Grapevine: Maxwell invites Lansing-area fan to concert

Maxwell sees viral video of fan singing hit song, invites him to sing with him on stage.

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Maxwell invites Lansing-area fan to sing at The Palace

Here’s more proof that the internet can make the world so much smaller. A video of Michigan resident Lucas Holliday singing Maxwell’s 1996 hit “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” was posted to Facebook by one of his customers. The video went viral and next thing the Lansing Dollar General cashier knew he was being interviewed on “Good Morning America.” The show surprised Holliday — who told the GMA anchors that he has a funk band called Tell Yo’ Mama — by showing him a video message in which Maxwell invited Holliday to join him on stage at his concert with Mary J. Blige at The Palace on Friday. “You sound unbelievable,” Maxwell said in the video. “I wanted to personally invite you on stage at my Detroit show this Friday. Congratulations ... you have a sick, amazing voice.”

Smokey Robinson to receive Gershwin Prize

In July news broke that Motown legend Smokey Robinson would be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Robinson will receive the award Wednesday at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. Detroit native Robinson is set to perform, along with musical guests. Previous Gershwin Prize honorees include Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.

Third Man hosts turkey drive

Jack White’s Third Man Records wants fans and customers to get into the giving spirit this holiday season. Donate food to the Detroit Rescue Mission, at 150 Stimson in Detroit, and bring your receipt in to Third Man Records for 10-percent off your total purchase and receive a free 7-inch record of your choice. Shoppers who donate also will be entered to win one of two Thanksgiving prize packs. Donations eligible for prize pack entries include a fresh or frozen turkey or three items that would fit with a holiday meal like cranberry sauce, cans of vegetables, cheddar cheese, dinner rolls, coffee, dessert pie, stuffing, sugar, etc. Third Man’s Nashville store is doing a similar food drive. For those who don’t live near either store, a $15 donation can be made to the Nashville Mission via and the donation will automatically enter fans into the prize-pack drawing. The prize packs include exclusive items like a promo copy of “Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016,” a special edition of the new Iggy Pop biography “Total Chaos” with a “limited edition, very exclusive” 7-inch vinyl and more.

Duff Goldman appears at Berman Center

As part of the third annual Jeffrey Zaslow Media Night, celebrity chef Duff Goldman will appear Thursday at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts. The Detroit native is best known for his Food Network show “Ace of Cakes.” Tickets, $36-$118, can be purchased at

‘The Rock’ named sexiest man alive

At 6-feet, 5-inches tall and 245 pounds, 44-year-old actor and former wrestling star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been named this year’s Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. When interviewed by the magazine about what makes him sexy, Johnson guesses that it was his sense of humor. He also credits his skin. “We’ve only got one face,” he said. “You’ve got to take care of it. So I exfoliate.”

Bruno Mars is bringing his “24K Magic” to The Palace

Bruno Mars will perform at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Aug. 12, part of his “24K Magic” World Tour, his team announced early Tuesday. Tickets for The Palace show, $49.50-$125, go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. The 31-year-old’s third album, dubbed “24K Magic,” will be released Friday. The Palace concert will mark Mars’ third show at the Pistons’ home, and first since he played the venue in June 2014. Also announced this week, New Kids on the Block will come through town with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men. The tour hits The Palace on June 29. Tickets, $34.95-$249.94, will go on sale Saturday.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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