Detroit power rock is coming to Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center, which is billing it “a rockin’ music experience unlike any other this season.”
The Motor City Women, backed by their four-piece band Detroit Express, say they are set to rock CTAC with their fierce stage presence and powerful renditions of everything from blues, funk, pop, and even country.
Lady T, Stacia Petrie-Ford, Aja Sardis, Terrilea, Cheryl Lescom, and Valerie Barrymore make up the Motor City Women, a singing group that Barrymore said was actually founded by the now-retired Kate Hart, who put the ensemble together years ago.
“All of the credit goes to Kate,” Barrymore said. “She found each of us; some of us were recommended by fellow musicians, some she caught during our performances.”
Putting six dynamic female performers in one act could have been trouble, but it turned out to be just the opposite.
“I didn’t think such a project would succeed, thinking women would never get along well enough,” Barrymore said. “I was completely wrong.”
Hart emphasized “sisterhood, love, and friendship for all of us,” Barrymore said.
“We really care about each other,” she said. “Pure and simple, what brings us together is our love of music,” bandmate Petrie- Ford said, “but what keeps us together is our love for each other.”
After a while, Hart wanted to retire, but the remaining vocalists didn’t want to break the act apart. So they decided to continue as the Motor City Women.
While each Woman has at least one original song in the set list, and all are influenced to some degree by the Motown sound, each has their musical “specialty” within the act.
The covers, especially the recognizable Motown ones, are some of their most popular hits in a live setting, but their favorite songs to perform are their originals, Petrie- Ford said.
“Each Woman chooses her own repertoire and brings her original or cover songs to the group,” she said. “We like to give the audience a very unique experience, and when you write your own music, ideally you can showcase your own individual vocal strengths.” With several Detroit Music Awards to their credit, the Motor City Women show no sign of slowing down any time soon.
“We just have too much fun performing together – we really encourage each other,” Barrymore said. “There is no ego to destroy this project.”
The Motor City Women and Detroit Express will be performing at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in downtown Petoskey on Sat., March 22 at 8pm. Tickets $10 students/$25 members/$35 non-members. For tickets and more info, visit crookedtree.org.