Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Very '90s Halloween at The Loving Touch

I have always been a music fan, but until last year I had never dared to think that I could perform. I have always been a huge Courtney Love fan and dreamed of pretending I was her on stage one day.  When Creepy Cheapy came along a few years ago I started to become obsessed with the idea of performing as Hole during the party and last year Destroy This Place gave me the opportunity to do so. It was by far one of the best days of my life. I have literally been pretending I was Courtney in my mirror since I was in 6th grade, it was surreal to do it in real life. During the set I ripped my dress off, smeared my makeup everywhere and even crowd surfed. The feeling of being on stage is something that I cannot describe. It's harder than I could have ever imagined and more fun than I ever thought it could be. Cover bands are the best way to get a group of people together to mutually reminisce about music that we all love. So, naturally I had to find a way to do it one more time.

I am so excited to announce that this year the '90s will be taking over The Loving Touch for Halloween.  I have gotten together some of the best musicians in town to cover some of the coolest bands from that era. The lineup includes Holes as Hole, Woodpeckers from Mars as Faith No More, Bahamut as White Zombie, and Broadzilla with Erin  Elvis as L7.

Holes is made up of Rachel May from Broadzilla, Bryce Carrol-Coe (guitar god who was formally of Flashclash), Val from My Pal Val, and Sadie from hipindetroit.com. We will be playing with the same lineup as the original Hole, three ladies and one sexy male. Woodpeckers from Mars a.k.a. Faith No More is made up of Jeff Tuttle, Mark Paul, Dan Gillies, Chris McEvoy, Jeff Porter. This tribute band features current members of Old Gods, The Meatmen, and Golden Torso (also former Dillinger Escape Plan, Kylesa, Chapstik). White Zombie will consist of Terry Peake, Matt Moy, and Matt Clark from Bahamut with Megan Frye from CiccarelliL7 consists of the ladies of Broadzilla with Detroit bad ass Erin Elvis.

The lineup is solid, the theme is '90s, which means if you do not want to wear a costume just come in your best '90s get up. Think baby doll dresses, plaid, and Doc Martens. We are only charging $5 to get in the door and we  promise that you will have a good time. So, if you would like to see me embarrass myself and channel Courtney Love, here is your chance. I know that I can only do it one more time and I promise that this time will be bigger and better. I am really looking forward to seeing all of these bands and I hope that you will consider taking a step back into the '90s and spending your Halloween with us.

The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward in Ferndale. To keep up with this event you can add it on Facebook here.


Win Tickets to See Banks at St. Andrew's Hall

26 year old artist to watch Jillian Rose Banks a.k.a. Banks is on tour in support of her latest album Goddess which was released in September of 2014. This little lady can sing her heart out, she states that her biggest inspirations are Lauryn Hill and Fiona Apple. You can hear some of her music here.

She will be huge within the next year and we have a chance for you to see her before she becomes the next big thing. She is currently on tour with Movement and Lil Silvia. She will playing at at St. Andrew's Hall this Saturday, October 4th. Tickets for the show are only $29 in advance and can be purchased here. You can also win a pair courtesy of Live Nation. To enter to win tickets, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Banks in the subject. We will draw a winner a few days before the show and give them details on how to claim their prize. This is your chance to catch something hip for free before everyone else knows about it!


Monday, September 29, 2014

An Interview with the Infatuations and a Chance to Win Tickets to Their Next Show

Detroit has a eclectic music scene. We accept all different types of music and musical acts. We do not have one style of music that we can call our own, all styles of music are Detroit if they are good enough to get a crowd's attention. But, it isn't easy to get a crowd's attention here in Detroit. Being a great musician is not enough, you have to have a lot more than musical talent.

The Infatuations are a band that have the talent and that something else. They are well known for putting on one of the best live shows around. People come out to hear them and watch them. They dance, they move, and they make sure that every single person in the audience has a great time.  Seeing them perform live is more like attending a huge party than just going to another show. They had a huge album release this summer with Ty Stone and have even appeared on the local news.  They won 5 DMAs last year and were nominated for 14. They are finally getting the attention that they deserve. They are a great band, but you dont have to take our word for it, you need to see them for yourself!

The Infatuations are playing The Fillmore, yes The Fillmore, this Saturday, October 4th with Here Come The Mummies, two bands that are known for putting on a great live show. Tickets for this event range from $30-$50 in advance and can be purchased here. We also have two sets of tickets to give away thanks to the band. We had a chance to talk to guitarist Christian Draheim about the show. Check out what he had to say and get details on how to enter to win a pair of tickets to see their soon to be legendary live show for FREE.

HID- Describe the Infatuations in one word.
Christian Draheim- "Party! or Detroit."

HID- Every time I see a picture of the band you are all wearing mostly black, is this on purpose?
Christian Draheim- "Yes, we mostly wear black and white. Sometime black and red. We like to keep a uniform look without all wearing the same thing."

HID- Who designs all of your flyers and posters? They are always beautiful and eye catching!
Christian Draheim- "Wow, thank you so much. Mark Dancey/Illuminado is the artist who did the album art for Detroit Block Party and he also created our Concert/Tour posters/flyers. The gritty psychedelic show posters were done by Jason Seaman/Esoterica Designs."

HID- Last year you won 5 DMAs, tell us a little about that experience.
Christian Draheim- "It’s still overwhelming for us. To have the love and respect form our peers and industry folks in our community means a great deal to us. We definitely had a few pinch me moments too when we received congrats and/or positive comments to folks we look up to quite a bit…T-Money Green, Gabe Gonzalez, Tino Gross…these guys are legendary artists who have done some inspiring things.

Funny story…in all the fun and commotion at the DMAs that evening we misplaced/lost the award "Yesterday Morning" won for Outstanding Video / Independent Budget (Under $10,000)."

HID- Why did you name your latest album Detroit Block Party?
Christian Draheim- "We wanted a title that described The Infatuations in 3 words or less. We’ve been describe a lot as very Detroit sounding and as a Party band. A friend and trusted adviser coined the phrase."

HID- How do you prepare for a show, do you have any rituals?
Christian Draheim- "We say a prayer before our show."

