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Detroit Free Press Rachel May column

July 30, 2014

By Rachel May, Detroit Free Press

July 30--Fans of electronic music will have two opportunities to enjoy beats in the heat this weekend as the Backpack Music Festival rolls onto Belle Isle and Charivari sets up at Milliken State Park. Both festivals are to feature top Detroit names.

The long-standing Backpack Music Festival, will feature two stages of music with performances by Amp Fiddler, Juan Atkins, John Collins, Jenny La Femme, Stacey (Hotwaxx) Hale, DJ Minx, Derrick Thompson and others.

The event doubles as a fund-raiser for Serendipity, Collage & Potpourri, a nonprofit that helps provide backpacks and school supplies to more than 1,500 local children each year. The kid-friendly event runs 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday on Belle Isle at sheds 19 and 20. A kids corner will feature activities and a new Kids Got Talent Stage. Guests are encouraged to donate backpacks, school supplies and books.

The $20 entry fee is tax-deductible, and children in grades K-12 get in free. Parents of children receive discounted $10 entry between 8 and 10:30 a.m.

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Over at Charivari, the focus is on shining a spotlight on the pioneers of electronic music and organizers didn't have to look far. Local names like Terrence Parker, Delano Smith, Eddie Fowlkes, Mike Clark, Buzz Goree and D Wynn are among the artists filling the bill for this free outdoor event.

It all goes down 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, 1900 Atwater St., Detroit. 313-396-0217.

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Guitarbecue: Live music, food, drinks and more will be featured Saturday as part of Fender's Summer Celebration at Huber & Breese Music in Fraser. The music instrument company is celebrating its 60th anniversary and will be offering product demonstrations and presentations on the latest Fender guitars, basses and amplifiers.

Play guitar? Bring your ax and snag a free set of strings and a guitar tune-up as part of the promotion. In addition, organizers are giving away a free Fender gift with every purchase. Look for performances by Jody Raffoul and Wes Buckley. It all goes down noon-6 p.m. 33540 Groesbeck, Fraser. 586-294-3950. For more:

Fund-raiser for the D'Iorio family: It's really touching to see how quickly members of the local music community rally around one another in a time of need. Local bands Critical Bill, Anybody Killa, Tripline and Monday's Lie will gather Friday at the Diesel Concert Lounge to raise money for the family of Aliyah D'Iorio, a 16-year-old from St. Clair Shores who was killed in a car accident last week.

D'Iorio's mother, Mara, is an employee at Diesel. Coworkers quickly organized this benefit show, which also will feature a silent auction, raffles and giveaways. Doors at 7 p.m. 33151 Twenty-three Mile, Chesterfield Township. 586-752-3914. $10 donation. For more:

Blues Girls of Summer: Ten of Detroit's blues divas will gather Sunday at the Hastings Street Ballroom & Tangent Gallery for Blues Girls of Summer.

Thornetta Davis, Laura Rain and Heather Jones are among the artists filling this hefty bill. An art show and a pretty-outfit contest also are planned. Although she's not a scheduled performer, blues legend Alberta Adams is expected to be on hand to celebrate her birthday.

The event runs 2-10 p.m. 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. 313-873-2955. $15 to benefit the Detroit Blues Society.

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R.U.R. reunites: Detroit punk band R.U.R. performed regularly during the heyday of the legendary Bookie's Bar in Detroit. The band would go on to open for all sorts of notable acts, including Ozzy, the Damned and Iggy Pop, before it disbanded nearly three decades ago.

On Saturday, R.U.R. will take the stage again for a reunion show at PJ's Lager House in Detroit. Joining the band on the bill are the Seatbelts and Boston's Fireking, which features members of another Bookies-era band, Figures on a Beach.

The show will be hosted by Jerry Vile. Doors at 9 p.m. PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Detroit. 313-961-4668. $10.

Debut discs: Detroit songstress Alisa Chirco is gearing up for the release of her debut CD, "The Better Me," with a party Sunday at the Macomb Music Theatre in Mt. Clemens.

She's coming out of the gate with some serious ammunition. For her soulful-pop debut, Chiro worked with producer Gia Warner, daughter of Motown recording artist Bobby Lewis, and tapped some of the area's best players, including Todd Glass, James Simonson, Jason Kuehn, Pete Peltier and others.

Pato Margetic will open the show. Doors at 6 p.m. for all ages. Macomb Music Theatre, 31 N. Walnut Mt. Clemens. 586-541-1107. $14.55 via Ticketmaster.

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Meanwhile, Detroit alt-rockers After the Tide will celebrate debut EP "Damned If You Do" with a release party Saturday at Rocky's Pub in Riverview.

Meet Me at the Skyline, 5th Wall Concept, Through Our Eyes, Aim Your Arrows and Blacktide Symphony also are on the bill. A series of raffles is planned including a 50/50 and a chance to win a guitar signed by all the bands.

Doors at 7:30 p.m.Rocky's Pub, 12850 Sibley, Riverview. 734-285-3306. $10 for ages 18-20, $7 for ages 21 and older.

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Rachel May, nightlife editor, is a member of local bands Broadzilla and Maxine Petrucci and cohost of Hard Edge Radio. Send local music news to her at Follow her on Facebook and Twitter: @rachelmay222


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