This past weekend -March 2, 3, 4 & 5- Detroiters rocked out to local bands at the Hamtramck Music Festival.

$10 got you a weekend wristband and access to a connector shuttle that linked participating locations.

On Friday, I started my festivities at The Painted Lady. the crew and I got there around midnight to hear The Whiskey Charmers. It was loud and packed...but that’s half the fun of HMF!

After, I dashed to Small’s to catch up with some friends. Unfortunately, I missed the Erers. From what my friends were (still) screaming, it was THE BEST SHOW EVER and YOU HAVE TO SEE THEM.

From there, we made our way to PLAV Post #10 to jam out to Black Blue Hours' psychedelic rock. Luckily, PLAV was pretty empty. We needed the entire dance floor to jump around and half mosh to their gnarly space music.

G Bless the good people of PLAV Post #10. After the show a man handed out hot dogs to the audience.

Well fed and still ready to party, the crew and I boarded a connector bus to find an after hours.

Shout out to the bus driver for putting up with our misguided directions and mild food fight.

To our disappointment Planet Ant was closed. After a team huddle, we parted our separate ways and agreed to meet up the next day.

On Saturday, bright eyed and bushy tailed we started at Kelly’s Bar around midnight. Pewter Club was killing it on stage! It was my first time seeing them play, but definitely not the last! They were a quality band, I will for sure make a point to see them again.

From there, we headed to Planet Ant to see Duane the Jet Black Eel close out Saturday night.

OMG. Talk about a performance! Duane looks like Bruno Mars X Young Michael Jackson and puts on one hell of a show. 

It was theatrical and flamboyant and reminded me of Prince meets Of Montreal. Duane is BEAUTIFUL and has the bone structure of a Calvin Klein Model.

Planet Ant was an ol’ fashion riot!

Friends from all over the city were celebrating music, Detroit, and the Annual Hamtramck Music Festival. I felt a sentimental moment of community when the show ended- everyone was smiling ear to ear and planning after hour moves.

Wiped out, I didn’t make it back to Hamtramck on Sunday. Instead, I recovered from the weekend at Citizen Yoga’s Community Class.

What a phenomenal weekend! To me, the Hamtramck Music Festival officially kicks off spring in Detroit and the whirlwind of festivities that follow.

Rock on, Detroit

-Boho Barbie

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