Junglefowl / Border Patrol / Willa Rae & the Minor Arcana / Burn Fetish / Engine Summer

Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am

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Thursday August 11- 8 P.M.- $5

JUNGLEFOWL (Fuzz rock)
Border Patrol (Folk rock)
Willa Rae & The Minor Arcana(Outlaw country rock/Soulless soul)
Burn Fetish (Punk/Rock)
Engine Summer (duck-punk-psych-funk)


Minimalist set-up, maximal force: Ypsilanti’s JUNGLEFOWL raise a might ruckus despite being just a duo.

Springing forth from the finest influences in art-pop, the indie-rock avant-garde, post-punk, neo-folk and a bit of straight-up sludgy psychedelia, Melissa Coppola (drums/vocals) and Stefan Carr (guitars/fuzz) have found a balance of the touch and the delicate, the confrontational yet confessional, the whiplash velocity and the earworm melody…

Most importantly, JUNGLEFOWL never lose themselves in the distortion crescendos nor do they grind a garage-rock axe too insistently; part of the next generation of Detroit’s indie music scene, they’re blending an amalgam of flavors, fusing faintly-danceable groove to a fierce melee of fuzz.

JUNGLEFOWL’s aptly titled debut E.P. Strut, is imbued with a catchy kind of pluck and pugilistic swagger (in the form of buzzy riffs and aerobic drum kicks.) But there’s too much charisma in these tight tunes to consider it merely garage or punk, even if they are bringing a bit of that ferocity. Instead, Coppola’s heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics, her sweetly-toned balladeer voice and the bolstering vibrancy of Carr’s guitar speak to the scrapper side of our spirit that arches toward something stronger inside of us, with vocals of vulnerability empowered by the thrust of a sublime kind of stomp-rock, it’s a cooler, confidence-inducing kind of headbanging affair.

Coppola and Carr are a married couple imbuing their natural chemistry into this creative partnership, both on stage and in the studio.

Coppola is a classically trained pianist finishing up her Master’s in performance at University of Michigan, but she was particularly encouraged by volunteering with Girls Rock Chicago back in 2011, eventually co-founding and programming Girls Rock Detroit, a summer camp for empowering young girls through music. The multifaceted musician not only sings and drums, but has spent time in the Ann Arbor folk scene where she played accordion, harp and ukulele.

Carr, meanwhile, has been a bassists for more than a decade, self-teaching himself guitar, drums and lap steel, while also dabbling in some 8-bit chiptune. Fuzz pedals are his weapons of choice, having deployed them in other Detroit groups like The Witches. When they’re not performing around Michigan as JUNGLEFOWL, they’re splitting time as music teachers.

When they join forces, JUNGLEFOWL kicks into action with a highly collaborative and adventurous creative process as they bridge a grunge/funked psych-rock to a bluesy, atmospheric pop. Strut was recorded with producer Jim Roll at Backseat Productions in Ann Arbor, MI.



Border Patrol is a lyrically driven folk-rock group from Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. Blending elements of traditional bluegrass and folk with punk and indie expression, they feature vocal harmonies and surprisingly upbeat melodies about our impending doom and the monotonies of every day life and love in this modern age.



Willa Rae and the Minor Arcana is a force to be reckoned with. Willa Rae Adamo, a Detroit dweller with an old soul and the power behind the band’s sound, got her start with classical and opera vocal training at the early age of twelve. Though her musical inclinations have strayed from opera, her classical roots bare through in her powerhouse of a voice. Under the influence of icons such as Johnny Cash, the Violent Femmes and Ani Difranco, Willa Rae’s love for rock and roll was fully consummated, with an incredible repertoire of original songs to show for it. A singer-songwriter at her core, Willa spends her time crafting songs that reflect the beautiful disaster that is the human condition, telling stories of love gone bad, and reckoning with the ghosts of her own past. If you’re lost, if you’re lonely, if you’re in awe of the world around you – listen in.

In the winter of 2015 the Minor Arcana got its start as an acoustic trio. Since then they have grown into a loose collective of like-minded musicians with sundry influences; everything from glam rock to grunge, folk to punk guides the Minor Arcana’s sound. The band’s backbone consists of Alex Berry on bass guitar and Mackenzie Sato on percussion. Craig Adams of the Witches on electric guitar and piano, Ramiro Romero of Nina & the Buffalo Riders on banjo and acoustic guitar, and Kaylan Mitchell of Canada and the Juliets on cello, compose the lungs and other vital organs. Carmel Liburdi and a rotating cast of other guest vocalists and musicians make for a powerful and joyful live experience.

This project may be new, but this group of young yet seasoned veterans’ presence in the local music scene is anything but small. This year alone they were featured at both the Metro Time Blowout and the Hamtramck Music Fest amongst many a local dive bar. The band has also had the pleasure to play alongside local icons such as Audra Kubat, The Sights, Scott Morgan, and Danny Kroha. Willa Rae and the Minor Arcana is a burgeoning electric local gem you do not want to miss.



Burn Fetish is a groove-rock/noise/punk band from Minneapolis.



Engine Summer is a groovegaze trio from Chicago.