For the sixth year in a row, Detroit x Detroit will be hosting 15 Detroit artists covering OTHER Detroit artists from past and present. The spectrum is large and the acts will be even larger. Every year, fans and artists alike gear up for this unique event where they can walk in the shoes of some of their favorite Detroit artists. The sky is the limit here in the D, and we know how to do our city proud. Our live music scene is unlike any other and the talent that will be gracing the stages this weekend can prove it.
This year’s event will be hosted by The Loving Touch in Ferndale on Saturday, February 20th, and emceed by the always-lovely ladies of Hip In Detroit. Doors are at 8pm and tickets will be available at the door for $10. This is also an all-ages event, so bring the kiddies or your grandma — we love to see generations of music lovers!
All proceeds will be going to a special scholarship at School of Rock to benefit our future young artists as they chase their rock n’ roll dreams here in Detroit and beyond.
For those that are new to the event, here’s the numerical run down:
15 bands playing 3 song-sets, alternating between 2 stages in 1 beautiful venue.
In honor of this glorious Detroit tradition, we’re going to pump you up with this week’s playlist, featuring a sampling of the artists performing at Detroit x Detroit VI!!
Check ‘em out below!
1. Escaping Pavement
…as Madonna – “Holiday”
This Americana, folk duo are taking their talent to new heights by playing as the pop-icon Madonna! We’re excited to see what they have up their sleeves for this artist since it differs so much from their traditional style. Get more info about Escaping Pavement here!
2. Stevie Soul and Omar Aragones
…as The Temptations – “The Way You Do The Things You Do”
Two independent artists coming together for a Motown get-down. These two soulful and rhythmic artists will definitely take their rendition of The Temptations to new heights and we are beyond excited to hear their set. Check out Stevie Soul and Omar Aragones here and here!
3. Wolf and The Crane
…as Wilson Pickett – “Mustang Sally”
Wolf and The Crane is a new “super group” of sorts with band members sprouting from all across the board including, Jibs Brown, Ryan Meadows (formerly from Nina & The Buffalo Riders), Katelynn Corll (from Blood & Wine), Wolf (from the Infatuations), and Nick St. Onge. We don’t want to ruin the surprise, but we caught wind that there might be some horns added to the already impressive group. Get ready to dance, because this is going to be one groovy show. Check out Wolf and The Crane here for more information!
4. Zander Michigan
…as Rodriguez – “Sugar Man”
Folk, Americana solo-man Zander Michigan will be bringing himself and his guitar to bring the essence of Rodriguez to life. There’s no denying that Zander will nail his part as Rodriguez with his simplistic style and story-telling lyrics. Get ready to be serenaded! Check out Zander Michigan here!
5. Go Tiger Go
…as My Pal Val – “Mister Sister”
The always energetic, Go Tiger Go will be rockin’ out Detroit favorite MPV (My Pal Val) this year, and we know for a fact that they aren’t taking their performance lightly. As an alternative/indie group, they are very much in their element and can’t hide their excitement as DETxDET gets closer. We suspect costumes and full-on MPV shenanigans to ensue. Until then, check out Go Tiger Go here!
6. The Messenger Birds
…as The White Stripes – “Blue Orchid”
Fuzz rock, blues, garage, punk — you could say The Messenger Birds chose wisely when they picked the iconic White Stripes for their band. They know how to rock heavy with that thick groove, just like Jack White. It’s going to be exciting to see their spin on this Detroit garage rock band that we all know and love. The Messenger Birds never disappoint, so make sure to check them out here!
7. Ancient Language
…as Sufjan Stevens – “Chicago”
We couldn’t think of a better artist for Ancient Language to cover than the world-renowned Sufjan Stevens. This eclectic folk, pop, indie, singer-songwriter artist has dominated the realm of multi-instrumental artists and has left us all with a warm and fuzzy feeling of pride here in Michigan. Ancient Language carries the same aesthetic as Sufjan with that same multi-instrumental talent and experimental nature. This will be a sight to see and we’re beyond excited. Don’t laugh if we shed a tear or two, because this will be epic. Check out their new EP here!
8. Jackson and The Poolsharks
…as Against The Grain – “Here To Stay”
Bluesy, rock n’ roll group, Jackson and The Poolsharks take on the challenge of covering one of the most popular thrash rock groups, Against The Grain. Jackson’s mellow and melodic nature will have to take a backseat to his aggressive heavy rock n’ roll side where they’ll be moving full-speed through thick guitar solos and chaotic drums. We know they have what it takes to master ATG and they’re going to leave you shocked and surprised at how hardcore they can really be. Before you gear up for their speed punk performance, check out their single here!
9. Willa Rae & The Minor Arcana
…as Blanche – “U Fell”
Americana, alternative country group Blanche will be a perfect fit for Willa Rae & The Minor Arcana as they nail the folk-blues vibe and Willa Rae destroys the vocals with her angelic voice. We know there’s some French entangled in Blanche’s discography, so we’re excited to see if they take on the challenge of singing in a different language! This will be a fun and quirky performance and we’re excited to see how similar their music is to one another! Check out Willa Rae & The Minor Arcana here!
10. School of Rock
…as The Stooges – “1969”
School of Rock will take to the stage as the headliners on Saturday and bust out their talent covering Detroit’s grimy and revolutionary rock n’ roll legends, The Stooges. These kids know how to rock and we can’t wait to see all of their hard work come to fruition on the stage. The Stooges were an iconic group here in the city and School of Rock will bring them back in all their glory. Heavy guitar, primitive drum beats and trolling bass—sounds like a darn good time. School of Rock rocks!
Check out the Official DETROIT x DETROIT IV Facebook Event for the full line-up you can expect on Saturday! Plus, follow @DETxDET on Twitter for more updates – including up-to-the-minute tweets, live from Saturday’s event!
We’ll see you there!