The full music lineup for the first-ever Oakaloosa Music Festival was announced today by festival organizers. More than two dozen of Detroit’s newest and brightest musicians will join headlining acts Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Girl Talk, at the philanthropic music festival taking place on Saturday, July 27 from 12 noon to midnight at Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne.

 Oakaloosa festival tickets are currently on sale through for $45 for general admission and $55 for a VIP Ticket, which includes a VIP entry, bar area and viewing location during the festival. A portion of the proceeds will help with the restoration and preservation of Historic Fort Wayne. Additional festival beneficiaries will be announced over the next two weeks on and via @Oakaloosa on Twitter and Facebook.

The complete festival lineup is listed below. Two open spots remain in the lineup, slated for the winner of the Oakaloosa Battle of the Bands taking place during five days throughout July. The preliminary rounds will be held at 9 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café in Detroit (7/12, 7/18) and the Pike Room at the Crofoot in Pontiac (7/13, 7/19). The final round will be held on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Crofoot Ballroom. More details for the Oakaloosa Battle of the Bands, including how to enter or attend, can be found on

Broder & Sachse Stage (along the River)
• 12:00 – 12:45pm Great Divide
• 1:00 – 1:30pm Cousin George
• 1:45 – 2:15pm Michael Bermudez
• 2:30 – 3:00pm See Jane Rock
• 3:15 – 3:45pm Otto Vector
• 4:00 – 4:30pm Battle of the Bands Winner
• 4:45 – 5:15pm Dagda
• 5:30 – 6:00pm Of Mice and Musicians
• 6:15 – 6:45pm Robert James
• 7:00 – 7:35pm Paulina Jayne
• 7:50 – 8:30pm Trick Trick
• 8:45 – 9:25pm Kaleido
• 9:40 – 10:25pm Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
• 10:45pm – 12:00am Girl Talk

 Barracks Stage
• 1:00 – 1:30pm Battle of the Bands Runner-Up
• 1:45 – 2:15pm Dan Henig
• 2:30 – 3:00pm White Shag
• 3:15 – 3:45pm Ryan Waldie
• 4:00 – 4:30pm My Pal Val
• 4:45 – 5:15pm Doss the Artist
• 5:30 – 6:00pm HIR-O
• 6:15 – 6:45pm Red Pill
• 6:45 – 7:15pm Drew 32
• 7:15 – 7:45pm Bizarre
• 8:00 – 8:30pm The Infatuations
• 8:45 – 9:15pm Ro Spit
• 9:30 – 10:15pm Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas
• 10:30 – 11:00pm Royce Da 5’9
• 11:15pm– 12:00am  Freddy Todd

“The wide range of genres featured in the Oakaloosa lineup is intended to reflect the diversity of Detroiters themselves,” said Adam Bleznak, Program Director for the Oakaloosa Music Festival. “We are looking forward to bringing all types music fans from across Detroit and the region to enjoy a completely unique festival experience at Historic Fort Wayne, one of the most amazing historic gems in Detroit.”

In addition to music, Oakaloosa supports positive service projects in Detroit and is dedicated to building a festival of community engagement. The festival plans on hosting a number of non-profit organizations at the event, to spread awareness of their initiatives. During the festival, there will be a designated area where guests can learn about organizations and volunteer opportunities. Non-profit groups interested in being a part of the festival or for volunteer opportunities, can email to get involved.

Oakaloosa is organized and supported by Detroit Sports Zone, Inc., a non-profit group committed to exposing people of all ages to sports, cultural arts, mentoring, life-skill development and character building activities. Additional proceeds from the festival will be used to support the youth sports and mentoring programs provided through Detroit Sports Zone, Inc.

Oakaloosa is sponsored by Opportunity Detroit, Broder & Sachse, Asphalt Specialists, Inc., Real Detroit Weekly, Embarco Entertainment, The City of Detroit Recreation Department, Uber and Budweiser.

For more information and to stay up to date with all Oakaloosa announcements, visit or follow @Oakaloosa on Facebook and Twitter.

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As for the states that are creating the most manufacturing jobs, the chart shows the ranking, as Michigan tops the list followed by Texas, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Manufacturing companies in those states offer products and services that range from autos, furniture, tools, computers, computer software, toys, plastics, food, liquor, machinery, piping, chemicals, oil and gas.

"The auto industry will see some more jobs as foreign companies will invest in plants here," Cherin added. "And that means more jobs for making cars as well as in auto-related industries."

As for the future, the hope is that more companies like GE and Ford will bring jobs back home, said Chad Moutray, chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers.

"As prices rise for labor overseas, we think American firms will find it more to their liking here," Moutray said.

Another advantage the U.S. has for manufacturers is lower energy costs—thanks in no small part to an ongoing boom around natural gas found in shale formations.

"Companies like that. With shale energy lowering costs, it's a huge advantage to them," he said.

More American exports would contribute even more domestic manufacturing jobs, Moutray said.

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Detroit is a place that attracts a certain type of individual. Someone that's both tough and independent. That's especially true for the women who have chosen to stake their claim in one of the nation's most complicated cities. Fearless, talented, and ambitious, these women are shaping Detroit's future.

DIRECTED BY: Amanda LeClaire & Andrew Miller
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Andrew Miller, Mandy Moran & Jamin Townsley
EDITED BY: Andrew Miller
MUSIC BY: Eddie Logix Passalacqua Phantasmagoria Doc Illingsworth

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Mom hanging out at the Start Gallery

"It's like NYC in the 70's. So the Empire State Building isn't fully leased. The solution is to demolish it? The city is on the brink of bankruptcy, so auction off the Statue of Liberty to the highest bidder?"

~My Mom. Her response after asking me to name items Kevin Orr has listed as "assets and potential salable goods" on his Detroit financial balance sheet.