Update – We’ve finalized details for our Michigan town hall:
WHEN: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006 at 6 pm
WHERE: MSU Campus: International Center, Spartan Rooms B & C
125 International Center
East Lansing, MI 48824
Just send an email to tour@pandora.com with “MSU” in the subject line to RSVP for the event.
I’m currently planning an itinerary for my first tour stop in Michigan. Come mid-October, I’ll be stopping in Detroit for a town hall meeting, and would love the opportunity to schedule a meetup with Pandora student listeners at nearby Michigan State University during the day. Going to be at UofM on the 19th for a town hall meeting. Think I might stick around for UofM-Iowa on Saturday! If you have any suggestions for destination, things to do, etc, drop me a comment below. I’m looking forward to making the most out of my time there! Thanks.
We love reading and responding to your feedback on the blog – the comments have been a treasure trove of great insights and guidance as we plan our visits. If you have a particular idea you want to discuss, or just want to get more involved, we’re eager for help – just drop us an email at tour@pandora.com. Please include your location in the subject line of your message too. No idea is too big or small!


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  2. Haha… Kzoo is exactly NOT close to Detroit or Ann Arbor. ;o)
    I realized I missed you guys while you were in NYC (in June sometime, I think), so I’m glad to see that I’ll be able to catch ya in Ann Arbor.
    Great work!

  3. Love the Pandora project.. but how come we cannot make our own playlists? When you bookmark 10-20 songs sometimes you just want to listen to those songs :-) and you need to add Adriana Evans to your music database!!!
    Looking forward to seeing you at U of M…
    Once again great idea.. can’t live without it now…

  4. I’m a student at U of M, and I thought I’d share a few ideas for your stop in Ann Arbor. First off, in addition to The Ark (which Curt mentioned), stop at The Blind Pig. It’s practically legendary around Ann Arbor – Nirvana once called it their favorite venue, and George Thoroughgood filmed the video for “Treat Her Right” there. http://www.blindpigmusic.com/
    I also suggest a walk around campus; there’s a lot to see and do, a lot of scenery to enjoy. I especially recommend the Diag and the Law Quad, and the shops around Central. North Campus has some scenery too, but otherwise it’s pretty dead.
    Nichols Arboretum is nice too, though things start to die when you get into the fall. Check it out if you want, it’s a gamble around the time you’re coming.

  5. try going to grand rapids, we’ve got some great music around herre, if you do come, go to The Intersection in the heartland are, always great concerts there.

  6. It would be great if you came to Central Michigan University. Try getting in contact with Program Board (cmu_pb@cmich.edu)or On th Fly (onthefly@cmich.edu). We love great music, here in the middle of the lower hand.

  7. Where are you going to be in Detroit? I’d love to stop by the town hall if only to chat with other music lovers. I’m in the RenCen, so if you’re going to be close, I will certainly make a point to be there.

  8. if you’re in detroit on a sunday night, check out Motor City Brewing Works. Mick Collins (of the Dirtbombs) spins some great eclectic records (not your traditional dj set)
    Also, why not any classical music in your genome project?
    searches for Bach and Stravinsky turned up empty

  9. When in Ann Arbor you must visit the Ark and the Blind Pig. Wonderful music, people, and the true color of music in our area. Walk the streets around campus and hear music, just follow your ears. I will be around when you visit. Love that you are on the way, Fall in MI is not to be missed!

  10. A stop in Ann Arbor is wasted if you don’t go to Ashley’s, an AMAZING pub on State Street. Great food and more beer than you could even dream of drinking.
    Also, there used to be a band in Kalamazoo called “Knee Deep Shag”. One of the best unsigned bands I’ve ever heard. I think they may have broken up, though. They used to tour the midwest pretty extensively, though. If you can manage to pick up one of their discs (Good Disguise is a great disc), it’s definitely worth a listen.

