Weekend In Review: Disappointment in Hamtramck, Techno and Art at The Russell, Monty Luke and Agnes at The Magic Stick

Alex Calhoun —  August 30, 2009 — Leave a comment

As summer winds down faster than we want, the weekends seem to get more and more packed as we try to cram in as much we can before fall sets in. This weekend started off on kind of a disappointing vibe, we decided to go down to the The White Star in Hamtramck for the House Shoes party(just the name of the vent, the DJ of the same name was oddly enough not involved). This was a new venue for me, it’s just like a block south of where Motor used to be. The first warning sign should have been that the outside of the place looked like a fucking titty bar. The inside was even less thrilling, typical douchy clubber crowd, and the music sucked ass. Needless to say, we were out as quickly as we arrived.

Saturday was much better. I really was looking forward to the Peoples Art Festival after attending for my first time last year, and the promise of live techno just sweetened the deal even more. Really I don’t think you could pick a much cooler venue for an art festival than the Russe

ll Industrial Center. It was a really eclectic crowd, all the artists were on point, and the music was awesome. On the techno tip, I got to see Kero’s set, and I have to say it was really impressive. I would have liked to get a better look at the equipment, his MIDI controller looked like it was custom made. There wasn’t much of a crowd in the building playing electronic music, but I did run into an old head from back in the rave days. If you missed the Peoples Art Festival this year, make sure you mark your calender for next, you’ll be glad you did.

Saturday night we made it down to the Magic Stick for the end of the all day techno and house extravaganza they were bumpin’. I have to say that the setup in the Stick was very impressive, a great sound system and crazy projections all over the place. We got there in time to catch Monty Luke’s set, which was awesome, bangin’ fucking techno. I wandered outside to the Alley Deck a few times, and there was chiller house music out there all night. We didn’t end up staying late, but did get to see about half of Agnes’ set, which was an impressive house mix. I hope they do more events like this at the Magic Stick, especially when they have it set up like that.

Alex Calhoun


Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
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