HID- What is your favorite venue in Detroit?
Christian Draheim- "This is a really hard question to answer as we like different venues for different reasons, it would come down to 3 venues for us due to the varying degrees of history for The Infatuations and some of our members from when we were in different bands. I would have to say the Magic Bag Theater, Saint Andrew's Hall and The Fillmore.

The Magic Bag Theater, has been a big part of our history too. In 2011 we filled a few support slots and by 2012 we were headlining our own shows. We held a sold out an EP release party at the Magic Bag 2012 and a sold out video release party for “Yesterday Morning" in 2013.

Saint Andrew's Hall was the first stage I performed on in my first band, Trixi 8 Ball, we opened for Loudhouse who eventual evolved into the band Sponge. Saint Andrew's, was the first place The Infatuations performed our first electric/plugged in shows. It was the 1st venue both our bassist Wolf and our lead signer Caleb Gutierrez performed with us at, different shows for each and both shows in 2010 opening for Ty Stone & the Truth. Mark Dancey, the artist who did the album art for, Detroit Block Party, designed the logos for Saint Andrew's Hall and we had him include Saint Andrew's in our album artwork too. We held our album release party at Saint Andrew's Hall on May 10th of this year and it was a packed house, the event went better than we envisioned.

The Fillmore…it’s the Fillmore.

We have had nothing put positive experiences with both the Magic Bag and Saint Andrew's/Live Nation and always look forward to working with these guys."

HID- What makes The Detroit Music scene unique in your opinion?
Christian Draheim- "I've never been a part of another music scene. Seems like everyone we meet in other towns has a lot of respect for Detroit artists and wants to come here to check it out and/or be a part of it in some way."

HID- Why should our readers come out and see you live at The Fillmore on October 4th?
Christian Draheim- "It’s going to be FunkTastic night of fun times and danceable grooves that you can sing along with even if you don’t know the words. Our friend, Liz Girard from Shotgun Soul will be joining us on backing vocals for the evening. Now, if you haven’t, check these guys out (disclaimer: they get a bit raunchy at times), Here Come the Mummies puts on an incredible performance and their production in fantastic too. These guys are serious showman…we will be studying their show while groovin’ to it for sure. Who knew…You can learn a lot from a Mummy."

HID- Anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Christian Draheim- "Yes, we recently found out that Detroit Block Party has been approved by Pandora and we are just waiting for confirmation from them that it's live and streaming.

Please share The Infatuations with others…currently we are streaming on Spotify, DeliRadio, Rdio, Beats and iTunes Radio.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read this you are appreciated and loved.

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Doors for Saturday's show are at 8:30 p.m. To win a set of tickets you must email your full name and address to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw winners a few days before the show and we will mail those winners two physical tickets to the show. Good Luck, we know that you will have a great time at the show!


Win Tickets to The Pure Noise Records Tour at The Shelter

Lately we have been giving away tickets on a near daily basis and I couldn't be happier about it. We want to get our readers into as many shows as possible. I still think that watching live music is the best way to spend an evening, especially if the tickets to get into the show are free.

Today we have a chance for our readers to win tickets to see The Pure Noise Records tour featuring State Champs, Front Porch Step, Heart to Heart, Handguns, Forever Came Calling and Brigades. The show will take place Saturday, October 11th at The Shelter in Detroit. Tickets are $17 in advance and can be purchased here. The Shelter is located at 431 E. Congress in Detroit.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Keep It A Threat at Transitions This Weekend!

This Saturday, Dearborn Heights is the place to be! Keep It A Threat is taking over Transitions Skate Park for the 6th year in a row. The fest includes a day of skateboarding, riding, and awesome music. Every year organizers Dougie Tangent and Jae Voltage put together a bad ass lineup for these shows and this year is no different.

Saturday's lineup includes, AGGRO OR DIE!THE DEWTONSTHE AMINO ACIDSFLAMINGO NOSEBLEEDSHARKFISTDESIRING DEAD FLESHCBJDAGGER DOWNTHE GUTTER GHOULSPEARSS.U.B.TRACE THE VEINSST. THOMAS BOYS ACADEMYARM YOUR ENEMY, and BILL BONDSMEN. The fun starts at 1 p.m. and goes 'til 11. You can check out set times on the Facebook event page here. 13 bucks gets you in the door and all ages are welcome. Transitions is located at 5618 Van Born Ct. in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.


Check It Out! Dr. Steve Brule is Coming to Town with Tim & Eric! Great Job!

Tuesday night, get ready to laugh your asses off and get a little weird. Two of the craziest comedians of our time are coming to town with everyone's favorite doctor. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim will be hitting the stage at the Royal Oak Music Theatre along with Dr. Steve Brule (a.k.a. John C. Reilly).

Tim & Eric are best known for their show on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Prior to that, they also had a different type of animated series starring themselves, Tom Goes to the Mayor. And, most recently they have created Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories, which is a whole new level of weird and a lot less comedic. All of their shows have featured other well known comedians and actors, with the most frequent being Zach Galafinakis,

One popular skit on Tim & Eric Awesome Show was the Channel 5 Married News Team, and along side Jan & Wayne Skylar was Dr. Steve Brule. The doctor eventually got his own spin off, Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule which is quite possibly one of the best things to ever hit the t.v. screen. Dr. Brule's interview skills are impeccable, his production team is top notch, and he covers topics that patients and viewers really need to know about. He's not just some hunk doctor, he's the real deal.

Tim, Eric, and Dr. Steve Brule will all be at Royal Oak Music Theatre this Tuesday, September 30th. The first show at 7 p.m. is sold out. However, the team added a second show at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for that one, but they are going fast! You can pick yours up here. If you've never seen Tim & Eric live before, get ready for a show unlike anything you have ever seen before. Don't be surprised if some other favorites from the crew are on stage too! A night well worth your hard earned money!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Win Tickets to A Great Big Pile of Leaves Courtesy of Fusion Shows

Fall in Michigan usually means cider & donuts and jumping into piles of leaves, but that can get dirty. Instead of jumping into leaves, we have an opportunity for you to see A Great Big Pile of Leaves instead. They are tour in support of their latest album You're Always On My Mind out now on Topshelf Records. They are playing The Crofoot in Pontiac this Saturday, September 27th alongside Diamond Youth, Prawn, and Field Mouse. The show is only $12 and tickets can be purchased here. We also have one set of tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader thanks to our friends over at Fusion Shows. To win the tickets, send your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw a winner the morning of the show and email them details on how to claim their prize.  Winning tickets to this solid indie lineup would be a great way to kick off the Fall!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Win Tickets to See Pete Yorn at The Shelter

On Saturday, October 4th the incredibly handsome singer and songwriter Pete Yorn is coming to The Shelter in Detroit. Yorn shot to fame in 2001 with the release of his album Musicforthemorningafter. He is known for playing the bulk of the instruments on his records, a true one man show. He is also known for his work with his band The Olms, which is music he recorded with J.D. King.

