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By on September 6, 2016

Friday Music Spotlight

The Empire Room, 1205 Washington Ave. @ 8 p.m.
The Erers (Detroit)

The Erers (the first “er” is silent) are personified swagger with the songwriting chops to back it up. With a lumbering heaviness and a monolithic stomp, their savage riffs bring no shortage of hooks. On stage, they have the commanding presence of a buffalo stampede, with the accompanying adrenaline jolt.

Siamese (Detroit)

Siamese hail from a world of perpetual twilight.  Their evocative sound is pure dark wave, a seductive mélange of synth pop and post-punk’s serrated edge.

The Sunburns (Detroit)
Take one part surf rock, one part misanthropic punk, and one part proto-rock pop. Mash them all up in a grime-encrusted blender with a pinch of rabies and scorched-earth ethos and you get the Sunburns.

Norty (Grand Rapids)
The taking apart and fusing back together of disparate musical genres is the order of the day for Kyle Norton, known under his performing moniker Norty. You might recognize him as one-half of Obese Ghost Children, who performed at HHM’s all hip-hop showcase in April 2016.

Electric Kitsch, 917 Washington Ave. @ 3:30 p.m.
Barbarossa Brothers (Saginaw)

Self-described as “Michigan-bred bayou folk,” this trio purveys a mix of hardscrabble blues, Appalachia folk, southern-fried soul, and rollicking alt. country.

Phil Roth (Bay City)
Experimental aural tapestries running the gamut from the mournful to the whackadoo are this native son’s stock and trade.

2016 Launch Party Video

By on August 6, 2016

2016 Beach Party Video

By on July 11, 2016

Hell’s Half Mile brings summer vibes to Bay City State Park beach

By on July 11, 2016

By Gavin McIntyre, MLIVE Intern.

To view the original article and additional photos visit MLIVE.

Hell’s Half Mile hosted a throwback beach party at the Bay City State Park beach Saturday July 9, 2016.

It was the first time the newly designated nonprofit has organized an event on the beach. The event featured an Americana cookout, a mural painting, beach volleyball, sand castle building, and live music.

Hundreds of people came out to the state park for the beach-themed activities. “I try to come out to Hell’s Half Mile events,” said Angela Rose, who brought her nephew Oliver, 2, “and this seems like a real cool event.”

The event began at 5 p.m. and didn’t end till 10 p.m. Shady Groves, the Kickstand Band, and Valentiger were there to provide music for the beach party.

“I want to do this every weekend for the rest of my life,” said Gordon Smith, guitar/vocals for the Kickstand Band.

The beach party event was sponsored by Graff Chevrolet and Jack’s Bicycle Shop. Festival founder and director Alan LaFave hopes to have even bigger party on the beach next time.

“We wanted to start small and see the reaction,” said LaFave, “and the reaction was really amazing.”

Hell’s Half Mile is hosting another event in Unity Park Aug. 5, announcing the films and bands for this year’s festival.