2 days, 3 nights of live music to showcase local, original bands and artists
FERNDALE, MI (August 25, 2010) – DIY Street Fair – the annual weekend event in Ferndale which celebrates do-it-yourself creative and entrepreneurial endeavors – has released its complete list of 43 musical acts performing among this year’s Main Stage and Official After Party lineups.
The event focuses on showcasing acts which perform original material and are based in and around the Detroit area. The 2010 event highlights the current wave of buzz-worthy rock, pop and indie acts in an ever-evolving pool of talent and creativity traditionally prevalent in area basements, garages and studios.
The lineup, organized by DIYSF Music Director, Carey Gustafson (Glass Action!, Handmade Detroit, Serenity Court), will include new, up-and-coming acts – such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Lettercamp and FAWN – as well as established groups with national and international recognition, including Electric Six, Goober and the Peas, Outrageous Cherry, and The Sights.
Gustafson, a musician, artist & event coordinator in the Detroit rock music community, believes finding bands which fit the criteria is not difficult. “At any given time during the year, there are some artists and groups playing around town or releasing records which you just can’t stop hearing about… those are the ones we like to invite.”
Gustafson continues, “This is a sample of hundreds of local bands who do it because of their passions before any expectations of fame… they know that you don’t have to leave the area – or get signed – to play out and make records. Audiences like the fact that the bands have not been run through the marketing machine – what you hear is 100% what the band themselves wants you to hear.”
“DIYSF performers tend to be focused on “doing it” rather than “making it”… and playing at venues committed to giving original bands a space to do it – places like PJ’s Lager House in Detroit, The Crofoot/Pike Room in Pontiac, The Magic Bag in Ferndale, and Small’s Bar in Hamtramck.”, said DIYSF board member, Annette Walowicz (Swamp Sisters, Serenity Court).
Recordings by this year’s performers will be available for purchase at a record stand on the event site managed by Bellyache Records label owner, Scotty Hagen. Hagen, known for bundling specially branded candy with releases by local artists, is a long-time champion of the local music community.
“I can’t think of more capable hands than Scotty’s to help people navigate the selection of local releases – vinyl 45s and LPs… CDs and DVDs – that will be available at DIYSF”, said Gustafson.
“Whether a performer has released a couple hundred hand-drawn 45s, or full albums which have gone gold with distribution in markets across the globe, is irrelevant to us … what matters is that they are good bands, they are of this place, and they are doing it all right here in our own backyards”, said event founder, Chris Johnston.
About DIY Street Fair
DIY Street Fair is a free event open to the public taking place September 17, 18 and 19 on E. Troy Street, South of 9 Mile in Ferndale. The event board annually invites participating bands, artists, crafters, businesses, brewers, and restaurants which exemplify DIY ethic and demonstrate local presence, originality, grass-roots nature, and contribution to local creative culture. Information: www.diystreetfair.com
Kristin von Bernthal
Full 2010 Lineup:
American Mars – Augie&Korin – Citizen Smile – Conspiricy Of Owls – Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jr – Electric Six – Fawn – Old Empire – The Barrettes – The Bell Beat – The Blueflowers – The Deadbeat Beat – The Drags – Chris Richards and the Subtractions – Duende – FUR – Goober & The Peas – Jason Dake – Legendary Creatures – Lettercamp – The Beggars – The Cold Wave – The Meltdowns – The Questions – The Satin Peaches – The Sights – The Silent Years – The Sirens – Mike Reed – Millions Of Brazilians – Mood Elevator – Neon Escape – Oblisk – Outrageous Cherry – Prussia – Robin Goodfellow – Secret Twins – Sheefy McFly & The Doloreans – Skeleton Birds – Skin And Bones – Spitting Nickels – Summer Pledge – Volebeats