Friday, December 27, 2013

The Damn Arbor Guide to Mittenfest VIII

Mittenfest returns to Woodruff's tonight for its eighth year and, if you haven't been before, it's well worth stopping by. The fest runs five straight nights (12/27-12/31), it features a stellar lineup of local indie rock and folk talent, and it all benefits the excellent work done at 826michigan. Here's a quick guide to the must-see acts for each night of the fest.

12/27: Check the Ill Itches' set at 8:00pm for some great Detroit garage rock (or just the clever name).

12/28: Also from Detroit, Mexican Knives tore up their set at Dally In the Alley this year and it seems unlikely they'll go any easier on Woodruff's when they take the stage at 9:30pm. Also check A2 promoter extraordinaire Shelley Salant with her solo act, Shells, kicking things off at 7:15pm.

12/29: Half of one of Detroit's greatest rap acts, Passalacqua, Bryan Lackner does his solo thing as Mister at 11:45pm. Follow it up with Ypsi indie rockers Bad Indians at 12:40am.

12/30: Triple threat tonight: Great Ypsi garage (Congress at 9:30pm)! Irresistible Detroit pop (Kickstand Band at 11:45pm)! And long-lived Ann Arbor indie legends Saturday Looks Good To Me closing things out at 12:40am.

12/31: Chit Chat plays at 10:15pm with the best garage rock in A2. Great Detroit rap from Cold Men Young at 11pm, and Frontier Ruckus (12:40am) always brings a folky good time. And who even knows what the 11:45pm mystery act will bring to ring in 2014?

Mittenfest runs through Tuesday. With eight bands for a $10 cover per night, it's money well spent.

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