Road to Loudwire Music Festival, Day Six: Exploring Detroit Rock City
The inaugural edition of Loudwire Music Festival is set for June 26-28, 2015, at Grand Junction, Colorado. Ahead of the fest, we’re hitting the road in a 2016 Kia Sorento, traveling the states and finding new adventures as we make our way from New York City to Grand Junction. Where will we go? What will we see? Who will we run into? Follow along right here at Loudwire to find out, and make sure to keep an eye on #RoadToLoudwire on Twitter and Instagram.
After a fun-filled night in Indianapolis, Steve and I (and the Sorento) hit the road early this morning (June 20) for Detroit.
After a quick breakfast in Indy, we packed the car and found ourselves in Detroit in a little under five hours. Throughout the entire trip, we've been lucky to have pretty easy journeys from city to city -- thanks to our daily playlists and the smooth ride of the Sorento -- and today might've been the easiest. Well, easy for me; for Steve -- a Detroit-area native -- driving through Ohio was a little rough.
As soon as we got into Detroit, we headed straight to Green Dot Stables, a joint that specializes in sliders -- everything from fried chicken with maple syrup to good ol' fashioned cheeseburgers. It was, as you might expect, amazingly delicious. While hanging at Green Dot, we met up with a few friends who took us to our first record store in Detroit, Hello Records. A bit inconspicuous from the outside, as soon as you enter the shop you're surrounded by a vast collection of used discs spanning nearly every genre known to man.
Following Hello Records, we quickly made our way to another vinyl spot, this time Peoples Records. As hard as it was to pass up on the first pressing of the Mars Volta's Frances the Mute, I was very excited to grab a copy of Necros' Live in '85.
As soon as we said goodbye to the fine people at Peoples, we spent a few moments taking in the seemingly endless supply of world-class street art around every corner in the city, specifically at Eastern Market -- the Sorento looks pretty good, right?
Our explorations even took us to a couple of killer White Stripes haunts: the original location of Third Man Studios where the Stripes recorded some of their earliest material, and of course, the infamous Hotel Yorba.
While we still have a few hours left in our Saturday in Detroit, we think it's safe to say we've already experienced the highlight here, and it can be summed up in one word: Fowling.
What is fowling? Well, it's simple: You combine bowling and football (and a little bit of bags and cornhole) and you end up with the highly-competitive and insanely addictive game, housed in the awesome Fowling Warehouse. While our two buddies we met up with at Green Dot seemed to be naturals at the game, I'm very happy to report that Steve and I won the final and most important round, making us the unofficial fowling champions.
As we headed back to the hotel to cool off from our intense fowls, we drove through the mind-boggling Heidelberg Project. Considered an open-air project, Heidelberg is a neighborhood of sorts full of different kinds of art ... everything from a house frame covered in vinyl records to a home plastered with polka dots. It was unlike anything we've ever seen before -- and we loved it.
We're going to explore more corners of Detroit tonight, and then find our way to Chicago on Sunday. Stay tuned for more from the Road to Loudwire -- oh, and in case you were wondering: Yes, the Sorento has amazing rear cameras, and they work perfectly!
Road to Loudwire, Day Six -- Playlist
Above: Our #RoadToLoudwire Daily Playlist (feat. A Day to Remember) on Kia’s UVO 8" LCD Touch Screen.