Hell City Records will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the last record label that my friend Jason Lockwood owned before passing away a few years ago. At the time of his passing I thought his small DIY label would fade away, but a few good friends stepped up and made sure to keep his label and his dream alive.
Jason loved punk rock and loved to help bands get on their feet. If your band was in town and didn't have a place to stay, you would be sleeping on Jason's couch and he would pay for some food with the last $5 in his pocket. When I first met him he was putting out compilations of Detroit artists, called Unity Crew Detroit, and was about to open a record shop that was called Idle Kids. Music and the Detroit scene were his passion.
To this day Hell City continues to throw great punk rock shows and release as much local music as they can. This time around, Hell City is trying to raise money to help Axe Ripper put out a full length that will be called Hell is Real. They are hosting a show this Wednesday, June 25th that will feature Axe Ripper along with Unidentified Drunken Injury, Snakewing, and Karmic Lava at The New Dodge in Hamtramck. They are only charging $6 to get in the door and 18+ are welcome to attend. Doors for the show are at 9 p.m. and the New Dodge is located at 8850 Joseph Campau in Hamtramck. If you're into punk rock or metal or just want to help small DIY labels keep the scene alive, head out and throw into the pot.