Brass Appeal: The Inaugural Crash Detroit Festival Hits Corktown

July 17, 2014

By Travis Wright

Mucca Pazza Chicago's Mucca Pazza band meshes marching band instruments with pop, funk and balkan melodies.

"We're taking six of these bands around Detroit to play impromptu performances, kind of like Detroit Party Marching Band does on a regular basis ... giving them a snapshot of how we exist in the city."

Street band culture is not exactly new to Detroit. A raucous bunch called the Detroit Party Marching Band has been making noise around the city for the last four years, popping up at private and public events of all kinds, from parades to bar mitzvahs.

Trombone player James Hartick invited almost a dozen similar, renegade brass bands from around the country to Detroit this weekend for the inaugural “Crash Detroit Music and Art festival.”

Hartick tells WDET’s Travis Wright the history of brass street bands is rooted in social activism.

The (free) festival is from 2 to 9 PM, Saturday July 19th at Corktown’s Roosevelt Park (the lawn in front of the old, beautiful, monolithic Michigan Central Station building) in Detroit. Shake your brass.

Detroit Party Marching Band from Detroit je t'aime on Vimeo.