Eugene Strobe talks first annual Hamtramck Music Festival
While Blowout moves to the spring, Hamtramck retains its March music fest.
Published: February 26, 2014
MT: What can you say about the lineup that you guys booked?
Strobe: There’s an amazing lineup of local talent. We have one band from Chicago that was supposed to play at Cliff Bell’s but something happened with Cliff Bell’s, so we just kind of gobbled them up. And Melvin Davis is having a 45 record release party at Paycheck’s that we’re excited about.
MT: What can you tell us about Ben’s Encore?
Strobe: Ben’s Encore is a nonprofit that we’re working with. They’re a great organization that provides opportunities for youth that are interested in music and art. The name is taken from Ben [Barowiak], who passed away a few years back, and this foundation was set up in his honor. They’ve been a great organization and they’ve been really helpful in providing services and advice. That’s why they’re our umbrella sponsor for the event.
MT: Your price is pretty good: $10 for two nights, Friday and Saturday.
Strobe: Actually, the festival has a kickoff party at Small’s on Thursday, which is the opening party of it. And that’s a free event, and you can buy a wristband there, so it’s pretty much three nights of music for $10. It’s all-access, so you can get into any show with the wristband. We wanted to keep it affordable. I have friends who complain about beer that is over $3, and I have friends who are willing to pay $12 for a seasonal pint of beer from who knows where. We wanted to make it appealing to anyone who wants to come down to the festival.
MT: We know it’s perhaps too soon to say this, but are you thinking of doing it again next year?
Strobe: Oh, yeah. This is definitely the first annual. It will happen every year. As long as there’s a planet Earth, this festival’s going to happen.
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