Comerica CityFest–Wednesday Music Picks

Tomorrow is the first day of the Comerica CityFest and what an awfully nice time it has been in years’ past under its original moniker, the TasteFest (my conspiracy theory is that since the renaming of the State to the Fillmore, the ClearChannel people have surreptitiously plotted name changes for hundreds of different venues, events, and people (yes, people) all over Detroit, just for kicks. True story: I ran into a guy at the bar last weekend whom I knew from high school as Dave. He explained that his name was now Graham, that he and several others in his building were offered lifetime subscriptions to XM Radio by suited executive types with dark sunglasses if they would change their names to either Bill or Graham, but that the XM only played Top 40 pop or country stations. He then introduced me to his girlfriend, Bill.).

Anyway, I’m a fan of the music and will be at the CityFest every day and would like to offer a preview of some of the music you’ll have the opportunity to hear each day. I will proffer the disclaimer that I’m more a music lover than an expert, that my picks lean more toward the Indie Rock-type performances, and that you can go to see whomever you please, by gum. That’s how free is our freedom really is.

After a morning of procrastination and lying about in my pajamas watching game shows, I’m going to be hungry for some Indian cuisine and relaxing afternoon music, and so will purchase a plate of chick peas, curry, rice, and veggies from the American Masala booth and traverse to the MetroPCS Jazz and Blues stage at 4pm to catch Jesse Palter, the female pianist and singer who occasionally plays at Cliff Bells, and just chill in the shade for awhile as I eat.

After eating I’ll walk about a bit, do some people watching, and keep an eye out for people I may or may not want to run into on the street before heading to the main stage to allow the music of Femi Kuti to compel me to dance in place in the singularly peculiar way that I do (That’s how you’ll know me amongst the crowd: Worst dancer in Detroit, but implausibly fearless nonetheless).

All this will be leading up to what I’m sure will be a stellar performance by Spoon, who graced the cover of last week’s Real Detroit. Have you seen Stranger Than Fiction? Yeah, the background music that follows Harold Crick around as incessantly as Emma Thomson’s voice is their song “The Way We Get By,” and quite a catch tune it is. They promise to be one of the highlights of the weekend.

Well, that’s what I’m doing tomorrow. Please comment to tell me why I’m heading in the wrong direction and let’s all hope it doesn’t rain.

2 Comments so far

  1. Tom (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 9:54 pm

    All I care about is weird Al. I’m going to get stoned and stumble down there and listen to some “White and Nerdy”

  2. Mollika* (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 9:59 am

    I had to represent and cheer on my fellow country-man? Either way there was some high-kicking and some “Canadian Idiot.” It was a great time.

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