  11. If in Detroit, I would definitely review concerts at St. Andrews Hall and the State Theater. Looks like Evanescence and The Killers will be around in mid-October at State. But, SAH will often have great indie music. And for an old style Italian dinner, Roma Cafe just off the beaten path in the Eastern Market area.
    To get a pulse on the 20-somethings in metro Detroit, consider heading up to Ferndale or Royal Oak’s downtown districts, north of Detroit. For the suburbia music scene, in Royal Oak there’s Memphis Smoke. They’re best when they book good blues, sometimes up from Chicago – just don’t plan on having your dinner there, the food is not their specialty! Frankly, drinks are downtown Royal Oak’s specialty. Food is better left to Detroit, Ferndale or Birmingham (just a bit further north), in my opinion. And the Magic Bag in Ferndale is good for small venue acts, too. Both offer many restaurants and clubs, and a lot of people on bar stools willing to chat up the area.
    Good luck with the visit!

  12. How about coming up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan? We have universities, music lovers and a whole bunch of nice folks!

  13. An Ashley’s stop is a must!!! While enjoying one of their many beers on tap, get a cup of their soup — it is the best. Great people, great atmosphere, and a great place to wind up your football Saturday. Go Blue!

  14. An Ashley’s stop is a must!!! While enjoying one of their many beers on tap, get a cup of their soup — it is the best. Great people, great atmosphere, and a great place to wind up your football Saturday. Go Blue!

  15. While you’re in Ann Arbor ‘The Ark’, in particular, is a must. It’s been an important musical Mecca for decades. This hallowed place is, alone, worth the trip to Michigan! You’d find yourself amidst some of the most knowledgeable and sophisticated listeners in the miwest. I hope I’m one of them. We welcome you to our part of the woods Tim, and thank you mightily for all your great work!

  16. Detroit is the place to go. Stellar jazz performances at Seldom Blues, along with incredible fare. And somebody mentioned Baker’s -also a nice venue. Hamtramck has some cool clubs for solid indie music (White Stripes came up there). Ann Arbor is a trendy pretendy college town – you’ve got to visit Detroit to experience the real deal in Michigan music. Sorry Big Blue…

  17. In Ann Arbor, be sure to check out Encore Records on Liberty Street. Not as good as Flat, Black and Circular in East Lansing but lots of vinyl and cds. Thanks!

  18. check out maya lynn’s wave field on the north campus
    of U of M in ann arbor – its so cool to run and jump around on – believe me – you will neve forget it
    “A pure earth sculpture, made entirely of soil covered with grass, _The Wave Field_ collapses the boundaries between nature and art, earth and water, object and pedestal. The sculpture, which took over two years to complete, is approximately 90 feet by 90 feet square. The waves, which rise from the natural ground plane to five or six feet high, make a subtle transition into the piece, blurring the distinction between the sculpture and the space in which it exists.”

  19. As for Ann Arbor, all of the above suggestions are great. Ashley’s is a great place. So is the Heidelberg on North Main Street or Leopold Bros. on South Main (both addresses can be found easily on google). Leopold Bros. jukebox is absolutely incredible.
    Also, if you’ll be anywhere near a radio, you really ought to listen to WCBN (88.3). It is UofM’s college station. October 19 is a Thursday, so it should be a good time to sample the station. As the evening progresses the music gets weirder and weirder…and better, as far as I’m concerned.
    Have a safe trip and thanks for all of your work with Pandora and the Genome Project!

  20. If you are going to be stopping in Kalamazoo, Water Street Coffee Joint on Oakland drive will be on your way out of town. (3037 Oakland drive Kalamazoo, MI 49007, or on the web at http://www.waterstreetcoffeejoint.com) They have great selection of coffee’s and espresso drinks, there’s free internet, the people are really nice and the food is AMAZING.

  21. Two sites to stop:
    1. Saginaw, Mi – a local ska band called Stamp’d! They play at White’s Bar on State St.
    2. Michigan Tech up in Houghton, Mi – definitley a trip that will never be forgotten!
    Thanks for the great music!

  22. Lots of mentions for the college towns but I have to echo what another user mentioned, Royal Oak. It’s just north of Detroit and definetly has the best nightlife around. It’s kind of like a post college town, tons of 20-30 year olds. Good bars, live music, clubs and if it’s not too cold out when you come the streets will be buzzing with people out on the town. I highly recommend you stop by.

  23. Definitely drop by MSU. It’s a beautiful campus and there are 45,000 students who would be eager for a change, since the stations around are pretty awful.

