‘Tis the season…to give dancing a reason! Is there really a better way to warm up around the holidays than to spend a night rocking and rolling to some of Metro Detroit’s best tunes in some of the best Metro Detroit venues? We don’t think so…

The guys over at Black Iris Booking in Detroit have jam-packed 20 bands into a night of holiday festivities. Black Christmas 2014 will take place this Friday, December 26th, at the Majestic Complex. That’s right – 20 bands, spread out over four stages at The Majestic Theatre, Garden Bowl, Magic Stick, and the Magic Stick Lounge – and six hours of music. Better dust off those dancing shoes…

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We thought we’d get a jump-start on all of this holiday fun and dedicate this week’s Detroit Proud Playlist to five of the Black Christmas 2014 Detroit bands…check them out!

The Suicide Machines – Take the Stage at The Majestic Theatre at 11:30pm

The Suicide Machines

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1.    “New Girl”
2.    “The Real You”
The Suicide Machines are an American punk rock band that formed in early 1991 in Detroit. The group never reached commercial mainstream success, despite being signed to a major record label for their first four albums, but they did receive a high amount of underground recognition through non-stop touring. They disbanded in 2006, and have played a few reunion shows – including this Friday’s Black Christmas – find out more here!

Negative Approach – Take the Stage at The Majestic Theatre at 10:30pm

Negative Approach

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3.    “Tied Down”
4.    “Said and Done”
Considered a pioneer in hardcore punk music in the Midwest region, Negative Approach is a hardcore punk band formed in 1981 in Detroit and to this day, they continue to be influential. In fact, they’re now idolized in the Detroit rock underground and punk subculture scenes. They disbanded in 1984, but reformed in 2006. Find out more here!

St. Thomas Boys Academy – Take the Stage at the Magic Stick Lounge at 7pm

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St. Thomas Boys Academy

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5.    “Let Me Go”
6.    “Just Believe”
A high-energy punk meets ska band, St. Thomas Boys Academy know how to put on a show. They love to have fun and play real punk music with raw guitar and echoing vocals. Check out more from them here!

Wilson – Takes the Stage at The Majestic Theatre at 9:45pm


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7.    “My Life, My Grave”
8.    “Snake Eyes”
A group of five goofball rockers from Detroit, Wilson doesn’t like to take themselves too seriously, but it doesn’t leave their music lacking. Their sound is loud and in-your-face with Detroit attitude and that keeps them going. They’ve been non-stop touring since 2010 and they’re gearing up for a tour of Europe in 2015! Check out more from them here!

Poison Tongues – Take the Stage at The Majestic Theatre at 7pm

Poison Tongues

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9.    “Toughen Up”
10.    “Murder City Breakdown”
Poison Tongues play traditional hardcore punk-rock. They consider the ‘90s style of hardcore punk, much like Negative Approach, as one of their biggest influences when it comes to their music. Check out more from them here!

Doors open at 6pm on Friday, December 26th. Tickets are only $20 for the first 250 people there, and after that, they go up to $30. For more information, to see the full line-up, or to purchase tickets, click here!

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Who are YOU most excited to catch at Black Christmas this Friday?