Night 2 of Blowout 2014 took place on Thursday, May 1st
Before I even arrived in Hamtramck for Night 2, I realize that the organizers didn't stagger any of the performance times. Everything started at 9:00, 10:15, or 11:30. If I can't sample 10 different bands in one night, I sure as hell won't feel "blownout".
Lead singer Rachel usually complains between songs. It could be lights, sound levels, musicians off cue, or lack of a beverage, but she's always bitching about something. That night she was in an unexpectedly good mood, and it put the rest of the band into a good vibe.
Bands that I saw that I'm putting in the "whatever" column: Double Weirdo, Touch the Clouds, and After the Tide.
Friday night's lineup gives me a more difficult decision. Detroit's lineup will include 7 venues, but what they've got is easy for me to pass over. It's a choice between Hamtramck and Ferndale that I have to make.
Ferndale will also be up to 7 venues, but you could probably spend the whole night at Rustbelt Market and have a great time. It's going to have Yum, Tunde Olaniran, and Flint Eastwood. Carjack at New Way Bar at 11:30 will also be solid.
It's a close call, but I'm going to go with Hamtramck again. The Hentchmen rarely play now, and they'll be at Paycheck's at 12:45. Another good Hamtramck option will be Mexican Knives at New Dodge Lounge at 10:15.