Friday, July 25, 2014

The Best Party in Town is Tonight at Small's!

Tonight, head out to Small's to celebrate the birth of everyone's favorite bar owner, Mike Mouyianis. They are throwing a big bash featuring a great lineup of bands. Local favorites Golden Torso and RawDogs will be hitting the stage, but more importantly tonight is the return of Skeemin' No Goods! It has been years since the guys in Skeemin' No Goods have hit the stage here and fans are pretty stoked! To top it off, there will even be a special set from Feisty Cadavers. So whether your an old school Detroit rocker or you're part of the new generation, there is something for everyone at this show. By far the best excuse to party in Detroit tonight!

Doors to Small's open at 8 p.m. and RawDogs hit the stage first at 9:45 p.m. Make sure you head out early to check those guys out, they have been working on new tunes, they have a new guitarist playing with them, and they always bring the party. Cover is $10 at the door.

Make sure you wish Mike a Happy Birthday as well as his pals Dan Kelly and Chuck Burns! Happy Birthday guys! We hope it's a blast!!!


Win Tickets to See Disclosure with ShoolBoy Q and More!

It's finally Friday which means that we want to give our readers some FREE stuff. This week we have a set of tickets to giveaway to see Disclosure at Freedom Hill alongside ScHoolboyQ, Kevin Saunderson, Ryan Hemsworth, Tom Trago, and hometown hero Erno the Inferno.

This event is being called Wild Life and it is traveling across the U.S. with dates in Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Chicago. They will be making their stop in Michigan on August 2nd.

Disclosure has been recently recognized for their latest album Settle which features the single "Latch". Check out the music video for that song below.

Tickets for this event are $34 in advance and will be $40 the night of the show. You can purchase tickets in advance here. We also have one set of tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader courtesy of AEG Live. To win those tickets, you must add us on twitter (@hipindetroit) and tweet us with the hash tag #IWANTOGOWILDATTHEWILDLIFETOUR. We will tweet one lucky winner a few days before the show and make sure that they are on the guest list +1. We have a feeling that tickets are going to sell out, so you may want to purchase you ticket in advance and guarantee that you can get through the door and into the party.

Freedom Hill is the prefect place to enjoy the music and dance the night away. Think of it as a smaller, nicer, version of DTE. Freedom Hill is located at 14900 Metro Parkway in Sterling Heights. Doors open at 4 p.m.  and the music goes 'til 11 p.m. 


Thursday, July 24, 2014

BFF Fest - July 26: Seraphine Collective Shifts the Scene’s Status Quo

Inclusivity; the idea of it, the beauty of it, the need for it, and, more so, the absence of more initiative to foster it… That inspired BFF Fest

“Women are grossly underrepresented in this scene,” said Erin Norris (guitarist/singer of Casual Sweetheart). “I get bummed out when I hear people say: ‘Well, I don’t know any good female musicians or bands…”

Best Fest Forever has been organized by the Seraphine Collective, an online-born co-op working towards establishing a safe, active and supportive community for female musicians in Southwest Detroit. That, (inclusivity) along with underlining that this “isn’t just some Women Who Rock fest,” says co-organizer and singer/songwriter/guitarist/pianist Jen David (of Illy Mack and Mama Roux).

Much more than that, as elaborated by co-organizers Dina Bankole (singer/guitarist, Secret Twins and Swimsuit) as well as Norris, BFF Fest is about shifting this scene’s stagnant status quo and toppling the typical politics/inner-workings and perceptions idly clung-to around here when it comes to live music event; particularly, the lack of diversity amid the artists performing said-events.

BFF Fest subverts “the stereotype,” said David, “that women with guitars are a rare breed.”

Bankole said the original impetus for BFF Fest was also acknowledging “the lack of fun, summertime music festivals with diverse line ups. It’s the same-ol’-same-ol’ around here.”

Shelley Salant, an proven avid supporter/promoter and contributor to local music for years, based out of the Ann Arbor/Ypsi scene (Rebel Kind, Shells) initially joined with Bankole a year ago for the planning of this event. Bankole admits that, at first, she resisted that apparent need to emphasize the ‘female, POC, LBGTQ’-centric nature of the festival’s line-up of performers. “Not necessarily because of backlash or stigma,” said Bankole, “but…just to see if anyone noticed.”

