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REVIEW - The Rooks ~ At PJ's Larger House

The Rooks

at PJ's Larger House in Detroit

Photos / Article by Taylor Ohryn
I find myself at the edge of Corktown a tad bit confused of the current status that is PJ's Larger House. If you search up the Larger House you get as followed: "Enduring bar serves handmade burgers & New Orleans-style Cajun grub with a side of live rock music."

Once inside, I was engulfed with Irish and Rock memorabilia attached to the walls of this "New Orleans-Style" place. Even with their menu I question for that Cajun vibe I would get as I settled for a Irish twist of a reuben labeled"Corktown Classic". For those who were curious on that, I gave it a 5/10. I should note I'm a tad bit picky when it comes to my reubens. The meat was on thick side and tough and I wish I had more then two bits per side. It was good for a bar sandwich not a main dish. Normally, I arrive four hours earlier just to avoid crowds but I found myself at ease knowing that I could enjoy that sandwich (As I had arrived around Six-Thirty) as I wait underneath the Lager House where the boys are expected to perform. Little did I know that doors open meant when they will actual arrive to do sound check, I could have arrived much later than I had and possibly gotten something good on my way here. 

The Lager House performance area is what could be considered the living room in a duplex house, where the stage sits next to one of the exits allowing the band to bring in their equipment. I didn't see any action in that room until little over the time "Doors Open".  In that I mean, where the band actually brought in their kits to do their first soundcheck. 
Around nine, the bands had arrivex and I was introduced to The Rooks by Saxophone/Keyboardist Spencer Hattendorf downstairs in what the Lager House called their "Green Room". The band had a friendly since of charm to them, very pleased at the idea of someone photographing their band. Even Garth Taylor (lead vocals) who was quiet at first jump in the conversation with talks of trying to meme himself in any photos of tonight's show. Only sad part of the conversation was their eleven o'clock time slot. Until then, the conversation was mostly small talk about myself, bands, The Onion news article, and Tumblr.  

In the meantime, opener Taxon Clade lead vocal Daniel had already remove his shirt two songs into his set. (I should take the moment to mention that the crowd consist of the openers and The Rooks. A very intimate concert. So the need to be shirtless wasn't really necessary.) So if that gives you a vibe of what their band is like then I really don't need to describe them. If you still need more information, they did two covers the first Freaky Nasty "When I dip you dip" the other campfire tradition Elton John's "Rocketman". After their show, the next act switch from the floor to the stage. 


J. Walker & The Crossguards kept the energy going as did the coffee that I had received from Spencer. Their no shoe policy on bass player Kylie gave them a bit of an edge as they continue their rock and soul style. The band brought in a few Tiger fans who were watching the game from the other side of the duplex building. I couldn't help to find myself questioning why a great group like this was at a bar where, at one point, was being viewed by only the bass players girlfriend and myself. A little brush up on performing and better tuning could give J. Walker & The Crossguards a great shot into a better atmosphere.


We finally inch over to the final act...The Rooks swifty traded spots and were ready to rock. I had previously spent a couple days listening to their music (Which can be found on Spotify and bandcamp) so I knew what I going to witness. 
What they call a muddy down version of Frank Ocean and they were right. Was I expecting a cover from said artist? Yes. Did I get it? Yes. They could be performing in front kitchen staff and still act as if they were performing in front of a sold out audience. That is a type of a band I could put my trust and t-shirt money to.

Now in terms of what I could use to describe them myself... I like to picture the perfect combination of the R&B old school Babyface mix with the Robin Thicke "Love After War" version. Overall experience... I recommend checking them out while they are still on this small tour. They may not be signed, but it's only a matter of time before that happens. Good luck on the rest of the tour boys. 

You can find The Rooks on: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Website
You can listen to them on: Spotify, BandCamp,and Youtube

To see more photos you can check out my photography site.

THIS WEEKEND: Great Lakes Food, Art, & Music Festival in Northville

The Great Lakes Food, Art & Music Festival kicks off this weekend in downtown Northville. Running Friday, June 24 and continuing through Sunday, June 26 The Ford Field Park will play host to the event, providing a fantastic backdrop for the family-friendly occasion.

Featuring tons of great live music, a kid zone with a bounce house – plus monster truck rides, slot car racing, food, drinks and more – it's fun for all ages!

