Hammell Summer Concert Series Proves to Be 'Music' to Fans' Ears in Growing Commerce Township
By Gerald Scott, News Editor
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"And the night shall be filled with music / and the cares that infest the day / Shall fold their tents like nomads / And subtlely steal away." --William Wordsworth (quote posted on the inside of the Hammell Music store's showroom walls)
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Welcome to Metro Detroit's most covet-ous zip code of late and all of the accoutrements that burgeoning wealth and culture often associated with it typically brings.
For one, a music store, and a piano music store at that.
Hammell has been drawing strong crowds to its summer music series, which boasts an eclectic music offering of everything from student and adult piano recitals, to more formal ticketed concerts involving local musicians, bands and stars.
Or, as longtime West Bloomfield-based piano man Bob Seeley said from the Hammell recital hall stage the other day, "It's a beautiful venue and I'd like to thank the Steinway people for providing the pianos."
Indeed, Seeley and Bob Baldori (longtime keyboardist for rocker Chuck Berry's traveling band) recently blew out the house jam-ming away on two Steinway & Sons pianos valued at about $220,000, covering all manner of piano-based jazz, blues, swing, slide and big band favorites.
Hammell, whose staff includes popular Metro Detroit keyboard favorite Lance Luce, has put together an eclectic summer concert series that you see listed under Coming Events at the stores website, found online at www.hammell.com.
Last month, they even had a Verizon Wireless cell phone technology demonstration, something in keeping with the needs of a mature audience (middle-aged and above) that are likely candidates to buy their wares.