It’s that time of year again, Detroit Proud music followers! The annual Metro Times Pig & Whiskey festival is coming back to Ferndale – and they’re bringing an epic list of Detroit talent. The Pig & Whiskey festival is hosted by Metro Times Detroit and the WAB (Woodward Avenue Brewers) to celebrate delicious BBQ, whiskey, and entertainment. In its fourth year running, the festival will take place in downtown Ferndale this coming weekend, July 18, 19, and 20 – with live music and events each night. Oh, and did we mention this is a FREE event? Yep – that’s one of our favorite parts too.

Pig and Whiskey Festival


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Aside from live music, each night, attendees will be overloaded with choices for delicious foods and drinks for purchase from local restaurants and bars including Detroit BBQ, The WAB, Slow’s BBQ, RUB BBQ Pub, Smoke Ring BBQ, Imperial, Cork, Como’s, Public House, The Stand Birmingham, The Loving Touch, and Toast.

For this week’s playlist, we thought we’d shine a light on a few of the festival’s local performers…so check them out! And don’t miss them at Pig & Whiskey this weekend! For more information on the festival, visit their website here!

Also, find the complete weekend’s lineup here!

The Ill Itches – “Michigan Ave Meltdown”

The Ill Itches


The Ill Itches encase everything that is Detroit-style garage rock. They’re fierce, raucous, and never fail to excite a crowd during their live sets. They play Friday at 6:30pm on the Jack Daniels stage and on the after party stage on Saturday. Find them here!

Oak Bones – “8 Mile On Fire”

Oak Bones


An experimental blend of traditional rock and roll with R&B, Oak Bones is quickly proving their name around town with strong lyrics and catchy hooks. They also love to interact with their audience during their shows – don’t miss them! Look for them live on the Jack Daniels stage at 7:15pm on Friday. Find more from them here!

Duende – “Do What I Want”



Their style is definitely one of their own; Duende completely radiates originality with their unique combination of country-rock and psychdelica. They hit the Jack Daniels stage on Friday at 8:00pm. Don’t miss them! Check them out here!

Electric Corpse – “She Lets The Light In”

Electric Corpse


Electric Corpse definitely sets themselves apart from most bands you’ll find…they’re new wave indie rock with a Goth flair, and it’s intoxicating. A three-piece band that bleeds poetic lyrics over dramatically beautiful melodies, Electric Corpse plays Friday on the after party stage. Check them out here!

Sean Forbes – “I’m Deaf”

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Sean Forbes


Sean Forbes has quite an interesting story. He’s an accomplished and passionate musician, and he’s also deaf. He makes great music – and aside from that, he is also a co-founder of D-PAN, The Deaf Professional Arts Network, an organization that has been making music accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community by creating American Sign Language interpretation music videos of popular songs. Cool, right? Catch him on Saturday, at 6:05pm on the Jack Daniels stage. Also, find him here!

The Whiskey Charmers – “Vampire”

The Whiskey Charmers


The Whiskey Charmers is the Americana Roots duo. Their haunting melodies tell stories of love, heartbreak, the open road, and of course, whiskey – so naturally they would play at the Pig & Whiskey fest. Hear them live on Saturday at 1:00pm on the Jack Daniels stage. Find more from them here!

The Blueflowers – “Over You”

The Blueflowers


What started as a song-writing and guitar-playing husband and wife duo has expanded to a six-piece band, The Blueflowers play an indie folk-noir, with elements of Americana. They have the vintage sounds of Roy Orbison and The Zombies, but also capture a more modern sound similar to Mazzy Star. See them Saturday on the Jack Daniels stage at 5:00pm! Hear more from them here!

The HandGrenades – “Wrapped In Plastic”

The HandGrenades


The HandGrenades play an upbeat, youthful indie pop-rock. They blend together catchy rhythms and harmonizing melodies. “Wrapped in Plastic” is a track off their new EP, 52 – watch the official music video here. They play the Jack Daniels stage on Saturday at 8:00pm! Don’t miss them live! Hear more from them here!

Escaping Pavement – “Drive Me To Sadness”

Escaping Pavement


Escaping Pavement describe their sound as “Americana on the rocks with a splash of folk. Sounds like The Civil Wars and Dawes rolled into one,” and we couldn’t agree with that more. They have a long list of tour dates, apart from the Pig & Whiskey festival. See them live on the Jack Daniels stage at 1:00pm on Sunday. And check them out here!

The Infatuations – “Harley Girl”

The Infatuations


The Infatuations play a hard-hitting, soul-driving rock. They’re known around town for their electrifying live performances and infectious energy on stage. So, you know you don’t want to miss all the fun, they play the Jack Daniels stage on Sunday at 5:40pm! Check them out here!

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Who are you most excited to catch at this year’s Pig & Whiskey fest?