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UPCOMING: Nonsense Night Unconventional Convention @ Tangent Sept 9

September 9, 2015
Cosplay Encouraged

Nonsense Night is going full nerdcore for this event. 
Think COMIC CONVENTION but weirder & more intimate & in Detroit.

COSPLAY is strongly encouraged 
(ANYcharacter from ANYuniverse is appropriate)
BOARD & CARD GAMES will be a thing that will be happening
(from Apples to Catan to Risk to Magic to Pokémon to Oranges)
L.A.R.P BATTLES will totally be a thing 
(bring your own (foam) weaponry)
POKéMON GO will be going on
(there's a gym at the venue & several Poké-stops near by)
STAR WARS will be prevalent 
(of course)
ANIME should be all over this shit
(cosplay a Studio Ghibli character or you're a coward)
EVERYTHING "nerdy" or esoteric is welcome.
Nonsense Night is about YOU bringing the weirdness.
This is not a concert. It's HAPPENING starring YOU & your friends.

Musical performances by:
Wesley and the Crushers
Zak & What Army?
Aaron Phoenix Wright


TONIGHT! Godzilla Returns to the Phoenix Cafe

Two years ago, the Phoenix Cafe hosted "Godzilla Vs. The Phoenix Art Show" and it was an outstanding exhibit of Godzilla art. This year, many new artists will have work on exhibit with an emphasis on Godzilla, Kaiju, and other monsters.

Featuring Art by: 
Pete Coe, Steve Czapiewski, Jacob Davis, Matthew MCR Ellison II, Steve Gamburd, David Hanson, Olivia Herron (IN), Mark Jackson, Michael Kruso, Brian Lewandowski, Ryan Poteracki and more! 

Musical performances by:
Morticia's Chair - Post Punk, Psychedelic Goth Rock from Cleveland, OH

The Curls - Indie Rock from Chicago, IL

Burlesque/ Variety performance by: 
Kitty Hawkk

Aerial/Fire performance by:

Participating vendors:
Pete and Sandra Coe - paintings/monsters 
Steve Czapiewski - vector pop cartoon and show prop designer
Lacie Michelle Bollon - sex pop cartoon 
Stephanie Sage - Pure Romance 
and more tba!

7pm Doors: artist and vendor reception

7:30 TBA 
8:30 The Curls
10:00 Morticia's Chair
11:15 Variety showcase featuring Illumine (fire, dancer, flow artist), Kitty Hawkk (burlesque) and more tba!

All Ages!!! $10 cover



Static invites you to go back in time for the night with the return of thee retro party of the year! On SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, be prepared to flashback to the late '70s as we celebrate the 21st Big '80s Flashback Bash in a new way by celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Punk!

This year features punk tributes by six bands:
  • CLASHBACK (The Clash)
  • The DDT's (The Ramones)
The party starts at 8 p.m. at PJ's LAGER HOUSE, located at 1254 Michigan Ave. in Detroit. Call 313-961-4668 for info or check out

21 & over are welcome and cover is $6 and proceeds benefit the Hater Kitty Rescue Army, a local cat rescue group.

Static & Stirling presents...Panic in Detroit V2!! A night of the music and mystery of David Bowie!

Back by popular demand! After the first acoustic version of the tribute show earlier this year, Stirling and Sue Static decided to host Panic in Detroit V2! This show is bigger and better with the addition of electric acts, eclectic artists and burlesque! There will also be an art gallery featuring Bowie inspired art and a showing of the concert film “Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars.”

