Fusion Shows 11th Birthday
The Crofoot Complex – Pontiac, MI – 1.12.19
Photographers: Kailey Howell, Janelle Santacruz, Steven Goldberg
Fusion Shows has been a prominent part of the Michigan music scene since their start. The proud presenters of BLED Fest (among many other shows) are advocates of diversity, empowering local musicians and just overall support of one another in the music industry.
In celebration of Fusion’s 11th birthday, a packed show at The Crofoot Complex was organized, featuring Japanese Breakfast as the headliner.
Every stage at the venue was packed with talented artists. The Vernor’s Room was opened by Meandthedog, made up of Keagan Weaver, George Rafka, Weston Welch, and Joseph Jankowski. The band’s high energy was great way to kick off the evening.
Grand Rapids natives Frankie & Myrrh followed, along with electronic artist FADE, and Ypsilanti natives Complainer. The Vernor’s Room was closed by You Rest, You Joy Life. Andrew Muller, Josh Cowdrey, Spencer Haithcock and Topher Schuetz filled the room with fans and friends alike. The small room was a perfect setting for the high volume band to let loose and showcase their talent.
The Pike Room was opened by Kimball, an indie rock band from Royal Oak. America’s Hot Talent quarter finalist Olivia Millerschin followed. Her quaint voice carried her thoughtful lyrics, making for an intimate set.
The show was not exclusive to Michigan artists. Retirement Party traveled from Chicago to help celebrate. They were followed by Philadelphia’s own Yowler. Brooklyn natives Gabby’s World closed the Pike Room.
The ballroom was packed the entire evening in anticipation for the headliners. Chicago’s Beach Bunny opened evening, led by Lili Trifilio. Detroit’s own Shortly followed and the room tuned in for Alexandria Maniak’s inspiring sound.
New York’s Charly Bliss brought such intense energy to the stage. It was a change of pace following Shortly’s set, but set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Foxing was definitely the most anticipated set of the evening. Vocalist Conor Murphy captivated the jam packed room, joining the crowd at various points during the set. These little things made the band’s set intimate for everyone in the room, despite there being so many people.
Japanese Breakfast headlined the evening. Their indie-pop sound was a lighter note after the intensity of Foxing. Fronted by Michelle Zauner, the closing act was a great way to wrap up the evening.
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