FREE ADMISSION all weekend.

FREE PARKING is available in the Northeast corner of the Northville Downs parking lot (Walking distance from Ford Field Park.)


Friday 5:30-7 Tosha Owens
Friday 7:30-9 Cosmic Groove
Friday 9:30-11 Ryan Dillaha

Saturday 12-1:30 Weekend Comeback
Saturday 2-3:30 The Kung Fu Lovers
Saturday 4-5:30 Re Cure
Saturday 7-8:30 The HandGrenades
Saturday 9-10:30 AwesomeR
Saturday 10:30-12 Howling Diablos

Sunday 12-1:30 Al Bettis
Sunday 2-3:30 Mark Reitenga
Sunday 4:30-6 The Reefermen
Sunday 6:30-8 Dan Tillery

Visit HERE for all your festival information needs.


UPCOMING (6/26-9/5): Summer Classic Film Series at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor

Summer Classic Film Series returns to the Michigan Theater
See Classic Films By The Beatles, Audrey Hepburn, Marx Brothers, Clint Eastwood and More!

The Michigan Theater has kicked off the 32nd season of its annual Kerrytown Market and Shops Summer Classic Film Series.
From late June to early September, the historic theater will screen classic films every Sunday at 1:30 PM and Tuesday at 7:00 PM. The full series lineup includes:

6/26 and 6/28:            A Hard Day’s Night (1964) S 
7/3 and 7/5:               Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
7/4                            The Dirty Dozen (1967) at 1:30 PM. FREE for veterans and active service military.
7/10 and 7/12:            A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 
7/17 and 7/19:            Monty Python & The Holy Grail (1975)  

7/24 and 7/26:            Funny Face (1957)
7/31 and 8/1:             The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)  
8/7 and 8/9:               Horse Feathers (1932)  
8/14 and 8/16:           Fargo (1996) 

8/21 and 8/23:            Sing-a-Long Sound of Music (1965) * Special ticket prices apply.  
8/28 and 8/30:            Metropolis (1927) silent film with live organ accompaniment * Special ticket prices apply.
9/4 and 9/6:                To Catch a Thief (1955)  
9/5                             Casablanca (1942) at 1:30 PM. FREE for students with valid I.D.!
Standard ticket prices apply except where noted. Advance tickets are available at
Now celebrating its 89th year, the Michigan Theater is Ann Arbor's award-winning non-profit historic center for fine film and performing arts. The Michigan Theater welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year to its art house films, concerts, lectures, live theater, and special programs such as Direct from Sundance and Cinetopia International Film Festival. The Michigan Theater also owns and operates the historic State Theater located just up the street at 233 State Street. 

The Michigan Theater is located in downtown Ann Arbor at 603 East Liberty Street. 

Visit or call the 24-hour information line at (734) 668-TIME for schedule and ticket information.


UPCOMING (Friday, June 24): Opening artist reception- "Post-Colonial" by Askew One + "Seminatural" by Beastman at the Inner State Gallery in Detroit

Inner State Gallery Presents:
Post-Colonial by Askew One
Seminatural by Beastman 

Please join The Inner State Gallery in Detroit this Friday, June 24th at 7pm as they welcome New Zealand Artist Askew One and Australian artist Beastman to the Gallery for their latest solo exhibitions.

  About Beastman: 
Beastman (Bradley Eastman) is a multidisciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia. Influenced by the biodiversity, symbolism and design aesthetics behind nature’s repetitive geometric growth patterns and organic landscapes, Beastman's studio paintings, commercial projects and public murals explore a unique visual language, depicting future environments of abstracted landscapes,
 potential new life forms and human intervention.

One of the most distinctive and prolific emerging contemporary artists from Australia, Beastman has exhibited his artworks extensively around the world, has curated and organised numerous international art exhibitions and projects, and has been commissioned by the likes of Element, Facebook, Vivid Sydney, Mini, Westfield, Red Bull, Stockland, Bose, Hyundai, Smirnoff and more. His artwork was recently acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, and his large solo and collaborative mural works can be found all over Australia and around the world.