Everyone from Rolling Stone to Spin magazine has said that he puts on one hell of a live show and we have a chance for you to win tickets to see for yourself. The Shelter is a small venue, but also one of my favorite places to see someone play in Detroit. This promises to be an intimate night of great music and talent. To win tickets to see Pete Yorn live, please send your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Pete Yorn in the subject. We will draw a winner a few days before the show and email them details on how to claim their prize. 


Palmer Park Bike Rides

The sun is going down earlier and the temperatures are dropping. Fall is officially here and the cold weather is quickly approaching. There are only a few more chances to get out there and enjoy the weather before the ground is covered with snow. The Palmer Park bike rides are a prefect way to capture the last glimpses of summer.

This particular group rides on Thursdays through October. They meet inside the Palmer Park parking lot off of Merrill Plaisance (north of 6 Mile and near the building with the colorful circles) at 6:30 p.m. and start riding at 7 p.m. They ride through the trails in the historic forest, around the periphery of the park, through the historic Palmer Park Apartment District, Golf Club community, and other beautiful neighborhoods with great architecture that surround the park. Its a great way to see the city and get outside after a long day at work. It is FREE to ride with the group and helmets and lights are encouraged. Don't forget to wear bright clothing, as the sun will be setting towards the end of the ride. The group does about 8-10 miles each week at a slow steady pace. 

If you have questions about the event you can follow the ride on Facebook here. Biking is taking over the city and we could not be happier about it. Get out there and own the last days of sun!


Meet Rita Moreno from West Side Story at The Redford Theatre

The Redford Theatre is known for showing classic films and getting the stars to come out and appear in person to meet and greet the fans before the show. I am a sucker for musicals and have always loved West Side Story, which they are showing this weekend, September 26th, 27th, and 28th.

West Side Story is a film about two youngsters from rival New York City gangs that fall in love, but the story ends in tragedy. It's a great film and if you have never seen it, I suggest that you give it a watch. If you're a fan like I am, you will be excited to hear that Rita Moreno a.k.a. Anita is going to be attending each of the showings and meeting and greeting her fans before the show. Rita will have a red carpet reception one hour and fifteen minutes before each showing of the film. They will also have live organ music 30 minutes before the show starts.

The show times are as follows:
Friday September 26th at 8 p.m.
Saturday September 27th at 8 p.m.
Sunday September 28th at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the show are only $7 and can be purchased in advanced here. Supervised parking is FREE. The Redford is located at 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, MI 48219.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get to Know Balance & Composure and Get Tickets to their Show!

Pennsylvania natives Balance & Composure are heading to town this weekend! The band will be hitting the stage at the Magic Stick along with Seahaven and Creepoid on Saturday, September 27th. This show is just one of the many stops the band is making while on a tour that spans from Cali to Philly, before heading back overseas this fall. We had a chance to chat with Balance and Composure Drummer Bailey Van Ellis before the guys play Detroit this weekend. Check out what he had to say below.
HID- How would you describe Balance and Composure to someone that has never heard your band before?
Bailey- "A very loud rock band."
HID- You guys tour a lot. What helps you survive life on the road?
Bailey- "Food spots that we only get to visit while on tour. Seeing friends we don't see often."
HID- Do you have a favorite city to play?
Bailey- "I like Canada a lot for some reason, so I'll go with Toronto."
HID- Tell us about the other bands you are currently touring with!
Bailey- "Creepoid is a band from Philly and they rock. They're really droney and melodic. Seahaven is a band from California that we've been friends with for some time now. They're great. Both have new records that came out sort of recently; I suggest checking them out."
HID- A few weeks ago you guys played at FYF Fest in LA, it seemed to have the best lineup of all of the fests this summer (mostly because The Blood Brothers were on it). How was it? In general do you like playing fests or regular shows better? I imagine it's pretty different.
Bailey- "It was great. We didn't really expect it to be as cool as it was for us. Built to Spill was great too. I personally enjoy playing festivals though. They feel like big barbecue hangouts to me."
HID-You're about to head over to Europe for a couple of weeks, then it looks like there isn't anything else on the schedule. What's next for Balance and Composure? Some time off? Working on a new album?
Bailey- "We'll be playing some shows this January and more in the Spring it looks like."
HID- So now that we got the serious stuff out of the way, let me ask you some "funner" questions.
You and the guys in the band have all known each other for a while now. You must have at least one crazy or embarrassing story from the high school years. Anything you can tell us without getting kicked out of the band?
Bailey- "I met Jon in a web page design in 11th grade. He was a year older than me and I thought he was the shit because he played in a local band that was pretty popular. I sat next to him in the class and would pull up pictures of him on google and show him. (Embarrassing)"
HID-You guys are from the Philadelphia area. Do you people out there actually eat Philly Cheesesteaks often?
Bailey- "We don't personally. 3 of us are vegetarians so Govindas is that good stuff."
HID- In your book, who are the top 3 drummers of all time?
Bailey- "I don't know about the "top 3" of all time but at this moment in time my current top 3 favorites are Stella from Warpaint, Rickie from mewithoutYou, and Sam from Interpol."
HID- Worst 3 drummers?
Bailey- "I don't think I can answer that, but I'm somewhere in there for sure."
HID- If you could tour with any band or musician, current or past, who would it be?
Bailey- "Radiohead, Nirvana, or QOTSA"
HID- What would be the ultimate for Balance and Composure?
Bailey- "Playing a show on the moon would be tight."
HID- Do you have any favorite places to visit while in Detroit?
Bailey- "I don't think we've really had the time to explore Detroit. The Magic Stick is cool though and the pizza there is pretty good."
HID- Anything else you would like our readers to know?
Bailey- "One love, baby."
Tickets for Saturday's show are $13 in advance here or they can be purchased fee free at the Garden Bowl. The day of the show, the price will go up to $15. But, thanks to our good friends over at Black Iris Booking we are getting one lucky fan and a friend in to the show for free. To enter to win these tickets, just email your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Balance & Composure in the subject. We will draw our winner the morning of the show. Good luck!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Ferndale Libary Benefit