The show will feature:

Ricky Rat & Karl Arthur: Ziggy Stardust, Rock n Roll Suicide, Hang on to Yourself

White Shag: Heroes, Rebel Rebel, Suffragette City

Satori Circus (with Sadaat Hossian): Soul Love, Time

Konrad Lee: TVC15, Fame

Margaret Dollrod: Moonage Daydream

Hiawatha (Cult Heroes) with Ricky Rat: Queen Bitch

Patrick Davy: Lady Stardust

Dear Darkness: Blackstar and John, I'm Only Dancing

Mike Galbraith & James Anthony: Jean Genie, Changes, 8 Line Poem

Tim Monger with Fido Kenington and Greg McIntosh (Great Lakes Myth Society): Kooks, Fantastic Voyage, Up the Hill Backwards, All The Young Dudes

Audra Kubat: Space Oddity, Under Pressure

Marie Corbo: Young Americans

Stirling w/band featuring Peter Schorn, Dean Western & Fido Kenington: Panic in Detroit, All the Young Dudes, Look Back in Anger, 8 Line Poem with Michael Galbraith

Leena Allure:Nature Boy/Heroes
Magenta DeMure: Cat People
Holly Hock: I'm Afraid of Americans

Bootsie La Fontaine as Ziggy Stardust

Art by: Nina Friday, Steve Czapiewski, B.P. Legault, Debbie Lotito, Horse's Banana, Brian Lewandowski, Mike Bell, Tim Smith, Joy Baldwin, Heather Chapman.

The second version of the tribute show will be held on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8pm at The Tangent Gallery located at 715 E. Milwaukee in Detroit. 313-873-2955

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.


Local artists, artisans, music and a grassroots community vibe is the focus of the annual Hazel Park Fine Art Fair. Now in its' fifth year, the fair has grown to include more artists than ever! 80 artists and 18 diverse musical acts will entertain you this year.

Green Acres Park is the place to be the weekend of August 27 & 28. The fair is FREE to attend and all ages are welcome. There will be a childrens' art area for creative youngsters to make and take home art of their own. Food will be provided by The Fargin Chef and adult beverages by Dragonmead Brewery and Griffin Claw Brewing Company. Proceeds from the fair's booth sales are donated to the Promise Zones college fund that provides tuition for high school graduates in the community. (

Only visual art/artisans such as sculptures, jewelry makers, metalworks and paintings will be featured – not mainstream product vendors - in order to keep the integrity as an “art fair.” Some of the many artists and artisans featured are artists Steven Gamburd, weird artist Brian Lewandowski, cityscape photographer Michele Lundgren, painter and toy creator Gwen Joy and the organizer of the Fair - artist Julie Fournier - will also display her paintings from her Smiling Eyes Studio (  Returning to the fair this year is eclectic light sculptures by Joey Mazzola of Eastworks Detroit Studio and photographer Laura Grimshaw.

Audra Kubat

Local music will also be showcased with 18 diverse acts performing over the weekend. The
2016 music line-up features Americana songwriter Matt Dmits, folk songbird Audra Kubat, pop rockers Go Tiger Go and psychedelic art rockers Spaceband.

Go Tiger Go
Sunday's music starts off with the Grosse Pointe Lake Shore Chorus, troubadour Mike Galbraith, rock band The Landmarks and the fair finale is the hard rock band Blackmail.

Producing the fair is a labor of love for organizer Julie Fournier, a resident and artist who exhibits her paintings and crafts at many other local events. With her years of experience attending festivals, she decided to start one in her community of Hazel Park to benefit the area and also raise some money for a worthy cause. "The HPAF strives to provide a truly unique festival with an eye on benefitting the community we are a part of and enhancing the local quality of life for everyone involved," Fournier says in the Fair's mission statement.

The Hazel Park Fine Art Fair will be held on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Green Acres Park located at 620 W. Woodward Heights (9 ½ Mile) in Hazel Park. For the complete list of artists please visit For info please email

Static presents…FOXFEST! Music & Art Festival

The third edition of FOXFEST Music & Art's Festival features more music, art and entertainment all for a great cause!  This year features five female-fronted Detroit rock bands, six women artists, and a dozen local vendors with the night's proceeds to benefit three local women's groups.