About Askew:
  With a strong, self-taught background in graffiti and post-graffiti art, graphic design and video-making, Askew One's international following and web  presence over the last 12 years has made him New Zealand’s most world-famous & world-recognized graffiti and urban contemporary artist.
Askew's project invitations have been in countries such as
Switzerland, Singapore, the UK, USA and Tahiti. To date, Askew is the only NZ artist to have been featured in leading  French publication ‘The Urban Contemporary Art Guide’ (2014) and is the only NZ
representative to have exhibited in the Urban Art Biennale (Germany, 2015). His  most significant accomplishment in 2015, was art directing, exhibiting and  co-funding a culturally important group exhibition at aMBUSH Gallery (Sydney),  titled ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’. Askew continues to  represent his country and the region of Oceania on the international urban contemporary map.

This event is free and open to the public. 
Opening artist reception will be from 7-10pm on Friday June 24th 

The Inner State Gallery is located at 1410 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

UPCOMING (Sat. June 25): Super Happy Funtime Burlesque at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor

  Super Happy Funtime Burlesque is a 12 member touring monstrosity and they will
be performing at the Bling Pig in Ann Arbor this Saturday (June 25).

A live band, a burlesque troupe, a circus act, that is all together too contemporary, too modern, too bawdy, and too controversial to be defined just as “burlesque”. So, calling itself ‘burlesque’ for lack of a better term, Super Happy Funtime Burlesque is heading out for their 7th national tour 
this fall with its newest musical production. 

Designed to find your line and cross it, some kind of strange mix of GWAR and Benny Goodman with touches of SNL and the Price is Right, Super Happy Funtime Burlesque sprays you with glitter and love while playfully degrading taboo subjects like religion, politics, and sex. “For every 100 people dancing, there are usually ten or so walking out the door,” says host and bandleader Mr. Happypants, “You either get it or you don’t; the right people get it.” Super Happy Funtime Burlesque sets itself apart from other burlesque shows, and touring acts in general, for one major reason: its live band playing original music. Somewhere in a middle ground between Frank Zappa and Tom Waits, this show that gets curiosity seekers out with the promise of tits keeps them in the seats with a set of original tunes that get stuck in your head for weeks after the performance. “People are surprised by the songwriting! What they don’t know is that we’re all professional artists who’s day jobs are in the musical theater world, we bring that aesthetic and blend it with an underground edginess that leaves peoples jaws on the floor.”

 Super Happy Funtime Burlesque is presenting a new and contemporary musical theater at its finest. Come see it now before it gets so big that you can’t afford the ticket!!

 Doors at 9:30pm | 18+ | $10 Cover
Buy advance tickets HERE.

The Blind Pig is located at: 208 S 1st St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

Coming up at the MoCAD Sat. 6/25: Analog Ladies + The Church of the Super Serge

Analog Ladies is a group created by Elise Gargalikis for women of all kinds to meet and connect based on their love of creating and performing live electronic music. This includes analog and digital instruments. The Church of the Super Serge was founded by Dmitri Bronson in order to create a gathering for men and women to come together in the name of DIY synth builders, modular synth performers, and most importantly, to celebrate the Serge Synthesizer, the namesake of the event. The event will consist of two parts. First, a workshop by The Church of the Super Serge will instruct attendees on how to wire their very own Atari Punk Console. The workshop will be followed by an evening of performances by selected analog ladies and Slope114. 

4pm — Church of the Super Serge Workshop 
6pm — Mother Cyborg [Temple of Cyborg] - DJ set
7pm — Erika [Interdimensional Transmissions] - DJ set
8pm — Slope114 [Black Catalogue, San Francisco] - Live PA

Admission: $5 (free for MOCAD members)

Info on the Atari Punk Console:


UPCOMING: Newly announced shows from Die Antwoord, Elle King, and Fitz and The Tantrums at The Fillmore In Detroit

The Fillmore Detroit has just announced some spectacular shows taking place in the Fall of 2016.
Here's what you have to look forward to...

 Die Antwoord on Saturday, October 15.
Presale begins Thursday at 10AM, use password: LEGEND.
Tickets go on sale to general public Friday at 10AM.
Tickets for this show range from $25.00-$50.00
All Ages Welcomed. 
Get Online Tickets HERE.

