Rounding out the last week of July, this week’s CW50 Detroit Proud Playlist includes tunes from a few singer-songwriters, a bit of country-folk, and the grungy Detroit rock, to a ’50s-inspired 16-year-old rocker, as well as a few long-time loves. Also, find one of the originators of techno music in our set. Did you know he was from Detroit? Check it out!
“We all have real jobs now and do the ‘grown-up’ thing, but this is my way to break free from that – we just love music.” You may remember the name Scott Allen from the band Thunderbirds Are Now! – the Metro Detroit band that made a name for themselves in the early 2000s, signing with French Kiss Records and touring throughout Europe, America, and parts of Australia at a very young age.
Get your pen and paper ready for this week’s edition of the DETROIT PROUD: Playlist, because you’ll definitely want to take note of the bands and artists we have this week! From alternative country to electronic-pop, to folk-noir to 1920s inspired acoustic blues, there’s a little something for every music lover out there.
Mittenfest fans, listen up: this year, the annual tradition that celebrates music, culture, and generates money for good cause has a new edition to the festivities: S’Mittenfest. The kickoff for the newest Detroit summer tradition will be headlined with 21 bands – 20 of which are from Michigan and 1 from Ohio – and all proceeds will go to help fund the non-profit organization 826 Michigan. Mittenfest, 826 Michigan’s winter festival, has been a successful 7-year running tradition in Detroit and has managed to raise over $75,000 in support of its free programs for school aged children.
“The fact that it’s got such a great history makes me want to be a part of it, in some small way. It may never ever work out that way, but when it’s all said and done, I would like to have in some way made a fingerprint on the culture of this city, and the attitude toward it. It also holds us to a certain standard musically.” Those are the words of Cameron Navetta, acoustic guitar and vocals for the Detroit band Jet Rodriguez, speaking of Detroit’s renowned music scene.