“Music is sexless,” says Norris. “(Musical) notes are sexless. Instruments are sexless. Events should probably be sexless, too.”

For about 12 hours on July 26, BFF Fest will take over Trinosophes (concert venue/coffee café / generally cool Eastern Market hang-out). This diverse line up of which we speak features:

Rebel Kind, Kelly Jean Caldwell, Isles of ESP, Loretta Lucas, 
Blizzard Babies, Mexican Knives, Little Animal, Marx Marston, 
Mama Roux, Bárbara Eugênia, Sros Lords, Junk Food Junkies, 
Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, Diskette, Double Winter, Drinkard Sisters, 
Sex Police, Van Houten and Deadbeat Beat. 

Norris is excited and inspired, having never seen a line-up with this many female musicians before.

The line-up also features Norris playing guitar in Casual Sweetheart, which includes Bankole on drums and bassist/singer Lauren Rossi Harroun. Harroun founded and facilitated the blog (Seraphine Collective) that would go on to play a key role in inspiring this Fest and its overall mission statement.

That mission includes highlighting, celebrating and promoting the talents of Michigan’s diverse community of musicians and artists, while prioritizing the participation of women, POC and LGBTQ performers to elucidate the need for, along with balance and diversity, an overall stronger and more supportive music scene in Detroit, in Michigan. The hope is to expand that supportive atmosphere out as far as it goes; in the Midwest and in North America., and, eventually, the world, the universe, the galaxy and all else beyond.

“(It) started out as (Harroun)’s blog that featured individual profiles of female musicians currently making music in Detroit,” said Norris. “It was also (Harroun)’s idea to start a collective with hopes of creating a safe, active and supportive community for female musicians.”

Formal planning meetings were held and continue throughout this year, to strategize towards attaining a space, be it through grants, fundraising or otherwise. The hope is to repurpose a vacant building into a type of community center, a gathering place, a resource library; able to facilitate festivals, educational programming, a space for rehearsals, a recording studio and office-space for an aspiring label.

“I came in to the Collective,” said Bankole, “to helm the record label and festival parts of the project. I’ve wanted to start a record label for a long time. There are so many great bands in Michigan that should have records out and get substantial support from a label, especially female fronted, or female-membered bands that just aren’t getting the attention they deserve.”

Bankole admitted that it is frustrating that “…BFF had to happen intentionally.” The conversations BFF Fest (and Seraphine Collective) hope to start include considering the need for shaking up the “same-ol’-same-ol,’” as Bankole put it, with most shows and festivals’ lineups (between Ann Arbor and Detroit), disappointingly dotted by the same bands getting the same headlining spots, or, other times, slotted as “supporting” acts for “big” shows.

Throughout the curation of BFF, Bankole “met so many cool new bands” that she doesn’t mind putting together an “intentionally” diverse festival, for now; at least until the day when “…Michigan’s music scene catches up to reality and modernity.”

The keyword may not just be inclusivity, no; it might actually be more about “balance.”

“We focused on showcasing celebrated and up-and-coming female musicians,” Bankole said, “regardless of their band’s makeup. The goal was a good mix in ratio opposite of the average show (which are largely male-dominated). So, (BFF Fest) is kind of like: ‘Hey…here’s a diverse, inclusive line-up you don’t see often, but should.”

The idea is to channel any frustration with a scene’s stagnation into something positive; David declares that she was tired of being the only female musician playing a gig. “I’m tired of line-ups that reduce women to only being fans, not performers. I’m tired of gender roles in general.”

David said she wants BFF to be an enlightening experience for the music community, particularly for any booking agents or fellow musicians in attendance that happen to have it seep in that an awesome band of women is awesome not just “because they’re all chicks” with guitars, but, truly, because they are purely, undeniably, elementally, altogether “…awesome.”

And Seraphine is driven by a similar sharing of encouragement, one member inspiring the other and the next member inspiring yet another – one band being awesome and spurring the next band to reach higher toward their very own next-levels.

“I find it kind of amazing that we could make a festival like BFF Fest happen,” admits Bankole. “We couldn’t do something like this in any other major city without some serious cash. Trinosophes is letting us use their space for free and our friends have pitched in to help.”

