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Pete Metropoulos (Rocktropolis) nominated for two awards
Congratulations to Pete Metropoulos (Rocktropolis) for his two Detroit Music Award (DMA) nominations. Pete has been nominated for Outstanding Rock Recording - Rocktropolis - 3113, and Outstanding Rock Instrumentalist (Guitar). This marks the 4th year Pete has been nominated at the DMA's. Follow this link below to vote



I am sitting here with a big ol' progressive rock grin on my face, listening to the new CD "3113" by mid-Michigan's own purveyor of this instrumental rock genre Rocktropolis ®. What this band has done is keep our state in the face of musicians and fans alike of guitar-driven prog, with a CD that soars and screams and then gently soothes you with the flying fingers of Pete Metropoulos, Sam Metropoulos and whoever the drummer is (Ed. Note: Always include liner notes on who's actually in the band). There are cuts here that would be right at home in an action movie opening sequence as well as the end credits of a sci-fi thriller. I'm pleasantly surprised at the amount of keyboards that grace these tunes: as a keyboard player myself, I'd like them louder because they really fit well but hey, that's me! The production is stellar and consistent across the tracks with very tight drums and bass laying a solid background where the many guitars (and apparently a whole lot of fingers) of Pete builds his own signature soloing identity.
My only beef - I understand the less expensive (and sometimes labeled "green") single sleeve packaging that this disc comes in but it leaves no room for all the extra information one might want to know: where recorded, who did the writing…and who's in the band! But that's really my only complaint and that might just be my opinion only.
Good job gents - it's apparent you know what you're doing. Highly recommend.
Submitted by Nightcrier.
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“The Final Round of voting in the Review’s 29th Annual Music Awards Ceremony is now underway. During the nomination round we had a total of 6,004 votes cast for all categories and divisions; and now is your opportunity to determine the top selection for each division by going to our online edition at and casting your vote in the finals. The total number of artists nominated in each division is noted beneath each category; and only the top five nominees are listed in the finals, except for instances where a tie occurred. The FINAL VOTING round will run until THURSDAY • MARCH 6th, which will determine the top artist in each division. VOTE for Rocktropolis (R) In These Category's Rock Guitarist - Pete Metropoulos (Rocktropolis) Most Innovative Artist - Pete Metropoulos (Rocktropolis) Best Solo Artist - Pete Metropoulos (Rocktropolis) Best Band Website -”
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“Here are the winners of the 2014 Review Music Awards "Rock Guitarist – Pete Metropoulos" BAY CITY, MI – Robert Martin sure knows how to throw a party. On Sunday, April 27, the Lumber Barons Brewery was the place you wanted to be, the entire night a celebration of the musicians who make the Great Lakes Bay Region great. It was the sort of night where Andy Reed jumped behind the trap set with Jeff Yantz and the Barnhands “and he doesn’t even play drums,” Yantz said. Greta Van Fleet’s Samuel Kiszka watched The ORGANization from the wings and seeing him, renown organist Dan Sliwinski headed over during the set to share a few laughs. “I feel like I should know these guys and I do now,” said Kiszka’s bandmate, Daniel Wagner. The room was quiet as Martin, publisher and editor of Review Magazine, remembered the many contributions the late Elwin “Al” Limberg and Jim Schmidtke made to the region’s music scene. And Limberg’s daughter Alyssa brought it home when s”
