Labors of love! 

Here's a handful of bands appearing Hamtramck's Labor Day Festival.

click to enlarge Dennis Coffey: Have wah-wah, will travel.
  • Dennis Coffey: Have wah-wah, will travel.

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The Kickstand Band

At 5 p.m. Sept. 1, South Stage

Spritely indie-pop trio with a debut album due out soon. 

Melvin Davis & the United Sounds

At 8 p.m. Sept. 1, South Stage

Detroit's self-proclaimed soul ambassador, Davis is smoother than mom's pudding. 

The Sugarcoats

At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, North Stage

Joey Mazzola's power-pop garage monster band will bring tunes galore. 


At 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1, North Stage

Nothing to do with the Annihilator tune of the same name, these guys play experimental pop, and do so with aplomb. 

Michael Hurtt & his Haunted Hearts

At 5 p.m. Sept. 2, South Stage

Hurtt loves old rockabilly, and the likes of Jack Scott and Eddie Cochran can be heard in the scratchy, gloriously fuzzy 45s that his band puts out. 


At 4:30 p.m. Sept. 2, North Stage

Awesome electro-pop project featuring Jason Revoir. His Jesus Chainsaw Massacre cover will hopefully get an airing. 

Deadbeat Beat

At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2, North Stage 

Former members of the Decks get a little grittier while retaining the surf-rock sprit.

Outrageous Cherry

At 6 p.m. Sept. 3, South Stage 

Matt Smith will blast through a set of power-pop brilliance, then piss off to see the other bands. Pat his back when you see him in the crowd.


At 7 p.m. Sept. 3, South Stage 

Atmospheric electro-shoegaze dude Deastro will likely bring the somber to the festival, in a good way. Sway along, congregation.

Dennis Coffey

At 9 p.m. Sept. 3, South Stage

Motown session maestro Coffey has an arsenal of tunes that better-known legends would envy. And he's a killer guitarist. 

Kielbasa Kings

At 3 and 4 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage 

Polka madness but then, to be fair, this is Hamtramck. Just dance, dammit.

Terrible Twos

At 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage

Nothing ambient about these guys — expect noisy punk rock from one of the bands that does it best. 

Destroy This Place

At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage 

Post-hardcore dudes who have some of the catchiest melodies you'll hear all weekend, all buried under a ton of barbed wire.

Pewter Cub

At 8:30 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage

Don't talk, just watch and listen. Pewter Cub's lush indie pop is beautiful. Ssshhh! Listen.


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