Over 100 bands included in Hamtramck Music Fest 2018 lineup announcement



Now in its fifth year, Hamtramck Music Fest returns in 2018 to fill Hamtramck with four nights of local music starting Thursday, March 1. For one weekend bands from all over Michigan will take over the town and perform in Hamtramck’s dive bars, music venues, and PLAV halls.

The 2018 artist lineup was announced on Sunday, Jan. 14 in a post on the HMF Facebook page. More than 200 Michigan-based bands applied but these names made the cut, including Craig Brown Band, Drinkard Sisters, Mango Lane, and Mexican Knives.

For the price of a $10 wristband, guests can roam Hamtramck for three days and nights of live music. If you’re in need of a new favorite local band, this is your festival to find them.

Here is the lineup for this year’s festival with venues and set times to be announced later. Did your favorite local artist make the list?


Abul on Fire

Act Casual

Alise King

All the Wild Children

Ancient Language

Anthony Retka


Bad Medicine

Bangla School of Music



Ben Keeler Band

Betsy Soukup


Bison Machine

Black Shampoo

Black Tie Circus

The Blueflowers

Blue Pontiac


Border Patrol

Brian McCarty & the Big Bad Beat

Brother Son

Bruce Farrell


Carmel Liburdi

Cash O’Riley

The Cheetahs

Cosmic Light Shapes

Craig Brown Band

Crashing Cairo

The Creepos


Cye Pie & Ya Homies

Dear Darkness

Detroit 442


Doctor Pizza

Doctor Wolf

Drinkard Sisters

Dr Mindbender

The Dropout



Earth Engine

Electric Huldra

Emilie Rivard

Emma Guzman


Ex American

Five Pound Snap


The Flipsters

Francis DeCarlo

Frank Woodman


Futile Empire

The Garden Party

Girl Fight


Golden Torso

Go Tiger Go

The Gruesome Twosome


Heartbreak Dallas & the Unfaithfuls

High Totals


The Idiot Kids

The Imaginatron

Jenny & Jackie

Jheremie Jacque

Jibs Brown & the Jambros

Johnny Salvage & the Dregs

Josef Coney Island

Jo Serrapere & John Devine

JP from the HP

J. Walker & the Crossguards

Kate Hinote

Kelly Zullo & the Invisible Circus


Kubat, Finlay & Rose

Ladyship Warship


Large Extra Large

Little Traps


Mango Lane

Matt Jones

Mexican Knives

Mike Galbraith



The My Ways

Nadir Omowale

Nick Schillace

Nina & the Buffalo Riders

Nique Love Rhodes & the NLR Experience

Old Man

Pet Psychic

Pewter Cub



The Pontiac Stags

Post Imperial Jazz Band

Primitiv Parts

Prude Boys

Rabbit Ears

Rachel Brooke

Raven Love & the 27’s


Rocky & the Underbellies

Rogue Satellites

Ryan Dillaha

The Savage Seven

Sax & Violence

School of Rock Rochester

The Scrappers

Shallow Stairs



The Sillies


Soul Pepper


Stefanie Cox & the Blox

Steve Harvey Oswald

The Stools

The Strangers

The Sugar Clouds

Suitcase Boozers

Summer Like the Season


The Thin Man

Anthony Spak is an editorial intern with Metro Times and a recent graduate of Oakland University’s journalism program. Spak spends most of his time in Detroit playing music or eating gyros at Golden Fleece.

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