“Sue White | For Father-and-son Sam and Pete Metropoulos bring progressive rock back to the forefront in the instrumental Metropolis, performing April 27, 2014, during the Review Music Awards at Lumber Baron’s Brewery in Bay City.”
“Sue White | For Guitarist Pete Metropoulous from the instrumental group Rocktropolis grabbed the spotlight April 27, 2014, during the Review Music Awards at Lumber Baron’s Brewery in Bay City.”
“Another next-generation band is the progressive instrumental rock band Rocktropolis, featuring Sam Metropoulos’ son Pete on guitar. “I saw them at a party for the Bay City fireworks last year and they were the first I booked for this,” Martin said. “They can be heavy but they’re not repetitive. It’s a sturdy band.””
“Metal/Hard Rock Artist/Group Wilson Chrome Mollie Rocktropolis Dead in 5 Hell Rides North Circus Boy”
“All of us at The Review are excited about our upcoming 28th Annual Review Music Awards Ceremony & Celebration, which is set to commence on Sunday, April 27th in the Genevieve Ballroom at Lumber Barons in Bay City, which is located at 804 E. Midland Street. Doors will open at 4 PM and the Ceremony & Performances will begin at 5 PM with many unique and ‘one-time-only’ collaborations planned for this legendary night when the public gets an opportunity to both express their gratitude and also party with their favorite artists and those that put forth a tremendous amount of talent and energy throughout the year that makes the music and helps create the ‘sound’ of our cultural community here in the Great Lakes Bay. Over the years this ceremony has brought greater attention and ushered the advancement of many notable performers, but what is most gratifying is the fact that the music and artists that we celebrate and honor with this special occasion have branched out in so many notab”
“DETROIT MUSIC AWARD 2014 NOMINEES* Metal/Hard Rock Artist/Group Wilson Chrome Mollie Rocktropolis Dead in 5 Hell Rides North Circus Boy”
“Detroit Live Magazine is hosting Blow Up My Band, a contest designed to take one band and give them the media coverage, publicity, and tools to advance their career. It will consist of eight to twelve weekly live ‘elimination’ events. These ‘elimination rounds’ are scheduled on Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings at several metro Detroit clubs, culminating in one final event, to determine the grand prize winner. Bulletproof Snow, Rocktropolis, and A New Endeavor battled it out and rocked the Token Lounge for Round #1. The first competing band was Bulletproof Snow, a group of guys that will blow your expectations of a teen rock band; they have been rocketing upward since entering the Detroit music scene in March 2012. In addition to being the youngest band to perform at 2013 Rockstar UPROAR festival, they were also the youngest band to attend the 2013 Detroit Music Awards. With their hard-hitting sounds, and a deep seeded urban-pop-rock feel, these guys are quickly making a ”
“Detroit Live Magazine is hosting Blow Up My Band, a contest designed to take one band and give them the media coverage, publicity, and tools to advance their career. It will consist of eight to twelve weekly live ‘elimination’ events. These ‘elimination rounds’ are scheduled on Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings at several metro Detroit clubs, culminating in one final event, to determine the grand prize winner. Bulletproof Snow, Rocktropolis, and A New Endeavor battled it out and rocked the Token Lounge for Round #1. Rocktropolis was up next. Guitarist Pete Metropoulos shredded solo on stage with a killer backing track. Their heavy metal instrumental music is a collection of brilliant compositions that are melodic, epic, and infectious to the soul. Rocktropolis has been nominated for ‘Outstanding Hard Rock/Metal Group’ in the 2014 Detroit Music Awards.”

