DDays: Former NBA player Rony Seikaly is actually a great DJ

Staaaaay with me

The first thing you notice at a Sam Smith show is the audience that comes to see him. It is not just the 14-year-old screaming girls, but their moms, and brothers, and boyfriends. Everyone is there. Why? Because he is a pop star with soul. For his sold-out concert at the Masonic last week, he opened up with "Life Support," and his voice carried the sound that echoes throughout his album and through the halls of the historic building. Though his music In the Lonely Hour covers the unrequited love from one man to another and the somber and painful tones that come with it, Smith kept the energy and the mood up throughout the show. Before blasting off into "Money on my Mind" he reaffirmed why he makes music — for the fans. Finishing the show with perhaps his biggest hit yet, "Stay With Me," he brought the audience back to why we love him — we've all been there.

Friday night in lights

DDays headed out to V in MGM Detroit last Friday for Channel 955's Ladies Night. Stick is the host, Eric Vincent is the sound engineer, and DJ Whip mans the turntables on Fridays. We're always big fans of hitting up the world-renowned casino over the weekend, because we can get ourselves some incredible sushi from Ignite, take a few spins on the Big Six wheel, and enjoy the incredible Go-Go dancers. Is there a better way to kick off the weekend?

From NBA to DJ

Saturday found us at Grasshopper Underground for Rony Seikaly's set. Yes, the same Seikaly that we used to play as on NBA Jam on Gameboy 20 years ago. He's actually a fantastic DJ, which is further proven by the fact that we ended up rubbing elbows with Stacey Pullen that night! Having DJ'd since the age of 14, Seikaly actually has his own satellite radio show that airs every Saturday and Monday. We were thinking that maybe we could convince him to leave retirement and come play for the Pistons this season, seeing that we've suffered a couple of injuries of late ...

Get yourself to the Greek

There have been some super updates to the historic and wildly popular Greektown district in Detroit as of late. For a neighborhood that is nearly 200 years old, it's encouraging that some of the older businesses have been able to survive, even through tough times. For instance, Exodos has long been known as a great rooftop lounge offering a fantastic party atmosphere. Recently, though, renovations have seen a new, raised floor and VIP area plus a new DJ booth, carrying on the party indoors (a necessity for this frigid time of year). Another mainstay in the area is the Golden Fleece, which was due for renovations. Having updated things while not tampering with their traditional and delicious menu, they can still claim to be the oldest operating restaurant in Greektown!

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