What, are we crazy? Yeah, but in a good way. The bigger and better-than-ever Hamtramck Blowout takes over Jos. Campau and environs for four nights this week in our wildest outpouring of Motor City sounds yet. You want different? We got different. You want excitement? We got 168 live acts at 12 venues upping the ante on your blood pressure and sexy ways. Now in its fifth year, the Blowout showcases rock, pop, folk, metal, punk, blues, jazz, indie, garage, hip hop and electronic talent from Detroit’s seemingly endless supply — great music to keep the world buzzing about our legendary town. Though proceeds have always gone toward producing the Motor City Music Foundation’s "Detroit Music Awards," a portion this time around also goes to benefit WDET-FM 101.9, as well as into a fund for musical instruments and supplies for public-school children. What follows is a sampling of this year’s amazing line-up, just 10 out of 168, in a taste of sounds to come.
Check out the rest of our features on this year's talented Blowout artists:
• Go back to the future with The Bloody Holly’s
• The eclectic Brothers Groove are driven by white-hot funk
• Clone Defects front man Tim Vulgar lives the punk life
• esQuire’s frenetic but fabulous rise to fame
• Robert Jones is Detroit's quintessential bluesman
• The Kielbasa Kings' tale of accordions, beer and never-fail pickup lines
• Inside Fat Killahz and King Gordy's heart of darkness
• Miz Korona shines through the hype and distractions
• Stowing away on Sista Otis' path to enlightenment
• The Von Bondies are on the edge … but of what?