And so it begins

April 25, 2013
Bars of Gold - Photo by Doug Coombe

Bars of Gold – Photo by Doug Coombe

Hustle and Bustle… The Metro Times’ 16th Blowout Festival kicks-off tonight at the Magic Stick with a fitful, blurring band summit: 20-ish minute sets from 25 bands.

Bars of Gold
10:40 PM to 11:00 PM
@ Magic Stick – Stage 2

Spread across three stages (including down in the Garden Bowl, near the shiny lanes and close enough to smell the garlic of Sgt. Pepperoni’s), it might border on cluster-fuck status – but likely still land on its feet (but that’s fitting for any rock-show!)

Citizen Smile
8:00 PM to 8:20 PM
@ Magic Stick – Stage 2

This is an ideal night/opportunity to get your wrist-bands…depending on whether you just want one weekend (Hamtramck: Friday or Saturday or Ferndale–5/2, 5/3, 5/4). It’s especially enticing, tonight, should you be on the fence about committing, full-tilt (…or half-tilt) – because it’s an accelerated and amplified local rock revue -or somewhat of a live-music (movie) trailer, splicing together all the one-liners and explosions and car-chases of songs, that samples about a quarter of the performing bands (featured over the next two weekends).



George Morris
9:00 PM to 9:20 PM
@ Magic Stick – Stage 1


Special treats tonight include The Sights’ Foxy Blowout Waltz – With the consummate soul-blues-garage rockers playing “back-up-band” to a range of other outfits spanning a range of different genres. That’s later in the night – as are sets from notables like Amy Gore & Her Valentines, Phantasmagoria, The Hounds Below and potential break-outs like Flint Eastwood.



Almost Free
10:20 PM to 10:40 PM
@ Garden Bowl Lounge


But I’m streaming a few of the acts that will get things started, playing earlier in the evening.

Hopefully the weather’s nice. Blowout has always been held during the first week of March – which, for Michigan, is probably the most miserable, tempestuous, icy/slushy week of the calendar year. Now it’s Spring! But it’s almost like the ghosts of Blowout-past are still clawing some chilly-fingers onto our shoulders – we even had some snow flurries yesterday afternoon. Blowout in warm weather, I’m not ready for that, it just seems surreal. It’s fitting that it’d still be just a tad brisk.

Enjoy the music. There’s much to hear.



The Walking Beat
9:40 PM to 10:00 PM
@ Garden Bowl Lounge