Well...THAT was one lousy turnout. What a shame. The BBQ was delicious (seriously, for venue patio barbeque, it sounds white trash, but it was fucking amazing), there were SEVERAL amazing performances, and the weather was great. But unfortunately, you don't get a huge turnout with a Wednesday night festival in Detroit that starts at 6:30pm. It was destined for failure. But, you can't just not try. Whoever made the attempt at the Crofoot, that is, whoever booked this monstrosity of a show, I give them huge credit. It takes balls. And it's going to take another two years. That's about the time when this is actually going to take off.
My prediction? It's going to be a flop again next summer. But word-of-mouth, despite how fickle and ignorant music fans can be in metro Detroit, works. It just takes a little bit in this town.
Pains of Being Pure at Heart sounded great, Passalacqua surprised the hell out of me with their energy and over-the-top performance (I'm not a big fan of local hip-hop), Craft Spells were everything I expected them to be, but the sleeper performance for most people (although I called it weeks ago) was the FUCKING BRILLIANT performance put on by Gardens & Villa. If this word-of-mouth I'm speaking of does any good at all, it will only take until they come back around on tour to metro Detroit for them to get a damned fine turnout. Although this time it will probably be at the Magic Stick. That's just a guess. Folks these days have no loyalty, talent buyers jump around (or get fired) far too often, and bands like to change it up. They won't play the Pike Room next time. But that next show will be one hell of a performance. Again. In the meantime we just wait.