The 11th incarnation of Bay City’s Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival once again is scheduled to bring many of the region’s best original music to town as part of its celebration of independently produced arts.
Spread over six locations throughout Downtown, this year’s festival brings a unique mix of modern music styles, from fresh electronic pop to pounding hard rock.
Following are profiles of some of the acts that you will see during the Festival’s September 22 – 25 run. You can find more information at www.HHMfest.com.
Band Name: QUEEN KWONG
Website: www.QueenKwong.com or Facebook.com/QueenKwong
Hometown: Detroit by way of Los Angeles
Band Members: Carré Callaway - Guitar & Vocals, Wes Borland – Guitar, Elise Poirier – Bass*, Cody Marecek – Drums* (*guests for Bay City show)
What can people expect from your live show? Chaos.
From HHMfest.com: “Primeval. Feral. Cathartic. Just a few words to describe Queen Kwong, fronted by Carré Callaway. Squalling guitars, throbbing basslines, and pummeling percussion serve as the bedrock on which Callaway caterwauls and writhes. Their shows are incendiary and fueled by a volcanic eruption of demons, like a tent show revival doubling as a communal exorcism. Think the Stooges fronted by early era PJ Harvey. Originally from L.A. and discovered in her teens by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, Callaway recently relocated to Detroit, bringing her ferocious brand of anarchistic rock with her.”
Band Name: Siamese
Genre: A blend of New Wave and Post Punk with Industrial elements
Band Members (instruments): Jo Champagne - Vocals /Synths, Steve Thoel - Guitar/ Synths, Angie Kaiser -Drums, Joe Sausser - Bass
What can people expect from your live show? Catharsis.
From HHMFest.com: “Siamese hail from a world of perpetual twilight. They conjure an atmosphere pregnant with a paranoid dread, then build it cinematically with basslines and percussion that emanate from an abyss and sprawl out. Their evocative sound is pure dark wave, a seductive mélange of synth pop and post-punk’s serrated edge. By turns sinister and vulnerable, this quartet’s slithering movements are intoxicating.”
Band Name: Boudoir Noir
Genre: Dark, Cabaret Pop
Band Members: Maria Rose - Vocals/Guitar, Ben Schlatter – Drums, Graham Rockwood - Bass
What can people expect from your live show? Our live shows are an elegant, electronic, urban cabaret. We create sultry, beat based music that entices you to relax, open up and create your own inner boudoir noir; an intimate space where you dance with your dreams and fantasies can be realized.
From HHMFest.com: “With an aesthetic steeped in the seedy sultriness of Prohibition-era speakeasies, Boudoir Noir are as theatrical as they are mesmerizing. Self-styled as “dark cabaret pop,” their anachronistic motifs are sensual and simmering, with lead singer Maria Rose serving as a chanteuse-like guide beckoning you into their burlesque domain.”
Band Name: RareWolf
Hometown: Pontiac, Sterling Heights, Ferndale
Genre: Synth Pop
Band Members: Lauren Long - vocals. Brian Loch - Maschine Pad, electronic drums. Joe Garofalo - Synth Keyboard
What can people expect from your show? A high energy, in your face party with with ooey gooey, sticky Synth beats and powerhouse pop vocals that will make you want to kiss the person standing next to you.
From HHMfest.com: The trio crafts layers of evocative textures, gloopy beats, and infectious melodies. Centering it all, and setting it apart from their electro pop peers, are Lauren M. Long’s vocals. Not the twee voice typically associated with the genre, hers is a vibrating contralto with a jazzy, R&B flavor reminiscent of Amy Winehouse or Paloma Faith, which beautifully contrasts with the sugary strains.”
Band Name: The Satin Peaches
Genre: Rock and Roll and Rock
Band Members: George Morris – Vocals /Guitar, Jesse Shepherd-Bates – Vocals /Guitar, Ryan Wiese – Vocals /Guitar, Aaron Nelson- Vocals / Bass Guitar, Jeremy Smith- Drums
What can people expect from your live show? Rock. And roll. And more rock.
From HHMfest.com: “Playing only their second show since reuniting in 2016 after a long hiatus, The Satin Peaches are Michigan indie rock royalty. They channel the heaviness of Soundgarden when it’s called for, then sideswipe it with instantly catchy Beatlesque melodies and a songwriter’s subtlety. Featuring the alternating and harmonizing vocals of George Morris (now of his namesake’s Gypsy Chorus) and Jesse Shepherd-Bates (now in the HandGrenades), their arsenal for varied songcraft is nearly unmatched. (Sidenote: The band formed around the members’ affinity for Saginaw Bay marlin hunting.)”
The Schedule • HHM Musical Performance Schedule
Artist Day Location
RareWolf Thursday, Sept. 22 Old City Hall • Starts at 9 PM
Boudoir Noir Thursday, Sept. 22 Old City Hall
The Sunburns Friday, Sept. 23 Empire Room Banquet Hall • Starts at 8 PM
Siamese Friday, Sept. 23 Empire Room Banquet Hall
Norty Friday, Sept. 23 Empire Room Banquet Hall
The Erers Friday, Sept. 23 Empire Room Banquet Hall
Satin Peaches Saturday, Sept. 24 Masonic Temple Blue Room • Starts at 8 PM
Queen Kwong Saturday, Sept. 24 Masonic Temple Blue Room
Electric Six Saturday, Sept. 24 Masonic Temple Blue Room
LXL Saturday, Sept. 24 Intermission Deli (Call for Start Time)
Barbarossa Brothers 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23 Electric Kitsch
Phil Roth 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 Electric Kitsch
In the Whale 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 Electric Kitsch / Masonic outside
Martin McNeil Trinity 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 Jake's Corner Lounge
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