“Rocktropolis is to perform at the Review Music Awards Sunday, April 27at 5:00pm - 1:00am Show Map Lumber Barons and Stables 804 E. Midland St, Bay City, Michigan 48706 A special event open to the public to honor top musicians and artists in over 60 categories performing and creating music in the Great Lakes Bay area. Featuring guest performances and collaborations by 'The ORGANization' (Michael Michael Brush, Dan Sliwinski, Jim Fulkerson, Bryan Rombalski, Michael O' Brien) doing '2B's or Not 2B's - a Tribute to the Hammond B3 organ; The Ladies of the Michigan Jazz Trail (featuring Molly McFadden, Julie Mulady, Lauren Thomas & Dacia Mackey, Rocktropolis Progrock, Greta Van Fleet, Jeff Yantz, Spitzer, Dani Vitany & 10 Hands Tall, Bluesmobile, and The Hipakritz. Tickets are $10.00 advance and $15.00 at the door. Ticket Locations are as follow: SAGINAW: Review Magazine, White's Bar, Records & Tapes Galore, Thunderbrew Coffee Co, Cork n Ale, Mac's Bar. BAY CITY: Lumber Barons and Stabl”

“Final Round for the 28th Review Music Awards! Rock Keyboardist Sam Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" Best Rock Video Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" (Music Video: Pastime) Rock Drummer Marc Stemmler "Rocktropolis" Best Rock Songwriter Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" Rock Bassist Sam Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" Rock Guitarist Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" Best Rock Band Rocktropolis Best Concert/Album or Project Rocktropolis Live At Bay City Friendship Shell 2013 Best Band Website Best Solo Artist Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" Best Music Video Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" (Music Video: Pastime) Best Recording Studio Fire Hyena Recording Studio Most Innovative Artist Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" Best Original Band Rocktropolis”
“2014 Nominees Metal/Hard Rock Artist/Group Rocktropolis”

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The DMAF was chartered in 1988 by a distinguished group of Detroit music and media professionals. The fledgling group held its first award show in 1992 at Detroit's Music Hall, and moved to the State Theatre, its present location, in 1993. In 1998, the organization merged with the Metro Times-sponsored Detroit Music Awards. Now, the Detroit Music Awards Foundation is a single entity presenting the Detroit Music Awards each spring. In 2005, the ceremony was the opening event for the debut of the Motor City Music Conference (MC2)

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Previous DMAF events have featured electrifying performances and guest appearances by some of Detroit's most glittering music legends: Was (Not Was), Eminem with D12, The Clark Sisters, Kid Rock, Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson, Bob Seger, Glen Frey, The Miracles, Grand Funk Railroad, George Clinton and Parliament, and Ted Nugent, among many others. The annual award show also spotlights outstanding emerging local musicians.

Proceeds from emerging artist showcases throughout the year and the award show are used to present educational events and provide resources to local musicians. Through a partnership with ArtServe Michigan, health insurance is now also available to members.

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Pete Metropoulos "ROCKTROPOLIS" Had an amazing show at the House Of Blues, Playing in his new project with Viper Black "2-Pac", Gabe  Gonzalez "P-Funk" & Saiph Rockefeller  of New World Order

“Detroit Music Awards 2014 Outstanding Hard Rock/Metal Artist/Group - Rocktropolis Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist - Pete Metropoulos - Rocktropolis Outstanding Rock/Pop Recording - Pete Metropoulos "Cityscape" Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter - Pete Metropoulos Outstanding Live Performance - Rocktropolis”

“1/08/2014 Check out the latest article on Pete Metropoulos - Rocktropolis in Detroit Livemagazine!!!! P.G. 24 Detroit Live Magazine Jan. 2014 Get yours at”
“ROCKTROPOLIS IN THE BAY AREA REVIEW AWARDS!!! ROCK: 1. Rock Keyboardist Sam Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" 2. Best Rock Video Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" (Music Video: Pastime) 5. Rock Drummer Marc Stemmler "Rocktropolis" 6. Best Rock Songwriter Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" 8. Rock Bassist Sam Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" 9. Rock Guitarist Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" 10. Best Rock Band Rocktropolis Miscellaneous: 10. Best Concert/Album or Project Rocktropolis Live At Bay City Friendship Shell 2013 11. Best Band Website 12. Best Solo Artist Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" 16. Best Music Video Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" (Music Video: Pastime) 17. Best Recording Studio Fire Hyena Recording Studio 18. Most Innovative Artist Pete Metropoulos "Rocktropolis" 20. Best Original Band Rocktropolis”
Pete Metropoulos “Rocktropolis” Has joined forces with New World Order Family. 

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“The Inventive Musical Arsenal of ROCKTROPOLIS From Issue 774 (Published August 08th, 2013) Written By Robert E Martin One of the more impressive musical groups populating the stages of clubs and venues throughout the Great Lakes Bay region is a collective of three musical architects known as ROCKTROPOLIS who manage to infuse the ears of their audience with an originality of sound built upon a foundation of advanced and accomplished musicianship that balances complex and dynamic rhythmic patterns with intricate song constructions into a wall of musical sound that is as equally melodic as it is epic. Consisting of drummer & percussionist Marc Stemmler and the powerhouse team of Sam Metropoulos on keyboards & bass with his son Pete Metropoulos carving intricate sonic flourishes on the electric guitar, ROCKTROPOLIS is a breath of”