The date is SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 at 8 pm and ALL patrons 18 & over are welcome. Admission is $10 and proceeds benefit the Detroit based women's groups, Alternatives for Girls, Girls Rock Detroit and Genesis House. We will also be collecting donated goods to distribute to the shelters. The event will be held at THE TANGENT GALLERY/Hastings St. Ballroom located at 715 E. Milwaukee in Detroit. (313-873-2955)

Featuring Music By:

CARMEL LIBURDI– This local singer/songwriter is out to change the way we look at solo acoustic artists. With a unique blend of influences including: jazz, punk, blues, ragtime, and folk, her music is full of rhythm, soul, and wit. Whether political or personal, Carmel's music has energy and humor that will lift your spirits and make you want to dance.

ODD HOURS – They are heavily influenced by 80's post-punk and 90's industrial music – they mix sexy to aggressive vocals with raunchy guitar and spacey ukulele with a stage show that combines sexy, weird, and emotional energy.

The Luckouts

THE LUCKOUTS – This dynamic raw rock n' roll trio is influenced by metal, glam and Detroit rock n' roll.

Dear Darkness
DEAR DARKNESS - This post-punk duo whose sound is waxing and combustible—the rawer side of PJ Harvey mixed with the rock economy of The Ramones,  Dear Darkness’s music could be called “bedroom pop.”

CATTY CLUB – Simply put they play “Angry jams for your listening pleasure.”

DJ Cait Ash will spin iconic female artists from the 70's, 80's and 90's and on!

Dena Luckett, the local poet will host the festival.

Six eclectic women artists will also display their works at the event: Gwen Joy, Ava East, Lisa Poszywak, Jenny Creech, Joanne Dietz, and Candy Draper.

A dozen local vendors will be displaying their wares including: Crafty Darling Detroit, The Horses Banana, Hell City Detroit,  More Than a Mitten, DV8 Body Art, Pure Romance by Stephanie, ClayLab Detroit, Erin Knight Art, So Raw Creative, Stacey Jaye LLC., and more.

Alternatives for – The Detroit-based non-profit organization has been active for the past 25 years in helping homeless and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.

Girls Rock - a community organization dedicated to fostering girls' creative expression, positive self-esteem, and community awareness through rock music education and performance.

Genesis House - Women's housing units provided by the Detroit Rescue Mission. While residents at one of the three locations, they are able to work towards stability, education and training, and find employment to meet their needs. A wide range of supportive services, including case management, education, mental health, employment and substance abuse aftercare services are available to help residents succeed. (


TONIGHT; Film Screening - Desperate Man Blues at MOCAD

Film: Desperate Man Blues
Wednesday, Aug 10
Doors open: 7, Film at 8
Admission: $5 Donation (free for members)

“Plastic Dreams,” our look into our love of vinyl continues with a film series dedicated to the vinyl enthusiast, and their obsession with the physical format. This wide-ranging collection of films aims to show us the devotion and connection many feel to the format, and inspires us to consider our instinct to romanticize nostalgic eras gone by.

The series will take place every Wednesday in August and will also incorporate short films, discussions and other events relevant to the subject matter of each week’s film.

Desperate Man Blues
Directed by Ed Gillan, Desperate Man Blues tells the story of self-proclaimed king of record collectors Joseph E. Bussard, Jr. of Frederick Maryland. Joe has amassed probably the greatest collection of 78 rpm recordings of country, blues, jazz, cajun and gospel music in the world. He has spent most of of his waking hours in pursuit of old 78s. To call it a hobby would be an insult: It’s his life.