Portions of the cover charge go to benefit the Ruth Ellis Center, a nonprofit organization working to provide safe haven to homeless and at-risk youth. Bankole noted that Ruth Ellis Center was an ideal partner because of their particular outreach extending to LBGTQ youth, (up to 40% of homeless youths are LGBTQ), but also because the organization is also fundraising, this summer, with the Ally Coalition to build a new Community Health Center to provide services to 25% more youths currently under their care.

Says Bankole: “I would strongly encourage other bands/festivals to donate to the Ruth Ellis Center as well. The total development costs for the new health center are expected to reach $250,000. Start planning a fest right now!”

BFF Fest’s bands run the gamut – categorically defiant by genre and blending everything from neo-soul and trip-hop revivalism to paisley psychedelia and hardcore punk; scuzzy garage and spaced-out experimentalism to throwback AM radio vocal-pop.

And BFF Fest intends to come back next year, bigger and better—according to the organizers. But, beyond the music, this year, there will also be a clothing swap. Attendees are encouraged to bring clean, wearable clothing items, with seasonal items to be donated to the Ruth Ellis Center.

When you arrive, seek out the merch table where you’ll not only find recordings and swag for individual BFF-featured bands, but also the new BFF ZINE and MIXTAPE.

Visual artists Molly Soda and Dan DeMaggio will augment the ambience during the latter half of the festival with live art projections, tripping-out the Trinosophes milieu.

Saturday, July 26 – 3pm – 2am @ Trinosophes (1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI) $8 all day, all ages (3:00P - 2:00A)

\/\/\/ VALLEY STAGE \/\/\/
3:00P- Drinkard Sisters
3:50P- Sex Police
4:40P- Van Houten
9:10P- Sros Lords
10:20P- Blizzard Babies
11:30P- Isles of ESP
12:40A- Rebel Kind

/\/\/\ MOUNTAIN STAGE /\/\/\
3:25P- Double Winter
4:15P- Diskette
5:05P- Deadbeat Beat
6:15P- Little Animal
7:25P- Marx Marston
8:35P- Mama Roux
10:55P- Mexican Knives
12:05A- Loretta Lucas
1:10A- Kelly Jean Caldwell

$1 of every ticket will be donated to Detroit's Ruth Ellis Center in partnership with The Ally Coalition.

~Jeff Milo

Getting SILI with Tart to Celebrate the Release of The Hard Lessons Newest Album (WIN TICKETS)

This Saturday The Hard Lessons are returning to Ferndale to play The Magic Bag. They are celebrating the release of their latest album Start What You Finished which can be streamed in full here. They have invited a few great bands to open the show, this includes Silent Lions, Tart and Bermuda Mohawk. This is a solid lineup and a great way to celebrate the release of some new music.
Photo Credit Renee Granados
The Hard Lessons are not only releasing a new LP, they are also releasing an album of live music that will be called Down Off The Ceiling Vol. 2: Live at Small's. They have given us a track called "That Other Girl" to preview today. You can download it for FREE here.They are hoping that this will be the first of many live albums that they intend to release.

Tart also got into the spirit of releasing new music and sent us a song called "Lobbyist" which is the first song off of Knots their debut EP. You can hear that song here.

The Hard lessons even gave us a set of tickets to giveaway to one lucky fan! If you are interested in winning a set of tickets to the show simply send your full name to We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and email them with details on how to claim their prize.

Silent Lions teamed up with Tart to answer some of the silliest questions that we have ever asked any band. Check out the silly answers that we received and get taste of the electric personalities that will be taking the stage this Saturday.

Zee and Adam
Photo Credit Sara J. Winston
HID- What's your worst/best memory of high school and why?
Zee & Adam- "My worst memory of high school was when my school won a competition to have Ne-Yo play a private concert for us, and then they cancelled it because they thought his lyrics were inappropriate. In response, the student body took to the cafeteria with “Free Ne-Yo” signs and chants. Alas, democracy didn't win that day."
Dean Tartaglia- "Best memory is battle of the bands my junior year. Came in second place w/ my band Mind Riot (yep, that's a Soundgarden reference), but everyone in the crowd knew we should've won (the band that did win was mostly made up of jocks and they had more friends than us... guess that's just how the world works?). Played four Nirvana covers, smashed our guitars, and it was the first time I ever crowd surfed while playing a show. It all took place in the gym so it felt just like the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. Later that night I was kicked out for starting too many mosh pits, and one of the teachers threatened to call the cops. Apparently I was "inciting riots".

