Local metro Detroit artists will come together to celebrate the area’s rich music history at the eighth annual Detroit by Detroit festival. 15 Detroit area bands will take over the Loving Touch in Ferndale and cover 15 other acts with ties to Detroit. From Stevie Wonder to Jack White, the festival celebrates the past, present, and future of the Detroit music scene.
Melissa Rowe, the event’s organizer, said that the festival started as an April Fool’s Day idea and has blossomed into something truly special in the area. She said it’s not only a great way to discover new and exciting local bands, but also hear classic songs in a new way.
“There is an incredible energy to the show and it is a great way of discovering new music from bands you probably haven’t heard of,” Rowe said. “We have a lot of fresh faces, very few acts have played before and there are a ton of bands that haven’t been covered before. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Headlining the main stage will be The Social Bandits as Stevie Wonder, while other performers will include The Fruits as The White Stripes, Jake Webb & The Commitments as Jack White, and half of Wolf and the Crane as MC5. Wolf and the Crane co-founder Ryan Meadows actually met another founding band member, Katelynn Corll, at the festival a few years ago and said the atmosphere of the event lends to meeting talented local musicians.
“Everyone there is paying homage and respect to someone else for the benefit of someone else. I am certain to see old friends that I’ve met through this event, and without question will make new ones,” Meadows said.
Corll was a part of Rochester’s School of Rock when she first attended Detroit by Detroit, and they’ll be back this year performing as Alice Cooper. Not only will School of Rock be performing, but part of the proceeds of the event will go towards scholarships at the school.
“School of Rock is an astounding facility, with music education that is well beyond any other program I have witnessed. Most of the really talented young players coming up right now are the product of this school,” Meadows said.
Detroit by Detroit is a fun way of discovering local bands and hearing all of your favorite Detroit inspired songs in a new light. For example, metro Detroit’s Scarlet Lies will be covering The Supremes and the band plans on paying homage to those Motown hits by infusing them with their glam pop rock sound.
“There is so much pride within the Detroit community, and it’s nice to be a part of this group of people that want to celebrate the musicians that have come out of the Detroit area, both past and present,” said Tamara Laflin, member of Scarlet Lies.