Hearing the siren song of sour beer, DDAYS headed up to Clubhouse BFD in Rochester Hills to hoist one at the Sour Celebration, featuring Lauren and Eric Salazer of New Belgium Brewing and Charles Psenka of Jolly Pumpkin. It was a lively scene, and people crammed the bar to sample sours and just chow down on the establishment's hearty fare. We judged the event a success, because DDAYS couldn't even get a seat at the bar. Sadly and reluctantly, we ventured back out to the parking lot, hoping to at least enjoy these treats bottled someday.
Come the weekend DDAYS is usually ready to get down and shake off those workweek blues. Thankfully, this past Friday was Soul Deep at the Rockery in Wyandotte and Lo and Behold's Richie Wohlfeil was spinning records. On the dance floor were John "Hodge" Laginess, Chelsea McEwen, Dan Mysilwiec, Ian Stephens, and Emily Towsley (among many others) and behind the bar was Justin Pullum. We're less than embarrassed to admit that, thanks to a slippery dance floor and a touch too much gin, yes, that was us taking a dive on the dance floor. Never fear, DDAYS recovered gracefully, but decided to leave the dancing to the less drunk. Sitting out a dance or two earned us a little gleaming piece of gossip, however. We heard a rumor that Michael Robillard just bought the bar.
EDM fans outfitted in short shorts, flower headbands, neon spandex, and (strikingly) bondage gear filled Meadow Brook Music Festival this past Saturday as Mad Decent Block Party took over the outdoor venue's stages for a day-long extravaganza of bass, wobbles, and dance music. On the stages were Dillon Francis, Diplo, Flosstradamus, I See Monstas, Keys and Krates, Riff Raff, and Zeds Dead. The vibe was chill, there was tons of crowd-surfing, and it seemed like all in attendance had a great time.
The Leo Birthday Extravaganza
It's the month-long birthday party that never seems to end. Since late July, we've been celebrating the birthdays of Leos all throughout the city, but this weekend brought the festivities to whole new levels. On Friday, Mike Servito returned to Detroit via Brooklyn to play a four-hour set at Whiskey Disco, packing the venue from the DJ booth to the stairs. At 2 a.m., the party moved to MIX Bricktown, where Joshua Guerin and Ted Krisko took turns on the decks for what marked the beginning of a five-day double-birthday celebration (Krisko on Aug. 15, Guerin on Aug. 19) — and it went well into the morning hours. We were able to run home for a quick nap, and then hightailed back to TV Lounge to celebrate the seventh anniversary of one of our favorite dance spots. It was raining cats and dogs, but, whatever, we danced through the downpour. We then jetted over to a super cool new warehouse space that briefly brought us back to the old Detroit rave days — sweaty rooms (though the walls were designed to look like ice slopes), almost no lighting (except blue-lit hallways), and bangin' techno featuring Kevin Reynolds, Luke Hess, and more. Just the way we like it.
Bird's the Word
Saturday night, Nemo's (along with MT copy editor Dave Mesrey) hosted Bird Bash, a fundraiser held in honor of the legendary rock star Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark "the Bird" Fidrych. In attendance were 1960s bat boy Dennis Clotworthy, and former Fidrych teammates Dave Rozema, Steve Grilli, John Knox, Chuck Scrivener, and Fernando Arroyo, along with former Tiger Ike Blessitt. 'Twas a great reunion for the guys and their bat boy! Proceeds benefited the Mark Fidrych Foundation and the Wertz Warriors, the Bird's favorite charity.