Web TV is a broadcast format just beginning to go mainstream. With hardware and streaming capabilities now available, live Web TV is finally beginning to converge the interactivity of the Internet with traditional broadcast capabilities and a worldwide audience—on computer and TV, tablet and phone. Broadcasting can now be done from a full, traditional broadcast studio, to cyber and media cafes, to a roving camera about town, to a garage or basement.
The shows I have been involved have been at uDetroit Cafe in downtown Detroit, a pioneer in this format, running live Web TV shows day and night, six days a week beginning the Summer of 2011 with national and local guests. I got involved at uDetroit after launching Detroit Rock N' Fashion: A Virtual Art Exhibit on Bob Bauer's From Paradise Valley to Motown: The Rock Starts Here daily show, which led to creating a physical Detroit Rock N' Fashion art exhibit at the Cafe, and the sale of several pieces of original art and giclee prints. Chizzy CAM, a live Web TV show with one of my artists from the exhibit, arose from that. The D Factor and Detroit Rock N' Fashion: A Live Web TV Show simultaneously followed Chizzy CAM, the latter to fill an immediate need, the former to develop into a bigger production.
My primary roles included show concept and design, hosting, producing, directing, branding and evangelizing. Having a presence at uDetroit Cafe for over a year allowed promotion for the Gallery of the Arts, the Detroit Rock N' Fashion exhibit, and its artists the entire time in a number of ways. The physical exhibitwhich eventually extended from the cafe, up two flights of stairs and into two floors of the recording studio. Promotional cards on each and every table in the cafe. Giveaway promo cards at the cafe entrance. Promotion and mention on each live Web TV show we hosted.
Chizzy CAM stands for Charity+Arts+Music. This Web TV show combined these three elements to forge its live shows every Tuesday night 8-11 at uDetroit Cafe, also viewable live on uDetroit.com. Each show arose awareness and/or funds for a different charity or cause each week. We shared the stage with artists, and spectacular musical acts—over 75 guests total in this short-lived, but highly popular uDetroit show. In December of 2011 after about 10 shows, Danny D and The Vagabonds came onboard Chizzy CAM as the house band. All veteran musicians, Danny D and band added a rich staple element to the show, opening and closing and intermixing with various musical guests. The Chizzy CAM Aftermix was added at the same timeas the final hour of Chizzy CAM, with a mixture of new songs from popular bands, new unheard music, classic greats little heard on the air anymore, and live emerging talent.
The charities we promoted included The Voice on the Street for veterans, Tourette Syndrome Association of Michigan, Life Remodeled, breast cancer awareness, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Humane Society of Michigan, a CommuniD BBQ, Brother Al's bicycle cart ministry to feed the area homeless, Rock4Tots, as well as raised funds for a 12-year old boy with leukemia, and to raise funds to offset medical expenses for a seven-year girl with 4th-stage non-Hodgkins T-cell lymphoma.
Our very talented guests included introducing a young lady, Alicia Michilli, who would in 2015 appear as a semi-final contestant on America's Got Talent. Other guests (in order of appearance): TwentyForSeven, Chris Brantley, Tosha Owens with Bobby Black, Trey Simon, and Tosha Owens with Dave Hamilton. Christopher Williams. Gwen Joy, Chris Brantley, Dave Hamilton, Mike Vial & The Great Lakes Effect. Crooked Joint, Justina Fazzolari Black, Widetrack with their blow-your-face-out rendition of Pink Floyd's Welcome To The Machine. A return of Tosha Owens and Bobby Black. Tribute Night with Danny D (Rod Stewart), Cara Lundgren (Stevie Nicks), and John Klenn (Alice Cooper), joined by Queen Bee Karen Neal and The Motor City Rah-Rahs. Wolfman Mac, White Shag, Two Tone Tobacco, and The Nightmare. Area pastors Chris Lambert, Mike Harris, Scott Crownover, and Mike Schmitt. Erica McManus, Bobby Black, Darryl Lee, and Danny D. White Shag. A Gwen Joy fashion show with several area models, Jacx Schanes, Sarah Lapinski, Justin Smith, Jessica Care Moore, Elise Mesner, and Animal Sheets. Mike Schmidt and Brother Al for a CommuniD BBQ. Tony Forman & Kelly, Brandon Gillihan, and John "T-Bone" Paxton. Illy Mack. Greg Hanson, Tosha Owens, Bobby Black, Shelley Miller, Justin Alexander, John Le Sage, and Chad Earley for Rock4Tots. Tamera Menard. Gmo & Detroit Rose, Justin Alexander, Alicia Michilli. The Redneck Saints, Hard Drive, Snesei (creating music with a GameBoy). And to finish the show in style mural artist Dan Cascardo got the audience interactively participating in creating a stage mural while Justina Lee Black w/ Benny Caruso, The Vintage, and Detroit's Diva Eliza Neals capped this show.
