Tribe Records Co-Founder, Trombonist Phil Raneline with his "Vibes From The Tribe Reunion Band" in conjunction with the grand opening of the Michigan Audio Heritage Society Museum (aka MAHS Museum
Friday-Saturday, September 26-27, 2014

Trinosophes and Peoples Records are proud to announce the grand opening of the Michigan Audio Heritage Society Museum (aka MAHS Museum), in conjunction with two nights of performances by Vibes from the Tribe led by Phil Ranelin, founder of Detroit's iconic Tribe Records, on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The grand opening celebration is a two-night affair, on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27.

Located next door to Trinosophes (1464 Gratiot Avenue), the MAHS Museum is a free, publicly-accessible storefront museum for the extensive music archive developed by musician and proprietor of the world-renowned Peoples Records, Brad Hales. The MAHS Museum will feature regularly changing exhibits that highlight Detroit and Michigan's significant contributions to global musical culture. Original research and publications are an important feature of the museum's mission to preserve and provide a real context for this pivotal cultural legacy. An all-Michigan, Detroit-centric internet radio station will be online soon as well, along with the latest iteration of Peoples Records vinyl store.

In tribute to Phil Ranelin and the legacy of Detroit's independent, artist-run jazz labels, the opening exhibition at MAHS will present materials and ephemera from both Tribe Records and its near contemporary, Strata Records.

“People may not realize that Detroit is a popular destination for music-related tourism,” Hales states. “A worldwide network of rare record collectors exists, and Michigan has always been a hub for finding 'rares,' I see the same dealers and collectors again and again each year from England, Japan, France, Germany, and all over the U.S., who travel here because of our music.”

The name MAHS Museum is a play on the name of one of the soul producers who ran D-Town Records, and opened right next to Motown on Grand Boulevard. This project is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge and Eastern Market Corporation.

Trombonist Phil Ranelin is on a year-long 75th birthday tour. Most significantly, at Trinosophes he'll be reuniting with two original members of his 1977 Detroit quartet, Vibes From the Tribe: pianist Rod Williams, and bassist Jaribu Shahid. For this special engagement, current local favorite Djallo Djakate fills-in for Tani Tabal on drums. This is a long-awaited reunion of Phil Ranelin & Vibes From The Tribe- a band that, while short-lived, shared bills with the likes of Les McCann & McCoy Tyner. The band name, Vibes From The Tribe, was a result of Ranelin's classic Tribe release Vibes From The Tribe. That record, which was Tribe's second to last, had just came out and Ranelin decided to form a quartet to promote it. The album Vibes From The Tribe has since become a collector’s item among crate diggers, DJs, and vinyl enthusiasts, and in 2001 Hefty Records reissued the Vibes From The Tribe session in it entirety, and other Tribe titles have been subsequently released.

In the late 1960s and early ‘70s Ranelin was active as a tour and studio musician with Motown records, working with Smoky Robinson & the Miracles, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder & The Four Tops among others. The Trinosophes performances will be the first time the now California-based Ranelin has returned to Detroit since 2005, when he toured supporting his release Inspiration (featuring special guest Pharaoh Sanders) and one of just a few local appearances in recent decades. Ranelin is currently in the final stages of completing his first DVD All Blue and also has a forthcoming project with hip hop artist Madlib!

This will be one of the most exciting weekends in Detroit music this year and the launch of a new fixture in Detroit musical culture.

The MAHS Museum is located at:
1464 Gratiot Ave. Suite A
Detroit MI 48207

For more information, including high-resolution images, please contact Trinosophes proprietor Joel Peterson at or Brad Hales at


“ ‘Vibes From The Tribe’ is lusciously, greasily funky and stands in pretty stark contrast to the kind of airbrushed fusion that was in vogue at the time. Beautiful stuff, and it’s good to know that Ranelin is still at work even now. Essential” - Peter Marsh (BBC)

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