I have always been a nerd when it comes to books,  I absolutely love to read and write. I get overly excited when I crack open a new book, it's like starting a new adventure or meeting a new friend.  A few years ago a friend bought me a digital reader thinking that it would be a great gift for someone that likes to read, but it took some getting used to. I like the fact that digital books are cheaper, but there is something about holding paper, smelling paper, and feeling the weight of the book that is lost with digital readers. I also really love to read in the bath tub and I cant bring my E-reader in there with me unless I want to ruin the damn thing pretty fast.

I have always been a big fan or libraries because my favorite type of books to read are biographies, I enjoy stories of all the amazing and horrible things that humans have done throughout history. My local library has always been a great way for me to get my book fix while sparing the expense of purchasing a book, because lets be honest for the most part once your done your never going to read those books again. I have frequently wondered how libraries are doing these days and if they were still as relevant in this new digital age. I know that I love going there and I have always wondered if other people still enjoy it as much I do. It turns out that libraries are doing all sorts of new things that I hadn't even imagined to keep there doors open, this includes building up extensive music collections, renting out movies, and in the case of The Ferndale Library, having local bands and artists play there during their off hours.

According to Ferndale Library circulation specialist (and amazing writer Jeff Milo) the economy's collapse in 2008 really hurt the Ferndale Library. This caused the staff to have to sit down and think of new ways to bring in money and people. They stopped focusing on it as a place to get a book and more of a place to have an experience. A place where everyone in the community could gather for FREE to participate in activities with other locals. This includes having art shows, kids events, and lots of bands. The library was even used as a venue during last year's Blowout. They are finding new ways for the community to interact with each other and have created a pretty amazing space to do this.

But, as we all know, free is rarely ever really free. It takes a lot of money to keep this place going and taxes aren't cutting it. They have decided to find their own ways to create revenue, one of those being a benefit show that will take place at The Loving Touch this Friday, September 26th. They have invited 4 exceptionally good local acts to play and asked the community to come out and help them raise money to help the library. They are asking for a $5 donation at the door and 18 and over are welcome to attend.

We had a chance to talk to Jeff Milo about the event. Read what he had to say and then make an effort to come out and support this valuable community resource.

HID- When did you start working for the Ferndale Library and what is your title?
Jeff Milo- "I worked here as a high school student for three years in the late '90s; it was my after school job to put all the books away. I was re-hired as a Circulation Specialist 4-1/2 years ago, to work part time (which gives me time to continue freelance writing)."

HID- This year the library has had a lot of musical acts play within its walls, including having bands during The Blowout. What made the library decide to team up with music and invite local acts in to play?
Jeff Milo- "Part of that is just the next generation or, at least, a younger generation, coming “up the ranks,” so to speak, here in the library; that being, particularly, Kelly Bennett, the current Head of Circulation. She’s worked here a while too, in fact, we wouldn’t have a CD collection if not for her, at first; but, like myself, she strives to bring her connections to the greater creative community into the library – and her way of doing that was dreaming up the monthly concert showcases, where she books two local bands to play, after hours, in the big multipurpose Community Room. After four years, it’s no longer a novelty, or some quaint thing, for a loud rock band of 20-somethings with frayed clothes and penchants for feedback to come in and fly their own personal freak flags, as loudly as they like, inside the otherwise studious and serene setting of a library. It’s BECAUSE of our embrace of local music, among other things, that this place can be considered “more than a library.” So it got to that point where, when Blowout came to Ferndale, it made perfect sense for the Library to be a venue…just, cuz, some nights of the week, it truly feels and sounds like a venue, anyhow. Or, shoot, an art gallery, too…"

HID- The library also has a lot of events for children and families throughout the year. Who sponsors these events and how would someone get involved if they wanted to participate?
Jeff Milo- "I would say The Library sponsors these events and then there’s further support just from the enthusiastic attendance and participation of community families. There’s no sponsor, really; all of our programs are either dreamt-up or coordinated specially by our Youth Services Librarians – be it touring singers who specialize in family-friendly folk singing type of stuff or visits from the Michigan Science Center. Anyone interested in helping out should just stop at the main desk of the library and ask to fill out a volunteer app or, actually, head straight for the KIDS CORNER and see what’s up!"

HID- In the age of digital everything, why do you think it is important for the Ferndale library to stay open?
Jeff Milo- "Because we can be more than a place that loans physical/print books. We like to consider ourselves more of a community center – a place to meet, hang, study, work on your resume, listen to music, research local history, view some framed art, see a live performance, meet someone new, join a book club…ya know, a lot of those types of experiences are not only rewarding but, in an age of secluded Facebook clicking, also refreshing, just to be out, in public, experiencing all these things in person. But we definitely have to underline how many people come here because they would otherwise have no access to the Internet or even to a Microsoft Office suite for resume tweaks – some of these things can be taken for granted…But in the digital age of streaming and drop-boxing and snap chatting and whatever…it’s all of THESE experiences that can only happen inside this library and because of this library."

HID- Who will be playing the fundraiser ?
Jeff Milo- "Alt-hip-hop quartet Cold Men Young, soulful trip-hop duo Sleepless Inn, metal-pop-raunch-rock quartet Odd Hours and NuDisco-dashed funktionalists Johnny Headband. We’re very humbled and excited to have all of these musicians performing for the cause."

HID- Will you be doing any more events like this in the future?
Jeff Milo- "Possibly! Maybe we could make this an annual thing? We’re hoping a lot of people show up and show some love for the library, that’s all I can say for now."

