Milan Let’s Chill Winter Festival Feb. 1 and 2, 2019

Appearing Friday, February 1st from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m at the second annual “Let’s Chill Winter Fest” in Milan, MI





Friday, Feb.1 – Saturday, Feb. 2

Event Information

Downtown Milan

Let’s Chill Winter Fest features activities for individuals of all ages. The winter festival spans the downtown shopping area, Wilson Park and Edgetown. Activities include a chili cook-off, the area’s only Wine Walk, indoor and outdoor winter games, ice carving, an Artisan tent, food, and much more! Free shuttle service will run between all major event areas and parking lots, making it easily accessible for everyone. Warming stations in the downtown area and a large bonfire in Wilson Park offers warmth and ambiance.


(734) 395-3880


MDT Holiday Party 12.8.18

“Detroit Social Club did a GREAT job!  Many, many compliments followed your performance!  The band was excellent and the audience was very appreciative of your talents…please pass this on to the other members of the band!” — Larry Nichols, President MDT

Arthur, Darnell and Kenny

Sir Kenny Welk



Darnell, Kenny and Joanne

Arthur, Darnell and Joanne



The new guy…Mark Croft


Arthur, Kenny and Darnell “Doc”

Kenny and “Doc”


They liked us so much they they are having us back May 2019!


For your NEXT corporate event you can count on the Detroit Social Club Blues Band to make it a PARTY!




13 Really Good Reasons Why You Should Hire the Detroit Social Club Blues Band!


2018 Performers Expo — Saturday, March 3rd

(313) 369-1710

Jazz & Blues Show: Reviewing Kenny Burrell Tribute 6.20.18

Jazz & Blues at the Southfield Library

A Tribute, “Blues Notes – The Music of Kenny Burrell”

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The purpose of the tribute series developed by Detroit Social Club is to inform/educate and entertain area music lovers by showcasing noteworthy musicians that famously have called the Detroit area their home.  Detroit has an unique legacy, as it has produced musicians that cover all genres of music, including classical, jazz, rock and roll, soul/Motown/R&B and blues.  Detroit Social Club celebrates these musicians and their contributions that have enhanced the musical reputation of Detroit nationally and internationally.

Another sizzling hot day in the city of Southfield!  But it was cool in the Southfield Public Library on Wednesday, June 20th as the Detroit Social Club Blues Band paid tribute to another great Detroit musician, the legendary guitarist, Kenny Burrell.  It was a very special night as we learned how much Mr. Burrell was loved and appreciated by so many people.  It was also special because his daughter, Jocelyn Burrell, got wind of our little event and graced us with her presence.  She thrilled the audience with word on his health and noted how honored he was by our tribute show.

“The Band”

“Doc”; Dave; Chris

Arthur; Joanne; Dave; Doc

Arthur; Joanne; Doc


Those that are familiar with productions produced by DSC know that this show will not only be entertaining but educational as well.  With so much material to draw from, the band focused on some of his earlier recordings which showcased not just some of his original recordings but a few selections inspired by his colleagues and mentors.


Kenny Burrell Biography           Kenny Burrell Show and Set List


Using portions of live interviews, that were originally posted on Youtube, the audience was exposed to Mr. Burrell in his own words preceding each set. The band, presenting itself as a trio consisting of guitar, bass, and drums, also used two vocalists to perform his  arrangements of originals and interpretations of classic jazz songs by the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Count Basie and his Orchestra and Billie Holiday.  The band also acknowledged, in the performance, a couple of his friends and mentors (Joe Fava, his personal guitar instructor; Muddy Waters, blues guitarist/singer; Wes Montgomery, jazz guitarist). 

It was a musically challenging night as Detroit Social Club traveled across unfamiliar musical landscapes to interpret and perform his music in their unique way.  As Kenny would have wanted, we had to collectively “find our own voice”, as he would say, since there was no way we were going to sound exactly like Kenny.  To the enjoyment and satisfaction of the packed house of Kenny Burrell fans, we did it his way…our way!

