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!


  1. phooner
    May 02, 2007 at 7:25pm
    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:) NONE OF THAT COUNTRY FUCKED UP SHIT!!! HHHHUUUUURRRAAAAYYY!!!!!!!! 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
  2. Randy Poole
    May 02, 2007 at 10:37pm
    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
  3. stevie w.
    November 24, 2007 at 3:29pm
    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!
  4. Michele
    May 15, 2008 at 12:43pm
    Hey love this place!! From da U.P. Can you play some of Da Yoopers? Thanks Eh
  5. mark
    July 08, 2008 at 6:44am
    you have to stop by the Bluestage club in Napoleon, MI on a tuesday night for the Jam session - or any other gig night. http://www.bluestageclub.com/index.php?p=Opening%20Page "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.
  6. Ray Juliano
    July 28, 2008 at 4:01pm
    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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