“Check out the DVD Desperate Man Blues. Joe’s an eccentric record collector who’s preserved all sorts of magical corners of music – although he says things like ‘There are no good jazz records made after 1927.'” — Elvis Costello

“It’s nice to have a DVD of this great documentary on Joe Bussard, plus another featurette, King of All Record Collectors, and other bonus stuff. Bussard is a stone gas, grooving around his basement amidst one of the finest collections of pre-war 78s ever assembled. A few nice archival shots of Fahey, too. And the stories are hilarious.”
— Byron Coley and Thurston Moore, #4 on their Top 80 of 2006

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit 
4454 Woodward, Detroit

WIZBANG! Returns to Detroit For Two Shows This September

Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom 
715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, Michigan 48202
Friday, September 9th - 9pm & 11pm;Saturday, September 10th - 9pm & 11pm

WIZBANG! is an entertainment venue created in Cleveland Ohio. It is an imaginarium of neo-vaudeville, musical extravaganza, circus arts, comedy theatre in a small, mobile, circus tent! The Wizbang! consist of 2 tents, theater tent and a backstage tent equalling about 650 square feet. The theater has it’s own sound system, lighting, 60 seats, (which makes it one of the smallest of its kind) and an 8’x8’ stage with traveling curtain. 

Partially funded by a grant from Ingenuity Cleveland and a successful Kickstarter campaign, it was designed by your friends-Pinch and Squeal! In their travels, they have met amazing entertainers and wanted nothing more than to share them with you!!

Pinch and Squeal are a musical neo-vaudeville duo that bring you whimsical hilarity, clichéd sentimentality, knee-jerk patriotism, and old-wheeze jokes. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. P&S have been honored to share stages with incredible performers such as Sabrina Chap, Brian Newman, Murray Hill, Jim Rose, Puddles Pity Party, and The Bindlestiff Family Circus!!

In our hour long shows you will get Variety Extraordinaire! You get everything from world champion jugglers, acrobats, professional misbehavers, the best in sleight of hand magicians, spine tingling sideshow, cabaret, circus… you name it! Its never the same experience!

The Wizbang Tent will be set up at the Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom so refreshments will be close at
hand between shows!

Tickets will be $15 advance and $20 the day of the show. For more information and to purchase tickets visit:


TOMORROW (August 5): BT Live at The Annex wsg Kenneth Thomas

Friday, August 5th!

Join us for BT Live!

Support from Kenneth Thomas3PM and Justin Elemnt Taylor & Klees

Get your advance tickets here before the price goes up at the door!:

For booth reservations please call 313.687.4350 or go

21+ / Doors at 9:30pm

The Annex
24 West Adams
Detroit, MI 48226

ICYMI: our interview with BT from 2013

THIS WEEKEND: Annual Charivari Festival Returns to Belle Isle

Great ideas and events are often birthed by a group of creative individuals and tastemakers who make up an ecosystem of talent.

Detroit’s dance music community and history is one of the most rich, diverse and talent-laden of any city in the world! This community was created and is maintained by some and everyone – the dreamers and the promoters, the artists and the producers, the curators and the patrons, the master and the apprentice, the expert and the amateur ALL have the ability to contribute something to the community.

Join the possibility. Join in on the fun.

Share this event. Invite your friends. Bring the family.
We need your support in making Charivari Detroit GROW!

3 Stages of music until midnight 
on August 5th thru the 7th for you to Let yourself GO!

Ages 16 and down are free as well as age 60 and over.

Charivari Detroit has curated the largest selection of Detroit DJs anywhere!

Delano Smith • Eddie Fowlkes • Juan Atkins • Mike Huckaby • Kai Alce • Terrence Parker featuring Merachka • Ataxia • Golf Clap • Alton Miller • Earl McKinney • Sonic Natives • Jason Garcia • House Gallery • Marissa Guzman • SuperDre • Thomas Barnett • Norm Talley • Stacey Hale • Santonio Echols • Gary Chandler • DJ Body Mechanic • Keith Kemp • Chuck Flask • Mr. Joshuoo • DJ Godfather • Rick Wade • Detroit Techno Militia • Bonds Brothers • Soul Goodman • Al Ester • Rick Wilhite • Asher Perkins • Bruce Bailey • Dan Bain • ADMN • Father Abraham • Mike Brown • Mike Todd • Vern English • Tandem • Isaac Prieto • Joe Hix • Subtractive • John Johr • Alex Metro • Diesel Punk • Jyarsch • DJ Marinty • Leonard Strickland • Twelv Hundo • Nano Too Hype • Minion • Anthony Shakir • Seth Carter • Czarina Mirani • DJ1derful • Eric Hinchman • DJ Snake • DJ One Five • Ricky Spanish • Mark Rosco • Joshua Tree • DJ Cent • Tony Dennis • Eric Johnson • Jeff Arthur • Gruv Detroit • Rebecca Goldberg • Keith Worthy • Patrice Scott • Kyle Hall • Biblical Proportion and MORE...

