Hot Nights, Hot Music, Hot Art – 2nd Motor City Songbirds Raises Over $1500 for Metro Detroit Foster Kids

On Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28, the 2nd annual Motor City Songbirds Festival packed and rocked the house at PJ’s Lager House in Corktown – and raised over $1,500 for Play It Forward, For The Seventh Generation’s music program for foster children and teens.

The Whiskey Charmers at Motor City Songbirds
The Whiskey Charmers at Motor City Songbirds

Sonya Mastick, the chair of Play It Forward, summed up the festival like this: “It was intensely hot both nights, but the music was hotter! The bands were great and the turn out was excellent, though people filtered in and out because of the heat.”

Here’s a sample from this fantastic festival: Oblique Noir with Sylvia Inwood and Kurt Prisbe on June 27

The Festival, which features all-women and women-fronted bands who have won or been nominated for the Detroit Music Awards, was created by Julie Sias of Pleasant Ridge. Last year’s chosen charity was Alternatives For Girls.

“The whole idea behind Motor City Songbirds is to create connection and community for people – and to make money for kids,” Julie told us.

Julie wasn’t “just” the event organizer, either; she also stepped in front of the camera (with FTSG co-founder Kelly Ramsey) at WXYZ to promote the event.

Ellen Keyt ("Keyt") is a long-time FTSG supporter
Ellen Keyt (“Keyt”) is a long-time FTSG supporter

It was her first time being interviewed, and, “… the night before I couldn’t sleep, and I felt a little nauseated, but once we got started I made it through just fine.”

We want to thank Julie for her hard work, dedication – and bravery! — and for her hard work to make it possible for “our” children and teens in foster care to enjoy the gift of making music.

But that’s not all – we’re also grateful to artist and Huntington Woods Gallery Coordinator Lisa Grix for helping organize The Mixed Media Women of Detroit Artists Marketplace, which was part of the festival on Saturday night the 28th.

And of course, we can’t forget the performers!:  

Great Aunt Ida was there for "our" foster kids
Great Aunt Ida was there for “our” foster kids






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