Punk rock Pig Roast feeds appetite for a party

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

For the past five years, barflies and music fans have celebrated Independence Day at Nancy Whiskey’s bar in Corktown with a day-long punk rock bash.

A 150-pound hog — plus other trimmings — will feed the crowd at the annual Rock and Roll Pig Roast, taking place inside and outside of the bar Saturday. Organized by bartender Dan Carey and event promoter Virginia Benson, this year’s line up is a mix of local indie rock, punk and pop along with some touring bands.

“This is a chance for us to share some of our favorite local talent, along with a few surprise guests from across the world,” says Carey. He says the Pig Roast started as a small gathering for a few friends and has grown to be a party that attracts hundreds. “I’m grateful for all our returning pals and I look forward to seeing some new faces as well.”

Among the visiting bands are cyber punk group Sewers from Brisbane, Australia, and the Kominas, a punk/funk four-piece made up of Pakistani-Americans from Boston.

One of the local band highlights is heavy, psychedelic garage rock band Deadly Vipers. While this quartet is made up of young musicians, they’ve already recorded with two influential producers in town — Jim Diamond and Al Sutton — and are amassing a healthy fan base in spite of having only been around less than two years.

The $10 cover charge doesn’t include food or drinks, but will support the band lineup, which also includes Detroit heavy hitters Easy Action, garage rock trio Prude Boys and alternative R&B/rock singer and songwriter James Linck.



Rock and Roll Pig Roast

with Easy Action, the Kominas, Detroit 422, Sewers, Moonwalks, Prude Boys, Heaters, Eroders, James Linck, Deadly Vipers and DJs Eric Allen, Zak Frieling and Erin Smart

noon-midnight Saturday

Nancy Whiskey’s

2644 Harrison, Detroit

Tickets $10

(313) 962-4247