As with any major city, Detroit and the surrounding areas are chocked full of great independent bands looking to share their music with the world. This coming Labor Day weekend, many of those top bands will get a shot to do something they don't often get to take part in.
The Michigan On Mute Festival will be a long weekend of some of Metro Detroit's best acts within the independent music scene taking the stage, and it will take place from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. This year's fest takes place in Riverview, Michigan, at Rocky's Pub on Sibley Road.
The event will be put on by Michigan Craft Records this year and will look to prove that the Motor City has some of the greatest and most sought-after local talent that hasn't hit the mainstream just yet. Independent music, it seems, is not only alive and well in Detroit, it's also a bedrock principle.
The Michigan On Mute Fest's main goal is to cater to the hardworking folks of Motown; the nitty and gritty "do-it-yourself"-type of people who are looking for the same style of self-roots enthusiasm in their musical choices. Artistic creativity that is showcased in an uncompromising and uninhibited fashion; music that comes from somewhere not bent on a bottom dollar.
Michigan Craft Records is a new company, brought to fruition just earlier this year by longtime Metro Detroit music promotor Justin Pullum. His aim with the Michigan On Mute Festival and Michigan Craft Records is to release and distribute some of Detroit's best unknown and independent artists who otherwise wouldn't have the means, resources, or connections to do so.
The list of bands who will perform over the holiday weekend in Riverview is especially long, with the focus of exposing as much talent as possible. Some of the headliners for this year's show are names that many Motor City music fans may have come across before at area underground shows or small music venues. Now, they get the stage and the spotlight all to themselves.
The range of musical styles and tastes will vary greatly, with the hopes of this concert being not to just cater to one genre of music, but to encompass the whole wavering spectrum of independent musical ideologies all across the tri-county area and beyond. These will include days with featured headliners, such as Detroit's own super-producer, Black Milk, the Bruiser Brigade’s Zelooperz and Dopehead, hip-hop duo Passalacqua, heavy rockers Build and Destroy, Child Bite and so many others.
Co-headlining the festival will be Dead Prez, the New York hip hop sensation, along with star MC Kool Keith.
Tickets are now available online for $15 (one-day pass), $30 (weekend pass) and $75 (VIP pass with on-site parking, drink discounts, and meet-and-greet with the artist opportunities). The event kicks off on August 29 at 7 PM, and ends September 1 at 2 AM.
The full roster for the Michigan On Mute Fest lineup is below:
Friday Aug 29
The Idiot Kids
The Worst of
Cover Band Killers (CBK)
Saturday Aug 30
Pick Axe Preacher
Build and Destroy
Slaves to the Pavement
Last Action Hero
Sunday Aug 31
Kyle and Nightmerica
Kash That Kush
The Prime Eights
Seven Birds One Stone