One of the more impressive musical groups populating the stages of clubs and venues throughout the Great Lakes Bay region is a collective of three musical architects known as ROCKTROPOLIS who manage to infuse the ears of their audience with an originality of sound built upon a foundation of advanced and accomplished musicianship that balances complex and dynamic rhythmic patterns with intricate song constructions into a wall of musical sound that is as equally melodic as it is epic.
Consisting of drummer & percussionist Marc Stemmler and the powerhouse team of Sam Metropoulos on keyboards & bass with his son Pete Metropoulos carving intricate sonic flourishes on the electric guitar, ROCKTROPOLIS is a breath of fresh air on the musical landscape, harboring an uncompromising and focused vision that is built upon a commitment to perform nothing but their own original music, entirely instrumental in nature, that harnesses order out of chaos. 
Perhaps the most apt way to describe their style is Progressive Metal; yet embedded within the phrasing of their original compositions is a volcano of mixed influences that range from groups like Dream Theater, Rush, Yes, and Iron Maiden to Deep Purple and Yngwie Malsteen.
According to Marc, seeds for the group were first planted back in 2004, after his father passed away. “Sam and I played together in bands for years, only I had pretty much retired from the music scene,” he explains. “I was married with little kids and working three jobs and had grown tired of the cover scene, along with everything that comes with it.  Basically, I sold all the equipment that I had; and then my Dad passed away in 2004 and Sam came to the funeral. We started talking about what we found exciting about music, and shortly after that I got divorced and the three of us started making music together in 2006. I had met Sam's son Pete when he was a little guy around 8-years old and couldn't believe how proficient and accomplished he had become on the guitar.  So the three of us started building songs together and everything flowed from that point onward.”
The vision for the band was to build a group focused upon intricate musicianship showcasing all original material that would carry a substantial presence; and in the six years since their formation, dedication to that dream is beginning to pay off. 
This year ROCKTROPOLIS was nominated in three different categories at the Detroit Music Awards, with Pete receiving nominations for Outstanding songwriter and instrumentalist; and the group receiving a nomination in the Rock category. The band is also represented by Howard Hertz and Joseph Bellanca who handle artists such as George Clinton, The Romantics, Eminem and Marilyn Manson.  Additionally, the group is putting the finishing touches on their debut album, which is being produced with Chris Lewis at Fire Hyena Studios.
“When we first started playing music together, our pet peeve was that we did not want to perform any cover material,” stresses Sam. “The initial pieces we wrote might be considered as songs, but they are actually more along the lines of classical music, featuring one movement followed by another movement.”
Today the group has seventeen original compositions under their belt with even more in the works, making an effort to perform together regularly while putting the finishing touches on their debut CD release. “Our short-term goal is to get the new CD released,” explains Pete. “I just finished recording all my guitar parts and we are in the mixing and mastering phase of the recording process. The album should be ready for an end of summer or early fall release and will feature 8 songs, all instrumental.”
ROCKTROPOLIS developed their name through an equally intriguing collision of circumstance. “My name Pete in Greek translates into rock,” explains Metropoulos, “which is like the foundation. If you splice that onto part of my last name, it just seems to work.  Actually, it was used as a nickname for me ever since I was 16 years old, so we decided to use it for the band.”
When asked about what they find most challenging as they move forward with their vision of breaking into new markets with their unique sound, Marc explains that because of the dynamics involved, the journey can get stressful. “There's a lot of integrity in our band and we've all been through a lot,” he notes. “For me the biggest challenge is working together with both father and son. In that sense, I'm like the mediator,” he laughs.
As for building their intricate and dynamic song constructions, the writing is a collective endeavor. “When we are all together jamming we might take 4 measures from one song that we are working on and mix it in with something from another song, so we weave them together,” explains Pete. “Each song is built and developed in its own way.  Marc might bring in 90 percent of the rhythm parts; and other times the song might build upon one of my riffs. We employ a lot of different and varied writing methods.  No one member has ever really pulled the band, it's pretty equal all down the line.”
“It helps that we have all generations of music represented,” adds Sam. “We all tend to like the same types of music, so its not like one member likes Slipknot and another likes Deep Purple and another prefers Abba.”
Currently ROCKTROPOLIS performs regularly the third Sunday of every month at Bemo's in Bay Citystarting their Sunday shows around 5 PM so they can cater to all-age family shows and also afford other musicians the opportunity to attend their performances.
“They say that nothing easy is ever worth doing and this can be a hard road,” reflects Marc. “But I don't care if two people or 200 people are in the audience, we still pull everything we have into each of our performances. The tricky part always involves the audience because people that go to a club to listen to the music get what we are doing, whereas others are there to drink and hear Tom Petty, which is fine. The hard part is when the people that go to drink expect us to be playing Tom Petty.”
“We also need to thank all our significant others for their patience with us and send a big shout-out of thanks to David Asher and The Process,” concludes Sam. “They've given us encouragement all down the line and advised us to stick to our guns with our original music. We almost decided to start mixing cover material into the show at one point, but they convinced us not to. They said, 'Be who you're going to be' and we are much happier that way.
As for this critic, one of the key factors that I find so engaging about ROCKTROPOLIS is the fact that their music and material refocuses the fact that instruments indeed can speak as strongly as voices; and when you develop your voice, all variety of magic and miracle will in turn evolve from that and work its way into your consciousness.
ROCKTROPOLIS is a welcome breath of fresh air on the local music scene. To find out more about them visit and be sure to catch them LIVE in their element, fully fueled, and with open ears.

