Live & Raw is a new free music showcase that requires participating musicians to strip down to their most raw and real sound on a live stage at locations across Detroit. The artists who perform are up-and-coming and Michigan-based, with acts unplugged and in their purest form of music.

This new showcase of local talent is an extension of Fanic Music, a Detroit-based startup founded by Anthony Curis of favorites Library Street Collective, Standby and The Skip, and Waref Hawasli, both Detroit natives.

“Our purpose is to provide a music platform that will represent the undiscovered and emerging music community,” Hawasli said of Fanic.

Fanic is currently in its final stages of development, Hawasli said, and the Live & Raw extension first launched in July 2016 with shows continuing throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall.

“Live & Raw embodies everything about Detroit’s resurgence and is a natural extension of Detroit’s DNA,” Hawasli said. “The obvious reality is Detroit has always been known as a city filled with talented, driven, hard-working and ambitious individuals, however, never really getting the positive exposure it deserved.”

Every artist involved with Live & Raw supports the next one up, Hawasli said.

“It’s truly an inspiring act of respect we wish the world could emulate. Our task isn’t that difficult because Michigan already has a strong music history and community filled with talented musicians, entrepreneurs and like-minded individuals willing to support one another.”

Wanting it to function as a community effort in full, after the first showcase, Fanic reached out to the local community for artist recommendations, Hawasli said.

“The best part about Live & Raw is the curation of talent,” he said. “Before we started Live & Raw we agreed that we would curate from within. Meaning we would lean on the artists.”

Live & Raw showcases are free to the public and typically begin around 3 p.m. on scheduled Sunday afternoons. Upcoming performances are as follows:

Sunday, August 14th
Location: The Skip
Price: Free
Time: 3PM
Artists: ISLA with Daniel Monk, L.A.Z. and James Linck

Sunday, August 28th
Location: The Skip
Price: Free
Time: 3PM
Artists: Emilie Vincent, Jackson & the Poolsharks and Greater Alexander

More performances are scheduled for the following dates: 9/11- Location TBD; 9/25- Location TBD; 10/9- Location TBD; 10/24- Location TBD.

Footage of past performances can be found here. To stay up to date on news, videos and performance additions, follow Fanic on Facebook.

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