HID- Anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Jeff Milo- "Property tax revenues (to services like this library) really took a hit after the 2008 recession and we (like many) are still digging our way back up. But that’s the reason we’ve had to reduce hours, since more than 80% of our budget comes from those very same tax revenues (…as they say, a library isn’t actually free…) So events like these, a benefit concert, are more important than ever, given the painfully slow rate of the economy’s recovery. We are inexpressibly thankful for anyone who steps up to show some support for the library. It means a lot to us, especially with how hard we work to truly engage, enrich and connect with this community."

The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale and the fundraiser will start at 8 p.m. If you would like to keep up with events like these, make sure to visit the library's website here, they have all sorts of events for children and for the child within all of us. 


Open a book, start a revolution

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week at Always Brewing Detroit this Tuesday, September 23rd from 5 to 7 p.m. Proprietor Amanda Brewington, in cooperation with the American Library Association @ Wayne Student Chapter, will host a banned book-themed open mic night. Bring your favorite banned book and share an excerpt with a captive audience of future librarians and caffeine addicts. Started in 1982 by the American Library Association, BBW "highlights the value of free and open access to information". Click here to check out the top ten challenged books, by year.


Friday, September 19, 2014

An Interview with Steven David Tuthill of The Beggars

This Saturday, September 20th Detroit's own The Beggars are taking over The Magic Bag in Ferndale and dropping a self titled album. This band is as rock and roll as they come, their stage show is memorizing and their music is phenomenal. I had a great time dancing during their set at Pig & Whiskey and can personally say that anyone who comes out to see them play this Saturday is in for a great time. Pretty Ghouls and After Dark Amusement Park are opening the show and it is only $10 to get in the door.

We had a chance to talk to front mad Steven David Tutthill. Check out what he has to say, listen to their latest single here, and head out to the show this Saturday.

HID- The Beggars are as well know for their stage show as they are for their music. How would you describe the stage show in only three words?
Steven David Tuthill- "Cure Your Rock-a-tidus"

HID- Is it true that you are a former pro wrestler? If so what was your wrestling name and why?
SDT- "It's true! I did wrestle professionally in the mid-late 1990s. However I dropped out of The NWA Michigan School of Professional Wrestling. My name was Sinsational Steve (Morrison) given to me by present day Pistons Assistant Coach Chuck Klask."

HID- Where did you record the new album? What is the most ridiculous story from the making of the recording?
SDT- "The Loft in Saline, MI w/ Andy Patalin. It's on a horse farm... really great atmosphere... of course this was during the Polar Vortex. Eddie Spaghetti and Tony Maisano produced it... we had a great team working on this."

HID- Tell us about your new music video for "Your Love Will Rot My Brain", directed by Drew Podgorski of Please Don't Change.
SDT- "The new video is for our single "Your Love Will Rot My Brain" was done at Ron Rose Milagro and is directed by Drew Podgorski (Please Don't Change), Art Director Glenn Parsons (Seasame Street). It was a blast shooting it... Drew and I have been buds (both wrote separate songs titled "Stop, Drop, Rock and Roll") for years and we finally got to join forces and do something cool. We shot the whole thing in 45 Action Packed minutes...worked out well. Really proud of the video and it will debut Saturday night."

HID- Where did you get that hair?
SDT- "This Hair was inherited from my Finish Ancestors, but I was also electrocuted (FOR REAL) while working at Legendary Mall TWELVE OAKS in 1997. It is important to use the finest "legal" hair products (I roughly spend $32.11 a Day on product)..."

HID- Why should someone come see your show this weekend?
SDT- "Saturday Night at the Magic Bag has a fantastic lineup, We are really proud of this show...PRETTY GHOULS and AFTER DARK AMUSEMENT PARK (The opening acts are so DOG-GONE GOOD!!!). We are going do what we do...Play Real Deal Fun Loving Rock and Roll. Us Beggars will give the audience an old time "not too cool for school" rock and roll party!...We even smile on stage."

HID- Worst band that you have played with?
SDT- "We have played with a lot of bands... most are tolerable to fantastic... tough question. There was one band in Madison, WI about 5 years ago called LOT 47(maybe LOT 74?)... That sucked pretty bad, a bunch of pseudo tuff dudes. They had no etiquette at all even for an outta town band (us). Fortunately we have played with a shit-ton of excellent bands and they come to mind much quicker than the few shitty ones (SHIT- Lot 64...GREAT- Colossus, The Muggs, Hotness, Duende!, High Strung...)"

HID- Funniest tour story from this summer with the Supersuckers?
SDT- "The Tour was fantastic. The Supersuckers were really good to us (Eddie even came up and sang "Your Love Will Rot My Brain" a good amount of times). We played some great and strange venues and met some kick ass Rocker Dudes and Rocker Ladies. There was a story every day... but what happens in PEKIN, ILLINOIS......"

Eddie Spaghetti and Steven
Photo By: Rock n Roll Hall of Fame photographer Bob Alford

HID- Anything else that you would like our readers to know?
SDT- "Let the Readers know that whenever the chips are down and things are looking tough... Rock n Roll will be there for them... It always will be. Sounds stupid? Maybe, but it's the truth. Little Richard is still alive and maybe we should all write him a letter to show some gratitude."


Falling for Michigan: Autumn Activities in the Mitten - Part 1 of 4

After living in Chicago for a year, I realized what I missed the most about Michigan: the fall. Weather-wise, the two states aren't much different, but in Illinois, autumn is all about corn. Don't get me wrong, I love corn mazes (especially the haunted ones), but to me, the season should be all about apples, and the satisfying snap they make when you pull them from their branches.

"Upick" apple farms are as ubiquitous in northern Macomb County as Don’t Tread on Me flags, but if you live in Wayne or Oakland County, they may be harder to find. Fortunately, the Michigan Agritourism Directory has finally gone digital. You can check it out online, or download the Michigan Farm Markets Finder app. The free app is loaded with valuable information, but is limited in its searching capabilities. For instance, you can only browse by the name of the market, farm, or mill, not by what produce you want to pick.

According to Upickmichigan.com, a site that looks like it is straight out of 1997, Michigan apples are in season from mid-August until mid-November. However, certain varieties like Gala and McIntosh are best in September. Since McIntosh apples are my absolute favorite, I made the 35-mile trek out to Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill in Armada. The drive was worth it; I left the orchard with 13 apples, a half dozen donuts, and a half gallon of cider for just $15.