  Elle King on Sunday, October 30
Presale begins Thursday at 12PM.
Tickets go on sale to general public Friday at 12PM.
 Tickets for this show range from $20.00-$45.00 
All Ages Welcomed.
 Get Online Tickets HERE.

 Fitz and The Tantrums on Saturday, November 19.
Presale begins Thursday at 10AM.
Tickets go on sale to general public Friday at 10AM.
Tickets for this show range from $25.00-$49.50 
All Ages Welcomed.
 Get Online Tickets HERE.

The Fillmore Detroit is located at: 2115 Woodward in Detroit


UPCOMING (Fri. June 24): MUSE Fest Vol. II with Carcosa, Skating Polly, The Free Bleeders, & Porch Lights at Small's in Hamtramck

MUSE Fest Vol. II is taking place this Friday night at Small's in Hamtramck.

MUSE, Musicians United for Scholastic Enrichment, is an all non-profit organization established to raise funds for the Detroit/Metro area schools, children and music programs.

It is their hope to raise $25,000 by the end of the summer. These funds will be donated to two organizations: “The Lyricist Society” and “Girls Rock Detroit!” They will also be directly buying school supplies and cleaning supplies for teachers and students, as well as participating in metro area Back2School drives! This will ensure that funds go to schools and not the 3.5 billion debt that DPS is currently facing.

Joining forces Vol. II is:

Admission: $5 or Unopened School Supplies

8pm doors / 9pm music / All ages

Small's is located at 10339 Conant St, Hamtramck, MI 48212  

Skating Polly

UPCOMING (Thur. June 23) : GUNS N' ROSES with Alice In Chains at Ford Field in Detroit

Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan, regroup for the GUNS N' ROSES 'Not In This Lifetime Tour'. 

The show this Thursday (June 23) at Ford Field in Detroit will be
 the opening date on their 2016 North American tour.

Axl, Slash, and Duff will be joined on stage by longtime keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, and newest member Melissa Reese as the band’s second keyboardist.  

You can expect to hear the greatest hits, cover songs, and even songs 
from Chinese Democracy at this show.

Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled, unrivaled,
and unstoppable attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. The spirit
went on to captivate the entire world with the release of their 1987 debut Appetite
for Destruction- the bestselling U.S. debut ever, moving 30 million copies globally.

In 1991, the seven time platinum Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II
occupied the top two spots of the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Over the course of
the past decade, Guns N’ Roses have performed sold out shows and headlined
festivals worldwide following the critically acclaimed release of 2008’s RIAA
platinum certified Chinese Democracy. Six studio albums later, Guns N’ Roses are
one of the most important and influential acts in music history and continue to set
the benchmark for live performances connecting with millions of fans across the

Show Details:
 Guns N’ Roses: Not In This Lifetime Tour
With Special Guest: Alice in Chains
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
at Ford Field located at 2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226
Gates open at 7:00pm. Show starts at 8:30pm.

Tickets can be be purchased online HERE.


UPCOMING (Friday, June 24): Hour Detroit's 11th Annual "Best of Detroit Party" at MotorCity Casino Hotel and Sound Board in Detroit

Hour Detroit is bringing the Best of Detroit issue to life at the eleventh-annual Best of Detroit Party! 

Join Hour Detroit at MotorCity Casino Hotel from 7pm to midnight (VIP 6pm to midnight) Friday, June 24 for an evening of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from over 30 restaurants as well as live entertainment. The event will showcase the best restaurants, bars, style, and entertainment as voted by Hour Detroit readers in their 17th annual poll (And NO...MOTORCITYBLOG has NEVER won. COME ON PEOPLE!)

Guests will experience the flavors, sounds, and fashions of Hour Detroit’s Best of Detroit winners in the  ballroom and Soundboard at MotorCity Casino Hotel. The event is hosted by Amy Andrews from Fox 2, with entertainment by Killer Flamingos and percussionist Jared Sykes.

Limited VIP tickets allow entrance into the ballroom and Sound Board at 6pm for drinks and first tastes of all the samples provided by the Best of Detroit winners. From 7pm to midnight, VIP guests can also relax in VIP lounges throughout the venue.

General admission tickets: $95
VIP tickets: $140

Ticket's can be purchased in advance HERE. 

