We have FINALLY made it to the most amazing part of summer…the sun is shining (read: we made it through four straight months of rain), we’re all out on boats, at barbecues, and truly enjoying the best of summer in Michigan. Pig & Whiskey Festival encapsulates a Michigan summer in one weekend: awesome BBQ food, cold drinks and an excellent mix of live music.

Although Pig & Whiskey is a huge festival, it is local in nature – with everything about it being Michigan-based. With an array of music and free entrance, each night has a unique flavor in its musical lineup. There is absolutely nothing quite like a night out at 9 Mile and East Troy, standing outside in beautiful weather listening to music. We’ve curated a schedule with an eclectic mix of bands that pairs well with any kind of BBQ, brew, or whiskey that you choose to enjoy alongside the music.

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6pm – Remnose – Waiting On The Wind

Slow your night down with quintessential Detroit indie-rockers Remnose. The four-piece band recently released their new album Waiting On The Wind, with a sticky, summery single carrying the album’s name. Grab a smooth glass of whiskey and sway into your Friday night with Remnose, kicking your weekend off with their soft guitar melodies and smooth vocals.

7pm – The Lows – Love Xtinction

Detroit-based quintet The Lows play next on Friday night. If you want to experience a powerful rock show that is layered with groove-filled melodies and a sound reminiscent of The Black Keys meets Alice In Chains meets Smashing Pumpkins, this is the band to experience. “Love Xtinction” is their energetic 2019 single with more songs coming later this summer. Get ready to grab a beer and head bang at this set!


11:40pm – Proton Candy – Over Open Water

One of the best parts about Pig & Whiskey is the after parties at The Loving Touch. Only steps away from where the festival takes place after the outdoor sets are over, walk over and let Proton Candy be the band to cap off your evening the right way. Fueled by whimsical, synth-heavy melodies, the electronic dream-pop duo creates unique, intricate sounds…the perfect set to cool down from the summer heat.


2pm – Adventures With Vultures – Youth & Danger

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Adventures with Vultures is one of the first acts to perform on Pig & Whiskey’s Saturday lineup. With an extremely recent July 2019 single release, solo singer-songwriter Matt Sauter combines dusty folk elements with soulful vocals that intertwine with shimmering melodies. Perfect for an early summer evening, be prepared to dance around to Sauter’s storytelling songs that are influenced by people and places, and evocative of Shakey Graves and Nathaniel Rateliff.

4:30pm – Jerry Dreams – California Dreams

Dreamy, intergalactic vibes are apparent in Jerry Dreams’ songs, and that makes them the perfect band to catch after you slow down with the other bands. Their sticky, surfy, psych-rock songs combine with Kevin Kline’s smooth vocals and moving lyrics that shine much like Best Coast and Lord Huron.


7:30pm – Michigan Rattlers – Illinois Sky

Michigan Rattlers headline Saturday’s after party at The Loving Touch. The perfect way to end a Saturday night, their energetic folk music will leave you moving and grooving. Rolling Stone Magazine named them one of “Ten Country Artists You Need to Know” in 2016, and for good reason – the band went on to play major music festivals like Bonnaroo and Firefly. Obviously this makes them an amazing band to check out in a more intimate venue, so stick around, grab a cold beer and a friend, and dance the night away.


1:30pm – Emma Guzman – Roots

Singer-songwriter Emma Guzman is one of the earliest acts on Sunday and is the perfect act to kick off our day and cure a hangover from the night before. Her honeyed vocals and songwriting style is reminiscent of Florence & The Machine. Her talent and gifts are apparent, as Guzman has been a musician from a young age, studying theatre and voice at Interlochen and becoming a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Choir. Her live show will be a perfect way to start off your Sunday (before or after brunch!).

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers – Evening Coffee

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers are the final headliner of the weekend, closing out the festival on Sunday night. Their harmonious tunes and unique sounds will leave you boogying and having a good time. With an energetic, entertaining live show, Hertler and his band showers the audience with smiles and positive vibes…as you can’t listen to their music and NOT be happy. The band’s recent album Paper Castle is filled with indisputably groovy melodies and soaring vocals by Hertler, entwined with lively bass lines and soulful brass sections.

Catch a full playlist of these songs and more by following the Pig & Whiskey curated Spotify playlist here:

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Pig & Whiskey is the epic summer celebration of booze, BBQ, and live music. Located in downtown Ferndale on 9 Mile Road and East Troy between the WAB and The Emory. All ages, free admission.


Kathlyn Mooradian