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Third Wave shop to sell instruments, lessons in Detroit

Third Wave shop to sell instruments and offer lessons at Forest Arms Apartments in Cass Corridor

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Need guitar strings or a new pair of maracas? A musical equipment retail shop is opening this week in the North Cass Corridor.

Third Wave Music is a full-service music shop that offers music lessons, repair services, and new and vintage gear. The business, at 4625 Second in the newly renovated Forest Arms Apartment building, is led by musicians Jen David and Jeffrey Thomas.

“This city is full of endless creators who, in the midst of creating, shouldn’t have to drive an hour to Guitar Center,” said David, who has been working on opening Third Wave since 2014. “Detroit musicians deserve a store that cares about them. There’s no vibe at Guitar Center, and they usually treat women like they can’t play.”

She adds that she’s hoping to offer Detroit musicians a place to network that isn’t a bar or club.

Third Wave got a boost from a few community grants, including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Motor City Match. They were also the recipients of one of Techtown’s five Kickstart Awards, receiving $7,500.

The store officially opens Wednesday with live performances by local artists like Rebecca Goldberg, Andrew Miller and others. Thanksgiving Day David and Thomas will host a pot luck and bake sale to raise money for the Standing Rock protests.

The live music continues on Black Friday with sets by Hennen & Barret, Red Panda Demo, the Drinkard Sisters and Joey Mazzola. Saturday hear music from Miguel Gutierrez and Jimmy Blues, flutist WilliamjFE and Scott Zacharias.

Sunday is kid’s day with a drum circle and other musical activities for youngsters.

David said her next stop is to find more teachers for their lesson rooms within the next year. To start, Third Wave will offer piano and beginning blues rock guitar lessons.

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Third Wave Music

4625 Second, Detroit

(313) 312-0995 or

Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays

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