$55 weekend tickets are on sale NOW at
Anyone 16 and under is FREE
Anyone 60 and over is FREE
(Bring the kids - Bring your parents)

If you are interested in Island Yoga go to for more info

1. There is VERY limited parking near the event site.
There will be official Charivari Detroit off site parking available just behind the Big Boy on Jefferson. You can turn down Helen or Canton Street right off Jefferson and you can park your car and be shuttled to the event site. Shuttles will be available at event end to take you back to your transportation.

If you do take your car on the island remember there is an $11.00 recreational pass that must be paid to have a vehicle on the island. Do not park in any area marked as no parking. You will be tolled!

2. There is no food or beverages of any type allowed into the event grounds. All bags and persons will be checked before entering the site. There are food vendors and beverage tents to serve your needs. Alcohol and beer will be served.
3. You are allowed to bring your tents and chairs. No grills can be brought on the event site as no food is allowed into the site.
4. Pets are allowed as long as they are leashed and tagged.
5. You can ride your bike into the event and you can park it in the sponsored Detroit Bike corral and you receive a claim ticket so you can enjoy the event without worrying about your bike.
6. The event site is large and open and we are expecting high temps. Dress accordingly. This event will proceed rain or shine.
7. Friday there is no admission fee for anyone courtesy of the Detroit Free Press. There is no admission fee Saturday or Sunday for anyone age 16 and under and age 60 and over. Bring your kids, bring the parents. Bring everyone.
8. There are one-day tickets available for Saturday or Sunday for $30.00 at the gate.
9. We would love to see all your event photos and comments. Please follow us on social media and tag ‪#‎charivari16‬
10. Promoters – there are no flyers, posters and other promotional materials allowed into the event. Security will be doing bag, purse and backpack searches as well as your person. Please leave weapons and other contraband in your vehicle.


THIS WEEKEND: Corpus Illuminata Art and Performance Exhibition

This is one of my favorite recurring art shows in Detroit.

an Anatomic Interpretation
Fri/Sat August 5/6

We request the honor of your presence to witness the return of the 6th annual exposition of biological and medical exploration entitled:

Corpus Illuminata™ ~ An Anatomic Interpretation

Hosted at the Detroit’s Tangent Gallery, Corpus Illuminata consists of equal parts exhibition, academia and bazaar. The exhibition portion will feature over 90 artistic interpretations from artists local and across the nation. On stage, various speakers will present and discuss a variety of topics of intriguing subject matters. And within the Corpus Bazaar, collectors of medical antiquities, oddities and related handicrafts will present their unique offerings for sale and/or trade.

NEXT SAT: Tromadance Detroit Film/Art/Performance Festival August 13

Saturday August 13, 2016

TromaDance Detroit is the only truly independent film festival in Michigan that doesn’t charge an entry fee for filmmakers or admission fee for people to attend! TromaDance Detroit is the only festival of the people, for the people, and by the people!

TromaDance Detroit doesn’t just bring you crazy and bizarre film on the Tangent Gallery’s large, silver screen; we put you in the art with a gallery, vendors and performance art from some of Detroit’s finest artists who embody the independent spirit.


