Society Confidential: Fortune Records artists on canvas
Fortune Records artists on display
There's a very cool show opening next week honoring Detroit's Fortune Records that will open at the Hamtramck shop Lo and Behold! Records and Books, 10022 Joseph Campau. Artist Johnny Chan has been working on a series of paintings of Detroit greats who recorded for Fortune such as John Lee Hooker, Nathaniel Mayer, Gino Parks, the Davis Sisters (including Skeeter),Johnny Powers for the last year, and the paintings will be on display starting May 29. Adam Stanfel and Jeff Meier will spin records at the opening from Fortune, one of the most storied record companies in Detroit history, with hits in R&B, pop, country and gospel music. Chan was born and raised in Detroit, but spent the last 20 years in New York. He recently moved back ("New York is getting tired. It's good to be back!") and has a studio in the Scarab Club.
Gary Quackenbush benefit
Friends of former SRC guitarist Gary Quackenbush have arranged a benefit concert, "We're Going to Party Like it's 1969," for 5 p.m. June 5 in Ann Arbor, at the Necto nightclub, 516 E. Liberty St., to help Gary with expenses related to the pulmonary fibrosis he's battling.
Gary, 67, grew up in Birmingham and made his mark in the SRC, one of Metro Detroit's top '60s rock groups that recorded three albums for Capitol and hit with "I'm So Glad" and "Black Sheep." Before that, Gary and brother Glenn were known around Birmingham for their band The Fugitives. Gary's SRC bandmate and fellow Seaholm grad Steve Lyman will perform, as well as Scott Morgan, Glenn Quackenbush, Al Jacquez of Savage Grace,Jim King of Masquerade, singer Shaun Murphy of the Silver Bullet Band and humorist/songwriter Heywood Banks. If his health permits, Gary will perform as well.
Doug Podell of WCSX and John Sinclair will co-host, and a donation of $10 is requested. There will also be an auction of rock paraphernalia. Friends who can't make it up to AA can donate via a gofundme page, gofundme.com/garyquackenbush. Those who donate $25 or more will get a signed event poster.
A fitting farewell
Those who knew him well said the late businessman/philanthropist Al Taubman would have been proud. On May 14, some of Michigan's most distinguished artists teamed up with leading local doctors and scientists to create a unique gala experience to raise money for high-risk, high-reward medical research being done at the University of Michigan, at the institute that bears Taubman's name. At a lavish dinner party at the DIA, some 200 guests bid on art collaborations between artists and cutting-edge scientists. Sadly, Taubman, who planned to host the dinner and art auction, died on April 17. Just weeks before his death, Taubman donated three works of art for auction from his private collection, including a coveted piece from actor Anthony Hopkins. During the evening's program, some lighthearted film clips were shown of Taubman speaking about two of his favorite passions — the quest for medical cures and the cultivation of the contemporary art scene. One guest was overheard saying, "Don't you just feel Al smiling down on us at this party?"