In addition to apples, peppers, cabbage, fall raspberries, and beans are still in season. Check out the Michigan Agritourism Directory or Upickmichigan.com to find the upick location nearest you.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Win Tickets to Tobacco at The Loving Touch

This Saturday, September 20th Tobacco, The Stargazer Lilies and Oscillator Bug are taking over The Loving Touch  in Ferndale to scare and excite you at the same time. This isn't your typical Saturday night in Ferndale.

Thomas Fec, better known by his stage name Tobacco, is an electronic artist. He is the front-man of the band Black Moth Super Rainbow, in addition to working as a solo artist; in both settings he works most conspicuously with pre-digital electronic instruments such as analog synthesizers and tape machines. His latest music video features Eric Wareheim from Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job. Check it out here. His shows usually feature him playing along to video projections that he has created, but with Tabacoo you never really know what to expect.  

The show starts at 8 p.m. and it's $15 to get in the door. You can purchase tickets in advance here.  You can also enter to win a set of tickets courtesy of The Loving Touch (Pulp Detroit) and hipindetroit.com. To enter, please email your full name and the name of the show you would like to attend to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw one winner the morning of the show and send them details on how to claim their prize. 


Celebrate 15 Years of Small's This Weekend!

It's no secret that Small's is one of our favorite bars around, and we don't think that we're alone on this one. The drinks are cheap and strong, they have some of the best shows, the space itself is awesome, and the staff is made up of some of the best people in Detroit. What's not to love? Whether it was for a show or just to grab a drink or two in the middle of the week, we can't say that we have ever had a bad time there. 

Small's has a big anniversary coming up this weekend. It has been 15 years since this great bar and venue opened its doors and they are celebrating in a big way. The official anniversary party is this Saturday, but they have a couple of other nights of partying planned to lead up to the big bash. First up, on Thursday night Frantic Flinstones will be hitting the stage all the way from Germany with Elvis Hitler and B7 Bombers. Then, Friday night you can dance the night away at a Depeche Mode Tribute edition of Thirst Wave. Then the real party happens Saturday night with Speedball, Against the Grain, and Her Dark Host

In honor of this big anniversary and to get ready for a weekend of partying we caught up with the man behind the bar, Mike Mouyianis. Mike is the owner of Small's, has been a huge part of the Detroit music scene for years, and is one of the best guys we know. Check out what he had to say about the bar, the business, and this weekend's festivities. 

Photo Credit: Camera Jesus aka Joe Gall
Left to Right- Melody Malosh, Sadie Q, Mike Mouyianis
HID- It has been 15 years since Small's opened. What made you want to open a bar & venue? And why did you pick Hamtramck?
Mike- "Well it was open and for sale, my friends Jeff King and Parry Lavoisne owned it along with Amir Daiza. We had been in the process of running and buying Alvins for years. I always liked Small's so when it came up for sale we grabbed it. It was a lot easier deal than the crap we were going through at Alvins."

HID- Did you think Small's would be around this long? 
Mike- "I never really thought of how long we would do this, it just keeps going."

HID- You guys have hosted a lot of shows over the years. What was your favorite show so far? 
Mike- "Alkaline Trio was awesome and the first surprise Eagles of Death Metal was great. It's hard to pick, but probably Turbonegro."

HID- What was the worst show? 
Mike- "Worst show, the ones that don't draw and even though there's not many people somebody decides to be an a-hole. Insert various shows here."

HID- What is the best part about owning your own bar? 
Mike- "Being your own boss is the best about owning. For years I made other people money doing shows and events." 

HID- What's the worst part? (Is it cleaning the bathrooms? Because I feel like that would be pretty high on the list.) 
Mike- "Yea cleaning and repairing other people's messes sucks."

HID- Tell us about the craziest night ever at Small's. 
Mike- "Any of those previous shows mentioned, throw in Melvins shows and the first time we did a Bang Bang Reunion, that show was fucking nuts."

HID- You guys have been putting on some awesome monthly events lately, Thirst Wave and Industrial's Not Dead. What made you guys want to start hosting these parties? Do you plan to continue doing them? 
Mike- "Thirst Wave came about from Kat Paled and myself sitting around thinking of events. She had just left City Club. I asked if she thought we could make a night like that work here, we are doing at least one of the 2 nights weekly now and on weekend nights. A lot of people got tired of partying in a dumpster was the quote I heard. So yea, we will def continue doing these nights. We were jam packed last NYE. We're doing Halloween, night before and after Thanksgiving, and NYE again, along with our weekly thing. This weekend were doing Thirst Wave on Friday and it's a Depeche Mode tribute night, gonna be some giveaways all night. Expect a lot of dancing, drinking, and great DJs, Pleasure Kitten, Aaron Hingst and Scary Guy doing video sets."

HID- Coming up this weekend you have a pretty awesome bash planned for your anniversary. Why did you pick the bands you did? What can people coming to the show expect? 
Mike- "Saturday is gonna be loud! Speedball plays once or maybe twice a year and never disappoints. Usually a lot of old friends come back around and it's a great event. ATG is one of the hardest working bands I've seen in a long time. If they could, they would tour non-stop and smile while doing it. Great band and I'm stoked they are in town for this. Her Dark Host is Bubba from Bump-N-Uglies new band. It's dark and pretty heavy. It's along the lines of Danzig, but more weed influenced and more evil."

HID- In one sentence tell us why people should come to Small's instead of any other bar in Metro Detroit. 
Mike- "Coldest beer, strongest drinks, best sound!"

HID- Do you think Small's will be around for another 15 years? 
Mike- "God I hope not."

HID-  Anything else you would like our readers to know???
Mike- "Gonna be a fun week with Frantic Flinstones, Thirst Wave, Speedball and Tuesday is the Biters. Hope to see you all at one, 2, 3, or all of these events."

Cover for Saturday's show is only $10 at the door or you can save yourself a buck and pick tickets up ahead of time here for $9. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. Make sure you get there early! We mean it when we say that you won't want to miss anyone on this bill! For more info on all of the events going on this weekend and to pick up tickets, head over to SmallsBarDetroit.com.

