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Party Stompers and DUENDE! -- New Way Bar, Ferndale, Saturday, June 18

The Party Stompers and DUENDE!, along with DJ Adam Stanfel, will bring wild, rockin' rhythms to the New Way Bar in Ferndale on Saturday, June 18.

The Party Stompers, a Detroit band that puts their own twist on the gritty Motor City sound of the late 1950s and early '60s, are led by Mike Hurtt (Royal Pendletons, Nathaniel Mayer Band, Michael Hurtt & his Haunted Hearts) on lead vocal and guitar. The band plays an energetic mix of primal early rock 'n' roll, blues, rhythm 'n' blues, rockaballads, jumped-up hillbilly, cajun, swamp pop, and proto-garage.

The Stompers feature legendary Detroit tenor sax man George Katsakis (Royaltones, Jack Scott Band, Del Shannon Band), and also include bassist Adam Stanfel (Wrong Numbers, United Sounds) and drummer S.R. Boland. 

DUENDE! has been called "one of today's tightest Detroit bands, wallowing in an uncommon ability to veer off of the beaten path while keeping it together, in near-supernatural fashion."

The roots-based, yet uniquely innovative ensemble is: Jeffery Howitt, whose vocal style has a touch of Tyrannosaurus Rex-era Bolan and post-motorcycle accident Dylan; Laura "the Boom" Willem, drumming like Mo Tucker twisting Charlie Watts' wrist; former Misteriosos guitarist "Jelly Roll" Joel McCune, a finger-picking purveyor of sonic Americana; and multi-instrumentalist Scott Sanford on bass and guitar.

DJ at 9 p.m.; live music shortly after 10 p.m. $6.