Worst memory is also music related unfortunately. I was asked to put together a band for the homecoming pep rally, so me and my four favorite musicians at school spent weeks working on a rendition of C&C Music Factory’s "Everybody Dance Now". The entire performance was a disaster. Our singer was off key and well ahead of the beat, our guitarist's strap fell off, and in my attempt to keep the crowd interested I tried a Pete Wentz 360 jump and my wireless guitar input flew out and got stuck under the bleachers... It was such a nightmare they had to cut us off in the middle of the song... I don't even remember going to homecoming that night, I think I just stayed in my room and cried."

HID- If you knew today was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it and why?
Zee & Adam- "Blaring all the shitty music I had to listen to in secret all these years from my car windows while I drive down Woodward naked and chain smoking."
Matt Klein- "I'd certainly want to cram all the emotions and experiences I could, assuming it's merely MY last day and not a day full of apocalyptic mayhem. I'd eat an amazing breakfast listening to whatever all-time favorite record fits that moment. Turn my phone off and watch a great film. Write and record a song to feel that purge of inspiration and moment of release. Speaking of release: sex. Finally, have the opportunity to play the drums to the point of blissful exhaustion in front of a crowd unknowingly witnessing my final performance. And then have an incredible after party with good friends until I faded to nothingness like from a Polaroid if my parents had never fallen in love."

HID- If you had the chance to go back in time for 24 hours, where and when would you go?
Zee & Adam- "2001, before Apple released the iPod, to cash in all my savings and buy some serious stock."
Matt Klein- "Segue accomplished. I would Doc Brown it back to 1984 and be a fly on a wall in Prince's studio during the non-stop session writing and recording 'When Doves Cry'. I want to be there for the moment he decided to take the bassline out. Then we would dance."

HID- If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
Zee & Adam- "A coney from Lafayette Coney Island, Rock n' Rye, cornbread and wing dings. Extra hot. Blue cheese on the side. Hold the celery. But gimme dem carrots."
Matt Klein- "Natural Jiff Peanut Butter. Just bring me the jar and a spoon."

HID- How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop?
Zee & Adam- "1, 2, crunch... right? I feel like we learned this in school."
Dean Tartaglia- "372? 376? I did it/counted once, tho I think Tootsie Roll pops are gross..."

HID- Rank the colors of the rainbow from best to worst and state why?
Zee & Adam- "Roy G. Biv organized them so nicely, it's hard to argue with that kind of logic. Except everyone knows that most yellows suck."
Dean Tartaglia- "From best to worst:
1. Indigo. It's SiLi's spirit color, and has always been strangely spiritual/soothing for me.
2. Red. Was my favorite color as a child, brings back all my favorite memories from growing up. Also, a predominantly large number of t-shirts I own are some variation of red.
3. Blue. Ocean. Sky. Color of my eyes. Connectivity. Life force. Dig?
4. Green. Forest. Grass. Leaves... I really love climbing trees. Green has made an unprecedented revival in my life, I'm just feeling it right now.
5. Orange. I like sunsets, cantaloupe, and Frank Ocean's album... Can't think of anything else though... Orange often makes me angry...
6. Yellow. Idk man... just no love for yellow right now...
7. Violet. Don't even get me started... the evil twin of Indigo, black sheep of the rainbow family..."

Dean and Matt

HID- If you could get rid of all the songs from a particular singer, whose would you delete and why?
Zee & Adam- "This is tricky.. Probably Hanson. Too much mmm, not enough bop."
Matt Klein- "I generally disregard and ignore music I dislike, rather than hate on it. But, I'll choose: Taylor Swift... she seems like an entity of evil hidden inside a bland human shell. If horror movies have taught me anything, her guitar is where she stores the souls of her ex-lovers and rivals."

