SC: Nelly takes stage at United Shore Mortgage’s bash

Plus Junior League’s Holiday Jubilee benefits Tiny Homes; J. Cobb’s new single ‘Do You’ drops

Chuck Bennett
Nelly performs in Nashville in October. Last week the rapper and songwriter was the surprise performer at United Shore Mortgage’s holiday party.

Nelly takes the stage at United Shore Mortgage’s holiday bash

Last Friday, United Shore Mortgage threw a hush-hush, over-the-top, no-media Holiday Soiree for its employees in one of the ballrooms in Cobo Center. The company’s employees flew in from the satellite offices across the country to join their Metro Detroit counterparts to be wined, dined and showered with perks.

The eclectically attired ladies and gents were tempted by hors d’oeuvres that included coconut shrimp, bacon-wrapped scallops, mushroom caps, cherry-braised short ribs and skewered steak, and then on top of that, they enjoyed a seated chicken dinner with all the accoutrements. After the dinner, one of the bosses announced that all the employees would receive a Shinola watch. Yes, a Shinola watch. Did we mention that 10 people won a raffle and will all go on all-expense paid cruises?

The deejay had the crowd on their feet all night, but it wasn’t until the real surprise came that the Cobo Center foundation began to shift. None other than the denizen of the “Dirty South,” award-winning rapper Nelly took the stage and performed for a little more than an hour. The sophisticates who had sparkled, shimmered and shined all night kicked off the stilettos and hustled, twerked and boogied all night long. Did we just hear somebody say, “East Side?”

Holiday Jubilee chairwoman Michelle Agosta, left, Chef Bobby Nahra, and Rev. Faith Fowler enjoy the event.

Junior League’s Holiday Jubilee to benefit Tiny Homes

Partygoers were caught a little off guard Saturday as they donned fancy duds to attend the Junior League of Detroit’s benefit for Cass Community Social Services at Eastern Market. Just coming off of an unseasonably warm fall, seems that someone forgot to turn on the heat to get the facility nice and toasty for the event. For the first hour or so, the nearly 200 guests looked a bit uncomfortable, shivering in their seats, many still wearing coats.

After about an hour, Metro Detroiters did what they do — make the best of a cool situation. As master of ceremonies Ryan Ermanni of Fox 2 kept them laughing, Ben Sharkey and his band kept them on the dance floor, and when Chef Bobby Nahra of Lakeland Banquet Center unloaded an amazing Detroit-inspired strolling dinner, the party was on and popping.

The Holiday Jubilee was hosted by the Junior League of Detroit to benefit the Rev. FaithFowler’s Cass Community Social Services Tiny Homes. This festive event was to raise awareness of this unique project and to fund a Tiny Home.“The party shined a light on the Junior League of Detroit, CCSS Tiny Homes, and Eastern Market,” said Holiday Jubilee chairwoman Michelle Agosta. “With 102 years of work in Detroit, this party proved that the Junior League of Detroit will be helping the city for many years to come.”

J. Cobb released his latest single, “Do You.”

J. Cobb’s new single ‘Do You’ drops

Local businessman Joseph Cobb will release his latest single Friday called “Do You.” Known simply as J. Cobb (he’s the son of Carmen Harlan and Joseph Cobb), Joe insists, “It is the most laid-back record I’ve released thus far. As soon as I heard this particular beat, I naturally found myself singing the chorus, ‘I’m just doing me and you should do you.’ ”

As an artist, songwriter and independent record label owner, Joe says he has many ideas of where he wants to take his craft. “Do You” was released by Stone Group Records and is available on all streaming platforms and iTunes.

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