Labors of love!
Here's a handful of bands appearing Hamtramck's Labor Day Festival.
Published: August 29, 2012
For full details, see hamtownfest.com.
The Kickstand Band
At 5 p.m. Sept. 1, South Stage
Spritely indie-pop trio with a debut album due out soon.
Melvin Davis & the United Sounds
At 8 p.m. Sept. 1, South Stage
Detroit's self-proclaimed soul ambassador, Davis is smoother than mom's pudding.
At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, North Stage
Joey Mazzola's power-pop garage monster band will bring tunes galore.
At 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1, North Stage
Nothing to do with the Annihilator tune of the same name, these guys play experimental pop, and do so with aplomb.
Michael Hurtt & his Haunted Hearts
At 5 p.m. Sept. 2, South Stage
Hurtt loves old rockabilly, and the likes of Jack Scott and Eddie Cochran can be heard in the scratchy, gloriously fuzzy 45s that his band puts out.
At 4:30 p.m. Sept. 2, North Stage
Awesome electro-pop project featuring Jason Revoir. His Jesus Chainsaw Massacre cover will hopefully get an airing.
At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2, North Stage
Former members of the Decks get a little grittier while retaining the surf-rock sprit.
At 6 p.m. Sept. 3, South Stage
Matt Smith will blast through a set of power-pop brilliance, then piss off to see the other bands. Pat his back when you see him in the crowd.
At 7 p.m. Sept. 3, South Stage
Atmospheric electro-shoegaze dude Deastro will likely bring the somber to the festival, in a good way. Sway along, congregation.
At 9 p.m. Sept. 3, South Stage
Motown session maestro Coffey has an arsenal of tunes that better-known legends would envy. And he's a killer guitarist.
At 3 and 4 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage
Polka madness but then, to be fair, this is Hamtramck. Just dance, dammit.
At 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage
Nothing ambient about these guys — expect noisy punk rock from one of the bands that does it best.
Destroy This Place
At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage
Post-hardcore dudes who have some of the catchiest melodies you'll hear all weekend, all buried under a ton of barbed wire.
At 8:30 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage
Don't talk, just watch and listen. Pewter Cub's lush indie pop is beautiful. Ssshhh! Listen.
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