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5 Acts, 5 Venues, 1 Day, 1 City: Detroit, Michigan, USA, 9-5-2015

IMG_7550No point on Detroit’s cultural calendar more fully epitomizes its lofty status as an American music capitol than Labor Day weekend, and 2015 did absolutely nothing to diminish that stellar rep. On Saturday, September 5th, we here at I♥DM set out to get our minds blown by a meaty roster of acts that included an established legend, a current chart-topper and a handful of talented newcomers. Mission accomplished, fools. We started our day in the late afternoon at the 36th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, in downtown’s Hart Plaza, where we caught a stirring hour long performance by famed guitar virtuoso, Stanley Jordan of Chicago, who’s inimitable playing style still inspires IMG_7571awe, even after nearly three decades since we first witnessed it. Next, we took a short spin up I-75 to the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival, also in its 36th year, where upon the south stage, at Caniff & Jos Campau, we witnessed a high-energy quartet of noisy, local post-punkers by the name of Radio Burns, who’s performance left us wondering how they remain virtually unknown. We fully expect that to change, and soon. Another IMG_7595couple-a miles up I-75 and we next found ourselves at the 18th incarnation of Royal Oak’s (formerly Pontiac’s) “Arts, Beats & Eats” festival, where we took in the most immense and heavily attended production of our day: Provo, Utah popsters, Neon Trees. Three annual Metro Detroit music festival’s later, and it was finally midnight, the clubbing hour, so we headed back into the city once again, to TV Lounge at Grand River & 4th, where an entirely fresh spectrum of sound was presented by one DJ Tennis aka Manfredi Romano, of Italy via New Jersey, who IMG_7645rocked us ’til 2 am. Finally, to finish off our day of musical indulgence and excess, we headed to The Works at Michigan & Rosa Parks, where we took in an intense two hours of live mixing by local Minus recording artist, Asher Perkins, who truly scraped all remaining wax build-up from our eardrums with a brutal assault of 140-beats-per-minute, in-your-face techno crafted strictly for Detroit’s late-night hard-core underground. Much like a jet engine, or an angry baby, screaming straight in your face, nope, it wasn’t for everyone. And rightfully so. In conclusion then, Labor Day weekend 2015: still ringing in our ears. Check out the video evidence below. Until next year then. ~I♥DM

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Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.

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