American Mars has represented roots-influenced rock in Detroit for more than a decade, and their branches spread far. Pedal steel player and producer David Feeny has worked with the likes of Blanche, Loretta Lynn, and The White Stripes, and the band toured with the Avett Brothers. 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29; Budweiser Rock Stage.
Front man Rick Ruiner has been known to set his pants on fire, ride a motorcycle through the venue, or smash up a washing machine on stage. Who knows if the band will bring those shenanigans to a family-friendly fest such as this, but there's always a chance. 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30; Budweiser Rock Stage.
The Blueflowers' gloomy, retro sound wouldn't sound out of place in a David Lynch film — one could easily imagine them playing at Club Silencio in Mulholland Drive. 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31; Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort Americana Stage.
Blaire Alise & the Bombshells
Blaire Alise gives the sounds of the golden age of girl-groups a plucky 21st century update. This will be one of the last Bombshell shows around town before they hit the road to open for the Detroit Cobras, so now's a good time to see them off. 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31; Budweiser Rock Stage.
The Whiskey Charmers
The Whiskey Charmers play spooky, gothic alt-country songs. Despite their early time slot, they'll make you feel like you're listening to them on a car stereo on the highway at night. 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 1; Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort Americana Stage.
One of the projects of Sponge frontman Vinnie Dombroski, the Orbitsuns are pure outlaw country with a Detroit twist. 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1; Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort Americana Stage.