We'd like to thank Mike, Natalie, and everyone at Small's for running such an awesome venue. Congratulations on 15 years and (even though Mike might not want to see it happen) here's to 15 more! Cheers!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Win Tickets to The Life and Times at The Loving Touch

The Life and Times are currently on tour in support of their latest album Lost Bees and this week they will stopping in Ferndale to play The Loving Touch. The band is from Kansas and has been playing together since 2003. They are usually described s being alternative or playing space rock. They will be playing this Friday, September 19th with Deleted Scenes, an art rock band from Washington, D.C. They are on tour in support of their latest album Lithium Burn. Deleted Scenes combines elements of rock, punk, avant-guarde, pop, noise, psych, math rock, and Americana. Both bands are unique and worth checking out.

Tickets for the show are only $10 in advance and can be purchased here. We also have one set of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. If you would like to be considered to win these tickets please email your full name and the name of the band to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw a winner the morning of the show and send them details on how to claim their prize. The show starts at 8 p.m. and The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale., Michigan.


Check out Ron Allen and Rosa Parks Boys this Saturday

This weekend check out an amazing new space in Detroit while seeing an awesome musician and a skate board legend. Ron Allen a.k.a. McIntelligence will be at Rosa Parks Boys for a night of music and skating.

Let's start out by telling you about Rosa Parks Boys. This new venue in Detroit is an art space, theatre, and skate park all in one. It was started by a group of skaters that live in Detroit on Rosa Parks, that have a true passion for the city and for skating. They transformed a building into what looks to be an amazing place. Check out this video that The Skateboard Mag made about Rosa Park Boys, it shows the venue and passion behind it in a much more effective way than we can describe it in words.

Ron Allen is best known for being a professional skateboarder. He is considered the first African American professional skateboarder and he has been at it for decades now. On top of skating, he is also a musician. He has performed in a number of bands in the past (mainly jazz), but is currently working on a solo project, McIntelligence. Check out one of his latest tracks below. 

Ron is doing a small tour in support of his new project, with stops in New York, D.C. and Detroit. It is being called the #Neverstopped Tour and it is stopping here this Saturday, September 20th. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. but there will also be skating before hand, plus space is tight so you better get there early! This show is being presented by Pigeon Skateshop, Motor City Brewing Works, H-Street Skateboards and, of course, the Rosa Parks Boys. Admission is free. For more info on this great event, click here


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Win Tickets to Limp Bizkit with Machine Gun Kelly!

Fifteen years ago I fought through crowds in downtown Pontiac to try get into the Seventh House to see Limp Bizkit play for free,  there was literally a riot on the streets. This band was so huge that they caused people to fight and cops to gas the crowd to get them under control. Fred Durst was known for hooking up with some of the most famous women in Hollywood and talking shit every time he got on stage. This was one of the first bands to use the term Nu Metal and establish this type of sound as a new genre of music. Then, all of the sudden they just sort of faded away.

But, nothing good every disappears forever. The band is back in full force to reclaim their crown.  They have recently released a track called "Endless Slaughter" and promised fans a whole album in the near future. Before they release the album they are taking their act on tour across the U.S. with none other than Machine Gun Kelly. This is one of those shows that I want to attend just o see what happens. Will Fred Durst still be a bad ass on stage? Will they sound good? Will I like the new music? One thing is for sure, no matter what happens it will be interesting to see it in person.

Limp Bizkit and Machine Gun Kelly will take over The Fillmore in Detroit on October 3rd. Tickets for the show range from $50-$65 in advance and can be purchased here. We also have two sets of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. To enter to win these tickets, email your full name and the name of the band that you want to see to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw the winners a few days before the show and email them details on how to claim their prize. Good luck!


Pulp Culture throws a Masquerade

This Saturday, September 20th Pulp Culture is throwing a masquerade. I am always intrigued when bands go out of their way to do something outside of the box. I like when a band adds in an extra element to give us more for our money and make sure that we leave having had an experience, not just having attended another show. I love the idea of a masquerade, it's a way to hide behind a mask and let your true colors show at the same time. The best part is that you do not need to go out and buy a mask to participate in this masquerade, everyone will be able to be part of the fun as the band is handing out the masks at the door and including it in your ticket price. They are also planning to do some giveaways, debut a new light display, and make sure that as many people as possible walk away with a download of their new music. They plan to show you a  one of a kind experience and leave you wanting more. 

Pulp Culture has recruited Beast in the Field, Not Blood Paint, and The Midfield to play alongside them this Saturday at St. Andrew's Hall. It promises to be a interesting night full of fun, mystery and music. Check out what Alex Brown from Pulp Culture had to say and head out to the show this weekend if you like what you hear. 

