what is crash?

Crash Detroit is a three-day festival that exists to share the joy of music with Detroit by bringing street bands from around the country to perform in public spaces and local businesses.

Street bands are unamplified musicians who have the power to surprise and inspire their audiences, bringing life to the spaces where they perform. Crash Detroit brings this power to the city, encouraging the community to revel in the joyous sounds and movements found in street band culture and music.

 

Day One

Crash night: SPONTANEOUS BAND PERFORMANCES

The street bands performing at Crash will be spontaneously performing at businesses in Detroit. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for day-of updates of where to find us, or allow yourself to be surprised!

Day Two

FESTIVAL DAY + Showcase

A family-friendly day of live street bands, DIY instrument creations, food trucks and so much more!

Join us in the evening for a ticketed showcase of our bands.

Day Three

CRASH IN THE CUT

This year, Crash Detroit expands to two stages in the Dequindre Cut Freight Yard from Noon - 4 PM.

Food and beverages available for purchase in the Freight Yard!

 
 

Youth Crash Corps (YCC) provides music education to young adults in Detroit who do not have the option of taking a music class at school. 

Led by certified instrumental music educator, Nichole Hartrick, students in YCC will have access to a band instrument free of charge and will learn how to perform and read music. Classes will culminate in performances during the Crash music festival.

This year, YCC is proud to partner with Clippert Academy in Southwest Detroit. Clippert Academy is a Detroit Public School (5-8th grade) that has not offered music to students in over 15 years. We know that students who don’t have access to a quality music education are missing out on the benefits that learning to play an instrument provides. Studies have shown that students who study music perform better in their core classes and on standardized tests. Studies have shown that students who participate in an instrumental music class perform better in core subject areas and on standardized tests. Additionally, band kids have more self-confidence, a sense of community and an outlet for creativity and expression. Music education is a critical component of a well-rounded education and we are excited to provide this opportunity for students in Detroit.

Younger children attending the festival can also get in on the action by creating their own DIY instruments and participating in kid parades through the day on Saturday.


Young Detroit musicians interested in performing please click here to send us a message!

CrashInstrumentCreationStation

detroit party
marching band

Bitch, Thunder!
 

Kavazabava
 

jefferson street
parade band

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DETROIT YOUTH VOLUME

Detroit Pleasure Society

CORNISH TRIO
 

Drumadics
 

rhyta
 

Detroit Folk Workshop: Roving Strings

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gabriel brass band
 

March Madness Marching Band

Black Sheep ensemble
 

ENVIRONMENTAL ENCROACHMENT

detroit party
marching band

Bitch, Thunder!
 

the party band

Hungry march
band

Filthy femcorps

Drumadics
 

gabriel
brass band

Chaotic NOise
Marching corps

JEFFERSON ST.
PARADE BAND

BIG BLITZ

YOUTH CRASH CORPS

SATORI CIRCUS
& LUSHES LAMOAN


2018 Location Details

Friday night Crash locations
JULY 20 / 7-9 PM

The street bands performing at Crash will be spontaneously performing at businesses in Detroit. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for day-of updates of where to find us, or allow yourself to be surprised!

Saturday Festival AT Lincoln Street Art Park
JULY 21 / 2-8PM

5926 Lincoln St, Detroit, MI 48208

 

Saturday Showcase AT Marble Bar
9pm-12am

1501 Holden St, Detroit, MI 48208

 

CRASH IN THE CUT AT DEQUINDRE CUT FREIGHT YARD
JULY 22 / 12-4PM

Dequindre Cut Greenway