Saturday’s Kindred Music & Culture Festival postponed due to rain

Saturday’s Kindred Music & Culture Festival postponed due to rain

By Lee DeVito

Town slang

Over the past decade, destination festival culture has exploded, with performers from all walks of life and people from all over the world coming together in one place to party with like-minded peers. Now Brooklyn, New York’s best-kept black secret, Afropunk, has a ticket price and international ramifications. Chicago has Lollapalooza and Pitchfork. California has Coachella. Nevada has Burning Man. In other words, we have passed Woodstock.

But what if you didn’t have to go anywhere? What if you could get together in your own backyard and celebrate the music that was made in your home, showcasing its pioneers in all their emerging glory? Soon the first Kindred Music & Culture festival will land in Roosevelt Park, and thanks to founder Leah Hill, Detroit will have a whole new festival to add to its summer entertainment lineup. The festival was originally scheduled for Saturday July 21, but was postponed to Saturday August 18 due to bad weather.

Hill says she aspires to attract different pockets of the city’s music and culture scene to create an experience that feels familiar to her. “For me, it’s always been about wanting to do business, but wanting to do business means something,” she says.

Performance, Sales & Activity Day has been set since December 15, 2016, when Hill was completing an entrepreneurship course at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She says she wanted to shake up the status quo with a people-centric and impactful idea. In its green ink draft, filling out a page of notes in Hill’s UM’s notebook, the plan for the “Black Culture Fest” included key event planning elements such as permits and city promotions. , as well as a bulleted list of sponsors. She set the festival’s initial planned date for early June 2018. That idea has since evolved into the Kindred Music & Culture Festival. As they say, a goal is a dream with a deadline.

While in college, Hill says she toyed with the idea of ​​going a more traditional path by landing a flashy job as a fashion buyer for Bloomingdale’s, where she would likely have to move to a bigger city and wear all black. the days by the guide company. When we visit him, Hill is the only employee at a three-person PR firm called Mario Morrow and Associates; the rest of the team are gone for the day. Hill has a new fade between a pair of hoops, and she dons an airy black sundress (selected by choice, not company policy) and a small stack of silver and gold chains. As she moves from her desk to a more appropriate seat at a board table in the center of the office, she recounts how she went from a business school to launching her own festival in a notoriously musical town.

“I wanted to do something that would nurture the culture in a way that we don’t necessarily see in Detroit,” she says. “I hope Kindred can allow people who otherwise move in different circles to find this place where they are all together and there is this opportunity for young black people in Detroit to walk away after forming relationships through the city.”

Soon after returning to Detroit, Hill realized that the idea for the festival couldn’t be a one-woman show, so she enlisted the help of two other women, Veniece Session and Chelsi Modest, to materialize his green scribbles. Session, the production manager describes her role as “making sure he has that boom and that kick”. Modest, Hill’s Business School mentor turned passionate about accounting, is there to make sure the festival is economically feasible. The trio got up to speed and held their first team meeting on New Years Day (no better day to jump into new resolutions) to discuss big ideas as well as necessities, like a place and a artist programming.

The team checked the temperature of the city’s music scene and chose an array of artists, hailing from the east and west sides, singers and rappers, some with a crazy fanbase and others fresh out of town. ‘a new project.

“To a certain extent, the sound of Detroit is so much what people want to hear that if you’re not it seems like you’re not getting as much recognition from the city,” Hill said. “So that’s weird because the sound of Detroit doesn’t bring the city out.”

The original idea was to inspire great artists to honor the city with their presence, but the team pivoted to exhibit a more accessible and immediate roster of the city’s music and culture creators. They landed on a unique selection of soulful singers, newcomers and rappers. The lineup includes a fairly consistent representation of men and women with a multitalented roster including Tiny Jag, Willie Mac Jr. Monalyse, Supakaine, Bevlove, SupercoolWicked and headliner Payroll Giovanni, as well as a DJ set by the official DJ of Dej Loaf, WS Kharri. In addition to the one-day artistic extravagance, attendees are encouraged to support Detroit’s new generation of designers by bringing in new painting supplies that will be donated to Mackenzie Elementary and Middle School.

Kindred Fest was intentionally designed to bring together Detroit’s creators of color – a place where attendees can feel seen and heard. “I can’t wait to see some real black smiles in Detroit,” Session said.

The Kindred Music & Culture Festival will be held from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday August 18 at Roosevelt Park (rescheduled from Saturday July 21); 2405 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; kindredfestival.com; General admission starts at $ 35. Tickets will not be available at the door but tickets will be sold on Eventbrite up to capacity.

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