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Monday, February 20, 2017

A Statement About a Statement About a Statement...

Hey, at least I'm being honest here.  Well the festival that shall not be named and the charity that should not be tax exempt both issued statements today that were disappointingly predictable and even worse....Safe.  But that's not surprising given the people involved.  Wait, who are the people involved?  Who even is on the Hamtramck Music Festival Phantom Committee?  Have they ever said?  Does anybody know?  If so please list their names in the comments section.  Any silence would be assumed that nobody really knows.  I'd like to know the names of the people who voted these terrible acts off.  After all, shouldn't they be celebrated for doing so along with curating a Fest by and for the community.  Or are they just a bunch of old men cowards?
The fact that the official Festival page only comments on supportive comments and does not answer any real questions seems to imply the latter.  The fact that it took them a week to drum that flaccid of a statement speaks volumes too.  Anyway

Here is an excerpt from my comment in the previous post that I thought would be a good transition:
"The main thing to take from this is that we have been the only entity in this area that has allowed people to state their mind, praise, complain, point out facts, point out alternative facts, and not have their comments be censored/deleted. The only comment we deleted in years included a personal e-mail address and did not want them to be harrassed.  We do allow them to be made anonymously, which we don't have to do.  We could always require registration/name required, or even worse require comment approval like Hip In Detroit does which is censorship of the highest degree (notice the zero comments on their posts....or maybe people are just afraid of being associated with reading that crap). And since I am one step ahead of the cup a haterz, yeah yeah maybe that's why people choose to comment anonymously on our blog.  But it doesn't change the fact that we allow a forum for people to say WHATEVER they want.  We have a zero tolerance policy for censorship.  People are cowards by nature, but we have been out in front the entire time.  Ten years, a decade of disrespect.  How many FB comments have been removed the past few weeks?  How many accounts have been blocked?  How many tax re-filings have been made?  And it is all because of us.  It really is.  In a moment I will post the Ben's Encore laugher of a statement in the issue of fairness (is that even a phrase, ah fuck it), and comment after it plus a few final notes, then will be moving on to more fun things because the Hamtramck Music Festival's phantom committee has sucked the life out of this town, not us.  Would I ever lie to you?

Okay, with that out of the way, we have posted statements by the Phantom Festival Committee, White Shag, and Ben's Encore.  All in the interest of fairness.  No other FB page, local blog, or even the Metro Times has had as much comprehensive coverage ALONG with allowing people to speak their mind.  And on a side-note after reading that statement from Ben's Encore, and after laughing at the use of "clerical misunderstandings"/note plural as the reason their 501c3 has been a fraud since 2016 and only recently reapplied for and for the fact they're not even advertising the 2017 Festival on their own website *edit...until today, once again, you're welcome, I came to the conclusion of this....
Since 75% of the content of their statement is a direct result of things that have been posted here, both in blog and comments, we would like a letter of gratitude from Ben's Encore for pointing out that they were on the precipice of committing major tax fraud.  Because let's be honest here, if it wasn't for us, nobody would have known about this (among other things), and for that we say thank you, fuck you, and fuck youuuuu.  Alright, I'm outta here.

Follow the buzzards,
Bryan Metro

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

This resolves nothing. Unless there are tax returns to verify these numbers, it's just their word. What a clusterfuck. Why not just pay bands? 90 percent of local musicians are themselves struggling. Pay the bands. T

Bryan Metro said...

See....there ya go! Actual creative thinking. Will wonders never cease???

Anonymous said...

Just out of curiousty is anyone keeping tabs on whatsername in this wake of demolishion, Qwing Kong? Didn't she formally start taking this local festival apart?

Bryan Metro said...

Very good question. Another example of the Hamtramck Phantom Committee caving in. And from some failed band from not even around here (founded in Cali) who married into "failed fame"

Anonymous said...

They only did it for the nookie.

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed that you didn't take the slant that the charity in question is to promote future musicians and may just be a farm system for Lee Rosenbloom's future "Urban Achievers". Cough cough..."no tolerance"

Anonymous said...

WHO IS ON THIS FUCKING COMMITTEE AND WHY WON'T THEY RELEASE THEIR NAMES. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE "VOTING". THEY SHOULD BE KNOWN

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know the male-to-female make up of this voting committee, also. T

Bryan Metro said...

You all do realize that they will never reveal who is on the phantom committee. However, this plays into my next project. So stay tuned....

Anonymous said...

Rosenbloomgate

Anonymous said...

There's a photo of all of them, butt munches.

Anonymous said...

Need names, ya dingus.

Anonymous said...

It is a fake committee fronted by Eugene Strobe. There. Work is done.

Anonymous said...

His combover is @ 180 right now.

Anonymous said...

Bry bry,
If she's unsuccessful, you're using blogs to what, make yourself more sucessful in music. Shut the fuck up and write a song about your closeted love for her.

Anonymous said...

What, are you gonna hunt them down?

Cjohnst said...

All this could have been avoided if u bums just had ME run the festival!

Anonymous said...

No, just need names to send to Charlie LeDuff. He loves stories of corruption.

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