Event Review: R. Parkfest ’11

Alex Calhoun —  August 23, 2011 — Leave a comment

I love hearing good music. But, I love hearing good music even more when it’s being played for a good cause. As was the case this past Saturday down in Roosevelt park on Saturday. For those that don’t know, Roosevelt Park is an amazing greenspace in Corktown directly in front of the infamous Train Station (even out-of towners know this iconic landmark of decay). As of the last few years or so, some heads in Corktown have been revitalizing the park, and R. Parkfest ’11 was a proper way to get people involved. The late afternoon rain on Saturday didn’t seem to dampen any spirits, and the music was chugging right along when we made it down to the fest. The schedule was a bit fucked up but we got to check out Nick Speed early in the evening which is always a treat. After some indie rock/shoegaze and some delicious craft beer, we were treated to a rare DJ set from the illustrious Dabyre. All I can say is awesome. Amazing tracks (including some unreleased joints) and flawless mixing left everybody wanting more. I wish he could have played a bit longer, but such is life. Next up was Andre Williams. Now this dude was about as far away from electronic music as can be, but goddamn, I loved his set. Dude was like a a blues/folk mashup with some of the dirtiest lyrics I’ve heard in sometime. Finally, a straight up DJ set by the legendary Juan Atkins. Despite some sound issues in the beginning, Mr. Atkins was bringing that old school techno flavor that Detroit heads love. We didn’t catch all of his set, as we were pre-occupied with trying to take a last minute tour of the Train Station (damn you razor wire!). Overall, had a great time, caught up with some amazing people, and in general, enjoyed an evening, outdoors in Detroit. Summer is almost over ya’ll, check out as many outdoor events as you can. Peace.

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.
August 2011
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