Tomorrow 27 of Detroit’s biggest bands are going to be playing under the same roof to celebrate Black Christmas. Black Iris Booking has teamed up with The Magic Stick, Majestic Theatre, Magic Stick Lounge and the Garden Bowl for this event. The bands will start at 6 p.m. and run through 2 a.m. Tickets are $25 at the door. But, we want to give you one last chance to win a pair of tickets for this event. Check out this weeks featured bands and then you will have 24 hours to tag us on Twitter or Instagram using any of the hastags below and by sending it to @hipindetroit. We will announce the winner early in the afternoon on Friday! Good luck!
This week’s hashtags will be #BlackIrisBooking #HipInDetroit #BlackChristmas #MagicStick #SuicideMachines #MustardPlug #KoffinKats #TheSwellers
The Suicide Machines:
The Suicide Machine are simply Detroit history. They are the first band that comes to mind for any kid that grew up in this area. Watching them reunite approximately once a year to scream out “I'll break the glass, I’ll break it down” makes my skin tingle. Watching Ryan V. drum and Jay jump around has been doing it for me since I was about 12 years old. This year is very special because we all lost a friend and the band is going out of the way to raise funds for our fallen hero Jason Lockwood. The Suicide Machines will be matching proceeds to his family up to $2,000 dollars for the night. So make sure to stop by their booth and make a donation so that they have to match it!
Mustard Plus is another band I have been following since my early teenage years. It doesn't surprise me that they are still playing shows with The Suicide Machines. They are a solid ska band that has been around since 1991. With 6 studio albums under their belt, they are a well established band that has played everything from Warped Tour to Japan.They play a holiday show every Christmas and believe me when those horns kick in you will be moving.
This band formed in 2003 when members Vic Victor, Tommy Koffin and Eric E. Ball teamed up to lay the groundwork for the band. They have put out multiple releases, the latest of which is called “Our Way & The Highway”. The current line-up of Vic Victor, EZ Ian and Eric E. Ball are returning from Europe for this show. The Koffin Kats are signed with sailor Sailor's Grave Records and have a pretty solid following.
The Swellers are one of my favorite bands that made their way out of Michigan and all over the world. They have toured everywhere that you can think of and have played with some of the biggest names in punk rock. Their newest EP, Running Out of Places To Go, is one of the best releases of 2012, in our opinion. They were one of the 4 first bands that we interview here at Hip In Detroit and we caught up with them for a second time when they ended their tour at The Magic Stick last month. Check out that interview here:
Here is the complete list of bands playing Black Christmas: The Suicide Machines, Mustard Plug, Koffin Kats, Continental, Kid Brother Collective, The Swellers, We Are The Union, Few & Far Between, Break Anchor, The A-Gang, Common Enemy, Golden Torso, P.T.'s Revenge, Snakewing, Louder Than Bombs, All Eyes West, Down Down Down, Still Alive, Slo Poke, The Black List, DGR/DWN, Arm Your Enemy, Nice Hooves, Seized Up, The Mizzerables, Wrist Rocket and Spick Of It All
Tickets are available at ticketweb.com or are $25 at the door!