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  • Henry Cavill and Amy Adams spotted at Pig & Whiskey

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Labor Day Festivals Guide

As Labor Day weekend approaches, MT has compiled a definitive list for a memorable last hurrah.

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8.31; Budweiser Rock Stage

Howling Diablos (9:45 p.m.)

With Tino Gross’ Howling Diablos, you know exactly what you’re going to get — smooth blues and Gross’ likeable, gruff vocals. It’ll get funky, so wear your dance pants.

 

9.1; Main Stage

Kaleido (5 p.m.)

Kaleido have made sure all the boxes have been checked for some potential mainstream success. Image, quirky pop rock tunes, being seen in the right places, etc. Now they have to keep working hard — and cross their fingers.

 

Ty Stone (6:30 p.m.)

One of the city’s great gifts, Stone has a voice to seduce angels (and they don’t even have genitals). The man can write an alt-country song — and his band is killer. Mainstream success? Pah! You’ve always got Detroit, sir.

 

9.1; Soaring Eagle Stage

Ryan Dillaha & the

Miracle Men (2:15 p.m.)

One of Detroit’s best-kept secrets, Dillaha is a majestic songwriter who disguises epic tunes with subtle, gorgeous musicianship.

 

9.1; Ford 89X Stage

Bill Grogan’s Goat (2:15 p.m.)

Celtic rock, but not Celtic punk; forget the Dropkick Murphys, these guys take a progressive rock approach to classics like “Danny Boy,” as well as their originals. Still, joy-filled and stomp-heavy though.

 

9.1; Budweiser Rock Stage

The Ruiners (6:30 p.m.)

Still one of the best live bands in Detroit, the Ruiners also now have a bunch of great tunes thanks to a killer second album. Fingers crossed that Rick Ruiner will light his pants on fire.

 

Amy Gore & Her Valentines (8 p.m.)

Rock chicks singing about cars and partying, power-pop style? Count us in. Mind you, Gore can write a sweet ballad too.

 

Jennifer Westwood (9:45 p.m.)

Detroit’s own country princess, Westwood and her band have been slogging away for a few years and are finally making some headway. Go see.

 

9.2; Main Stage

Sponge (6:45 p.m.)

Vinnie Dombroski’s Sponge was up there with Detroit’s biggest exports in the ’90s. The sales might not be as grand nowadays, but the most recent songs are just as powerful — the perfect festival band.

 

9.2; Soaring Eagle Stage

Dutch Pink (5:30 p.m.)

Hard-rocking alt-blues band with awesome, interchangeable male/female vocals and guitar work that will make your ears melt, but in a good way.

 

The Orbitsuns (8:30 p.m.)

Vinnie Dombroski is playing the main stage with Sponge, but he’s always happy to drag out his cow-punk band and dust off his Stetson. Josie Wales ain’t got nothin’ on these outlaws.

 

9.2; Ford 89X Stage

Electric Graffiti (12:45 p.m.)

Fresh-faced female pop-rockers with youth and talent on their side. Catchy tunes, blessed with sunshine melodies, and some genuine heartfelt emotion.

 

Citizen Zero (8:15 p.m.)

Yup, we used to hate the music produced by this fresh-faced metal outfit. But then they went and surprised the hell out of us by hitting their stride with an awesome second album. Now we like them, so check them out.

 

9.2; Budweiser Rock Stage

The Muggs (6:30 p.m.)

Former reality stars — turned blues-rock vets — the Muggs will skin you alive with their sludgy tunes and then roll you in salt. It’ll hurt, but it will be worth it.

 

10th Annual

Panic in Hamtramck

 

8.29; Painted Lady

Heroes & Villains, Salted, Platinum Selection, Chatoyant (9 p.m.-2 a.m.)

It’s an eclectic first night at this year’s Panic. Expect Detroit Psych from Heroes & Villains, proggy psych pop from Michigan’s own Platinum Selection and acid-jazz freakouts from Detroit-based Chatoyant.      As always, Panic organizer Timmy Vulgar throws in an out-of-town act; this year it’s a band from Austin, Texas, called Salted — and they will thrill the house with its no-wave sounds

 

8.30; Painted Lady

Wolf Eyes, F’ke Blood, Obnox, Anguish (9 p.m.-2 a.m.)

Bring those earplugs: This show features the face-melting sounds of Michigan noise kings Wolf Eyes; Detroit proto metal from Anguish; a heavy punk duo from Cleveland called Obnox; and a performance from Detroit no-wavers F’ke Blood — marking the release of their new LP.

 

8.31; Chiipss Skate Shop

Stale Fish, Party Plates,

Drunk Dom & the Roaches (6-9 p.m.)

An early evening, free show, takes over the half-pipe in the back of Chiipss, the skate shop that touched down in Hamtramck a year ago. The “ramp jam” bill includes Detroit skate-rockers Stale Fish, heavy stoner punk from Party Plates and “Detroit scum country” from Drunk Dom & the Roaches.

 

8.31; Painted Lady

Cheater Slicks, Richard Papiercuts, Circus Boy, Eroders (9 p.m.-2 a.m.)

Finishing up the fest big, the last night’s bill features Cheater Slicks, a band that’s a garage punk legend from Columbus, Ohio, as well as New York weirdo punks Richard Papiercuts, a performance by the awesome Motor City punk ’n’ rollers Circus Boy, and Detroit punk garage from the Eroders.

 

Michigan State Fair, Novi

 

8.31; Entertainment Tent

Marshall Crenshaw and the

Bottle Rockets (8:45 p.m.)

Without a doubt, it’s worth journeying to Novi for the State Fair just to see Marshall Crenshaw. The man could fart a pop-rock classic if he were so inclined — so talented is every inch of his existence. Seriously, there are few better songwriters alive. If you haven’t seen him yet, you should.

 

Michigan Renaissance Festival

 

Ongoing throughout festival

Roane

As one might expect from this festival, these lovely lassies sing olde timee music using trad instruments and gorgeous harmonies. Expect sea shanties and Celtic tunes about days of old — when knights were bold and shit like that.

 

Tartanic

Not one set of bagpipes but two.

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