Detroit Discussions: A Detroit Center Podcast Series

Detroit Discussions brings the concept of mutually enriching University and Detroit communities through education and the exchange of culture to digital audio world. Since 2012, Marketing and Communications Manager Mike Morland has facilitated entertaining, insightful and educational conversations surrounding the topics of music, culture, current events, government and history.

Detroit Discussions continues to build on this solid foundation with access and insight to highly respected professionals from the local and national levels. Wherever you are, Detroit Discussions are just a click away.

With a repertoire of R&B, Pop, Funk, Top 40 and Soul, Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations are one of the most dynamic and entertaining cover bands in Metro Detroit. Noted for their high-energy performances and exciting stage presence, Denise David and the Motor City Sensations are a collection of Detroit's most refined musicians blended with harmonic vocals designed to sooth your soul -- Music: Organic Grunge by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

The Detroit School of Arts performs holiday favorites at the University of Michigan Detroit Center for the 2013 Sounds of the Season event. (Recorded live, December 5, 2013). Part 2 of 2.

The Detroit School of Arts performs holiday favorites at the University of Michigan Detroit Center for the 2013 Sounds of the Season event. (Recorded live, December 5, 2013). Part 1 of 2. 

Southfield-Lathrup High School performs holiday favorites at the University of Michigan Detroit Center for the 2013 Sounds of the Season event. (Recorded live, December 5, 2013).

Dominique Morisseau is the University of Michigan Detroit Center 2013 Emerging Leader Award recipient. A playwright,  Detroit native and Michigan alumnus, Dominique Morisseau has made notable achievements in her professional field, most notably for her play, Detroit ’67.

In part one of this two part Concert of Colors preview show, Terrence Parker talks with Detroit Center Communications Director Mike Morland about his introduction into electronic music, why he uses a telephone receiver as headphones and how he broke into the industry.

In part two of this two part Concert of Colors preview show, Terrence Parker talks with Detroit Center Communications Director Mike Morland about the Concert of Colors, music education and the influence Detroit has on the rest of the world.

Motor City Soul (MCS) is best known for its unique and versatile repertoire and audience interaction. Continuously voted as one of Detroit's best cover bands, Motor City Soul thrives on pushing the envelope and creating a big party atmosphere that leaves its audience with lasting memories. Lead by the enriched vocals of Kenny Foster, Mike Harrold, and Deuce, the band also features Joe Elder on guitar, Ross Kadish on keyboards, John Morgan on bass and John Nikolich on Drums. From Cee Lo Green to the Temptations and Outkast to Brooks & Dunn, Motor City Soul delivers five decades of music, featuring 50 artists in 35 genres that is sure to get audiences of all ages moving to the music. The Concert of Colors Preview Show is hosted by Mike Morland (Communications Director, U-M Detroit Center).

Sean Dobbins is an award winning jazz and blues drummer and educator. Dobbins got his start as a sideman to Blue Note artist, Louis Smith. He has been the recipient of several awards and accolades including the Woody Herman Jazz Award, for outstanding musicianship, as well as the Louis Armstrong Scholarship. Sean has performed, toured and recorded with many of the world’s greatest jazz musicians.The Concert of Colors Preview Show is hosted by Mike Morland (Communications Director, U-M Detroit Center).

With performances that have been viewed more than five million times on YouTube alone, Ben Sharkey has been delighting fans worldwide with his romantic style and velvet vocals on old swing and jazz standards. His elegant renditions of the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bobby Darrin are both powerful and personal. His original music (available on iTunes) is heartfelt and instantly catching. The Concert of Colors Preview Show is hosted by Mike Morland (Communications Director, U-M Detroit Center).

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