Ferndale’s annual Pig & Whiskey Festival returns this weekend for its fifth year – and with that, comes a terrific line-up of local music! What’s better than BBQ, Beer, & Bourbon all in one place? Enjoying all of these with a soundtrack featuring some of Detroit’s favorite (and mega-talented) artists!
The Pig & Whiskey Festival kicks off on Friday evening, July 17th, and continues through the weekend until Sunday evening, July 19th. To kick the party off early, we’ve created a dedicated Playlist to some of the fantastic local acts you’ll hear this weekend in Ferndale. Check ’em out!READ MORE: The Detroit Zoo To Host Its Final Weekend Of Family-Friendly Halloween Event 'Zoo Boo' Oct. 22-24
1. David Bierman Overdrive – “Superhuman” – Saturday at 3:15pm
Recognize the name David Bierman? This former frontman of Detroit’s Junk Monkeys recently gathered a group of fellow talents (from other familiar acts like The High Strung, American Mars, Blanche, The Blueflowers, and more) to form the David Bierman Overdrive. Don’t miss these five talented gents on Saturday afternoon! Check out rockin’ tracks like “Superhuman” on the DBO official site here!
2. The Hummingbirds – “Vancouver” – Sunday at 12:00pm
The sweet, stripped-down Americana sounds of The Hummingbirds are a great music bed for a summer Sunday afternoon. It’s no wonder this dynamic duo have such an on-stage chemistry – after all, they’re husband and wife! Acoustic guitars and tender vocals make for easy listening from this pair of Detroit natives. Listen to “Vancouver” here!
3. The HandGrenades – “Heart Like Yours” – Friday at 7:50pm
The HandGrenades are no stranger to Pig & Whiskey, and with their 3-part harmonies and danceable melodies, it’s no wonder these five fellas are back on this year’s schedule. The HGs are currently in-studio recording tracks for an upcoming LP…so if you want to catch their latest material, be sure to stop by their set on Friday! Listen to “Heart Like Yours” here!
4. The Muggs – “Lightning Cries” – Saturday at 6:30pm
The Muggs have been making waves in Detroit with their smooth blues-rock since 2000 and have a slew of awards to show for it, including multiple Detroit Music Awards. The Muggs have fans all over though – they just wrapped yet another European tour, having just returned to The D last month from their latest trip! Check out “Spit And Gristle” here, off their latest album, Straight Up Boogaloo!
5. Le Voyage – “That Look” – Saturday at 5:30pm
Le Voyage is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Joel Sanders, and also features the talents of Ryan Wood, Jan Kruszewski (who you might recognize from Sugar Baron), Doug Wilson, and Zach Pliska (you know him from George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus, VSTRS, Fur, and…well, you get the idea). With toe-tapping tracks that you can’t help but move to, we can’t get enough of them! Check out ‘That Look” here!READ MORE: Kalamazoo Tests For Lead Exposure Following High-Lead Level Reports In Other Michigan Cities
6. Oak Bones – “Livin’ A Lie” – Saturday at 8:40pm
Oak Bones is a perfect fit for Pig & Whiskey. Acoustic guitars, raucous vocals, and a steady beat capture a terrific summertime energy, and we’re looking forward to seeing ’em live, after a bit of a live show hiatus. Listen to “Livin’ A Lie” here!
7. Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms – “Looking Forward to Looking Back” – Sunday at 5:20pm
What do Red Shirt Brigade, Thunderbirds Are Now!, Friendly Foes, and Destroy This Place all have in common? Ryan Allen. A familiar name (and face) in the Detroit music scene, Ryan’s mastered the power pop genre, and recently released his second solo album under the moniker Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms (with the “Extra Arms” being guest appearances by both family and fellow musicians on his records). Listen to “Looking Forward to Looking Back” here!
8. Old Empire – “Taking Chances”– Saturday at 7:45pm
A five-piece outfit with a sweet vocal blend from Gabe Dodson and Laura Rock, Old Empire should definitely be on your must-see list for Pig & Whiskey. Listen to “Taking Chances” here!
9. Will Sessions – “Good Things” – Friday at 9:50pm
A blend of funk, hip-hop, jazz, and soul, Will Sessions has a sound unlike any other we’ve heard lately. With impressive percussion & horn sections, they’ve got a live set you won’t want to miss. Check out “Good Things” here!
10. Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men – “Watchin’ Em Fall” – Sunday at 7:40pm
We think it’s pretty awesome that a band that cites “whiskey-fueled performances” in their band bio is slated to rock the stage at Pig & Whiskey. On a more serious note though, Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men have a great energy, and we’re looking forward to catching their Americana-esque folk rock on Sunday! Check them out here!
To see the full line-up or to find more information, visit the official Pig & Whiskey Festival website here!
Note: Pig & Whiskey Festival is all ages – but must be 21 or older to consume alcohol.