UPCOMING (August 5): RX Vision Space Jam 001 (Art Show at Division Gallery)


(Detroit debut exhibition)





CALL FOR ART: Fury Road to Thunderdome October 2016

Fury Road to Thunderdome October 2016
Saturday October 8th Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom

War Boys and War Girls: Get your blow torches, paint brushes and motor oil in gear for the next EPIC Mad Max event! We are looking for War Wagons, War Bikes, Art, Constructs and the max in Mad Max Cosplay.

Whether you're a die hard fan of the original series, a new fan after seeing Fury Road or just a big fan of Tina Turner in chainmaille, here's your chance to express yourself with fellow Road Warriors!

There are no limits to what can be submitted. As long as you can drive it, ride it, push it, pull it or wear it there, we want to see it! Submit your images to (Paintings and photography welcome) You can submit up to 5 pieces, but up to 3 images may be sent for each of your 3-D constructs. There will be a $5 acceptance fee (per artist, not piece) for any artwork that is accepted. There will also be a 25% commission taken for any pieces sold at the show, with a portion going to the Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

If you are interested in vending, put VENDOR INFO in the subject line and message us at Space will be limited, so please contact us as soon as possible.

The actual event is on Saturday October 8th Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom.
More information will be coming soon. Questions? Contact Doc D. Williams Colony or Brian Lewandowski.

You can also check out last event at:


THIS WEEKEND: "The Snowflake Man" puppet performance @ DIA

Puppet Performance:

Saturday, July 30, 2016 @ 2pm
Sunday, July 31, 2016 @ 2pm

Puppeteer Sarah Frechette combines art, science, and little-known pieces of American history to magical effect in this show featuring intricately designed Czech-style marionettes, pop-up book scenery, and a whimsical sense of humor. After the performance, audience members can create their own pop-up theater.


THIS SEPT: Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival—Check out this lineup!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sebastian Maniscalco
Brian Regan
John Mulaney
Cameron Esposito
Donnell Rawlings
(the wildly funny) Iliza Shlesinger
Tom Segura
Tony Hinchcliffe
Jeff Ross
and the IFC Slight Off Comedy Stage


SHOW REVIEW: Dana Fuchs at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills (W/Photos and Video)

Dubbed the Barefoot & Pregnant Tour Dana Fuchs made her first Michigan appearance since her state debut back in 2008. This past Thursday Dana Fuchs would make her return to play Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills. This time she not only brought a full band but also a child within herself that is due in September, hence the name of the tour.
You would be mistaken if you thought being pregnant would slow Dana down and it only took the first song of the night "Almost Home" to prove just that. Dana followed the opening song with the hard hitting "Bliss Avenue" off her album titled the same. The ride was just beginning and she already had the full attention of the near capacity Thursday night crowd at Callahan's Music Hall.

For the next 90+ minutes the crowd was treated to Dana and the band delivering their hard edged blues, rock, and country toned music. Dana is a very passionate singer and has a voice that demands you to pay attention. Dana has often been told she evokes Janis Joplin with her stage presence and vocal style and it's easy to see why when you see her perform. Don't even try to look away because she will pull you in. Dana has lived quite the life and her songs often have biographical truths behind them. Her honesty won the crowd over and she only asked that they give her as much back as she gave them from the stage.

Dana was backed by her full band for this show which included her longtime songwriting partner Jon Diamond on guitar, Craig Dreyer on keyboards, saxophone, and backing vocals, Tony Mason on drums, and fill in bass player Andy Hess who has played with the likes of Gov't Mule and The Black Crowes.

The band was exceptional and guitarist Jon Diamond dished out guitar licks and solos with ease all night long. Craig Dreyer was truly a stand out with all his band duties and also showed off his talent with solos on the keyboards and saxophone, and bassist Andy Hess and drummer Tony Mason accompanied the music and band perfectly. You could not have asked for a better band to back Dana for the evening. The band contributed so much to the atmosphere of the evening.

