Comerica CityFest–Friday Music Picks

Okay, I know that I’m posting this a little bit late, but I’d like to highlight three Detroit bands worth seeing this afternoon at the CityFest if you’ve taken the day off or have managed to get out early.

I saw Carjack a couple of months ago at Northern Lights and I was pretty blown away by the sound emanating from this one (sometimes two)-man band. It’s difficult to stand still and look cool at a Carjack show, since you’ll surely be taking your dancing cues from the various gyrating toy robots and other various mechanical trinkets flailing about the stage. He appears on the Pure Detroit stage at 4:30.

At 5:30 on the very same Pure Detroit Stage come The Come Ons, who will play their soft soulful 60s-pop which, as I sit here writing and listening to their music, should make for a fine soundtrack to a lullful afternoon in the city.

Then stick around the area for The Satin Peaches. I haven’t heard too many songs from this foursome, but what I’ve heard seems like the perfect kind of music to watch on a bright Summer’s day as the sun begins its downward assent to the West. Music can either be heightened or deadened by atmosphere. Case in point: At last year’s TasteFest, Cat Power played a good show, but at 4:30 on a huge stage on a swelteringly hot day, and her music just doesn’t fit with that atmosphere. The music needed a small dark room with candles lit. A breezy summer day at the spacious Pure Detroit Stage with lots of fine, happy folks foot-tappin’ and hip-swayin–seems like just the kind of atmosphere for The Satin Peaches to fulfill.

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