Hello, Detroit--By Sammy Davis Jr.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Detroit Sunday Night Freebies

If you like free stuff like me than you need to check out Niki's Lounge because it reggae dancing and karoake every Sunday. It is truly a great place to mingle and it is located in the heart of Greektown at 735 Beaubian in Downtown Detroit, Michigan 48226. The men are on chill and the women are just looking to have fun as they dance to the reggae sounds. This is the new hang out spot in the city and I encourage everyone to enjoy the freebies during these tough economic times.

Website: www.nikislounge.com/

Monday, September 6, 2010

Niki's Pizza & Lounge

If you are looking for a great place to eat and than a fun place to dance to the old school & new school music than Nicki's is your place to be. It is located in Downtown Detroit in Greektown near Greektown Casino.  They threw free birthday parties and if you like reggae music than you have to visit this place on Sunday's because admission is free and it is banging. Don't believe my word but check it out for yourself.

For more information visit--http://nikispizza.com :
Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Detroit, one block from Greektown Casino, Niki's Greektown Pizza is Detroit's Best Square Deep Dish Pizza. Served alongside Authentic Greek Cuisine, with a wide variety of Greek and Traditional Toppings to choose from, you can see why Niki's Pizza has been voted one of America's top 25 pizzas by GQ Magazine. Whether your looking to dine outside on a nice summer day, or hang out and watch the game on one of our flatscreen televisions with a drink from our full service bar, Niki's is sure to end up on your list of Detroit's best. Take home a bottle of our own fresh bottled Greek Dressing, and don't forget to order the saganaki, Opa! Just See What People are Saying.

Niki's Lounge is a top of the line venue with a beautiful view, equipped with a full bar, full service kitchen, sound stage, and dance floor. Able to hold up to 350 patrons, Loco's can cater your next event from 10 people up to capacity. Our menu includes buffet style starting at $10 a person where you pick items off the Loco's menu including taco, burrito, or appetizer buffets to individual plates starting at $20 per person. We can also accommodate your tastes and customize a menu specifically for you. You can provide your own music or let us recommend a DJ or live band to best equip your parties needs. We have low drink prices and a fun and friendly wait staff. We also accommodate bottle service requests.
To book your party today contact Tracy Thibodeaux at 313.363.9648

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Arts, Beats & Eats Festival

This event is not in Detroit but it is another signature event that takes place in Metro Detroit and its in its 13th year. I attended for the first time this year and despite having to pay an admission fee of $3, the music, the people, the art and the food was all pleasant. Nothing at the festival is free but the music once you are admitted in. Still, it is a wonderful place to take the family and it is a great place to take a date who wants to experience new things from music to culture to scenery.

Here is more information from the Arts, Beats & Eats 2010 website--www.artsbeatseats.com/ :
Oakland County’s Favorite Summer Festival Celebrating Art, Music, Cuisine and Humanity returns September 3-6, 2010.  Now in its 13th year Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Presented by Citizens Bank will take place in Downtown Royal Oak for the very first time.  The festival will offer more than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit and international, regional and local attractions that will make the city of Royal Oak the premier destination for Labor Day weekend 2010.

Detroit International Jazz Festival

It only happens once a year but it is truly an incredible signature event in the City of Detroit for Labor Day Weekend. Four days of non-stop jazz from all over the world. It is a must see event that I highly encourage all Detroiters to partake in at least once in their lifetime. So be sure to check it out especially if you are a music and/or jazz lover. Three stages of smooth melodies that cling to the soul and heart which makes one feel like they are at the Essence Festival in New Orleans if you didn't know any better.

More information from the DJF website--www.detroitjazzfest.com/ :

The Detroit International Jazz Festival (DJF) is a major cultural institution, providing year-round concerts and educational programming that culminates in one of the world’s premier jazz festivals on Labor Day Weekend.

Now in its 31st year, the festival takes place over several city blocks in downtown Detroit – from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius – with five stages and 100 acts over four days. It also offers educational activities for adults and children, giant puppets, fireworks, late-night jam sessions, rare opportunities to meet the artists and much more. And it’s all FREE.

Our mission is to:

  • Foster the history and nurture the development of jazz
  • Perpetuate Detroit’s significant jazz legacy through educational and collaborative opportunities accessible to all
  • Present a world-class signature event that makes Detroit a tourist destination

DJF is managed and produced by the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2006. Through the generosity of Detroit philanthropist and Mack Avenue Records Chairman Gretchen C. Valade, the Foundation also established a $10 million endowment to support festival operations. The festival staff and advisory committee work throughout the year to raise the balance of operating costs through corporate partnerships, contributions, and earned-income opportunities. 


The Detroit International Jazz Festival was founded in 1980 by Robert McCabe and the Detroit Renaissance. Along with the Detroit Grand Prix and the International Freedom Festival, Jazz Fest was intended to bring people into the city and to provide all segments of the population with world-class entertainment. It quickly became a Labor Day Weekend tradition at Hart Plaza, a city park along the Detroit River designed by Isamu Noguchi and Shuji Sadao.
From 1980 to 1991, the festival flourished through a partnership with the highly regarded international jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland, sharing performers and commissioned poster art. In 1991, the festival merged with Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, where it resided until September 2005.

In March 2005, Detroit philanthropist and Mack Avenue Records Chairman Gretchen Carhartt Valade emerged as a major sponsor of the festival. With additional support from the Knight Foundation, the festival expanded programmatically and physically. The new footprint, covering three blocks of Woodward Avenue north to the newly developed Campus Martius Park, provided two additional stages and more space for food vendors and other activities. The result was record-breaking attendance and revitalization of the festival.

In January 2006, Valade founded the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation, which took over production and management of the festival. Valade also committed $10 million to establish an endowment that would provide much-needed seed money for festival operations.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Signature Grill

If you are looking for karaoke, all you can eat food for $10 and drinks while looking at the Detroit River than the Signature Grill is yet another place for you. Its a great place to catch all the local sporting games on television while sitting at the bar and it is a great place to just mingle while meeting new people. I highly encourage all Detroiters to visit it and everyone who stays at the Riverfront Apartments to go there to really  have a good time while having good meals.

Signature Grill @ Riverfront Apartments
100 Riverfront Drive
Detroit, MI 48226

Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) By Marvin Gaye

Dah, dah, dah, dah
dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah

Rockets, moon shots
Spend it on the have nots
Money, we make it
Fore we see it you take it

Oh, make you wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
This ain't livin', This ain't livin'
No, no baby, this ain't livin'
No, no, no

Inflation no chance
To increase finance
Bills pile up sky high
Send that boy off to die

Oh, make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life

Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah

Hang ups, let downs
Bad breaks, set backs
Natural fact is
I can't pay my taxes

Oh, make me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands
Yea, it makes me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands

Crime is increasingTrigger happy policing
Panic is spreading
God knows where we're heading
Oh, make me wanna holler
They don't understand

Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah

Mother, motherEverybody thinks we're wrong
Who are they to judge us
Simply cause we wear our hair long

Detroit's Downtown

Don't Look Back Detroit, Keep on Pushing

Detroit as the Temptations hae said, we have to keep on pushing and not look back. We have to leave all our troubles behind us and look forward to a brighter future for not only the citizens of Detroit but the city of Detroit. We have to keep on walking Detroit and keep on pushing forward as we leave our past behind. Stall Tall Detroit and look for a future of Greatness as we as Detroiters strive and survive together.