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Night 3 of the Hamtramck Music Festival
The night started to look like the previous one. The first scheduled bands at Mars Bar and Polish Village were dragging their ass getting started. In between disappointments I'd stop into Lo & Behold to see what they had going. They had a long list of acts, but didn't feel obligated to put them into any sort of itinerary. The first thing I saw there was a guy doing some impressive jazz piano. Without some kind of itinerary to go off of, I can't tell you who he was.
Get back to Lo about 9:30 and Lac La Belle is performing. They're a folk/americana duo, and the people running the sound showed a deft touch by not overdoing the amplification. Jennie Knaggs' voice was never overshadowed when it reached another impressive crescendo.
That night I was sticking to the central axis of Hamtramck. I alternated between Whiskey in the Jar, Bakers, Mars Bar, Lo & Behold, Polish Village Cafe, and one jaunt to Paycheck's. I didn't venture north in the direction of Seven Brothers, east in the direction of Small's, or south in the direction of Kelly's and New Dodge. Schedules shot to hell by the apathy of others isn't as hard to endure when you're not zipping from one side of town to the other. People who tried to see Titties over at Kelly's, in hope that their music would match their name, were disappointed when they still hadn't started 45 minutes after they were supposed to. Perhaps I didn't miss out on much. My strategy worked great for me, and I didn't have much of the aggravation that I did the previous night.
The last band scheduled anywhere that night was Vonneguts at Whiskey in the Jar. It was so crammed in there during their great performance, that I had no chance of getting a photo. People who asked where the bathroom was were openly laughed at, because there was no way they were going to reach it.
In summation, this festival was a worthwhile endeavor. The biggest problem, performers that don't respect the audiences' time, is just as prevalent at the Blowout. I look forward to seeing how this event will look next year.
Bands I saw that I'm putting in the "whatever" column:
Bobby Electric, Blue Snaggletooth, All the Wild Children, The Loveseats, Eric Villa & The Vista Marias, Botanical Fortress, and You People.