    My name’s Paul aka Ghetto Hip-P
    I am an underground artist from DETROIT
    i.e. (painter,poet,musician,graphic web/designer)
    when not laboring as a floor refinisher and carpenters
    helper by day to support my son & wife…
    I am 29 years old and have lived all over Detroit…
    got friends and aquaintances of the artistic and musical type all over the metro-area
    from uptown to downtown from hiph up to down and dirty…
    for instance:
    Parents Choice Gold medal Winner:Mello D’s Youth Under Construction
    youngpop.com a site with php content management
    that I set up for my friend mello-D ..I also painted props for thier stage sets and
    designed logos fliers and many other media credentials.
    Detroit has a huge underground art scene which is really the roots of the uprising
    commercial face of detroit (i.e. KID ROCK, EMINEM,WHITE STRIPES, ALICE COOPER,
    In this city I hopelessly LOVE we have had legendary music come and die…
    with barely a whisper…I have already been promoting your site since
    I found out about the scientific nature of your musical journey. I would love
    to entertain you guys while you are in detroit. I can entertain you with food
    &accomodations in my big mexican town home ((safe!!! ghetto area nicely restored historic
    with wireless internet, laptops,digi cameras,comforts((good cookin BY ME))and eatin in
    mexican town with MERIACHIs & Magritas.
    I got friends of interests which are mutually beneficial and positive. I know the town
    from top to botttom and can have multiple friends tackle the task of getting you whereever you want to go.
    I personally would not like to exlude you from anything…for weeks I’ve been telling everyone who I know
    about your coming…a small time musical events promoter whom I work with has been a camera woman for
    over a decade and has a strong relationship with comcast and channel 4…I think she and
    some of her aquaintances would like to talk to you briefly…She did the last living
    interview with Eminems boy Proof who says our homeboy ZIAM (detroits hip Hop fashion artist))
    was much of his inspiration. I make a lot of music myself and I record too …but thats
    just for entertaining my closest friends and guests…there are way too many that inspire
    me here….but some of my closest friends inspire me the most..
    I could go on forever….and lead you to the fact that coming this time of year in detroit
    you’ve just misssed the biggest musical events that this city and metro area offfer…concert of colors,
    tastefest,movement,blowout,dalley in the alley, fourth street fair and too many more to mention.
    But the bright side is that the cold chill in the air will give you a feel for where the general
    creativity comes from for an artist in this town…the will to survive after being outcast from the
    spinning wheel of the automotive industry.
    Some sites I set up in my spare time for some friends…
    just started working
    SOME OTHER PEOPLE THAT COME TO MY MIND you might like to meet.
    I know the Technical Director at CCS (College for Creative Studies)
    Todd Erikson …he can arrange a student body audience at the school…
    and Wayne state University is down the street….I do not know anyone there
    but did attend and know the campus a little…and delivering fine art for a living
    I have been in their galleries often.
    I could go on and on….that’s the reason I have been procrastinating about this
    email…I would make a full effort of giving as non-bias and honest depiction of
    whats happening in detroit with ARt and Music. Just let me know…you want to
    be here for an extended weekend …and we will set up a book of events for
    you and let you revise it…or somethiong like that…we won’t waste your time…
    psmungar@yahoo.com is my pandora login

  25. When in Detroit you really ought to go where Detroit REALLY parties – across the river in Windsor, Ontario!!
    There’s a huge number of Pandora-lovers here, and you’d be hitting a Canadian stop. It’s extremely safe, just a tad on the wild side, depending where you go.
    We also house the only cross border radio stations in the area, having offices on both sides of the border and catering to all genres.
    You could meet your Detroit audience and be in a foreign country at the same time,..
    And thanks Pandora, for giving me my music back!! All the stuff I lost when I got divorced is back on my computer! Greatly, greatly appreciated!!

