Detroit-based entrepreneurs are ready to shine a spotlight on the Motor City arts and entertainment scene.
Donna Kassab and Kelly Adolph are celebrating the official launch of POWER Events | Entertainment, a new Detroit-based talent and event agency, tonight at CLUBHAUS Detroit, 6540 Antoine St., in the city’s New Center district.
Kassab and Adolph started POWER in October to showcase emerging music, modeling, acting and athletic talent in Detroit and introduce that talent to local entertainment professionals and businesses.
The two entrepreneurs met at another company in metro Detroit and have spent nearly two decades working in the entertainment industry.
“There really isn’t anyone doing this in the city of Detroit,” said Kassab, POWER co-owner. “We love Detroit, and we want to help people get started. We look for undiscovered talent and provide a platform so they can be on stage.”
That stage will be set for tonight’s free launch party and include a fashion show featuring models wearing designs by Detroit-based clothing store UnitedFront aand music by Detroit artists SIAS and DJ Kobra Kinney as well as New York City-based rock, soul and hip-hop infused band Quantum Split.
The launch party also will include catering by Detroit Catering Company and JusNCredible Eats and winetasting by Brut Detroit featuring Hawthorne Vineyards from Traverse City and signature cocktails by Top Shelf Bartini.
“Our primary focus is to introduce POWER as something that’s new and fresh in Detroit, and a lot of people who are coming are attached to entertainment,” said Adolph, POWER co-owner.
As part of Detroit’s burgeoning music scene, SIAS will perform tracks from their 2016 debut EP “Origin” and share their alternative world music sound fused with earthy, cinematic and celestial themes.
The band features childhood friends Josias Yglesias (vocals), Scott Posada (guitar) and Haley Grant (piano) who produce, publish and distribute their own music.
SIAS recently opened their own studio in Corktown and plan to start recording more music.
“We have a big passion for the city and collaborating with a lot of the artists in Detroit,” Yglesias said. “We’ve been in a lot of cities, but this city has something different we haven’t seen anywhere else. It’s a place to grow with, and there’s so much opportunity to gain visibility in Detroit.”
Like SIAS, DJ Kobra Kinney originally hails from Detroit. She comes from a musical family, which includes her late grandfather, legendary jazz pianist Harold McKinney, who has a street named after him in Detroit, and her brother, music producer Carlos McKinney.
DJ Kobra Kinney, who’s real name is Thema McKinney, started her music career in 2003 performing in girl groups and later worked as a solo artist and backup singer for Kylie Minogue and Melissa Etheridge before becoming a DJ in 2015.
“As a DJ, I’m constantly exploring and trying to learn about new artists and new sounds as well as incorporating those old school artists and those old school sounds,” she said. “It’s trying to create a melting pot of different sounds and feels and vibes that I love.”
Finally, Quantum Split is making their first live appearance in Detroit at the POWER launch party as part of their current national tour. The band features Soleil Laurent (vocals and guitar), Adrian Read (lead guitar), Anthony Anderson (drums) and Ivan Hardy (bass).
Quantum Split formed in 2014 after all four members met through social media and quickly forged strong musical partnerships with each other and their fans.
The band’s music aims to empower people and encourage them to follow their goals as well as unite with humanity.
“With our live shows, it’s more than the music,” Laurent said. “It’s the speeches, it’s the connecting. We’re people on stage, but we’re connecting not just with our supporters and our fans, but with our friends.”
Tonight’s POWER Launch Party
When: Tonight 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: CLUBHAUS, 6540 Antoine St. in Detroit
Admission: Free with RSVP and reserved tickets in advance.
Detroit area talent: Learn more about potential talent opportunities through POWER.
Detroit area businesses: Learn more about booking talent through POWER.
Other Upcoming POWER Events
May 7 – Detroit Kids Fashion Show
Aug. 12 – Detroit LIVE