Friday, August 31, 2007

This Weekend in Culture City

Well, it the weekend but it not any other weekend it the labor day weekend the last weekend to spend with your kids before they go back to school next and also it the last weekend of the summer months and it goning to be a day off for most of the working Force to salute the American labor Workers.

But, Not only that Five, Count them Five big mega gig Festival going all around in Downtown, Hamtramck, near 8 Mile, The yak[AKA Pontiac] and the island on the Detroit River, So For a look at the whole weekend we have to start at the Detroit River.

Downtown Detroit will fill with jazz [although i don't cover jazz on the blog sight] for the the 28th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival it going to be held at in the Downtown area between Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park over 8 stage, this year Feather acts at this year jazz Fest: Regina Carter, Jazz Master Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck.

also playing at Jazz Fest will be Hot Club of Detroit, Patti Austin, Mavis Staples, Bettye LaVette, for more in on Detroit International Jazz Festival including maps and hours just go to

just a five minutes ride up the I-75 in the small encaved town of hamtramck is the a festival the started a year later in 1980 to boost up the city spirits after the Crster corporation shut down the massive Dodge Main paint in the south side of town, is the 27th Annual Hamtramck Festival, it take place from Northern corner of the city main Strip Jos. Campua between Carpenter and Caniff.

the music line-up is not a good as in years past, but there is some worlthy gig from Rare Earth, Powertrane, Question Mark & the Mysterians, the Polish Muslims, and a polka version of Pink Floyd called Polka Floyd and don't forget there always the Polish day parade on Monday, if you want to know more just go to there wab sight at

Further up I-75 but a little bit longer and with a Left turn on eight mile with a turn on Woodward ave. is the last few days of the Michigan State Fair, the oldest state fair in the entire country it where the country met the city on Woodward and 8 mile.

Tickets are 10 bucks and also include is a free gig at the band shell not much worth mentioning expect the last night of the State fair were the one and only "Alice Cooper" the one who sang "School Out" he performing on Monday night at 7 PM.

and Further up Woodward miles aways in Pontiac is the festival that join in the labor day fray back in 1998, it called Chrysler Arts, Beats & Eats and it take place in Downtown Pontiac in the Woodward loop, it mix the Cityfest, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, and the Hamtramck blowout all in the same event on one weekend.

the is ten stage of music at Arts, Beats & Eats some of the highlights at this year event, Starship, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Gin Blossoms, Brian McKnight, Chevelle, among the local acts playing the same event The Displays, The Prime Ministers, The Orbitsuns, The Twistin' Tarantulas, The Sights, The Muggs, Matt Austin, XD WEI Band, The Silent Years, shoe., Dutch Pink, The Silent Years, ML Liebler & The Magic Poetry Band, Serenity Court (Pop/Rock), Ghost City (Pop/Rock), Johnny Headband, Thunderbirds Are Now!, 60 Second Crush, Broadzilla, Jarrod Champion Sleeps Till Dusk and much much more.

if you want more on Arts, Beats & Eats you can to there web sight at

oh wait if that not engouht we go back to down town, yes that downtown but on Belle Isie where for the First time since 2001 the Indy Cars are back racing on Belle Isle as the Indy Racing League are back racing on the island track there will be quaitflying on Friday and Saturday with the race on Sunday and on Saturday there the American Le Mans Series race and believe it or not there will be a post race concert after the day of racing on Saturday it will be Cheap Trick and on Sunday will be Soul Asylum on Sunday.

For info on the Detroit Indy Grand Prix including tickets and maps you can go to and on more things there will be no parking at belle isle you will have to take the Shuttle.

and the only non-fest gig to tell you about will be Saturday at the magic Stick where the Detroit Corbas will be playing, i know you have seen the Corba's so many times but you have to go see the opener act the wonderful band from Anaheim, California "The Willowz" who i saw back earil this year at the Bohemian National Home in Southwest Detroit and there are a wonderful band too see live the Doors Opening at 9 PM with the Show Begin at 10 PM.

and if you don't fell like going out and have little Change to spare you can donate to Jerry Kids, this Weekend will be the 41st years that Actor and Comianand Jerry Lewis will hold his 21 and half hour telethon to raised funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association inrescrah for 40 muscular diseases.

you can see the telethon beging at 9 PM on TV 20 Detroit [WMYD-TV] or on cable on WGN-TV or see it on line at

and two more things before the rest of this weekend events, if you are going back and Fort between the yak and Downtown to see some gig, the Lodge is back opening after six months of reconstion let be happy for that.

and also the New Collage Football Season begin and that mean Wayne State begin it season at Tom Adams Field vs Michigan Tech the game begin at high Noon.

the other gig this weekend are


Von Ida / Nice Device - Lager House
The Format - St. Andrew Hall
Ashes of Soma w/ Edge of Eden, Blackmail, Not Another Hero - Blind Pig
Cowboy Messiah, Sick as Monday (NY) and Citizen Smile - The Belmont
Whisky Diaries, American Mars, Tone and Niche - Smalls
Laser Spectacular w/music of Pink Floyd - DTE Energy Music Theatre


The Lessmores - Lager House
The Expendables : Authority Zero - Shelter
Buff 1 w/ Marv Won, Guilty Simpson, Invincible, DJ Graffiti - Blind Pig
Grande Nationals - The Belmont
the Amino Acids, If I Had a HiFi (WI), Funender, Replicator (CA) - Smalls


Haf/Life, 7th Day Creeps - The Belmont
Skeemin Nogoods, Aquarius Void - Small
The New Cars - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Macy Gray / The Brand New Heavies - Meddow Brook

Next week is a big week Aging
the Opening of the Crofoot in Poinaitc and the Offical End of Summer Fest the Dally in the Alley at in midtown

and if you want to know where the gig are please consult the gig guide map on the Outdoors gig gudie links but what ever you do don't Ask Miss Teen South Carlina for Direction.

if you don't know what she was saying here a second video:

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