One thing that’s really cool – and sets the Detroit music scene apart from many other cities – is our sense of community. Those who live and breathe music, whether they’re a part of a band or a supporter in the audience, appreciate each other and come together for the love of music – we truly create a little community for those whose passion is music.

One of the outcomes of members of our music scene coming together is a new tradition, Fallout Fest. Created by local musician Jesse Shepherd-Bates (from the Detroit bands The HandGrenades and The Satin Peaches) along with a few others, Fallout Fest is an annual music and art festival in Hamtramck. It’s a celebration that closes out the festival season in Detroit, as summer ends and fall begins. In its second year, Fallout Fest is back and gearing up to take place at the New Dodge Lounge on Joseph Campau.

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(credit: Crystal Mielcarek)

(credit: Crystal Mielcarek)

There will be live music, food, drinks, and local art vendors. The fest starts at 7pm on October 11th – there will be two stages and 10 bands performing throughout the night, starting at 8:30pm. We’ve decided to dedicate this playlist to that impressive line-up. So, check them out! And don’t miss Fallout Fest 2…find more information here!

TART – 8:30pm – Wasteland Stage – “Peacock Culture”



A new band, started by Adam Michael Lee Padden (formally a member of The Hounds Below) and Zee Bricker, TART is an experimental, indie-electronic band with a new wave feel. They’re catchy though, check them out here!

Le Voyage – 9:00pm – Bunker Stage – “Hold”

Le Voyage


Le Voyage originally started out as a solo project of singer/songwriter Joel Sanders (also now playing in The HandGrenades) in his own studio. Now a four-piece, Le Voyage is taking over Detroit as a rock-pop experimental electronic group. Check them out here!

Valley Hush – 9:30pm – Wasteland Stage – “Journey Into Golden”

Valley Hush


Experimental indie-pop with electronic elements, Valley Hush is a duo made up of Alex Kaye (of Autumn Wolf) and Lianna Vanicelli (formerly of Phantasmagoria). Between the two of them, they are “Cramming many emotions into tiny fragments of sound and time, for you.” Check them out here!

My Pal Val – 10:00pm – Bunker Stage – “Castle”

My Pal Val


My Pal Val is a vibrant trio that fuses alternative rock, blues, and grunge, and borrows from the 1990s in all the right ways. One thing that’s for sure is their sound is totally unique. Check them out here!

Loretta Lucas – 10:30pm – Wasteland Stage – “Casanova”

Loretta Lucas


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Singer-songwriter Loretta Lucas plays a happy indie-pop with a folk-flair. She’s got a smoky-smooth voice and it’s highly addicting. Check her out here!

Javelins – 11:00pm – Bunker Stage – “Square Hips”



Javelins had immediate success, after playing their first few shows around town, way back when. Their music is indie-rock and it’s filled with catchy harmonies and intelligent lyrics. Check them out here!

Siamese – 11:30pm – Wasteland Stage – “Mass Production”



A five-piece group, Siamese plays an experimental electronic new wave sound with post-punk elements. It’s fun and danceable, while still keeping it edgy and hip. Check them out here!

The High Strung – 12:00am – Bunker Stage – “I Got Your Back”

The High Strung


You may remember The High Strung as the goofballs who left their tour bus at the footsteps of the entrance to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – or maybe from their hit song “The Luck You Got” which is the theme-song for the show Shameless? Either way – check them out here!

El Dee – 12:30am – Wasteland Stage – “Endearment”

El Dee


Lead singer and pianist Lauren Deming spent years trying to create something that fulfills her desire for a meaningful and audience-worthy album. As their Facebook says, “this dark, yet sing-able, collection of passion-drenched, heart-melting, soon-to-be-your-favorite songs,” and we think she’s hit the mark. Check them out here!

PONYSHOW – 1:00am – Bunker Stage – “Yeah, My Ears”



From three former members of the Detroit rock sensation The Von Bondies, comes a new group – PONYSHOW. They played their debut set at this year’s Metro Times Blowout back in April, but with the musical talent of this trio, we can’t wait to see where they take us. Check them out here!

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Who are you most excited to see at Fallout Fest 2?