The show takes place at The Magic Bag this Saturday July 26th, doors are at 8 pm. You can secure your ticket to the show by purchasing them in advance here.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Passalacqua Takes Detroit to Church

Photo Credit:  J. Townsley

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a beautiful house in Hamtramck to preview a few tracks from Passalacqua’s upcoming album Church. This album is the combined work of Detroit hip-hop duo Passalacqua and the real life family duo SYBLYNG a.k.a. Seth and Jax Anderson (of Flint Eastwood). They have been collaborating on this album for over two years and wanted to have an official get together to discuss the music and answer any questions that attendees might have.

The listening party and subsequent album release party, which will take place this Saturday, July 26th, were the brainchild of Assemble Detroit, “a movement that organizes young people in Detroit to continually re-imagine the way the city could be rebuilt.” The party will be the first event held at Eight & Sand, home of The Detroit Bus Company. Opening for Passalacqua will be Tunde Olaniran and Open Mike Eagle. Dante Lasalle, Charles Trees, and Nothing Elegant will also perform.
The album is one of the best pieces of music that I have heard to date. The beats are enticing and the lyrics are thought provoking. It was an honor to hear Brent, Brian, Seth, and Jax talk about the process of writing and recording this album. It was also mind blowing to watch the preview of the first video that will be released for the song "Baptism". It was filmed by The Right Brothers and you can see the trailer for the video below.

Tickets for this event are available for $10 presale here. The warehouse is located at 3901 Christopher in Hamtramck. The party is officially called Revival. We promise, you're going to love this album, this lineup, and this event. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE DETROIT!


Catch Olivia Millerschin at Campus Martius and On NBC All in One Day!

Photo Credit: JR Magat Photography
Earlier this year we told you about Olivia Millerschin, a female singer/songwriter from the Rochester Hills area. Well, things were already going great for this young lady, but over the last few months they have gotten even better! Back in April she was in the running for 2 Detroit Music Awards and performed at the big event at The Fillmore. She has appeared on local TV networks a few times and was a guest on Mitch Albom's show. She played the Ann Arbor Art Fair. She even put out a new EP called Over the Weather, which you can check out here. She has been one busy lady, to say the least!

Well, Olivia doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. Earlier this year, she formed a new group called Livy, Matt, & Sammy and they auditioned for NBC's hit show America's Got Talent. They performed in front of Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howard Stern and they made it all the way to Judgement Week on the show, which is a pretty huge deal! You can tune in on Wednesday, July 23rd at 8 p.m. to see if they make it to the next round. In support of Olivia's trip to AGT, WDIV Local 4 also did a feature on her that aired on Tuesday. You can check that out below.

We love that voice and her ukulele too! We wish Olivia the best of luck and can't wait to see what she does next. 

If you would like to see Olivia Millerschin perform live, head down to Campus Martius at lunch time today. She will be playing in the park from Noon 'til 2 p.m. with Bryan Reilly. To hear more from Olivia and to see what she does next, make sure to like her on Facebook here.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Little Animal and Boudoir Noir at The Lager House

Sometimes bands have to switch up the formula and take things in a new direction. Bands break up, make up, switch members, switch genres, and form new projects that better fit who they are. We have been following Maria Rose and the Swiss Kicks for a few years and we recently found out that they are taking the band in new direction. It was time to be out with the old and in with the new.

Maria Rose will now be known as Boudoir Noir. I won't go into details about the change up, I'll let Maria explain that in a second, but I will tell you that you can check them out this Thursday, July 24th at PJ's Lager House with Little Animal, Psalm, and Estuaries. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is only $6 at the door. The band made a teaser to get you excited for the event, you can watch that below.

You can also check out the band's first music video, which they have already recorded and released below.

This show promises to offer up a whole lot more than we've ever seen before. Check out what Maria had to say about the show and the change up below.

HID- What made you decide to change the name and the direction of the band?
Maria- "We started to feel like we had grown out of Maria Rose and The Swiss Kicks. That band was how we got our feet wet and developed our sound, but it was time for something new.

It all started with the band name, Boudoir Noir. It kept haunting me until I couldn't ignore it anymore. The more I thought about the name Boudoir Noir, the more I started seeing images of this elegant, electronic, urban cabaret with live pole, hoola hoop and burlesque dancers. The music started to evolve naturally into this sensual, sexy sound with trip-hop type beats that would go with all of that."

