The Dead Music Capital Band is going to be visiting from Texas. Where shall we have them play?


My friend Dan Gillotte, when he’s not managing the shit out of the award-winning Wheatsville Co-op in Austin, plays in an un-dead brass band called the Dead Music Capital Band. Well, he and his bandmates will be making the long trip north to Michigan in a few weeks to participate along with a number of other similarly minded street bands at a festival called Crash Detroit, which is set to happen across various venues over the weekend of July 16… But here’s the really interesting thing. Dan and the band will be free for a while on Sunday, and they’ve asked us where, between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, they can play that afternoon. So, if you know of something happening that afternoon that you’d like to have a big, loud group of Texas zombie musicians crash, let me know. [I was hoping that they’d be here during Ann Arbor’s Art Fair, but it looks like they’re going to miss it by a week.]

Here, to give you a taste of their “Swingin’ Sound From 6 Feet Down”, is the Dead Music Capital Band playing their song Ax Grinder live in the Wheatsville Co-op office.

This is the first I’ve heard of Crash Detroit, but it sounds pretty incredible. The entire lineup hasn’t been announced yet, but it sounds like they’ll have over a dozen different street bands playing, including our own Detroit Party Marching Band, and Environmental Encroachment from Chicago. It should be an awesome time. And it’s absolutely free… And, if you can’t make it, like I said earlier, there’s a good chance that you might catch the Dead Music Capital Band just wondering around Ypsilanti on Sunday afternoon, playing for people as they leave church. [If I’m not mistaken, they’ll also be playing somewhere in Chicago on the Thursday before Crash Detroit, and somewhere in Hamtramck Sunday night.]

OK, so if you can think of a cool place for them to play around town on Sunday afternoon, leave a comment… If no one comes up with anything better, I’ll just let them loose in an EMU dorm. Or, better yet, maybe we’ll throw an impromptu city-wide picnic in Riverside Park. How does that sound? Would you pack a picnic basket and come down to the park with your family to hear an undead Texas brass band?


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  1. kjc
    Posted June 29, 2016 at 7:29 am | Permalink


  2. Kat
    Posted June 29, 2016 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Would you come out to see an undead Texas brass band? Uh…. yeah!

  3. Chris Sandon
    Posted June 29, 2016 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    I like the picnic in the park idea… we should also kidnap a few of them and keep them for Krampus.

  4. roots
    Posted June 29, 2016 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Picnic in the park! Yes!

  5. Ilana
    Posted June 29, 2016 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Picnic in the park for the win!

  6. Steve Putala
    Posted June 29, 2016 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I’d take my family to the park for that picnic

  7. Dan Blakeney
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Hell yes. The Library Park Plaza (downtown) would be a cool spot also!

  8. Dan Gillotte
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your interest folks! We hope to pin something down relatively soon. For now, listen to our recordings here:

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