For the third Hell’s Half Mile Indie Music Showcase of 2014, organizers are trying something a little different. Specifically, they’re doubling the amount of acts playing the bill and making it an all-day event on Saturday, May 31.
Sharing co-headlining duties are two of Michigan’s biggest and most talented acts — Jamaican Queens of Detroit and Tunde Olaniran of Flint. Jamaican Queens deal in nuanced and trippy electro pop that is as catchy as it is experimental, while the eclectic melange Olaniran presents is nearly indescribable, incorporating hip-hop, pop, soul, R&B and electronica. Suffice to say, an Olaniran performance is an experience, and one you must partake in.
Jamaican Queens released their critically lauded debut LP, Wormfood, in March 2013. Olaniran released Yung Archetype, his most recent of several EPs, in February 2014. Both acts have garnered national and international attention, with Olaniran recently featured in a Sunday print edition of The New York Times and Jamaican Queens touring Europe throughout March and April.
Also on the bill are fellow Detroit bands Almost Free and the ILL Itches and Lansing’s Mercury Cross (formerly Archana), plus more local fare — Bay City’s YUM, Chesaning’s the Mud Suns and Standish’s the Darling Oranges. Spinning between bands is HHM mainstay DJ Matt Rose. The order of the bands has yet to be determined.
As with the previous showcases, the May 31 one is to take place at BeMo’s, 701 S. Madison Ave. The first band will likely start at 2 p.m., with the lineup alternating indoor and outdoor stages thereafter.
Brooklyn Boyz Pizza is also to be on hand with a food truck.
All ages are welcome until 9 p.m. Admission is free.