HID- What does live dancing during the show mean? Can you give us any details?
Maria- "This show coming up at PJ's Lager House will have two very talented Detroit pole dancers- Charley Crystal who helped produce Michigan Pole Dance and Air Festival and Nekia Morris who owns Vixen Pole Fitness in Detroit. We will also have an amazing hoola-hoop dancer, Christy Soulshine. When the space permits it, I would love to eventually have an aerial silk dancer with us at shows in the future! I've also been looking into linking up with the local burlesque scene and playing at shows like that.

HID- In your promo video for the show you are dancing with a hulu hoop, how did you learn how to do that? will you be doing this live too?
Maria- "Hahah!!! I wish that was me! The hoola-hoop dancer in the video is my friend Amanda Luna. I've seen her freestyle in the audience at festivals and I've always been mesmerized by how well she moves. I just had to have her on stage with me! Amanda's friend Christy Soulshine will be subbing for her at PJ's but she will be joining us for shows after that."

Maria Rose performing in the Motor City Pole and Aerial festival
 Photo by: Spilt Sugar

HID- In your music video you are pole dancing, how long did it take you to learn this and how often do you do it to stay in shape? Do you own your own pole?
Maria- "I am obsessed with pole dancing. It's my other favorite thing to do besides music. I've been dancing for about 7 years now. I used to teach at a pole studio in Flint, but now I have my very own Xpole at my house that I practice on 2-3 days a week. It's an amazing exercise that builds up a lot of strength and flexibility and makes you feel amazing. Also, part of the reason for this name change is so that I could have a theatrical outlet for pole dancing. I wanted to write music that would go well with making pole dance videos and posting them on our YouTube channel."

HID- Why should someone come to see your band?
Maria- "Because our performances are a whole visual, aural, and emotional experience. We aim for our shows to be a way of stepping out of the mundane, everyday, and stepping into the "Boudoir" so to speak. A sensual, seductive place that you can unwind and relax in."

HID- Anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Maria- "We're going to be going on first that night so make sure you get there at or before 9 p.m.!!! Also, we will be releasing our new songs as singles with videos to accompany them. Our first single will be out next month! You can keep updated with us by checking out our website or our Facebook page"

PJ’s Lager House is located at 1254 Michigan Ave. in Detroit.


Win Tickets to See The Rx Bandits and The Dear Hunter WSG From Indian Lakes

The RX Bandits are coming to Detroit four days after the release of the band's newest album entitled Gemini, Her Majesty. RX hasn't released any original music since 2009’s Mandela and it is time for something new. It will be exciting to see the band playing their new music live at St. Andrew's Hall right after its release. RX’s lead singer Matt Embree has one of the best voices in music today. You can listen to Rx here. I suggest checking out And the Battle Begun and The Resignation, those are my two favorite albums from the band. They are playing alongside The Dear Hunter and From Indian Lakes.

The Dear Hunter recorded and released one of my favorite concept albums of all time. In 2011 they released a set of EPs that they called The Color Spectrum. The music on each of the EPs corresponded to the name, specifically Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet and White. In my opinion, you can literally hear the colors as you listen to the songs. Black, Indigo, and Yellow are my three favorite EPs off that concept album.

From Indian Lakes is an indie rock band from California. They have released two full lengths called The Man With Wooden Legs and Able Bodies.They will be releasing their latest album on Triple Crown Records at the end of 2014 and are touring for most of this year. You can hear their music here.

The show will take place on July 26th at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit. Tickets are $27 in advance and can be purchased here.

This is one of the most solid lineups I have seen come through our city in a long time and I wanted to make sure that we could get a couple of fans in the door to join us for some fun. Live Nation was nice enough to give us two sets of tickets to giveaway for the show. To enter to win, please email your full name to We will draw two lucky winners a few days before the event and they will be invited to bring a friend and come watch the show.

St. Andrew's is located at 431 E. Congress St. in Detroit. Doors for the show are at 6:30 p.m. and all ages are welcome to enter and attend the show.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Interview with Jose Garzón Before He Heads to Town This Tuesday!

