This Sunday, July 3rd at 4PM, the first session of Live and Raw, a stripped-down, acoustic set will be taking place at The Skip, one of the new additions to The Belt. (Don’t know The Belt? It’s an alleyway between Broadway and Library St., linking Grand River Ave. and Gratiot Ave., which displays artwork and murals from local, national and international artists.)

Live and Raw focuses on the artist and their music in its purist form. It will be unplugged, acoustic and intimate, promoting the connection of artist and listener with a strong appreciation for the artist’s journey. It’s not just your typical “show up and rock out” kind of event. It will be taking place on a Sunday afternoon, a day and time most venues aren’t competing over. Passersby will be able to stop and enjoy a free show in an open-air setting and attendees can relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. The event will be filmed and produced to give those unable to attend a glimpse into what Detroit music is all about. Artists of all genres will be welcome to showcase their work, as this will be one of many sessions across Detroit with a set list of three or four artists playing each show.

The Belt

(photo from The Belt’s Facebook page, with credit to Sal Rodriguez)

Live and Raw will be hosted by Fanic Music, a Detroit start-up focused on supporting local artists and showcasing their talent through a music platform (currently in the final stages of development). Their mission is straightforward and genuine: help artists succeed. This is a breath of fresh air for many in the industry where help is often costly and many artists go unnoticed.

In a time when people are constantly connected, it only makes sense to connect on a deeper level with the art of our city and those that make it their purpose to provide it.

Artists playing  the inaugural Live and Raw this Sunday are Sam Buis, Willa Rae and The Minor Arcana, Eddie Logix w/ Goldzilla, and Jet Rodriguez.

Stop by Sunday and check it out!


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