  26. If you get a chance, stop in lansing on a monday, at the Green Door, and check out steppin’ in it. They’re a local cult following

  27. Many have posted comments about Ann Arbor. The Ark and Blind Pig are wonderful,as is Ann Arbor as a whole, but please do make it a point to try DETROIT. Bakers Keyboard Lounge is legendary. There are other places with some REALLY good acts playing while you are here… The Magic Stick (in Detroit), The Magic Bag (in Ferndale), Fifth Avenue Ballroom (2 locations- Detroit and Royal Oak), Majestic Theater (street level to the Magic Stick), St. Andrews Hall, & the State Theater are all wonderful venues for concerts!! I am sure you are familiar with the Jambase website. If not, check there, do some reading, and see some shows in DETROIT! Also check the Metrotimes.com and see what’s happening in Detroit–that’s how we find out what’s to do here! Shop at Somerset Mall in Troy or Fairlane Mall in Dearborn. Look up Pure Detroit or Made in Detroit clothing. Have some 24 hr coney island food. Eat at Beverly Hills Grille on Southfield rd. btwn 13 & 14 MILE. The revolving restaurant in the Rennaisance Center. Take a Diamond Jack’s tour on the Detroit River. Gamble and listen to good local music at MotorCity Casino on Grand River-Downtown Detroit (see me there I’m a dealer ;o)lol). Go to Bert’s Warehouse-downtown Detroit and experience (as close as possible now) what a rave in Detroit is like. Have sushi at Oslo, but U missed DJ Stacey Pullen who lives here and is great! Try to see Ritchie Hawtin, just go to Windsor, drive across the Ambassador Bridge to Canada and come back thru the tunnel (under the Detroit River). Toya’s spot in Detroit on Sunday for open mic hip-hop. Drive through Belle Isle downtown. Ride the people mover. See Hart Plaza. Hard Rock Cafe is finally here too. dRIVE DOWN 8 MILE and see what Eminem is talking about. Go to RECORDTIME and buy music & see DJ’s spin-it’s in Roseville. See a movie at the Palladium and then have coffee at The Java Hut-both are in Birmingham. Or a classic movie at the Redford Theater in Detroit. Laser show at Cranbrook Museum? The Detroit Institute of Arts has music parties on Friday nights sometimes. Eat at Pizza Papalis Downtown Detroit (Yummy!) Or Xochimilco for mexican in Mexicantown. Check out JAMBASE.COM and METROTIMES.COM and pick something!! I support seeing Jambands-where ever you go PLEASE!!! Becuz they are (mostly) not mainstream, do not EASILY have genres, and you FEEL MUSIC like never before! They need you to see them and put them on Pandora. Hot Buttered Rum @ the Ark-10/17. Widespread Panic 10/20 @ the State Theater. Bump @ 5th Ave in Detroit 10/20. This is Motown. Motorcity. ROCK CITY! Techno’s birth rights…home. Music is here…EVERYWHERE. In the city too. It’s not just Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, or Ferndale (though it’s there and does make up Detroit also). See it. I sincerely hope you have a wonderful time while you are here. And when you come back (as I am hoping you will so I can attend and not be working), I can’t wait to talk to you about what you want to be sure to attend. P.L.U.R. Thank you Pandora.

  28. Try Traverse City in the summer. I would be glad to direct you to a resteraunt depending on what your favorites happen to be. Tons of aspiring artist here and something for just about everyone

  29. Oh man, where do I start. Gotta check out Corktown Tavern Downtown Detroit but thats every second saturday of the month which is Hot House night, One of the most well known record stores in the metro area Memories n Melodies, Crave Lounge in Dearborn one of the hottest house music spots, Club FT’s in Roseville every monday night. The Metro times or Real Detroiter should have plenty of great places to hear the sounds of Detroit.

  30. ok here we go again. I love what you folks are doing but make sure you make it real. If you have not grown up with the spirit and the good to great music in your veins that is ok. Take note from the people that do.

