In 2011, twelve Detroit bands were given the opportunity to cover twelve other Detroit acts in the inaugural DETROIT by DETROIT showcase. Six years later, this local music round-robin has transformed into one of the most highly-anticipated events within the local music community, shining a spotlight on the incredible talent we have here.
DETROIT by DETROIT VII features more bands than you can count on two hands, switching between two stages. It’s a musical thrill ride, with each year bringing new surprises. What started as an “April Fools” show has now become an annual tradition in celebrating Detroit music! Join us on April 22nd – all ages are welcome, with $10 donation at the door.
(Headlining Main Stage) THE MESSENGER BIRDS (AND FRIENDS) as Andrew W.K.
(Side Stage) HELLO HUMAN as The Raconteurs
(Main Stage) TWO CHEERS as The Supremes
(Side Stage) ZANDER MICHIGAN as Smokey Robinson
(Main Stage) THE SOCIAL BANDITS as Vulfpeck
(Side Stage) FOSTER MULDOON as John Lee Hooker
(Main Stage) JERRY DREAMS as Bob Seger
(Side Stage) MIKE GALBRAITH as The Four Tops
(Main Stage) WOLF AND THE CRANE as Rare Earth
(Side Stage) CHRISSY MORGAN as Brendan Benson
(Main Stage) A YEAR IN NEW YORK as Mike Posner
(Side Stage) THE BRUISED REED as Citizen Smile
(Main Stage) SIX AND THE SEVENS as The Romantics
(Side Stage) KUBAT & FINLAY as Blair
(Opening Main Stage) SCHOOL OF ROCK as Parliament Funkadelic
Participating bands were given the opportunity to cover the Detroit artist of their choice, with each act performing three songs they’ve learned especially for this showcase. Covered acts are ranging from the nationally-acclaimed Andrew W.K. and Smokey Robinson, to local favorites like Citizen Smile. For the sixth year in a row, proceeds will fund a special scholarship at School of Rock for a future Detroit rock and roll-er.
Be sure to check out the event on Saturday April 22nd at Ferndale’s Loving Touch, as well as the event’s official website! Doors will open at 8 PM.
Wolf and the Crane, 2016
Messenger Birds. 2016
Release courtesy of Oh Snap PR, photos by Erick Buckholz