“Another great show put on by the Detroit Social Club” – Don McGhee, Jazz & Blues Series, producer/photographer


The Performers


“This was by far one of my biggest challenges as a guitar player!  To make it work I had to get inside his head and most importantly…his heart!” – Arthur Littsey, Guitarist, Detroit Social Club


“It was a real pleasure for me to do the Kenny Burrell tribute. I was introduced to so much great music that I never knew existed and to so many great songs that I didn’t know Kenny Burrell recorded. It was a great musical education for me and it was a lot of fun.” — Darnell “Doc” Gardner, Vocalist, Detroit Social Club


“It was a joy to sing to sing these timeless melodies!  There’s a reason that they continue to be played/” – Joanne Newman, Vocalist, Detroit Social Club


“The Kenny Burrell show, for me, was a chance to do something I’ve always wanted to attempt to do…play some classical historical jazz music that I’ve always loved. It was a challenge and a very exciting one, allowing me to actually feel the music from a different aspect. It’s a sound that I plan on keeping in my repertoire as I move forward and it was an honor to be a part of it.  I hope you enjoyed it because I did enjoy playing it for you!”  — Christopher Kent, Bass, Detroit Social Club


“Growing up in my world in Detroit in the 60’s-70’s, I came up on the cultural diet of rock and R&B.  Jazz had a design sense that felt forced and crafted.  The radio didn’t play Bud Powell, it played the “smooth dry background stuff” with no real soul.  Miles and Monk set the standard for impulsive emotion, perfectly arranged with a priority of soul throughout it. Kenny Burrell, I came to discover, is the same way.  Creative music based on feel.  You can understand him, his beauty and his skill and neither overrides the other.  I’m happy I got closer to his music.” — Dave Henri, Drums, Detroit Social Club



Booking Engagements

Please Contact


Arthur Littsey

(313) 369-1710


13 Really Good Reasons Why You Should Hire the DETROIT SOCIAL CLUB BLUES BAND!

Word is getting out about Detroit Social Club Blues Band and it’s all good.  It was a fun-filled summer that went way too fast for us. Everywhere we performed good things were said about the band!  13 shows and 13 reviews (if you are superstitious add the talent showcase from March 2018 to make it 14)…it’s an “Extra! Extra! Read All About It”- type moment that we are pleased to present to you…

Southeast Michigan State Employees Federal Credit Union – April 14th

 “We thought Saturday was great – Thank you for making it a great night for us!”— Martin Hansen, President SMSEFCU

Detroit Social Club provides great entertainment with an awesome sound and light show. From the Blues to Motown the vibe was perfect to keep the crowd on the dance floor while still allowing for conversation and “socializing” during dinner.

If you need quality entertainment The Detroit Social Club is an excellent choice!!!” – Bonnie Odom-Brown, Board Member, SMSEFCU

Southfield Library Jazz & Blues Series – June 20th 

“Kenny Burrell Tribute Show”

“A thoroughly enjoyable performance…your fingers were flying all over the neck of your guitar”

“I was very impressed with your singers.  I really enjoyed their take on those old standards”

“I am going home to listen to some of my old Kenny Burrell records.  You guys were that good!”

“A great job!  A very interesting performance!” —Kelly Rembert, Southfield Library, Outreach Librarian

Romeo-Washington-Bruce Concerts at Village Park – June 24th

“I am going to go home and email the Parks and Recreation department to compliment them on hiring such a fine band”

“We totally enjoyed your high energy performance!  Hope you all come back soon!”

“I don’t know who I liked the most, the guitar player or the guy on harmonica!”

“I am so glad the rain went away so we could all enjoy your awesome concert!   Couldn’t ask for a nicer group of people to play for our concert series.  I did receive a few fantastic responses about how nice it was to hear that you played some of their favorite blues tunes.  I have never received such positive feedback about a band!  I would love to have you back again if we continue to have concerts in the future.  Continued success with your music.”  — Lisa Roberts, Special Events Coordinator, R-W-B Parks and Recreation

80th Annual Algonac Pickerel Festival – June 30th

“You guys are a blues band?”

“What an amazing show…you guys were fantastic!” — Kevin Batchelder, Festival/Event Producer

The Pickerel Festival was a unique performance for Detroit Social Club as we were asked to perform funk music from the 1980’s to help commemorate the 80th anniversary of the festival.  Check out our set list…

    Intro:  Get It Up                      

  1. You Dropped A Bomb On Me

  2. Early In The Morning

  3. Super Freak

  4. Smooth Operator

  5. Ribbon In The Sky

  6. Sweetest Taboo

  7. Word Up

  8. Freaks Come Out At Night

  9. Rock Creek Park

  10. 10.Master Blaster (Jammin’)          

  11. Give It To Me Baby

  12. My Prerogative

  13. Burn Rubber On Me  

“You sound like a guy that I used to know that hung out on Jefferson Ave. and you look like him too!”

