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Posted on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 2:56 p.m.

Ann Arbor's Mayer Hawthorne to play webcast halftime show - from his parents' house

By Bob Needham

Mayer Hawthorne, the Ann Arbor native who has gone on to become a successful neo-soul singer, may have lost out on his bid to replace Nickelback as halftime entertainment during the Detroit Lions' nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game.

But obviously, you can't keep an Ann Arborite down: In a new post on, Hawthorne announces that he'll perform a special "Hawthorne Halftime" concert, webcast on And he'll do it from the home of his parents.

Hawthorne describes his alternative show as "a short medley of favorites and some songs especially for Detroit."

The choice of Nickelback for the annual nationally televised game sparked an online petition by a University of Michigan graduate student protesting the selection on grounds of general lameness (and the fact that Nickelback is Canadian, coming to a city with a rich musical heritage).

But the NFL stuck to its choice, even after Hawthorne publicly offered his services as an alternative.

Most recently, Nickelback had some fun with whole thing as well in a video.

As Andrew Cohen, Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, graduating from Huron High School and the University of Michigan. Since moving away in 2005, Hawthorne has carved out a successful career as a singer in the neo-soul vein.

Watch the announcement of the "Hawthorne Halftime" concert:

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.


Mark Moore

Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 2:05 p.m.

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