The Cosmic Slop Festival is an event open to all ages, it has a range of entertainment and above all it is a celebration of the colorful history of Rock 'n' Roll. Their website states that on 18th August 2012, from 12:00pm to 2:00am at The Artist Village in Detroit Michigan, a celebration boasting a range of performances will take place.
Take a look at the following line-up for the next Cosmic Slop Festival:
- Over 12 hours of great live music!
- Indoor and outdoor stages!
- Beautiful Belly Dancers!
- Q & A with Veteran Musicians!
- Delicious Food!
- Live Art!
- Soulful Poetry!
- Acoustic Performances!
- Honey Bunny Burlesque!
- Film Screenings!
- Adult beverages (for adults only).
It sounds like a great event and I definitely want to go, however there is no way for me to get to the US from Britain in August *sad smiley face*, so I managed to do the next best thing - speak to the voice of the festival!
I would like to introduce to you, the effervescent and the inspirational Deekah Wyatt.
Where did the idea (and the name) for the Cosmic Slop Festival come from?
The fest literally spawned from my (Deekah Wyatt) Facebook status from 2 years ago. I looked at all of the incredibly gifted individuals that made up some of my favorite Detroit bands. Then I thought about all the festivals that take place during the summer season; Jazz fests, Blues fests, Gospel, RnB, African, Caldean and Carribean. But in the home of United Sound Studios where George Clinton laid down the funk, "Motown" aka "Rock City" there is NO festival celebrating the colorful history of Rock N Roll.
So I got on Facebook and said "Hey all you Detroit Black Rockers! Why don't we have our own festival?"
During planning we realized that we had to give it a name that could sum up the unique festival and still be familiar. We tossed around all sorts of stuff. Someone finally said "Cosmic Slop, you know? The Parliament album with the song of the same title?"
The song is about a mother who prostitutes herself at night for her children to eat because it's the only way she knows how to make money. "Father father it's for the kids, any and everything I did. Please please don't judge me too strong. Lord knows I meant no wrong."
After listening to Cosmic Slop one good time I knew our choice was perfect. We as musicians, especially in Detroit, make sacrifices every day for the sake of preserving our art, it's our voice! There are so many stories to be told and different styles of rock to tell them in! That's what we're here to do. Preserve and pass forth to the next generation.
The festival itself shows an array of talent, but who has been the most exciting performance to date?
The Cosmic Slop Music Fest embodies the spirit of rock, the diverse makeup of the bands adds even more flavor to the mix! There are SO many memorable performers it's hard to narrow it down but I have a few personal favorites from the 2011 festival.
Blackmail is one of my favorite home grown bands. Hard rock has got to be my favorite genre of rock and these guys add some funk and blues in there for good measure. It's a recipe for awesome.
Some of the my favorite acoustic performances from last year included Fluxphonic, featuring Steffanie Christi'an on vocals and a solo performance by Canadian singer/songwriter Tony Coates.
Tunde Olaniran gave a killer performance as well, complete with dancers and a guitar player; all with coordinating costumes and masks. ALL FOR $10!!
What is the criterion to appear at the Cosmic Slop Festival?
The Cosmic Slop Music Festival is a celebration of the roots of Rock 'n' Roll and those roots happen to have more color in them than the image you see of most rock musicians today, at least here in Detroit. We come together to not only pay homage to those who came before; we also pass forward the gift rock to the next generation of Latino and Afro-rockers. For this reason, bands appearing in the festival must have one or more core members of color. We don't want to exclude, our Caucasian brother and sister musicians are free to come enjoy the festivities. We're one big creative family!
Who is going to appear in the 2012 festival?
In addition to many of the bands from last year returning, I am ecstatic to announce that we are featuring two bands from New York City, Rain of Kings & Blak Wav. There are twice as many acoustic acts this year and we've opened up to some unique hip hop performers like Tha Gostbustaz and United Souls.
Do you and a team do all of the marketing and promotion, or do you outsource this to a company/ individual?
Right now because we are lacking sponsorship, we work on the marketing and promotion as a collective. Outsourcing to an individual/company will definitely be written into next year's plan of action.
What do you hope the future will bring the Cosmic Slop Festival?
My hopes for the future of the festival equal up to more than just success for the bands on the bill. It is my dream to open a Rock City Conservatory to make up for the lack of music being taught in schools and to give Detroit musicians a chance to pass on the knowledge and experiences they possess.
Not only will the RCC hold music appreciation, theory and practical workshops; it will also house a recording studio, practice rooms and performance space.
With all of the abandoned buildings in Detroit, I'm hoping it won't be too hard to acquire an old school to retrofit with green building materials and techniques. My ideal Rock City Conservatory will generate jobs for veteran Detroit musicians, educate generations of musicians to come and be totally self sustaining. It will be a reflection of all of the things Detroit can be: Creative, unique, and helping to conserve the earth for the sake of the future.
After all, if there's no earth to stand on... how do we plan on creating anything?