann Delisi, Mike Green
Organizations: Essential Music, One Night Stan's
Chef Max Hardy of River Bistro and COOP talks about returning to Detroit to launch restaurants after being a personal chef for NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire and a stint on the Food Network’s ‘Chopped.’
Guests: Max Hardy
Organizations: COOP, River Bistro
Detroit rapper and hip hop ambassador Mahogany Jones joins the podcast as we talk about the Erebus haunted house, Zoo Boo, the Game of Thrones concert experience, Kanye West in the Motor City, Evil Dead: The Musical, and more.
Guests: Ed Terebus, Mahogany Jones
Organizations: Erebus Haunted House
Every October, thousands of costumed guests descend upon Detroit’s Masonic Temple for Theatre Bizarre, the annual Halloween masquerade party.
Guests: John Dunivant
Organizations: Theatre Bizarre
The Heidelberg Project’s CEO / President, Jenenne Whitfield, talks about the project’s 30+ year history, founder Tyree Guyton’s plans to dismantle it as part of Heidelberg 3.0, and the upcoming Heidelberg 360 conference.
Guests: Jenenne Whitfield
Organizations: Heidelberg Project, The
The DIY Street Fair returns to Ferndale for an 11th year! Co-Founder and Artistic Director Krista Johnston talks about what to expect at this year’s event.
Guests: Krista Johnston
Organizations: DIY Street Fair
The Motor City Comedy Festival returns to Detroit for a second year. Comedians and festival board members Lauren Uchalik and Esther Nevarez drop by the podcast to tell us all about it.
Guests: Esther Nevarez, Lauren Uchalik
Organizations: Motor City Comedy Festival
Brian Peterson-Roest, co-founder of Bees in the D, drops by the podcast to talk about the special honey IPA being brewed at Eastern Market Brewing Company.
Guests: Brian Peterson-Roest
Organizations: Bees in the D
September is Detroit Month of Design! Olga Stella, the Executive Director of Design Core Detroit, drops by the podcast to talk about what design is, why it’s important for artists and businesses, and how Detroiters can partake in this month’s activities.
Guests: Olga Stella
Organizations: Design Core Detroit, Detroit Month of Design
Jim Johnson of the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village discusses the upcoming Old Car Festival. We discuss the year of the pickup truck, the Gaslight Parade, and ragtime music.
Guests: Jim Johnson
Organizations: Greenfield Village
Michael Rothstein, ESPN’s Beat Writer for the Detroit Lions, joins us to preview the upcoming football season, talk about Matt Stafford’s growing family, and dig into how the Lions are addressing the controversy over kneeling during the national anthem.
Guests: Michael Rothstein
Organizations: Detroit Lions, Downtown Boxing Gym, ESPN
Jon Witz, the producer of the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival in Royal Oak, talks about what’s in store for the event’s 21st year. Plus, music writer Gary Graff drops by to talk about the Detroit Jazz Fest, the funeral of Aretha Franklin, and his favorite concert of the year.
Guests: Gary Graff, Jon Witz
Organizations: Arts Beats & Eats
Detroit stand-up comedian Jeff Horste talks about the premiere of his episode of Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level on Comedy Central.