MotorCity Casino Hotel and Sound Board is located at:
2901 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI

UPCOMING (Wed. June 22): The Rooks at PJ's Lager House in Detroit

Indie Soul/R&B group THE ROOKS from New York City are performing 
at PJ's Lager House in Detroit this Wednesday (June 22).

Local acts Taxon Clade and J. Walker & the Crossguards will be supporting acts.

If you happen to ask The Rooks about their sound, chances are they’ll mutter some blurry portrait of Frank Ocean, J Dilla, and the Talking Heads getting drunk at a dive bar in the year 2023, while Justin Vernon waits in the car to drive everyone home. Push them to be a little more specific (and a little less confusing), and they’ll tell you that The Rooks are equal parts kick-back, head-knock, and get-down; the music you rock to at the party, and the perfect soundtrack for the ride home.
A transplant from the Wesleyan University music scene, The Rooks have spent the last three years and change making noise across New York City and the greater Northeast, gaining substantial recognition for their debut EP, Something You Can Take (May 2013), follow up single “Twister” (Jan 2014) and most recent releases “Secrets” and “Intermission (Wires)” (both premiered on Okayplayer).

Hard-hitting performances at Irving Plaza, Mercury Lounge, and Brooklyn Bowl, as well as highly successful residencies at Arlenes Grocery and Pianos NYC (second highest grossing residency in venue history) have earned them further acclaim, including Deli Magazine’s Artist of The Month award (Feb 2014) and recent nomination for the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards in the R&B/Soul category, finally providing their parents with a tangible means of bragging about their children. The Rooks happily released their latest EP Wires on Afropunk, previously releasing two singles from the record on Okayplayer.  The group also won an Independent Music Award for "Secrets", the first single from Wires, and spent the first half of 2016 performing concerts up and down the east coast.They would love for you to join the party, because they’re having an incredible time!

Taxon Clade resides in the heart of Midtown Detroit as a dancey-coustic soul pop trio. Playing shows from official venues to festivals or house parties, they're there to keep the party moving. The sound is influenced by your favorite aspects of My Morning Jacket, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Motown music. Bring your dancing shoes, if you plan to prepare appropriately.

J. Walker & the Crossguards: J. Walker's sensibilities for gnarly soul, fuzzed-out funk and punk gets kicked up here by the brass and bass of a cookin' Beehive-built band. These three songs augment Walker's awareness of guys like Lou Reed, Danny Kroha, Sly and Mick Collins. Or something. Walker's taste, though probably best tagged between the funk and the punk, go everywhere, really, (just like his guitar shredding).  --Jeff Milo, Detroit Metrotimes
PJ's Lager House is located at 1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Doors for the show open at 8PM and music starts at 9PM.    


TOMORROW (Sat. June 18): Pee Wee’s Big Adventure at The Redford Theatre in Detroit

Get out of the summer heat and hit up a showing of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure  
on the big screen at the Redford Theatre.

When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.  

This Saturday, June 18 Matinee is only $5.00 for Adults and $2.50 for Children 12 & under.

Film starts at 2:00 PM.
 Live piano performance a hour before the film and 
the live organ performance begins a half hour before the film. 

This is a Digital Presentation of the 1989 film. Rated PG. The film runs 91 minutes.

The Redford Theatre is located at:
17360 Lahser Road
Detroit, MI  48219

To buy tickets in advance visit the Redford Theatre's website HERE.



REVIEW: The Keloorah Music Festival at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn

MOTORCITYBLOG was able to make it for Day Two of the Keloorah Music Festival 
this past Saturday (June 11) and here's what we saw...

Entrance to Keloorah

The high temperature ended up reaching 91 Degrees on this Keloorah Festival day, but no rain in sight which was a good thing. Luckily I brought plenty of sunscreen and the fact that there was a nice breeze made the weather much more bearable. The festival, being held on Michigan International Speedway grounds next to lap three, had us covered in regards to refreshments as there were multiple stands and bars scattered throughout the festival grounds. Most everything was reasonably priced and they were not out to gouge people just because they could.
The festival grounds were wide open and very easy to navigate through. The space was large,but it was easy to walk to one end to the other in less than 5 minutes. There were plenty of Porta-John's with no lines and many things around to occupy and entertain your time spent at the festival.
The free play video game arcade was a hit.

