For years, alleys have been one of the most underutilized parts of the city, often forgotten about and left to decay. In 1977, a group of Detroiters had a different idea for alleys. One day a year, Dally in the Alley transforms the alleys in Midtown’s Cass Corridor area into a lively celebration of music, art, food and culture. Come celebrate the 37th annual Dally in the Alley with your fellow Detroiters this Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The festival, organized by North Cass Community Union (NCCU), takes place in the area between Forest and Hancock, and Second Avenue and Anthony Wayne Drive in Midtown.
All proceeds from Dally in the Alley benefit the initiatives of the NCCU, such as funding the Fourth Street Farm, providing music scholarships for local children and paying to have alleys plowed in the winter and trash picked up from the alleys in the summer.
Dally in the Alley has come to be known as a festival showcasing the best in Detroit’s local music scene. You’re not likely to find heavyweight headliners like most other festivals, but you will find a variety of talented local artists from all genres, from rock to electronic to hip-hop. This year’s Dally in the Alley showcases five stages and 45 acts; with that many options, you’re sure to find something you like.
Dally in the Alley organizers seek to highlight the cultural diversity and creativity of the city. In keeping with that effort, each year they commission a local artist to create a poster for the event. This year’s artist is Ron Zakrin, who’s been creating art in Detroit since the 90s and has helped mix visual art with the growing electronic music scene in Detroit.
For more information on Dally in the Alley and the NCCU, visit DallyInTheAlley.com.
And when you’re dallying this Saturday, don’t forget to use the hashtag #Dally2014!