HID- What kind of new lighting equipment do you have and how is this going to change your live show?
AB- "Andrew is going to kill me for divulging this because it’s still under wraps; he won’t even show us pictures. The scheme is pretty intense.
Our friend, Joseph Mellon, has a lot of experience welding. He and some friends have a little freecycling project, re-purposing scraps they find here and there downtown. Essentially we are creating a multi-special effects tower with four tiers, wrapped in stainless steel, with vents and pipes for fog machines, bubble machines, lasers, light cans, and a Jacob’s ladder tesla coil atop the entire thing. It will stand just over six feet, and he tells me the top is going to rotate.
The way he is talking about it makes it sound like we are adding another member to the band, so yeah, it’s definitely going to bring a lot more visually to our live show."
HID- What kind of Handmade masks will you be giving away at the show? Did you make them yourselves?
AB- "Paper mache masks are not very hard to make. We are presently in the process of finishing our first batch, and they are going to be badass! Keep in mind we have to make about 600 of them, so the designs are going to be relatively simple. We have borrowed some fan faces to mold plaster casts; this process only requires plaster gauze and a participant willing to subject themselves to 40 minutes of sensory deprivation. From the plaster cast we use PVA glue and gesso to seal the paper machete. Then they dry to be painted. Some artists, including the Armageddon Beach Party collective and Becca Stroster are going to help us paint separate series’ of masks that coordinate with the puzzle we designed for the event. People can get picture updates of the mask-making process on our Instagram @PulpCultureOfficial."
HID- Why did you decide to make it a masquerade party?
AB- "The masked gala event is something that communicates a confusion of identity. There is a certain thrill people get in maintaining anonymity in public places. In many ways the fun of a masquerade is in the disorientation of it. We feel that the question of identity has a lot to do with the charity that we are donating to for suicide prevention. Also, our good friends in Not Blood Paint have a history of sporting very theatrical performances and costumes. We decided that a masquerade would be very fitting for their time with us in Detroit."
HID- How many digital downloads of your album will you be giving away?
AB- "Presently I have about 80 download stickers available, so while supplies last we will be giving them away. Our album can be streamed for free online, but this gives our attendees a chance to bring something physical home and hold close to them at night."
HID- Why did you decide to donate some of the proceeds to suicide prevention?
AB- "Manic depression is hell. Suicide is no solution for that. I would never call suicide an act of weakness, but to commit suicide is definitively to concede short of the ability to live. It reflects the spirit of someone giving up, mustering all of their will into nothingness. Committing suicide requires more of the world than someone can understand at the mercy of their depression. Even one noble act of reaching out can turn a whole life around, and resources to do so can be made more prevalent through the programs of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year, Jake’s father submitted to depression. Just a month ago, a friend of my family committed suicide. Now, Robin Williams has passed, and it is obvious that the social awareness of suicide prevention is significant to our country and the way people treat mental illness. This cause is one of the most important things we have ever supported."
HID- Why did you choose Beast in the Field to play this show with you?
AB- "First we booked the Dillinger Escape Plan, but they were planning on coming off of tour with NIN and Soundgarden and would need us to provide backline for an isolated date, which made them exceedingly expensive. After contacting every national agent we could find, we decided it would be cost effective and helpful to their hometown to book a well-known local group that was preparing for the tour. As a strong recommendation from Chad Nicefield of Wilson, we pitched the concert to Against the Grain, striking a deal to have them headline and kick off their tour with Guttermouth.
With just a month and a half, the event was confirmed through Live Nation, so we started promoting and played five shows around Southeast Michigan, opening for Patrick Sweany at Magic Stick, hitting the New Way Bar in Ferndale, dealing with heat exhaustion at the Last Erection of the Hegelian Monolith Festival in Lincoln St. Art Park, and finally braving the floods to play the Diesel Lounge.
After all the rain we got word from Against the Grain that their studio flooded. So they told us they were unable to perform at St. Andrew's with us. With no available acts to fill in the slot and time slipping away, we motioned to reschedule the event with the possibility of having to pay even more fees through cancellation.
As the rescheduling was about to be finalized, an e-mail came from Jamie of Beast in the Field and the band was added to the bill in time to have the show go on as planned. Personally, I am even more excited to play with Beast in the Field than I was to play with Against the Grain, but that’s just me: I really fucking like doom metal."
HID- Anything else that you would like our readers to know?
AB- "Chocolate covered pretzels are a scam, people. You know that the Flipz pretzels are straight enriched flour and corn syrup. I used to be addicted to MSG via Flaming Hot Cheetohs too, but wake up; Frito-Lay and PepsiCo want your blood! Also, I want to remind everyone reading that I wasn't responsible for the goat sacrifice in the Russell Industrial Center last week, but you can see me naked at the Russell Bazaar on the first weekend of every month, making pithy frog sacrifices to the eternal spirit of John William Murray (then I cook the frog legs in typical Detroit fashion; it’s delicious).
Lastly, please come to the Motor City Masquerade at St. Andrew’s Hall on Sept. 20th! This event is raising awareness for suicide prevention at the benefit of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and it’s going to be a great show."

Doors for this event are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19 in advance and can be purchased here. We also have a spot on the guest list with a plus one to giveaway to one lucky fan. To enter to win FREE admission to the masquerade, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Masquerade in the subject. We will draw a winner a few days before the show and give them details on how to claim their prize.

St. Andrew's is located at 431 E. Congress Detroit, Michigan.


Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY Did It Again

To pull off a fest the size and quality of the DIY Street Fair most people would need months, if not an entire year. Yet somehow the Johnstons and their staff pulled off yet another amazing DIY, but this time they only had about a month to plan it.

As we mentioned last week, this year's DIY almost didn't happen due to construction that was supposed to take place this summer and fall in Ferndale. Once the construction schedule changed, the organizers' minds also changed. So that left them a small amount of time to plan a huge event. Somehow they still managed to have an amazing lineup of artists, vendors, and musicians.

The vendor booths included some old favorites like 18X24, Jason Gibner and Aptemal Clothing. But, there were quite a few different vendors that stuck out this time around.
We were really excited to see Outer Spaceways Apparel had set up shop. We've seen their shirts and bags in the past at Dally in the Alley. They are pretty outrageous and very fun. We enjoyed chatting with the folks at Maestros Dog Haus who sold great pet treats, including frozen yogurt for dogs. My dog already thoroughly enjoyed her pig ear and I can't wait to treat her to a great canned food I picked up containing Pumpkin and Sweet Potato. You don't see those ingredients in pet food very often! I also picked up what is quite possibly the softest sweatshirt I have ever purchased at the Ink Detroit booth. These are just a few of the many rad vendors that were at the fair though. Tons of super cute designs and awesome art, if only we had money for it all.
This year the music lineup seemed to be switched up a bit from DIYs of the past. There were some rock bands on the bill, like The Hard Lessons and George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus, but it seemed like this time around DIY was trying to get people to dance. With acts like Doc Waffles, Alexis and Passalacqua, you would have to try pretty hard to not at least move around a little bit. In my book though, the best act of the whole weekend was Deastro. This was my first time seeing the Deastro again since they reunited as a full band. It's like they never stopped playing music together. Amazing! As soon as they started playing I remembered how much I love this band and now I cannot wait to see them play again. Check out a song from their set below.

Last, but definitely not least, we would like to send an extra special shout out to our friends at The Loving Touch. We were lucky enough to be a part of DIY this year, as we hosted the Friday night after party. Everyone on staff at The LT is amazing and we love them for putting up with us and our antics. Tunde, Little Animal, Cheerleader and Thomas Xu all killed it and the place was insanely packed! Thank you to all of the acts, to Hype Ignition for printing shirts on the spot, and most of all to all of you that came out and partied with us!

Once again, the DIY Street Fair was a huge success. Props to all of the people involved in making this event happen. Always one of the best weekends of the year!