Well, i have to tell one thing i am glad that the Detroit March Music Gig Show down is all over, if you have not following the whole story [and i don't have all day to type blow-by-blow] the Detroit Base indie culture site Detour Announced they will be staring there own festival the Rock City Festival on March 5th to the 8th, the same weekend as the hamtramck blowout put on the Detroit Atl. Weekly Newspaper "The Metrotimes"
And the Detroit portion of the blogitspere went total nuts as alot of people who go to show was put in a Corner choosing a Local music version of SXSW run by a news paper in a enclave city for almost ten years, or a Music festival at the main center of indie music run by the a web site that have been up for only 6 months.
and put bands in a Corner as well as words was spearing around that the band that play the detour fest may not played a months before or two week after the Detour Rock Fest fest.
It was hot talk around the Detroit music blog [Web Vomit,Motor City Rocks,Five Three Dialtone, Record Reviews, DanG My Space blog and this blog site] for five days running until on Tuesday when it was announced that the Detour Rock City Festival would move from Early March to the Next Summer of 2008 and after that there was a sigh of relief all over Detroit Rock City as the Blowout will take place as Schedule and Detroit will have a weekend of there own in the summer.
Detour in there Statement to the Detroit blog and the press, Detour said this statement: "We’re not in the business of warring festivals. We attempted to broker a deal where both events could coexist, but this didn’t work out. Detour will not be a part of any event that divides artists and their fans. We want people to play and attend our events and read our site out of passion, or simply for fun, and not because they feel like they have to take a side."
the same could be said for the Metrotimes in a quite from today Detroit Free Press Lisa Rudy, publisher of the Metro Times, was glad that the two festival will not go head to head saying to the paper "Isn't it great now that people can do both of these events at different times of year?" she said. "Why make people choose and why make musicians choose? And that's really the point."
Well, i myself a music fan that have almost over 200 shows in the last 11 years that include almost every fest that go around yearly was glad not to pick and choose between the two festival that are going on a the same, it was not healthily to the avg music fans to go back and forth between the two festival to catch the local band that we like and in the long run the fan go to both shows.
but there will be linger question that will go unanswer and will be probable fogoting when we get to the blowout and when we get to the Detour Rock City Fest.
Did the metrotimes fell a sleep at the switch when they found out that Rock city was book for the same Weekend as the blowout.
and was the booking of Rock City on blowout weekend was a shot back at the metrotimes after they fired or let go many metrotimes staffers including publisher Anthony Morrow who work 8 out of the 10 blowout.
those question will be let unawser as fans will enjoy both festival next year and you know all the bloggers will be covering both the Metrotimes Hamtramck Blowout and Detroit Rock City Fest including this one so stay tunes to this blog as detail trickle in.
and a couple of footnotes to note that sprung up during the comments on all those blogs of the two festival.
One, awsering the question did this happend once before?
Yes it did back in the early years of the blowout right around 2000 of 2001 there was a music festival that happened at the same weekend as the Blowout, But this was a protest festival because back then the Blowout support the Detroit Music Awards, many of the top bands boycott the Blowout and play a music festival that was spread out all over Detroit, that lasted for fot one year.
Years later the Metroitimes and the Blowout back away from the music festival and is no longer sponsoring the Detroit music awards, the Metrotimes pull it sponsorship back in 2004.
And second The Detour Rock City Fest is not to be confuse with a difference Rock City Festival which was held in the back on the Majestic theater in there Parking Lot and in June 2004 at the heights of the Garaged rock era in Detroit now that festival have almost every body in the Detroit Rock Scene, playing at the festival The Rants, The Thread Counts, The Grande Nationals, The Nice Device, Human Eye, Easy Action, esQuire, The Go,The Sirens, The Greenhornes, The Sights, The Dirtbombs, it was a sussced big time but they did not do a second Rock City Festival because of Nosie Complants around the Complex.