Saturday night was filled with the sweet sounds of Nirvana in downtown Ferndale.
In its 9th year, the annual tribute had an excellent turnout at New Way Bar.
With flannel fittingly abound, the night’s most popular fashion was definitely dressing down.
The venue had a fun atmosphere with popcorn popping and games being played throughout the bar of pool, darts, etc.
Starting off the night with a lovely acoustic vibe was Detroit’s own Greater Alexander.
He entered with, “I’m going to start off the night with the two most depressing songs by Nirvana”.
He presented great renditions of “Polly” and “Pennyroyal Tea”.
Next up was Dr. Mindbender. The band brought an electronic feel with some unique vocal effects. They certainly played an enjoyable interpretation.
Third to the stage were the talented gents of The Very Apes. The three fellas delivered excellent rock, and spot on covers of some Nirvana favorites. Full of passion and precision, The Very Apes did not disappoint.
While the next act was preparing, local Mike Krupunski took to the stage, armed with just a guitar and vocals. He entertained with a couple of Nirvana B sides.
Under the moniker of Slim Pikenz and The Big Appetite, the night’s organizer, Dustin Lince fronted a powerhouse set.
They hit hard with some screaming favorites, emphasing some “Bleach” tracks like “No Recess” and “Negative Creep”.
Between each song they joked ,”We have fourteen more songs”.
Before the last song, Dustin joked again,”We have one more song. It’s fourteen minutes long”.
They ended with “Tourettes”.
Last but not least, the talented Mike Krupinski took to the stage again with a couple of friends.
“You can call us The Kurt Cobains or The Lefties.” Each gentleman was indeed a leftie, just like the night’s hero, Kurt Cobain.
They closed out the evening with some more on point rocking favorites.
Each band kept a friendly conversation open with the audience, insiting participation and fun.
The night was a wonderful tribute to not only Nirvana itself, but to Kurt Cobain.
Personally, I’m already looking forward to next year!
Words and photos by” Tiffany Cuthrell
Music lovers were out in flannel droves this past Friday for Detroit’s annual Nirvana Tribute.
Every year, Nirvana fans unite in a different part of the Motor City for an evening of great music and wonderful tribute from some of the area’s greatest artists.
The metro Detroit event, which is now in its 8th year, took place at Ferndale’s New Way Bar on Woodward Avenue.
The packed house was filled to the brim, with Nirvana shirts abound.
Musicians electrified the stage with energy, passion, and even a few Kurt Cobain quotes tossed in. Bands covered Nirvana jams from all over the band’s discography spectrum.
At the end of the evening, members of powerhouse band Fucking Swords And Fire Will Kill You began packing up the stage, while a couple of musicians stayed behind. The remaining folk circled together and decided to give “All Apologies” a try, the closing track off of Nirvana’s last record entitled “In Utero”. Having clearly never rehearsed the song as a unit, the makeshift band started into the song as best as they could, while the crowd sang, clapped, and cheered them on.
With another successful year under its figurative belt, the annual Nirvana tribute is sure to be back in a delightful manner for excited music fans in 2018.
Words and photos by: Tiffany Cuthrell
The Motor City’s 6th Annual Nirvana Tribute made a stop this Saturday at the New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck.
Each year, local favorites gather to pay tribute to the legendary Seattle band.
Under dim lights, the venue set a perfect vibe for the rocking evening.
The event also played host to an extensive rock ‘n’ rummage collection of memorabilia and music.
Tribute bands included solo artist Will P., Desolation Angels, Mr. Purps and the Absinthe Minded, as well as Fucking Swords and Fire. The talented ensemble churned out plenty of Nirvana hits, fan favorites, and deep cuts that spanned the band’s short, but amazing discography.
Words and photos by: Tiffany Cuthrell