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06/18/2013 Rocktropolis On Tap Detroit Radio!! 

06/18/2013 From 3pm - 5pm
On The Tiny & Plankman Show ! Also known as the bizarro Jay and Silent Bob, Tiny and The Plankman fight like an old, married couple on air for your amusement during’s #1 show in ratings. They often showcase and interview the cream-of-the-crop from the Detroit rock scene.

04/8/2013 Rocktropolis @ Detroit Music Awards

04/8/2013 Rocktropolis In Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands!

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04/1/2013 Rocktropolis In Detroit Live Magazine!

03/1/2013 Rocktropolis In Detroit Live Magazine!

01/31/2013 Rocktropolis Has Been Nominated For The 2013 Detroit Music Awards! 

Vote For Rocktropolis Under These Categories!
     Outstanding instrumentalist
     Outstanding songwriter
     Metal/Hard Rock/Group

Currently on PHASE III the final voting process.

Only current (or newly registered) Detroit Music Awards voters are allowed to participate in the Nomination Phase.
During this phase, the Nomination Ballot is available online after an eligible voting member has logged in. Eligible voters with email addresses are contacted via email that the Nomination process has begun.
The Nomination Ballot allows voters to nominate whomever they choose for performance and recording categories that meet the eligibility requirements by selecting from names/recordings provided in Phase I (online ballot only).
Names eligible to be considered as Nominees must have a connection, or perform a body of work, primarily in the Detroit metro area, which, for our purposes, stretches as far north as Flint, as far west as metropolitan Ann Arbor, as far south as the Ohio border, and as far east as the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair.
Recordings eligible for the 2012 Detroit Music Awards to be considered as choices must have been released between December 1, 2011 and November 30, 2012. Recordings need to be available for purchase to the public via gigs, internet sales and record stores between those dates.

8/24/2012 Rocktropolis Will Be Back At Fire Hyena Recording Studio Next Month With Engineer Chris Lewis ! !

4/2/2012 Rocktropolis is back at Fire Hyena Recording Studio next week working on guitar tracks!
10/6/2011 Rocktropolis is back at Fire Hyena Recording Studio this week finishing up Marc Stemmler's drum tracks.
9/22/2011 This week Rocktropolis will be laying down Marc Stemmler's drum tracks with recording engineer Chris Lewis at Fire Hyena Recording Studio!
7/15/2011 Rocktropolis is getting ready for recording at Fire Hyena Recording Studio.
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