Jose Garzón is one of those musicians who has done it all. He has toured with some of the biggest bands around, including MxPx, Sunset Lily, The Absentee Ballot, FLF and The Bunny The Bear. He has played the bass, the guitar, and been the vocalist, depending in which project you're discussing. These days he's touring as a solo artist, playing and singing original music that he has written over the years. You can check out his solo stuff here. His latest album is called The Heartbreak Symphony In Drop D. He’s calling this tour "The Back to the East Coast" tour and is playing Tuesday, July 22nd at Hatchy’s in Utica.

We had a chance to ask him a few questions about himself and his music. His personality is just as awesome as his music. Check out what he had to say below.
HID- You have sang in quite a few bands and played bass/guitar in others. Do you have a preference and why?
Jose- "I started off as a guitar player, but began singing because I started writing lyrics and stories that turned into songs. Bass is definitely the most fun to play on stage, but I just love music!"

HID- You are a trained chef. What's your favorite meal to cook when you are not on tour?
Jose- "I was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. So, I LOVE Ecuadorian food. My favorite meal to cook when I'm home is Bistec a caballo. It is a skirt steak that is cooked slow with peppers, onions, and tomatoes. It is served on a bed of rice and topped with a fried egg. It's amazing!!"

HID- Why did you name this tour #backtotheeastcoast and use a Back to the Future icon?
Jose- "I was just on the east coast as direct support for The Bunny The Bear (Victory Records) this past winter. Fans continued to post on my social media sites "come back to the east coast". So, when it came time to name the tour, all I can think about was that and my favorite 80's flick is "BACK TO THE FUTURE" haha that's it .."

HID- What do you think of when you think of Detroit? (We love to see how others view our city!)
Jose- "8 mile. Hardcore pawn. Josh Kassabian."
Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Hatchy’s is located at 7759 Auburn Road in Utica and doors for the show are at 7 p.m. For more on Jose, check out this awesome podcast I found where he talks about his life with Mike Herrera of MxPx:


Pig and Whiskey 2014

Last week thousands of people from all different walks of life descended onto Ferndale, Michigan for the 2014 Pig and Whiskey festival. This was a three day affair that featured live music, cold beer, strong whiskey, and all the BBQ a person could ask for.

The sun was shining throughout the weekend, which drew a bigger crowd than previous years. Apparently, after the longest winter in recent history it was time for everyone to get outside and have a good time.  Earlier in the day there were a lot of families and late at night the kids filled the streets.

This year's musical lineup was one of the most solid local festival lineups of all time, there wasn't a bad act from start to finish.  The weekend was filled with memorable performances, including The Beggars, Blaire Alise and the Bombshells, The HandGrenades, Pony Show, Seven Birds one Stone, The ILL Itches, Sean Forbes, and many more.
I discovered a few new bands that I am looking forward to seeing again in the future. This included The Electric Lion Sound Wave Experiment, they played a killer set on Saturday. I was dancing the entire time they preformed.

This year I didn't attend the festival as a patron, instead I worked the drink ticket booth right next to the beer tent. This helped me see the event from a whole new perspective. It truly is a weekend for locals to kick back, let there hair down, and have some fun.  It is amazing that music, food, and alcohol can bring so many different people to one place.  There is not an average age, and no typical patron at this festival. In fact, there were a lot of people who told me that it was their first time in Ferndale while they were buying their tickets. They came out and tried something new. A lot of people had so much fun on Friday that we saw them again on Saturday. It was a great opportunity for local bands to win over some new fans.

The Detroit Derby Girls worked extra hard to serve up as many beers as possible.  They brought a ton of positive energy to the event by yelling, screaming, ringing bells, and making sure that everyone had a great time. I hope that everyone remembered to tip these ladies so they can keep serving up more fun for years to come.

I think we all owe a hung thank you to the organizers and sponsors of this festival. It was amazing to see how smoothly things ran throughout the weekend.  There are so many moving pieces that have to come together to make this event happen. We are lucky to live in a place where there is enough good music, good food, good alcohol, and good people to make something of this magnitude possible.  I hope that this festival continues to grow and prosper over the years because it truly is one of the best events of the summer.  In the words of Nine Inch Nails "The pigs have won tonight. Now, they can all sleep soundly, and everything is all right."