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Beline Obeid
August 15, 2013
THE GROSSE POINTES — A rock band with a front man from Grosse Pointe Park opens tomorrow’s free Rockin’ on the Riverfront Summer Concert behind the GM Renaissance Center.

Artificial Agent, with lead singer Derek Jendza of the Park, opens for Night Ranger at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16.

“Artificial Agent melts glam rock with heavy metal one note at a time.,” Jendza said.

The band’s set includes songs from its album, “Love Won’t Strangle Me.”

August is busy for the four-man band, which includes Jendza’s brother, Brad Jendza, on bass.

It opens the Warriors of Rock concert at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Freedom Hill Amphitheater in Sterling Heights featuring Vince Neil of Motley Crue and Queensryche.

Tickets cost $16 to $38.50.

Artificial Agent often opens for national acts.

“We’ve played DTE Energy Music Theatre twice, once with Poison and the other with Alice Cooper,” Jendza said. “We’ve played shows with Buckcherry. All those guys are really cool.”

He credits the band’s success to being “attention grabbing and insanely lucky.”

Poison guitarists C.C. Deville and Rikki Rockett hung out during Artificial Agent’s sound checks.

“They totally dug it,” Jendza said. “They said keep going at it — keep rockin’.”

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