Plenty of areas to view the festival surroundings & performance stage
 such as this recently built Deck Bar.

 There was a foam party with live a DJ. 

Can a festival really be a called festival without a Ferris wheel?

The Go-Kart experience.

Plenty of Cornhole players were in attendance.

Plenty of opportunities for drinks including this cool outdoor sport's bar.

The live music stage proved to be a big surprise for me. I went in knowing only one act and left thoroughly entertained by most everyone. The performance stage itself was impressive and had a catwalk extending into the crowd. The festival also had a Jumbotron and was professional filmed with two cameras for the crowd's viewing pleasure. For those who wanted a even better view, the festival grounds had a V.I.P. area which got you closer to the stage and also contained a V.I.P. riser so you could sit back and have a elevated view. 
Not a bad seat in the house to watch the performances.

Elle King

MCB last covered Elle King at her January Detroit appearance. I brought this up to Elle after her Keloorah performance and she remembers being very drunk at the show. I told her that's how we like it. Elle was not drunk at this performance however and explained on stage that partly the reason was the fact that she recently woke up (this was at 5:30 in the afternoon) and she was probably actually still hungover from the night before. Elle had a 45 minute set and filled it it with tracks off her EP and debut full length as well as covers and new songs just released and those yet to be. Elle ran though the songs like a pro and at one point questioned swearing or not after seeing many youngsters in the crowd. But she figured it was a race track and it was actually thee place to swear if she was ever going to. I will keep this review expletive free, but Elle's stage was not.      
Andy Grammer

I didn't know what to expect from Andy Grammer and never heard his name before. I did, however, recognize some of his songs once he started playing them live. The most well known may be "Keep Your Head Up". I was won over by his live performance and his hits sounded exactly
how they do on the radio. Andy and his band were full of energy and when Andy wasn't on the catwalk, he could be found sitting behind his keyboard killing it on the keys and with his voice.    

Fitz And The Tantrums
  Fitz and The Tantrums was another band who I did not know what to expect from. I had heard the groups name before, but that is all. But once they started playing, I recognized some of the hit songs and it was one the those "Ohhhhhh" moments. Fitz and The Tantrums blew me away with their high energy performance. They used the catwalk like it was their second home and I loved how members Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs shared vocal responsibilities. It was a perfect mix of pop, dance, and soul. I felt these songs were created to dance and sing along to and most of the crowd did just that. The band was really enjoying themselves on stage and seeing a saxophone being utilized on stage was a treat. Fitz and The Tantrums found a new fan at Keloorah and I say this with a recently acquired CD of theirs next to me at this very moment.

 Final band of the evening was Grouplove. I had never heard of them and was not very impressed. The set was lackluster to me. It may have been a live disappointment for me, but many people were enjoying themselves and the band was having a good time.

I had the opportunity to meet up with some of the creative forces that graced the Keloorah Music Festival stage. Here are some of those captured moments....

With Elle King

With Paul Dominic (Bass Player for Elle King)

With Noelle Scaggs (Vocalist for Fitz And The Tantrums)

 With Michael Fitzpatrick (Vocalist for Fitz And The Tantrums)

And here are some more Keloorah moments that I captured.... 

Noelle Scaggs (Fitz And The Tantrums) and Elle King

"The King" and  "The Patriot" enjoying the Fitz And The Tantrums live set. 

 Wide angle view of the Keloorah Festival music stage.

They had a stunning fireworks display going off during Grouplove's set.

Keloorah sign on a hill.

Exit at the end of the evening.

This was only the second year for the Keloorah Music Festival and I see much potential for future events. I don't particularly like to attend large festival shows anymore, but this experience was quite enjoyable. I found the festival to be a perfect size with a great live stage and performance lineup. And they pulled it off at the same time as their big NASCAR event weekend. I never knew racing was so big till I arrived for Keloorah on the MIS property. But it's still intimate enough where I could run into Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis as he was on his way to check out some entertainment on stage. It was nice to finally meet the man behind Keloorah after interviewing him via telephone a couple weeks prior. Keloorah is something he is very passionate about and in our  interview he said he wanted to "have a great show where people can get together and have a fun time". I believe this mission was accomplished.

The Keloorah Music Festival at Michigan International Speedway returns on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27 this year with it's "Country Music" version of the festival.