  31. In the middle of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (now that we are on the weather channel) Marquette County. GOD IN HEAVEN PLEEZE don’t let anyone know that we exist!!!!
    My son let me know that you exist and I will always be the HAPPY because of it!!!
    Always the music that I need and want:)
    Love that eazye,2pac, snoop more and more and more of allof the love of the good.
    little old lady in the middle of nowhere

  32. I read about you recently in Newsweek mag. Guess I’m kind of out of the loop here in S.W. Michigan…just a small town guy, aging boomer, born in 1946, always been in love with music, from show tunes to Snoop Dogg, ABBA to ZZ Top, classical to 50’s/60’s C&W, British invasion, 60’s folk music, Psychedelia, 70’s Classic Rock, R & B, funky disco, yadda yadda… my preferences are pretty much pop-oriented, not really into alt. music or stuff out there on the margins. More power to ya if ya dig those scenes, but I’m just an old school baby boomer who feels blessed to have been around when the music scene just exploded! (Thank you, John, Paul, George, & Ringo.) I’ve been so turned off by the ways that commercial broadcast radio stations have become such corporate risk-averse homogenized dispensers of the same old s–t. Here’s what I mean: commercial radio programmers (who haven’t had an original thought since their mommas dropped ’em out the womb) when compiling playlists that include groups like Creedence Clearwater Revival, 9 times outta 10, you’re gonna hear “Proud Mary.” Great band, CCR never made a record I didn’t like, but “Proud Mary” has been played to death!!! Same with the Rascals…oh, let’s play “Good Lovin'” for the 90 gazillionth time! Don’t these dork programmers realize that my generation (People try to put us down.) bought and listened–intently–to albums, fer chrissakes!! Some stations like WDRV in Chicago do get into “deep cuts” on Boomer Era LPs, but most of these alledged radio programmers just look at the Joel Whitburn Billboard chart books and see what were the biggest sellers, and never stray from tightass playlists and just flog the living jesus out of more examples like the Rolling Stones: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” Jim Croce: “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels: “Devil With A Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly,” the Animals: “House Of The Rising Sun,” Roy Orbison: “Oh Pretty Woman,” etc. and ad nauseam. I want to scream “HEY, YOU JERKWADS!!! IT’S NOT HOLY WONDROUS MYTHIC MUSIC TO YOU…IT’S JUST PRODUCT!! STEP OFF, AND LET SOMEONE WHO LOVES MUSIC WITH A PASSION CREATE A PLAYLIST THAT’LL BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF!” Corporations be damned, especially those broadcast monstrosities that sound the same whether you’re a listener/music lover in Anchorage or Albuquerque. That’s why I became a mobile sound system DJ…I can be my own program director, working within client preferences, but still having a LOT more freedom of musical choice, and I don’t have to kowtow to some corporate dweeb-a-zoid pinhead who dances (when so inclined) like Karl Rove (and probably looks like him, too!) Anyhow, thanks for letting me rant, and I wonder if anyone else out there feels the same way that I do. So…how do I get to program a station like you guys have set up? In my nightclub engagements, I’ve always tried to create a tapestry of common, but multihued musical threads that take listeners and dancers on a journey through emotions, dreams, and the Jack Black/School of Rock anarchy that is naturally intoxicated UNADULTerated Rock and Roll. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, so best wishes for continued success of your endeavor, Randy Poole

  33. Pandora rocks.
    Check out this trio of heavy chill plays:
    Ulrich Schnauss : A Strangely Isolated Place
    Bella Sonus : Enamoured
    Schiller: I Feel You
    Tim Westergren is as true music pioneer!

  34. you have to stop by the Bluestage club in Napoleon, MI on a tuesday night for the Jam session – or any other gig night.
    “TC” owned a body shop in the middle of nowhere. he is a handy guitar player and singer ( they placed in a national blues band contest in 07) and turned the last 5 bays of the body shop into a blues club. As a player i have to say it it is the nicest sounding stage around with the nicest audience. Some really talented folks turn out to play for the love of it, i have never seen anything quite like it, it is really cool.

  35. The first Above the Bridge Singer/Songwriter’s Workshop was held in June at Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn B&B in Curtis, MI. Five award winning singer/songwriters came up north from lower Michigan as instructors, and it was attended by twenty students. It was a three day event and was such a success that we are going to make it an annual event up here in the U.P. It will most likely be held the same time next year…June 19th. thru June 23rd. The musical staff consisted of Billy Brandt, Jill Jack, John Latini, Rachel Lynn, and Stephen Wood, all award winning Michigan singer/songwriters. Anyone who is interested in music is welcome to attend regardless of their level of expertise. Three wonderful meals a day were included in the modest registration fee, and lodging was available at the inn. Just something for anyone interested to keep in mind for the spring of 2009……
    Thank you!!

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