The band had a set list, but strayed from it often. Besides original songs the band also covered classic artists such as Johnny Cash with "Ring Of Fire" and The Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends". The later song was a interesting choice due to the fact that Dana is well known for starring and singing some fantastic versions of Beatles songs in the 2007 film "Across The Universe" and the Beatles tune chosen for the night was one that another cast member sang in the film.  

Dana interacted with the audience on a personal basis and the audience appreciated the connection. She has a witty sense of humor which made for a night of both music and laughs. At times Dana and the band were rocking hard and at other times they would slow it down for a ballad. One such song was the emotional "So Hard To Move" which was a song about her late brother Don.
Dana gave much love to her band members and gave introductions to each throughout the night. Song after song Dana Fuchs created a story in song and the audience gave back what was given to them. Audience members were eventually drawn out of their chairs and out from behind their tables to gather in front of the stage to dance. Callahan's Music Hall was full of energy and Dana and the band left everyone feeling connected and pleased.
It was obvious Dana Fuchs pleased her fans and made many new ones. Many had the chance to tell Dana herself as she and the band mingled with the crowd after their set.

Many here in the Detroit area are looking forward to a return visit from Dana, but for now the quick Dana Fuchs fix can be had by visiting her website at
Article by: Casey Schwochow
Photos by: Michael Spleet
Video Footage by: Ambervillain Films


SHOW REVIEW: Garbage At The Fillmore in Detroit

The last time I saw the band Garbage live was 1998 at the very same venue (then called the State Theatre) that I witnessed them live this past Saturday evening.
I've been a steady listener of the band over the years who dominated the alternative rock airwaves in the 90's and the band still has the musical abilities and edge that they first started putting out over two decades ago. The music industry has changed much over the years, but Garbage has remained consistent. Take this from a guy who was there in the beginning.
The stage lights stayed off for the bands first song of the set "Sometimes", which also happens to be the first song of the bands new album 'Strange Little Birds'. It was perfect for the atmosphere, but not so great for capturing photos. But that would soon change as the lights were turned up as well as the music. The band broke into fan favorites “I Think I’m Paranoid” and "Stupid Girl" in succession. Yes folks...the great music of the 90's lives on and I couldn't be happier.


The band lineup for the evening consisted of vocalist Shirley Manson, guitarists Steve Marker and Duke Erickson, touring bassist Eric Avery (formerly of Janes Addiction), and Matt Walker (from Morrissey and Smashing Pumpkins) who filled in for Butch Vig on drums due to Butch's illness
and his doctors orders not to travel.

The band's set consisted of a wide variety of material from all six of their full length albums. Material off of 'Absolute Garbage' and 'beautifulgarbage' got the least play with only one track from each of them played live during their set and the bands self titled 'Garbage' saw the highest with six.
The Fillmore had a great turnout and the crowd was very pleased and let the band know it with screams, hand claps, and the light of their cell phones as they captured some of their favorite songs.
The band stayed energetic with Shirley, in a free flowing dress, pacing with a purpose all over the stage and guitarists Steve Marker and Duke Erickson adding sweeping motions and movement to their playing that makes for a great visual live music experience. 

The band only had one hiccup in the set which came in the first minute of “Only Happy When it Rains”. I believe it was due to an error on the part of fill in drummer Matt Walker as Shirley was talking to him right after mishap. The band had a good laugh about it and restarted the song from the very beginning and had the majority of the crowd singing along to the chorus.
Shirley spoke to the crowd quite often between songs. I love Shirley's accent, but I found myself missing a lot of words coming from her mouth. She spoke of her support of the LGBT community during one break and her belief of accepting all people for who they are.

 Popular hits “Push It” and “Vow” were saved for the end of the regular set and encores included "Supervixen" and "#1 Crush" off the bands 1995 debut album and the bands high
energy song "Why Do You Love Me?” finished the set.

A great set list and evening all around. My 18 year break from seeing Garbage live felt like a 
Back To The Future trip that I can easily see myself taking again.

      *Photos and review by Casey Schwochow*