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March madness: Hamtramck Blowout rocks 'n' rolls four-day party with 200 bands at 15 venues

Majestic Theatre Center and various Hamtramck locations
March 4-7 http://metrotimes.com/blowout/default.asp Has it really been 12 years since the first Blowout, the loud-crazy-fun-sweaty (and walkable) local music festival at multiple locations, hit the late winter ground running in Hamtramck? Oh, yes, it has. That first year (1998) featured future hall of famers Eminem and White Stripes -- along with some pretty close contenders like the Dirtbombs, Volebeats and the Wildbunch (later to morph into the Electric Six).

Fast forward to 2009 and the festival is a Midwest institution, featuring over 200 bands and becoming the largest local music showcase of its kind in the country. The Blowout is staged in Hamtramck bars, clubs, social halls, coffeehouses, retail spaces and other hot spots. For a peak at some of those venues, take a gander at Model D writer Terry Parris's fab historical overview of Hamtramck bars.

The four-day party begins Wednesday night at the Majestic Theatre Center, where you can purchase wristbands for the entire festival for $20 beginning at 7 p.m. But plan to stick around for the kick-off event, which features Silverghost, the Octopus, Electric Fire Babies (up in the Magic Stick) and The Wrong Numbers, Outrageous Cherry and the Meatmen (inside the Majestic Theatre).

For complete schedule of bands, showtimes and venues, and all other breaking news related to Blowout '09, go here.

The Night Move transportation company will be providing the Blowout with shuttle service this year. An environmentally conscious firm, Night Move partners with Clean Emission Fluids and NextEnergy to run its buses on B20 biofuel. The buses will run from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.

Get good-n-crazy and have safe fun out there, all you unrepentant rock 'n' rollers...

Outrageous Cherry's Matthew Smith (above) and FilterD masthead collage featuring Timmy Vulgar and fans; photos by Walter Wasacz.


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