Posted by: Ryan Allen on August 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm
After taking a hiatus in 2007, the annual Detroit Summer Smash is back in action this weekend. Starting tonight, and lasting through Saturday, the Detroit Summer Smash features the hottest of the hot-shit locals — from rockers like Silverghost and the High Strung, to more eclectic fair from the likes of Prussia and Goudron — as well as the genuinely fun atmosphere that local music festivals tend to come jam-packed with.
Like other Summer Smashes in the past, the money raised at the even will go to a charity. This year, festival organizers are devoting all funds raised to a grant devoted to Detroit music and performance arts. The topic has caused a bit of debate on some of the local blogs, but still, local musicians are encouraged to apply for the grant money, which is designated to help pay for pesky expenses like touring, recording, and new equipment. Despite how you may feel about the charity, one thing is for sure: all the bands playing Summer Smash 2008 are great, and seeing them play alone will be well worth your money.
Speaking of which: The whole festival costs $16 for a weekend pass, $8 for the single Friday and Saturday shows, and a measly $5 for Thursday night’s show. It’s going down August 21-23 at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, located at 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit, MI.
Peep the schedule, and get ready for another weekend of rock and roll fun in the D. — Ryan Allen
Thursday August 21st
9pm- Bird Gang
10pm- 4 Hour Friends
11pm- Friendly Foes
Friday August 22nd
9pm- Sons of the Gun
12:30am- DJ Afterglow
Saturday August 23rd
2pm- Whistling School for Boys
3pm – OHTIS
4pm- Elle & The Fonts
5pm- Always 17
6pm- dinner break!!!
8pm- Electric Fire Babies
10pm- Dead Bodies
11pm- The High Strung
12:30am- dancing sounds by Dave Shettler and Scott Zacharis!
Tags: Always 17, Beggars, CAID, Detroit, Electric Fire Babies, Elle and the Fonts, Four Hour Friends, Friendly Foes, Oblisk, Prussia, Silverghost, Sons of the Gun, Summer Smash
Posted by: Ryan Allen on August 14, 2008 at 1:00 pm
Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm
Jeff Howitt — founder of Loco Gnosis Records, and lead singer of Detroit rock weirdos Duende! — is crazy. Or maybe crazy isn’t the right word. Perhaps “passionate” is a better fit. Either way, the sporadic, stream-of-consciousness style answers he gave to our questions about him, his label, and his involvement Read more