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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

2008 Detroit Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival is back this year and hopes to improve upon an impressive showing in 2007. The Fringe Festival runs for 32 hours straight in celebration of experimental music, performance art, fashion, film and visual art. This year's performers include legendary rap music pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaattaa, Polka Floyd and Champions of Breakfast. Visual artists include world renowned artist Mark Ryden and Detroit's own Niagara and Glenn Barr.

We don't pretend to be too hip at Detroit Army.com, so while I can't comment on many of the performers, Afrika Bambaataa definitely rings a bell. He was instrumental in the development of hip hop in the 1970's and rose to fame especially in the socially conscious crowd in the 1980's. We had no idea what he had been doing for the last twenty years, but what do we know? Apparently he continued to speak out against apartheid in South Africa and more recently had taken on the challenge of curbing gang violence, all while continuing to spin, make records and collaborate with other artists.

Whether you know the artists/performers listed or not, the whole idea of the festival is pretty cool. Detroit doesn't/can't have a late night scene (unless you are at a house party, or doing something illegal), so the thought of being able to hang out and watch bizarre behavior, acts, and performances with a bunch of hardcore hipsters all night in Detroit sounds like good times to me.

The show is hosted at the Music Hall Center for Performing Arts in Detroit, beginning at 2 p.m. April 5 to 4 a.m. April 6. Tickets are $35. Music Hall is at 350 Madison Ave., Detroit.

Call (313) 887-8500
Visit www.musichall.org
For a complete festival lineup, visit www.detroitfringefestival.com

Oh, and also, the host of the show is Flint native Sandra Bernhard. (I hesitated at mentioning this fact earlier because I can't stand her, but it is what it is.)
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