September 2, 2014 at 1:00 am

Dally in the Alley for a bit of diverse fun

Music, food and art continue to draw fans to grassroots festival

Rock band Radio Burns is one of more than 40 acts to perform at Dally in the Alley on Saturday in the Cass Corridor. (Amy Lloyd)

There are many things that set Detroit’s Dally in the Alley street festival apart from other events.

Taking place Saturday, it has been a late summer staple for 37 years. Dally has never accepted corporate sponsorships and features dozens of diverse local bands in almost every genre, plus art, food and vendors.

What may really make the Dally unique, though, are the people who volunteer their time to make it happen every year, along with the North Cass Community Union.

“Most of the people who work on Dally have a very healthy respect for it and, like me, are in awe of the fact that it’s still going on ... and humbled by the fact that people really, really love Dally,” says festival chair Adriel Thornton.

This is his fifth year volunteering. Thornton has also worked with the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, the Jazz Fest and the Detroit Design Festival, but he says Dally is “consistently one of my favorites.”

“We love to call it ‘Detroit’s original pop-up,’ ” he says. “It definitely is one of the things I know of that’s still going on that really started and continues to be a grassroots organization and totally DIY.

“We, as a committee, hold ourselves accountable to each other and to every other single person who has ever done Dally,” he adds. “We’re stewards of this. We are accountable to the very first crew of people who did it.”

Music is one of the big draws of single-day fair. The four-stage lineup is diverse not only because many genres are represented, but the committee also makes a point to include women and people of all races. Some highlights include rock group Radio Burns, techno DJ Kelli Hand (K-Hand), electro-glam artist Duane the Brand New Dog and eclectic musician Brinae Ali.

Other facets of the event include a children’s fair with games, face painting and arts and crafts as well as visual art. Sculpture artist Thomas Pryzewski will craft a live installation.

When hunger sets in, look for fare from People’s Pierogi Collective, Jacques’ Tacos, Slows To Go, Crushed Healthy Smoothies, Union Street and more. The Dally also sells beer from Motor City Brewing Works, and all the beverage sales benefit the festival.

Bring cash for shopping, too. The Dally is known for having unique wares from local vendors and crafters.

Dally in the Alley 2014

11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.

Rain date is Sunday

Between Forest and Hancock and Second Avenue and Anthony Wayne in Detroit

Free

Forest Stage

12:30 p.m.: case managerz

1:30 p.m.: Behind the Times

2:30 p.m.: Ancient Language

3:30 p.m.: Erno The Inferno presents Lisa Stocking

4:30 p.m.: Sheefy McFly

5:30 p.m.: Lac La Belle

6:30 p.m.: Radio Burns

7:30 p.m.: Gabriel Brass Band

8:30 p.m.: Bill Grogan's Goat

9:30 p.m.: Passalacqua

10:30 p.m.: Brinae Ali

Alley Stage

Noon: The Solar System

1 p.m.: Gosh Pith

2 p.m.: The Vonneguts

3 p.m.: Moon Lake

4 p.m.: Carjack.

5 p.m.: Growwing Pains

6 p.m.: the anonymous

7 p.m.: My Pal Val

8 p.m.: Jimmy Ohio & the Ultimate Lovers

9 p.m.: Deadly Viper Assassination Squad

10 p.m.: Prude Boys

11 p.m.: Cold Men Young

Garden Stage

12:15 p.m.: Dear Darkness

1:15 p.m.: Trophies

2:15 p.m.: Real Ghosts

3:15 p.m.: The Webbs

4:15 p.m.: Tart

5:15 p.m.: Spaceband

6:15 p.m.: Odd Hours

7:15 p.m.: Double Winter

8:15 p.m.: Duane the Brand New Dog

9:15 p.m.: Palaces

10:15 p.m.: Pink Lightning

Electronic Stage

Noon: .kite

12:45 p.m.: Sherburt (DJ)

1:45 p.m.: Andre Royster (DJ)

2:45 p.m.: Detroit Edison (DJ)

3:30 p.m.: OktoRed (DJ)

4:15 p.m.: Jace (DJ)

5:15 p.m.: MeansandEnds

6 p.m.: Secrets

6:45 p.m.: Midnight Jackers

7:45 p.m.: Dru Ruiz

8:45 p.m.: K-Hand

Correction An earlier version of this article had an incomplete lineup for the Alley Stage.

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