Hamtramck is rocking all weekend long with another ‘Blowout’

By Ian Perrotta

Hung over yet? If your answer is no, you’ve got some work to do – there are only two nights left of the Hamtramck Blowout.

Now in its 14th year, the annual music festival has grown from an upstart affair to a major event. Over 200 bands perform during the four-day event, bringing people to the city from all over the state as well as from various parts of the country.

As in the past, this year’s Blowout kicked-off on Wednesday (March 2) night at the Magic Stick in downtown Detroit. The party continued yesterday with the first of three nights of music in Hamtramck and will go on long after the final show on Saturday night.

So you don’t miss your favorite band, we’ve compiled a schedule of tonight and tomorrow’s (March 4 and 5) lineup. And if you’re not doing anything on Friday at 10:20 p.m., check out Skipper’s Hamtown at the corner of Conant and Evaline – there’s going to be a full buffet spread of country ribs, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, pies, pork and beans and some mind-blowing music from The Fresh Tones.

The weekend celebration will be bittersweet, however. This is the last year that local Hamtramckan (and former Special Events Planner for the city) Eve Doster Knepp will be booking the event. But don’t worry – she’s assured us that the Blowout will keep going strong.

“I know that the Metro Times is committed to keeping this event tasteful and local – and if you ask me, you can’t beat that model,” she said. “The Blowout will be around for a long, long time.”

Blowout schedule for the rest of the weekend


Atlas Bar
12:40 a.m.: Swimsuit
11:40 p.m.: Man the Hunter
10:40 p.m.: Turned to Crime
9:40 p.m.: Damned Dogs

Baker’s Streetcar – Loco Gnosis Showcase
12:20 a.m.: Duende!
11:20 p.m.: Jehovah’s Witness Protection Program
10:20 p.m.: Electric Lion Soundwave Experiment
9:20 p.m.: Eleanora

Belmont Bar
12:00 a.m.: The Sugarcoats
11:00 p.m.: Gardens
10:00 p.m.: Aran Ruth
9:00 p.m.: Kelly Jean Caldwell

Gates of Columbus Hall
1 a.m.: The Hard Lessons
Midnight: The Kickstand Band
11 p.m.: Mod Orange
10 p.m.: Matt Jones & the Reconstruction

Gates of Columbus Lounge
1 a.m.: Jeecy & the Jungle
Midnight: Odd Hours
11 p.m.: Magic Jake & the Power Crystals
10 p.m.: Team Ethic

Jean’s Bar
12:40 a.m.: Bear Lake
11:40 p.m.: Smoke aka the Black Cal Ripken
10:40 p.m.: The Drags
9:40 p.m.: Bad Indians

Kelly’s Bar
12:20 a.m.: Stoopz N Breeze
11:20 p.m.: Carjack
10: 20 p.m.: The Ultrasounds
9:20 p.m.: Sharky & the Habit

Mars Bar
12:40 a.m.: Blue Snaggletooth
11:40 p.m.: Bison Machine
10: 40 p.m.: Isoceles Mountain
9:40 p.m.: ThreeHives

New Dodge
12:20 a.m.: Doop & the Inside Outlaws
11:20 p.m.: Ryan Racine & Gas For Less
10:20 p.m.: The Afternoon Round
9:20 p.m.: The Actor Repents

Painted Lady
Midnight: Gorevette
11 p.m.: Glossies
10 p.m.: Vargas
9 p.m.: Eric Villa

Paycheck’s – VIC Showcase
1:20 a.m.: Divorce Party
12:20 a.m.: Deastro
11:20 p.m.: Just Boyz
10:20 p.m.: Winter Ruby
9:20 p.m.: Phantasmagoria

12:20 a.m.: The Mythics
11:20 p.m.: Tare
10:20 p.m.: The Fresh Tones
9:20 p.m.: The Meltdowns

12:40 a.m.: Chapstik
11:40 p.m.: Octopus
10:40 p.m.: Bars of Gold
9:40 p.m.: The Crooks

Whiskey in the Jar
1 a.m.: The Bell Beat
Midnight: I Love Lightning Bugs
11 p.m.: Patrick Herek
10 p.m.: Forget


Atlas Bar
1 a.m.: Butt Babies
Midnight: Derby Mama
11 p.m.: The Wolfs
10 p.m.: Bright Echo

Baker’s Streetcar – Loco Gnosis Showcase
1 a.m.: Macrame Tiger
Midnight: Woodman
11 p.m.: Crappy Future
10 p.m.: Pewter Cub

Belmont Bar
12:40 a.m.: Big Mess
11:40 p.m.: The Handgrenades
10:40 p.m.: The Displays
9:40 p.m.: Atacama

Gates of Columbus Hall
1 a.m.: The Detroit Cobras
Midnight: The Parting Gifts
11 p.m.: The Jay-Vons
10 p.m.: Conspiracy of Owls

Gates of Columbus Lounge
12:20 a.m.: Electric Fire Babies
11:20 p.m.: Old Empire
10:20 p.m.: Amy Gore & the Squires
9:20 p.m.: Bill Bondsmen

Jean’s Bar
12:20 a.m.: The Ruggs
11:20 p.m.: Snake Oil Slick
10:20 p.m.: Vamonos
9:20 p.m.: Whigville

Kelly’s Bar
12:20 a.m.: The Great Tribulation
11:20 p.m.: Legendary Creatures
10:20 p.m.: The Ashleys
9:20 p.m.: Golden

Mars Bar
12:40 a.m.: FUR
11:40 p.m.: Mean Mother
10:40 p.m.: Robin Parrent
9:40 p.m.: Galactic Vacationer

New Dodge
1 a.m.: Neon Escape
Midnight: JTX
11 p.m.: Odayin
10 p.m.: Blockhead

Painted Lady
Human Eye Showcase

Paycheck’s – VIC Showcase (Night of Man)
1:20 a.m.: Lord Scrummage
12:20 a.m.: Bird Names
11:20 p.m.: Salt Lick
10:20 p.m.: Aphasiacs
9:20 p.m.: Bad User Experience

12:40 a.m.: The Rogue Satellites
11:40 p.m.: The Perrenials
10:40 p.m.: The Mantons
9:40 p.m.: The Grateful Dads

1 a.m.: The Satin Peaches
Midnight: Destroy This Place
11 p.m.: Wolfbait
10 p.m.: The Cold Wave

Whiskey in the Jar
12:40 a.m.: Gun Lake
11:40 p.m.: Amateur Anthropologist
10:40 p.m.: Jeremy Porter & the Tucos
9:40 p.m.: Roofbeam Rye

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