January 2023, Road to Memphis Newsletter!

Who: Detroit Blu 

What: The International Blues Challenge, Road to Memphis Party! 

When: Jan 22nd, 2023. From 2pm to 6:30pm  

Where: The Turnaround - 14619 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48215 

Why??? I’m glad you asked!  

And here is the answer! 

You may have heard that a local Detroit blues band won the Regional Blues Challenge in Kalamazoo MI on November 6th 2022. Well, that band was Detroit Blu. And you probably already know that this qualifies Detroit Blu to compete with top Blues bands from all over the world at the International Blues Challenge on Beal St. in Memphis Tennessee January of 2023! 

But what isn’t well known are the costs of participating in these kinds of away events. And Detroit Blu needs your help to pay for travel and stay expenses. 

Attending the International Blues Challenge is a lifelong dream for the musicians of Detroit Blu. They are super excited to represent our wonderful state of Michigan in the spirit that only Michiganders can! And that is - to go for the win!  

Detroit Blu has been rehearsing constantly in a space generously donated by the Ralston Village Community Association. Hard work and planning go a long way toward a win, without this donated rehearsal space a win could not be in the picture. Detroit Blu sends a huge thanks to The Ralston’s owner Dave Szpond and manager Steve Soviak for this generous gift. 

The Road to Memphis Fundraiser asks for a $10 donation at the door to attend and gets you 1 door prize drawing ticket. And don’t forget the best part! A full evening of live blues entertainment. Purchase of tickets to the drawings will be at the event. Any further donation is greatly appreciated and would surely ease the burden of travel and stay expenses for the band. Their goal is to raise $1000.00.  

As mentioned, our fundraiser will have a full day of blues entertainment. Special guests perform from 2pm to 5pm. The lineup is: 

Desoto Drive, a superb acoustic blues duet. 

Howard Glazer, who is no stranger to the Detroit style of blues and boogie. 

Detroit’s Own Soul Purpose, is performing a set of smoking R&B and Soul. 

Nikki James, The Lady of Detroit Blues. High energy electric blues, backed by Detroit Blu. 

Detroit Blu closes the night with an hour set of blues featuring first time live performances of 6 new Detroit Blu original compositions that were written specifically for this year’s IBC event.  

Did we mention that Amid all this orchestrated mayhem is a Door Prize Drawing plus a 50/50 raffle? 😉 

If you can, please help Detroit Blu get to Memphis this year to represent the great state of Michigan at the International Blues Challenge! Detroit Blu wants to bring home the win for every blues fan of Michigan!!!  

The band members of Detroit Blu wish to thank the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association for accepting Detroit Blu into their Blues Bash Competition this past November, And the Detroit Blues Society for all their help putting together this fundraiser. Both organizations deserve huge kudos for going above and beyond in their mission to keep the blues alive!  

And thank you so much to the blues fans, for all the support. We love you all!


If you can't attend our fundraiser event but still want to support Detroit blu there are ways to donate on the Detroit Blu website homepage, detroitblu.com . Just look for the Donate button under the header. Or you can purchase specially priced Detroit Blu merchandise on our website. Just click the button below!

Detroit Blu in Lansing Michigan!

The Capitol Area Blues society hosted their International Blues Challenge, called The Blues Brawl, at the Green Door in Lansing Sunday Oct 9th 2022. The boys in the band had a blast and came in 2nd place. With a stellar performance - if the crowd's reaction was any indication. Next month Detroit Blu sets ther sights on Kalamazoo's Blues Challenge for the win. Hosted by the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Society. More info on this Epic Event coming soon! Until then, be sure to Boogie Woogie Woogie till the break of Dawn!


Detroit Blu to host the Backyard Boogie @ Ralston Village. Sunday 5/15/2020, 3pm to 9pm.

For more info  Click Here

Detroit Blu March 2022 Newsletter

Hello Friends! 

March marks spring, one of the best seasons of the year, and will also bring in our first newsletter. This is it! In it we will share our live show dates live stream broadcasts, and any plans special events and fun stuff. We also launch our fan club which goes in hand with the newsletter. Much more to come on the news letter. 

March brings the spring and along with that many new beginnings. Fred and I announce our mini show series this month happening every Monday and Thursday. We will perform a short live performance, Mondays @ The 342 Bar and Grill in Dearborn Heights MI, and Thursdays @ The Crystal Lounge in Westland MI. Both will start as close to 8:30pm as can be managed. Each show will feature 3 to 4 new songs and at times will feature a surprise guest artist! And after the performance Detroit Blu will stick around for a meet and greet. Come visit us at our table and get to know us! 

We will be recording parts of these shows and stream them on our website www.detroitblu.net . So if you miss the show in person, Be sure to go to the site and take a look! 

Also in March Detroit Blu launches the Detroit Blu Fan Club to honor all the fans. To join all you have to do is give us your email address and take advantage of a free download song to enjoy. Then every month we will send you news of the band. 

So this months calendar looks like this: 

Mar 3rd Crystal Bar 8:30pm 

Mar 7th 342 Bar 8:30pm 

Mar 10th Crystal Bar 8:30pm 

Mar 14th 342 Bar 8:30pm 

Mar 17th Crystal Bar 8:30pm 

Mar 21st 342 Bar 8:30pm 

Mar 24th Crystal Bar 8:30pm 

Mar 28th 342 Bar 8:30pm 

Mar 31st Crystal Bar 8:30pm 

Stay tuned! There is lots more to come. Thank you all so much for all of your support! We hope to meet you soon at one of Detroit Blu’s shows posted above.

The Roots Blues & Boogie Blog

A Humble Beginning... 


Awesome Day to everyone! 

We're Finally into the finishing touches of our new recordings.

Fred and I picked 4 covers to get started with in the roots/blues genre. We'll post each song to the Detroit Blu Facebook band page as We complete them, and post snippet teasers on our FB timelines to direct everyone to the band page and website too. I know... This is shameless promotion. But hey... U know me, Mr. Shameless! ;) 

Working with blues harpist Fred Crandal on this project has been an absolute pleasure. And I just know that you all will fall in love with his soulful playing. He's not bad on the eyes either ladies. I'm JS. 

I'm excited to finally get this outfit up and rolling! Now I need to get back to that grindstone. These tunes are not mixing themselves! There are So many things to do. I've already mentioned the finishing touches on the recordings. There is also the Finishing touches to be done on the website, and merch store. Updates of our progress to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Snapchat etc... completing the blog, and organizing the content for everything! Oh and I almost forgot, uploads to CD Baby, Apple tunes, Spotify, and the like once the tunes are mastered! Man how did we as bands survive before the internet? It's good to be overwhelmed once again! LOL. No doubt I'll be complaining about the work load in a couple weeks Right? And looking to hire some help. Oy! But right now, I'm a pig in mud ripe with grubs! 

Btw, any one interested in becoming part of Team Detroit Blu should inbox me. I'm sure we'll be needing some help soon. It won't pay well monetarily at first , but the payout in gratifying, selfless accomplishment from helping your favorite musicians achieve super star status will be enormous! 


But seriously friends. Any help will be hugely appreciated, so if u end up loving what we release please be sure to post it and share it to all your social media, and while you are at it, ask all your friends (and enemies too!) to post and share our releases as well. 

And on that note, I'll get back to it. Someone has got to make the donuts. 

I'm wishing everyone an awesome, happy and productive day.