By Alan Madlane
The Hamtramck Music Fest is upon us. Can you feel it?
If not, we bet you can hear it.
Opening last night only at the Ant Hall/Ghost Lounge complex on Caniff (after this paper went to press), nine acts were slated to take to the two stages in what was billed as the “Opening Night Party.”
The real meat starts sizzling today, when some 96 scheduled acts are dispersed over two dozen local venues; Saturday follows up with an even-greater count of 105 more acts. Detroit Threads hosts eight of these on Saturday all by itself, beginning at 4 p.m.
Other participating bars include Outer Limits Lounge, Bumbo’s, Kelly’s Bar, Small’s, Whiskey in the Jar, Baker Streetcar, Polka Dot Lounge, The Polish Sea League, Trixie’s, Sanctuary, High Dive, Barter and the Painted Lady Lounge.
Additional watching-and-listening spots are P.L.A.V. Posts 6 & 10, the Moose Lodge, the Hamtramck Public Library, Bank Suey, Café 1923, the Polish Village Café, and the Delite Café.
The acts are far too numerous to list here, numbering as they do 213 (up from the official posted 209 on the website, unless a couple bands are playing more than once).
All-access wristbands are $15 available at over 20 local record stores and such, listed on the festival’s website.
You can also buy wristbands at the festival headquarters, 10225 Jos. Campau, between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.
However you get there – just get there. As for us, like Savoir Faire, we’ll try to be everywhere.