I co-conceived the show and concept, co-produced and co-hosted the show, as well as logo co-design, website, posters, branding and marketing. A four-member team and very special guests made this show happen every week.
Detroit Rock N' Fashion was a celebration of Detroit music, Detroit art and Detroit fashionand a synthesis of these three creative elementsand more. This live audience, live streaming, Web TV show featured a variety of Motor City talent, veteran and emerging: musicians, singers, artists, performers, dancers, designers, models and more. The show was broadcast from UDetroit Cafe downtown Detroit.
Originating as a virtual art exhibit from The Gallery of the Arts called Detroit Rock N' Fashion: A Virtual Art Exhibit, it launched in August 2011 from Bob Bauer's daily live Web TV show at uDetroit called From Paradise Valley to Motown: The Rock Starts Here, and a physical Detroit Rock N' Fashion art exhibit established in the Cafe. One of my Detroit Rock N' Fashion artists, Chizzy and I were granted a venue and time slot at uDetroit. We created a live Web TV show called Chizzy CAM, a weekly charity+arts+music experience. The show ran for 13 weeks before making plans to take the format venue-to-venue. Before Chizzy CAM left uDetroit Cafe, Danny D & The Vagabonds joined as the Chizzy CAM house band. Though still dedicated and supporting to the new Chizzy CAM format, me and Danny D created this show to maintain a venue for veteran artists and to foster emerging talents—and to invent new ways to synthesize creative elements interactively.
The show featured a spotlight artist to create a work of art inspired by the music and energy of the live audience; our house band Danny D & The Vagabonds; and musical guests. Being a live Web TV show, we filled the space during band switch ups with a variety of creative elements, usually a guest photographer and a model doing a fashion photo shoot, but a runway fashion show one time, and interviews other times.
Guests included: House band - Danny D & The Vagabonds with Danny D, Darryl Lee, James Niemi, Paul Sikorski and numerous guest musicians. Christopher Williams, Freedom Underground and Diablo Il' Gato. WAL•E, Erich Goebel, Motor Honey, Jeff Belt, Audra Ely, Laura Mendoza, and the Honey Bunny Variety Burlesque. Leroy Johnson, The Joyride, The Nicholas Tabarias Project, and Harry Jarvis. Billy Gaffney's Blue Gill Bill. Cara Lundgren, Two Tone Tobacco, and Meridith Lourde. James Browneagle Niemi, Bethany Chandler, and the late Larry Leitner. MSV, Silverback, Simon Black, Ziam Penn, and Gwen Joy. Me, Rock City Voodoo, Rose Detroit and Gmo, and Gillihan. Crooked Joint, Tamera Menard, Zaniah Amirah, Adina Gamal and Cookie Crumbble. Justina Black, Steph Hamood, Darryl Lee, and Mr MSV with Royal Flush & The All Star Team.
My involvement included co-conceiving the show and concept, co-hosting the show, logo design, website, posters, branding and marketing. I was also involved in producing and creative direction, acquiring and working with talent and guests. This show consisted primarily of a four-member team, a band and very talented guests.
The D Factor is talent... Detroit style.
Music. Arts. Fashion. Performance. Comedy. Photography. Film & Video. Multimedia.
Aside of the sensationalistic "Detroit-ruins" stories, Detroit is very much alive and well artistically, musically and creatively. The D Factor would present Metropolitan Detroit's most talented, emerging artists, musicians, singers, performers, comediens, designers, photgraphers, filmmakers—while the viewers weigh in with the industry pros and choose their favorites. The winners would each represent the Detroit Factor in art, music, performance, comedy and in fashion, as well as photography, film & video and multimedia.
This idea was originally conceived as a replacement for Chizzy CAM, but we chose to do Detroit Rock N' Fashion while we developed this concept further. My involvement included co-conceiving the show and concept.