Grosse Pointe “Music on the Plaza” – July 5th

“You remind me of Johnnie Bassett, you have a smooth style just like him”

“I never clapped my hands so much”

“I’d like to shake your hand but my hands are sore from clapping so hard”

“You guys were great. Such high energy and you have an incredible ability to connect with an audience. Happy to recommend you any time!”—Melissa Bunker, Grosse Pointe DDA, Marketing/Public Relations

Southgate “Concerts at Market Center Park” – July 12th

“We had to come back to see you this year.  It was like our own private concert!” — Jack & Diane

“What a great show!  I loved your show!  Great singing and great playing…a real tight performance!” — Mike

“Blues…old time rock and roll…funky soul!  Next time you gotta play some Motown!” — Andy

“So much energy!” — Patti

“I am so glad that you and the members of Detroit Social Club crew had such an enjoyable experience at Market Center Park.  I know the crowd definitely enjoyed listening to you perform!” — Stephanie McNees, Director, Southgate DDA 

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show (W. Bloomfield) – July 28th

“We LOVED you guys!  Yes, we would love to welcome you back!” – Patty Narozny, Owner, Organizer & Executive Director, Hot Works

“I looked up and I couldn’t believe that all that voice was coming from such a tiny person!” – Security Guard

Detroit Zoo “Wild Summer Nights” – August 1st

“What a great blues show!” – Rick J.

“What I liked was how you mixed it up!  Funk, blues and Motown, all in one night!” – Stacy B.

“A talented group of musicians!  My grandkids danced all evening!” – Mary D.

Milan Concerts At Wilson Park – August 2nd

“Wow, what a great group!  Their performance was awesome, they played music that was enjoyed by all ages.  Thank you for coming to our city to entertain us!” – Ellen L. Bell, Milan Parks and Recreation Director

HOUR Detroit Savor Food & Wine Festival – August 10th and 11th

“What an amazing band! You guys were fantastic!  The perfect band for a night like this!  I’m coming back tomorrow night!” – Steven G.

“You and the band were amazing to work with!  Everything worked out perfectly!  Detroit Social Club was definitely a huge hit with our crowd.  We will definitely keep in touch for future events!” – Asia Jones, Marketing and Events Assistant, HOUR Media

“I saw your band at Savor and it was a lot of fun!” — Heidi M.

Route 23 Arts and Music Festival (Milan) – August 25th

“We soooooooooo loved having all of you here!  You were absolutely amazing! I would love to have you back soon!” – Jill Tewsley, Milan Main Street Director (Route 23 Arts and Music Festival)

So she brought us back on September 20th!

Port Austin “Art In The Park” Art Fair – Sept. 1st

What a great band!  We’ve never had a band out here that sounds like you do!” – Grant S.

“Are you coming back?”

“Excellent band…truly excellent!” – Peg O. and Marge L. 

Milan Main Street Third Thursday – Sept. 20th

“The BEST band we have ever had for this event!”

“I will travel to see you guys play!”

“Hey Hey The Detroit Social Club Is Alright!”

Thanks to everyone who hired us in 2018!  Hope to see you all again in 2019!

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Milan’s Third Thursday Concert Series

5:00p.m – 8:00p.m.

       THURSDAY SEPT. 20TH         MILAN, MI.



Milan Main Street, DDA



Exit onto US 23 south
from I-94
Follow US 23 to Exit 27
(Carpenter Road)
Turn right on to
Carpenter Road
NOTE: Carpenter turns
into Dexter Street
Turn right onto Country
County will turn into
Main Street
Follow Main Street into
the downtown. Shortly
after you pass Hungry
Howie’s Pizza (on your
right) you will see a
parking lot.

Do You Know The Way To PORT AUSTIN?

Do You Know The Way To


Then Please Find Yourself There








Saturday, September 1

11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.




Kid’s Tent



Route 23 Arts and Music Festival…..Saturday, August 25th!






August 23, 24 & 25

Thursday, Friday & Saturday

12:00 P.M. — 11:00 P.M.


Saturday @ 3:00P.M.

Detroit’s Own

Ann Arbor Stage ~ Tolan Square

Come get some of that “Detroit Soul Stew!”

Route 23 Arts and Music Festival Website

Facebook Page


music — Music — MUSIC at Maybury State Park – – Monday, August 6th












20145 Beck Rd.

(8 Mile Rd. Entrance)


Northville, MI 48167


7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
















Ride Your Bike

Have A Picnic


Maybury State Park Office

(248) 349-8390


All vehicles entering the park must have a Recreation Passport.

Passports can be purchased at the Self Registration Kiosk

At Park Entrance.


For Your Evening’s Entertainment





We Play the Music You Want To Hear!


Maybury Concert Flyer


Come Out And Sit A Spell