Want to get a pulse on Detroit's music scene? Look no further than the 35th annual Dally in the Alley, which takes place in Detroit's Cass Corridor neighborhood this coming Saturday.
The Dally is a grassroots street fair that has given local musicians a chance to introduce their sounds to Detroit-area audiences since 1982.
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Visitors to this year's festival will have the chance to experience nearly 50 artists on four stages (including one dedicated to electronic music). Saturday's set will take the form of an eclectic musical collage, juxtaposing sounds as diverse as funk (Third Coast Kings) and zydeco (Zydeco Hepcats) to electronic (DJ Erno the Inferno), Jazz (El Dee) and "tiki" music (Roland Remington). The lineup will bring together seasoned artists like the world-travelling Tunde Olaniran alongside lesser known, even virtually unknown local acts.
To catch a glimpse of the featured bands take a look below and check out the Dally's website for directions and a complete schedule of the day's performances.
Dally 2012: Self Says
Rapper Charles Vann, who goes by the moniker "Self Says," aims to mix "off-kilter rhyme styles with more serious, straight-laced lyricism," according to his website bio. He's performed at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and shared the stage with One Be Lo, Finale, Phat Kat, Slum Village, Buff1 and Shigeto.
Witness The Scene From Dally 2010
Dally 2012: Aran Daniels
DJ Aran Daniels came to love techno music after listening to the sounds of the Motor and Shelter nightclubs in the 1990s. While influenced by labels such as Ghostly International and Playhouse, he tries to stay true to his Midwest techno and house roots. He's the resident DJ at Detroit's TV Lounge.
Theatre Bizarre At Dally 2010
Dally 2012: Copper Thieves
The Copper Thieves are a Detroit-area rock band featuring Andy Roy, John Nelson, Marty Roy, Christian Doble and Tony Rochon. (Facebook: Photo by Stacy Roy)
Dally 2012: Darkred
Darkred is a two-piece experimental/psychedelic Detroit rock band featuring Chris Turner on drums and Rob Smith on guitar. (Myspace: Photo by Anubis)
Detroit's Next Great Artists At Dally 2010
Dally 2012: Deadbeat Beat
The Deadbeat Beat is a "big beat" Detroit-area rock band. (Facebook: Photo by Lauren Montgomery)
Dally 2012: Deastro
Deastro is Randolph Chabot, a Detroit-based artist who produces synth-driven electronic pop. He's also known to play with a band, including Jeff Supina on drums, Mark Smak on guitar and Brian Connelly on bass and keyboards.
Dally 2012: Roland Remington
Roland Remington plays mid-century exotica/tiki bar music on vintage melody percussion instruments. He covers artists like Martin Denny, Les Baxter and Arthur Lyman. (Facebook: Photo by Joseph Coots)
Dally 2012: Electric Fire Babies
Electric Firebabies make experimental Detroit new wave soul influenced by The New Dance Show, Stereolab, The B-52's, King Tubby, and Kundalini.
Dancing Poet Video Shot At Dally 2009
Dally 2012: Erno the Inferno
DJ Erno the Inferno describes his sets on Facebook as "disco and classic house having a love affair with techno."He puts together beats for local hip-hop artists and played bass in the recently disbanded indie/punk/folk-ish band, Noman. (Facebook: Photo by Joe Gall)
Amazing Sunglasses In This Video From Dally 1992
Dally 2012: Fancy Street
Fancy Street is a Detroit-area band that produces acoustic pop music.
Dally 2012: Allan James and the Cold Wave
Allan James and the Cold Wave is an indie rock band from Ferndale.
Dally 2012: El Dee
El Dee is a Detroit-area jazz pop band starring Lauren Deming and her tight-knit group of musician friends. (Facebook: Photo by Andi Hedrick)
Scene from Dally 2010
Dally 2012: Duende!
The band Duende! mixes rock, blues, country, psychedelic and other influences to create a melting pot of sounds.
Dally in the Alley 2008: Antique-o-vision
Dally 2012: Gardens
The rock band Gardens names The Beatles, Syd Barrett, Nirvana and Turkish psychedelic music among their influences.
Dally 2012: Loretta Lucas
Loretta Lucas is a vivacious folk-pop singer who has performed with her sister Julie in the band Sisters Lucas.
Dally 2012: Zydeco Hepcats
Formed in 2010, the Zydeco Hepcats play classic zydeco tunes as well as a healthy order of original blues and roots songs.
Dally 2012: Third Coast Kings
The Third Coast Kings are a deep funk and soul ensemble based in Detroit. The eight-piece ensemble aims to do funk the right way and hope audiences will appreciate their dedication to the classic sound.
Dally 2012: Pink Lightning
Pink Lighting is a rock-and-roll band featuring Neal Parks on drums, Everette Rinehart on bass, Tom Bahorski on guitar, Leo McWilliams on accordion and vocalist Chris Butterfield, who also plays a circuit bender. (Facebook: Photo by Kim Parks)
Dally 2012: Small Noises
Small Noises is a Detroit-area alternative rock/garage band.
Dally 2012: The Anonymous
MC goldzilla! and DJ some kid make up The Anonymous, an underground hip-hop group that emerged from Detroit's suburbs in the early 2000s. (Facebook: Photo by Jeremy Damaske)
Dally 2012: The Oscillating Fan Club
The Oscillating Fan Club's brand of guitar pop interweaves classic 60s rock music with more experimental and psychedelic influences.
Night Falls At Dally 2010
Filling The Streets At Dally 2010
Dally 2012: The Summer Pledge
Based in Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood, The Summer Pledge combines progressive indie rock with classic soul music. (Facebook: Photo by Lauren Smith)
Dally 2012: The Walking Beat
The Walking Beat delves into a soundscape combining elements as diverse as hard rock, country-western waltzes, glam rock and Townes Van Zandt-inspired tunes. Brought to you by Detroiters Danny Kanka, Steve McCauley, Stephanie Selvaggio, Joe Lavis and Jon Berz.
Night Lights At Dally 2010
Documentary Captures Dally 2009
Dally 2012: Ungrateful Daughter
Ungrateful Daughter is an "artpsychpunk" band based in Detroit. Members are Frank Woodman on Jaguar, Hillary Woodman on electric Ukulel and Ryan Michels on skins.
Dally 2012: The Wire Eyes
Together, Ashley E. Hennen, Brad A. Potts, Jessica L. Brasher and Alex Tetreault form The Wire Eyes, a Detroit musical ensemble with a knack for creating haunting, ethereal sounds. Catch them while you can. Their Dally performance will be their last for some time as Hennen will be leaving Detroit for New York City.
Dally 2012: Tunde Olaniran
Tunde Olaniran mixes hip-hop, pop and electronic music to create a unique beat-driven sound. A seasoned performer, he has toured the world and fronted the rock band Taste This! earlier in his career.
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